Expert Advice

What is the difference between natural and organic?

Although the FDA requires manufacturers to list all ingredients in descending order of concentration on the product labels it does not regulate the term 'organic' or 'natural'.  Organic simply means that the botanical product was grown in a chemical-free environment.  natural on the other hand means that the final product has been made solely from botanical resources without any use of chemically derived additives or preservatives.  There is no specific organization or U.S. department that has any sort of regulation placed on natural products.  Most of the companies that state that a product is natural means that there are no synthetic additives such as color chemicals or chemical preservatives.

What is the process for selecting a new product?

Experience the products as your guest would.   (i.e.; If it is a product to be used in the shower, then shower with it.)  Only smelling or feeling the product in an office setting does not provide the optimum test for bath product selection.

    How does the shampoo lather?
    Is the shampoo or conditioner runny or does it pool in my hand to easily transfer to my hair?
    Does the shampoo rinse out easily?
    Does the lotion feel greasy; does it quickly absorb into the skin?
    Does the bath/shower gel create foamy bubbles?
    Is the scent pleasant for men and women?

What is the process for selecting a new scent?

Fragrance preference is very individual.  When making a selection for a hotel, a group consensus is usually best; one that reflects a cross-section of the guest profile. 

Because words influence perception during the testing process,  label options with numbers or letters and ask participants to write down their initial impressions. (i.e.; good, bad, sweet, spicy, floral, green, tangy.) 
Finally have rank preference in order (1 – best; 2 – second best, etc.)

Keep in mind that the scents being tested will be used in bath products for both body and hair.  Lotion samples are conducive for initial testing.  Smell from container and apply to skin.  Scents can change with dry down.

Tally results to find the least favorite and most favorite.  Even if the final selection may not have been identified, this process will assist in determining the general desires of the group.  Additional scents can be requested that have a similarity to the most favored scent. 

Is it important to have an anti-bacterial soap?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibacterial soaps are not necessary, but washing your hands thoroughly with ordinary soap and warm water is one of the most effective ways to ward off infection.

When and how to wash hands properly?

Frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness.  Hand washing requires only soap and water.   Whether employees or for guests, here are a few tips on hand washing:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hand-washing/hq00407

What is the most recyclable type of plastic?

Lady Primrose and ohne brands use the optimum recyclable plastics - #1 PET containers for disposable products.  It is the clearest and most resistant barrier to moisture, heat and  gases.