Monday, May 28, 2012

Introducing Andie

Introducing Andie

I want to introduce you to my latest perfume oil, Andie. This perfume was created when a GRAPE customer of mine wanted a duplication of Tokyo Milk's Honey & the Moon and Andie is the result. It is a subtly sweet Honey Shea with middle notes of Sugared Violet & Jasmine sitting on a bottom note of Sandalwood. A sexy, sweet fragrance and perfect for everyday wear as well as those special nights out on the town. (One thing I never get to do anyone)

Please stop by my shop anytime to see Andie ForGoodnessGrape on Etsy

Well it looks like our long holiday weekend is coming to close. It's 8:45 pm here where I am and I'll be back in my office tomorrow.

I hope everyone had a GRAPE weekend!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Why should I use a Lip Scrub?



Using a lip scrub is the easiest and best way to remove dry dead skin from your lips and helps to promote healthy and supple skin on your lips.

FACT: Did you know that your lips are one of the first areas of your body that someone notices when they look at you?

How does it work?
A lip scrub removes dry dead skin from the top layer of your lips thus making your lips silky smooth and kissable. It helps the skin hold more moisture and prevents chapping and helps your lip balm, lip tint or lipstick stay on better. Also visible wrinkles around the mouth are less noticeable and can help put an end to the viscous cycle of biting your lips. What more could you ask for?

What are they made with?
Lip scrubs are usually made from a combination of sugars and oils and/or butters and the yummy ones are flavored.

At ForGoodnessGrape lip scrubs are made using a combination of sugars and my very popular lip balm base that I make with a blend of healing butters and oils. All are flavored to be super yummy. I pour them into oval lip balm tubes and you apply it straight from the tube similar to using a lip balm. You never have to touch the product directly and when you're done you'll feel a nice coat of lip balm left on your lips. I also decorate the tops with extra sugars to make them look delicious. The same sugars on the top will be found throughout the scrub.

Why are yours in a tube?
I believe that this method is a cleaner and safer alternative to a potted scrub.  Did you know that dipping your finger into a potted lip scrub may contaminate the entire pot the very first time you use it?

So here's the best way to properly use each type. Remember to always wash your hands well before either method.

How to use a lip scrub in a tube:
Hold the tube as if you were going to apply lip balm. Then gently rub the product across your lips in a circular and back and forth motion paying particular attention to dry and flaky areas. When you're done you can rinse or use a tissue to remove the sugar from your lips or it's totally safe and more YUMMY to just lick it off. Complete your treatment by applying a good lip balm immediately after exfoliating which will nourish and moisturize the newly exposed skin on your lips. Super fast and easy.

Your lips should be kissable, soft and silky smooth after the first treatment. A tubed lip scrub will provide you with many applications so I recommend using it weekly to keep them soft and smooth.

How to use a lip scrub in a pot: 
I suggest using a small cosmetic spatula to remove the desired amount of product from the pot then apply the product to your finger from the spatula. Using a cosmetic spatula should help to keep your potted scrub fresh and cause minimal contamination.

Using your finger, rub the product onto your lips with a circular, back and forth motion and either rinse or wipe the sugar from your lips. You can lick the sugar from your lips but if it's a little too oily and/or not flavored it may not taste very good.

When finished, be sure to thoroughly clean the spatula and properly store it so that it's clean and ready for your next use.

Wash the sugar and oils from your fingers and follow up with a good lip balm as mentioned above.

Well there you have it...everything you ever wanted to know about lip scrubs :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Is the vacation really over?

Tucson, Arizona

Well I'm back to work! I've been visiting my family in Arizona as I do every Mother's Day week. It's so great to see them and I wish I could visit more often but once a year is all I can afford. It's so nice to see my sister too since she's my best friend. I can tell her anything. She really likes that I'm honest with her when she's trying on jeans. And she thinks I make the best lip balms and lip tints. I'm sure there are other things she likes about me too.

We're all so busy with our lives and we really should stop to smell the roses more often. I read some time ago that Americans work more days per year than citizens of any other country. Not so sure if that's still true but I know that I work very hard and I'm sure you do too. We're compelled to do so now. With the cost of living going up every year, we have to. 

So let's promise ourselves to take more time to smell the roses and to take our families with us when we walk through the garden to smell them.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Winner Announcement for Lip Balm Testing and Development

Oh my gosh!!! Today is the day to announce the winner for this drawing. The winner will test a few different new lip balms from various trial recipes along with me and we will both post our findings about them on Facebook, Twitter and blogs and together we will come up with at least one new lip balm recipe that we think is outstanding.

I used Random Choice to generate a winner from the comments I received on the original posting of this article and the winner is........



Please contact me directly so we can set this up

If a dog was your teacher you would learn things like:

(she looks like she's full of wisdom)

Something my sister sent me today that I really liked....
  • Live simply.
  • Love generously.
  • Care deeply.
  • Speak kindly.

  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
  • Take naps.
  • Stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp, and play daily.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
  • On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
  • When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
  • Be loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something you’re not.
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.


Author Unknown.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mother's Day Donation to Susan G. Koman for the Cure

SWAK Sugary Lip Scrub Mother's Day Donation

This Mother's Day my tribute to moms everywhere will be to donate 50% of all proceeds from the sale of this item to Susan G. Koman for the Cure. This is such a wonderful organization that selflessly helps so many. What better gift can one give than to help someone else's mom see another Mother's Day?

This item is only available in my Etsy shop and this donation offer will run until May 15, 2012.

Also here's a link to the Susan G. Koman Mother's Day Donation site where you can donate in the honor of an important woman in your life and they will send a beautiful Mother's Day ecard to your loved one. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dreaming of beauty

Every Young Girls Aspiration

  Do I love you because you're beautiful,
Or are you beautiful because I love you?
~Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Cinderella

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

How do I love you? Let me count the ways...

Caribbean Sunset Shimmer Stix Lip Tint

Oh Shimmer Stix, Shimmer Stix, how do I love you? Let me count the ways...

First, I love that you are so easy to apply and that no mirror is necessary due to your slimline stick tube.

Second, I love that you come in so many beautiful shimmery colors and shades.

Third, I love how you feel as you glide across my lips...ever so soft and smooth.

Fourth, I love the shimmers that you impart on my lips leaving them glistening in the sunlight.

Fifth, I love that you are all natural.

Sixth, I love that you are a lip balm with color and sparkle...Or should this be first? 

Seventh, I love that you are a lip balm so you satisfy my cravings for a lip balm to always be on my lips.

Eighth, I love that you are a tint and not a lipstick so that when I kiss someone with you on, you stay with me and don't get all over other people's lips and cheeks.

Ninth, I love you because you don't make me jealous since you stay on my lips only.

Tenth, I love the way you make me look and feel and always giving me that extra bit of confidence that somehow you just know I need.

If you haven't tried one and you're a lip balm addict like me...once you try them, you will love them too.