I am pretty sure my best work comes from trying to fix a problem — often one I caused myself. If you recall the scrub incident, I couldn’t get something right, and because I failed, I decided to try something different, and came back to it and kicked some ass and created something wonderful. (I am still so in love with the comments I am receiving about my Whipped Up Sugar Scrub…I love you guys!)
So what did I mess up tonight? I was working on a new line of perfume oils. A super-secret project I have been developing for months and I finally had the guts to just get it in gear. I take my fragrances VERY seriously. My ingredients, the purest of the pure…(organic oils are not cheap…) And while I was mixing some blends to send off for product testing, I knocked them over…*EXPLETIVE DELETED*
I watched my expensive formula pour across the counter. The essential oil blends I spent hours putting together…the fragrances I melded to not only smell wonderful, but to embody real emotion….ugh…there they were, just oozing across my sterile counter.
I cussed, as I always do. Roared the ‘f’ word and scared the crap out of everyone in my house. Next, there was a brief moment of silence… and I swiped my hand through the potion and put it in my hair. What? I wasn’t going to waste it. I slowly started to roll the ends of my hair between my palms, in the fusion of organics and botanicals and to my surprise it wasn’t greasy! (Now, little lesson here, the base use is Jojoba oil, which happens to be a wax, not an oil. The chemical composition of jojoba closely resembles that of the skin’s natural sebum, so it is easily absorbed…)
Anyway. My hair is softer than it has ever been before. I treat my hair like crap, having dyed it every color possible and I cut it myself so I will go months and months without trimming my ends. I coat it in chemical serums just to get it to behave and yank hot irons through it just to get the false appearance of smoothness. Well, now all I am ever going to do is put natural perfume oil in it…
My point? While trying to create one thing, I created another. I would have never thought to make or even try a hair oil like that. I was making epically awesome perfume oils…not a natural smoothing serum.
And while I sit here all yummy smelling, I was thinking to myself about how neat it is to just simply create. Yes, it is pretty freaking cool to set out with a purpose and rock the house, but to accidentally make something and have it turn out so well? Bliss. I could have just wiped up my mess and went on my way but my natural response was, “What’s next? Now what can I make?”
I know so many people who do really fantastic things but they are afraid of messing up. Don’t be. The power behind invention is that we don’t know the problems we can solve unless we find ourselves faced with the problem in the first place.
I know it sounds dramatic, considering all I did was knock over some oil…but it is the idea, the scale. Take something tiny like this and put the theory to something larger. The possibilities are phenomenal.
♥♥♥ I want YOU to try my new perfume for free so I am going to do another giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post with an email to reach you at and *poof* you will be added to the drawing for your choice Botanical Perfume Oil! I will announce a winner on Friday, October 15th ♥♥♥ Want extra entries? You can 1.) Tweet about this giveaway and post a link to the tweet here and/or 2.) Tell me how much you love me.
We have out winner! Comment number 8!
*dances* Congrats lovely!