Hand-made glass fruits with colorful potpourri inside and tropical aromas to remind you of beautiful places and memories.
About this project
Fruity Sunset. Adorable Glass Fruits with Aromatic Potpourri Inside.
I wanted to make products that invoke feelings, not just nice things to look at. These hand-made hollow glass fruits with aromatic tropical-themed potpourri inside are among the most adorable and difficult to make gift products in the world. Perfect decorum for your work desk, kitchen table, bathroom, or as gifts for the special people in your life or at weddings.
There are 6 different designs, each of which has potpourri of a different color and aroma inside. The potpourri itself is a mix of 3 different plants, each one with a different hue to give an overall base color impression that casts a brilliant color mix inside the shiny glass walls of the hollow fruit.
Photography hasn’t been invented yet that makes a picture look as good as a real life scene. Believe me, the photos posted here do not do this product justice.
Six different fruits.
Purple is the color of royalty, and the sophisticated and regal aroma of lavender is a perfect match.
The playful orange-tinted bubble gum aroma of the potpourri is very sweet but not overpowering. This aroma was chosen as one of the best of hundreds by many people. The orange also resembles a great orange sun, and was my inspiration for the package art.
Green is not only the color of real pears, but invokes the feeling of nature and the ocean–one reason why the ocean beach aroma was chosen for this item. Close your eyes and its subtle aroma will almost make you hear the waves outside your home or office.
Red is the color of sweetness, reflected in the aroma from plumeria, the flower of tropical paradises such as Hawaii and Tahiti. My personal favorite aroma of the lot.
Sweet succulent yellow pineapple pulp aroma seeps out of this adorable dimpled glass replica of a real pineapple, reminding you of past visits to warm tropical locations.
And no tropical experience would be complete without a coconut. This creation has light wavy hair lines on the surface just like a real coconut, and 3 round dimples at the top. The natural coconut aroma makes you want to bash it against a rock to get at the juicy pulp inside.
The items in this collection are filled with the finest potpourri that is hand picked from Thailand.
Each fruit comes with a 1ml aroma refill bottle full of each fruits’ respective aroma. The back of each fruit has an around 1cm oval hole where you can add additional aroma to the potpourri inside once the existing aroma wears off in a few months. You just open the refill bottle, aim the opening over the hole and tap gently so that the aroma oil drops go inside. The presence of an orifice reducer will ensure that not too much comes out at once.
The product is made of Pyrex glass. This is the same glass as used in laboratory glassware. Its strong and durable.
All 6 fruits stand around 6-7cm tall.
Because these are hand made, no two will be exactly alike. But that’s part of the attraction of hand made items.
Im offering a number of unique rewards that will be exclusive to Kickstarter.
Fruity Sunset. The single set–a set of one each of all 6 fruits (orange orange, purple orange, green pear, red pear, yellow pineapple, and natural coconut). $39 CAD (USD$29.72)
Fruity Sunset double set. Two of each fruit. $74 CAD (USD$56.39)
Fruity Sunset triple set. Three Of each fruit. $112 CAD (USD$85.35)
Fruity Sunset Single set plus 8 ten ml bottles of aroma oil. Plumeria, ocean beach, bubble gum, lavender, coconut, pineapple, and two new ones, rose and hibiscus. $69 CAD (USD $52.58)
Fruity Sunset. The single set. Plus one T-shirt white or black with the Fruity sunset drawing. $79 CAD (USD $60.20)
Fruity Sunset Single set plus 1 Japanese “Happi Coat”
$89 CAD (USD $67.82)
What is a Japanese Happi Coat?
From Wikipedia: “Happi is a traditional Japanese straight-sleeved coat usually made of indigo or brown cotton and imprinted with a distinctive mon (crest).
They are usually worn to festivals. Originally these represented the crest of a family, as happi were worn by house servants. Later, the coats commonly began to display the crests of shops and organizations. Firefighters in the past also used to wear happi; the symbol on their backs referred to the group with which they were associated. In English, “happi” is most often translated as “happi coat” or “happy coat”, although it is pronounced more like “hoppy” in Japanese.”
Of course, for the T shirts and Happi coat, if you prefer the setting fruit to be a pineapple, coconut or pear instead of an orange, you can choose that too.
Risks and challenges
All the hard work has been done. And it has been hard. Three factories were involved, each one started out promising one thing and delivering another. All kinds of design and size issues came up. Finding reliable suppliers for the potpourri and aroma oils have also hit snags along the way. Finally I have reliable and quality factories confirmed. A lot of work went into the package as well. Because the product is made of glass, this makes it especially challenging with regard to transport. But finally after designing and redesigning, I am confident that the current form will get the job done in terms of keeping the glass from moving while in transit. I have run several Kickstarters (NanoDri shirts, BodiBelt, MeshPro insoles) and have delivered on all of them so its simply a matter of actualizing support for the product. The products will be shipped by myself using the always reliable Japan post, rather than entrusting to an unproven 3rd party.