I sent a lot of emails to companies asking if they would be willing to send me free samples of their makeup, skin and hair products for me to try - in exchange for writing about my experience - testing each one out and blogging about it.
I'm almost 50 years old. I'm on the last bit of my 40's. I've never really taken the time to find out what my ideal look is, what products I like to use, and what works for me.
I've gone cheap in the past. I try things from time to time. But I usually get overwhelmed with the whole beauty care process.
But now that I'm liking and loving myself more, I find the time spent on myself is worth doing and I deserve it. I knew I wanted to buy organic, non toxic products now. I stopped dying my hair some time ago. I just want less chemicals in my life.
So after many emails, one company emailed me back. Nancy, from Botanic Organic. She was so sweet. I told her about my story, my book Mental Girl, and that I was doing a section on my website about finding my relationship with my beauty routine.
So lo and behold, thank you Nancy, who not only wrote me back with a resounding yes that she would happy to send me free samples, but also took the time to write me back and shared some personal stories about her business and her life. It has been really nice connecting with her. She bought my book, Mental Girl, and wrote to me even though she has a much more quiet mind than I do, she said she was laughing along with the book and admired me for sharing my story.
Well, I got my goodies. I will now start using each product and I'll let you know how it goes.
So far I'm so impressed with this company. The sample products came beautifully displayed and packaged, with information on what each product is, does, and how I can use them to reap the best benefits.
Here is the list of the products she sent me:
Chamomile & Lavender Cleansing Spray
Tangerine & Lemon Facial Cleansing Oil
Honey & Licorice Root Daily Cleansing Grains
Pomegranate & Argan Antioxidant Oil Serum
Raspberry & Green Tea Daily Defense Moisturizer
Calendula Blossom & Rose Night Cream
Neroli Blossom & Blood Orange Body Oil
This past weekend, I started reading a new book called Silver Hair: A Handbook by Lorraine Massey. (Nancy, from Botanic Organic recommended it) I'm loving it. If you are thinking about quitting the dye jobs and going natural, I highly recommend you read this book.
It got me thinking about how I can embrace and love my hair. I even tried just doing a couple things from the book. I didn't towel dry my hair. I let it dry wet. I tried not to touch it. I didn't put much product in it. I just put a little no chemical aloe vera hair gel that I had in my bathroom drawer. I actually saw some changes in my hair. My hair seemed happier.
I started out this morning trying Botanic Organic Chamomile & Lavender Cleansing Spray and the Daily Defense Moisturizer. I decided to just start with one or two for a few days and see how they feel. I'm new at all this - so to do too much at once, is overwhelming. So far, so good. Both are light. Both feel on my skin.
I hope other companies are willing to send me samples. too. However, if Botanic Organic is the only to do it, I'm personally pleased and feel very grateful.
Please check out their site. botanicorganic.com/
They are a small operation. Their customer service is outstanding. Plus, they took a chance on Mental Girl, and that just tickles me pink!
So I put together some pictures. I was playing with the app on my phone again. (It's fun) I took a picture of my hair, NOT toweled dried, let loose and pulled back. It felt different. I don't have any makeup on. I have a picture of the beautiful samples from Botanic Organic. I also have a picture of the book I'm reading.
So many adventures await! It's exciting!
Oh I also did my podcast this morning - topic - "Trying New Things" and here it is: