Saturday, November 28, 2009

Fresh Radiant Skin for Your Kids

Well, I'm back form my little hiatus from blogging.  I can't take too much time away.  It's like taking candy from a baby. It just doesn't seem right...(ok maybe I need a little help)

Anyway, the new Blended Naturals is just about ready to be launched and I will share all of the new product benefits with you in the near future.  In the meantime, I wanted to share my opinion on some products formulated for babies, kids and adults with ultra-sensitive skin.  It's a product line called California Baby.

I'm committed to helping educating people in my sphere of influence about products on the market that are good for the skin as well as those that may not be so good.  The reason I like California Baby is because it's a nature based line and is not only great for babies and children but for adults too.

For the past few weeks I've been using the products on my son.  Now, for those who don't know, I'll share a little about my son.  Christopher was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Since the doctors don't really know the cause or causes of his condition I am very careful to watch the types of products (specifically ingredients) I use on him and the type of food I feed to him. Especially since I have done my own research about the effects of chemicals with those who have epilepsy.  Now about California Baby...

I've been using the following natural skin care products on Christopher:

Everyday Calendula Aromatherapy Lotion - This lotion is made with essential oils and organic ingredients including Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and Rosehips.  It has a refreshingly lightly scent that smells somewhat like Lavender. It's non-greasy and absorbs quickly.  I like this product because it keeps Christopher's skin soft and smooth without using all of the chemicals found in other commercial brands.  I find that he also appears very relaxed and falls asleep better when I massage him down with the lotion.

Super Sensitive Shampoo and Body Wash - This product has no fragrance so it's really great for sensitive skinI use this to wash Christopher's hair and body and he is very tolerant of the product. Because of the absence of Sodium Laurel Sulfate (a good thing), it doesn't foam up.  My only negative about this is that I feel compelled to use a lot of the product in order to feel like I'm getting him clean.  Hence, the bottle doesn't last for very long.

Each of these products retails online for approximately $12 for an 8 1/2 ounce bottle.  You can also pick it up at your local Target.  It's not a bad price to pay for using natural products that are ultimately healthier for your children.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Blended Naturals...Almost There

I just wanted to pop in for a minute to give you all a little progress report on the relaunch of Blended Naturals.

After many sleepless nights, I've decided to stop trying to do what I am not good at...graphic design.  I was trying to edit my photos for the website so they would not have a background.  I used the famous Adobe PhotoShop but I have to say, this program is not user friendly at all.  I'm glad I only did a trial run of it. I wouldn't spend the money they want for it because I could hardly figure out how to work the darn program! Then when I did, the results were not as stellar as I would have liked so I did the smart thing...Outsourced.

A graphic design company is editing all of my images and they will be completed tomorrow.  Just in time for me to load them to the website for the launch on December 5th.  The website is almost complete now but lacking the photos.  Pop by and take a peek
Until next time.... Hopefully soon. I can't wait to get back to sharing great skin care content with you all.

PS Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Oh Nuts Novelty and Nostalgic Candy Offers Best Prices Online

I'm still on my brief hiatus due to preparing for the upcoming relaunch of Blended Naturals.  However, I just had to share with you this company I discovered online when shopping around for novelty candy for my party..

Irresistible nuts, candies and chocolate

I searched high and low online looking for nostalgic and novelty candy to purchase for my guests for Blended Naturals upcoming launch party.  However, every online candy shop I found was so expensive and I could not bring myself to spend upwards from $50 for candy.  So, I kept searching and low and behold I found Oh! Nuts. Not only do they have a great supply of candy, the prices are about 30% cheaper than the other online candy shops and they are Kosher.  Now, I'm not Jewish but what this means for me is I don't have to worry about any gelatin (made from pork) in the candy I serve.  That's good news.

Stop by Oh! Nuts and check out what they have to order. You can purchase candy by color for a special event.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sephora $100,000 Sweepstakes

Hello Fellow Beauty Enthusiasts-

I wanted to share with you a fabulous sweepstakes that is doing.

They are giving away a $10,000 Shopping Spree at Sephora !  All you have to do to enter for a chance to win is write product reviews on or sign up for newsletters.  That's it.

To see how to win, just head over to

The sweepstakes ends on December 31, 2009, so time is winding up!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Short Hiatus

Hello Lovely Ones-

I just wanted to let you all know that I'm preparing for the relaunch of Blended Naturals so I will not be posting as often on the blog.  I am putting my posts on hiatus until around November 15th. This is so I don't go crazy and end up on the news.

I will be back with tons of stuff to share.  Don't go away!


Monday, November 2, 2009

Hand Creams - Which One Is Right For Your Hands?

A few weeks back I was introduced to two new hand creams.  Often in our quest for healthy skin, we tend to neglect the "little" areas like our hands.

What's interesting about the two hand creams that I am about to introduce to you are their differences.  While both hand creams are effective, they are effective for different reasons.  One is actually a daily moisturizing hand lotion made with natural ingredients like Avocado.  The other is a hydrating hand repair cream that's not made from mostly natural ingredients but is an anti-wrinkle formula with an SPF of 20.

Over the past several weeks, I've consistently used both of these hand creams, switching up between the two and there was a measurable difference noticed.

Zo Skin Health ORASER Daily Hand Repair, SPF 20
($65 at Website of Zein Obagi, MD)
PROS: Produced a slight softening of the skin on my fingers;  Key ingredients are very beneficial for healthy skin: Amino acids, Antioxidants, Retinol
CONS: My skin felt dry after a short period;  Smells a little too medicinal; Expensive but probably because the product line is a pharmaceutical grade skin care product.

So while, Zo Skin Health ORASER hand repair cream does somewhat tighten the skin over time, I still felt the need to moisturize my hands after a while.  Also, note that the product doesn't readily reveal it's inactive ingredients on the actual package which is where most people look for it.  Maybe it was on the box but I don't recall. I discarded the box because it was taking up space.  Also, I had to look up the ingredients at their website.

All About Hands Avocado Daily Moisture Hand Lotion
(small bottle only $7 available at the link above)
PROS: This hand lotion leaves the hands really feeling soft.  The scent is very soft, natural (contains avocado, olive and almond oils) and pleasant.  The moisture is well retained throughout the majority of the day or until you wash your hands. Inexpensive
CONS: Honestly, I can't find but one. The fact that it doesn't have a sun protection factor may be the only negative.
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