SUMMER GIVEAWAY SERIES: REDLEAF

This week’s Giveaway comes courtesy of Chris of RedLeaf

 

Tired of not finding a good enough moisturizer for really cold winters, curiosity and very dry skin led Chris to the kitchen where he experimented with common ingredients.  After trial and error, Chris now has a line of much loved products that address all your skincare needs.

1. When did you start selling on Etsy and Why Etsy?
I started selling on Etsy in June 2008. At that time it was the only venue for handmade items that had any significant traffic. I had started to build my own website but after finding Etsy I realized that I could cut out a lot of the SEO work and at the same time get a lot of exposure quickly. Overall it’s been a great experience.

2. Is this a full time gig for you?
I do this full time. For now I’ve decided to keep running the shop and production by myself, but that will have to change soon. I work every day of the week at least a few hours. When I do take a break I completely disconnect for a few days. It took a while to be able to do that, I was always afraid I’d miss something crucial. But breaks are crucial too I realized. I also wholesale to stores nationwide and that’s a whole different area of my business that keeps me busy especially in the Summer. 

a.) If Yes, what do you love about it.
The flexibility, the hours, and the autonomy. I worked for years in a corporate setting but never liked the inflexible schedule, and frankly seeing the same people every day and doing the same work as well was not something that maintained my interest level. I have to be constantly challenged, and that environment didnt provide that for me even with promotions. Once my children were grown I realized I had options. 



3. If I could only try one thing in your shop right now, which would you recommend?
The bubble bath dough, absolutely. It’s simple, natural, fun and unique. Oh, and it makes a ton of bubbles!

4. What was first product you ever made/sold?
My beeswax lotion. I still remember I shipped it to Wisconsin and that customer has returned many times, thankfully. 



5. What are your plans for the future?
For the near future I’m focused on having my products in more stores and online sites as well as expand my product line with a focus on more soaps and specialty items like scrubs and perfume oils. Ultimately I’d like to have someone running this for me on a day to day basis. I want to focus on ways to expand that I cannot handle currently such as my own separate site, more craft fairs, and expanded International sales. 

6. Do you have a workspace? If so, can you share what it looks like? 
Yes. It’s small but very ergonomic. Everything is within reach. The exhaust fan plays a major role, you cannot handle scents all day without an exhaust fan. 



7. Where else can we find your goodies? (website, FB, stores etc)
I’m in stores nationwide including NY at Stoopher and Boots 385 Amsterdam Ave. Stephanie runs it and she’s great. Go see her!  You can often find my products on Heartsy, (a groupon type site) and they are carrying my line starting the 26th of July for several days after 2 very successful runs with them. The 2nd one was the longest running sale they have ever had, so I’m told. I’m also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Leaf-bath-and-body-products/163864093382
And, of course Etsy : www.etsy.com/shop/ShopRedLeaf

8. For fun: whats playing on your ipod, mp3 player, favorite book??
Lately I’ve been listening to stuff I used to listen to years ago: Johnny Cash, Frank Zappa, old school stuff like that. Favorite book? Thats tough but I love collections of short stories by Richard Yates.


And last but never least, any Seattle brunch recommendations?
Hmmmm another tough one, there are several great places. But I think for the location and menu a great bet would be Cafe Campagne. It’s right in Pikes Place market, but off the beaten path so it’s not touristy. It’s right on the bay, and the food is excellent. I’ve been there several times and I’ve never been disappointed.


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1) Visit Red Leaf’s Etsy Shop and click on the Facebook Like Button
2) Leave a comment on this post with the name of item(s) you’d like to use.
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GOOD LUCK!
 
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  1. Kim

    August 23, 2011 at 3:08 am Reply

    New follower of your blog

    Liked them on FB

    I would like to try the Lavendar Gentle Aloe Vera Shower Gel / Body Wash

    kimbers867 (AT)comcast(DOT) net

  2. Elizabeth

    August 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm Reply

    Tweeted, WaterRollsUphill.

    elizabeth.d.copeland@gmail.com

  3. Elizabeth

    August 22, 2011 at 11:51 pm Reply

    Like this giveaway!
    Elizabeth.d.copeland@gmail.com

  4. Elizabeth

    August 22, 2011 at 11:50 pm Reply

    The women's gift set. Hearted it!

    elizabeth.d.copeland@gmail.com

  5. Megan C

    August 22, 2011 at 4:59 am Reply

    Liked the giveaway as "Young Trendsette"
    meglenicole@yahoo.com

  6. Megan C

    August 22, 2011 at 4:58 am Reply

    I would love to try the Vegan Soap Cubes!
    Liked the Facebook as "Young Trendsette"
    meglenicole@yahoo.com

  7. Briana

    August 22, 2011 at 2:08 am Reply

    tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/#!/brianabjerke/status/105456996253306880
    brianaduda at gmail dot com

  8. Briana

    August 22, 2011 at 2:07 am Reply

    i liked Red Leaf's etsy shop on facebook and I would get the Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Bubble Bath Dough!
    brianaduda at gmail dot com
    fb: briana bjerke

  9. Anonymous

    August 21, 2011 at 11:24 pm Reply

    I liked the giveaway on the Esty site and I will love to try the Aloa vera shower gel and the soap case, this is eyele12@gmail.com, cannot post using my gmail account not sure why

  10. Anonymous

    August 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm Reply

    I liked the giveaway on the Esty site and I will love to try the Aloa vera shower gel and the soap case

  11. Sarah B.

    August 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm Reply

    I tweeted this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/yes_teacher/status/105257246560227329

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

  12. Sarah B.

    August 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm Reply

    I liked this giveaway on FB (Sarah Bee)

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

  13. Sarah B.

    August 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm Reply

    I went to their etsy shop and hit "like" (FB username: Sarah Bee) and I'd love to try the aloe vera shower gel 🙂

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

  14. chic chaos

    August 21, 2011 at 8:01 am Reply

    totally want to try the bath dough. fab idea!

  15. hofken

    August 21, 2011 at 2:48 am Reply

    I Like them on Etsy – Cynthia M Richardsoh
    My favorite item is the Gentle Aloe Vera Shower Gel / Body Wash in English Coast
    I Like this giveaway
    Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/hofken/status/105108747684298752

    Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

  16. Leigh

    August 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm Reply

    I liked this on facebook!

    leigh dot onedayatatime at gmail dot com

  17. Leigh

    August 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm Reply

    I would love to try the Aloe Vera Shower gel!!!

    leigh dot onedayatatime at gmail dot com

  18. Cerena Leigh

    August 20, 2011 at 6:46 am Reply

    the vanilla buttercream room spray or the plumeria room spray i would definitely use!
    i liked you on FB! Cerena Hammond

    Cerena Leigh
    LuckyCLDH(at)aol(dot)com

  19. Echo Dannelle

    August 20, 2011 at 3:10 am Reply

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/#!/echodannelle/status/104662684481499137

    Echo Dannelle
    echodannelle[at]gmail.com

  20. Echo Dannelle

    August 20, 2011 at 3:10 am Reply

    I liked the giveaway.

    Echo Dannelle
    echodannelle[at]gmail.com

  21. Echo Dannelle

    August 20, 2011 at 3:09 am Reply

    I liked the shop, and it's nearly impossible for me to pick just one thing! BUT, I'd love to try anything vanilla buttercream, lettuce, and oatmeal milk and honey scented!

    Echo Dannelle
    echodannelle[at]gmail.com

  22. Cindy

    August 19, 2011 at 11:20 pm Reply

    Shared on Facebook!

    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=234733239902742&id=100000982041953

    Cindy
    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

  23. Cindy

    August 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm Reply

    Tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/#!/normawatson/status/104693544945582080

    Cindy
    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

  24. Cindy

    August 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm Reply

    I visited Red Leaf's Etsy shop and clicked on the Facebook "like" button – my shop name is Hellcat Vintage. I would love to try the 'Bubble Bath Dough'! Thank you so much for offering such a fun and generous giveaway. 🙂

    Cindy
    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

  25. Carolsue

    August 19, 2011 at 7:26 am Reply

    My Facebook name is: Carolsue Anderson

    I liked this giveaway
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  26. Carolsue

    August 19, 2011 at 7:25 am Reply

    I can't find the button to LIKE REf Leaf, but I posted it to my FaceBook Page….
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=208772809179888&id=100001415112057
    and I would get the Bubble Bath Dough in Plumeria
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  27. Tündéri Lonka

    August 19, 2011 at 6:55 am Reply

    blogged about it: http://tunderilonka.blogspot.com
    you van find it on my right side, link with photo.

  28. Tündéri Lonka

    August 19, 2011 at 6:53 am Reply

    my fav item is the bath and body gift set for women.

  29. carolynmcintyre

    August 19, 2011 at 6:07 am Reply

    love this giveaway.'
    this is an item i would like to try to use:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/62870761/gentle-aloe-vera-shower-gel-body-wash

    carolyn mcintyre
    carolynmcintyre@cox.net

  30. carolynmcintyre

    August 19, 2011 at 6:05 am Reply

    I like this giveaway on Facebook for an additional entry.
    Carolyn McIntyre
    carolynmcintyre@cox.net

  31. carolynmcintyre

    August 19, 2011 at 6:04 am Reply

    i Visited Red Leaf's Etsy Shop and clicked on the Facebook Like Button
    thanks so much
    carolyn mcintyre
    carolynmcintyre@cox.net

  32. DIY Endeavor

    August 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm Reply

    this may sound cheap but I'd love to get the Womens Shampoo Bar and Metal Case For Travel. Its just so hard to find a case to keep soap in!

    Ria
    riabougas@gmail.com

  33. melinda ann

    August 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm Reply

    I liked on facebook & hearted etsy shop.

    I'd love to try the bubble bath dough! ANY KIND!!!!

    melinda.ann.greene at gmail.com

  34. kiddo

    August 18, 2011 at 11:19 am Reply

    I tweeted the giveaway @kiddo47.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

  35. kiddo

    August 18, 2011 at 11:19 am Reply

    I clicked to FB like button for the giveaway.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

  36. kiddo

    August 18, 2011 at 11:18 am Reply

    I clicked the FB like button and I'd like to try the Womens Shampoo Bar and Metal Case For Travel.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

  37. Paula

    August 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm Reply

    I clicked the like button for this giveaway post! pmgiglia at yahoo dot com

  38. Paula

    August 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm Reply

    Would love to try the extra moisturizing face lotion! pmgiglia at yahoo dot com

  39. Mankaah Acho

    August 17, 2011 at 5:20 am Reply

    I would like to use the Hand and Body Lotion With Beeswax .

    I Visited Red Leaf's Etsy Shop and clicked on the Facebook Like Button
    I also liked this giveaway .

  40. jc

    August 17, 2011 at 4:18 am Reply

    Like this giveaway (jc loh), thank you.

    yumihamano@gmail.com

  41. jc

    August 17, 2011 at 4:17 am Reply

    FB like on Etsy (jc loh).

    I'd pick a tub each of the bubble bath dough in their sample sizes, this way I'll be able to enjoy every glorious scent available!

    yumihamano@gmail.com

  42. samara

    August 17, 2011 at 1:07 am Reply

    i liked the giveaway rose154223@yahoo.com

  43. samara

    August 17, 2011 at 1:06 am Reply

    i would like to try
    Concentrated Room Sprays

  44. CurlyChellez

    August 16, 2011 at 11:39 pm Reply

    I would like to use the Gentle Aloe Vera Shower Gel / Body Wash

    I Visited Red Leaf's Etsy Shop and clicked on the Facebook Like Button

    I Liked this Giveaway
    I Tweeted this Giveaway

  45. Dada Chiku (Curly-haired Chatterbox)

    August 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm Reply

    What are the rules for entering the giveaway?

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