OxyScents - Oxygen Powered Fragrance (Canceled)
Providing wonderful, bubbling aromas without the use of dangerous flames, batteries or electrical cords. Just add water to activate.
Everyone has a favorite scent. Why? Because aromas make you feel good. Remember the smell of Apple Pie in your grandmother's kitchen? Freshly cleaned laundry? A big, juicy orange slice? The ocean breeze? It's aromas that make the world go round.
Show me someone who doesn't have at least one scent they love and I'll show you someone without a nose.
Who is OxyScents for? Well, everyone really. Because of the type of product it is and what it provides, it does not limit itself to a select group of people. Anyone and everyone can, and should, use OxyScents.
A few examples:
- Office Cubicles
- Dorm Rooms
- School Classrooms
- Nurseries (cover up smells and sleep aid)
- Realtor Open Houses (fresh chocolate chip cookie aroma?)
- Hotels (select a room mood?)
- Fundraisers (perfect for fundraising)
OxyScents provides a soothing, fun, and SAFE aroma experience. With each "fun to watch" bursting bubble, OxyScents releases a subtle fragrance blast you will absolutely love. And... you won't burn your house down!
We understand that a burning candle may provide the aroma you are seeking. But... we all know the danger of candles. Please read what we've written about the dangers of open flames and electrical fires (see below).
OxyScents is a simple, easy to use!, safe to use!, fun to use! product for every home, office, dorm room, classroom, nursery... you name it! Would you ever consider putting a lit candle in a room with your child? We certainly hope not!
How about a bubbling OxyScents fragrance? Absolutely!
OxyScents is SAFE because it isn't on fire, doesn't contain potentially exploding or corroding batteries or potentially hazardous electrical cords.
Think long and hard before you light that next candle!
We absolutely refuse to use dangerous FLAMES, BATTERIES or ELECTRICAL CORDS to produce the wonderful aromas that OxyScents offers. Because we don't need to. We just use a little water.
PLUS... all of our products contain fragrance oils with Flashpoints of 200° or higher for added safety.
Here is a very sad statistic for you to ponder:
Based on the latest available data, in 2014 there were 1,300,000+ residential fires in the USA alone. Of those,approximately 11% were due to OPEN FLAME or ELECTRICAL MALFUNCTION. That's roughly 143,000 home fires due to OPEN FLAMES or ELECTRICAL MALFUNCTION.
And... approximately 15% resulted in INJURY! And way too many in DEATH!
We realize many people enjoy a burning candle in their home. The fragrance from a good burning candle is wonderful.
...BUT IT IS DANGEROUS! AND, IT MAY CREATE BLACK SOOT WHICH IS ALSO HARMFUL.
Would you put a candle in a child's room? We certainly hope not. Have you ever been in an area where there was a candle and a child present at the same time? If so, we're certain you were a little uneasy about it.
OxyScents is safe enough to place in a room with a child. You won't be worried about the room starting on fire. Remember... even batteries (especially the newer lithium ones) and electrical cords CAN CAUSE FIRES!
DON'T PLAY WITH MATCHES! There is a reason we have all heard that saying. THEY START FIRES!
OxyScents eliminates all of those safety concerns that come with flames, batteries and electrical cords. OxyScents really is the SAFE way to enjoy the wonderful scents that we all enjoy.
Aromatherapy. The fun, safe way.
Bubbles. Bubbles. Bubbles. Who doesn't like bubbles? The more OxyScents bubbles, the more fragrance is released into the air. It's a simple concept, but it should be a mainstay in every home. Just place on a level surface like you would for a candle and add water. It really is that simple.
Each OxyScents jar will bubble for hours. And, when the bubbling stops, OxyScents will continue to provide a wonderful aroma for many days.
OxyScents should be in your home today to provide you with wonderful aromas. BE SAFE. DO IT THE OXYSCENTS WAY!
We are currently offering right here on KickStarter our first 2 fragrances (Apple Cinnamon (my personal favorite) and Zested Lemon). Each of our KickStarter backer rewards allows you to select from these two wonderful fragrances. Plus, we have two stretch goals each with an identified challenge level ($25,000 and $50,000). Plus, we have an additional four stretch goal fragrances that have not yet had a determined challenge level amount added (Mystery amounts TBD during the campaign).
Each stretch goal that is met adds that fragrance into the reward selections. (ie; If all stretch goals are met you will be able to select from 8, or possibly more, different fragrances).
Look for our EARLY BIRD SPECIAL for a tremendous deal.
To meet our initial funding goal will allow us to purchase our supplies in bulk and reduce our overall costs. Meeting the initial goal will also allow us to complete our final packaging design.
ABOUT US & "INVENTIONS"
I'm Doug Calhoon. OxyScents literally began years ago with a conversation between my son and I when he was about 9 or 10 years old.
In the late 1980's (yes, I'm dating myself) I developed a product called SkateMates™. SkateMates began one night in my mother's basement in the mid-1980's by wiring in LED's (lights basically for those who don't know what LED's are) into an old pair of tennis shoes. This was many years before another company (I'll keep them nameless) introduced the first pair of shoes with flashing LED's in the heel to the world.
However, I took my design a step further and designed it as a "wrap-around" unit that could attach to your leg, or skate. The reason I did that was in the late 1980's a new phenomenon (at least in the USA) was underway - called inline skating. And, the major player in the market at the time was located right here in Minnesota (I'll also keep them nameless but I'm sure you know the name). I was onto something!
SkateMates had write-ups in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and was featured on a local morning TV show. And I had easy access to the head buyers at TARGET since they were also in Minnesota. I initially was going to build all of my product right here in Minnesota until I met with the head buyer at Target. He would be interested in SkateMates if I could cut the cost to him in half.
So, I had some contacts that used to work for a large retailer within their foreign outsourcing group - mainly Hong Kong. I became involved with a Hong Kong manufacturer and worked for many months getting the prototypes completed (believe me, this was not as easy back then when there wasn't what the internet is today). I had all of my prototypes from Hong Kong eventually shipped to me, cleared through customs, etc........I had over 500 boxes of SkateMates stashed in my apartment. I was on my way!
However, there wasn't a KickStarter back then. You had to find "Angel" investors for your business if you needed some help with funding and it was not easy to do. I went through all of my personal money, learned a tremendous amount about the business world - especially bringing a new product to market - and don't regret one minute of it!
That process defined who I am today. SkateMates didn't make it out to the masses because I couldn't devote full-time to it after I was out of money (I had to go back to a 9-5 job).
It haunts me to this day.
Skip ahead many years later. I'm married, have two children, with one in college and one heading to college soon. My children now define who I am today! I live somewhat vicariously through them (don't all parents do that in a sense?). OxyScents is about my son. The Dreamer. The one who has always aspired to create something. To invent. To follow in his dad's footsteps in that regard. It's the conversations with him that kept my dreams alive. And, together, it's what created OxyScents.
My son began "inventing" at an early age. He wanted to create his own "SkateMates". Put his mark on the world of new products. He would draw up plans, ask advice - and build. Many times it was on his own. And this was all before he was 10 years old!!! OxyScents developed out of a long conversation that started with "Dad, what can I invent?". That's a tough question to answer, but one I looked up to the challenge of. Together we tried some things similar to OxyScents. Those ideas will eventually be released as new products in the not too distant future. OxyScents is the product that will get us to where we want go.
Looking forward, it's those initial failures of what OxyScents began as, that allows us to feel good about what OxyScents is today. With many trials and errors on initial designs, we feel that OxyScents is at its purest today.
As for my qualifications, obviously I've had a new product development business before. My prior business involved all aspects of business. I set up the manufacturing in both the USA and Hong Kong, the marketing, the sales. I did it all. Yes, I ran out of money and couldn't continue because of the financial aspects. I think about it to this day. If I had been able to continue financially at the time, SkateMates would have been a household name.
I've been in Marketing the past 20 years and also owned a successful internet based business I started in 2003. I know how to get buyers to the product and become very passionate about something I develop. I learned from the SkateMates years when to ask for help and that is why I am here on Kickstarter asking for help. For dreamers. For backers.
I continue to have connections with off-shore manufacturing, as well as connections in the home shopping television networks. Manufacturing. Marketing. Sales. I truly believe I have them covered if you are wondering if I can handle it or not. OxyScents will be a household name and the products following in its footsteps will be too.
These items are SkateMates (my first product designed in the 1980's) and Air-Flys (my son's award winning first design). Air-Flys were designed on the heel of a shoe to make you jump higher. He didn't create the shoe so I won't show anything but the heel here.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges with any new product release. Usually it's the delay in manufacturing or shipping the containers from overseas that causes the issue.
We aren't concerned with the design of OxyScents because it is pretty straightforward.
We have connections in place to provide the manufacturing as well as some of our sales and marketing.
We will utilize Source One Enterprises (http://www.sourceoneus.com/) to assist us with our sourcing and manufacturing (we've known the owner/CEO for nearly 40 years).
We have connections with one of the Top 3 Home Shopping Networks to get our product out to the masses (very close family connection with an On-Air Personality for one of the Top 3). We hope to get OxyScents on-air quickly following our KickStarter campaign (after we've shipped all rewards to our backers).
Manufacturing delays are a downfall for any new business. However, we feel that the connections we have will position us for a quick turnaround on all of our needs for OxyScents.
*Obviously, if we don't meet our goal of $10,000, we won't receive anything and our backers won't receive anything (they won't pay for anything either). We feel our biggest challenge is actually meeting our goal here on Kickstarter. It's our biggest obstacle and is where we need YOUR HELP the most.
We don't have the massive social media following that usually seems to be needed for successful campaigns on Kickstarter.
However, with each backer we feel our social media presence increases - if our backers help us by promoting our campaign (and trying to get others to back us) to their social media followers we should have no problem reaching our goal. Our Dream!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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