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Sigh. The silent expression given after looking over those fun, summer pictures taken of you in your twenties.  Those were the days - sun, fun, laughter and beautiful skin happily displayed under shorts and sleeveless tops. “When did my youthful glow disappear?”  As the body ages, cellular regeneration slows down, and skin begins to act differently, yielding dark spots, wrinkles, and rough, cracked skin.  Thankfully, plenty of wholesome products from nature can help you maintain your beautiful skin, and this puts you on the winning side - allowing you to grow older gracefully.  

You truly are what you eat, therefore an adequate intake of water and nourishing foods work internally and the epidermis benefits from those positive effects.  

In addition to eating and drinking mindfully, consistently use these three topical steps to keep your body’s largest organ conditioned, hydrated, and have you on your way to celebrating the reappearance of that youthful glow: 

First, cleanse the skin using soap or body wash with rich emollients, such as raw butters and plant/fruit oils. The hydration process begins when water comes in contact with the skin, and the wholesome emollients seal moisture into the skin.  Forgo products with harsh surfactants, such as sodium lauryl sulfate. They strip the natural oils from the skin, and hinders the goal. 

Next, slough off dead skin cells using salt or sugar scrubs, clays, or a natural fiber sponge.  Exfoliation is one of the most skipped steps in bath and body care, but is necessary for a radiant hue. Exfoliating the skin 2-3 times a week, softens rough skin, lightens hyper-pigmented spots, and allows for better absorption of other bath and body care products.  

Lastly, apply moisturizers with liquid content and emollients (lotion/cream) to maintain skin hydration and soft skin throughout the day.  Or use emollients (no water content) such as body butters and body balms for sealing in moisture after showering, softening rough skin, and protecting the skin. Petroleum jelly is an emollient, however, it does not allow the skin to breathe as well as plant/fruit-based emollients. 

Add these simple solutions to your bath and body care regimen, and you can expect that youthful glow to reappear. Say, “Good-bye” to sigh and hello to shorts, racerback tanks and short maxi dresses.





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The winter months can be so unkind to your skin - wrecking havoc by turning hydrated skin into parched skin.  With the dry, cold air outside beating at your skin, cranked up heat indoors pulling moisture out of your skin, there seems to be no rescue for your epidermis.  Lost cause?  Absolutely not.  You just have to make a few adjustments to your winter bath and body care routine:

Step 1: Use a gentle grime fighter that won't strip your skin of its natural, protective oils, and that will also add to the conditioning of your skin. 

 Organic Love Body WashA pure organic, castile body wash! Lather up in goodness of sunflower oil, coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and glycerin! Organic Love is enriched with African Black Soap and Green Leaf Papaya to eat up those dead skin cells! 





Step 2: No more than 3 times a week, your skin should receive some TLC with a scrub/polish.  Exfoliating eliminates dead skin (keratin) sitting on the surface, removes impurities from the pores,  and leaves behind smooth, soft skin.  


Almond Whipped Cream ScrubA creamy body wash and exotic sugar scrub, with Sweet Almond oil to boot. Pick up your favorite sponge or puff and cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, and fragrance your body!





Sweet Raw Sugar Honey PolishA skin delicious blend of golden crystals, for banishing dead skin; pure plant oils effective for mature skin; rich humectants for protecting the skin; and honey to boot.







Step 3: Add an oil treatment to your bath & body routine. Topping the epidermis off with wholesome oils (emollient) is the best way to seal in moisture.  

  MarinadeAn after-bath oil, that is great for those on-the-go days. Seal in the moisture after showering, by spritzing on this oil-free Shea Butter oil blend. 


 Pure Body BalmA head-to-toe deep moisturizing balm, created for those women who need a bit more TLC for their scalp and body.  Pure Body Balm rejeuvenates dehydrated skin, works as a protective barrier, and is gentle on sensitive skin. 




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Announcing “Free Sample Friday”


We are having a biweekly giveaway on our facebook page called “Free Sample Friday”, starting  tomorrow and lasting through the end of the year.

Here’s how it will work:

Every other Friday we will post either pictures or a blog of the product which we will be giving away as samples on our facebook page, and asking who would like to win what’s on offer. All you have to do is say ‘me’ in the comments section, and that’s it. A winner will be chosen at random. It’s that simple!!

The catch:

- You have to be in the US or Canada,

- You have until midnight that Friday EST to enter.

We would like you to tell us what products you would like to be  featured as giveaway samples in the coming weeks by leaving a comment on our blogfacebook page or viatwitter. You can browse our website at to give you an idea of what you might like.

Also, please spread the word because we have lots of goodies to giveaway.


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A large percentage of ingredients in bath & body care are transdermal. Overtime, those ingredients will enter into the bloodstream. What's In It? Series is a 5-week series informing you of the ingredients used in our recipes. Helping women (and their families) to live good, feel good, and smell good wholesomely.

Week 1- Rice Bran Oil (INCI: Oryza Sativa)

Originating in the Japanese culture, rice bran oil is suitable for healthy cooking methods. The American Heart Association recommends rice bran oil, because of its ability to lower LDL cholesterol.

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A large percentage of ingredients in bath & body care are transdermal. Overtime, those ingredients will enter into the bloodstream.  What's In It? Series is a 5-week series informing you of the ingredients used in our recipes. Helping women (and their families) to live good, feel good, and smell good wholesomely.

{Week 3} Grapeseed Oil (INCI: Vitis Vinifera)


Grapeseed oil is extracted from grape seeds, often from those already used to make wine.  European healers used grapeseed oil to cure several diseases.





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A large percentage of ingredients in bath & body care are transdermal. Overtime, those ingredients will enter into the bloodstream.  What's In It? Series is a 5-week series informing you of the ingredients used in our recipes. Helping women (and their families) to live good, feel good, and smell good wholesomely.

{Week 2} Castor Seed Oil (INCI: Ricinus Communis)

Native to India, castor oil has superb medicinal benefits, and is best known for treating gastrointestinal problems (used as a laxative).  Castor oil can be used to alleviate skin infectionscleanse the face,  remove skin growths (moles & skin tags), and cure inflammations.  



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Have you heard of this television show? I have been anticipating the debut of this show on the Centric Television Network, for a few weeks now. It's a reality TV show highlighting the life of a few  millionaires (Chyna Bethley, Dorothy Cook, Helen Dela Houssaye, Bryant & Deborah Huff, Robert & Nicola Jackson, Kenny & Chante Lloyd, Lidia McKinney, Erika McQueen, Erwin & Twiler Portis, and Stormy Wellington). I know, I know. Sounds like every other reality show in existance, but this one is different... It's different because these millionaires didn't inherit their money. These millionaires aren't has-been actors or associated with Hollywood. These millionaires didn't even get their money from growing a successful "bricks and clicks" business. These millionaires are the result of building successful Network Marketing businesses. Or in other words, Multi-level Marketing (MLM), or Direct Marketing business. says, these millionaires earned their money " a relatively short period of time and at relatively vibrant ages". The purpose of the show (besides showing off the lifestyles of these network marketing business owners) is to launch a contest between the millionaires to find  and groom the next successful business owner.

Turns out, Amateur Millionaire's Club (AMC) has been brewing for a few years and it finally debuted on Saturday July 7, 2012. This show was in true reality TV fashion, including "unscripted" drama, events, and the lavish lives of these millionaires. BESIDES all of that, I really enjoyed the message being sent that Network Marketing really works and ANYONE can do it.

My dad hit me up to the Network Marketing game about 10 years ago. The simple business model, compensation plans, and low start up fees (in comparison to a franchise) is what caught my eye. Ever since then, I have been in business somehow through a Network, Direct or Internet Marketing company. Along with the other services I offer, this business model has just been the best choice for me. As shown on the AMC, Network Marketing is a very lucrative business. Especially as a first business model. Not only do you OWN a business, but you learn key business skills along with marketing strategies, all with a team of people that are really looking to see you succeed. Because if you succeed, they succeed! Recently, I have been exploring the world of internet marketing. It is just like network marketing except you do mostly everything ONLINE. It is very convenient and you get the same results, if not better! It is definitely a good business model to look into to supplement your current business. You can find out more here =>

After watching the first two episodes of the Amateur Millionaire's Club,  I enjoyed seeing what these people have done for themselves and how they are still on their grind. It is great motivation to actually witness the fruits of the labor of those in the same position as yourself. Stormy Wellington stated in that, “There was a point in my life when I understood that I was the creator of my own destiny and I knew that I had to get myself out of the (debt increasing) situation that I was headed towards".  If you have not had a chance to catch this show, I encourage you to do so, or check out a few of the millionaires on Youtube. You will  definitely learn SOMETHING.

"Referred to in Success Magazine as a group that spreads wealth, reaches new heights, and creates purpose driven opportunities; the Amateur Millionaire’s Club is vastly redefining wealth in the African American community as the world knows it" (

Tamara Garrison-Thomas

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Sugar Scrub

Our Sugar Scrubs will make your skin feel so silky smooth just after the very first use.  It's one of our best sellers.  It's all natural and safe for the whole family.  When you want to exfoliate your skin and have it feeling silky smooth then our Sugar Scrub is a must have!  It's great for your feet and other rough spots.  After you rinse off from your shower or bath just massage the scrub all over your body, from your face down to your toes and then rinse off.  Ahhhh! now enjoy your new silky soft skin!   

The scrubs come in French Vanilla, Mango and Pink Sugar fragrances.

Go to to purchase yours, they sell pretty quickly..



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Wedding favorites from Angel Minaro

    Angel Minaro is a luxury kissed spa and skincare line that will cater to your every need from head to toe as you prepare for your special day.




Our botanical infused skin care products nurture and nourish the skin while our luxuriousspa line pampers and detoxifies both the body and mind to keep you glowing, beautiful and ready both physically and mentally for your special day.

The Angel Minaro product line includes a facial line which consists of cleansers, a microdermabrasion cream, masks, toners, moisturizers and serums. The body care line includes lotions, creams, butters, body oils, body scrubs and body wraps. The bath splendor line includes body washes, luxurious bath oils, salt soaks, milk baths and bubble baths. The hair care line includes shampoos, conditioners and hair oils. The manicure and pedicure line includes soaks, lotions, scrubs and serums.


                                       Chocolate and Strawberry antioxidant toning masque


                                        Arome Tropical ultra nourishing and firming body lotion

Our products also make exquisite gifts for the special people in your bridal party or anyone that deserves to be thoroughly pampered.

At Angel Minaro, there’s a little something for everybody. Welcome to the ultimate spa experience.

                                                         Let’s get gorgeous!


Our services include:

- Favors for weddings and wedding showers,

- Gifts for the bride (to pamper and get herself ready for the special day),

- Gifts for the bridal party,

- Gifts for any special person of your choice.

The gifts can be fully customized for any occasion and can be full size or mini versions of any of our products. 

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The Presence of Nonverbal Communication

Communication goes far beyond speaking. When you have a message to get across to your audience, make sure you are doing it in a way for them to have a "wow" reaction.

Did you know that excitement is contagious? We can't expect someone else to get excited about our opportunities or messages until we are. It 's called communicating with body language and emotion. You will see how far your message goes when you use this to grab the attention of your target audience.

Just think about how many deals you can close and how many relationships you can build if you can communicate this way. It doesn't matter what kind of business you do, nonverbal communication can convey so much more. Clear communication is key.

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Baby Lotion

Another NEW addition to my product line is "Baby Lotion". Our Baby Lotion is scented with our famous baby lotion fragrance. Paraben and SLS FREE.  This MILD lotion is perfect for your baby and can also be used for the whole family.  The lotion is so gentle that it can be used on sensitive skin and great for the face and body!   A very relaxing fragrance that will soothe both baby and you. Go to  to get your bottle of Baby Lotion!


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Natural Baby Diaper Cream

No more owies!  This unscented and ultra diaper cream is a must have.  Paraben, SLS and Fragrance FREE!  The unscented diaper cream will help prevent irritation and chapping with natural Cocoa Butter and Aloe Vera Extract.  It soothes, protects and nourishes baby's delicate skin.  Very mild but yet effective and goes on silky smooth.  Go to for an immediate purchase so you will be prepared for these long and hot summer months.  It comes in a 2oz travel size container.



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Lip Gloss

One of our NEWEST products is Lip Gloss.  A great moisturizer and good for all skin types.  It has a little shimmer and a hint of color.  I offer Cherry Blast and Cotton Candy.  Both have great flavor.  Goes on smooth and is long lasting.  Can be carried in your purse for whenever you need a touch up.  Go to to get your Lip Gloss so that your lips will always be moisturized.  10744081059?profile=original

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My Amazon Shop

I am so happy that orders have been coming in on a steady basis for the items that I had decided to list on  I did it as a test a few months back and now the orders are coming in almost every day!  I will be posting more items over the weekend.  Nothing can kill this joy that I have and to think I was about to cancel the account.  I see that patience really does pay off :-)  

My shop is

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Two weeks ago, in the HyperPigmentation post, I mentioned that the increase of melanin in my skin is a gem, because one of the gifts is slowing down the process of skin aging.  Well I'm certainly not taking that for granted.  Two areas that I give extra TLC to are my elbows and knees.  It's possible that those with an increase in melanin can get by without as much concern, care, and adverse effects to those areas, than those with less melanin.  But why neglect something that's so easy to take care of?  When I was a young child and teenager, I remember admiring my mother's legs--so beautiful and fit.  She is now in her 60's, and I am still admiring them.  Her youthful knees look so good in a pair of shorts.

Skin on elbows and knees naturally tend to be dry, due to the lack of oil glands in those areas.  Being used more than other body parts, daily, the elbows and knees become flaky, chapped, rough, and scaly.  With the warm weather gracing you with its presence, make sure your elbows and knees are making a healthy appearance.



Dry and discolored skin on elbows and knees, can usually be repaired with these two steps:

  • Exfoliation- Help in the regeneration of new, healthy skin, by gently removing dead skin cells.  Do this 2-3 times a week. 
  • Moisturize- If you are using a body polish in step #1, then you are already sealing in moisture.  However, your elbows and knees will not object to adding a bit more lotion or emollient.   Moisturizing right after a bath or shower is best (45-minute window).   Remember, when you are giving that bit of TLC to your hands, feet, and neck at to knees and elbows, too. 

If dry, rough elbows and knees are a problem for you, try the tips above.  You will notice a difference.  

Don't have those problems?  Good.  Add the tips above to your bath & body regimen, and continue to have healthy looking elbows and knees. 

Looking for an effective, wholesome exfoliant?  Click here.

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