Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I am very, very picky about the products I use and the scents I enjoy. Sometimes too picky, truth be told. For every product I test out or buy and enjoy, I probably find problems with 3 or 4. I was immediately impressed with Jojoelle Hair Conditioner, though. From the moment I opened the package to see the actual products, to the initial sniffs, to the actual quality of the products, I was totally impressed.
I actually just placed an order for some more of Sharonn's conditioners at Crater Lake Company. CLC True Lustre is free of parabens and silicones. I like it a great deal! I had always wanted to try Jojoelle as well, so when she reopened very recently, I decided to order some of hers as well since they met the requirements for ingredients I won't use.
I love this conditioner.
Jojoelle Hair Conditioner is not heavy. It's not weighing my thick hair down, yet it nourishes very well. The scents are exquisite, particularly the Iced Pumpkin Cupcakes. This truly smells like slightly spicy (not overwhelming at all) pumpkin pie filling and white cake, as described, You can detect the buttercream frosting as well. This is a very well blended scent unlike other pumpkins I have tried from others. I love it.
Nick likes it too, by the way. First it was smelling like Pink Lemonade...now he wants to smell like pumpkin, as "Pink Lemonade is girly," according to this 5 year old.
I got my order Saturday, making it a quick turnaround...I had it about one week and a day after ordering. The conditioners smelled so decadent I had to use one of them right away!
In addition to Iced Pumpkin Cupcakes, which is a must-have this fall, I ordered Chocolate Framboise. This is a great chocolate scent--like a fine bittersweet chocolate truffle blended with a raspberry coulis. Smells delicious!
She has two sizes available. I ordered the 4 ounce with pump to start with for $7.95. How handy the pump is! She offers a pump at no additional charge too! A larger 8 ounce size is available for $13.95.
I am ecstatic about my order. Jo's products are top notch, and I am so happy to have tried Jojoelle. Once I find products I enjoy, I am a very loyal customer and can easily see myself buying from her shop long for as long as I have hair on my head, which will hopefully be forever!
Run over over to Jojoelle today! Use the code Halloween15 and take 15% off your order and receive $5 shipping as well.
Something else has dawned on me here as I type this smelling so good....I now have found my 4 absolute favorite Indie etailers...I think I might just stop looking for more. Of the ones I have tried over the years, Jojoelle, Crater Lake Company, Starring...! Fragrances and Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps are the best of the best (unless you're looking for facial care, LOL)!
Before I do that, though, I wanted to reiterate something I first announced on my blog over the summer. In memory of my dad, I am going to be donating 50% of all sales from my Etsy shop during the month of November to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. This is one of the deadliest cancers, yet has the least spent on research funding, which is totally unacceptable. To clarify, this will not be based on my actual profit (after taking away cost of supplies, labor), but rather 50% of the selling cost! In other words, if you buy a $10 cream in November, $5 will be donated!!!
This begins November 1 and will go through November 30.
I started hosting events back in January 2007 to benefit this great charity, and will continue doing so until a CURE is found and no one else dies from this disease.
Let's talk about what's going to be coming soon in my shop!
I wanted to have them out tomorrow, but I need to get my existing orders done at a faster rate. Turnround time is now 7-8 business days and if I ever go over 10 business days, I will temporarily remove the items from my Etsy shop until I'm all caught up...I am planning on an all-nighter tonight, so hopefully that will bring me back to the 3 business day mark!
All-Natural Deodorant Stick: I made the transition from regular deodorant containing parabens and aluminum over a year ago to "natural" deodorants. I have been happy with some, but when you look at the ingredients, propylene glycol is right up near the top of the ingredients list, along with several less than natural items. I have been tinkering with recipes and testing them and I have a great stick deodorant made with essential oils and natural hard butters to make a firm deodorant stick with natural odor-absorbing properties.
All Natural Lip & Cheek Tint: I cannot wait to launch this one! If you love the fall rich berries for the lips, you'll love this! Made with a 100% natural elderberry-based colorant, this cheek and lip tint is going to be one of your fall must-haves for a rosy glow.
A New Firming Facial Night Cream: What happens when you take my original Goat's Milk Face cream and add in argeriline and hyaluronic acid? The result is an anti-aging and firming powerhouse! This has been in the making for a very long time and for those with skin showing lines and wrinkles, this is for you! This product is unscented. This is a rich cream ideal for applying to the skin as partof your bedtime beauty ritual!
A Brand New Serum: A proprietary blend (as are all of my facial products) of rice bran oil, olive squalane, green tea and hemp for superior age fighting and antioxidant power!
Speaking of giveaways, my lucky winner of the Chic & Green Blog Giveaway is Jamie, one of our readers! Congrats to Jamie!
Monday, September 29, 2008
I belong to a great community called Indie Public and they have just put out a wonderful Gift Guide for the upcoming holidays, full of great handmade items!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
I know my usual focus is on makeup, fashion or Indie shopping...and, of course, Etsy Love!
I'd like to pause for a minute to talk about a great group of ladies whom I have had the pleasure of knowing since 2003. One night when I was pregnant with Nick and couldn't sleep due to another green olive craving, I was sitting at the computer around midnight with my bowl of olives and stumbled upon the message boards at American Baby.
I was pregnant and full of questions. I met some other ladies from all different backgrounds and geographical locations. To this day, many of us still speak online daily. We moved from one board to the next, beginning at the Expectant Moms board. Soon we were on New Moms, Raising Babies, then Raising Toddlers...then we decided we were too cool for the drama on Raising Toddlers, so we were rebels and started haging out on Raising Preschoolers even though many of us didn't yet have preschoolers.
The boards at American Baby merged with another, so I started up a private message board and we have stuck together. We're a unique bunch. We have a mom in England, transplanted from Texas. We have a Navy mom in Japan. We've got a Dutch lady who lives in California and homeschools her remarkable little boys. We have teachers, a talented graphic designer, those in executive type positions, and plenty of stay at home moms.
We all have our little "role" in the bunch. We've got a beautiful woman in Michigan who should be a professional party planner to the stars or else have a hit show on HGTV. We have a go-getter who is soon going to be a bazillionaire with her Avon sales, which are near the best in her state, if not the entire country. We have moms who also make their own creations. There's so much talent in our bunch. Angie paints picture frames and mirrors and she makes adorable hair bow holders for little girls. Beth is a whiz with a needle, thread and some fabric--not to mention a great photographer. In fact, we have a couple of very talented photographers on board.
We have liberal moms spouting off why Obama should be president (yes, I may be one of them) while our conservative friends share passionately their reasons for backing McCain. Normally women can be catty and take differences of opinion personally or get "huffy" about things. What is unique about our great bunch (about 3 dozen of us total) is that we all share a common ground. We respect one another even if we don't agree with one another. We have no "bad seeds" in the bunch, which is unique. While we may have many differences, we share more similarities. We're like a bunch of odd ingredients thrown together that meld perfectly into one beautiful gourmet dish.
We are true friends. We have seen each other through so many of life's most joyful and most traumatic events. We've shared the excitement of pregnancy announcements, job promotions, milestones in our children's lives and are all truly happy for one another. We share pictures of our kids and home improvement projects. We build each other up and encourage one another.
We've shared sadness. When my dad was diagnosed with cancer and given 3 months to live, I had their support and outpouring of love--just as they shared my happiness of announcing I was pregnant with Benjamin a couple days later. Others have lost parents...grandparents, a sister. One of our dear friends is dealing bravely with her dad's Alzheimer's Disease. We truly are there for one another.
We've shared so much throughout the years with our children's struggles and triumphs as well--premature arrivals (like Nick and others), a brave little girl's heart surgery, another baby's long stay in the NICU, surgeries, stitches, broken bones, and more. We have truly helped support one another.
We're a funny group as well. I tell you, they put up with my sarcasm--I'm lucky! Seriously, though, we know each other. You've read on this blog about how I think Beth and I can roll our eyes at the same time...it is truly like that. We all have our unique and strong personalities and that keeps it fresh, yet like a comfortable old slipper each day. We can express our feelings about anything without being judged. We are like sisters across the miles.
I think we're a cool bunch. We love to talk about food, so last year we all submitted our favorite recipes and Beth, our talented graphic designer, made a cookbook with all of our recipes for each of us to have in our kitchens! We throw each other "virtual showers". In fact we have showers in the next couple of weeks from our 3 pregnant Texans. We do card exchanges, Secret Santa, Mother's Day gift exchanges, etc. We encourage each other to pursue our dreams and hold each other accountable to be the strong women we're capable of being.
Some of the moms have been lucky enough to meet each other. In a few months, we plan to have a big meet up, possibly in Las Vegas. I am so looking forward to this!
Anyway, if we have one or two women in our lives we can call true friends, I think that is a blessing. To have so many women whom I can call "friend" is a gift. A true gift.
Gregory Bryant of Norfolk, VA is the creative force behind Manta Wave. He's a master at his craft and has been pouring his passion into it as his occupation for over a decade.
Josie Maran Lipstick is palm oil free, paraben free and comes in recyclable tubes. Best of all, the ingredients are simply divine. Argan oil, castor oil, jojoba oil and more will treat your lips to some extra nourishment and smoothness.
I have a new product to share with you today. It's kzm Facial Care Boutique's Pink Pumpkin Mask and it is wonderful. I might be biased since it's my product, but I am telling you pumpkin is magical on the skin!
Pumpkin accounts for over half of this mask. Added to this are Pink Kaolin Clay, Buttermilk Powder, Honey Powder and Lavender Essential Oil.
This is an all-natural dry mask. It will help your skin achieve a glow and youthful radiance, naturally.
What do the ingredients do?
Pumpkin soothes, hydrates and protects the skin with its abundance of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, potassium, alpha-carotene, zinc, beta carotene, and lutein.
Honey is known for its anti-bacterial properties. It can help to treat and prevent acne, while still having the ability to moisturize the skin.
Buttermilk is high in emollients and natural fats from the milk. It helps to cleanse and soothe at the same time.
Pink Kaolin clay is the gentlest of clays. It will not dehydrate the skin, nor will it draw out oils and strip the skin. It acts as a very gentle exfoliant and helps to boost skin circulation
Lavender is always a favorite of mine for its ability to be so calming and soothing to sensitive and irritated skin, while being effective at clearing up acne.
How do I use this new mask?
You will only need a very small amount of the powder, which you may dilute with water, buttermilk, cream, milk, rosewater, my facial mists, or aloe vera juice.
Apply to the skin which has been already been cleansed and rinsed with tepid water.
Leave on your skin for about 10 minutes.
Rinse off thoroughly with warm water, follow with my facial mist and either serum or moisturizer of your choice.
Sold in a 2 ounce jar which will give you 6-10 treatments.
Ingredients: Pumpkin Powder, Pink Kaolin Clay, Buttermilk Powder, Honey Powder, Lavender Essential Oil
Find it today at kzm Facial Care Boutique!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
It all started with a search on Etsy for poodle items. I have a friend who could use a little pick me up. She loves all things poodle-related, so I search for something "poodle" on Etsy. I came across Junky Style Diva while doing so.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons real vanilla
1 cup shaved semi-sweet chocolate
Preheat oven to 375º F. Cream butter and sugars until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Beat until smooth. Add flour. Stir in shaved chocolate. Drop by teaspoonful on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on rack. Store in an airtight container.
NOTE: I used 2 cups of all purpuse flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour. I also used Ghiradelli bittersweet 60% cacao chips, which I loosely chopped in my mini-chopper.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
She has a very nice selection of earrings, rings, bracelets and more at a very affordable price.
Check out the Helena bracelet, which is made of organic silver. It's earthy and simple and really quite pretty.
How about the pretty Purple Dusk ring? Aubergine, eggplant and so many other purples are the perfect accent color for fall. Wearing something neutral to work? Add this purple ring to make your outfit special. It's only $11.50.
Looking for a little pick me up gift for yourself or perhaps a stocking stuffer to put away for your sister? Why not head over to WaveCloud and pick up a pretty piece of jewelry?
This shop owner is also a fellow blogger. Check out her blog as well.
Monday, September 22, 2008
AJ's Country Cottage is a mother-daughter team on Etsy. This shop with a prim vibe offers a large variety of soy candles and soaps. One of my friends online told me about AJ's, so I had to check them out!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Last fall I saw her work up close and personal at Rochester's Craft Company No. 6 on University Avenue right by the Memorial Art Gallery. I love going to this shop because there are so many talented artists featured there and you it is the ideal place to find a unique and perfect gift for a very special occasion. I can tell you from looking at the pieces that her jewelry is of the highest quality. The attention to detail is absolutely amazing, and these are pieces you will have for years and years to come.
My fall order from Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps on Etsy arrived in yesterday's mail and, as always, I could not be happier. I ordered 2 bars of PUMPKIN SPICE (smells just like pie filling with extra spices), one of BEER (no scent, VERY creamy lather), one of GINGER SNAP (exquisite, like the cookie) and one of APPLE SPICE (the best of the bunch and ALL rate an A+).
I love, love, love my new soaps!
Nancy included a handmade lip balm, which is free when you order the 5 bar package with free shipping. She also included a beautiful pair of turquoise earrings. I adore them! You'll have to check out her other Etsy store, Jewelry from Tucson.
Check out Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps today and tell her The Chic & Green Blog sent you!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
*Etsy Love featuring gorgeous glass jewelry
*Beautiful pictures from the exquisite Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps order I received today
*Tart reviews from yet another wonderful Starring...! tart order!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Have you been looking for cheerful & colorful, yet chic handmade greeting cards? Look no more!