That being said, I'm not against people who love Valentine's Day.
So, I figured I'd spread the love in a different way. I am going to talk about my friend, Amanda, who I have known since high school, and is now running her own beauty product company.
Just to be clear, she is NOT paying me, nor did she ask me to write about her. I just want to share info about it because I really do love the stuff I've used.
My very favorite so far is the Emu Luxe Facial Serum. I use it as a moisturizer after I use my Roc Deep Wrinkle Cream (that is if I have any because the Roc stuff is about $20 a tube so sometimes I can't afford it). I have oily skin that is prone to break-outs and yet, I am also starting to get wrinkles in strategically dry areas, so I am picky about moisturizer.
Naked Luxe Balms. It is free of fragrances and I think the extra big push tubes would be perfect for my 5 year old daughter who has to put on balm every night because of her eczema.
I am very picky about what I will let my little girl use on her skin. My husband and I have actually made our own organic soaps and balms (we have made an all organic balm with sunflower oil and beeswax for my daughter because sunflower oil is supposedly good for eczema), but we don't do it constantly and I need alternatives I can buy. This is my new go to balm now for my daughter.
I am going to buy my Emu Serum and my big tube of Naked balm on Friday (when I get paid, yo!).
Annnnd lucky me, Amanda just posted this little announcement on her Olio Luxe Facebook page:
Valentine's special! Any order placed at olioluxe.com from now thru Feb15th will receive a free Rose Petal or Lavender Rose bath tea! ♥ +FreeShipping!
***Must purchase a full size product or $15 minimum purchase.
Yayyyy! It will still be going on Friday when I can order :)
She also has a sweet little Birthday Program where if you LIKE her Olio Luxe Facebook page and then message her your name, birthday, and address, she will send you a *surprise* Olio Luxe treat. My birthday package included my sample of the Emu Serum I now love so much.
Now this is something I heard was a best seller and I am dfinitely going to eventually try:
Can we talk about how stunning she is for a second??? She is wearing a dress she ordered form my store PinkCheetahVintage. It was definitely meant for her.
Here's the other thing about about spreading the word/love about small, independent, green, and/or woman ran business... You get what I like to call "double for your money". Because they, in turn, support other small, local, green, and independent businesses.
Amanda, for one, shops local, participates in her local crop share program, uses all natural products, is a strong outspoken opponent of GMOs, buys vintage and second hand clothes... The list goes on and on. So, instead of my money going to some fat, greedy cat at the top who doesn't spread the love back around, when I buy from her, I get a return. A return to the community. I think this is where a lot of us are starting to focus as conscientious consumers who do, indeed, have the potential to make strong impacts with where we decide to spend our money and who we choose to support.
This really resonates with me as a small business owner, mainly because it's my truth.
Plus, one more little bit about conscientious consumerism from Independent We Stand. Hit this link to "see what kind of impact you could make on your community by spending a portion of your Valentine's Day budget at a locally owned, independent business."
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