Just received something I’ve been wanting to try for awhile–Behnaz Pure Rose Fragrance. This water-based perfume (with no alcohol) is perfect for those who are looking for cleaner and non-toxic alternatives to traditional perfumes (especially mothers of small children). Don’t get me wrong–I’m still a fan of traditional fragrances but, at this time (given the fact that my children are still so young), I would prefer to wear something less strong.
The Pure Rose is made primarily of distilled water and roses. Because of this, you should not expect this fragrance to be strongly-scented, long-lasting or leave a “trail”. Only you and someone in cuddle proximity will be able to smell this perfume. I love that it’s made of real roses with no synthetic imitations–what has turned me off about ordinary rose perfumes is that they generally smell syrupy sweet or too citrus-y. On my skin, it initially smelled a little powdery but then settled into a true rose scent. Also, the texture is very watery but that is to be expected given its composition. Another thing that I like about this perfume is that the packaging has the bottled date (expiration is six months). This underscores the freshness and authenticity of the product.
The market has been long overdue for this type of product and moms of small children looking for cleaner and non-toxic fragrance options can rejoice!
Hands down, this is the most lightweight sunscreen I have ever used. Apply liberally before going out–the result is soft, fragrance-free, protected skin with no white cast. Feels like water going on and washes off easily with a normal cleanser. Some sunscreens double as makeup primers–this is not one of them. This is perfect for no makeup days (which is about every day for me) and if you do wear makeup over this, give it ample time to dry beforehand.
Innisfree (as well as Nature Republic) is South Korea’s version of Origins. The company prides itself as being a proponent of skincare and makeup made with natural plant-based ingredients.
Organic chia seeds (mix of black and white varieties)
1 can of organic coconut milk (sweet or unsweetened)
Cut mixed fruit or berries
Sliced and blanched almonds
Fill cereal bowl with 1/4 chia seeds
Add boiling water (enough to cover chia seeds)
Add entire can of coconut milk
Let stand until cool
Refrigerate until firm
Top with cut fruit and almonds
(Optional: Drizzle with organic honey)
So I’m a regular customer of Teavana (which is a chain tea shop located in many malls across the country). I like its tea. It’s basic loose leaf tea but very overpriced (perhaps due to the fact that the stores pay mall rents). During my visit to the store today (and every other time), I noticed that the salespeople intentionally over scoop when selling loose teas (funny how they don’t do that when you order by the cup as their hot teas were so light that I stopped buying them). The question is where the hell are Teavana’s competitors? It would be nice to have other local options to purchase bulk loose leaf tea.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worked in sales my entire career so I “get” the whole sales and marketing thing. Trying to close a deal is one thing but blatantly ignoring your customer (scooping 5 oz. when the customer requests 3 oz.) and being overly pushy (describing the “benefits” of a more expensive tea when the customer requested a less expensive kind) is another. Teavana needs to invest in more sales training for its employees (who need to learn the concept of the soft sell and the using education/information as a marketing tool). Because of my experience at Teavana (again, this has nothing to do with the teas themselves) and various reviews on the treatment of customers and employees, I am making it a mission to find good alternatives and will keep you all posted.
Breyer’s “Natural Vanilla” ice cream
Japanese matcha (powdered green tea)
Sliced and blanched almonds
(Optional: mixed berries)
Two scoops of vanilla ice cream into medium to large serving bowl
Sprinkle matcha onto ice cream
Sprinkle almonds onto ice cream
(Optional: add mixed berries)
Creative and healthy way to enjoy a classic!
One jar of unsweetened apple sauce
One package of fresh blueberries
Pour apple sauce into medium to large serving bowl
Pour just rinsed blueberries on top of apple sauce
(Optional: Add mint leaf and/or a few raspberries)
Great for entertaining or dessert for two!