We have seen consistent 60s, rain and no snow, Finally, in my neck of the woods...I'm declaring Spring. I love this time of year because everything is starting anew, the colors are vibrant, walking barefoot, digging in the dirt and Spring scents/smells (lilacs and fresh cut grass) are refreshing. Also, it's a great time to "spring clean" your skin care routine. When the seasons change, our skin tends to do the same. If you are dry in the winter, you may see combination skin in spring/summer months. Then throw in age and hormones and you are wondering what the heck is going on.. Balancing your skin's oil production is important, no matter what time of year. To get rid of dry and flaky skin and make it summer ready, try body brushing or exfoliating a few times a week. Then use a light body oil or moisturizer to keep skin conditioned and smooth. No matter your skin type, hydrating and moisturizing is still key to great skin.
Spring is a great time to look at your skin care/cosmetic supply and consider the following:
We know sun damages and ages skin. Sunscreen can be a touchy subject but my stance is all in moderation because we have long winters and I want the Vitamin D. Use nontoxic sunscreen when possible or cover up using hats, sunglasses and light clothing. Also, you can research making your own sunscreen and foods to eat that help provide sun protection.
If you are still experiencing skin issues, consider these five common skin care mistakes:
One of the greatest joys in owning a small business has been the friendships I have made along the way. Happenstance, circumstance, fate, luck, destiny, blessing, written in the stars, stumbling upon – call it as you will, but it has been the best part of Simply Rustic that I never expected.
1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
2. good fortune; luck. www.dictionary.com
I have told my husband that we need to travel cross country so I could actually meet many of you. Your stories and passion have helped inspire and shape Simply Rustic in so many ways. Having common interests - living simply, naturally, safely and eco-friendly and/or a common connection – has touched me in extraordinary ways. I would like to share one of those stories.
A little over a year ago, one of those customers, Danille (Rice) Doumas ordered from Simply Rustic. Then I received this email from her:
“I really love and enjoy your products! I have found that my nails have never been as strong as they are now due to your body butters. I got to thinking that if the product worked so well on my nails, I would add a little bit to the tips of my hair. My hair has also grown in strength! You might consider some sort of leave-in hair conditioner to expand your product line. Trust me, the body butter works in the hair! Finding your products and watching them transform my skin, hair, and nails came at the best time. I will be getting married in September of this year! I want to personally thank you; keep up the healthy alternative to skin care!”
She had me hooked, the compliment was amazing but she was getting married so I had to find out details without seeming too nosy.
A friendship began and we have had many great conversations. We have a lot in common. Danille is genuine, compassionate and has a lot of positive energy. Born and raised in California, she had always romanticized about New York City. As serendipity worked its magic in her life, she met Jayson, who is originally from New York. It was not much longer after her initial email that I received their wedding invitation. What I wouldn’t have done to be able to attend.
“In June 2010, a boy met a girl on the elevator of City Hall. Just one boy and one girl and an invitation to coffee. After that encounter he was a goner. Discovering they lived just one freeway exit apart they became best friends and partners in crime. They went on lots of roller coasters. They fell in love with traveling. They discovered inspiration in so many things...food, friends, movies, music, blue skies. He proposed at Disney World – after asking her 6 feet 5 inch tall father for her hand in marriage. They celebrated. They got married.”
An understatement…their wedding was magical…it has been an honor to be part of this special time in Danille’s life.
Thank You Danille for sharing your story!
For those of you I have had the pleasure of getting to know beyond Simply Rustic, and for those of you I would be happy to get to know better, I would like to add a new chapter to Simply Rustic. It is my wish to feature your unique stories, memories, adventures and/or life moments…
Do you have a story, memory, adventure and/or life moment you would like to share? Email me. Thank You for reading...
What a year 2013 was, as I'm wondering where the last half of it went...mid August (the only month we didn't have frost at some point) we finally saw some summer weather that gave us a nice long fall and here I'm sitting in the New Year.
Some personal highlights of 2013:
Late February, my in-laws were gracious enough to come and spend a week with the kids so my husband and I could celebrate our Anniversary (12/12/2012) in St. Thomas VI, where we were married.
My sister and her family made the trek from Colorado to northern Wisconsin the beginning of July to visit for a few days.
Beginning of October, the family and I enjoyed a quick weekend and explored the north shore of Minnesota.
What were some of your highlights of 2013?
Simply Rustic had a wonderful 2013 too. Thank You for keeping me going...I wish I could put into words how truly grateful I am for all of you. And not just because you purchase the products and like them-because I have been lucky to get to know several of you and actually can't wait to meet you in person someday and look forward to getting to know more of you. :-)
The Simply Face products, particularly the Face Food and Cleansing Oil, have become popular this past year. Next up, the Body Butters with Pomegranate Vanilla Coconut being the favored scent.
By Sunday, January 5th the new products that will be added to the website:
These will also create some new gift bundles. :-)
If you liked the toners but didn't care for the pump eventually not working, please try again. I ordered different pumps and the Toner/Mister is reformulated using liquid extracts. Before, powder extracts were infused and even though it was strained, some of the particles still made it through and I believe that is what was causing the problem with the pumps. If this does not work the Toner/Mister will just go to Toner. :-)
Mostly everything is back in stock or will be very soon. Don't forget to use WINTER2014 coupon code for 15% off any order January-March.
I hope you had an awesome 2013! I haven't started my list yet, though I do know I'm going with goals this year instead of resolutions. Do you have any New Year resolutions or goals for 2014?
Hello, Hello! It has been forever. No complaints. I was preparing for the 800 fans giveaway and the next thing I knew, Simply Rustic's Facebook page had over 850. Wow! and Thank You!
To say thanks I am hosting a "few of my favorite things" giveaway to celebrate! I did not take on this journey with any milestones in mind but just grateful for every day and it's always fun to celebrate to show my appreciation!
What you can win?
A month subscription to Ecocentric Mom - a fun and smart way to discover healthy, natural and organic products, delivered monthly to your home, exclusively for moms, moms-to-be and baby. I love the day my Mom Box arrives (so do my kids), it's like Christmas once a month and I'm always thrilled with the wonderful, healthy, natural and/or organic products in the box. A great way to try new products too that you didn't know existed. Winner can choose what box they would like to receive.
Simply Face Gift Pack - a popular gift pack this summer. Of course, I had to include something from Simply Rustic. Yes, I love it and have had several wonderful customers tell me the same thing and also shocked on how simple it is with positive results.
Two magnetic notepads from it's great to "be" - I still like my pen and paper on occasion and these notepads are at the top of my list because I love the sayings and illustrations plus Victoria, the creator, is great.
$25 Gift Certificate to Vitacost - when I'm not buying local or from my co-op, this is where I go. Vitacost has the best prices on everything from personal care to food. Spend $49 and receive free shipping...easy to do when stocking up.
A few odds and ends that I pick up every now and then.
13% Off Any Order Placed Now through July 31, 2013 - it's my birthday month and 13 is my favorite number. :-) I'm working on finding a shopping cart that accepts coupon codes but still has to go through PayPal...any suggestions? Two ways to take advantage of the sale for the rest of the month...order through website and I will refund you the 13% or email me your order with your PayPal email and I will invoice you. Can not be used with Birthday Club order.
How do you enter?
To keep it simple, please check out Ecocentric Mom and it's great to "be" on Facebook (links go to their pages) and "like" them. Come back and leave a comment on this post...anything from what you like about Simply Rustic products to additional tips from the next few paragraphs and mention you "liked" the pages. Make sure you leave an email address so I can contact you. I will randomly choose a winner. The giveaway will run from Thursday, July 18th to Wednesday, July 31st 11:59pm central time.
When the products are created, they typically have multitasking benefits. Simple formulas with many benefits...how can you go wrong? I'm slowly but surely adding these multitasking benefits and tips to the website.
Several of you have asked about a lotion and a facial moisturizer. I did give a go at trying a lotion, five different times in fact. The problem with that is once you add water to a product, preservatives need to be used. The research I have done on all natural preservatives or those allowed in organic/natural products - my comfort level just isn't there yet.
Here are a few multitasking benefits and tips based on product...
Body Butter - Great as a moisturizer and it is concentrated so a little does go a long way. You may have to try different amounts on what works with your skin. It does absorb more quickly if you use it right after shower or bath. Massage into feet before bed and throw on a pair of socks, your feet will love you. I use very little of the Revive as a facial moisturizer at night...the carrot seed essential oil and pumpkin seed oil plump up those fine lines and wrinkles. My daughter and I use the body butter (no one in particular) as a deep hair conditioner, mostly on the ends though I use it on my dry scalp during the winter. Put it on15-20 minutes before you shower, rinse and shampoo/condition as normal, leaves your hair super soft and silky definitely not greasy. The Mmm...Yummy is popular with pregnant women and children...a nut-free option is available too.
Body Scrub - Because of the castor oil there is no need for body wash, you can use this one product a few times a week to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize. I use it the night before I shave or when I'm really lazy the same night, just have to change the razor blade sooner. Do not use a salt scrub after you shave...the salt will find those little nicks. When you use the body scrub, you don't have to turn around and apply a moisturizer, helps save time.
Cleansing Oil - You can use this as an everyday cleanser or a few times a week as a deep cleanser. The difference is time and directions come with the label. Works great as an eye makeup remover. If you have dry spots on your face or just dry skin in general, use it as a moisturizer. Add a drop to cuticles and massage in.
Face Food - This one is my favorite. It is a little inconvenient at times especially when you want to use it as a daily cleanser. I'm actually looking at a new container and refills, if you have any suggestions, please let me know. The easiest way, since I do use it everyday, is to start shower/bath, apply small amount to palm of hand and when you get in shower/bath use water to make a thin paste and then massage into face. I leave it on why I wash my hair and then massage again and rinse. You can mix it up with a myriad of choices from your kitchen (yogurt, honey, fruit/vegetable juice, mashed fruit, etc.) to make a mask. Mix it with the cleansing oil or toner for a cleanser with added benefits.
Concentrated Facial Serums - I believe these have caused the most confusion. :-) Yes, you can use this as the moisturizer part of a skin care routine. Dusk til Dawn has heavier oils so if you have normal or oily skin this would probably work better for you at night, in the winter, I can use this one as a daytime moisturizer. Revitalize has lighter oils and can be used both day and night, again depending on your skin type. Right now, I'm using Revitalize day and night. If you have oily skin, you might find both can help balance the oils produced by your skin. Serums are designed to penetrate deeper layers of the skin compared to a facial moisturizer. Don't want to give up your moisturizer? You can use both...cleanse your skin, use toner or not, apply the serum and let absorb and then apply the moisturizer. Have frizzy hair or fly-a-ways? One pump applied to palm of hand, rubbed between hands and smoothed through hair will tame both.
Toner+Mister - Until I started making the toner+mister, I haven't used one in years. As a toner, apply to cotton pad and wipe over face to pick up traces of dirt and oil. As a mister, use to rehydrate face anytime and set makeup. Helps calm and cool sunburned skin. Use for the liquid ingredient for the Face Food.
If you have anymore, I would love to hear them. I will be working on the little ones products too. My kids have to apply either the "Mommmyyy!" Balm or Simply Soothing Balm for every boo-boo and bug bite they get. :-)
It dawned on me April 6 that I missed Simply Rustic's two-year anniversary on April 4-the day I started selling on Etsy. I thought, oh well, I will run a sale and giveaway soon (Earth Day is coming up). Then look what showed up in my inbox this morning...I only checked for spelling. :-)
Let’s face it, I’m a guy. In my mind, a well-rounded toiletries kit consists of deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, a bar of soap, some shampoo-the latter two being interchangeable if you haven’t run to the store lately. So when Amanda started talking about all the research she’d done about toxins in our everyday household, beauty, and even food products while trying to cope with our daughter’s cancer diagnosis, and that she wanted to develop a line of skin care products that would be free of toxins using only natural and/or organically grown ingredients I was completely supportive. That is to say I looked up from my computer, murmured “That’s sounds nice honey, you should try it” and went back to perusing the local fishing reports. Obviously encouraged by my enthusiastic support, Amanda launched Simply Rustic a short time later.
I have to admit, from there my support was less enthusiastic. I hadn’t considered the time, the conversations revolving around the benefits of organic Shea butter and I most certainly hadn’t considered the impact to my kitchen-I didn’t see the counter tops for weeks on end. (I’m a guy, but I’m a sensitive guy-the kitchen is my domain.) It seemed like a lot of trouble for yet another women’s
skin care line, even if it was healthy. Then it went from bad to worse, she actually wanted me to try them myself. Seriously? I mean sure, a couple of the body butters had a nice, clean scent to them, and my wife’s skin certainly did seem to have a soft, velvety feel to it these days that I found quite evocative. Ok, so I guess the Pumpkin Spice body scrub she’d just developed did have a wonderful earthy Autumn aroma reminiscent of fall leaves and harvest smells but still, those were women’s products, most definitely not for men. Still, if experience has taught me anything in marriage it’s that my wife is almost always right, even if I don’t agree with her-which isn’t the same as being wrong, a subtle but important difference. A long day of ice fishing in some brutally cold weather, curiosity
and dry, cracked knuckles got the better of my resolve one night. After my shower, I snuck some of her body butter-just a tiny bit-for my poor abused hands. It felt nice. Soothing even. I took just a bit more for my hands, deciding that there certainly wasn’t any harm in rubbing the excess onto my arms and shoulders that were dry and itchy from the winter weather. After all, it hardly had any scent at all, certainly not flowery and girly. Just a nice, clean smelling scent so who would know? (Wives, that’s who.)
It was a few weeks later that I discovered one of her body scrubs she’d left out while in the shower. Winters are cold and dry around here, so still believing no one but me would know, I snuck a bit to scrub on my legs and arms that night, and…well, I liked it. There, I said it. I liked it. I felt truly clean for the first time in months. The scrubbing action of the sugar worked better than the pumice soaps I was used to using and, with the Shea butter and oils my skin felt, well, good. Try that with a piece of lava rock. Between you and I, the scrubs with salts in them work even better somehow but make sure you’ve been sneaking enough body butter for your chapped and calloused hands-the salt will tell you exactly where every little nick and cut is. They say curiosity killed the cat, and it’s from there that I have to say mine got the better of me and the slow, but sure conversion began. I began to sneak bits of the face food in the shower, pilfered a lip balm when she wasn’t looking-petty crimes really. Who’d know? In a new found show of support, I started asking questions about this or that product; the ingredients, what the supposed benefits were. I even pretended to help out a little-I’d learned that when she makes this stuff up, there’s always a little extra left over. I’m still a guy-free stuff is still free stuff. Interestingly, I learned a lot more than I bargained for. I’ve been told I’m a slow learner, but it’s not true-I just don’t listen well. I’d always assumed that Amanda had created Simply
Rustic out of boredom or the need to have something of her own. To be deadly honest, I’d actually resented Simply Rustic for a time-the kitchen had been taken over, and frankly the time and expense were two things we didn’t exactly have an abundance of. The fact that she plunged on ahead without seeming to hear or care about my complaints didn’t help a bit. As I said, I don’t listen well.
As the time passed I learned more about Simply Rustic and its products; more importantly I begrudgingly learned the real reasons behind its creation. As I said, I don’t listen well-ask Amanda. Oh yeah-and wives always know, mine scarily so. I don’t even bother trying to hide things these days, she’s usually on to me before I’ve finished thinking of it. She knew all along I’d been pilfering her products, but I wonder if she knew all along it was a matter of time before I got tired of feeling neglected and caved in and started offering to help out, or at least sit and talk with her while she worked? Yeah, I think so too. It’s ok though. I’m still a guy, and we never give up trying. Lately she’s developed a batch or two of oils-yet to be named, but I’m thinking they’d be perfect for massaging the aches and pains out of my back and shoulders at the end of a long day. Who knows? If I show just enough interest-curious, but not too eager-she just might volunteer me for testing. Hey, it could be worse, ask any lab rat. Of course, you and I both know that in the end it’ll be me massaging the aches and pains out of her back and shoulders.
They say that if you can’t beat them, join them, but I don’t see it that way. I don’t feel beaten, but I’ve certainly joined enough to appreciate a good thing when I see one. I’m still a guy, after all. It’s just that I’m an older, wiser guy who’s learned to pick his battles. That’s my story-believe it or don’t. What I see now is a great line of non-toxic skin care products that, to me at least, work better than the stuff you’d find on the conventional market. I see a unique product line and a labor of devotion and love. Amanda conjured Simply Rustic out of thin air with nothing but a burning desire to
reduce the toxins we were exposed to and a desire to create something that changed the world for the better, knowing that it might seem to be a pitifully small contribution in the grand scheme, but also with the courage of her convictions and the knowledge that enough small things can add up in world changing ways. I still don’t see my countertops much, but I’m learning to work around that. I see that I’m secure enough now in my masculinity-or lack thereof, up to you-to say that I love using Simply Rustic’s products and would buy them myself, if I weren’t already married to the creator and owner. Although in truth, I may be better off buying them myself. I can’t keep the daughters from
pilfering the stash I keep in the bathroom cabinets.
It's beyond that time of year again - dry, flaky skin. I'm sure you have heard of this technique before and maybe a lot of you do the method a few times a week. I did it quite often last winter and until recently, the winter here has been mild. About two weeks ago, northern Wisconsin became very cold and dry and my skin is not liking me. Yes, I'm lazy sometimes and don't follow any type of beauty routine. I did start dry body brushing again and using my favorite body butter and my skin is much happier. The nights I don't dry body brush, I use a body scrub which helps save some time because I can skip the moisturizer. This technique is also great to do before shaving.
What is Dry Body Brushing?
Dry body brushing is done before a shower, while your body is still dry. I recommend standing in your shower (with out water on) while you dry body brush.
1. Buy a body brush made of natural plant fiber, a course bath glove, a loofah, or a course body scrub. I like the ecoPOUF® Cleansing Pad from ecotools and use the natural loofah side to dry body brush because it is milder and the handle is nice but there are many natural bristle body brushes available.
2. Brush vigorously making circular motions and massage every part of your body. The amount of pressure you use depends on your skin sensitivity. Start with feet and legs, then hands and arms, then back, abdomen, chest and neck. After a few times, try using more pressure.
3. Once finished, shower to clean off exfoliated skin cells. 5-10 minutes of brushing is ideal. After your shower, use a moisturizer.
The benefits of dry body brushing:
Do you dry body brush? Results?
Because the initial response has been wonderful, I decided to continue on from the end of September to now through the holiday season. 16% of proceeds will benefit University of Iowa Dance Marathon.
On June 26, my first baby girl, Alex, celebrated her Sweet 16th Birthday. Starting over a month ago I had asked her what she wanted to do to celebrate her 16th birthday and repeatedly she let me know she wanted nothing special. She is a teenager and I wasn't sure if I was missing something or not reading in between the lines and as it turned out she simply did not want anything special. She did request fried rice for supper and red velvet cake for dessert (which was great and enjoyed by all) and she is still deciding on what she wants for a present. Her siblings enjoyed giving her some art accessories for something to open on her special day.
A few weeks ago, I had asked her about setting something up through Simply Rustic for her 16th birthday such as donating money to an organization or cause she cares about. She asked if we could do something with University of Iowa Dance Marathon. I thought that would be great and we decided to donate 16% of proceeds from the website and Etsy shop. I was only going to run it for a few weeks and figured that may not be worth it so I told her we could run it through the end of September since September is Leukemia Awareness Month. This made her happy and she is just like that...mostly a typical teenager, complete with attitude and all, but a very caring person that is wise beyond her years. I could go on and on about what I love about her and why I love her so much but there isn't enough time and space. :-)
Now you are probably wondering what this is all about? Alex was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia in November 2008. That diagnosis is a BIG reason why Simply Rustic was even thought of. If it weren't for that diagnosis, I eventually would have learned what I know now but would not have put the time and effort into all the research I have done the last few years on all the chemicals, toxins, hormone disruptors, etc. that are found in our cosmetics, skin care and personal care products among many other nasty ingredients and chemicals in other products we come in contact with daily and several times a day. And of course food, but again, not enough time. I still don't have the reason why she has this type of leukemia and I know I will never know the reason why, it still does not stop me from trying to prevent more problems for Alex or the other three kids, myself and my husband...and anyone else willing to think outside the box.
Why University of Iowa Dance Marathon? I know this will not mean a lot to most of you but, Dance Marathon will always be special to Alex and her family, and to the 500+ pediatric cancer patients and families they support annually. This program is a student organization, run year round, and provides emotional and financial support to youth cancer patients and their families. When I contacted Megan Hoffman, this year's Executive Sponsorship Director, after Alex suggested this I wanted to verify exactly where the money goes...did I mention Dance Marathon has raised over $11.2 million the last 18 years? Megan let me know, "UI Dance Marathon provides funds for the 'new-do' program-providing wigs for girls; we provide a $1,000 co-pay card for each family to cut down on pharmacy costs; sperm preservation for teenage boys; DM diner dollars-gift certificates for parents to get out of the hospital and eat for free; parking passes; crafts and activities for those who are inpatient; and $5,000 for funeral costs for those children who fought hard on their battle but did not make it." There are many other projects they support too and a major one is the $5 million dollar commitment over the next 10 years for the new University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
Their biggest fundraiser is a 24-hour Dance Marathon, that is absolutely amazing to attend. It gives me goosebumps and tears just thinking about it. I find it amazing that a few thousand University of Iowa students take the time to raise money to help fight pediatiric cancer. Not only that, and just as important (if not more), they take the time out of their busy lives to brighten a child's life that is battling cancer. Below is a video with more information and some highlights from the big event this past year.
Dance Marathon also sponsors fun events throughout the year and sends a $100 gift cards to the child battling cancer right before Christmas.
We benefited from Dance Marathon Alex's first two years after diagnosis and believe me when I say it was a blessing. A child should not have to fight cancer (no one should) and a family should not have to hear that a loved one has cancer, life changing - definitely and the financial and emotional burden it can cause is heartbreaking among many other things. Luckily there are programs like Dance Marathon that can help with that burden and alleviate part of the emotional rollercoaster with their support.
Alex now goes to the American Family Children's Hospital at the University of Wisconsin every three months to get her blood work done and she takes her daily pill to keep her leukemia away. If you would look at her, you would never guess she has cancer and we are extremely thankful that her type of leukemia is easily treated...as a Mom sometimes that doesn't make it any easier. :-)
Now through the end of September, 16% of proceeds will go to the University of Iowa Dance Marathon program to celebrate Alex's Sweet 16th Birthday and the wonderful support Dance Marathon provides. Simply Rustic also has a shop through Facebook (look for SHOP a long the top) that will have sales and specials the next few months so make sure you "like" us on Facebook to receive these specials.
Thank You very much!
Do you have a cause or program you care deeply about or a story to share?
I can't believe it's that time of year already...the start of holiday shopping. Yes, I'm a last minute shopper, though each year I tell myself I'm doing it differently the next year and yet, it has never happened. I do have many items favorited on Etsy, does that count? I'm still trying to figure out where summer went. :-)
To help with some gift ideas, I put together the sales/specials Simply Rustic will have through the holiday season...starting now.
The Buy Three Get One Free on the Body Butters, Lip Balms and Lip Tubes will continue through the holidays. The Simply Face Gift Pack, Gift/Spa Pack, Sample Pack, Lip Care Kit and Lip Balm Trio will automatically come in a Recycled, Made in USA Kraft Gift Box. You can find those items here. You will save $.75-1.75 on the Gift/Spa Pack, $2.25 on the Simply Face Gift Pack and anywhere from $.50-9.00 on the other sales...plus most of them will arrive ready to give. :-)
Checking out the calender, Monday, December 17, 2012 will be the last day Simply Rustic products will ship to guarantee arrival for the Holidays! Don't hesitate to order early and let me know when you need it by. If you want it shipped to the recipient, please contact me.
Have a wonderful week!
I was reading through Natural Health Magazine the other day and one of the articles was 10 Ways to Go Natural. I started laughing at #8 because after all these years, I finally might be following a trend. "8. Flaunt your flaws - Summer's beauty trend? Be imperfect. Tips from experts in the field include washing and brushing your hair less, smudging your eyeliner and forgoing the foundation. In other words, roll out of bed and look runway ready - what could be more natural than that?" ~ Natural Health Magazine, July/August 2012
I love the natural look and think everyone looks more beautiful with less. Though I do like the artsy eye makeup and fun painted fingernails trends going on right now (I have three girls, so I do stay up to date. :-)
I've never been a trendy person because I discovered in high school how much I love my t-shirt and jeans with either flip flops or boots and maybe a fun scarf or my favorite thrift store find - an olive green suit-type jacket. Not to mention, a little concealer, eyelash curler and mascara has been my make-up routine for about as long.
Back to #8. Washing and brushing your hair less - Yes I am guilty of not brushing my hair for four years now other than a handful of times when it has been really windy and needed to get some nasty snarls out. This past year I've gone weeks without using shampoo and it wasn't bad but hard to get used to. I compromised and started washing my hair again but just one to two times a week depending on what I did during the day (love Aubrey Organics Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo and Cream Rinse). I know, you are thinking "GROSS!" Actually, I have come across nothing negative about doing this but have discovered a few benefits:
What do you do to flaunt your flaws or what shortcuts do you take in your beauty routine?
Now on to the good part...Celebrating over 500 Facebook Fans. Thank you so much for following and supporting Simply Rustic. I will be giving away a Simply Face Gift Pack - 4oz Face Food, 1oz Dusk til Dawn Facial Serum, 2oz Cleansing Oil, 1oz Lip Polish and .25oz Lip Balm. Easy to enter below thanks to Rafflecopter. Giveaway is going on now through Sunday, June 24 at midnight. One winner will be randomly selected on Monday, June 25.
The Simply Face Gift Pack will be available as soon as my camera, products and myself can get together and take some pictures.
I've decided to add a facial care line to Simply Rustic, starting simple, yet effective, maybe even a little odd.
First off is the Cleansing Oil which can seem odd but we do know oil dissolves oil and our skin produces oil, sometimes too much or too little and if you are lucky...just the right amount. This product will be made based on your skin type and the concept is to clean your face without stripping the natural oils your skin produces. It is a deep cleaning method but can be used daily. The Cleansing Oil will come in a 2oz Cobalt Blue Dropper Glass Bottle and will have ingredients like Castor Seed Oil (which is a cleansing oil in itself), Grape Seed Oil (wonderful astringent properties), Organic Raw Honey (antibacterial/soothing properties), Vegetable Glycerin (great for acne prone skin and helps retain moisture), Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil (wonderful for dry skin and has many antiaging properties), Organic Carrot Seed Oil (helps maintain elasticity of your skin), Raw Avocado Oil (great for sensitive skin, antioxidant and penetrates deeply into the skin) and Golden Jojoba Oil (helps restore sebum balance) to name a few.
Second, Face Food is another cleanser but also can be used as a mask. Face Food gently exfoliates and removes toxins. It is a dry powder and comes in a 4oz 100% Recycled Glass Jar with a Cork Top and inlcudes ingredients like Honey Powder, Yogurt Powder, Coconut Milk Powder, Pink Clay, White Clay, Green Clay, Chamomile Powder, Bee Pollen, Aloe Vera Powder, Pomegranate Fruit Powder, Raspberry Fruit Powder, Strawberry Fruit Powder, Lemon Fruit Powder, Green Tea Extract Powder and Pumpkin Seed Powder to name a few. Water, fruit juice and the Cleansing Oil allow it to be a cleanser while making a paste with lemon juice, honey, mashed fruit, apple cider vinegar, yogurt, etc makes a mask. I know 4oz does not seem like a lot but all you need is less than a quarter size amount for the cleanser...comparable to 8-10oz of a liquid cleanser.
Third, if you are looking for that extra umph of anti-aging, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties then you will love the night time serum (still working on a name). The serum has all these wonderful benefits plus more from Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil and Carrot Seed Oil to name a few. Available in a 1oz Cobalt Blue Glass Bottle with a Treatment Pump. Put on at night around the eyes and mouth and those dry areas.
Finally, a lighter option to get moisture back in your skin after spending the day outside...massage and spray oils.
Oh and there are two new lip scrubs...Raspberry and Zingy (Pomegranate). All new products and complete details will be listed within the week. Sale Prices are still going on too!
Now on to the good part. I put together a little giveaway of "A Few of My Favorite Things" (few, because I can't afford all my favorite things :-) to end the Anniversary celebration of Simply Rustic. The Giveaway includes a magnetic notepad from it's great to "BE" ™, butterfly and flower hair pins from Through the eyes of the Mrs., my favorite items from Simply Rustic, recycled crayons and a $10 giftcard to Vitacost.com.
It's simple to enter and the winner will be randomly selected on May 24th. Good Luck and thanks for entering.