Remember the Scent Bar that I had at the most recent party I hosted?
Well, I received a ton of emails about that Scent Bar and thought it would be great to introduce you to the Brand and the beauty & brains behind it!
Courtney Crenshaw is the owner and creator of Ka~Mil~Yin Fragrance, Lotion & Soap based in Southern California.
I stumbled upon Ka~Mil~Yin when I was searching for a unique activity/gift for my two girlfriends I was throwing a birthday party for! I had a Cigar Bar for the guys and needed something completely feminine and fabulous and VOILA, I found it!
It's my favorite Ka~Mil~Yin product.....the Perfume Bar Party! How incredibly ingenious is this!! You can have a Mixologist set-up a Perfume Bar at your event and they will help your guests create a scent just for them!
Since I don't live in Southern California, I ordered the 'Perfume Bar Party ~ Do It Yourself Kit' for my party and was able to choose 20 essential oils for my party-goers to mix their own signature scent! It was so much fun! Seriously brilliant!
Ka~Mil~Yin also sells fragrance, lotions and soaps that come in fun scents from 'Coco Beach' to 'Mimosa' and many others! Ka~Mil~Yin luxury products are made with natural oils and quality moisturizing ingredients.
Courtney is as sweet as she is chic and I think you'll agree after reading this interview I had with her...
What made you decide to start your business?
I always found myself spending a lot of time and effort in trying to find the "perfect gift" for friends and family. I am a big beauty product connoisseur so I tend to prefer these types of gifts. I used to go to a little boutique where I could make custom perfumes and this was always a really unique and special gift that my friends enjoyed. I have been working in a very structured career that lacks a lot of creativity and I wanted to venture off to try to create something of my own, so I started buying books about how to make fragrance and bath products and after a lot of trial and error found something that I loved to do and wanted to turn it into a business that I could call my own.
Who has been your greatest inspiration or supporter?
My sister inspired me as she was the first person to gift to me a custom perfume. My husband is the one who pushed me to turn my hobby into a business and encourages me to push forward everyday in building my business.
How did you come up with the name Ka~Mil~Yin?
I love color and I require constant change in my life to keep things interesting, so when thinking about what to name my business, I thought immediately of a chameleon. I love changing up my scent frequently and I wanted to create a line of scents that you could wear interchangeably. Each scent evokes a different mood and color scheme and may cater to a specific personality type or may just express how you are feeling that particular day. So, for a play on words, I came up with the name Ka-mil-yin which is inspired by a chameleon and also looks like a girl's name, to embody femininity.
What have you learned about yourself by owning your own business?
I've learned that I may not be a "business woman," but I love what I do and continue to hope that with hard work, time, and effort, that my goals are attainable. I learn something new every day and my ideas and interests in growing the business continue to evolve.
What are your hobbies?
I live by the beach so my husband and I ride our beach cruisers often. I love to go wine tasting, shopping, spend time with friends and family, and create something new with my products.
Anything with Pikake, a Hawaiian Jasmine flower. It is heavenly to me!
What's on your wish list this holiday season?
A Kindle; I always love a new make-up palette and really like Lorac's holiday palettes, and hopefully a ski trip with my husband somewhere new like Park City or Mount Hood.
How darling is she? I know!! What's not to love? She's a breath of fresh air, a beach cruiser riding, orange mojito sipping, yellow loving entrepreneur with a seriously sleek brand! Ready to love her even more???
Courtney is sponsoring a Socially Circled GIVEAWAY!!! She is giving away a Ka~Mil~Yin Sage Soap & Lotion Set to one lucky reader!!!!
Sage Soap & Lotion Set
Here's how to enter:
1. Visit the Ka~Mil~Yin website and check out her awesome products!
2 LIKE Ka~Mil~Yin Facebook page
3. LIKE Social Circles Facebook page
4. Leave a COMMENT on this post telling us YOUR FAVORITE Ka~Mil~Yin product & YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS!
You have until 11:59pm, Friday, November 12th, 2010 to enter! One lucky winner will be chosen!
So, you ask 'What about those of us that don't win???"......no worries, Lovies! The fabulous Courtney is extending a 10% discount that can be used for any of her products on her website! Just enter 'SOCIALLYCIRCLED' as your discount code! This discount can be used until JANUARY 15th! GREAT way to stock up on some fabulous gifts for the holidays!!
Want to host a Perfume Bar Party in the Chattanooga area? Contact me for event details! It's perfect for Bridal or Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Bachelorette Parties and many other events!