The Natural Perfumers Guild Wekcines Elise Pearlstine as Administrative Manager. Elise, the nose of Bellyflowers Perfumes, is taking on several projects as part of her duties for the Guild.
First, Elise has inventoried and categorized all of the items in the Guild Scent Library. As Perfumers and Associates join the Guild, they are requested to submit, according to their category, perhaps one full size bottle of perfume, and samples of their perfume line, or perhaps soaps, body lotions and other fragrant products. It is important that we keep a reference library of the Perfumers products first and foremost, for historical purposes and also for PR and communication purposes. Elise will contact Guild members who may need to send products to fill in the gaps of their materials in the Scent Library.
Second, Elise is working on a project that we believe will be very beneficial to Guild members: negotiating with a major bottle supplier to procure perfume and cosmetic bottles at a good price. New High Glass is in Dade county, where I live, and Elise is just a few miles north of here. I've visited the New High Glass showroom and warehouse, and Elise has met with a local sales person and begun collecting data on what stock they have that they can sell in less than a palette to us. In some instances, cases may even be too much for one perfumer to purchase, so we'll be looking into group buys and Elise obtaining the bottles, repacking them, and shipping them to our members.
These bottles will be screw top or crimp top, from perhaps 5mls up to 30mls, larger on request. Caps need to be purchased separately, and we'll be supplying information on them.
We do plan, in the future, to obtain glass stoppered bottles, but for now, we're working with a company that is close to both Elise and me, so we can pick up the stock.
Yes, shipments will be available to members outside the USA. I am very excited by this project, as we all know that packaging is a huge headache for our microbusinesses.
I'm working on a basic primer of the terms and conditions used in the bottle supply industry. This will get everyone up to speed on how the system works. In the future, if you wish to approach a company on your own, Guild members will have the vocabulary and knowledge that will help you appear professional in their eyes. These companies often deal with palette customers - those who buy in huge quantities, maybe 10,000 pieces minimum - and the more professional you are, the more willing they are to negotiate.
PS: the next project after this may be working with Miami cigar box manufacturers to produce little boxes for our bottles!