“It’s time….”

It’s time….that phrase is heard many, many times during the day.  It’s time to go to work, It’s time to make dinner, It’s time to go to bed…..It’s time.  stella  This girl is Stella.  For all intents and purposes, she is my dog.  All 125 pounds of her.  She’s a leaner, a drooler , a lap dog wanna-be and my first child (non-pet people totally won’t get this).  Sometimes she may prefer my husband over me….but that usually depends on what he is eating.

I spent all day Wednesday preparing for “it’s time”.  I was a wreck.  I laid in bed beside her and we both cried.  I helped out of bed and outside…she laid down and got comfortable….I cried some more.  I spent the day saying goodbye.  Totally preparing to the vet appointment on Thursday morning.  She couldn’t walk and I knew she couldn’t go on like this.

I’d been through this before with out other dog, Daisy.  But it was different then, she wasn’t my dog.  She was attached more to my husband, they were bonded.  Like Stella and I are bonded.  And Daisy’s time came….I knew it, everyone knew it but John.  Honestly I think he knew it deep down but didn’t want to be the one to say it.  So I did….I said, “I really think it’s time.”.  I took her, I was there with her (simply because my husband was away working and couldn’t be there).  I cried but I rebounded rather quickly.  But this is different.

I walked into the vet appointment prepared…..prepared for the doctor tell me that “It’s time”.  But what I was not prepared for was that there was some hope.  So now we’re home….and now we wait.  Wait for her to get better….wait for her meds to kick in….wait for some sign that she is getting better…..and I have to say that the waiting is way more difficult….hands down.  At least I can live with the comfort knowing that we at least will have given her the best chance possible.

So for now……I wait for someone to tell me….”it’s time”.

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What does NATURAL mean to you?

Now that the extended weekend is behind us and I will spend the rest of the week thinking it is the wrong day ( I HATE when that happens!), I thought I would start my new blog with a really important topic.   I thought this would be the perfect opportunity and the perfect place to start….”NATURAL” and what it means to you and more importantly what it means in relation to my products.  What you can expect when I say something is “ALL NATURAL”.

The word “natural” when used in realms of the food, cosmetic and skin care industries, quite frankly, doesn’t really amount to squat.  There are not really any regulations in place as to what exactly quantifies a product to be called natural.  Even the FDA has no definition or guidelines in place for the use of the term.  (see HERE )   So pretty much what it boils down to is that anyone can slap the word natural on the label and hope that you don’t actually read the label and notice the artificial colors or flavors they’ve added.  So what does that mean for you?  You need to read the labels!

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Our all natural soap with the fresh herbal scent of lemon and sage and the best part made with goat milk. Photo by Lasher Photography.

Let’s get back to some basics….by definition, natural means existing in or caused by nature.  So in reference to skin care product, one would think that the ingredients in their lip balm, lotions, soaps…or whatever the products would be found to be naturally occurring in nature.  Good wholesome ingredients like cocoa butter, coconut oil and shea butter.  But what about the scents that make the products smell SOOOOO good?

Well, if you follow the definition of natural…the scents should be derived from nature.  So that means ESSENTIAL OILS.  Essential oils are scents that are derived from plants by various different processes such as steam distillation or cold press.   But just because a particular scent is found in nature DOES NOT mean that it is an essential oil.  For instance, the tangy scent of green apple or the juicy ripe strawberry…those are fragrance oils…not essential oils.  They are man made in a lab (completely skin safe and I have nothing against using them).  But how can that be?  Why?  What do you mean?

Confused?

Let’s look at lavender essential oil…..it is collected by steam distillation.  The volatile elements (its essence) is steamed out of the plants.  The resulting steam is then collected and condensed. What is left behind is a liquid with the essential oil floating on the top.  So….the essence is something that is an actual part of the plant.  It is two things:  first, it is something that can be collected (by different methods) and secondly, it smells like the plant (or part of the plant) from which it is obtained.

Now let’s look at….oh, watermelon, for example.  It’s a plant that occurs in nature: CHECK.  Does it produce an essential oil?  NO.  It produces a juice that smells quite yummy….but a juice is not an essential oil.  For whatever reason watermelon (along with tons of other plants) does not contain an “essence” that can be collected that smells like watermelon.  But wait…you say…..I can SMELL watermelon.  Well….a scent or odor is the result of gaseous molecules that are not able to be collected.  So what you are smelling when you smell watermelon are the gaseous vapors being released.

So I hope that adds a little bit of insight….so let me wrap this up by telling you what to expect from me when I say one of my products is all natural.  For me…it means that ALL of the ingredients….not one, not two….ALL are derived from nature…..from its main components such as beeswax, cocoa butter…..to what is used to scent it….essential oils…..all the way to what is used to color it (if applicable)….such as clays and other naturally occurring colorants.

So what does NATURAL mean to you?  I’d love to hear different points of view on this topic.

Memorial Day 2015

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Once again Memorial Day is upon us and for many that usually means an extra day off from work, Bar-B-Ques, parties and many times fireworks.  But how many truly KNOW what this national holiday is all about?  How many actually take the time to teach the younger generations WHY we celebrate every year on the last Monday in May?  Maybe (sadly to say) many adults don’t even know…

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember those that have died protecting our freedom.  They made the ultimate sacrifice.

So as you CELEBRATE this Memorial Day weekend, please REMEMBER to take a moment to HONOR those fallen soldiers who gave their lives so that we can live free.

In honor of Memorial Day, I am running a sale in my shop for 15% off your purchase (excludes shipping charges).   Use coupon code: REMEMBER15 at checkout. Offer expires Monday, May 25th at midnight EST. Click HERE to shop NOW!

Welcome!

Hello and thanks for stopping by!  After much deliberation, I have decided to take the plunge back into the blogging world.  A few years back, I blogged on a frequent basis and well, quite frankly, got burned out.  I was at a loss…I grasped at straws….what should I blog about?  What should I share with my audience?  How much was too much?

So now with a clearer vision in place, I am beginning again.  What you can expect?  First and foremost I would like to use this as a platform to share my business and my products with you. Secondly,  I have amassed a vast amount of knowledge over the past 10 years in the bath and body industry and would like to share some of it with you.  And finally I would like to share small glimpses into my personal world….maybe some recipes…maybe a few personal stories…but just a few.  So join me as I embark upon this exciting new journey and hopefully and integral part of my business.