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How a Beauty Maven Chooses to Pamper Herself

9 May 2008

Imagine this: You’ve got the rest of the night lined up with almost two full hours of TV to watch and some quality time to spend on the Internet (there’s a cutie at work you’ve been e-mailing and you can’t wait to see what the latest witty banter will be about). But suddenly, you’re in the dark. And not just about why everyone cares so much about Miley Cyrus. You’re in the literal dark. The power has gone out. It’s a blackout.

This happened to me the other week. And do you know how much there is to do during one of those? Pretty much nothing. I love to read, but I can only be so dedicated to a book before I get a headache from hours of reading. With endless boredom in sight, and my residence in a blackout, I opted to pamper myself with a mega-long bath of indulgence. What does a beauty maven use to indulge? I’ll tell you.


I was sent some Shea Terra Organics products to try, and they’re beyond wonderful. They are like the Mother Theresa of companies. They use all-natural products, and higher quantities of shea butter than most other companies (anywhere from 10-100% instead of a pithy 1-5%), as well as using recyclable packaging. They also aid African people, nature, and wildlife by supporting different empowerment programs. That’s reallymango.jpg just the tip of the iceberg, though. To read the full whammy on what makes this company so beneficial to the world at large (like the Modest Mouse song) check this page.

The four main scents for the bath and body collections are as follows: Lavender of the Khosian, Miombo Mango (makes me feel awake even when I’ve had no sleep because of a Lost DVD marathon the previous night), Pink Guava Pomegranate, and Bourbon Vanilla (decadent and relaxing – a yummy smell).

blacksoap.jpgThere are indigenous silk and shea lotions, body butters, Dead Sea salt scrubs, and shower elixirs. I have to say, I love it all. Having used a combination of all of these products for a while, my skin feels ultra moisturized. The substantial body butter has even radically helped my dry skin trouble spots (like my ankles – where the skin is thinner). You can buy a gift set for $45.00 or buy the products separately for $18.00.

I never, ever, though I’d want to put something that looked menacingly black on my face. But when I tried the African Lemongrass Black Soap Elixir, I realized how powerful African Black Soap is -it can help heal almost any skin qualm you have (from unfortunate acne to flakey skin). It rinses away clean, for a clearer, luminous face.
I sincerely implore you to try some fair trade gourmet chocolate as a gift to yourself or someone else. It’s some of the best chocolate I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating.

To explore more: Shea Terra Organics Homepage

Here’s to living in sublime style,

Jessica Rae

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