Monthly Archive for October, 2008

Spa Industry Facts and Figures

Here are a few spa industry facts which may surprise you…

According to major industry body the International Spa Association (2007 figures):

  • There are an estimated 14,615 spas in the United States, including day spas, resort and hotel spas, medical spas, club spas and mineral spring spas.
  • The US Spa Industry had annual revenues of $9.4 BILLION
  • There were an estimated 110 million spa visits in 2006
  • The spa industry employed 234,588 people

In fact, the spa industry is now the fourth most popular leisure industry in the US, and many other countries such as Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand are not far behind.

And that’s just the spa treatment industry – you also have the bath and body product industry which is not only huge, but also hungry for new ideas concepts and ideas.

With these growth and revenue figures, is it any wonder that new suppliers of bath and body products are finding their niche in the spa product industry?

I’ll get back to you soon with some of my best strategies for selling the products you make to create a handy second income…perfect for these times of economic turmoil!

How to turn “ordinary” homemade spa products into fabulous treats

Even though you may follow a recipe to make your first batch of two of spa products, once you get the hang of making spa products, you can start to experiment to create an endless variety of products that make your creations truly unique.

You can create a completely new brand and “mood” for a product, simply by changing a few key ingredients.

For example, one of my favourite recipes is for my Peppermint and Blood Orange Invigorating Body Scrub. The basic recipe calls for Peppermint and Blood Orange as the essential oils.

However, different combinations of essential oils will produce a different result and a different feel. For example:

Cinnamon, Apple, Orange & Vanilla = “Country Kitchen”
Orange + Cinnamon = “Spiced Citrus”
Coconut + Pineapple = “Pina Colada”

In the same way, different grades of sea salt or different types of seeds will produce not only a different visual effect but also different qualities on the skin – from a luxurious, almost velvety
product through to a more abrasive exfoliating scrub.

The possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

The Handcrafter’s Companion is now in its 3rd Edition and it’s one of the most popular “how to” guides for making spa products available anywhere. At just $27, I think you’ll agree it represents great value (and if you don’t agree, you can get a 100% refund, so there’s no risk). To download your copy right now, all you have to do is purchase here via our secure server and you could be making your own fresh creations in as little as a few hours!

To your success with spa products!

Jane Church

Where to find bath and body product ingredient suppliers

Even with all the right spa product recipes, you still need to source the ingredients to make your own products.

Many of these ingredients – such a sea salt or sunflower oil for body scrubs – are available at your local supermarket. Then there are other more unusual items, such as jojoba oil, liquid soap base or exotic essential oils, that you will need to source from elsewhere.

If you live in a larger city, you will very likely find that there are specialty shops that sell many of the ingredients you are after (especially essential oils). Near where I live (in Australia), Perfect Potion is very good for many items.

But I also source many of my ingredients from Internet speciality retailers. They not only have a very good range, but the prices are very competitive AND you don’t have to spend time going to a physical store to make you purchases.

Many readers of The Handcrafter’s Companion e-book come from different countries around the world so they often ask me where to source ingredients.

Here are a few of the better online retailers I have found:

USA: From Nature With Love
Canada: Aquarius Aroma
UK: Aromantic
Australia: AquaSapone

If you know of any other recommended retailers (or you operate a relevant retail website yourself), feel free to leave a comment with your link.

What kinds of bath and body products can you make at home?

When people ask me what I do and I tell them that I teach people how to make fabulous bath and body products from home, they often express surprise that it is so easy to replace store-bought products.

Here are some of the products that I regularly make (and are featured in The Handcrafter’s Companion e-book).

– Fragrant handcrafted soaps
– Luscious bath bombs
– Soothing bath teas, additives and soaks
– Fun and foamy bubble baths
– Nourishing body butters, balms, lotions and creams
– Invigorating body scrubs, polishes, salts and masques
– Extravagant home fragrance products
– Luxurious potpourri and sachets
– Unique aromatherapy blends

The great thing I’ve discovered about this fun and profitable hobby is that once you learn a few core techniques and recipes, it’s very easy to branch out to create a myriad of different products.

I have to fly out the door right now, but ‘ll show you what I mean very shortly – promise!