Sacrifice?

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! !

Gratefully,

MK

Hello?

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.

Oh Canada!

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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We are always looking for suggestions, product ideas you’d love to see us add… or feedback on how our products are working for you!  Lets talk!

Cheers,

Mel Knight

Little Bumps

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

“Safe Cosmetics Act”

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.

http://personalcaretruth.com/2010/07/safe-cosmetics-act-not-so-safe-for-small-biz/

By: Mel Knight

Toner Rocks!

June 30, 2010 § 3 Comments

I recently read a blurb in Marie Claire Magazine where a dermatologist said that facial toner is a waste of money.  She based this statement on a fact that toner was originally designed to remove left over cleanser and the new cleanser formulations do not leave a filmy residue.

I beg to differ!!  While it is true that past formulations of cleansers did leave behind a filmy residue, and newer formulations do not.  Here are 3 excellent reasons to use a facial toner.

1)  It will remove makeup that you might have missed while washing, specifically if you wear foundation and blend up to your hairline.  Running a cotton pad of toner along your hairline will certainly grab that foundation you missed while washing.

2)  Our Grace & Pepper Calming Toner prepares your face for the next step in your routine, which should be a quality moisturizer.  The Lavender and Chamomile essential oil will calm your senses and help to relax your pores.  Plus it’s great if you want a mid day re-fresher to get rid of a mild oil buildup, or a mini cleanse before freshening up your makeup after the office but before cocktails.

3)  It’s good practice to have at a minimum 3 step routine.  Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize.

By: Mel Knight

If it’s expensive, surely that must mean it works.

June 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Growing up in Canada, I maximized every opportunity to sit in the sun and “work” on my tan.  On a trip to Hawaii several years back, I over-indulged and ended up with a pretty severe sunburn.

The damage is visible, and the color of my skin in that area has permanently changed… or so I thought.

I recently went on a personal experiment to discover if the claims of one very expensive department store brand night repair serum (which shall remain nameless) was going to deliver and produce any actual results.

This product claims it was based on 25 years of DNA research and I will see a DRAMATIC reduction in the visible signs of aging.  Ok I’ll buy that.  After all I’m sure they’ve done their homework considering the finality of the claim, how large the company is and the huge chunk of change it took out of my wallet.

For 30 nights, I religiously used this product before bed.  Gobbed it on, figuring more is more and more is good!  So more it was!

Each morning I surveyed the area, inspected, and evaluated my skin for any kind of difference, anything.  10 days come and go, 20, 30… and still no results.

So I continued on for another 30 days thinking that perhaps my skin was worse then their test subjects, giving them the benefit of the doubt … still nothing, and I’m out 75$ for 1 oz of this “magical” serum.

This product now sits on my increasingly cluttered shelf of skin care disappointment, which is really a shame, I had high hopes for it.  I’m disappointed in the clearly false claim, the price, and quite honestly the scent.  You would think for gouging me they could at the very least make it smell pretty.

I’ve now turned to Calendula (which can be found in our Grace & Pepper Bod Butter). Calendula has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, healing, and soothing properties for all skin types and can be used for a variety of purposes including burns (yes burns!), cracked skin, insect bites, diaper rash and even stretch marks!

Considering the amazing healing properties of Calendula essential oil, I have been slathering on the G&P All Over My Bod Butter … literally everywhere, including the tip of my ear I singed with my flat iron.  Best of all, IT WORKS and it doesn’t cost half a paycheck.  My chest and neck have started to show a decrease in clev wrinkle (embarrassing but true), and redness.  YAY.

We are working hard to get our All Over My Bod Butter ready for you, but just think, if this butter is so amazing, surely our other products are too!  See what everyone is saying on our  Facebook fan page and our product reviews. Everything is 30% off now until June 30th… check us out!

By:  Mel Knight

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