I am so glad it’s a new year, because I sure had a rough 2014. My wife and I started 2014 with much excitement and plans for Noir Naturals, but we got slightly derailed as my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February. I took a sabbatical from the business for most of the year to take care of mom and deal with grief after her passing in July. It was a rough year personally, but I’m happy to say that Noir Naturals had a great year, and ended 2014 strong.
I was particularly pleased with how well our natural soap fundraising program did this year. Noir Naturals was able to not only partner with non-profit organizations and individuals to help them raise funds, but we gave back to the community as well. We donated 54.4 lbs of food to Our Daily Bread Food Bank in Hammond, LA, and donated the rest of fundraising program proceeds to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Metairie, LA.
We will be starting the year off teaching a couple soap making history sessions, and soap making classes to more than 50 students. A few months ago the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Chalmette Battlefield invited us to their 200th Commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans. We are excited to be a part of this historical event scheduled for later this week, on January 9th and 10th.
We have a number of wonderful plans for the rest of 2015, including finishing up our shampoo and conditioner line. We will be discontinuing a couple products that ran their life cycle, but will be replacing them with exciting new ones. We will be expanding our recently launched aromatherapy line, and working on a couple special customer product requests as well. And as usual we will have new lotion and soap scents introduced. We will continue to keep you posted as things progress.
In June, 2015 we will celebrate our 5th year in business. I am very thankful to God for the growth we have experienced in our business the past years. We will have a very special promotion in June to commemorate this 5 year achievement.
Here’s to a happy, healthy and awesome 2015!
Charles, Owner Noir Naturals