Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lynn's One Year Mega Giveaway(s)!!!

Three weeks ago I noticed that I had a new blog follower. I visited the follower's blog and left a comment on a post. About 30 minutes went by and the phone rang. It was Lynn! Now, I thought this was pretty cool, because Lynn could've easily sent me an email. But she took the time to visit my website and got the phone number. Lynn was calling to make a request, "I visited your site and like what I see. Would you be willing to participate in my giveaway?" Sure!

Natural & Organic Body Care is Lynn's blog. It is one year old! This giveaway is in celebration of the blog anniversary. Lynn is giving away 7 glorious items, to 7 fabulous individuals! So, visit her site today, because the giveaway ends Sunday, January 3.

I think you will enjoy Natural & Organic Body Care blog. Lynn shares her thoughts as a consumer, and you can sense her fun personality.

Friday, December 25, 2009


Got this in my inbox this morning:
Just opened the samples and all I can say is "OH MY GOODNESS!!!!" Itiel, these smell absolutely DIVINE! I'm wearing Cinta right now and I literally CAN NOT stop smelling myself! I can't wait to place my next order! Thank you so much for the samples, and for continuing to bless us with your exquisite creativity.

She's referring to the new Indonesia collection for women. I am :))))))).

Friday, December 18, 2009

Jasmin Mitchell's Favorite Things!

Twitter and FB friend, and now good customer, Jasmin Mitchell (jewelry designer), tells you what she thinks about Smell Goods. J.M., reviews Rub Down, Mojito Sugar Smoother, and Raw African Black Soap.

Jasmin Mitchell's Favorite Things Etc.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tip for Indies-NO Desperate Mode

My desire, is to inspire women in business to aspire to be the best that they can, in all aspects of their lives. Itiel

Indie women in business have a tendency to have back-to-back, deep discounted sales. Although not intentional (hopefully), this is desperate mode. Crystal Washington says it best here. Some Indies covet the mass retailers' consumers, not realizing that they have their own special group of consumers, that enjoy one-of-a-kind items and quality. "Shouldn't I help my customers (present and future) save money?" Of course! However, remember to always strive for quality not quantity. Sit down and come up with ways to help your customers to save money. Remember, you are in business to make money. Your profit and inventory should have a balance.

Quality products and superb customer service are the two fundamentals that should bring you continuous sales. Think about shopping at one of your favorite stores. Why do you shop there? When I shop at one of my favorite stores, the shop owner sometimes gives me a 10% discount. I don't expect it at all, but I am always thankful.

Mistakes are made, but they can be corrected. I've made mistakes like this, but soon realized that I was hurting my business. Make new mistakes. ;)

Ways to save at Smell Goods:
  • Fan Page- 10% discount. Fan Only deals.
  • Mmmm News- Our subscription box is to the right. :o)  Subscribe to receive weekly deals!
  • VIP Subscription ($9.98 annually)- 15% discount on every order (including sales). A free full size Smell Goods' product on your birthday!
  • Passport to Paradise-This is the ultimate way to save at Smell Goods throughout the year. The booklet is $2, and there are several money saving passes.
  • Home Schoolers- We know the money that goes into educating your child(ren). Home-schooling moms and dads still need to live good, feel good, and smell good. We offer a 15% discount to home-schooling families. Only those who qualify receive the discount. Email-info[at]smellgoodspa[dot]com
  • Buy 2 Get 1 Free Wednesdays-Purchase 2 (equal size) Signature Fragrance Oils for her or him, and receive 1 (equal size) free! On Wednesdays only.
To your continuous success! There are several people who can be dishonest with me, I refuse to be one of them. Itiel

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Make Your Blood Your Business.

My desire, is to inspire women in business to aspire to be the best that they can, in all aspects of their lives. Itiel

What significant role does preventive healthcare play in running a business? A major one. As I stated before, there is no use in building a business to its fullest potential, if one allows their health to fall by the wayside.

I received my first ECG last month. The Nurse Practitioner (my new physician) said to me, "You have an outstanding resting heart rate!" During that visit, blood was drawn for testing. Note-I haven't had blood drawn since my last pregnancy (8 years)! In 7 days I went to go pick up my test results. "Your blood test results are amazing! But I think you already knew that." Yes. She proceeded to tell me that I should frame the results, and to tell me that whatever I am doing to stay healthy, continue. I will.

My physician advised me to take a multi-vitamin, due to the fact that women loose a lot of iron during their cycle. Going through my network directory, I thought of Marguerite Wright aka Mom's Herbs. This woman entrepreneur and I have connected on so many networks, and she is sincere about helping women to enjoy a healthy life. Marguerite offered to send me information on my blood type (King T received his also). I was blown away by the amount of information that she sent my way. According to your blood type, you will receive the strengths and weaknesses (health risk), type of exercise that your blood type thrives on, nutritional profile, diet red flags, and the breakdown of your personality. That is not all! A complete chart of foods (every food group) that are advantageous, neutral, or just plain bad for your blood. I must say the information was exact. As I told Marguerite, I have always been able to be in tune with my body. I know when something isn't right, instantly. So a lot of the foods that were advantageous for my blood, I knew when it was lacking and I craved it.

I encourage you to visit your physician to get a complete examination. I highly encourage you to get in touch with Mom's Herbs, by clicking on any of these highlighted links. Request your blood type information! When you visit her site, be sure to RSS Feed the newsletter! Being able to function at your best, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally should be your top goal. Enjoy the life that has been given to you. Be a good steward of your health. A business woman should be able to function highly, and show excellence in all that she does.

To your health!

There are several people who can be dishonest with me, I refuse to be one of them. Itiel

Winner of Bath & Body Goodness!

Congratulations to Amie Philpot, winner of the last Indie Artisan Giveaway of the year! Enjoy it all Amie!

A very special "thank you" to all the 2009 sponsors!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Scenting My Home

Mmmmm, right now I am scenting my home with Pine Royale. Now it does smell absolutely perfect for this season, I am just not saying that because I created it. As I sit here and typed this post, the warm aroma from downstairs is dancing across my nose. I can smell all the notes that I need to, which means the oil ratio is just right. I am proud of myself. ;)

I am so glad that I decided to make available a home combo for this limited edition fragrance.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Indie Artisan Giveaway! Last One of the Year! Huge!

Open to US residents!

One person will win a box full of bath and body goodness! Scroll down to learn more, and see how easy it is to enter.

You must leave your first name along with email address to qualify for this giveaway.

This month's Indie Artisan Giveaway is being sponsored by Shea Bath and sharing in her shine is Smell Goods '98™

Shea Bath- My name is Diana Cyrill. I am a MOMpreneur. I am married with 3 beautiful children. After looking at the ingredients on a bar of “natural” soap and researching the process of making soap, I tried my hand at making soap and loved it.

Connect with me:
Facebook-just type Shea Bath

Tropical Breeze Soap and Tropical Breeze Bath Salts. Retail value $25.

Smell Goods '98™-Specializing in signature fragrance oil blends, signature hand-dipped incense, and made-to-order spa products, that can be customized with over 50 signature blends. Not your ordinary purveyor of fine fragrance oils.

  • The Basics Gift Set- Organic Love Body Wash, Lush Body Butter, Scrub A Dub Sea Salt Polish, Signature Fragrance Oil. Retail value, $35.
  • Stay Sweet Sugar Whip. Retail value, $18. This product is for girls and young ladies. In addition, a custom designed bracelet from Bits Baubles & Buttons by Bridget will come with the Whip. Three bracelets were designed specifically for Smell Goods' Stay Sweet Collection. I am excited about including one of them in this giveaway!
  • Patriarch Black Lava Soak and Patriarch Oil-for him. Retail value$24

No purchase is necessary to win. You simply need to leave your first name and email address in the comment box below. Only one entry per person, duplicate entries will be deleted.

The contest ends on Friday, December 11th, 9 p.m.(est). The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Monday, December 14th.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

My She's Fly!

Good Morning! I just got email notice from Execumama that my interview is up! I would love for you to read it. I hope that I will inspire you to live your fullest potential. Not just me, but all the Execumamas that were represented before me....read their interviews too. The Execumama website is nothing but pure inspiration. Akilah S. Richards' Why Not You?, will have you standing on a high cloud shouting, "Why not me!"

Monday, November 30, 2009

Looking For A Sale?

Smell Goods is having one! You need to go in this direction ----> See you there!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I feel that the interview yesterday went well. You can listen to it, second blue box to the right. I tried to say as much as I could within those 30 minutes. If you have any questions about what I shared, you can ask them here. I will answer.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tune In!

You can catch me this evening on Blog Talk Radio-Making A Difference. During the 30 minutes, I will be talking about why empowering girls is important to me. If you miss it, no worries, I will post the widget to the right.

Click Title to tune in at 6:30 pm, est.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Audio Inspiration-Lizz Wright

Winner of Tribal Funk!

Congratulations to Tera D., winner of this month's Indie Artisan Give-away!

Thank you to the sponsor:
Bits Baubles & Buttons

Your Daily Food For Thought.

These are tweets by The Daily Motivator, Ralph Marston. These are words that I believe in, live by, have said myself (in a different way), and just plain like. I thought you might enjoy being motivated. Besides, only you can do it!

1.Who decides what makes you miserable and what makes you happy? You do.
2.Another person's negative attitude is that person's problem & doesn't have to dictate your behavior in any way.
3.What matters is not so much the size of your next step. What really matters is the direction.
4.You'll never be happy with what you acquire if you can't enjoy what you already have.
5.Live with hope, yet not with more hope than effort.
6.Imagine being free of the things that hold u back. It takes so little effort to let them fall gently away from you.
7.What you're able to do doesn't really matter much unless you actually do it.
8.When your reasons to move forward outweigh your excuses for staying put, you will move forward.
9.Rid your mind of all inner conflict, and the outer conflicts will not matter.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Indonesia Fragrance Collection!

It is here! Indonesia, the new signature collection for women. Available in fragrance oils, bath & body products, and.... Are you ready? Our Signature Hand-Dipped Incense!! The Indonesia Collection is connecting the Smell Goods Lady's interest in geography/culture, nature, and all things that smell good. Fusing notes of feminine sandalwood with floral notes and light musk notes.

Special Offer!

Email for your Indonesia free oil samples, plus receive a $6 off code for the Indonesia Set! Deadline to send email is Friday, November 20th, 9 pm (est). info[at]smellgoodspa[dot]com

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Indie Artisan Giveaway! BB&B by B

Open to US,UK, and Canada residents!

You must leave your first name along with email address to qualify for this giveaway.

This month's Indie Artisan Giveaway is being sponsored by Bits Baubles & Buttons by Bridget (I like saying that)!

Wife, mother, and business owner who loves to use her hands to create accessories to fit your personality. Custom orders are always welcome.

"Tribal Funk" earrings. Retail value $25.

No purchase is necessary to win. You simply have to visit Bits Baubles & Buttons official website to take a look around. Leave a comment. Your comment is your entry. Only one comment per person, duplicate entries will be deleted.

Your comment should include:

-Your name and a way to reach you (email address) should you win.

-The name of your favorite item in the shop(s) or the URL to it.

The contest ends on Tuesday, November 17th 9 p.m.(est). The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Wednesday, November 18th.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Why Essentials Soothing Balm?

Bring fast temporary relief to your aching muscles and joints with Essentials Soothing Balm. Essentials Soothing Balm's scent is not overpowering like other salves.
  • Natural Beeswax- retain natural moisture
  • Pure plant oil- high in essential fatty acids, moisturize, regenerate and condition the skin, anti inflammatory properties,high in vitamins A-B-E, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous
  • Wildcrafted Botanicals-lavender and yucca
  • Essential Oils- pain relief.
  • Pure Menthol- pain relief, cooling
Superior for relieving congestion too!

Essentials Soothing Balm

Why Scrub A Dub Sea Salt Polish?

What is it?:Scrub A Dub Sea Salt Polish brings pure salt crystals and pure plant oils together in perfect harmony. We have created a great balance-- skin-friendly, fine salt crystals, just the right amount of effective oil for moisturized skin, fast absorbing oils for a greaseless, luxurious feel. Superb for banishing dead skin, hydrating the skin, conditioning the skin, and making you smell good.

  • Atlantic Salt and exotic Alaea- Alaea is a salt harvested from the waters and volcanos in Hawaii. Pull toxins out of skin, soothes muscles, restores minerals beneficial to skin, and eat up dead skin cells.
  • Six(6) Plant Oils- Organic, minimally refined, 100% pure, food grade, and unrefined. Protecting skin against harsh environmental conditions. Treating dry, mature skin. Reducing inflammation of skin and joints. High in vitamin E, omega 6 (fatty acids), and antioxidants. Humectant for sealing in moisture. Restoring minerals beneficial to skin.

Scrub A Dub Sea Salt Polish

Why Sweet Raw Sugaw Polish?

What is it?:Sweet Raw Sugaw Polish is a skin delicious blend of large, sparkling, golden crystals and six pure plant oils. This sugar polish with larger crystals is excellent for callused skin, and to use as a foot scrub. We have saturated the crystals in pure plant oils to bring about a skin-friendly massage. Fast absorbing oils for a greaseless, luxurious feel. Superb for banishing dead skin, hydrating the skin, conditioning the skin, and making you smell good.
  • Six(6) Plant Oils- Organic, minimally refined, 100% pure, food grade, and unrefined. Protecting skin against harsh environmental conditions. Treating dry, mature skin. Reducing inflammation of skin and joints. High in vitamin E, omega 6 (fatty acids), and antioxidants. Humectant for sealing in moisture. Restoring minerals beneficial to skin.

Sweet Raw Sugaw Polish

Why Mojito Sugar Smoother?

What is it?:Mojito Sugar Smoother brings together fine, organic sugar crystals, pure fruit oil, and ingredients high in minerals. So succulent...Close your mouth, you're drooling. Superb for banishing dead skin, hydrating the skin, conditioning the skin, and making you smell good.

  • Sugar Crystals-Fine crystals saturated in just the right amount of oil-no skin irritation.
  • Marine Minerals- Kelp and Dead Sea Clay. Pulling toxins out of skin. Restoring minerals beneficial to skin.
  • Fruit Oil-Food Grade. High in vitamin E, omega 6 (fatty acids), minerals, and antioxidants. Slightly astringent for tightening and toning the skin.
Who needs it?: Anyone who desires a fun yet effective way to exfoliate. Everyone that cares about the skin they are in.

Inspired by Cuba's world famous beverage. No worries about extra calories, this is a guilt free treat! Mojito Sugar Smoother is scented with a scrumptious lime mint fragrance.

Mojito Sugar Smoother

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Annual One-Day Only Sale! Now!

We are excited to announce that the Annual One-Day Only Sale has started! The sale will end tomorrow night, Monday, October 19th at 9 pm. est. For 24 hours get 30% off* all your favorites!

This sale only happens once a year. Stock up!

*Sale excludes Bargain Bin, Samples, Accessories, Passport To Paradise, Smell Goods' VIP, Gift Certificates, and 4 Seasons Spa Combo.

Enjoy the sale!

The Smell Goods Team

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Indie Artisan Giveaway! Two Sponsors!!

Open to US residents only.

This month's Indie Artisan Giveaway is being sponsored by 3E Products and Power of Refinement!

3E Products-3E Products is the products division of Bante Design LLC, which features eco-friendly household cleaners, Environment Sprays & our exclusive line of Feng Shui Chocolates. What differentiates our products from other natural cleaners/sprays is that our products are coordinated with the 9 Life Areas of the Bagua Board used in Feng Shui. Therefore you can clean/spray for the SCENT or with Feng Shui INTENT! Cleaners & sprays have been designed for people who suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities-HOWEVER-anyone can use whether you are concerned about your health, the environment or want to bring items into your home with more INTENT-3E Products is for you!

Follow Bante Design on Twitter.

Three Environmental Sprays-Giving Thanks for Family, Health & Abundance. Scents are Lemongrass for Family-Lavender for Health-Bergamot for Abundance. Retail value $24.

Power of Refinement-At Power of Refinement we offer a wide range of items. We would like to earn your trust as our customer, by proving that our products are beautiful, practical and of high quality. Every piece we design and sell is hand (and heart) made, allowing us the freedom to take custom orders.

Become a Fan.

Power of Refinement's blog.

Carnelian and Copper ring, size 6.5. Retail value $40.00.

No purchase is necessary to win. You simply have to visit Bante Design's official website and Power of Refinement's photo page to take a look around. Leave a comment. Your comment is your entry. Only one comment per person, duplicate entries will be deleted.

Your comment should include:

-Your name and a way to reach you (email address) should you win.

-The name of your favorite item in the shop(s) or the URL to it.

The contest ends on Tuesday, October 27th 9 p.m.(est). The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Wednesday, October 28th.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Know The Grade.

Oil Grades-

100% Pure:
Must meet USP criteria for consumption and pharmaceutical applications and is unadulterated (100% pure) with no other oils blended in.

Food Grade:
Must meet USP criteria for consumption and pharmaceutical applications, but can be a blend of more than one type of oil.

Cosmetic Grade:
Must meet USP criteria for consumption and pharmaceutical applications and is almost always a blend of more than one oil, but will have the same properties and SAP value of the oil it is being identified as.

Technical Grade:
Does not meet USP requirements for consumption or pharmaceutical applications.

Refined Oils
Naturally refined oils are more thoroughly filtered and strained than unrefined, usually with some additional heat, but without harsh or damaging chemicals. Refining reduces the nutrient level and flavor. It also removes particles and resins and makes naturally refined oils more stable for longer storage, more resistant to smoking, and a good choice for high-heat.

Unrefined Oils
Unrefined oils are filtered only lightly to remove large particles. Some, such as sesame or olive oil, may appear cloudy or have visible sediment after sitting. This does not compromise quality. Unrefined oils are “whole” oils and their flavor, color and fragrance are more pronounced than in refined oils. Like unrefined whole grain flours, unrefined oils are more nutritious and have a shorter storage life than refined. Unrefined oils are best used unheated or in low heat. Their natural resins and other beneficial particles burn easily and develop unpleasant flavors and unhealthful properties if overheated.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sneak Peek_Reflection

It is that time of year again. Reflection time. The time of year when I close down to get renewed, rejuvenated, and maybe get some new revelation.

Sneak Peek-When I reopen:
  • New fragrance line for women introduced.
  • Smell Goods' annual sale! This is for one day only! If you are a subscriber to our email list, you receive something extra! Not a subscriber? Subscribe to the right -->
  • Indie Artisan Giveaway will have two sponsors! Win environmental products from 3E or beautifully designed jewelry from Power of Refinement!

Until then, you can read my thoughts from last year.

Monday, September 28, 2009

September's Winner!

Congratulations to R. Carter, winner of this month's Indie Artisan Give-away!

Thank you to the sponsor:
Tomoka's Twist

Winners were selected using:

Saturday, September 19, 2009

After The 8K Challenge.

Early this morning I participated in an 8K (in the woods). I did it! Everyone operates in a comfort zone below their level. So, I am glad that I challenged myself The course was rough, rough, rough, terrain. I jumped over tree roots, leaped over fallen trees, slid on wet leaves, was close to the edge of drop-offs, ran up steep hills. My weekly workouts of mountain biking, Perfect Push Ups, and strength training kicked in. I felt empowered! Funny, this was my first time doing something like this, but I am ready to go again....

After the 8K I came home and took a long nap. I then woke up to soak in a tub of warm water and Alaea Detoxifying Soak. I followed up by massaging Essentials Soothing Balm into those worked muscles. I feel relaxed and empowered...now I am going to go chill out.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Think on this: Are you operating in a comfort zone? What can you do to get out of it?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Update-Radio Interview

We just received a phone call. The radio interview has been postponed until this Thursday (9/17). Same time.

Previous Post

Smell Goods is the Sponsor of the Satin Doll Give-Away!

You have until Tuesday, September 22nd, to submit your entry for the Satin Doll give-away!

Win a 16 oz Spiced Apple Fantasy Almond Whipped Cream Scrub by yours truly.


Itiel McVay On Blog Talk Radio Today

We are inviting you to tune into The Royalty Network today. Today's radio show will feature Itiel McVay, Smell Goods Lady. Tune in today at 4 pm, est.


If you do not have access to the internet at that time, call in, (357) 857-3274. Remember to mute your phone during the interview.

If you miss the show today, it will be archived on The Royalty Network's page.

The Smell Goods Team

P.S. Itiel is a little nervous. If you can, she would love your support.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Chart New Courses

I received this write up in my inbox, courtesy of Ebonywoman.info. I often say these words in my head, and this write up is confirmation.

Chart New Courses
By Lance Winslow

Often entrepreneurs start a new business and start becoming successful at what they are doing. Much of their success is because they listen to their customers, and exploit small niches in the marketplace when they find that people are willing to pay them for something they had not considered, but they are very capable of doing in their businesses.

Still, as their success grows they define themselves by their industry sector niche and will join an industry association. Any industry association they join will have classes, seminars and trade journals that explain how to do things a certain way. The entrepreneur then discovers that they can become more efficient if they use the methods described by the industry Association.

Of course, at some point everyone in the industry is doing everything the same way and therefore it’s just like NASCAR where all the cars are basically the same speed, same technology, same tactics, and going around the track the same way, for the same number of laps. You cannot break away in such a situation.

That’s why I recommend that entrepreneurs chart a new course. That is not to say you should not study everything that your industry is doing, and all the best management practices and methods they utilize. You should, and you should know your industry and business model better than anyone else in the entire world in my professional and personal opinion.

However, if you really want to win in business you need to chart a new course and find and more efficient way to serve your clientele and find niches that they had not discovered yet because they were too busy trying to do everything just like everyone else. You must differentiate yourself and you must go for it. Please consider all this.

Lance Winslow is a retired franchisor – Lance Winslow’s Bio. Lance Winslow is formerly the CEO of WashGuys family of franchises for instance one of Lance Winslow’s favorite companies on the team; http://www.windowwashguys.com/links.shtml /.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Lance_Winslow

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Indie Artisan Give-Away! Tomoka's Twists!

Open to US, Canada, and UK residents only.

This month's Indie Artisan Give-Away is being sponsored by Tomoka's Twist!

Before getting into the give-away: Follow Tomoka's Twist on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook! Also, I highly suggest you check out the Gallery when visiting Tomoka's Twist page today. The Gallery will give you splendid ideas on how to wear your Twist. Yes, your Twist! You are going to win.......

Tomoka's Twist-Tomoka's Twists was established for the desires of the growing number of women embracing their natural hair to creatively and functionally to adorn their crowns. Tomoka's Twists are flexible, comfortable, and unique. Uncoil a Tomoka's Twists and let the creativity begin.

Goldie Locks II or the S. Luxurious. Winner can pick either. Retail value $16.

No purchase is necessary to win. You simply have to go to Tomoka's Twist official website and take a look around. Leave a comment. Your comment is your entry. Only one comment per person, duplicate entries will be deleted.

Your comment should include:

-Your name and a way to reach you (email address) should you win.

-The name of your favorite item in the shop(s) or the URL to it.

The contest ends on Monday, September 21st 9 p.m.(est). The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Tuesday, September 22nd.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wednesday's Special!

Buy 2 Signature fragrance oils and Get 1 Free!

For Her

For Him
For Him

"You can smell good anywhere, we want you to smell good with us!"
"Mmmm, you smell good!"

The Smell Goods Team

Special ends tonight, 12 am est


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

August's Winners!

Congratulations to V. Smith and L. Richardson! They are the winners of this month's Indie Artisan Give-away!

Thank you to the sponsors:
Uzuri Designs
Myla's Bags

Winners were selected using:

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Indie Artisan Give-away! Two Sponsors!!

Congratulations to last month's winners, Christine and Michaela!

Open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

This month's Indie Artisan Give-away is being sponsored by Uzuri Designs and Myla's Bags!

Yes, you can enter to win both!

Uzuri Designs-Jewelry meant to capture and enhance your inner beauty.

Green Goddess Jeweled Bra Straps! Retail value $25.

Myla's Bags-An online boutique that offers handcrafted handbags, custom handbags and accessories.

Downtown Clutch! Retail value $20.

No purchase is necessary to win. You simply have to go to Uzuri Designs' Etsy shop and Myla's Bags Official Website and take a look around. Leave a comment. Your comment is your entry. Only one comment per person, duplicate entries will be deleted.

Your comment should include:

-Your name and a way to reach you (email address) should you win.

-The name of your favorite item in the shop(s) or the URL to it.

The contest ends on Monday, August 24th at 9 p.m.(est). The winner will be choosen randomly and announced on Tuesday, August 25th.

P.S. I am a big fan of both these ladies' work!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"You can smell good anywhere, we want you to smell good with us!"

Today is Buy 2 Get 1 Free Wednesday! Visit the store today to purchase two Signature fragrance oils and get one free! For her. For him.

For those who are subscribers of MMMM News, don't forget about your special code. You can locate that in the July's issue. ;O)

"Mmmm, you smell good!"

Monday, July 27, 2009

Vista Print is Like Hallmark

I received my postcards for direct mailing! I am so very pleased. Vista Print is like Hallmark to me. When you find that perfect card at Hallmark, you wonder-how did they know this is what I wanted to say? Well, when you are having trouble deciding on the look of promotional materials...there's Vista.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

July's Winner

Congratulations to Christine W. winner of July's Indie Artisan Give-away! She won gorgeous makeup by MilanMinerals!

Congratulations to Michaela B. winner of July's Indie Artisan Give-away! She won and empowerment T by Black Girl Tees!

Look out for August's Indie Artisan Give-away! Sponsored by Uzuri Designs and Myla's Bags!

Monday, July 20, 2009

A Twitter Friend's Story

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of reading a great article on my Twitter friend, Akua Woods. For several years Akua has done her share of Fairtrade. Sharing her story with you.

Bits Baubles & Buttons

Over the weekend I received an invite to become a fan on a FB page. I was surprised and delighted to see that the page belongs to a grand customer of Smell Goods. Bridget Bridges has become a phenomenal woman for me to know. I am glad to have her in my network. Bridget's new creative endeavor is Bits Baubles & Buttons! I want you to go check it out. If you are on FB, become a fan of her page too!

Random Confession

I don't really like when customers type proper nouns in lower case letters. I find myself making corrections when typing up shipping labels.

Monday, July 13, 2009

$5 Almond Whipped Cream Scrubs!

Sold Out! Thanks to all that jumped on the deal.

The Bargain Bin is now filled with delicious Almond Whipped Cream Scrubs! This product is a customer's favorite! Get yours today for only $5 and see why!

I posted this to my FB page about an hour ago. Already sold 3! Only 2 remaining-Pomegranate Sweet Orange and Mimosa.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Product Of The Month!

Signature Sachet Beads

Get 1 free Signature Sachet Beads when you spend $15-$35.
Get 2 free Signature Sachet Beads when you spend $36 or more!

"Mmmm, your personal space smells good!"

Indie Artisan Give-away! Two Sponsors!!

Congratulations to last month's winner, Candace!

Open to U.S. residents only.

This month's Indie Artisan Give-away is being sponsored by MilanMinerals and Black Girl Tees!

Yes, you can enter to win both!

MilanMinerals offers you a more natural alternative to the traditional makeup you've come to love and more. Here at MilanMinerals we're so proud of our line of loose mineral cosmetics,we feel that our line is highly comparable to more traditional,expensive brands of cosmetics. We offer a high quality product at an affordable price.

Shimmer Blush set! All of them, each 10g! Retail value $59.50.

Welcome to Black Girl Tees. This shop caters to African American women and girls; however, all are welcome. The mission of this online store is to promote the self-esteem and standard of beauty of black women and girls.

"Maya Was Right-I Am Phenomenal"-Phenomenal Woman Jersey T-Shirt! Hot off the press! Retail value $23.99.

How to Enter:

No purchase is necessary to win. You simply have to go to MilanMinerals' Official Website and Black Girl Tees' Official Website and take a look around. Leave a comment. Your comment is your entry. Only one comment per person, duplicate entries will be deleted.

Your comment should include:

-Your name and a way to reach you (email address) should you win.

-The name of your favorite item in the shop(s) or the URL to it.

The contest ends on Monday, July 20th at 9 p.m.(est). The winner will be choosen randomly and announced on Tuesday, July 21st.

PS. The Shimmer Blushes are so velvety and they offer just enough hue for the summer. I have Brina and Kamala...love them both. My make-up stash is stocked with MilanMinerals. I am one satisfied customer!

PSS. Black Girl Tees gave Smell Goods the opportunity to cross-market with them. Very professional. The designer's creativity is fun and fabulous, and their passion for empowerment is palpable.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Hello New Followers!

It was a great surprise last week, when I came to announce the winner, I had new followers. Many new followers! Thank you! Thank you! Some of you I can click on and go directly to your blog. Others, nothing. Hmmm. A lot of you have some very interesting thoughts, ideas and opinions. I look forward to your posts. I don't always comment, but I do enjoy what I read.

Thanks again!

I. McVay,smellgoodslady

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

June's Winner!

Congratulations to Candace C., winner of June's Indie Artisan Give-away! She won beautiful jewelry by Brace Yourself Boutique!

Look out for July's Indie Artisan Give-away! Sponsored by Black Girl Tees and Milan Minerals.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Indie Artisan Give-away!

Congratulations to last month's winner, Neo!

Open to U.S. residents only.

This month's Indie Artisan Give-away is being sponsored by Brace Yourself Boutique!

Our unique jewelry is designed for those who love to enhance their everyday style with that something special! All of our collections are handcrafted in limited quantities, promote individuality, and are made to order. We hope you enjoy our jewelry selection as we pride our company on bringing you unique finds made with quality beads.

Bohemian designed, Spring Fling necklace. Retail value $27.50.

How to Enter:

No purchase is necessary to win. You simply have to go to Brace Yourself Boutique's Official Website and take a look around. Leave a comment. Your comment is your entry. Only one comment per person, duplicate entries will be deleted.

Your comment should include:

-Your name and a way to reach you (email address) should you win.

-The name of your favorite item in the shop(s) or the URL to it.

The contest ends on Monday, June 22nd at 9 p.m.(est). The winner will be choosen randomly and announced on Tuesday, June 23rd.

P.S. I have several baubles from BYB!

6 Summer Skincare Tips | Smell Good Spa™

Who's ready for summer?  Isn't that a crazy question? Really. Who isn't ready for summer?  Summer brings us such a great bounty of vibrant colors, yummy fruits, early sunrises and late-evening sunsets. Above all, it brings us what we've longed for all winter....the warmth from the sun. Just like every summer, I plan to appreciate this season by not spending too much time indoors. How about you?  However, in order to get the best from this enjoyment, I'll be using these 6 skincare tips for healthy living throughout the summer. Join me.

6 Summer Skincare Tips

1. Drink plenty of water and eat a good amount of fruits and vegetables, to keep skin hydrated. Add skinless cucumbers to your water to jazz things up.  Lemons are also known to work from the inside-out, giving a youthful glow.

2. Allow your skin to breathe. Avoid moisturizers with mineral oil and petroleum ingredients. These products clog pores, and therefore, prevents toxins from being removed properly.

3. For a sexy, healthy glow, exfoliate your skin 3 times a week to remove dead skin cells.

4. Protect the immune system. Your skin is one of your body's natural defenses. Skin forms an effective barrier against these invaders: bacteria, virus, and fungus. Use pure, bacteria fighting antioxidant ingredients: grape seed oil, castor oil, raw butters, tea tree, shea oil, sesame oil, etc.; and,   keep the skin clean with vegetable based soap.

5. Stepping out in shorts or skirts this summer? Keep those pores clean. Use a bath brush with stiff bristles during each shower/bath.

Heading Outdoors!

6. Limit your outdoor time this summer, especially when the sun is at its highest. Products with raw shea butter and natural products with Zinc (UV blocker) can protect the skin from the sun.  Apply a yummy dose of citrus butter, because vitamin C suppresses the increase of melanin, when the skin has been overexposed to the sun (hyper-pigmentation).   Also, body sprays infused with aloe vera are excellent for soothing overheated skin.

Happy Summer!

Be Whole,

Inbox Encouragement

There's nothing like shutting down for the weekend, booting back up on Monday, and finding glowing feedback. I received this in my inbox over the weekend.

Subject: Wow!
I didn't know heaven came in a powder!! Your deodorant powder is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!! It's so silky smooth, smells divine, and not only keeps me odor-free, but DRY! I'm talking even after dance class! My underarms thank you :)

And of course, as always I am absolutely thrilled with everything I purchased. I'm telling you, I'm like a kid in a candy store whenever I receive my orders from you! And thank you so much for the samples. They smell delicious!!

Peace and blessings,
D.J.-Maryland (initial for privacy)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Scalp Scrubber Anyone?

I was just checking my inbox, and came across an email for a "friend" request on a ning. I went to go check out the person. Noticed that they had a website. Clicked. Then saw this cute little thing. My head started to feel tingling and relaxed just reading about it. Truly exfoliating is my favorite step in body care. Now, my scalp can have this pleasure as well.

Random Confession

When making products for my customers, sometimes (ok, almost all the time) I want to keep their stuff. Shh, don't tell nobody.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

May's Winner!

Congratulations to Neo_Ame, winner of May's Indie Artisan Give-away! She won beautiful jewelry by Satin Doll & Co.

Look out for June's Indie Artisan Give-away! Sponsored by Brace Yourself Boutique!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Indie Artisan Giveaway!

This month's Indie Artisan Giveaway is being sponsored by Satin Doll & Co.!

Satin Doll & Co. is your one stop shop for all of your accessory needs: from handbags and jewelry to accessories. Choose from our wide selection of styles and colors. There's enough to choose from to keep any fashionista busy.

Beautifully designed, Sophisticated Elegance earrings. Retail value $14.00.

How to Enter:

No purchase is necessary to win. You simply have to go to Satin Doll & Co. Offical Website/Shop (http://www.satindoll.biz) or Satin Doll & Co. Etsy Shop (http://SatinDollCo.etsy.com) and take a look around. Leave a comment. Your comment is your entry. Only one comment per person, duplicate entries will be deleted.

Your comment should include:

-Your name and a way to reach you (email address) should you win.

-The name of your favorite item in the shop(s) or the URL to it.

The contest ends on Monday, June 1st at 9 p.m.(est). The winner will be choosen randomly and announce on Tuesday, June 2nd.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sale! Stay Sweet Collection

Created for the young girl, young lady, and teen mother to uplift her spirit, to assure her of the positive strength within, to remind her of what she should and should NOT accept into her life! For every girl from all walks of life! Perfect for a young lady to strengthen her inside and beautify her outside.

Created for girls, but women are loving it too!

Unedited testimonial:
Bam'in Banana is the best!!! I love it for it's lite yet long lasting fragrance. And my husband says it's alluring.... Great Stuff Tracy Brooks, Still Dating My Spouse

Unedited testimonial:
The strawberry spray smells sweet like candy. Veda, age 10

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sharing Smell Goods' Brochure

Who was I kidding, when I said that I would share the brochure last week? Last week was very busy, but ta-da, this is the brochure that I am very proud of. With other things going on with the business, and getting the details just right, it took some time for me to design the brochure. I got them printed up for free! Gotta love Vista Print.

Did you know depending on the browser that you use, Vista Print has a free page and a full price page? Yeah, I discovered that one day. When I uploaded in Safari, the products were free or discounted. Went over to Mozilla, full price. But wait, another discovery! Sometimes Safari will not have free products either, but Vista still has free or discounted product. You can only get to these products via special links. I found this and this. Maybe these links can benefit you. Happy marketing!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Blog Giveaways!

Over the years, I have purchased many beautiful, handmade pieces from Indie Artisans across the nation. I have decided that I want to share that with you. So, I am going to be having blog giveaways once a month! Look out for them! If you are on Smell Goods' email list or in the network, you will be kept in-the-know.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Grants for Women

So far, for 2009, 11 grants for women, have been listed on Investing In Women. These 11 grants, specifically targeting women, are legit.

Monday, May 4, 2009

R&R Plus FUN!

My family and I just stepped foot into our home. There's no place like home! But going away is lots of fun. We just returned from the grand Disney Wonder cruise ship. Amazing! Disney is nothing but amazing in everything that they do. The shows were grand. The cruise personnel were outstanding, we met some remarkable people from around the globe. The Bahamas was laid back, we got personnel attention from our friend's brother;Disney's island, Castaway Cay was just bliss. The food!!!! Oh, the food!! The pampering!! Oh, the pampering!! It was our first time taking a cruise, but certainly not the last.

While away I checked my emails. Orders!!! I love it! I travel often, but I love getting back into my routine. So starting tomorrow it is back to the grind:order supplies, process orders, ship orders, do end-of-month reports, update my online networks,etc.

I was so busy packing and cleaning my home last week, I forgot to share my business brochures with you. I will post, hopefully tomorrow.

Off to bed......

Thursday, April 16, 2009

How Are You Doing With This Thing? Ning?

Last week I took a page from the Verizon tv promos. I picked my own network. My Facebook page went from 99 to 68 (now 72, I think). Now 99 may not have been much from the jump, as I see many folks that I am connected with have over 200. However, the question in my mind is, "Are they all networking?" If they are not, that is a total waste. My Twitter page and Myspace page are next on the list. I have already left many Nings.

Anyway, my network is a collective group of professional individuals who offer services to help Indies, and professional Indies. My network is built on two aspects:
1) Those who I support by showing patronage to their business, through encouraging words, and/or helping them make business connections.
2) Those who support my business by showing patronage, uplift me through encouraging words, and/or help me make business connections.

So, I am not looking for 200 plus people who just sit there and read my posts (or not).

Ning is another social media. I truly like the concept of Ning, I believe it is more laid out for business networking. However, some of the Nings that I have been a member of, have been somewhat disappointing. The first Ning that I joined was in the 100's when I became a member. So you can imagine the positive networking that took place. This Ning is for woman, and we truly supported each other. As a matter of fact, my network still consist of some of those wonderful women. However, the Ning started to grow and today it is well over 5000 members. Did I mention this was in a years time? Yes! So now members are getting lost in the "sea", some original members are not as active or have left completely.

About six months ago, I became a member of another Ning for women. This Ning is not as massive as the other, the creator is looking for quality not quantity. What I enjoy most about this network, is that the creator promotes your business as much as she can. She also introduces members to each other, that she feel can benefit from each other. This Ning could be better, if the members interacted more.

Building a network? Put forth genuine effort.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Patriarch Collection-Spring 2009

  • Provider.
  • Lover.
  • Warrior.
  • Friend.
  • He is the PATRIARCH.

The Patriarch Collection begins with the sweet aroma of woodsy Sandalwood, balancing out to offer up notes of Lavender, Rum, Burmese, or Frankincense & Myrrh.

Patriarch Collection:
  • Chalis
  • Sceptre
  • Signet
  • Sword

Monday, March 23, 2009

Signature Hand-Dipped Incense Combo

I just added a new combo for the home! Click the title link to check it out!

Being Touched By Those Who Are Touched

Being in the bath and body business makes me happy. Creating has always made me happy, but noticed I stated 'business'. Sometimes the business of things can make you anxious, overwhelmed, sad, confused, frustrated (yes, I have been on your blog reading your post). In previous blog post I have shared how I had to willingly overcome certain obstacles to get to here and now. My skin is much tougher now. Smell Goods will be in its 11th year this coming April! However, four years into this, I decided that I was no longer going to look to the left nor right of me, I would keep on a steady path of "Why are you doing this?"

Wealth! When expressing wealth, I am not referring to being rich. To have financial freedom. To not be burden by things that cannot happen, due to the lack of money. To not be dependent on and driven by credit. Philanthropy- to give back, something that I have always desired since a youth. To help my children with their present and future endeavors.

Building wealth isn't that easy, but it is not as challenging as being a selfless person.

Touching others. How can bath and body products touch others? Whatever is in your heart will become evident through whatever you do. When creating, my heart and mind is on the person that I am creating for. Last week was a heartwarming week for me. A video expressing how my products brought happiness and satisfaction. Two phone calls: 1) The caller shared how the Stay Sweet Collection touched the lives of two young girls in New Mexico. One who is going through hard times with her family and life. She lit up immediately, and was so touched. The other, a thirteen year old whose mother died suddenly just that day. When the products were given to her, I was told she transformed from a state of sadness to joy. When creating for these girls I enclosed a letter with words from my heart. I am glad that I followed my heart to do so. I believe the words were exactly what they needed to hear at that time. 2) A Smell Goods' first-timer from Syracuse, NY called me on Friday (what a way to close the week). "Hi my name is... I placed an order online and received it today. I just got into the house, I am so ecstatic that I can't even take my shoes off! I am happy with my purchase! My husband is so surprised that I just found you online and the products are great! This is wonderful and I will be returning!"

I enjoy giving of myself through what I do. All I could do was thank The Most High for happiness that was brought to those individuals. Reading the insert in India Arie's Testimony Vol. 2, she states how she found herself falling into the trap of being concerned about music charts and hit records, and was loosing sight of making good music. It is a challenge in being selfless, to maintain the joy in your talents and skills. In whatever you do use your heart, mind, and hands to bring about positive results in other's lives.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Signature Sachet Beads

Smell Goods' Signature Sachet Beads are back!

Known for our Signature Hand-Dipped Incense, which we would love for you to take everywhere! We are smart to know that you just can't burn them in all your personal spaces, like your car (we know you are tempted though). So, we have taken our Signature fragrance oils and mixed them in a vegetable base, to give you a superb product to use everywhere and anywhere!

  • Now available in 31 Signature scents!
  • Available in Signature scents for men too!
  • Choose from 10 Organza bag colors!
  • Ideal for "no flame zones", such as dorm rooms!

Caution: Signature Sachet Beads may cause these symptoms!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Your Attention Please.....

...Smell Goods received its first video review today! We have had several print, but a video.... Complete joy!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Say, "No".

Being a SAHM that works from home has its perks....you can spend time with your children. However, that can also be a hinderance. As business women, most of us have become accustomed to saying, "No", to things that are not productive. But when it comes to those big, wide eyes and precious smiles, well...... You can loose a lot of time catering to your child's every "please", wish, and want. If you are spending quality time with your child and creating life long memories with them, then your time away from them while operating your business should not affect them.

If you are having a challenge in this area here are some tips:
1) Make a "Mommy Time" schedule. Pencil in your time for work. Have child understand how that time looks on the clock. Post schedule in a central location.

2) An hour before work time start giving your child the countdown. "Mommy will start working in 45 minutes."

3) Don't start an activity that you know will run into your scheduled work time.

4) If your child is not a distraction and is older have them work with you. This will help them build a sense of importance and responsibility.

5) If your supportive spouse (always a plus) is at home during your work time, remind the child that daddy is their parent too and he can help with their needs.

6) Do not be afraid to tell your child, "No"!

Chic Encounters

Chic Encounters is your source for quality designer invitations, favors, and gifts. We are dedicated to providing you with unique invitations, favors, gifts, and service! Our products cater to all life's events. The owner of Chic Encounters is a gem name Teresa Barrett. I have had the pleasure of being apart of one of her events, Urban Bridal Affair. Teresa Barrett is also the publisher of Serenity Woman Magazine!

You can now find select Smell Goods' products on Chic Encounters!

To my bath & body sisters reading this, and to creators of unique gifts, Chic Encounters is looking for you! Chic Encounters is another source for you to make money! Visit the site today to see if this is something for you. Click on Title link above.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Human Body Odor

"You have HBO!" Coined as a teasing phrase almost three decades ago, not referring to the popular cable channel Home Box Office, but human body odor. Human body odor is not a laughing matter, and there are several reasons why a person may have body odor. The following are a few causes of human body odor and how to combat them.

Skin- Bad-smelling odors can be produced by skin! Dead skin cells exist on us all. These dead skin cells (keratinocytes) are the main cells of the epidermis (outer surface) and protect the cells underneath the epidermis as they divide and replenish! However, as the dead skin cells (keratinocytes) start to age, the protein keratin is accumulated, thus a strong order is carried on the skin. Not only is exfoliating beneficial for radiant, ageless skin, but sloughing away dead skin cells for odorless skin is a plus too! When purchasing a scrub or polish, make sure it contains natural vegetable or nut oils for ultimate conditioning and hydration for the skin. If the feel of salt or sugar is not comfortable to the skin, natural body washes with enzymic (fruit) ingredients are great for eating up dead skin cells.

Vaginal Odors- Vaginal odors come about when bad bacteria overpowers good bacteria. This imbalance in bacteria causes a very unpleasant fishy odor in the vagina. To eliminate odors in the groin area all is needed is special attention to personal hygiene. Take care and use warm water and soap for cleaning. Be in tune with your body. If a vaginal odor has a stronger fish smell than usual, a fungus (yeast infection) maybe present. Contacting your physician and asking for recommendations for natural products should be the steps to take.

Genetic Odors- In the year 1970, Fish Odor Syndrome was identified as a disorder that causes the smell of rotten fish. Fish Odor Syndrome is a recessive genetic disease that varies in its time of being noticed. It may declare itself during infancy, childhood, puberty, or even adulthood. In addition, Fish Odor Syndrome is not a solo disorder. It can be associated with other genetic disorders, such as Noonan's, Turner's Syndrome, and Prader-Willi Syndrome. Although there isn't a long term cure, antibiotics are recommended to limit the bacteria that naturally occurs in the intestine, and those with this disorder should stay away from food products with large amounts of choline such as egg yolk, kidney, liver, legumes, and fish.

Elderly- Is there an odor that comes with aging? Certain situations, change of lifestyle, and changes within the body causes that distinct odor with some elderly. Some elderly people have low energy and the desire to jump into the shower or taking a daily soak becomes infrequent. Their personal hygiene becomes poor, thus allowing bacteria to flourish on the body, which is one of the primary reasons for odor. Other causes for odors that occur in the elderly are urinary leakage and halitosis (bad breath). Halitosis is very common as people age. It is estimated that 70% of the elderly do not produce enough saliva, when dealing with bacteria in the mouth saliva plays an important role. This lost of saliva does not solely rest on aging alone, but medications such as antidepressants, blood pressure medications, diuretics, and sedatives can dry out the saliva. Odorous bacteria thrives in the mouth when false teeth are present as well. It is important to take care of the elderly. Assisting with their hygiene needs, overseeing their liquid intake, managing their medication, and introducing natural remedies into their lifestyle, can possibly alleviate odor.

Sweat- This odorless liquid creates an environment for bacteria that naturally occurs on human skin. The bacteria on the skin is attracted to the sweat produced by the apocrine glands (sweat glands), located in armpits and groin area. When the sweat and bacteria interact a strong odor is produced. Although sweat glands play apart in sexual attraction, too much musky odor is unattractive. Bathing with soap and water, along with using a natural deodorant or deodorant powder can prevent unhealthy, unpleasant odors.

Diet and Lifestyle- What is put into the body and one's behavior can cause body odors. Foods such as onions, garlic, and cumin contain oils that can cause odors when excreted through the skin. Emotional stress, caffeine, and nicotine can increase the production of sweat, and in turn the risk of odor.

The following are topical relief of body odors from Healthline.com:
-Two or three charcoal capsules per day for several weeks can help absorb waste products and reduce fermentation that may be causing body odor.

-Chlorophyll tablets can be taken by mouth to absorb body toxins and odors.

-Sage tea (salvia officinalis), or sage extracts can be taken internally and an undiluted alcohol extract of sage can be used under the arms.

-Essential oils of rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis), and thyme (thymus vulgaris), can be used under the arms or on the feet.

-Baking soda or body powder will keep affected areas dry and absorb or mask odors.

-The diet should be improved to improve digestion, ensure regular bowel movements, and resolve constipation. There should be an increased intake of fluids to flush the system; six to eight glasses of water should be consumed daily.

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Tip: Oral Hygiene


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Tip: Oral Hygiene

Tooth Powder Recipe

Promote healthier gums and teeth, prevent bad breath, and save money by making your own toothpaste (powder).

This recipe is based on what I like, you can modify the measurements and oils if you wish. I also like to use Cinnamon oil. These ingredients should be readily available at any health food store.

3 tbsp Baking Soda (cleaner)
1 tbsp Sea Salt (abrasive and "whitener")
1/8 tsp or 1/4 tsp Myrrh Gum-ground (bacteria fighter)
7 drops Tea Tree Oil (bacteria fighter)
7 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (freshener)

Store ingredients in a container or small bottle.

How to use:
Place a nickel-sized amount of powder into the palm of your hand. Dampen toothbrush and dip it into the powder. Brush and rinse.

Initially you may be taken back by the taste, but your mouth will feel fresh, and the ingredients are very effective.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Empowering One Girl At A Time

In an October post I mentioned about how excited I was to be cross-marketing with another business. With months of communicating via email, I am pleased to announce that this endeavor has positive results.

It is true what they say, that "great minds think alike". As the owner of Black Girl Tees, an online t-shirt business that promotes the self-esteem of black women and girls, I am delighted to come together with Itiel McVay of Smell Goods '98 to support and uplift young women. 2009 is truly a year of change – this year, let's change the way our girls think about themselves and the world around them. In a society that assigns value to superficial traits, girls need affirmation that their true value lies within. They are beautiful gems to be treasured, adored and protected. In that context, we present to you this decorative poster to commemorate how truly awesome our girls are. It is our hope that the young women in your lives will feel the love and support you have for them with the gifting of this special item. For we know, just as you do, how precious the spirit of a girl truly is. Let's make sure that girls know this same truth. ~Anilia Arneus

How appropriate that we come together for this mission? The Stay Sweet Collection, a Smell Goods' creation, is a body care line for girls that promote self-worth with positive affirmations. The Stay Sweet Collection was created to enhance the inside and outside beauty.

Anilia Arneus has designed this poster just for Smell Goods. This decorative poster will be a gift with a purchase of the Stay Sweet Sugar Whip or the Stay Sweet Spritzer!

"Girls are: smart, beautiful, strong, courageous, funny, cute, important, graceful, feminine, blessed, divine, sweet, leaders, friends, loved, athletic, talented, priceless, just like me!"

Smell Goods '98 donates a percentage of sales from the Stay Sweet Collection to grass-root organizations. Such as The Teen L.U.V.E Program that is on the right sidebar.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Conversation With a Divapreneur

I've recently been published in the magazine Divapreneur! Mompreneur and sistapreneur, Tracey Brooks is one of the magazines contributing writers, and she did a write-up about me and my business. Once again I am honored and grateful.

You can download the copy for $5 or purchase the hard copy for $14.95. It's worth it! There are so many motivational and inspirational articles from contributing writers, and the magazine includes art, crafts, and other treasures. I am looking forward to introducing myself and adding some of the writers and featured Indies to my network.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

An Organic Love Discovery

Last week my sister (friend) was talking to me about her hair. She is going back to her natural, beautiful curly hair. No more Relaxers (she did not need them anyway)! The one thing that women ("black") are most surprised about when going natural is the dryness of the hair. Yes, natural hair needs plenty of hydration. Natural hair is very fragile and can easily break if not moisturized . Every curl has the potential for breakage. She is always online trying to find the best natural hair care products. So far she has been somewhat disappointed, but the hunt is still on. She was on the hunt for a shampoo, so I suggested Dr. Bonner's vegetable castile. Itiel, why did you suggest another brands vegetable castile when you sale a very healthy, luxurious vegetable castile product? I remember using Organic Love on my hair once and it took me awhile to rinse it out of these locs! But, then it hit me! On Dr. Bonner's bottle it reads, dilute, dilute, dilute! I did not dilute my base! The formulation for Organic Love is for the body. Ah ha! Diluting worked fantastically! I washed my daughters' hair last night and the softness and shine is just amazing. No squeakiness from the chemicals stripping the hair of natural oils, just nice fluffy natural locs.

Organic Love is an organic vegetable castile soap enriched with Raw African Black Soap (also for shampooing) and Green Papaya. No surfactants (SLS or the others). It is nourishing for the skin and now I (and you) know it is great for cleaning and moisturizing the hair!

To use as shampoo (for 8 oz):
-Use this mixture if you have to have suds. More suds does not equal clean.
1/2 cup of Organic Love, 1/2 cup purified water

-This mixture delivers nice suds, just not as much.
1/4 cup of Organic Love, 3/4 cup purified water

The style:
I styled my daughter's hair in a loop style. It is a two-in-one type of style for locs. It can be worn like this for weeks, then taken down to be very curly, like my profile pic. Take two locs and tie them like a shoestring (without the bows of course) continuously until you get to the ends, work ends back into loop or secure with black rubber bands.

FYI: Although there are many products that can help you achieve moisture for your hair and skin, remember that water is the best hydrator!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Tip: Castor Oil Packs

Castor Oil is used a lot in the products that I create. I love it! Not only are the healing properties superior when applied topically, but when absorbed into the skin the body's lymphatic tissue benefits too! I've taken this excerpt from an online article that I enjoyed reading. If you, or someone you know, are suffering from edema, arthritis, boils, hyperactivity, colon problems, etc, the castor oil packs could be beneficial.

Castor Oil Packs

One of the most useful and least utilized methods of using castor oil is to employ packs. Packs are an economical and efficient method of absorbing the ricinoleic acid and other healing components of castor oil directly into body tissues. (The following basic procedure was outlined in several of the readings of Edgar Cayce.)

To make a castor oil pack you will need the following items: cold pressed castor oil, a standard heating pad, a plastic garbage bag, two or three one-foot square pieces of wool or cotton flannel and one large bath towel.

1. Start by placing the heating pad on a flat surface and turn the setting to high.

2. On top of the pad lay the plastic garbage bag. Next, soak the flannel pieces with castor oil generally about 1/2 cup) and lay them on top of the garbage bag and heating pad.

3. The entire pack can now be placed against the body with the oil-soaked flannel on the skin. For general conditions the pack should be placed on the abdomen. (For treating lower back problems, the pack can be placed there.) To help hold the pack in place and to keep oil from getting on bedding, etc., the body can be wrapped in a large bath towel.

4. The pack should remain in place for at least one hour and the temperature of the heating pad should be kept at the highest temperature tolerable to the patient.

5. When you remove the pack, the remaining oil can be massaged into the skin or cleaned off using a little soda water made from 1 quart of warm water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda.

6. The flannel can be reused if stored properly after removing the pack. Put the flannel in either a plastic bag or zip-loc container and place it in the refrigerator. Before using it next time let it warm up and always add another 1 or 2 tablespoons of fresh cold pressed castor oil. (After a month of use I would recommend using new flannel.)

Conditions Responding to Castor Oil Packs

Due to the many effects of its fatty acid component, ricinoleic acid, the use of castor oil can be used topically to treat a wide variety of health complaints.

Lymphatic Congestion

Obviously, conditions known to be related to poor drainage of the lymphatic system will tend to benefit from this type of therapy. These would include complaints such as:

1. chronic fluid retention with swollen joints and pain
2. arthritis
3. upper respiratory infections involving the sinuses,
tonsils and inner ear
4. colon problems like Crohn's disease or colitis
5. gallbladder disease
6. boils
7. liver cirrhosis, hepatitis, enlargement or congestion
8. menstrual-related congestion
9. appendicitis
10. hyperactivity
11. constipation, bowel impaction or adhesions
12. swollen lymph nodes
13. bladder and vaginal infections

Neurological Problems

Several neurological problems have also been responsive to castor oil. These include:

1. nerve inflammations such as sciatica, shingles, etc.
2. Parkinson's disease
3. multiple sclerosis
4. migraine headaches
5. cerebral palsy


Conditions that stress or compromise the immune system will very often benefit from castor oil packs. Nowhere is this more obvious than with AIDS. I have talked with several AIDS patients who have added castor oil packs (usually for one hour a day) to their treatment regimen with very positive results. Within two weeks, it was not uncommon for them to see increases in their WBC counts (white blood cell counts), platelet counts, hematocrit readings and RBC counts (red blood cells).

I should mention also that in addition to the castor oil packs most of those I talked to are also drinking a combination of olive oil and lemon juice to further stimulate lymphatic flow and liver activity. It can be made by blending the following:

1 clean whole lemon, (pulp, rind, seeds and all)
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups of distilled water
4 rounded tablespoons of frozen orange juice concentrate

The blended material is then strained through a wire strainer to remove the pulp, which is discarded. The remaining liquid is divided in four equal portions of approximately 1/4 cup each and a portion is consumed with each of the three daily meals and before bedtime.

In addition to stimulating lymphatic flow, the drink increases the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder, which, in turn, enhances one's ability to digest essential fatty acids through the Peyer's patches in the small intestine. It is not uncommon for AIDS patients to experience weight gain and a reversal of a long list of complaints often associated with fatty acid deficiencies.

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