A few thoughts before my recent French obsession . . .
It is comforting to be in the company of so many who have had the courage to step outside of their comfort zone.
First writing, styling and self-caring for an unknown world to view. Then that day . . . the day the first dear heart popped in to say something back . . . With one little comment, a friendship was born. . . . and so many birthing days since then.
Blogging has been a lovely gateway to growth by sharing. One post can set the perfect tone for the day. Here is the place our “sense of beautiful” can “obliterate” worldly cares. We heal . . . and we GROW.
When this quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe tumblr’d to me, I immediately thought of our beautiful friend Anita Pelayo Rivera, who gives the gifts of “a little music”, “a little poetry” and “a fine picture”.
I am feeling and looking healthier. When I say “looking” . . . my skin is firmer and brighter than it was three months ago.
About two years ago, I began to make a transition to a “more pure” approach to skin care. For my face, neck and décolleté, I had been using one familiar department store brand for almost 40 years. It’s a great brand, but filled with ingredients and preservatives that are impossible to pronounce. My body care was from a well-known bath and body shop located in most American malls. Last summer, my legs were covered with eczema. I was to the point I was self-conscious wearing crop pants. My body image was at an all time low. For five years I kept my skin disease at bay with a prescribed steroid cream. Knowing the risks of steroid use, ( even topical ), I used it sparingly. Since I was using it so sparingly, it held the problem at bay, but it was always there.
Through blogging and social media, I discovered dry brushing before shower and bath, and a mixing coconut oil w/ raw sugar for an amazing body scrub.
I found First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair. A life changer . . . for me.
Body care . . . √ check!
Last spring with an online purchase from The Detox Market, I was sampled with two tiny vials of natural blended oils. The label reminded me of the periodic table of elements that was displayed in my high school chemistry class . . .
. . . with an enchantingly chic twist.
hmmmm . . .Google . . . O d a c i t é . . .
Valerie . . .
She had my full attention when I read her mission statement. ( Most of you know I had a rendezvous with breast cancer 7 years ago. )
“FROM FIGHTING CANCER TO FIGHTING WRINKLES”
“Born and raised in Paris, living in Los Angeles, it all started after I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer was a major wake up call, I realized that if I wanted to heal I needed to change everything. I quit my job, went back to school to become a health and wellness coach and embarked in the fascinating journey of removing toxins from my life.”
“When it came to skin care, I was not ready to sacrifice performance. I wanted it all: efficacy + purity. Not finding, I started blending custom-made skincare, for private clients and myself. Word spread fast, demand grew quickly and so was born Odacité – French play on Audacity- marrying the best of two worlds luxurious French skincare & green California living. I hope you will give us a try!”
Oh YES . . . my lovelies . . .
. . . another French girl comes to America connection!
Over the past three months, as my skin care “ran out”, I have replaced it with Odacité.
I purchase directly from the site. There is almost always a special offer. They are wonderful at including samples. Discovery kits are available at a reasonable price, along with on-line assistance with a licensed esthetician. I am so pleased with the results from Valerie’s products.
My journey into natural skin care has inspired me to style my own little French apothecary shelf. [. . . will share soon.] There has never been a better time to learn about self-care, and to create your personal “all natural” spa at home.
w / L
[Dreams on 34th Street is a journal of muses, personal experiences and images that inspire and enrich my life. I am not compensated for featuring the products on my blog today.]