Tuesday, May 31, 2011

GlitterSniffer Bath Basics

As we come to what looks to be the end of the GlitterSniffer Cosmetics story there is a portion that has yet to be addressed, that of GlitterSniffer Bath.

GS Bath started off as an apprenticeship with Lela Warren for Brandy Cameron. In an effort to grow Brandy's skill in Bath and Body the free program was offered to GlitterSniffer Cosmetics customers for a varying cash donation for supplies. All labor was to be donated by Lela and Brandy. And just what was Brandy learning from Lela? Given the documented history and the reports of the conditions of formulation at GlitterSniffer Cosmetics it is a valid question.

So what did finally arrive for those in the bath pool?

An experimental product

Relatively intact, save for the dust shaped Bath Bombs. It appears to be well packaged, though the product has issues with irregularity. GS was always very upfront about their Bath Bombs being hand molded, so no surprises there. What about the labeling?

Depending on the actual ingredients in the bath products at the bare minimum the labels affixed to the packaging require:
  1. Wording on the package that identifies the product as "Soap"
  2. Net weight of product
  3. Name and address of business
Again, depending on ingredients, the products sold by GlitterSniffer Bath would either fall under the purview of The Consumer Product Safety Commission ('true' soap) or FDA (soap that is detergent and/or makes cosmetic/health claims). As there has been no disclosure about what, exactly, was in these products by the company it is unclear at this point as to just what labeling is required. However, slapping on a label that says "Soap" does not appear to meet even the minimum requirements.

For illustrative purposes only, here are some Indie bath and body shops and their labels/product handling.

GlitterSniffer Bath began selling via Artfire in short order. Things started off well, with several sales. It was verified through the sale of one of the Unicorn Birthday Scented Soaps that GS Bath was indeed under the reigns of Brandy Cameron, as seen in this Paypal receipt:

From a customer service standpoint the transaction went off without a hitch. The soap arrived in a timely manner, was well packaged, a Delivery Confirmation number (which updated regularly) was sent to the customer, and the package included a receipt and a coupon for 10% off the next order. Here is the soap itself:

It seems that GS Bath may have learned all too well at least one past business practice from GlitterSniffer Cosmetics.

There was absolutely no labeling on this product. Not even a sticker identifying it as soap.

GS Bath then hit a road bump. 

I was unable to verify conclusively if the Google Checkout account being used was a separate one for GS Bath or the GS Cosmetics account. All receipts I saw were remitted to GlitterSniffer Cosmetics via Google Checkout, but they were all for combined purchases from both GS and GS Bath.

As it stands now the GlitterSniffer Bath Artfire is empty, and no one has checked in for a month. There was an interesting development this week for GS Bath. The shop has moved from a paid 'Pro' account to a 'Basic' account. Per Artfire the 'Pro' fees are automatically debited from a credit card on file every month on the same date as the inception of the shops' 'Pro' status. One could surmise from this that either the card was declined or the 'Pro' account was canceled.


At this point it appears that just short of 25 sales GS Bath has ceased operations, at least for the time being.

Another interesting thing to note, despite no communication from the company, removal of the Fan Page and private Facebook Group, no checkins on their Artfire for a month, and the ongoing FDA investigation, GlitterSniffer Cosmetics maintains their 'Pro' status.


*Note: All pictures and links to products/shops other than GlitterSniffer Bath/GlitterSniffer Cosmetics are used for illustrative purposes only and should not be construed as an endorsement or recommendation. Thank you.

5/31/11 ETA: Corrected Beauty in the second paragraph to read Body. B&B stands for Bath& Body.

1 comment:

  1. Glittersniffer is back on facebook, as of August of 2014.


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