And now for something completely different…
About six weeks ago, my cousin, Jess, (the only other cousin on my mother’s side of the family to make it out of New Jersey) sent me a bubbly envelope filled to the brim with lotions, potions and samples from her latest endeavor as an independent skin care consultant for a company called Perfectly Posh. Fun, right? Well, sure, but if I’m being honest, I wasn’t particularly interested in trying anything that didn’t come from my own kitchen. For the last several years (ever since I became pregnant with Jonah), I’ve been on a rampage to get all things chemical out of my home. I clean with white vinegar and essential oils. I wash my face with a blend of aloe, Castile soap, and local honey. My facial moisturizer is a homemade concoction of shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, almond oil and essential oils (which admittedly melts to a liquidy mess in warm weather, but who’s counting?), and I gave olive oil and sea salt scrubs away for Christmas. So, yeah, I’m a little particular about my products.
But Jess knew what she was doing. Along with her envelope of goodies, she sent along an ingredient list:
- Sustainably sourced cold cleaned butters: shea, cocoa, mango
- Pressed oils: olive, sunflower, almond
- Essential oils
- Coconut oil
- Milk, honey, beeswax
- Sea salt, cane sugar
- Activated charcoal
Sound familiar? And then a list of ingredients they don’t use:
- No petroleum derived ingredients
- No parabens or paraffins
- No sodium lauryl or laureth sulfates
- No lanolin
- No gelatin
- No soy fillers
- No phthalates
- No talc
- No tallow
I’d like to tell you that I placed an order with her out of the kindness of my heart, because I really wanted to be a good human and support my cousin’s new business, but no. I placed an order because I genuinely really liked the stuff. I placed a sizeable order because, well, if you buy five items, the sixth item is free (every time!), and I like free. I also liked the fact that there wasn’t a single item in the catalogue over $25, including all the fancy organic serums and oils that go for $80 per ounce everywhere else on the planet (or at least in the Bay Area).
I loved everything I ordered so much that I struck up a conversation with Jess about what it’s like to be a Posh pusher.
“Um, all I did was send you some samples, and now you’re here. The product sells itself.”
As a single parent, I feel like I toss handfuls of $20 bills out in front of me as an offering to the gods of living every day, everywhere I go. If I can make a little of that back from the comfort of my own kitchen table selling something I love, then why not? At best, I make a few extra bucks a month to go toward Jonah’s swim lessons, or his Music Together classes. At worst, my friends get a fun note and bunch of freebies in the mail, no one buys anything, and I write off the postage at the end of the year. I figured it’s worth a shot.
With all of this said, this blog is really about my writing, and I’m planning on keeping it that way. From this day forth, I will NOT be blogging about skin care unless something utterly ridiculous happens that prompts me to say something interesting about it. Instead, I would encourage you to send me a private message with your mailing address and skin care type, and the types of scents you enjoy (or, more importantly, do not enjoy) so that I can send you free yummy things!
Or check out my Posh Pushing website:
A private Facebook Group will be coming soon. Please ask to join me there, or I will be asking you (but not forcing you) soon enough!