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I Turned Down a Product Review and Mango Butter is Awesome

Rose Geranium, image from Wikipedia

I got an email this morning, asking me to do a product review on a 100% natural skin care boutique.  According to the email I could pick one of the many products offered, full-sized, and all I needed to do was do a product review of whatever I chose, with a link back to the site. I checked out the offerings on the website, and to be honest, I wasn’t really impressed.  There were several brands available, but really high-end brands.  I mean, we’re talking costly.

I surfed the website for a bit and decided no, no review.  I sent an email back thanking them for considering me, but I was sure they could find another blogger in the natural blogging sphere who could better suit their request.

I couldn’t justify reviewing, thus recommending, a product that I wouldn’t purchase on my own.  I scoured the entire website and found nothing that I really wanted to try.  There was one brand that I will not use, and the others, well…$36.95 for an exfoliator?  No.  If I don’t pay for it myself, how can I recommend it to others?  One of the last things I am going to buy is a 1.69 ounce jar of an exfoliant for nearly $40.

So I passed.

Now on to something more affordable:  The All Natural Face makes does Body Butters.  I purchased one a while ago, and picked the Rose Geranium scent (there are two fragrance “lines”, one made with fragrance oils and the other line made with Essential Oils) grateful it was an option because Rose Geranium has tons of benefits, check out The Mountain Rose listing here.  Now, not only is the Rose Geranium a benefit, but I found out tonight that there’s more.

There are four ingredients in their Body Butters:  Organic Mango Butter, Organic Vegan Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, and the Rose Geranium Essential Oil.  I never really knew what Mango Butter was or did.  I have plenty of products that contain Mango Butter, and I know its good for my skin, but I never really looked into it.

Mountain Rose Herbs has a whole listing of the properties and the goodness of Mango Butter here.  I had no idea of the array of benefits of Mango Butter, which makes me love the Body Butter from The All Natural Face even more.

Oh, and the 2 ounce jar I purchased?  It was $6.50.  Also comes in a 4 ounce jar for $12.

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Owens Acres has a Facebook Page, and how’s your January?

Bitter orange foliage, blossoms and fruit

Neroli Blossoms and Fruit Image via Wikipedia

YES!  Owens Acres now has a Facebook page.  Head on over and check it out.

How is the winter season treating everyone?  The Solstice has come and gone, so the days are slowly becoming longer, the holidays are over, life has gone back to some sort of  “normal”, and I couldn’t help but do the “air quotes” after I typed that.

January can be a bit of a let down for some after the hustle and bustle of December, for some it can be a relief.  The holidays were something to look forward to, be it wanting them to get here or wanting the madness to end, and there isn’t that festive level of hope going on in January.  A lot of us are dealing with dreary weather, dark days, cold, colds in general.  Spring is still a quite a ways off and other than that hope of Spring, there’s nothing going on.  Well, other than coping with the aches and pains of the cold weather, I personally deal with bone spurs in my neck and sore hands.  Oh, and year round hayfever.  These days it seems like my eyes will not stop watering.

Oh, the thrill of tax season.  How could I forget that?  *rolls eyes*

I have, so far, stayed well.  Vitamin C every night, plenty of tea with hibiscus in it, rest, hand-washing…I’ve not caught the Kennel Cough that goes around work every winter.  I am keeping myself sane with the wonderful scent of Neroli, which I just discovered a few weeks ago.  Its sweet and cheery smelling, and that’s been keeping the spirits uplifted.  I have indulged in Owens Acres Neroli Goddess Butter, Neroli and Myrrh Solid Perfume, and other citrus scented products.  The brighter the essential oil the happier I am.  I went over t Etsy, put Neroli into the search engine and came up with 454 items, if you’re curious.

Bottom line:  take care of yourself.  There’s only one of you, and you’re worth it.

The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger.    -Frank Herbert

 

 

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Some Great Information Regarding Headache Balms and Why Peppermint Works for Headaches

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Peppermint: Image via Wikipedia

My last post was about my own survival products which I pack with me everywhere.  Included in my list was Owens Acres Headache Balm.  To be honest, I swear by this stuff, for my headaches, pressure “issues” and the pain from the bone spurs in my neck, which also makes my head hurts.

One of my readers asked about the Headache Balm and how  it works, and dear Laura from Owens Acres popped in and answered, better than I ever could have:

Hi, Laura Owens from Owens Acres. The Headache Balm works just like a lotion, it it absorbed into the skin and the peppermint relieves the pulsing and pounding when applied directly. Secondly anything you put on your skin is absorbed into the blood stream – hence why you want natural or organic products. Peppermint relaxes blood vessels and airways and has a natural cooling affect.

Want to test this theory? Rub a drop of Peppermint Essential oil on the top of your foot. In a couple of minutes you will taste it in your mouth!

Peppermint inhaled will also help a headache or nausea/vomiting.

Hope the info is helpful!

Thank you so much, Laura!  I did the Peppermint Essential Oil test on the top of my foot, and she was right, I tasted it in my mouth not too soon after.

I just ordered another tube of Headache Balm from her, I really hope eventually she makes it in a bigger tube, I can’t live without it. Well, my head and sinuses can’t live without it.

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Fall Wonders

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Image by eschipul via Flickr

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.  The colors of the changing leaves, the crunchy sound as they blow across pavement, the way the sunlight changes, all of these things brings a sense of calm to me.  I don’t know why.  Summer always seems so glaring and hectic, fall brings around a stronger feeling of comfort for me.  Extra blankets on the bed, comforting hot drinks, the soothing bowl of homemade soup, warm clothing…it all adds up to a more calming time for me.

For some reason I require a high degree of comfort from things.  Here are some of those things that put a smile on my face this time of year:

Owens Acres Harvest Moon Tea in a Jar
Owens Acres Harvest Moon Tea:  I would personally love to use this as a perfume.  Contains cinnamon chips and sticks, Orange Peel, Chamomile, Cardamom pods, Dried California Persimmons, Calendula and Rose Petals.  Its so soothing I drank a huge steamy cup of it before bed and slept like a log.  The pretty 8 oz.  jar seen in the picture is perfect for gift giving, but it also comes in 1 and 2 oz bags, starting from $4.45.  Its delicious but it also very pretty to look at.  I would personally drink it, but it would look really  nice in a bowl as potpourri.
 

Owens Acres Mulling Spices in Hand Stamped Musliin Sack

Owens Acres Mulling Spices
Owens Acres Mulling Spices:  (half way down the page beneath the Bombay Chai Tea blend)  Laura says its great in hot apple cider or hot wine, but its also delicious in black iced tea (yeah, still drinking iced tea) with lots of ice and sweetened.  Contains California Bay Leaves, Cloves, Cardamom, Orange Peel, Star Anise, Allspice Berries, Cinnamon Chips and Sticks.  Comes in the lovely tin for $8.95 or an adorable hand-stamped muslin bag for $4.95.

Owens Acres Lip Balms in Cinnamon and Pomegranate Flavors:  (located half way down the page, beneath the lotions)
I am a big fan of Laura’s lip balms already, but when she came out with her Cinnamon and Pomegranate flavors I wasted no time in purchasing four of each, because I had to have my blogging friend, Melissa Whitman and Natural Beauty Vixen try them.  The Cinnamon is made  with pure essential oil, and just enough to give a nice flavor without being overpowering.  The Pomegranate is juicy but not sweet.  I cannot stand overly sweetened lip balms:  I once had a coffee-flavored lip balm which was so heavy on the stevia it was unbearable and I ended up throwing it out.  These aren’t artificial or sticky or icky goopy sweet, they are made with Fruit and Nut Oils, Olive Oil, Beeswax, Castor Oil and pure Essential Oils and/or Flavorings.  There’s no color, no micas, no nothing.  Just a pure, simple lip balm that heals chapped lips and works on those annoying cracks in the corner of your mouth.  Regular size is $2.95, Jumbo is $4.95, or a set of one of each for $7.50

Owens Acres Hand Stamped Dragonfly Lavender Sachets

And finally, Lavender Sachets in Stamped Dragonfly Muslin Sacks.  These are just too adorable.  You get a bag of four for $10, up to a bag of 16 for $32.00.  They are great as a quick gift, to decorate on packages or hang from the rearview mirror of your car.

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New Juni By Xango: Hair & Scalp Treatment Oil

New Juni by Xango Hair & Scalp Treatment

Disclaimer:  I am not a Xango Distributor.  I am just talking about their products.

Yeah, I know I’ve already done a Juni by Xango review, but here I am to do another.  Xango reformulated the entire line and reintroduced it at their @011 International Convention.  The packaging and logo have changed, the same wonderful, healthy ingredients are still the same, and they added three new products, one being the new Juni Hair and Scalp Treatment Oil.

The website says “Nourishing mangosteen, purifying rosemary, stimulating peppermint, cleansing thyme, balancing cedarwood and soothing lavender help cleanse and increase hair density while stimulating the scalp”.  I don’t have a problem with hair density at all, really, but this product is awesome for an entirely different reason:

Its awesome for your sinuses.

The prevailing scent is peppermint, toned down a bit with the rosemary and lavender essential oils, but its still potent enough to open up your sinuses.  I put a drop on the tip of each finger (the oil comes in a cute little glass pump bottle which makes doing this easy) and go right for the sinus cavities in my head:  the top of my head, behind my ears, at the base of my neck.  If you’re like me and have sinus pressure due to the weather change, this oil will bring a welcome relief to stuffiness.  Massage gently, don’t use too much pressure, and the peppermint will open up your sinuses.

When I first applied the oil I was thinking, sure this might be great for my hair by OMG my sinuses!  I can breathe!

So yes, the Hair & Scalp Treatment Oil is great for your hair and scalp, but your sinuses will benefit from it as well.

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Owens Acres Goddess Butters

Owens Acres Goddess Butter

Laura called them butters, but I wouldn’t really describe the product as a “butter”.  Its not a creamy, thick, frosting-like consistency, it actually reminds me of coconut oil.  It melts at the moment of contact into a clear liquid that vanishes into my skin once I put it on.  I have tried the Almond (mmmm) and I purchased the Lavender, but there are also Chamomile, Coffee, Neroli, Orange, Rose, Rosemary and Vanilla scents.

No horrible synthetic scents here.  I could do a whole post on how I absolutely despise artificial scents, but I think my readers already know of my horrible disdain for fake scents, especially vanilla.  Regardless!  The Lavender smells…like Lavender.  Laura only uses pure essential oils so if you purchase the Chamomile, its gonna smell exactly like Chamomile, not some strange idea of Chamomile.

Even better with the Goddess Butters, they are flexible. I use it in my hair.

Winter is coming, lets save our skin from suffering through that  horrible dryness that comes with the season.

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What’s Coming Up and What’s Already On the Web Page at Owens Acres

Hand of Fatima Beaded Necklace from Owens Acres

Laura over at Owens Acres has been a busy woman, which means more goodies for us.  Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new and what’s going to be new.

And if you couldn’t already tell, I am just so happy there’s more goodies!

Garden Jewelry:  along with her soap and lotion making skills, Laura beads like none other.  She’s working on her Garden Jewelry Pages and she’s always adding more.  I personally cannot wait for what she’s gonna come up with for the holidays, but in the meantime I am wearing this lovely Hand of Handsa necklace she made me.

There’s going to be a Beard and Mustache Conditioner that is also good for dry skin and ethnic hair.  Can’t wait to try this on my wild mop of hair.

Goddess Butters:  these are going to be awesome.  I am going to cut and paste what she wrote on her blog:    So sometimes our skin is just super parched and dry and regular ol’ lotion just isn’t quite enough to revive it.  Hello Goddess Butters!  Pure organic coconut oil, organic palm oil, and pure essential oils.  Will come in 8 divine goddess natural scents (not fake or perfumes!) including:  Rose, Coffee, Rosemary, Neroli (Orange Blossom), Chamomile, Bitter Almond, Orange, and Vanilla.  Each smells unbelieveable!  Can be used alone or mix some in the palm of your hand with your favorite Owens Acres lotion, for example:  Coffee Butter and Tangerine Lotion – OMG!  Hope to add Lavender to the lineup soon.  Will come in 4 oz. colbalt blue jar with aluminum lid.  $12 ea

I will be here all night if I go thru everything, but here’s a quick rundown:  we’ve got Serenity Travel Tea in a Tin, Hand-Stamped Muslin Sacks, an adorable 6 inch plush bunny stuffed with lavender, tea wallets…heck just  check out her latest blog post here, or go enjoy her delicious items on her web page at http://www.owensacres.com

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