Final Day for May Beauty Giveaway!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Have you joined the KZM Facial Care Boutique Fans page on Facebook yet? All fans are automatically entered to win great prizes! This month's giveaway is a 2 piece set including a Beach Glam bronzing stick and a Lip Lovelies!

I haven't been good at updating the Facebook page, but promise I'll start keeping it current again as soon as I have a chance. I will pick one lucky winner from my list of fans TOMORROW, June 1st, so you still have time to enter by becoming a fan. Fans also will be eligible to receive special incentives from time to time, as well as receive advance notice of special offers.

The June Giveaway is going to be a mineral foundation (coming in June!) and a yet to be released sun soothing spray!

A Day at the Market: Cherries

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Cherry quartz ring from Silver River Metal, $25

The Burlington Cookie from Elsylee Galetes Artesanals is made of cherries, almonds and oatmeal, $6.95

ACEO by Sharon Foster Art, $5

Switch plate cover from 3zArt, $4

Depression style vase from Moon of Glass, $40

Note card set from Gilt Goods, $12

Upcycled notepad from Alyson2, $12

Trinket box from Cinderella Moments Too, $12

Cherry quartz necklace from Glorious Girl Jewelry, $24

Earrings from lilpengee, $12

Frugal Fridays: Margaritas for $5 or Less

Friday, May 29, 2009

Letterpress thank you note from Paper Wheel, $3.75

There's real tequila in this lip balm from Givin Me Lip, $3

Bottle opener keychain from Flirt Buttons, $5

Upcycled paper beads from Vivid Earth Designs, $4.50

Margarita sea salt bar from Southern Vermont Soap, $5

Good Reads

I just wanted to share some books I am reading now or have read in the past couple weeks that you may enjoy. I've put links to the books at Amazon, but I prefer to borrow most of my books from the local library. Note--I am a Yankees fan, so not all readers will appreciate Book #4 below.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pictured above is our pooch, Cannon.

I am so very excited to share that KZM Facial Care Boutique has been approved by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) as an officially Cruelty Free company. 

The CCIC has the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny logo. Making up the CCIC are the American Anti-Vivisection Society, the Doris Day Animal League, The Humane Society of the United States, Beauty Without Cruelty, and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society. International partners include the Animal Alliance of Canada and the European Coalition to End Animal Experimentation.

Companies who are already on this list of approved companies include Burt's Bees, Juice Beauty, Kiss My Face, and Method Products, to name a few.

To be accepted into the program, strict guidelines must be followed to ensure ALL stages of product development are cruelty free. For example, all suppliers sent information that the ingredients supplied to me are not tested on animals.

From the CCIC's site regarding the Leaping Bunny standard:

"The Standard is short for the Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals, a voluntary pledge that cosmetic, personal care, and/or household product companies make to clear animal testing from all stages of product development. The company's ingredient suppliers make the same pledge and the result is a product guaranteed to be 100 percent free of new animal testing. All Leaping Bunny companies must be open to independent audits, and commitments are renewed on an annual basis."

I just received my notification today that I have been approved! The administrator of CCIC, Vicki Katrinak, let me know this afternoon that my company's name will be listed on site soon.

DIY Thursday: Revitalizing Herbal Shampoo

Soapwort can either be pink or white. 

This is the lather just with water and soapwort!

I like the herbal scent of this tea

The herbs on top are marshmallow root

After adding in and steeping the tea bag

Today on DIY Thursday, we are going to make a 100% natural shampoo with a lesser known herb called Saponarin Officinalis, or Soapwort Root. This is actually a perennial and can be grown right in your garden. What is neat about this shrub is that it contains saponins, lathering agents. That is why this makes for a great ingredient when making your own shampoos or liquid soaps. Be careful, though, because it really stings the eyes.

If you choose not to grown soapwort, you can buy it from several reputable suppliers including Mountain Rose Herbs. If you want to save time, you can also buy it in powdered from from several online venues, health foods stores, etc. You can check out Monterey Bay Spice Company online for this. In fact, the various herbs we are using today can all be purchased there and are available in both powder or chopped.

This shampoo needs to sit for 30 minutes or so and then be strained.

Who it is best suited for: If your hair is feeling weighed down or a bit limp this season from heat, humidity, exercise, environmental factors, and product residue, this is for you! 


1 cup of distilled water
2 T. soapwort root, chopped
1 Tazo Lotus Tea Bag
1 t. wildflower honey
1 T. marshmallow root, chopped
1 t. Melissa (Lemon Balm) powder
5 drops each lemongrass and peppermint essential oil

To Make:

Boil water. Add the herbs. Add tea bag. Now stir in the honey. Stir gently. Now add the essential oils. Cover. Let infuse for at least 30 minutes and strain. Pour into a bottle.

This fills a 6.5 ounce bottle I am using--the herbs will absorb some water, and if you're like me, you might just spill some, too.

Use this as a treatment shampoo or fill a small basin to use as an aromatic foot soak as part of your pedicure. Use within 5 to 7 days.

Why these ingredients?

Obviously the soapwort is your lathering agent and will be the cleanser. No sulfates! Now, you can vary this so many ways depending on personal preferences.

The Tazo bag of tea just smells therapeutic. The amount of green tea and lotus in this bag is going to be negligible, but it will provide you with a nice scent to go along with the other herbs. The lotus flower has been used for years and years to revitalize the scalp, though.

Wildflower Honey (I either use Dawes or Doan Farms, both locally harvested)--this honey will give your hair a nice sheen and it'll be so soft!

Marshmallow Root--this does not smell like marshmallows, unfortunately, but I am all for using this herb in shampoo because it lends great slip to the formula and helps it stay smooth and detangled. More importantly, it is highly beneficial to the scalp and has revitalizing powers.
It is used in many high end shampoos.

Lemon Balm--this is so refreshing! If you have limpness in your hair, or perhaps it is a bit greasy from product buildup, this minty herb will help remedy the problem. It is not best for dryness, but is great to stimulate the scalp and treat a bit of oiliness.

Lemongrass Essential Oil--Adds a bit of lustre and is invigorating

Peppermint Essential Oil--Cooling and gives a feeling of revitalization; great for dandruff, too!

A Day at the Market: Southern Vermont Soap

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend. Today Chic & Green is back to talk about some great handmade soaps found on 1000 Markets. If you know me, my favorite soaps of all time are from Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps on Etsy. Nan is not only a fantastic soaper, but she's a kind-hearted, lovely person to talk to. She'll always be my #1!

That being said, so many readers ask me if I know of other great soapers who offer bars free of palm oil. I've tried Alchemic Muse, also on Etsy, and have enjoyed the soaps.

I found a great one now on 1000 Markets! The business is called Southern Vermont Soap. She offers some wonderful soaps in her shop. Read the ingredients labels before you order, as some do have palm oil. I ordered two palm oil free bars: Creamy Coconut Shea Butter Soap ($4.50) and Manuka Honey & Lavender Goat's Milk Soap ($5.00).

The bars are beautiful and nicely scented. The lather is very creamy and each bar lathers quite nicely. The bars are hard, without being too hard, and overall I am extremely impressed with these two great bars. 

The shea butter, olive oil, coconut, soybean and castor oils in the coconut bar make this one extremely soothing to dry skin. I adore coconut scents and I can tell you that the coconut bar is one of the best I have ever used. The lavender bar contains goat's milk along with cocoa and shea butters, and is just delightful!

It looks like the shop has been stocked quite a bit more since I looked last week, and she now has
sea salt bars listed (no palm oil). I love using salt bars in the summertime to give my arms a legs a glow! The margarita bar is calling my name, as a matter of fact!

Be sure to head right over to this great shop today and be sure to tell her Chic & Green sent you on over.

Frugal Fridays: Indie Vanillas for $5 or Less

Friday, May 22, 2009

Starring...! Fragrances offers a great vanilla called The Villainess. Try it in her Camera Ready Organic Detangling Gloss on clearance for $5

When she re-opens, try a Touch Up in Princess Vaniglia from Crater Lake Company, $4.50

Set of 3 ice cream cards from Simply Sentimental, $3

Vintage Watkins salt & pepper shakers (vanilla is the salt) from College Girl Vintage, $4

Vanilla Rooibos loose tea from ruaTea, $4.50

Vanilla & vetiver with green tea bath salts from Urban Forest, $4.25

French Vanilla lip balm from Pudleduk Soap Co., $2.50

Vanilla bath bomb from Flowering Tree Botanicals, $2.50

Vanilla bean marshmallows from Jake Bakes, $4.95

Handmade soap with vanilla extract, cinnamon & brown sugar from LOL Soap Co., $4

DIY Thursday: Summer Cocoa Body Cream

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Jar of simple, 15 minute (preparation-wise) cream

10 minutes after pouring into a jar

This is what it looks like when the beeswax, cocoa butter, and oil are melted.

This recipe is great for those who are need some extra TLC right now. Perhaps it's hot and you're shaving your legs daily to wear shorts and sundresses. Maybe the air conditioning is cranked up and the dry air is taking the moisture right out of your skin. Perhaps it is normally just a bit parched.

This isn't a salve or balm, nor is it a smooth and silky cream with silicones and extra fillers. This is a basic, extra nourishing treatment that won't take you more than 15 minutes to make.

This recipe yields about 10 ounces. I am splitting mine between an 8 ounce mason jar and a 2 ounce jar. One will be for a friend to use right up and the other one will be used by the boys and me. They'll have it slathered on after baths and I'll use it from my neck to toes over the next couple days. I use a new spoon for each of us to scoop it out so we're not all dipping our hands into the jar.

You can keep this for up to one week stored in the fridge.

The natural chocolate aroma from the cocoa butter and the honey scent from the beeswax smell fun and refreshing, yet comforting when the pink grapefruit essential oil is added.

1/2 cup grated beeswax
2 T. unrefined cocoa butter
1/2 c. rice bran oil
1/3 c. aloe vera juice
1/2 c. glycerin
8 drops of grapefruit essential oil
1 vitamin E capsule, pricked with a pin and squeezed into it (antioxidant)

How to:

Melt the beewax and cocoa butter over medium high heat on the stove. While it is melting, add the rice bran oil. Once the oils, wax and butter are blended, add in the glycerin and aloe juice. Squeeze in the vitamin E oil.

Turn off the heat and stir like mad. I stir this for about 10 minutes with a wooden sppon. Stir it the way you would a homemade pudding. It needs constant stirring.

Once it has thickened and cooled a bit, pour into your container (s).

Let cool a bit on the counter and then put  in the fridge. I like to chill it overnight. If you do not, it'll look done, but you'll get a liquid center. So cool it a bit with patience and use it the day after you make it.

What's In It Wednesday: Another Fabulous Drugstore Lotion!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I have always loved the lemony scent from  JR Watkins. With the company's apothecary style presentation, one would have thought that they were a natural products company with clean ingredients. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Recently, though, Watkins reformulated their products and the ingredients are phenomenal. 

The only retail, low-cost lotion I have found to be safe AND feel luxurious is the newly new naturals line from Queen Helene. Until now. Watkins has done a marvelous job at reformulating their body care products and I can recommend them to you without hesitation.

Being reviewed is the 95+% natural Lemon Cream Hand and Body Lotion. It is 11 ounces and retails for $11.95 on the Watkins site. I ordered 2 lotions from Enviroproducts World for $5.74 (they were on sale for less than they are now) April 24th which have yet to arrive, so I actually picked up a lemon lotion at Walmart. My other lotions from online have now been shipped, so I'll be happy to talk about the Aloe & Green Tea and Vanilla soon!

Let's look into this more!

So, what's in it? As you can see, there are no ingredients in bold or green, so there is NOTHING I am worried about in it!


Prunus Armeniaca--Apricot Kernel Oil

Glyceryl Stearate--Emulsifier, safe

Butyrospermum Parkii- -Shea Butter

Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter--Cocoa Butter

Cetearyl Alcohol--Fatty alcohols, non drying, emollient

Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate--Safe emulsifier

Cocos Nucifera Oil--Coconut Oil

Persea  Gratissima Oil--Avocado Oil


Fragrance--Synthetic fragrance (since it doesn't say otherwise, this is likely)

Phenoxyethanol--Can be used as a preservative (paraben free) or in fragrance; some may be sensitive to this

Allantoin--Skin soothing agent

Orbignya Olerfera Seed Oil--Babassu Oil

Simmondsia Chinesis Seed Oil--Jojoba Oil

Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Oil--Lemon Peel Oil

Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract--Calendula (soothing!)

Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract--Chamomile (extra soothing)

Tilia Cordata Flower Extract--Linden Flower (soothes and refreshes)

Cebtaurea Cyanus Flower Extract--Cornflower (great for the skin)

Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract--Chamomile Flower

Hypericum Perforatum Extract--St. John's Wort, a great skin tonic!

Panthenol--Vitamin B5, conditioning agent

Tocopheryl Acetate--Vitamin E

C18-22 Hydroxyalkyl Hydroxypropyl Guar--a safe skin and hair conditioning agent

Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Juice--Aloe Vera Juice

Citric Acid--pH adjuster, some may be sensitive to this

Sodium Hydroxide--Lye, as in soapmaking. However, it can also be used as a pH adjuster. Since this is the very last ingredient on the list, it is OK.

For reference, here is the ingredients listing for the previous formulation:

Water, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Triethanolamine,  Fragrance, Allantoin, Propylene Glycol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomila Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA

There was no shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado, babassu, or jojoba in this. While there were some natural extracts thrown in, this was mostly harmful stuff--from the parabens to the Diazolidinyl Urea (which not only is a formaldehyde releaser, but comes from urine and other fluids from the body of animals), to the Triethanolamine (a carcinogen) and Propylene Glycol. I wouldn't have touched this formula with a ten foot pole because of the amount of PG and triethanolamine alone.

Bottom Line--I am happy to recommend this! It is extra nourishing with the butters and oils and will really be great this summer if you shave daily and if you just want your skin to glow in general!

A Day at the Market: Something Blue

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Greeting card from AJK Artistry, $4.50

Blueberry muffins for Fido from Fargo's Doggielicious Gourmet Dog Treats, $7

Manuka Honey & Lavender shea soap (no palm oil) from Southern Vermont Soaps, $5

Blueberries & cream chocolate from A Sugar Affair, $15

Sweet shoes for Baby Boy from Barretzz, $23

Circle latch earrings from one of my favorites, Kristin Perkins, $44

Oval platter reminds me of a New England summer. From Bancroft Studios, $64

Market tote from Fray Baby, $26

Mod apron from Decorative Instincts, $35

Swiss blue topaz earrings from Bella Tu Jewelry, $48
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