I never get sick of hearing people tell me that I smell good. Growing up, I can remember my Grandma telling me, “You may not always be able to look good, but you should at least always smell good.” Wonderful advice from a Saintly woman.
I’ve always been into fragrances and I’ve had many friends comment that I’ve been the best smelling guy around for as long as they can remember. However, it wasn’t until well after I had finished college that I actually started reading labels and noticing what was in the products that I was using. My background in science led me to the thought that I make my own fragrances without all of the harmful chemicals and artificial fillers.
I’ll be the first to admit that my initial attempts at creating cologne and aftershave were far less than impressive. These were heavy, one-note fragrances that left a lot to be desired. However, I was hooked on the idea of small batch, artisanal personal care products. And so, the journey began.
Over the course of the next several years, I did a lot of research, talked to countless experts and professionals, attended every conference, convention, and show that I could find, and spent more hours than I care to admit experimenting in my own kitchen. The good people of Ball Jar probably went on a few very nice vacations thanks to my continual purchases.
And then it happened. I went out one evening with some friends wearing my very own custom cologne. Throughout the night, I had several people tell me that I smelled good and asked what I was wearing. The looks that I received when I told them that I had made it myself were priceless. I couldn’t tell if they thought it was unique, if I was joking, or if they thought I was a side dish short of a full meal.
This was just the kind of encouragement I needed. From that point forward I was committed to making high quality personal care products from the best ingredients available.
Just this past week, things came full circle and I was overjoyed by an email I received from one of my very first customers. He wrote that before he started using our cologne, he couldn’t remember the last time that anyone had complimented him on how he smelled. It’s a different story now. He wrote that he has been complimented more than once by co-workers and friends on how he smells. This may seem like a small thing to a lot of folks, but I know how a simple compliment can set the tone for an entire day. We’ll keep making our colognes to help you garner your own compliments.