A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Pleasant smell of the nature
Re-leaf is a Latvian upstart company, dedicated to creating unique air fresheners from ingredients as natural as possible. Our range of scents represents the authentic freshness of Northern European nature: from smooth, velvety fragrance of blackcurrant leaves to surprising explosion of wilderness hidden in droppings of a fallow-deer.
All ingredients are manually collected at ecologically sustainable locations, mostly Ķemeri National Park, one-off wildlife reserve on the coast of the Baltic sea, and in more than hundred years old family estate of the founder Jānis, located just next to the reserve.
Our mission is to bring those scents to modern households all around the globe, providing a healthy alternative for chemical fresheners and introducing the original Nordic scent-scape.
From leafs to deer
Currently, we have developed five smells, representing the spectrum of Nordic wildlife:
The hay air freshener consists of hay reaped manually at natural meadows of a 130-year-old family estate near the scenic coastal town Jūrmala in Latvia. In order to preserve the truly authentic scent of freshly collected hay, that’s been slightly enriched with organic essential oils from 31 selected herbs well-known in folk medicine.
Northern nations have cherished the healing powers of sauna for millennia. An indispensable part of the sauna ritual is an aromatic birch besom. The birch air freshener consists of birch leaves collected from untouched trees growing over the lay lines in Ķemeri National Park. In order to preserve the truly authentic scent of freshly-cut birch leaves, the sample is slightly enriched with organic essential oil of the same origin.
The air freshener consists of black currant leaves manually collected and dried at above mentioned family estate. In order to preserve the truly authentic scent of natural black currant, leaves are slightly enriched with organic essential oil of the same origin.
The evergreen pine is the eucalyptus of the Northern hemisphere, well-known in folk medicine for its beneficial qualities. The pine scent alone can aid the immune system in conquering various kinds of nasty viruses! The needles and pinecones for this air freshener are collected from the highest trees hardened in Baltic seaside winds at Ķemeri National Park.
THE HORNED KING
An air freshener that consists of carefully selected fellow-deer droppings manually collected at deer garden near the town of Jelgava in Latvia. Feeding on all-natural and organic food only, a deer produces a surprising by-product, conveying the scent of intact northern forests and meadows instead of what one might think of. Take the challenge and be pleasantly surprised!
Packed to last longer&wider = 30 days - 30m2
We created the packaging keeping in mind three objectives: design, efficiency, and sustainability. First of all, it is designed to fit an interior of a modern home, reserved yet expressive in its own way. Handcrafted and printed with silk screening technology each packaging precisely represents the natural aroma it holds. Regarding holding, insulating material is applied to inside surface in order to keep the fragrance inside until the very moment you decide to release it. When you opens the packaging - the aroma will flow outside so much - how much the packaging is opened, there is no need to fully open it. And, of course, it is made from recycled paper in order to minimise or ecological footprint.
Re-Leaf products (all of them) have herbarium effect. What does that means - they are dried and they have layer with essential oil, no seeds, and yes we can ship to Australia and NZ!
All fresheners longevity is till 30 days and all fresheners (each of them) can cover 30m2 big area!
Business and responsibility
Our aim is to create a steady production flow, guaranteeing availability of the product all year round all around the globe. In order to reach it, we need your support for developing the production facilities and creation of communication materials before launch of the product into the mass market.
We believe in sustainable economy and wholeness of human-nature relationship. Taking our strength from the nature, we are giving it back by planting a tree for each 5 packaging of air freshener sold. Give your environment a touch of wild nature and become the grandparent of a tree in Latvia!
Risks and challenges
Frankly speaking, our greatest risk is global warming: if the birch trees and pines will be replaced by palm trees, and fellow deer by an antilope, no more business for us and the pleasure of Baltic smells for you.
Otherwise it is just careful attention towards rhythms of the nature in order to gather necessary ingredients at the right time - when their smell is the most intense and accordingly will last longer. Related to that is seasonal availability of products that may conflict with the demand. Who nowadays wants to wait almost a year when a birch tree blossoms?! In order to prevent that, we are researching the optimal ways of stocking up ingredients without any loss of quality.