Category: Beauty

Bring the rose garden into your beauty routine

Some cultures have been using Rosewater for centuries, but here in America, we seem to fall away from traditional uses, stay away for a while and then come back to realize the value of natural products. I believe this is true with Rosewater.

So what is Rosewater? Well, it is NOT rose petals soaked in water. True Rosewater is a hydrosol, a by-product from the steam distillation of rose essential oil. This video explains the process well:

There are so many uses for hydrosols like rosewater!

  • Rosewater makes a beautiful pillow spray at night.
  • Try it as a perfume.
  • Add a little to a dessert to give it a lovely rose flavor!
  • Use as a hair tonic to hydrate and to smooth the hair cuticles.
  • Use as a no-heat hair setting spray when combined with a Swerve U-Pin or other Lilla Rose haircessory.
  • Use as a facial toner daily for dry, aging or irritated skin.
  • Mist in the air or on body to calm the mind.
  • Spray Rose Water on your hair to keep it shiny and vitalized
  • Massage into your scalp to moisturize and stimulate hair follicles
  • Spray Rose Water on your face for an energizing boost of hydration in the morning, or a relaxing mist before bed.
  • When used to fight acne, remove makeup, or treat eye bags, spray Rose Water on cotton and gently wipe the skin.
  • Spray Rose Water directly on the areas you’d like to tone and hydrate.
  • Spray after a workout to cool and refresh.

Listen to what these ladies had to say about their Rosewater experiences:

We 4 girls love the stuff. My girls have waist long hair. I’ve just started being able to use it on my hair again, trying to get it healthy again, hiding my shaved areas from surgery as they grow out. It tames the new growth wispies, too. I’m also using it to stimulate my facial nerves/muscles as I rub it over my face on the cotton ball and while I can’t wear make up. I’m getting compliments on my complexion.

– Deb W.

I LOOOVE the Rosewater! 💓💓 It smells like REAL roses!!😁😁

– Amanda M.

Get yourself some Rosewater 💕 I am so glad I did !! With age comes change – it’s inevitable 😏 – body changes, skin changes, hair changes and I have been privy to them ALL. I have been using rosewater for just about 3 weeks now and have noticeable improvement in my hair and skin. With just ONE product I have literally replaced 4 others I USED to use on my HAIR and FACE!

HAIR – much more manageable and the shine it has is remarkable! It’s no secret to those who know me I am NOT kind to my hair as it is colored on a regular basis, blown dry and just plain beat up !

No more dry fly-aways, and it STAYS manageable all day without ANY additional product and my ends have NEVER looked healthier. 💕

SKIN – Wowzers ! Tone and elasticity ! I now have BOTH !! Yes BOTH ! Who knew ? A quick spritz before bed and another in the morning before putting on my face for the day 💕

– Wendy G.

My hair has been so much softer and smoother!

– Amanda K.

I use it as a detangler for my daughter’s hair. She is now 17 months and has very fine wispy hair. Gets tangled out in just a few seconds with no tears!! I use it on my hair in the morning to refresh areas that are flat (especially around my face) after sleeping on it.

– Amanda P.

I have a perm and use it when I get out of the shower to get my curls back. I also will use it in my flyaway hair to keep it down in stead on looking like a wild woman. I also use it on my dry face wow what a huge difference the Rose water brings back moisture. I’m on my 3rd bottle. It’s a must have in my bathroom.

-Jodi D.

I’m a massage therapist and I spritz it on my sheets just before my clients come. Lovely scent!

– Jackie A.

I use this on myself and my 18 month old daughter. We both have curly hair, mine is a little coarser than hers. She has Shirley Temple curls. I use it to Spritz on her second or third day curls to revive them. Also makes her hair smell amazing! I use it the same for myself, and also on my face as a toner. I think it’s a delightful product! As an FYI, when I got down to the bottom half inch of my bottle I filled it up the rest of the way with filtered water. Still smells great even though it’s diluted. 😃. Just my frugal two cents worth. 😉

– Laura S.

Daughter-Long, fine hair. Slight wave but curls tend to fall. She LOVES using foam twirlers and curling her hair. But after a day, they are quite fallen. A week or two ago, my daughter washed at night and we did a good spray down of rosewater and put in foam rollers. In the morning, we took them out and they lasted not only that day, but we didn’t comb her hair out and the curls lasted the next day, too!

– Erin S.

It’s a great refresher for the skin and hair. It doesn’t make my hair or skin oily or shiny. It can be used anytime you need a quick pick me up, the light smell of the rose water is invigorating, calming and soothing all at the same time. I spray rosewater on my clients hair and scalp when I’m done with their hair. You can also “lightly” mist your face with it, makeup stays put. I love it!

– Cathy S

I’m finding that it is really great, for my super fine hair, at taming frizz and static (which will be even more important as winter comes on with all its dry air)! I used it the other day (below) to take out the frizz after wearing a knit hat for hours! 🙂

– Megan M.

My girls and I love Rosewater, too! I love that ours is also made from organic Bulgarian roses, so I don’t have to worry about extra chemicals on my skin. The ingredients are: certified organic rose hydrosol (rosa damascena). That’s it!

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Great Gifts for Mom

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My mom with me and my daughter at the Women of Faith conference in 2009.

Let’s face it.  Moms rock.  But even with all that awesomeness, sometimes we’re at a loss when it’s time to give them gifts.  Here’s a few ideas for gifts for Mom, whether it’s Mother’s Day, her birthday, Christmas or other special time.  If you’ve got some great ideas, leave them in the comments! 

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Mothering is hard work and often comes with little down time!  Pick a pretty container and make a Pampering Basket for her!  Include things like Rosewater or Sea Salt Spray, spa socks, relaxing lavender lotion, massage certificate, a Large Upin or XS Flexi, or a Sleep mask.  (Pictured at right are the boar bristle brush and rattail comb, Rosewater hydrosol mist and Bamboo Hair Towel.)

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When I was young, I did the pampering gift, even simpler, and got my mom some Calgon Bath Beads!  Easy for a kid with limited funds, and still appreciated by my Momma that enjoyed reading in the tub.  I was surprised to see you can still get Calgon Bath Beads –   and now even gift sets are available online and probably in stores, too.  She also enjoyed gift cards to bookstores along with her bath beads!

Blue Flowers

You can never go wrong with flowers!  Almost universally, moms enjoy getting flowers.  Whether a bouquet, a hanging basket, a corsage, or a perennial for her garden, flowers always tell mom she’s loved!  Make sure to include her favorite color either in the blooms or in ribbon accents.  (Never Lose Faith Arrangement by Twinbrook Floral Design. My mom would have loved this with the blue carnations, keepsake vase, and scripture reference.)

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For the holidays, my mom would have loved this wreath with blue accents, too!  To this day, I still always add blue flowers to her arrangements.

Of course, I must add my favorite accessories to the list, too.  Most moms deal with hair a lot, whether their own or that of their daughters.  And even though the “mom bun” is trending nowadays, moms do like to be noticed and look pretty.

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Enter Lilla Rose.  As you can see from this collage above (click to enlarge), there’s a pretty good variety of styles to meet the needs of most moms.  Of course, I went with the blue theme again.  My kids know to pick purple for me. (wink, wink)  If you’re shopping for a gift for yourself (because I’m a mom, too, I know how Mom’s stocking gets filled…) or for your mom, sister, aunt, or BFF, check out my sizing video or contact me to get you in the right size.  Excuse me?  Size???  Yes!  That’s one of the great things about Flexi-Clips – they are not a one-size-fits-all item.

One of my favorite gifts that I gave to my mom was a new Bible cover similar to this one. She was with me when we were shopping that day. I told her I was looking for a gift for someone that really loves blue, and since she really loves blue, too, maybe she could help me pick out something? I showed her several Bible covers and she picked one with a beautiful tapestry of flowers on the cover. Of course, the background was blue and it included little blue flowers in the design. I told her that would be perfect, and I bought the gift for my “friend.” When Christmas rolled around and she unwrapped the gift, it was quite memorable! I’m smiling now just remembering the time.

So what else should I add as great gifts for Moms? What gift have you given, or received, that were extra memorable?

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Direct links to the hair accessories in the collage (left to right):

Easy Hair How-To with your new Lilla Rose accessories (Flexi-Clip & U-Pin)

I do quick and easy hairstyle demos when I’m at craft and vendor shows, and when I do parties.  Sometime ladies say, “I hope I can do that when I get home!”  Well, this post is just for you!  🙂  This video shows the easy Flexi-Clip twist I most often show, as well as two styles you can do with U-Pins (which works for hair sticks as well).

Lilla Rose, Inc. has also made some style videos to help you!

For even more video help, check out the Sizing & Styling page on my website!  If you need more help, please reach out!  I don’t want anyone to not use their accessories because they don’t know how.

More helpful blog posts:

Tangles: 5 tips to help detangle little girl hair!

Y’all, I sell beautiful hair accessories and have three daughters. You’d think that hair is a priority in our house. But we’re a busy family, and honestly, with these super comfortable hair accessories, we sleep in the same style, so often our hair is the last thing we think of.

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Many times, I’m quickly fixing ponytails as we walk into the church building (or co-op or the grocery store), and hoping nobody notices the tangles that didn’t get removed… even though I reminded them to brush their hair.

As cool as it might be to just let them grow out dreads, I’m just not ready for that. So for now, I’ll continue harping the importance of brushing your hair every single day. Some tricks we’ve learned to make this process a little less agonizing (aka a few less tears):

  1. When bathing, leave conditioner on the hair for at least 5 minutes,
  2. Use a spray-on detangler immediately after bathing on towel dried hair, and again later when brushing out tangles,
  3. For a natural detangler, massage lavender and orange essential oil into the hair,
  4. Invest in a tangle brush,
  5. Occupy their mind with something to do while brushing.

That’s not too hard, right? So let’s get to detangling!

BTW, If you’re not using a tangle brush, I urge you to check out the link below for the Teazer! These work great! My thick haired daughter uses the Thick & Curly, while my other two use a regular tangle brush.

Resources:

The tangle brushes we use:

Our beautiful hair accessories

Distractions my girls enjoy while brushing hair:

I’ll be featuring some quick & easy Back to School Hairstyles videos in my customer VIP Club on Facebook on Friday, August 24! Request to join the group and check out the videos if you’d like some info to help you get your girls out of the house faster!

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Giveaway & Natural Hair Tips

DommiesBlessedGiveawayI am currently hosting a giveaway along with Dominique from DommiesBlessed!  Dominique is a mom, blogging about breastfeeding, hair styling on her little girls, and homeschooling!  If you need help with styling or caring for natural hair on your little ones, check out her Hair page on the blog!  It’s full of helpful information!

You can enter our giveaway through Saturday, August 18!  To enter, check for the giveaway posts here:

@DommiesBlessed on Instagram

DommiesBlessed on Facebook

DommiesBlessedGiveaway2The pictures of her girls are just adorable, too!    Our winner will win a $20 credit for Lilla Rose accessories with me!

The suede leather, adjustable hairband pictured above is called Riley.  She was given the standard length adjustable strap in black to blend in with their hair.  The other product they tried was the Daisy Flexi-Clip, sized Small.

Make sure to enter before the giveaway ends!

My favorite flowers for the sweltering Texas summer heat

I am one of those people who have favorite words. Plethora, for example, has always tickled my fancy. And sweltering. Living in Texas, I get to use those magnificent, king sized words quite often!

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But y’all, this is a bit much! We started out with heat indexes around 105° in late June, then had a little relief the first week of July (when I was gone), and it seems to be climbing since! This is the external temperature recorded in my minivan last Wednesday… while we were moving! (photo by my son in the passenger seat)

So what’s a Texas gardener to do?

Well, not much right now, if your garden is in full sun.

So I’ll back up to last month when our temperatures were only hovering around 100°. The heat baked or stunted most of my vegetables, but a few bloomers have risen to the top of my list for their high heat, low water tolerance, and beautiful display.

The Belle of this year’s garden has been the lovely zinnias.

I had some zinnias from seeds saved in previous years. They originally were given to me by a gardening friend. There used to be several colors, but over the years, only pink lasted. This year I added more seeds : Purple Prince (of course) and a mixed pouch.

The tiny red spider zinnias have reseeded themselves for about three years now. The heat did cause many blooms to be to be smaller this year, but these are always that tiny.

The next superstar has been my sunflowers.

In the past, I stuck to the Skyscraper sunflowers because I liked having the giant bloom. But that was so much growth and just one bloom per plant.

This year, I tried Lemon Queen and Giant Primrose, from Baker Creek, for multiple blooms and I found a new love!

And look how lovely they are together!

Of course, I also have one “weed” aka a native sunflower that is found in our pastures, that I allowed to grow in my garden space. Here’s why – when the temp is soaring well over 100, nothing phases this natural beauty!

Is big and gangly with many spent blossoms and beauties at the same time. And my bumbles love it.

What’s your favorite flower for summer?

Resources:

Heirloom Seeds – This is the first company I ever used for heirloom seed and they’ve always been excellent seed source!

UPDATE 2020: Heirloom Seeds has been purchased by Baker Creek and they now use it as their bulk seed website. I’ve removed links in the article that refer to the seeds I purchased there, because they’re no longer available.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds – This is the second year I’ve used Baker Creek.  I didn’t have much success with this year’s seeds, but that is probably largely due to the extreme weather we’ve had this year.

The beautiful hair clip my daughter is wearing in the big sunflower picture, is from the wonderful company I represent!

20th Anniversary!

20th Anniversary!

I had an awesome getaway with my hubby for our anniversary! We celebrated our 20 year wedding anniversary on the island of St John, US Virgin Islands! We spent a lot of time face down in the water, marveling at God’s creation. (Snorkeling – I got sunburned on the back of my legs only! LOL!) Still in recovery from category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria in 2017, we also saw much devastation.

The hiking trails, beaches, and reefs were definitely changed by these natural disasters, but recovery is coming. If you’d like to learn more about the recovery efforts, and how you can help, please visit USVI Recovery.

I’ll have to do another post on the gorgeous flora and fauna because the underwater pics are on hubby’s camera.

Y’all, this crab was huge! That big claw was bigger than my hand!

Meanwhile back home, Lilla Rose announced an exciting discount on New Stylist Kits!

With $25 off and about $15 saved on shipping, this is such an awesome value! That Fast Start option comes out to well over 50% commission when you sell those items, too!

Highlights of the Lilla Rose opportunity include :

  • Fun times playing with hair!
  • Wholesale access to all the hairthings you and your family could ever need!
  • Free website with no fees for upkeep!
  • No monthly or quarterly minimum requirements!
  • Free weekly training sessions and lots of Home Office support!
  • A strong community of Lilla Rose sisters (and a few bros)!
  • Opportunity to add to your family’s income through commissions and bonuses!

We have a neat Remarkable Opportunity group, too. It’s a place where you can gather with friends to learn about the LR business opportunity in a fun, casual, no-pressure way! You will be able to read and watch testimonials from other stylists, as well as get a small taste of the wonderful close-knit community we stylists enjoy! It is truly a powerful insight into Lilla Rose culture!

To keep the group a supportive and safe place for everyone, we do have a few guidelines: Guests must answer the entrance question of who their stylist is, and/or who invited them. (That would be me, Sue Ellen Hale, unless another Stylist invited you first.) Stylists do not try to recruit you in this group, they always refer you back to your own Stylist, and no recruiting for any other companies is allowed. Let me know if you join the group so I can welcome you! Or comment below so I can add you.

So, between the anniversary, the trip, and the enrollment special, wow what a week! Now if I can just get my body to catch up with these time changes…