Interview: Julie from The Redolent Mermaid

     It is my pleasure to share with you this interview with middle school teacher, blogger and my friend Julie Johnson from The Redolent Mermaid. I discovered Julie’s blog thanks to Sunnee, who (you’ll find out in a moment) was an inspiration for Julie to begin blogging in the first place. When you visit Julie’s blog, a word that may pop into your mind is whimsical. High definition photographs, interesting reviews and a consistent joyfulness define The Redolent Mermaid and Julie herself.

     Besides beauty and wax, Julie also writes about travel, cooking, and crafts, including my favourite, a piece about ‘fandom quilting’.

     Below are her thoughts about over sharing in the Internet age, ‘perpetual slick ooze’, and a perfume that currently has her reciting poetry.


1. How did you get started in blogging, and what made it attractive to you?

For many years I avidly read all types of blogs: nail polish, cosmetics, perfume. But when I dove into wax tarts and home fragrance, the blogs I began to read looked more approachable and I found myself commenting instead of lurking for the first time ever. Little did I know it would begin a beautiful friendship between three other bloggers and myself. As the only non-blogger of the quartet I began to get an itch to change that, and the ladies encouraged me wholeheartedly. What attracts me most to blogging is having it as an outlet to chat with my friends, new and old, about something we all enjoy.

2. What has been the best thing that’s come out of your blogging experience, and why?

My friendships, for sure. As a bit of an introvert in real life, it gives me a comfortable outlet to meet new people all over the world. Most of us chat outside of blogging via Facebook and texts and even… Gasp – snail mail! My hopes are to meet them all one day and give them big old bear hugs, but until then I am content just having them in my heart.

3. If you could do it all over again, would you change anything? What is it, and why?

What a great question. There were times I was hesitant to show too much of my personal life on the blog: my face, my children, my husband, my home. But ultimately, my blog is a very personal undertaking. My family, friends, home, and spiritual life hold top billing in my life and if I feel compelled to share the trivial scratchings of my material loves, then I also want to show the deeper gems of my heart. We are in an Internet age with a global community; online sharing should be done with caution, of course, but I have a feeling it will only increase with future generations – whether we will it to or not. All this to say that I would not be so hesitant to include pieces of my personal life in daily posts, as I was in the beginning.

4. What is your blogging process? Does it start with a product, an idea, or something else?

My blogging bones start with a schedule and ends up filled with whim. Usually I like to have certain types of series on deck or favorite seasonal items lined up to post. I type 90% of my posts on the weekend and schedule them to publish during the week since I work at a middle school full time. My Melting Basket posts appear pretty regularly and give me a nice outlet for whatever ramblings I feel compelled to write. The reviews start with the product I purchased. Once it comes in the mail I open and start snapping photos, then I place it on the computer desk for a few days while I admire and pet and smell it. Then I start using the item. I bring it back to the desk after a period and start editing photos and typing my thoughts while I admire, pet and sniff some more. Products can sit on the desk for a week at a time while my husband has to stare at them and smell them while he works there during the day.

5. What advice would you give to aspiring bloggers?

Post on a consistent basis, even if it is only little tidbits. Use photos. Work your writing muscles and take risks; post it, even if you are not confident about the writing/topic/tone. Respond to comments as timely as able. Don’t be afraid of promoting your blog. Be genuine.

6. Any product(s) you’re currently obsessed with? What makes them stand out?

I am obsessing over my FuturePrimitve Jilted & Crushed hand crafted bar soap from the UK. It smells dangerously sexy (attar, oudh, amber, tonka, dragons blood and vetiver) and feels utterly indulgent in the shower, bubbling and frothing.

Add to that obsessing list Sonoma Scent Studio Wood Violet. I got a sample recently when I was purchasing items for a giveaway. Love at first sniff, I went and bought a travel spray that very moment. Violets, cedar and musk. Don’t make me start spouting Neruda “Ode to a Cluster of Violets”…

7. A product you hated in recent memory? What made it so horrible, and does it have any redeeming qualities?

Estée Lauder Take It Away face wash. Gah. It gave me that sensation of never completely rinsing from my face. Perpetual slick ooze. It did smell rather nice though.

8. Favorite wax/beauty related blogs to read?

For wax I love:
Deb at It’s Always Something
Sunnee at Fragrance Obsessed
Lauren at Lolo Loves Scents
Liz at Furianne
Michelle at Waxing About


For perfume/beauty I enjoy:
Gil at
Gaia at The Non-Blonde
Isabella at Musings of a Muse
Victoria at EauMG

9. Do you ever look at your wax or beauty collection and think ‘that’s enough’? Do you think that you ever will?

Beauty: no. I always find a lippie or polish to crave. Wax: sometimes. I have two Sterilite 3-drawer organizers. If it has room, I order. If they are packed, I melt like a fiend, give some away… and then order.

10. What does the future hold for The Redolent Mermaid?

You know, I am not sure. My one year anniversary is approaching May 28th and that shocks me. Close to 365 posts seems unreal to me. I hope this next year is full of the same sweet friends and new names and faces as well. Just this week has seen me add my own domain name and Facebook page. I hope there are more positive milestones to come. For both of us.

Photo courtesy of Julie

Photo courtesy of Julie


     I would like to thank Julie for taking the time to share her ideas with me. You can find her at her website.


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