Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas from Bellaroma!





















I want to wish all of you a very happy and Merry Christmas to you and your families! May the spirit of Christmas be forever in your hearts. Enjoy and let's not forget what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. It's very easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of material things, crazy shoppers, parking spot mishaps, etc. and it becomes very forgettable of what this season is all about. God bless!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I'm on Martha Stewart.....What?!?

I am so proud to announce that I am Martha Stewart's "Doer of the Month"! Martha has a website dedicated to wide range of talented women entrepreneurs from all over the world. She calls them "Dreamers Into Doers". With over 11,000 members...and still growing....Martha's staff contacted me for an interview to become the next featured "Doer"! I am so thrilled and excited to have had this extraordinary feature! To read my full interview and to learn more about Dreamers Into Doers (DID), you can click HERE!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Blushing Blog!

Another blog from another happy customer! These blogs just make me blush...I am so happy I am able to provide products that so many people enjoy...thank you!

Read full story HERE!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Power of Red Tea!


While Rooibos Red Tea has its share of benefits when we drink it, it also has just as many benefits while using it as a skin remedy. It has a natural abundance of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties resulting in an exquisite anti-aging ingredient that enhances both the beauty and health of your skin . We are launching a NEW! product with this very ingredient and we are very excited about it! Our Rooibos Red Tea is imported straight from South Africa. Rooibos Red Tea has long been used in traditional South African medicine, where it is claimed to treat all manner of skin woes such as acne, eczema, sunburns, itchy rashes, allergic reactions and general irritations. Stay tuned to hear more details on the launch of our upcoming Rooibos skincare product!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Bellaroma!

We want to wish all of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday from our family to yours'. A year of blessings, health, love, laughter and fun. As we give thanks on this special day, we hope many more blessings are coming your way. Enjoy!



















Warmly,

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gifting Jessica Alba!

Pretty soon, Jessica Alba will be receiving our Mud & Milk Facial Mask the week of December 1st along with 34 other Artisan Group members' handcrafted gifts including items such as trendy jewelry, spa & bath products, baby and children's items, and fine art photography.

We are very thrilled to be part of this celebrity gifting opportunity and we hope that she enjoys her bag of swag!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Artist Spotlight

Bellaroma is a featured artist on DebbieMay.Com! You can read our story HERE!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Honey for skin...yes please!

My skin always craves honey. Honey is said to have remarkable properties...especially for those plagued with oily skin, or oily T-zones, like myself. Aside from proving its worth in the skincare industry, honey is also used to treat burns, acne, ulcers and more, making it that much more fantastic! Try our Kaolin Honey & Milk Facial Mask, you won't be disappointed! We promise!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Natural Ways to Use Your Leftover Pumpkins!

Do you buy pumpkins for the sole purpose of baking the pumpkin seeds then throwing the rest away? Of course baking the seeds is the best part! But If you want to switch it up some, try sprinkling some sugar AND salt on the seeds before baking ...and even sprinkle some cinnamon too. Mmmm! Want some ideas on how to use the leftover pumpkin? Here are a few things you can do!

1) Make your own facial scrub and/or mask~ the nutrients and vitamins that the pumpkin contains is INSANELY healthy for our skin! You will receive a nice nutritious glow by using this!
Pumpkin Oatmeal Scrubby Facial Mask
2 eggs
1 cup fresh pumpkin puree'
1/4 oatmeal
1 tsp honey

Puree' the fresh pumpkin into a thick paste by cutting the pumpkin in half, and baking both halves face down for 45 minutes. After it's done, the skin will fall off and you will have pumpkin mash left to use. Add the eggs, these act as a "binder". Squirt the honey in and then sprinkle the oatmeal in. Mix all together. It is now ready to use! Apply the mask, leaving it on for 15  minutes. Start scrubbing the nutritive pumpkin scrub/mask into your skin and then rinse with warm water and pat dry. Refrigerate after each use in a tightly closed container. Throw out mixture after about 3 days.

2) Make a pumpkin household natural cleaner!
Lemon Vinegar & Pumpkin Household Cleaner
Take a handful of the pumpkin pulp and squeeze out all of the juice into a bowl. Continue taking handfuls and continue squeezing out the juice until you have used up all the juices from the pulp. Take three lemons. Cut them in half and squeeze out all the lemon juice into the same bowl. Pour 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar into the same bowl. Pour all of that liquid into an empty spray bottle. Shake and use it as a multi-purpose household cleaner. Works like magic!!!

3) Use the whole hollowed out pumpkin as a party bowl!
Pumpkin Bowl
If you plan to have some people over, use the hollowed out pumpkin as a beverage cooler. Make sure it's all cleaned out, then fill it with ice and beverages~ Makes a fantastic party piece.

4) Recycle!
Recycle your pumpkins!
After Halloween, bury your hollowed pumpkin in the garden or compost pile where it will decompose into organic material.

5) Make yourself a luscious decadent pumpkin body butter!
Homemade Pumpkin Body Butter
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (see facial mask recipe above on how to puree')
1/2 cup solids from a can of coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix fresh ingredients in a bowl and then massage into the skin. Jar and refrigerate. Toss out after about a week.



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Most Common Misconceptions Of "Natural Skincare" 101

I am going to break down a few of the most common misconceptions people have of "natural skincare"...or that they "think" may be "all-natural" and "safe". No, I did not study Harvard Law, nor do I have a Ph. D., but I do have knowledge in this industry and these are just my opinions. :)





















1) Just because you may see a "free" on a product, does not make that product ALL natural or safer than any other product. Some products may say "Phthalate Free", etc. Yeah, that is great and all, but what are "phthalates"? Phthalates aka "plasticizers", are the most common toxic chemicals found in fragrance oils to make the scents last longer. I happen to know this because I make skincare products and the few products that I do incorporate fragrance oils in, happen to be "phthalate free", haha, but most buyers would not know this. Look at what else may be listed in the ingredients too, do your research and educate yourself if you are that interested in what you put on your skin. I think we are all just accustomed to seeing a "free" listed on a product and we don't really care what the product is "free" of...we just automatically think its a better product and so we purchase it. Lol.


2) No preservatives! Ok, this is a personal preference really. Using no preservatives, you are eliminating chemicals, which is a positive. But by using zero preservatives, you have a much greater chance of creating mold and bacteria...and fairly quickly. This also makes for a much shorter shelf life. I don't know about you, but I would rather not take that chance. There are safe preservatives out there to make a safe product. Products that are oil-based only, do not necessarily need a preservative, but it is always a safer product in my opinion if there is a preservative used. I do not use preservatives in my Sugar Scrubs or Perfume Oils, soley because there is no water used in those formulas and a preservative really isn't needed. I do, however, use honey in all of my Sugar Scrubs just to add a natural preservative in case anyone gets water in the jars from using it in the shower or bath...it will add some shelf life as well. When I use preservatives, I choose paraben-free preservatives. Parabens are a class of chemicals that are widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Much safer to eliminate parabens all together.


3) Just because it says "natural" or "aromatherapy", doesn't mean it is! There are so many times that I am in department stores and laugh at their label and then see what is in their ingredients. Just because a product says "pomegranate" doesn't mean that is what you are getting or putting on your skin, yeah, it may smell like pomegranate, but I don't see that ingredient on the label- it is just the fragrance of pomegranate! Same with Aromatherapy---there are so many times I see this on a label, but there are no essential oils used. It is just the scent of Eucalyptus, etc. So don't always believe what you read...or better yet, read the small print! Some may say Eucalyptus "essence", etc. Two different things. Then they will charge you an arm and a leg for it.  


4) Skincare products are not going to kill you. Just make smarter, wiser and safer choices! I come across a lot of people that are so paranoid about what they put on their skin because of the new "organic" and "natural" popularity and health scare blurbs we all read and the possible dangers of using anything other than organic and natural. This is the reason why I try to keep my brand my own, due to how popular "all-things-natural" have widely become. Which is great! I can ABSOLUTELY understand that, as I am that way too! However, you never hear of any skincare products that have killed anyone...unless, possibly, they were highly allergic and/or digesting them! Just be cautious of some ingredient dangers, i.e. irritants, allergens, etc. and you will be fine! Also, focus on your own skin types and understand what works and what doesn't. Understand what your skin type specifically needs. Using all natural ingredients that are safer and healthier for us, such as Bellaroma products, will reduce the chances of having any type of reaction and will feed your skin the nutrients your skin needs! No added gunk! Easy peasy!


5) SLS vs. DLS- I get asked many times if any of my products contain SLS or sulfates. The answer is no. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a sulfate, Disodium Laureth Sulfocuccinate is not. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is the most commonly used foaming agent in cosmetics. Almost all department store products contain this ingredient. It is a big skin irritant. If you cannot understand why you may be having a bad reaction to something you have used.. because maybe what you are allergic to may not be on the ingredients list, check to see if Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is on it...and if it is, bingo! I use DLS. DLS is derived from coconut oil and has not been sulfated in the production process which makes it free of sulfates. It may sound the same, but they are two different ingredients. DLS is known to be very mild and gentle to the skin, even at very high concentrations it remains non-irritating to even sensitive skin types. Sulfates are smaller molecules and are capable of penetrating the skin, which can increase the occurrence of skin irritation. Larger molecule ingredients, such as Disodium Laureth Sulfocuccinate, are considered to be mild, gentle and non-irritating, as they cannot penetrate the skin. 


6) "100% All-Natural Ingredients" does not mean "100% All-Natural Products". Many people think that if the product is 100% all natural, that it will not harm their skin. This goes back to #2. Using no preservatives. More harm can be done if you are using a product that will go bad fast because of not using a preservative. I love using homemade masks from real eggs, milk, fresh avocado, etc. But I use it as a "one-time use". If I were to jar and ship it, it would more than likely mold before it arrives at the customers' doorstep. Especially in warmer weather conditions. Yes, it is possible to make a 100% all-natural PRODUCT, but again, you will have a very short shelf life.

"High quality" is my number one priority. :) I make my products safe, healthy and pure using 100% all-natural exotic ingredients in conjunction with safe preservatives.

While I'm sure there are many more misconceptions I could write, these seem to be the top 6 off the top of my head. I sure hope this blog post clears up any misunderstandings some people may have on "natural skincare". :) Bottom line, read your ingredient labels, educate yourself and understand that many products that are loaded with harmful chemicals, are usually the same products that are the most costly! Investigate your options carefully.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Celebs LOVE Bellaroma!

Here are a few photos we received from GBK's Primetime Emmy Awards Gift Lounge! A special thanks to The Artisan Group!

Beverley Mitchell from the TV series, "7th Heaven" and independent film, "Saw II" LOVED Bellaroma! She is holding our "Grapeseed Banana Facial Scrub at GBK's Primetime Emmy Awards Gift Lounge.  Patti Stanger of Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker", chose Bellaroma as her favorite display! Here she is holding our "Grapeseed Banana Facial Scrub".
"This smells like bananas... and niceness!" Dot-Marie Jones said about our "Grapeseed Banana Facial Scrub".  She loved it so much she was passing it around for everyone else to take a sniff! Lol!
 "The banana smells so good, I can eat it"- Mayim Bialik, of Bellaroma's "Grapeseed Banana Facial Scrub" and Nasim Pedrad of SNL asked to take home one of our products from the display!


Out of Town...

Hi folks,

Just a little note to let you know that I will be out of town for a few days starting Thurs. September 22-Tues. September 27. I have set my Etsy shop to "vacation mode", however, you can still place orders on my website, just please allow a few extra days for shipment.

Thank you!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

EMMY Recap!

Wow! What a weekend! Lots of great press coverage at the event! The Artisan Group was interviewed live from GoshTV and Splash Magazine. We received rave reviews on our products from GBK and all of the celebrities such as: Nia Peeples, Penny Marshall, Niecy Nash, Beverley Mitchell, Catherine O'Hara and Ana Gasteyer, just to name a few. The celebrities that attended gleemed at the high quality of work that was presented at The Artisan Group table! Lots of celebs were asking to take our display pieces home because they loved them so much! Nasim Pedrad from SNL asked to take home my Grapeseed Banana Facial Scrub and of course TAG said yes! I was also told that the Beverly Hills Hilton Spa loved my stuff and took one of my products too! Lots to digest and we haven't even gotten the full report OR photos back yet from TAG! Myself and the other artisan members are anxiously awaiting to hear more feedback as the days go on. It was so much fun hearing all the live updates and conversing back and forth with my TAG pals! Looking forward to other celebrity events in the future! :)

To top off this excitement, The Artisan Group has decided to feature me the week of the Emmys event! You can read it all HERE!

P.S. Be sure to check out other members of The Artisan Group! We all had great individual experiences and outstanding feedback! They are all worth reading! Here is one you can read now! Ashley, from Fancy Designs! http://fancy-designs.net/?p=1205

Friday, September 16, 2011

Emmy Gift Lounge- LIVE updates!

Whew! We, the artisans contributing to the gift lounge, have been receiving non-stop live updates from The Artisan Group live at The W Hotel in Hollywood! It's been great so far! I received a tweet from Niecy Nash and there have been lots of press there too! One more day tomorrow with more to come! Stay tuned!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS ARE HERE!!!





















We are soooooo excited! The time is here! Our products are headed to the Emmy Awards Gift Lounge in 3 days!!!! I hope to get live coverage from The Artisan Group so I can give you all updates on how it goes! Stay tuned and watch the red carpet! Sometimes they air clips of the gift lounge during that time. The products we have inside of the celebrity and press swag bags are: Grapeseed Banana Facial Scrubs, Coconut Cardamom Facial Scrubs, Yogurt & E Creamy Facial Cleansers and Crushed Kelp & Chamomile Facial Scrubs! Weeeeeeeeee!!!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Suffering from all kinds of skin woes??

Try our NEW! Restorative Sea Pulp Serum! Made with a chock full of all natural exotic oils ... each serving a purpose!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Out of Town

Aug. 24, 2011

Hi all,                                                                              

Just a little note to let you know that I will be out of town this weekend. I will get to orders today (Wed), tomorrow (Thurs) and then beginning of next week. Thank you for your patience!


Monday, August 22, 2011

I Heart My Customers!

Read this lovely review from another happy customer. This just makes my day! You are very welcome Susan! Click HERE to read the full review.




Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

One Woman Show

Hi folks! I just wanted to remind you all...or maybe you're not even aware of it, but Bellaroma is a one woman show. I do it all. Lol! So please, I just want to ask for your patience. I do work another full time job M-F. I LOVE making my own natural skincare products!...however, it can get very, very busy. If I decide to go to one of  my nieces or nephews sports games one day, or if I am out of town or a little under the weather, please ensure, I will always send an email if your package does not get out right away. I do try my very best to provide quick order processing and shipment. I understand some of you can get a bit anxious as your orders are gifts, so please bear with me. I usually make a rough estimate of about 2-3 days for processing and about 5-7 days to receive your package depending on where you live. Thank you all so very much! You guys are the greatest!!! xoxo

Saturday, August 6, 2011

....and the Emmy goes to?!?!?

....BELLAROMA! Lol, okay, not quite, but how exciting is this!?! It's almost here! The countdown begins for when our products will be in the hands of the celebs! http://bcove.me/1aw0i9g0

Thursday, August 4, 2011

What a precious customer!!

Awwww, lookie what I just got! My cute customer just sent me this after receiving her products .....and she couldn't be happier! Thanks for sharing this photo, Tina!!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Front Page of Etsy Lush!

Our Mud & Milk Facial Mask made it to the front page of Etsy Lush! Check it out!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Favorite Things...

A very nice blog on our products! I had the privilege of working with a very talented photographer. Thank you, Amanda bear!!! xoxo



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

***** Star Review!

We had another 5 star review! Only this time, on Instagram! Our "Grapeseed Banana Facial Scrub" was featured...Take a look! http://instagr.am/p/IEVtW/

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Bellaroma is happy to partner up with The Artisan Group to sponsor a charity event for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. We will be donating one of our Whipped Cremes in addition to many other donations that will be popped inside one large swag bag. We are proud to contribute to such a wonderful organization and happy to partner up with such an awesome group!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lavender Festival!

We had a HUGE turn out at the Michigan Lavender Festival! Thank you to all who came out to support us!!



Honey Lip Butter in a Pot!

Try our newest product, "Potted Honey Lip Butter"! It smells like honey and tastes like honey...why? Because it IS honey! So natural, it's edible! Made with Organic Palm Oil and Raw Honey.
http://bellaromaboutique.com/item_182/Potted-Honey-Lip-Butter.htm

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Organic Beauty Talk Review!

Organic Beauty Talk has reviewed, yet, another Bellaroma product, our Exfoliating Whipped Coffee Butter! Click HERE to read the full review!

Natural Diuretic and Laxative

Tea is a natural diuretic, especially Green Tea. Drink tea 7-10 days before you are due to start your menstrual cycle to help with water retention (edema). Iced or Hot.

Coffee is a natural laxative and is beneficial in the relief of constipation. Drink one cup of coffee to help soften the stools.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Coconut Milk Benefits

Coconut Milk is the perfect moisturizer to keep your skin looking beautiful. It is a luxurious natural ingredient for skin-softening and is ideal for any skin type, especially recommended for dry and sensitive skin. The milk proteins and 65% fat content soothes, softens and nourishes the skin and creates a rich, skin-nourishing experience. It is a superior emollient and makes an excellent replenishing ingredient to skincare products. Our Coconut Milk Powder is a white creamy powder and is added to our Polynesian Coconut Whipped Creme INDULGENT Coconut Milk & Almond Body Buttercreme and Coconut Cardamom Facial Scrub.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Give the gift of relief..

Looking to purchase a gift for a special loved one? Give the gift of relief. With our Miss Therapy Kit, you will choose three of our "Miss Collection" items for on-the-spot natural relief from a variety of common ailments. These rollerball therapy sticks help with migraine headache relief, damaged cuticle repair, stress/anxiety, soothing of cuts and scrapes, sore muscle/carpal tunnel ease and insect repellent.Buy yours' today!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Another Magazine Feature! Yahoooo!

We are truly honored to be featured in another 'Natural Awakenings' Magazine! Click HERE and flip to page 8 to check out our Emmy Awards participation news brief in their current July issue!




Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Natural Sunburn Relief = VINEGAR?!? Really??

YES! Really! It works! Vinegar has been an incredible natural home remedy for years to help soothe those throbbing stinging sunburns. Go ahead and try it sometime (if you're burned-lol)! I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.... :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Featured in 'Natural Awakenings Magazine!'

We are truly honored to be in Natural Awakenings Magazine! Click HERE and scroll to page 6 to check out our news brief in their current July issue!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

We Heart Organic Beauty Talk!


Organic Beauty Talk is an online resource for the best organic and natural products around! We were featured once again! Click HERE to check out our featured 'Wild Strawberry Sugar Scrub"!

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Fresh 'n' Clean Blog!

What a sweet blog! I feel so special. :) Thank you, Printable Girl for featuring our "Hawaiian Brown Sugar Polish"!

http://printablegirl.com/2011/06/111/

Emmy Swag GIVEAWAY!

Good morning B! Beauties! We will be having a little giveaway once we reach 500 fans on our Facebook page! We will be giving away a piece of our swag that will be inside the Emmy Awards celebrity gift bags! Please help spread the word on your blogs, Twitter and Facebook! Thank you in advance!