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Look at all the gorgeous Gypsy Rose Wraps

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I am still trying to get these gorgeous Gypsy Rose wraps all featured in the store. What is making it so hard, is selling them as I am hanging them! Not that I am complaining but I have had to change the display a few times. I ordered one of every style. So needless to say this is the best variety we have ever had.

Why do my ladies love these? “They are too stinkin’ cute” as one mom put it!
The little divas love them but high school and college girls looking for are unique way to bling it up are grabbing them too.
From one of my nurse customers…”it is a nice way to forget about the boring scrubs we have to wear every day and every time I wear one, it get’s noticed.”
I had one lady Sunday buy 4 for grandaughters and one hair wrap for herself!
These rpse hair wraps are the greatest accessory to add to any outfit. The casual, bohemian coolness are an awesome way to express your individuality.
I have 4 now and have my eye on another two. I have to tell you, I have had my rose wrap in since 8:30 this morning and I don;t even notice it is on until someone compliments me!
So, stop on by Scentsations today and get a little hippie chic for yourself.

Gypsy Rose Wraps arriving tomorrow

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I am super excited to say we just got in a huge delivery of Gypsy Rose Wraps. These gorgeous head bands are a perfect way to accessorize any outfit. I can’t keep these in the store either but fortunately I have about 50 showing up tomorrow and another 100 mid next week.
So this is just a little teaser, get here early as they will go on sale at 10am.

How to wear these gorgeous wraps…
{1} Where do I put the rose?  Well every girl is an individual so please put it where you feel like.  there is no right or wrong way.  If you hold your headband out from hand to hand, you will see that the rose if slightly offset from the middle. This is the “shorter” side. We suggest putting the “shorter” side of the headband with the Gypsy Rose on top or to the side.  Once you’ve done this, you’re assured to have the correct placement for the rose and the ends will match better in the back.

{2} Don’t tie their headbands too tight as well. There is a happy medium and it is found in the wonderful word, taut.

The natural fibers of your headband allow for a slight stretch as you tie it to your head. The more you wear your headband, the more you will be able to see how the stretch of the fabric will start to shape to your head. After a couple of times wearing it, it will fit your size and shape of head better than if you put it on the first time. The key is to tie it tight enough so it’s not lose or you don’t have a pucker on the back side of your wrap {closest to your crown} but not too tight so it starts to slip off your head.

See you tomorrow! (Notice I didn’t tease you with pictures!)

Let’s talk Fair trade

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As we enjoy 18 years of being independent store owners, we have seen so many changes in the economy here and abroad. As many of Scentsations customers are aware, we are striving to support and feature both made in America unique gifts and Fair Trade gifts. We simply do not want to feature products that you can find anywhere.
I am constantly amazed at how little the average customer (not that any of my customers are average!) is not aware of what fair trade is and how purchasing fair trade items by artisans can benefit and change lives.

From the World fair Trade Organization:
“Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seek greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair Trade Organizations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.”

Fair Trade products are produced and traded in accordance with these principles – wherever possible verified by credible, independent assurance systems.

We began featuring Tagua Nut (or palm ivory) jewelry and have since added genuine Montecristi Panama Hats. These products are a direct result of our commitment to nature and the urgent need to create income opportunities for impoverished local community members. Teaching people how to make handicrafts and helping them sell their exceptional treasures gives them an income alternative that reduces pressure on the unique and endangered ecosystem of the surrounding dry tropical forests. These gems are completely sustainable and renewable plus we are promoting a socially conscious way to not only protect our rain forests of the Amazon but we are also helping an impoverished area learn skills and trades that will earn them a way to provide for themselves and their families.

In my opinion, it is time we all become a little more socially conscious about the decisions we make, what products we buy and why we buy them. As consumers, we can make a difference in the quality of life others have on a global level. So the next time, you decide to purchase, flip the label over and see where it comes from!

Tagua Nut Jewelry fashion alert!

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Wheweee it has been a super busy day! You know eco friendly and eco fashion jewelry is all the rage right now on the runways….today Scentsations just got another hot and huge shipment of tagua nut bracelets, rings and necklaces from Ecuador. Plus we have just a couple days left of our SUMMERSTOCK Sale, where all jewelry is 25% off. You won’t find better prices, better colors or better selection all in one place! Bracelets start at $15.99 and on sale that is just $11.99…stock up today. These are VERY HOT and fly out of the store quick. They make the perfect gift for bridal party attendees, eco friendly, and trendy fashionistas of all ages.
See what just arrived…

New Bella Taylor quilted Handbag delivery!

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As part of our continuing Summerstock sale where everything storewide is 25-50% off, I am excited to say we just received a hug delivery of quilted handbags from Bella Taylor and yes…it is all 25-50% off.

Stop by today for best selection.

The ever popular Blue Tropic is back in stock along with some great patriotic patterns like Florista and Masquerade. Perfect way to acessorize and show your American Stars & Stripe spirit!

Patriotic Masquerade

Red, White and Blue Summer Fun

Blue Tropic Getaway

Show your allegiance

Constance is 50% off and we just received some Newport back in stock at 50% off.

Folkart Quilted fun

Roomy Suzanne handbag

Stride $22.50 – pockets everywhere!

Classic saddlebag $22.50

Glycerin Soap Benefits

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Ever wonder why your skin is so dry even though you are applying lotion everyday? Not only does the type of lotion you use affect your skin, but so does the type of soap you use. The soap you buy are your local grocery store may be the cause to your never ending dry skin. Actually, the soap you think you are buying, is in fact, not soap at all. “Soap” as we know it is actually made of petroleum by-products and is in fact detergent. Well, I don’t have to tell you, but if you use regular bar soap you know that your skin is tight, dry and sometimes itchy. Not only does regular bar soap contain lye and petroleum, they also contain DEA and drying alcohols. This is all great to know—so what kind of soap can I use that will be good for my skin you ask?? Pure Glycerin soap.

Glycerin is a clear liquid that absorbs water from the air. It is a humectant, drawing moisture to your skin, allowing it to remain hydrated and soft. I love soaps made of pure vegetable glycerin. Beyond hydrating your skin, glycerin is also known to be a natural remedy for yeast and fungal infections, such as eczema and psoriasis. It is especially good for sensitive skin. Glycerin soap does not contain synthetic ingredients that will cause skin irritations. It keeps your skin looking and feeling healthy and soft. Glycerin is a sweet tasting, colorless, thick liquid that has a high boiling point, it freezes to a paste and is a humectant, which means that it attracts moisture. It is also a natural by-product in the soap making process. Commercial manufacturers remove a significant quantity of glycerin from soap to be used in more expensive lotions and creams.

Glycerine was first discovered in 1779 in the saponification process, today, glycerine is found in and sourced from animal fats, vegetable oils and synthetically from petrochemicals. It is generally thought that Glycerine is an ingredient added to handmade soap but as stated above it is actually a by-product of the soap making process (saponification). Clear soap is often mistaken for glycerine soap when in fact all handmade soap contains glycerine, a treatment using alcohol and sugar is what makes the soap clear and this is what people generally refer to as glycerine soap. You can add extra glycerine to improve the moisturizing properties of the soap but it is not a necessity.

Glycerin soap combined with selected oils can be a great way to relax and mixed with carefully selected herbs and essential oils can be great for acne suffers, it is also very mild and gentle so can be used by children.
Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia found that glycerine makes skin look, feel and function better by attracting moisture and by helping skin cells mature properly; they also discovered that it helps convert fats or lipids in the external, protective membrane. All cells have this layer, but skin cells secrete extra lipids to form a protective barrier. “Think about it. If there was not some sort of barrier, when you took a bath, all the water would go into you and you would blow up like a balloon.” This research is not news to natural soap makers who for years have been telling the virtues of real soap over mass-produced chunks of soap full of chemicals that are cheap, but not skin-friendly. The skin covers our whole bodies. It is the largest human organ and is our first defense against dehydration, temperature, infection and harmful substances. Glycerine Soaps give your skin the care it serves and make bathing a gentle, soothing experience. Indulge yourself. A fragrant, handmade glycerine soap, like is a simple indulgence that enhances the feeling of relaxation and well-being. Treat yourself, or a loved one to the benefits of a handmade glycerine soap. Men love to use it for smooth shaving! It is gentle enough to use on babies. Stop by Scentsations today to smell one of the fragrant choices today. The soap is all natural and is fortified with vitamin E. Starting at only $2.99 per soap bar.

Pick 3…spend $50, save your local economy

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I belong to the 3/50 project.net group of indie retailers.  Have for over 3 years now.

I thought it would be good to give a shout out of what spending your hard earned $$$ with me means to your local community. What got me started on this was the ridiculous promo going on in Target now about stores within stores.  Basically they are just end caps pushing local vendors. You know, think Vera Bradley before she sold out and started mass making everything in China.  Little in store boutiques.

The fact Target advertises these “Shops” as “a curated collection of home, beauty, fashion and pet products from…specialty stores” doesn’t help, painting a picture of cozy environments bubbling with delight, nestled between familiar red walls, bursting with exciting designs, catchy displays, oh-my-gosh-that’s-to-die-for offerings.

Well folks, I am so flipping glad they aren’t even close.  So, please for the love of GOD, don’t be the mindless cow that follows the pack to the slaughter house.  Think and don;t be deceived by clever marketing.  As a consumer, you can CHOOSE where you spend your hard earner $$$$.  (And thanks ever so much to all my fabulous customers who believe in Scentsations)

so without further ado…

3 is the magic number – What 3 independent stores would you miss if they disappeared or closed?  Stop in, say hello and spend a little.   As many of my long time customers who followed me to Vero beach know, we had a store in Brevard County for almost 15 years.  I closed that at the end of my mall lease on 12/31/11.  We could not renew lease due to rising costs and shrinking revenue.  After closing this one, many people emailed me and facebooked to ask where we were and why.  To be honest, I didn’t see these people at all for December, the holiday season when they spent $ for gifts somewhere.  Don’t forget why you love these stores and remember them when you have gift needs. Without you, they can’t survive.

Nifty 50 – if 1/2 the employed people spent $50 a month in independant stores, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.  What sort of positive impact would that have if 3/4 of employed people did that.

68 – for every $100 spent locally, $68 stays locally through taxes, expenditures and and payroll.  If you spend it in a chain, $43 stays locally and if you spend it online $0 comes back to your community.

1 – The number of people it takes to start a trend and make a change – just 1 – you.

 

For more details on how YOU can help stimulate America and small town America’s economies visit The3/50project.net