Simple Face Care Routine for Glowing Skin at Any Age

I always get compliments on how great my skin looks and for a non-makeup wearing 55 year old, it’s good to hear. I get asked about my skin care products and routine and I thought I’d share it with you here.

1. First thing in the morning I wash my face with charcoal soap and warm water. Then I apply unscented avocado lotion, taking care to avoid my inner eye area (everything bothers that area for me) and making sure to moisturize my under eye area (the old eye bags), throat and neck.
2. Before bed I’ll wash my face with charcoal soap and warm water. Then I’ll apply face oil, also making sure to get my under eye area, throat and neck.

That’s it!

If things are feeling dryer than usual, I’ll add a little lavender oil to the face oil and lotion. If I am getting any breakouts, I’ll add a little tea tree oil to the face oil and lotion. If you don’t want to mix it into your entire face oil and lotion supply, you can get a small vial of either lavender or tea tree and just add a drop, no more, into the palm of your hand and mix it with the lotion or face oil. Then apply it to your skin. Keep the essential oils away from your eyes!

Why I chose charcoal soap: It is suitable for all skin types, it extracts excessive oil from oily skin but also moisturizes dry skin. It’s also vegan, sulfate (detergent) free and paraben free.
Why I chose avocado lotion: Avocado oil (the base of this lotion) is rich in vitamins that lock in moisture and encourages skin to shed dead cells and grow new ones, promoting healthy skin development.
Why I chose face oil: My face oil formula was specially developed for all skin types and to promote skin rejuvenation while you are sleeping. The rock stars in this serum are Argan, Evening Primrose and Rose Hip Seed oils.

Also, about every two weeks I’ll do a face mask. I’ve tested so many of them, but current favorite is the Eve Hansen Collagen Sheet Mask.

Here’s my quick review:
Prepped by washing my skin with charcoal soap and warm water, then patted dry.
Opened the package and peeled off the protective film. Feels slimy, but I power through. I unfold it and place it on my face. I have to pull a few times to get it to lay flat, there are folds and creases that want to stick to each other. Be careful not to tear it.

Chill for 15 minutes, make faces at myself in the mirror and take a few ridiculous selfies, then peel it off.
Rub in any excess liquids. After my face dries, it feels slightly tacky, a little tight, but nice and smooth. I usually do this before bed so I’ll skip the face washing and go right for the face oil.
I really like that is vegan and cruelty-free with no sulfates, parabens or phthalates. If you want to try them out, hit that button below.

Free Printable PDF Gift Tags 2019

Need a quick gift tag? Here’s three different pdf’s you can print right at home on your inket printer. Download the pdf, print, cut, fill out and tape on your gifts. Easy!

These Be Merry gift tags are colorful and ready for gift giving.

These simple and festive gift tags look great printed on white paper.

You can print these on colored paper or print on white and have the kiddos color them in with crayons or markers.

Wish List 101

The holidays are always super busy, can I get an AMEN! To make sure you don’t miss out on any deals, simply add items you want to your wish list. It’s easy and here’s how.

Sign into your account and browse to the product page you want. Choose the fragrance you would like and any other options and click Add To Wishlist. It will save the options you chose and will add them to your cart when you are ready to buy.

To view your wish list, simply log into your account and click on Account at the bottom (or Wishlist) and click View my Wish List.

When you are ready to buy, click on Add To Cart and it will automatically add the item, with all the options chosen such as fragrance and size, to your cart.
Give your log in and password to your significant other and let them do some holiday shopping for you. Or, have them create their own account and you can add the items you want to their wish list. It’s easy for them and you will get exactly what you want!

Holiday Gift Guide 2019

The holidays are approaching fast! I’d like to offer you a little help in finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season. I’ve included options for Mom, Dad and Kids. And a few stocking stuffer ideas. Everything you see here has been tested personally by me!

Mom Gifts

Bamboo Hairbrush
I’ve had my natural wood bamboo bristle brush for over 2 years and have never had a problem with it. It may seem like a little thing, it’s just a brush, but every time I use it my scalp gets a little mini-massage. It’s good for all hair types. The bamboo bristles make it a great detangler and also reduce hair breakage and loss. And it’s eco-friendly! Bamboo paddle and bristles are 100% natural and biodegradable.

Waterless Oil Diffuser
I am so loving this waterless oil diffuser and so will your mom. You can plug it into the wall (adapter included) or into any USB port, even the one in your car. It emits a puff of fragrant mist every 10 minutes or 20 minutes, depending on which setting you choose. At bedtime, I use my Sleepy Time blend and it fills my bedroom with the calming aroma of Lavender and Marjoram (yes, you can use my essential oils, only the 1/2 oz size, in this diffuser).

Self Care Kit
This self care kit was specifically created for busy moms. Moms do so much for everyone else, they 100% deserve some self care time. There are 5 different products with a free gift bag and a personalized instruction sheet.

100% Natural Facial Serum
Created for all skin types and all ages. Handmade with beautiful natural ingredients that will fight aging and nourish delicate facial skin, naturally.

Dad Gifts

Massage Chair Pad
I have tried so many massage chairs, pads, etc and finally found the best one. For only 15 minutes a day, you can get consistent back pain relief. The rotating balls (which can be heated) really dig into the knots and relaxes your muscle tissue. This one moves from the lower back to the upper back/neck shoulder area, has a handy remote control. You can also set it to massage a specific spot or just your lower or upper back. Dad will LOVE this!

Shampoo and Shaving Solid Soap
It’s a shampoo, it’s a shaving soap, it’s a body soap. Over 200 scent choices and 3 different shape choices. Dad will love this multi-purpose soap and the environment will love the plastic-free zero-waste packaging.

Wireless Ear Buds
These light weight wireless ear buds provide 5 hours of continuous use. I love these when I travel (instead of the wires hanging all over me) and while taking long hikes. Very easy to setup and the sound quality is pretty good for the price. Plus they stay in your ears, which is something my ear buds really never did well.

Driven Cologne
Is dad a Power Rangers fan? If so, get him some cologne from the Jason Faunt Collection. My brother, Jason Faunt, was in the Time Force series (and Resident Evil and so much more) and we’ve collaborated to create this scented line for all his fans. Time for TIME FORCE! #geeklife

Kids Gifts

Portable Charger
How many times have you heard “my iPad/iPhone is dead”? Never again with this handy portable charger. Not only does it charge your device fast, but it can charge 2 simultaneously. It’s small, lightweight and slim plus it has a flashlight. Never again can they use the excuse “I couldn’t call you, my phone was dead”. 😀

Everything Spray
Non-toxic and skin-safe, this multi-purpose spray can be used anywhere. Rooms, shoes, bodies, blankets, pillows, pets, the uses are endless. Always vegan and cruelty-free too. This is by far my most popular product.

Cozy Socks
These are the perfect gift to keep the kiddos feet warm. They are warm, soft, fluffy and also made of breathable fabric with non-skid soles. I wear these year-round when I’m at home and have gifted them to all nieces and nephews, who love them.

Stocking Stuffers

Charcoal Face Soap
For those kids that may have been a little big naughty, give them a fun twist on coal in their stocking with this Charcoal Face Soap. Full of anti-bacterial properties, this will help keep their facial skin clean and clear. And maybe even a little smile from your tween (after the eye roll, of course).

Mini Perfumes
Why give one perfume when you can give an assortment of mini-perfumes? With over 200 scents choices and a risk-free refund or replace policy, these are sure to delight every single person on your gift list.

Nail Brush
This non-slip two-sided nail brush really gets under the nails and cleans them right up. A shower time must have to keep those hands and nails clean and germ-free.

Stink Away Pre-Poop Spray
A must for every single bathroom. Spray on the water before you go and it will form a protective barrier on the water that keeps odors under the surface and away from your nose. Do your business, check your Instagram & Facebook (we know you do), flush and done!

Soapy Goodness
A basic necessity, but we make it fun with over 200 scent choices and 4 shape choices. You can even add botanicals to give your soap super-powers. Plastic-free and zero-waste, so our planet will love you too.

I hope this has helped you check a few people off your list.
What is the perfect holiday gift for you? Leave a comment below!

Six Ways to Save

Looking for some ways to save money? I’ve compiled a list of the top savings tips for shopping on

1. Free sniffies! Who doesn’t love free? Be sure and grab your 2 free sniffies with every paid order.

2. Scent of the Month: Every month there is a new scent of the month with 20% off all sample size products in that scent. If you never want to miss one, sign up for the newsletter here.

3. Sign up for the newsletter and get a coupon code for 10% as well as some fun freebies.

4. Earn rewards every time you shop and redeem them for cash back off future purchases. You can see your accumulated rewards here. Make sure you log into your account so all your rewards accrue in one place.

5. If you just want the small sizes of any products, use the Build Your Own Gift Set, you’ll receive an automatic 10% off and a free gift bag!

6. The risk free mini perfume oils are a great way to try any of our scents. And if you don’t like them, you can get a replacement in a different scent or a refund.

You also save the animals when shopping cruelty-free and save the planet when shopping an eco-friendly business!

How to Make Your Perfume Stronger and Last Longer

One of the most common questions I receive is “How do I make my perfume stronger and last longer?” Here’s a few tips that may help:

Stronger: I guess the question should be should I wear a stronger perfume? I know you love your very favorite scent, but that doesn’t mean that everyone around you loves it too. Make sure you are not overdoing it, people around you should just get a hint of your perfume, not be immersed in it when you are near them. And if you hug them and they can taste it and smell it hours later on their clothes, that is also a big no-no. Apply your perfume to your skin and hair, do not spray it liberally on your clothing. You want your scent to blend with your natural body chemistry and become uniquely yours.

And another caution to over-spraying; you smell your own perfume less than others do because your nose becomes accustomed to it. Your brain adjusts naturally to surrounding smells after a certain time (it’s called olfactory adaptation) so while you won’t smell it yourself, other people certainly will.

Last longer: I carry many different lighter scents and a common question is how can I make my perfume last longer?

The best way is to build layers of scent directly on your skin, preferably warm, slightly damp skin when you just come out of the shower. The warm water opens your pores and allows your perfume to be absorbed into your skin.

If you find you showered the night before and need to apply perfume in the morning, keep in mind the molecules in fragrance bind to the oils on your skin when applied. If you have dry skin, you have less skin oil for the perfume molecules to grab, so moisturize your skin for longer lasting perfume. Use a solid perfume or lotion first, then “layer on” your fragrance, it will have a better surface to bind to.

The best place to wear fragrance is on the skin at the pulse points: the wrist, behind the ears, inner elbows and the base of the neck. This is where the fragrance will have the most projection due to the fact that the skin warms up here.

Apply your perfume sparingly and don’t be tempted to rub the fragrance (except for perfume oils, you can dab it in) – it’s better to leave it to unfold naturally as it warms up on the skin. If you need to, carry a smaller size bottle with you to reapply later in the day – particularly if you are going out for the evening – this will freshen up the top notes again.

Many people underestimate the power of scent in the hair. Spritz fragrance directly onto your hair or onto your brush and comb it through your hair. Hair carries scent for a really long time. Applying fragrance directly to your hair creates delicious, mysterious wafts that are bound to get you compliments.

For more information about body fragrancing, check out my popular Perfume FAQs.

Easy Fragrance Oil Diffuser

Back in the “olden days” people would wash their clothes and then hang them from a string outside. They would use wooden clothespins to secure their laundry on the clothesline to keep it from blowing away.

Today we can use these little “clips” in so many different ways. I use them to keep my chip bags closed and prevent them from getting stale. I also found a nifty way to use them to diffuse my fragrance oils at home and in my car.

Just drizzle a few drops of oil, you can use fragrance and essential oils, on the clothespin and clip it on your vent. Simple. And it works great! You can also clip a few on your home vents and it doesn’t matter if it’s a floor, ceiling or wall vent, it will work anywhere. Plus it’s plastic-free and planet friendly.

I bought a big back of clothespins from Amazon and clip these all over. Give it a try!