March 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
The end of 2010 marked the beginning of a G+P hiatus for me. I’m now the mom to an amazing 7-month-old little boy named Ryan. He is my healer.
The last year I’ve been absorbed in reading, talking and shopping everything organic. I adopted the attitude that “if it’s not organic, it’s crap”. I was learning to balance my new life role and with that I wanted to detox my body, and cleanse and purge everything in my beauty regime! So that’s what I did. I literally threw out hundreds of dollars of failed beauty products. Jar after jar of promises, tube after tube of hopes and pump after pump of dreams that all fell flat. I wanted nothing to do with these caustic brands I had been so loyal to, and in some cases, coveted. My plan was to replace them with organic, good for me, good for the earth, tree hugging, crunchy brands. I was on a mission!
Like a dutiful consumer I sought them out, researched, took referrals, read blogs, and then went shopping. I was determined that everything must go. My new beauty regime became a line up of letters and symbols. USDA, OTCO, PETA, … you get the idea. Then one by one, I put them aside, halfway used up and moved on. I didn’t realize the circle of events that was taking place. I got a wicked rash from a spendy all natural deodorant, my face popped a few pimples big enough for their own zip code, my hair was stripped from the No Poo shampoo I made myself, I’ve burned my eyes out on a face wash, I put up with a lotion that made me gag, and I stink!! I’m a beauty disaster! There I said it!
These “good for me” brands were just as disappointing as all the department store brands! That spendy natural deodorant broke this organic, environmentally friendly mama’s back! I couldn’t help but think, G+P is way better then this! WHAT. AM. I. DOING!?!
While it’s great if all your beauty products are organic, environmentally friendly and keep working their socks off for you, that has not been my experience. I NEED cute nails, gorgeous smooth hair, soft blemish free skin and I want to smell fantastic! Why should I have to sacrifice? With that, my friends, I re-launch G+P.
Be as kind to your skin as you can. What you put on your body goes in it. The product should work its little butt off for you, make you smell, look and feel like a million bucks! !
March 17, 2012 § Leave a comment
Where did I go? I had a baby. My attention shifted. I wasn’t balanced. I’m back, and so is G+P. Re-launch coming soon.
November 10, 2010 § Leave a comment
Oh Canada, my home and native land….
We are back again in Canada, and while it’s always great to see family and friends, I was hit by the realization that starting a skin care company is kind of a big deal! I never really thought of it that way. It was just something I wanted to do, had a passion for and I LOVE IT! LOVE IT!
I get so excited when I get to tell people about Grace & Pepper, I can feel myself glowing! If you’ve tried us and you like us, or heck, even if you don’t (gasp!), PLEASE help us spread the word? Write a review, add a comment on our facebook page or try us out if you’ve been sitting on the fence. We’re a small company, and if you’ve ever tried to go out on your own, you know that any little bit helps.
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October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment
Wow it’s been 2 months since our last blog post! It’s crazy how fast time flies, especially when we’ve been on the road.
Last month we paid a visit to my hometown of Toronto Canada. It was my first trip back in 2 years and it was great to see family, old friends, past colleagues, places and faces.
I spent a lot of time talking to people about Grace & Pepper, their skin care issues, daily cleansing routines and the problems they’ve been having with their skin. One clearly consistent theme was, “I have these little bumps”. What to do with these invaders? As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, how you treat your skin is how it will react. Treat it harshly and it will get mad, treat it with kindness and it will reward you.
A few people were skeptical about our product, after all it’s not sold at Macy’s or Holt’s, I’m not an Esthetician and really what do I know about skin care? A LOT. So give our system a try, what have you got to lose? Cleanse, tone and moisturize twice a day, and you just might find that you lose those “little bumps” a lot faster then you think.
~ By, Mel Knight
August 4, 2010 § Leave a comment
I am re-blogging this post from a fellow indie business. I think it encapsulates the core issues that the Safe Cosmetic Act is proposing and why it will be detrimental to small business owners. As I understand it, the bill also allows each and every state to jump on the band wagon and add additional requirements, making it impossible for small businesses to meet, let alone the paperwork nightmare.
Please take a minute to sign the petition against the bill. We are working hard to provide our customers with healthy, safe alternatives and choices for their personal care products. Your support is so important to us.
By: Mel Knight