Friday, July 25, 2008

Online Spa Party

Smell Goods '98™ Online Spa Party!

Throw an online Smell Goods 1998™ spa party and receive free products!

Just think. No need to clean up for guest! No need for anyone to leave their home! You can invite your friends and family from all over the world that have an email address and access to the internet to support you!

Here's what you will receive:
Your choice of an 1 oz Signature fragrance oil free, just for hosting a party!
10% of your party's total purchases in free merchandise!
An additional $10 in free merchandise for every spa party booked and completed by your guests!

Here's how it works:
Fill out the contact form below to let us know when you would like to have your online party. After we receive your information, we will send you an email to let you know if those dates are available.

An invitation with your party dates will be designed for you. Invitation will be sent via email.

Send your invitation to everyone who you would like to be a part of your online spa party! Each online spa party will run for two weeks , and each purchase made by your guests (minus shipping charges, price breaks, and taxes) during that time, will count towards your party total .

All purchases for your party must be paid for through Paypal, as waiting for checks and money orders would hold up the entire party. Paypal allows payments to be made with Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. You do not have to have a Paypal account to make payments through Paypal .

As the hostess/host, you will earn 10% of your party's total purchases in free merchandise! A special online code will be sent to you after your percentage is calculated. Go online to shop and use the code at checkout!

As the hostess/host, you will receive free shipping on your order. All of your guests will be charged normal shipping charges, and their orders will be shipped directly to them.

For each person from your party who books and completes their own online spa party, you will earn an extra $10.00 in free merchandise!

You will receive your choice of an 1 oz Signature fragrance oil free , just for hosting a party!

We will be in total communication with you throughout the duration of your online spa party.

Online Spa Party Form (copy and send to email below):

Full Name:

Email Address (for immediate correspondence):

Phone Number:

Party Dates:

Questions? Interested? Contact, info[at]smellgoodspa[dot]com

Thursday, July 17, 2008

'I don't want to die poor'

This is a very inspirational story. To all the women out there, be encouraged, move forward, things are not going to just happen for you, you have to make them happen... only if you truly want them to.

‘I don’t want to die poor’
By Wilfred Zulu

Sylvia Banda was only 24 when she realised that if she continued with her job in the public service, she would, like many who have gone before her, die in poverty.

The 49-year old Sylvia with an investment capital of US$100 in her venture is now standing on the threshold of US$4.7 million hotel-and-lodge development, making her one of the most enterprising persons not only in Zambia but the region at large.

She reminisced: “The start of my business was not easy…challenges were many but what mattered most to me was a better future for my family, country and Africa as at large,” she told API.

Having left the poorly-paid job as a teacher 25 years ago, Sylvia ‘invaded’ her kitchen; she took away a stove, fridge, mealie meal, chicken, salt, cooking oil and the like. A proprietor of a warehouse in the city’s industrial area had agreed to allow her use his premises free of charge – perhaps thinking that she would not go far.

“The first day was funny. My small restaurant had no tables, no chairs, so I simply said to my customers, ‘welcome to a standing buffet’. Amazingly the first meal was all sold out”.

The next day, the woman whose government service monthly salary amounted to not more than US$ 150 (K500, 000), put the US$100 she had saved into the new business which was promising good returns.

Shortly afterwards, Sylva Catering was born. Within a year, she was running a full operational cafeteria with many outside catering orders.

But even under the cards of limited funds, Sylvia feared getting a bank loan because the then “49 percent interest rate was too high”.

She managed on her own, though. Today she has expanded her catering business to include a guesthouse, catering college, and cafeterias spread across the capital Lusaka. They operate under the banner ‘Sylva Professional Catering Services’ and is situated at the University of Zambia.

As you enter her office, you will be greeted by several trophies decorating her desk and shelves. In 2001, she bagged the Arch of Europe 20th century Award that she consecutively retained in 2004 and 2005. In the year 2001, she was honoured as one of the six most outstanding African entrepreneurs and in 2003, the American biographical researchers voted her as Woman of the Year. Not to mention a string of local honours.

In the recent past, she has ventured into the promotion of indigenous food. This includes dried pumpkin leaves and seeds, pounded groundnuts, dried black jack leaves, dried and fresh okra, among many others. These foods are packaged under the label Sylva Food Solutions.

“We package almost all known indigenous Zambian food and sell them in supermarkets besides putting them on our menu. We also do exports to countries like Angola Congo DR and Nigeria,” she added.

The promotion of indigenous food has been well received both locally and internationally. In 2005, she exhibited at the Japan-Expo.

Locally, it is no surprise that high profile organizations ‘queue’ up at her office for orders. Her clients include Unilever South-East Africa, British Council, hotels and lodges.

Professional bodies are also tapping into her knowledge. She sits on the boards of Zambia Chamber of Small and Medium Scale Business Associations, Vocational Training under the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the newly instituted Zambia Development Agency.

In order to compare her achievements with those of the outside world, six years ago, she joined the US-based Professional Women’s Advisory Board. And in 2003, Sylvia toured Washington DC on a USAID educational and cultural programme.

“It is hard to accept that having started with almost nothing and without any loan, my business is being appreciated worldwide. This tells me that money alone is not a launch-pad for success but commitment, ability driven by vision,” she said.

Despite all these successes scored, her journey has not been devoid of challenges. The 1980s-90s unstable economy chorused by high inflation threatened her business. While trying to beat the inflationary effects, her customers complained that the products were too expensive. The other area is corruption.

“There are times when we have failed to get business from government institutions because our competitors opted to corrupt some official. But as God-fearing people, we cannot give kickbacks,” said Sylvia who together with her husband are devout Christians.

She added that costing mechanism of products is important in business. “We are not bothered by the pricing of our competitors. We would not change the price of a product merely because somebody is pegging the same at a lower cost”.

But what is the secret to her achievements? “God!” she emphatically responds.

“In whatever we do, we always put God first and seek His guidance.’

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

How Good It Feels To Be Loved By YOU

A few seconds ago I received a phone call from a customer in Arizona. This customer found Smell Goods a few months back by googling "good deodorant". Thank you SEO (search engine optimization) for paying off! During our initial phone conversation she expressed how she really needed a deodorant that would effectively work against strong underarm odors and that was natural. She purchases the Essentials Deodorant Powder. Today she calls to share that she was so happy to receive a compliment on how good she is smelling. She expressed that before using the Essentials Deodorant Powder, compliments were not coming her way.

I thank you for the love people!

Essentials Deodorant Powder

Monday, July 14, 2008

Client Gift Giving

Do you have great clients, but no special way to say, "thank you"? Top off your client's positive experience with a beautifully crafted, monogram soap set by Smell Goods! Each shea and silk soap is created with your company's letter, company's color*, and a Smell Goods' signature scent! Smell Goods offers you four different ways to say, "thank you" to your clients! Contact us today for the details,

*colors may vary

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

5 New Flavors!

One of the specialties here at Smell Goods '98™ is hand-dipped incense! Our incense are dipped into concentrated (no dpg solvent), signature fragrance oil blends. For 10 years our incense have received rave reviews! Try them today, and experience for yourself the sweet lingering aroma that remains in your home!

Five new flavors have been added to the menu:
Coconutty-notes of sweet coconut and candied almonds
Cooler- notes of succulent raspberries and island coconuts
Island Sunset- notes of candied coconuts, pineapples, mangos
Snooze-notes of relaxing lavender with a splash of orange zest
Vapor-notes of invigorating eucalyptus and peppermint candy

Smell Goods Hand-Dipped Stick Incense $7.00

Monday, July 7, 2008

History of Incense

Incense-grains of resins (sometimes mixed with spices) that burn with a fragrant odor, widely used as an oblation. It is commonly sprinkled on lighted charcoal contained in a censer, or thurible.

Light, extinguish, enjoy. To date incense is one of the worlds' best discoveries. A blend of aromatic ingredients that bring forth beneficial effects on body and mind. Incense are available in many different forms, sticks, cones, powder, rocks (resin, sap), and botanical mixtures. Incense has been used for centuries by many of the Ancients for their medical practice and spiritual traditions. Some modern day enthusiast follow the practice of their forefathers, however, most burn incense for pleasure, relaxation, and just because they smell good.

Historically, the chief substances used as incense were Frankincense and Myrrh. These resins were combined with aromatic wood and bark, seeds, roots, and flowers. The ancient Hebrews used an incense mixture of Frankincense, storax (bitter gum resin), onycha (membrane of a mollusk), galbanum (bitter gum resin), and spices with salt added as a preservative (Exodus 30). Frankincense and Myrrh resins are still used today in many homes. The resins are burned on charcoal, placed in a censer, offering up a sweet aroma. Credit is given to China and Japan for today's most commonly used incense, the stick and cone. During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the stick incense was developed. The craft of creating incense became so very popular in Japan that entire schools were committed to the art. In the late 1800s during the World's Fair in Chicago, Japan introduced its latest invention, the cone incense.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Two More Months Left to Support this CAUSE

Smell Goods ‘98™ is using their business as a positive tool to uplift and empower this generation of young females. Purveyors of bath and body products, they have created Stay Sweet Sugar Whips, to enhance the INSIDE, outside beauty of preteens to young females. Each Stay Sweet Sugar Whip has a pink card attached inscribed with a powerful, positive affirmation! The owners of Smell Goods ‘98™ are advocates for organizations that cater to the needs of young females and teen mothers. Therefore, Stay Sweet Sugar Whips are used to support such organizations, through fundraising, product donations, and charitable donations.

For the next two months (ends September), Smell Goods will be donating a large percentage of all sales of Stay Sweet Sugar Whips to Moving Young Ladies Forward. We ask you to join us in this positive cause. Visit the Smell Goods' website today to be a part of the solution.

About Moving Young Ladies Forward:

Courtney Franklin serves as CEO & Founder of Moving Young Ladies Forward (“MYLF”), an Empowerment firm located in Philadelphia, PA. The mission of MYLF is to create positive change in the lives of teenage girls and teenage mothers, helping them to overcome personal barriers and reach their full potential. Ms. Franklin and her team accomplish this mission through motivational talks and speeches, and one on one and group coaching to both parents and teens who may need assistance navigating their way through the challenging period of adolescence.

Ms. Franklin strives to infuse her clients with a renewed sense of self-esteem that will help them to change their thought patterns and begin a path to greatness. Her approach is based in the strengths perspective, helping her audience to look inside themselves and see what they have to offer the world. Ms. Franklin believes that everyone, regardless of their backgrounds or personal experiences, has the power to make lasting positive changes in their lives; and her empowerment-based message inspires her audience to create and achieve their goals.

Moving Young Ladies Forward

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tips:Benefits of Massage

Guest Writer: Author and Blog Talk Radio Host Barbara Howard

We all know a massage feels good and can make us more relaxed, but there are also many, many health benefits that come with a massage.

Therapeutic effects include:

• Stimulating blood and lymph circulation

• Loosening muscular tension

• Toning and firming muscles

When fibers stop sliding over each other easily, it's most likely the cause of people not getting enough exercise, too much exercise, or physical or mental tension. These factors cause the drop of any increase in muscle tone 

The waste products from muscular activity, like carbon dioxide, lactic acid and urea, build up in the muscles. Massage therapy fosters drainage of those wastes, therefore restoring there normal functions

• Stress reduction

The effect in reducing stress is seen as one the most valuable aspects, since stress is blamed for causing up to 90% of human diseases

• Increased muscle flexibility and range of motion

For both of these, this results in increased power and performance, which helps you work efficiently and with proper intensity to facilitate the body's muscle-building response

• Shortens recovery time between workouts

Waste products such as lactic and carbonic acid build up in muscles after exercise. Increased circulation to these muscles help to eliminate toxic debris and shorten recovery time

• Prevent over-training.

Massage has a relaxing effect on the muscles, as well as a sedative effect on the nervous system. This can prevent over-training syndrome which has limiting effect on muscle building.

• Aids in fat loss

According to some research, massage may burst the fat capsule in subcutaneous tissue so that the fat exudes and becomes absorbed. In this way, combined with proper nutrition, massage may help in weight loss.

• Prevents and even heals injuries

By stretching connective tissue, massage improves circulation to help prevent or break down adhesions. Massage also influences the excretion of certain fluids (nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfur) necessary for tissue repair

Massage therapy also fosters the drainage of lymph, causing better circulation of the blood. Because of this, the skin looks much better than if drainage was difficult. Why bother with the how the skin looks? Often, the appearance of the skin is usually a good indicator of a person’s inner condition.

The effect of massage upon the nervous system gives birth to the feeling of relaxation. How? By stimulating the sensory nerve endings located within the skin. Signals are sent to the brain by the central nervous system. This in turn produces the experience of feeling good. Once again because of this action, a new reaction takes place by causing a significant reduction in the body's stress level. 

 Massage improves circulation and general nutrition of muscles. This appears to be the most valuable fitness-related benefit. After a muscle is exercised, vital nutrients must be supplied in order for it to increase in size. Massage maximizes the supply of nutrients and oxygen though increased blood flow, which helps the body rebuild itself.

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