Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Last Night For October Promo

Last night for octpromo coupon! See here.

Happy Halloween!

Eat lots of candy and beware of the vampire bat.........

Mary J. Blige + My Pumpkin Scrub

Mary J. Blige looks stunning on the cover! Inside the magazine in the beauty pages, GenLux included us among their Holiday guide:

You can see the whole thing on our Press page at Product Body.

Happy Halloween and boo to you!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Lip Balm Disappointment

I have been pretty disappointed with lip balms in general for a number of years.

  • Lip gloss is too sticky and when it isn't, it vanishes too quickly.
  • Lip balm generally feels either too greasy and un-conditioning or too waxy.

I am not big on huge brands like Vaseline, Chapstick, Nivea etc. Carmex was good for me in college, but that was umpteen years ago and my lips need more. I need to not have it sit on my lips like a pile of melted candle wax or slip off my lips like a slip-n-slide.

Every so often, I find a brand I like, but before I get through the pot or stick, I realize the bad parts I hate about it. If I taste anything, I am grossed out. If it is too smelly or too icky smelling, I'll throw it out. The scent is super important to me, too, so if it smells like Cheetos or Root Beer, count me out even though I am a foodie gal.

Because of my curmudgeon-like attitude, I think I will have to torment my family again and whip up more goodies in the kitchen, but this time for the lips.... until I find a formula that will really speak to me, or rather sing to me. Tis the season.... Winter is upon us and I owe it to the folks who feel the same way I do.

Regarding lip plumpers. I have despised the tastes of the ones I have tested. What the heck are they seeping into the goo? Any thoughts?

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Two Very Hip Chicks

Last night I watched a Quentin Tarantino flick: Death Proof. Loved it! Zoe Bell, real stuntwoman (now actress) and Rosario Dawson, recently on the cover of Bust mag with the brass knuckles, were both great and the movie as a whole was even better.

Rosario Dawson:

And introducing Zoe Bell

I am not here to write a movie critique, but this one is unique. I like the style, the story and I have to say, Kurt Russel is dynamite; his best work. I don't think the movie was well received by the general public, but it's my favorite of Tarantino's since Pulp Fiction.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Money, Anyone?

We are offering our blog readers and anyone else who gets wind of it $10.00 off your order when you shop with us and spend $50 or more at Product Body Shop. octpromo is the coupon code - Just enter it at checkout. If you've been wanting to try something, now might be the time!

Offer ends November 1st!

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

"Lotion Commotion"

Knit Simple Magazine
2007 Holiday Issue

Product Body moisturizers are recommended to knitters on page 8. This is a hip magazine. Knitting has entered a completely different realm in the fashion world. I think it is accepted into the young culture and is considered cool to be a knitter. Every photo is of a young woman, and the projects are gorgeous!

Pumpkin Pie Vodka

And more for the Halloween spirits.....

Vodka infused with pumpkin and spices. Drinks are getting so fancy, but I like the pumpkin twist. Wonder if it tastes any good. If you've tried it, please comment. We all want to know if it is delightful or just another marketing theme.

Modern Spirits Vodka shares drinks you can concoct with the booze:




Everything Nice

2 oz MS Pumpkin Pie vodka
1 oz heavy cream
2 tsps maple syrup

Splash of orange liqueur

Shake hard and strain into a Graham cracker-rimmed glass

Pumpkin Flip

2 oz MS Pumpkin Pie vodka chilled

1 egg white
1 tsp brown sugar
Shake, strain and top with grated nutmeg

Modern Pie

2 oz MS Pumpkin Pie vodka chilled

Dollop of honey-sweetened Mascarpone

Pumpkin Shake

2 oz MS Pumpkin Pie vodka
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
1/2 oz simple syrup

Splash of orange liqueur

3 large ice cubes

Combine in blender and pulse until smooth

Top with whipped cream

Garnish with pinch of nutmeg

Thanksgiving Duo

2 oz MS Pumpkin Pie vodka
1/3 oz 100% cranberry juice
1/3 oz maple syrup
Shake and pour into glass over ice
Top with soda

Holiday party cocktails?

New Line of Body Products To Come

We have been so busy trying to launch our new line of goodies that I feel like I have neglected everything and everyone - so my apologies go out. I can't really comment too much about what we are doing other than it is a line for expecting mothers. I will keep you in the loop. It is almost ready for release.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Halloween Cupcake Design

You know I am cupcake obsessed. But now it is Halloween and I am loving the creepy confections. Allow me to share the love.

These 2 were created by Wisdom Of The Moon (also and Etsy shop).

This is made by Cake Creations By Lisa in San Francisco.
Ghostly Castle. This is a kid craft....but I think I would have chosen it for a wedding cake. Who is kidding who?

Creepy Goodies by Brownie Points Blog. Note the "tissue sample" in the background... :)

Love it! Will someone please mail me some cupcakes? I am so hungry!!

Okay, back to work. The next entry I write will be work related. This is just so much fun!

xoxox -Jo

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Freshly Cracked Coconut

Desmond came over to me in the garden with a giant green coconut in hand which was bigger than his head . He had a mission. "Mommy, we have to eat this right now. Do we have a machete?" Why indeed we do, as blunt as it is, let's go get it. I was totally up for the challenge

I had no idea that cutting a coconut open was such a challenge, especially with the bluntest machete in the world. If you have never done this yourself, you might not be aware that coconuts come much larger than the brown hairy-looking ones you can get at the supermarket. That brown fiber-ey coconut lives inside the big green smooth exterior "shell" as you can see on one of the coconut trees in my back yard. They don't look big, but they are each about a soccer ball size but in football shape.

So it was me and the machete hacking, hacking, hacking. That green smooth exterior is really so fiberous and thick, you'd think that no one was ever meant to eat the darn thing in the first place. I whacked that thing so hard I made a crack and looked inside to see about 2 ounces of coconut milk. Desmond got a straw and we each had one long awaited sip. Hmmm. That was a little anti-climactic, but there was more to get. More whacking and it cracked! Yum white coconut. Not sweet like the Mounds we all eat, but tasty and crunchy. Isn't it purdy?
We shared in delight.

Des with his triumphant piece of coconut.

What fun it must have been to come home with a monster in hand and within 15 minutes, a yummy, healthy snack that we busted open ourselves. Right in our backyard!

I shall get moving towards incorporating coconut into my formulations being that I love the smell so much. Why haven't I done that yet?

Friday, October 19, 2007

Angry Kid - Stinky Finger

This had me cracking up. Enjoy the sickness......

Presenting "Angry Kid"

Please leave feedback. I am curious if I may be the only one who thinks this bit of nut job humor is funny. Thanks!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Allure is just Giving It Away! is giving away Chanel's Fall Makeup Collection—that’s more than $700 worth of eye, lip, face, and nail colors. One winner will receive 23 products including the limited-edition palette of pink-beige Shiny Satin Lipgloss in Orchidées, eye shadow quads in Garden Party (greens and pinks) and Sequoia (peaches and browns), and nail polish in Tulipe Noire, Lily Beige, and Magnolia Rose.

All you have to do is log on to all this month for your chance to win. I'm going there right now.... Good luck to you too!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Correction: Not "Offbeat", more "Indie"

I recently started a Pretty Women series (not finished yet). Part One was focused on The Top Three Women Of External Beauty. Then Part Two was Pretty Women: More Offbeat. Corrected by my big brained husband, Brad, my 3 choices were not necessarily "offbeat". "Robin Wright Penn?", he asks me. I think about it. I guess I meant more INDIE, more un-spotlighted, more unique in nature. Physically do I think Robin Wright Penn is offbeat? No. But the movies she's been in are less blockbusters and more independent films. My kind of movies. Anyway, so I correct myself and call it Part Two: More Indie.

My hub also noticed that all the women I chose are all blonde and that Debbie Harry looks a lot like Michelle Pfeiffer and Kelly Carlson looks a lot like Marilyn Monroe. Hmmm. OK, there seems to be a beautiful blonde theme in my brain. I guess I could have blonde envy....maybe I'm a blonde wannabe.

Or I could be Jean Harlow reincarnated.

(Isn't that the most beautiful photo of her?)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tangerine Creamy Goodness

Here is a batch of Tangerine Cream I made. It was so pretty I had to shoot a picture of it. I have Tangerine essential oil and it smells so crisp and fresh! It colors the Cream a light creamy orange, naturally.

I slathered on a ton of it and I have been softy smooth for 3 days.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Pretty Women Part 2 - More Offbeat

More absolutely gorgeous women.... Debbie Harry, then and now...

When I was 7 years old, I wanted to be Debbie Harry. Most of my friends aspired to be Barbie or Mrs. Casper (my 1st grade teacher). Me? No.

PINK. She is so stunning. Does she even know how pretty she is, or how pretty I think she is?
One of my favorite actresses is Robin Wright Penn. Also stunningingly beautiful.
More to come in this series....

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pretty Women - Part I

These are the most beautiful women to me.
This is Part 1 of a 3 part series of physical beauty. We'll get to the other part later.

Michelle Pfeiffer

Marilyn Monroe

Kelly Carlson

Comments.... Tell me who YOU think is the fairest of all.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

My Desk Ate My Homework

If I put a picture of my desk for all to see, people would wonder how I get anything done at all. I will tell you that every three or four days my desk is clean, neat and super tidy. What happens? Sometimes I think that it couldn't be me. That if I had an infantile brain, I would surely think that the desk had secret hands that come out in the night and scramble up everything, just to see me struggle in the morning. I should get a video camera.

Note that I type with my arms very close to my side because the only desk space I actually see is between me and the keyboard. No joke. Let me share what I see when I look at my desk.

2 Bars of soap (I review soap on The Soap Bar blog)
A retro clock
Phone, calculator, stapler, hole puncher...blah blah blah
Empty coffee cup
3 piles of bills that need to get paid + bank statements
An inbox that looks to be 2 inches high
3 credit cards (I buy A LOT of supplies for work)
Hair clip
BUST magazine
All those pens I can never find (they are under my piles!)
A dried out, disintegrating flower and seashells (gift from Nina)
A pirate flag?

Oh, it'll just get more boring if I go on. You get the jist.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Lip Balm In Rare Form

I have been creating a lip balm for myself and looking for a unique container for it. I am pretty bored of the typical tube or hard to open metal disc-like holder. I came across this great wristband with flip-up lip balm container. Or solid perfume, or whatever else you could put in there. It's genius!

Lip balm addicts: this may be the most accessible lip balm container ever. You don't have to fumble through the enormous pile of crap in your purse, your desk, your nightstand.... just accessorize with it and it is at your fingertips in a snap.

Unfortunately it is available on Alibaba, which is an international e-commerce place of suppliers and manufacturers from all over the world. If someone is looking for a specific item they want to import, usually in huge quantities, one would visit I have never taken part because usually the companies require a minimum purchase of 100,000 units. So if anyone finds this in the States, let me know. I would love to make Product Body lip balms in wristband form.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Tea Cup Candles

I absolutely LOVE candles! It's fun seeing them in unique vessels, like this teacup and saucer set. You can see them on Etsy at teacandles made by Christine of Vancouver. She scouts out vintage teacups, some with their saucer, some without. Vintage tea cups and candles? I think I'll have to purchase a few....

Friday, October 5, 2007

Photo Contest Winner!

Gena Kay, Gena Kay!!!!!! Love the pumpkin pie simulation.
(Of course, we advise you NOT to actually eat the scrub)

We received wonderful photos. Thank you to everyone for sending them in. I enjoyed every single one. The effort alone warmed my heart.

Gena will receive a jar Pumpkin Scrub (newly formulated this week to be better then before!), Uber Butter Scrub in pralines & cream scent, Mama Bomb belly balm, and a jumbo Sea Salt Bath. Congratulations Gena and thank you for spending the time making and sending the pie photos!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Brick + Mortar for Product Body?

'Tis true, folks. We have outgrown our space and need to move to a different location. We are in the process of finding a formulation/office space for Product Body and we will be opening to the public for "fresh that day" buckets of body treats. Oh yeah...

I am so excited! My workspace has become so unmanageable with the amount of orders I have. Space and proper set-up, inventory and storage will make producing far more pleasurable and manageable.

We are close with our decision. At first, I became very seduced by the idea of having a retail location.... setting it up, decorating, greeting people, sharing my products, etc. It got out of hand, really. The point of our search was to continue what we are doing, with more space and exposure. Retail is something we just can not do full time this year, but who is to say we can't strive for that? Retail will only be a small portion for now. I need to focus on the back and growing our business as it stands and expand.

There you have it. I'll be sharing with you the address and photos when they are ready....I am wiggling in my seat with excitement and total fear! Yikes!