As it leaked from some previous posts, I am going to start a crowd-funding campaign to develop a new product. One aim is to bring the ofuro culture to a broader public.
Another aim is to bring to the world a mind sizzling new sensation.
Is it too obscure? You will have to wait until next week, september 3rd when we will launch the campaign.
There are still some details I am working on and I really would appreciate to hear your opinion.
I sent a mail to all our previous customers with a link to the survey page.
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Well, this is a preview, but it is official:
I will launch a new product on indiegogo.com at the end of the august.
This is one of the reason I am naked (from the waist up) in the middle of a forest.
The product will be a special …….. and it will come together with these cute hinoki aroma balls and kimono fabric pouch.
If you want to know the details, please subscribe to our news letter, on the right side of this very post.
I`ll be in touch!
Here are two pictures of the walk in closet that a client made with hinoki lumber.
The style of the house is stunning modern with a special sensibility for the texture and feel of the materials. The soft touch and warmth of wood complements perfectly the “beton brut” poetry of the exposed concrete walls.
Of course, the use of hinoki wood is also functional to preserving the clothes from insects and the insurgence of mold / smell.
We completed the experimental phase of hinoki wood treated with a new glass based product.
The sample in the picture above has been coated with 2 layers and let dry for 12 hours.This product is isopropyl alcohol based and its effect is semi-permanent.
Generally, any type of full penetration product silicon based or fluoride based deteriorates overtime and it becomes more permeable to water (and dirt).This product creates a matte glass coating thus it is virtually permanent and does not allow dirt or mold particles to stick to the wood.
If used outside, it can be labeled as self cleaning as when it rains also the dirt particles are swept away.
One downside is that it closes the pores of wood hence the aroma of hinoki is almost completely eliminated (unlike other silicon based products like Kihada ichiban).
We are going to use this glass based product on the bottom plank (top and bottom side) because it is the most vulnerable as it collects all the tensions coming from the sides.It is also the last surface to dry while the side planks are already contracting.The aroma releasing surface may be reduced by 1/9 but the tub becomes sturdier and more stable.
As you may know, bartok design developed a line of hinoki aroma oils.
They are enhanced with hinokitiol active principle to boost the oil bactericidal and skin repair efficacy.We need your opinion.
For this purpose we are now shipping 100 free samples (30 for end users and 70 for spa professionals and aromatherapists).
If you are interested, please contact us by email specifying your address.
Please return us your comments. We will not contact you for any other purpose nor disclose any personal information or redistribute it to third parties.
The hinokitiol is quite expensive as it takes about 25Kg. of hiba wood to produce 1g of pure hinokitiol powder.
We are recommending 3 formulations. (5%,10%,15%).
For this concentration, hinokitiol is soluble in the oil without need of a solution medium like alcohol, so the hinoki oil is pure and without chemical additives..
We are in doubt if it is better to market the oil already mixed (oil + hinokitiol powder),
or provide them separately so the user can verify the amount of hinokitiol and mix them before use.
Mixing is achieved by simply shaking the bottle. For the 10% and 15% solutions we recommend to place the oil bottle in hot water for 30 seconds.
(NOTE: Until ond of may 2014 we will ask all clients which option they prefer.)
SUMMARIZING: We need your opinion about the marketing format of our enhanced hinoki oil.
(ready-mixed or bi-component).
We will ship a free sample (value 6$) to the first 100 people who contact us.
Of course shipping is prepaid so you will only have to test it and let us know.
This is also a chance for you to try our hinoki oil for free!
Please contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: The program is completed. Thank you for your interest and precious feed back. This gave us the leads to develop a “legendary hinoki oil”. Please find more on our indiegogo page: http://www.igg.me/at/pocket-onsen
Well, we are excited!
A spa in Singapore for which we supplied 4 tubs last year just won the “2014 Day Luxury Spa Award!” Therefore Ikeda spa is not only the best in Singapore (as everybody already knew…) but the BEST IN THE WORLD!
My partner mr. Ikeda is twice as proud as (this is by chance…) the awarded establishment has his name…
Here are 2 shots (credits: www.ikedaspa.com )
If you go to Singapore don`t miss this chance of trying out the Bartok design tubs!
(Can we also say they are the best in the world?)
Dear Japan lovers:
As you might know, the japanese sales tax is increasing starting 2014/4/1 (from 5% to 8%).
If your tub purchase is finalized after 4/1, we will have to update the price (increase of 3%).
(Unfortunately it is not an april fool…)
If you confirm your interest, we recommend to take advantage of the old price until the end of march and confirm your order.
Thank you for your kind understanding.
The resort chain “Caro Foresta” put special efforts in targeting clients with pets.
Of course dogs are allowed in the resort, are pampered with a broad choice of delicious menus and are babysitted so that the owners can fully enjoy their vacation.
But yes, since the resort in Nasu is in a hot spring area, why the best friend of man shouldn`t enjoy the hot water also?
There it is: they offer hinoki outdoor baths (rotenburo) for the joy of your dog.