Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Behind the Scenes of: Mistral

I recently returned from a sunny filled vacation in San Diego, CA. Everything was wonderful: the weather, the beaches, the food but there is one thing that stood out from the rest. Visiting the Mistral Headquarters was as exciting for me as a kid going to Disneyland. Actually it was probably as exciting as going to Disneyland, Disneyworld, Busch Gardens, Six Flags and The San Diego Zoo combined!! I've always been a fan of their products but now that I met the people behind the company, I have a whole new appreciation for them.
My tour guide was none other than Matthew Tilker, the president of Mistral. I had no idea that the person that I have read so much about was going to show me around. I was delighted to meet him and he also said that I can take photos of their facility for my blog.
I hope you all enjoy this behind the scenes tour and hopefully I'll be able to feature some other soap companies that are willing to take us in.

Mistral's offices are located very close to their store in Solana Beach. I highly recommend stopping by the store, it's a total soap haven.

As soon as you walk into the entrance, they have photographs of their soaps across the whole wall.

Mistral only has about 18 employees working in this facility because most of the production is done in France. Matthew travels to France twice a year to oversee production and to discuss new products.

This is a shot of their warehouse area. Every liquid soap, bar soap, parfume, etc was labeled and put into boxes so they can be shipped out quickly to clients.

The gift baskets area. Each one is gift wrapped delicately by hand.

This is a very small portion of the "new products" room. They have shelves full of fragrances to choose from and little tester soaps all over the place. Their newest fragrance is Lavender and I have to say that I am not a big fan of Lavender at all, but theirs is truly amazing. Coming up with new products can take up to a year and a half, so they really have to do their homework well and predict what the trends will be far in advance.

Mistral will be exhibiting at the NYIGF this January/February so they already had all of their products and catalogs laid out for the show.

This is the shipping area and I believe it is mostly for online orders. You can see all of the soaps are organized in the clear boxes where they await patiently to be sent to their next owners.

Till next time!