Monday, May 30, 2022

Til We Meet Again Oreo


I just got the sad news this week that our dear friend from Blogville, Oreo, has gone to the Bridge, just two years this May after their furry family member Addie left on that journey.

Oreo, we will miss you and hope there are lots of bubbles to chase in heaven.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Saturday, May 7, 2022

My Go-To to Glow - Me Time Botanicals

I've always been a beauty product junkie (I tell myself that's OK because I only have 3 pairs of shoes) and my husband is probably the only engineer that carries little bits of gadgets to a job site in small, black Chanel cosmetic bags.  Having the world's most sensitive skin with the added joy of occasional eczema on my neck (if I was a dog I would have been wearing a cone a LOT) means I tried a lot of products and threw OUT a lot of products. 

Over time it got worse to where I couldn't use my favorite cleanser as it had coconut oil in it (a trigger for me)  and most essential oils used for the benefit and/or fragrance in many products and especially serums left small painful bumps as eczema flared and I'd just itch all over.  So I was on the hunt for something new.

I found what works for me, with all my skin issues - it's natural, eco-friendly, no pet testing, and ingredients you can pronounce (many of which you could eat, but please don't).  It not only cleared up the last of my rosacea but all those breakouts and left me with a glow you can't pay money for at a cosmetic counter.

Founded and operated by Kara R. - she took her own skin issues and enrolled in an award-winning Organic Cosmetic Science School to broaden her formulation knowledge and dive deeper into plant and skin science and set up her studio in Charleston, SC.  She makes all of the products herself so what you receive is fresh and carefully crafted. The Clean Slate can be used as a cleanser, moisturizer, and mask ingredient (mixed with the Berry Bright honey enzyme mask which is a little bit of heaven on the face). The Phyto Tonic has probiotics and vitamin C, and my favorite, the Glow Getter Serum, cleared up my adult acne AND left my dry skin positively glowing (with moth bean - a gentler plant-based alternative to retinol).

To give you an idea of the kind of skin-friendly ingredients here is what is in the Clean Slate multi-tasker: *Grapeseed Oil, *Mango Butter, *Rosehip Seed Oil, *Pomegranate Seed Oil, Watermelon Seed Oil, Blueberry Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol (a fatty alcohol that's an emollient), *Beeswax, Elderberry Extract, *Lecithin (from sunflower), Pineapple Fruit Extract, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus/White Willow Bark, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Rose Clay, Vitamin E (from sunflower), *Organic ingredients

The only "fragrance" type essential oils (which are really good for the skin) is the Tea Tree and Geranium in the Glow Getter but they are the last two ingredients, just enough to work, not so much it's irritating even for my skin.

This three-step program (which will last you about 3 months) takes just a couple of minutes a day but you will see results right away. Even adding a couple of additional items  I'm spending in one month what I used to pay for a single product in other lines.

I love using the Clay Play cleansing grains as a second cleanse after the cream cleaner on days I wear extra makeup and/or sunscreen and as a quick detoxifying mask on its own, mixed in its little blending bowl with a little Phyto Tonic. The Berry Bright is a must-have with locally sourced raw honey as well as a whole organic berry blend of cranberry, blueberry, and aronia berry and organic herb of horsetail and hibiscus flower all of which exfoliate and firm the skin while helping boost skin elasticity and collagen production.

The revitalizing eyelash/brow tonic has made my eyelashes longer without any irritation or chemical ingredients.  There are also bath goodies (the Java "In the Buff" body scrub was a favorite gift given out this year to friends and sells out quickly whenever she makes a fresh batch). The Wander perfume as well has become my signature scent. The best selling point I can make to share this wonderful product line (from one of the nicest women I've met in the industry) is simply this - a selfie - no smartphone so NO filters, no touch-ups, and no makeup.  This is my glow at age 64. So go get your own Glow On!