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My Departure From The Salon Industry | Grace Green Beauty Full Time

Aug 14 2015

My dearest friends,   It is with mixed emotions—an eager heart, hopeful anticipation, joy, trepidation, and yes, sadness and fear—that I pen this post informing you of my departure from the salon industry.    I’ve been honored to work alongside a cast of excellent colleagues, all the while being granted so many opportunities to grow and develop not only in my career, but personally as well.  For more than a decade, it has been an honor, privilege and delight to provide hair and beauty care for friends who have become like dear family members.  Over the years I have looked forward to seeing many of you on a regular basis, refreshing not only your outer beauty, but hopefully your inner beauty too, as you’ve done for me by sharing yourself and pouring into my heart and soul.  Together we have celebrated all of life’s joys—weddings, births (three of my own!), graduations, career successes and yes, sadness.  Thank you—each and every single one of you–for your support during my time with Kim Harper and during Grace Green Beauty’s launch and formative years.  Your guidance, support, encouragement, comfort, and moreover friendship, have kept me strong.  A million thanks to you.  I treasure the time we’ve shared together.  You’ve all become a part of me, and by virtue of that—a part of Grace Green Beauty.   If you know me, then you know my passion is to serve others, my family and beauty.  I’ve been graced with such an amazing opportunity by way of Grace Green Beauty, allowing me to combine all three.   Words cannot convey the pure joy I derive in providing you with honest, holistic beauty products. Thank you for believing in and trusting me.   It’s supremely important to me that we stay in touch. I invite you to accompany […]


The Buzz on DEET. Nature vs. Pesticide

Jul 10 2015

What is DEET? Deet (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide), a slightly yellow chemical oil, is a common active ingredient in insect repellent. Over the last 45 years, billions of people worldwide have used various forms of DEET to effectively repel mosquitos. But before your next slathering or spritzing of conventional bug spray, read on. The History of DEET The origin of DEET is credited to the United States Army. It was formulated in response to the Army’s jungle warfare experiences of World War II. Originally tested as an agricultural pesticide, the Army implemented the widespread use of DEET in 1946. The chemical became available to the public in 1957 with the mass production of creams, lotions and aerosols. Today, over 33% of the U.S. population utilizes a DEET-based application in one form or another. How DEET Works DEET was originally believed to block the olfactory senses of insects, thereby prohibiting the detection of humans via the sense of smell. However, recent studies at the University of California have proven the chemical’s smell is actually the deterrent. A 2013 study conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found DEET works very well with the product’s first application. Subsequent applications, however, have proven to be less effective, as mosquitos’ tolerance to the chemical’s scent increases. Is DEET really safe? Although recognized and approved by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), the use of DEET is not without controversy. Health and environmental warnings abound regarding the chemical. There have been reported incidences of toxicity exposure. Neurological symptoms include: dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, seizures, and even death. Additional potential side effects include: birth/developmental risks, kidney/liver damage, neurotoxicity, and dermal irritation. The CDC does not recommend use of DEET in children under two months of age, and the suggested usage on children ages […]


The Stretch Mark Truth

Dec 22 2014

Stretch marks. Every pregnant woman’s enemy! When I was pregnant with my first child, I went to all lengths to prevent stretch marks. What I am about to confess will surely have you questioning my sanity! OR, maybe…you will wonder why you didn’t think of my idea. I guess it just depends on how much you fear(ed) stretch marks!!! My first pregnancy came as a surprise. At 20 years old, little did I know that stretch marks were the least of my worries! Oh to go back to that time. If only I could tell my young self that there would bigger fish to fry than a few stretch marks imposing on my perfect skin! Never the less, here it is, for your entertainment (and my embarrassment). I would start nightly routine by lathering jojoba oil over every inch of my body. Next, I would call my sister into the room. God knows, she is the only one I could allow to see this ridiculous routine. She would hold the saran wrap while I twirled round and round until my entire trunk was wrapped up like a saran covered mummy! I would leave my mummified body to soak in the oil for the next 4 or 5 hours! 9 years, and 2 more kids later… I am thankful that I took great care of my skin while pregnant, but even more thankful for the knowledge I have acquired! Much has been learned, and I have much to share! While hydrating and feeding your skin can help limit or reduce stretch marks, sometimes, there is nothing that can prevent them completely (sigh). Stretch marks happen when your body grows faster than your skin can keep up with. This causes the elastic fibers just under the surface of the skin to break, […]


My Secret Summer Recipe

Jul 25 2014

Did you know that most insect repellants on the market today are loaded with toxic chemicals, including the pesticide DEET? DEET is so poisonous that even the Environmental Protection Agency says you should wash it off your skin when you return indoors, avoid breathing it in and avoid contact with your the face. I won’t bore you with my 150,000 reasons to avoid using toxic bug sprays, just trust me… you don’t want to use this junk on yourselves, your children or your pets.