Friday, July 30, 2010

"Going Green"

People all around the world are recognizing the toll that the human race and its man-made creations are taking on our planet. Consequently, in the past few years, there has been a conscious move towards leading more sustainable lifestyles. This movement has been generally labeled, “Going Green,” and has brought about great change in every realm that has an impact on our lives- from the mini-market around the corner, right on up to the suits and ties in corporate America. Companies are realizing how serious and aware people are becoming about the quality of products that they are bringing into their homes and they are making adjustments, banks and other businesses are encouraging paperless bills, restaurants are changing their carry-out boxes and cups, the list goes on and on.

Throughout the week I have been asking you all your thoughts and suggestions regarding going green on both South of France Facebook pages. I’ve compiled your (Fans of South of France Natural Body Care and South of France Spa Naturals) responses and added a few of my own to create a list of suggestions for those of you that are trying to lead green lives.

RECYCLE!
Paperless bills
Water filters in place of plastic bottles
Use reusable grocery bags
Biodiesel
Natural cleaning supplies
Natural beauty products
Use of as many natural and organic products as possible- CHECK THE INGREDIENTS!
Shop at Farmers’ Markets or grow your own fruits & veggies
Monitor the quantity of products that you use
Walk, bike, and carpool as much as possible
Switching to LED lights
Solar panels on your house/solar cooking in your yard


***Also, check out this great article from the Worldwatch Institute: "10 ways to Go Green and Save Green."

Feel free to add to this list!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Become a Spa Naturals Preferred Partner!

Become a member of our new, Partner-based sales program, through which you can earn cash & other great rewards by referring Spa Naturals sales. Receive free product each month, earn cash incentives, win monthly prize drawings and compete with other Partners for trip for two to Paris, France in Spring, 2011.

Interested? Read our full program Terms & Conditions and if you think this is the right program for you, fill out the Application Form.

Best of luck and thanks for your interest in South of France Spa Naturals!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Facial Bar Friday!

This Friday, 7/23/10, I am offering the first 100 people who "Like" our fan page- South of France Spa Naturals- and complete the entry form a coupon for a FREE SPA NATURALS FACIAL BAR!

If you are already a fan of our page, don't worry, there will be many opportunities for you to win Spa Naturals products in the near future. However, should you take this time to spread the word about this giveaway, I'm sure that your friends will be forever grateful!

The coupon is ONLY available on Friday and will only be valid for those individuals 18 years of age & older who reside in the Continental U.S.


***ALSO, the Samples Samples Samples program will end TOMORROW! Check out the blog post and spread the word! YOU could be a winner!


Spread the word & stay tuned for future opportunities!

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Check out this great South of France plug!



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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Allow me to introduce myself...

We at Good Health understand the importance of connecting to our audience personally and making ourselves accessible to you all in as many ways as possible. That is why we have a presence in the blog world, on Facebook, Twitter and a couple more social networking sites. To take things a bit further, we have decided to unveil the "voice" behind most of our social media efforts, hence the title of this post.

My name is Archele and I'm a recent graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. I have a degree in Advertising from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and I am the Social Media Coordinator for Good Health Natural Products. That means I am here to engage with you and to share all that I am learning about this company and its three divisions, which all produce natural products.

I am the primary host of Good Health's three Twitter sites and Facebook fan pages: Good Health Natural Foods, South of France Body Care and South of France Spa Naturals. On those pages, as well as here on the blog, you will find fun facts, discussion questions, polls and the latest deals within the company. I hope that you will join me on my personal page as well!

Fan pages do not allow you to send personal messages and so if you have a question that you would rather not share with the rest of the Internet, send me a message on my personal page and we'll take things from there. I'm excited to hear from all of you!


Stay tuned for great things from Good Health!

Monday, July 12, 2010

June's Winners

South of France ran two contests last month, one for each line- Spa Naturals and Natural Body Care. I wanted to take a sec to acknowledge those winners who collectively won $2,000 worth of cash and prizes!

South of France Body Care "Twin Pack, Cash Back" Contest:

1st Place ($500 AMEX Gift Card): Michelle W. from Kernersville, NC
2nd Place ($100 SoF gift bag): Melissa S. from Lexington, NC
3rd Place ($50 SoF gift bag): Michelle 2. from Wickliffe, OH


South of France Spa Naturals FRIENDS Contest:

Winner of 10 spa kits ($450 value): Jennifer B. from Mechanicsville, VA



These four lucky individuals won big last month and you could win big too! Stay tuned to South of France via this blog, Facebook (South of France Spa Naturals and South of France Natural Body Care) and Twitter (SoFSpaNaturals and SoFNaturalSoaps)!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

SAMPLES SAMPLES SAMPLES

South of France has decided to give away 50 Spa Naturals samples! This is how it will work. For every 15 new followers that our South of France Spa Naturals Twitter page receives between today and Thursday, July 22nd, we will randomly give away a FREE South of France Spa Naturals sample kit. That means for all 50 samples to be given away, we need to reach 750 new followers in the next 2 weeks!

Spread the word and you could be a winner!



PLEASE NOTE: Winners must be 18 years of age and older and reside in the Continental US. One sample per household. You will be notified via Twitter direct message (DM) and must be following @SofSpaNaturals in order to receive the DM, and thus the prize. Once you have been notified, you will have 3 business days to respond, or we will select another winner in your place. All prizes will be shipped at the end of the contest, regardless of when your name is announced as a winner. Please allow at least 2 weeks to receive your sample.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Basic Guide to a CLEAN and healthy face

CLEANSERS ARE IMPORTANT

Whether you wear make-up, take daily jogs, or make frequent trips to the grocery store, your skin may be clogged with bad particles that are lurking in the air that we breathe every day. That is why facial cleansers are so important. A cleanser is a facial care product that is used to remove make-up, dead skin cells, oil, dirt and other types of pollutants. By unclogging pores, cleansers are able to promote healthier, clearer skin while preventing skin conditions such as acne.


CHOOSING A CLEANSER

There are a ton of cleansers in stores and online. When choosing a cleanser, or any other product, it is crucial that you check the ingredients to be sure that you are selecting a product that is free of dangerous chemicals that can harm your skin and body. An example of such ingredients are parabens. Parabens are commonly used as preservatives in skincare products, and have been linked to cancer. They come in many forms including, butylparaben, ehtlyparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben.

All-natural cleansers, such as those produced by South of France, use nature's safest ingredients to ensure a product that does its job as a cleanser without the risks of irritation and contamination presented by synthetic ingredients.



USING YOUR CLEANSER

A little goes a long way. Massage only a dime-sized amount of your cleanser onto your moistened face and neck, lather and rinse thoroughly. Use your cleanser daily- morning, night or both- for better results.


Make the use of your facial cleanser a HABIT now! Summertime often means more time outside, more sweat, more oil and more dirt! Be proactive and keep your skin CLEAN!



(Usage instructions apply to South of France Spa Naturals facial cleansers. Other products may have other directions)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fun in the Sun- Protect Yourself!

Fourth of July weekend begins tomorrow and many people will be cooking out, poolside or headed to the beach. This also means that people will be spending more time stuck in traffic; they will be spending more money on traveling expenses, and they will be spending more time in the sun.

Exposing yourself to the sun without using the proper precautions can lead to damaging effects on your body and skin, including but not limited to sunburn, melasma, sun spots and skin cancer.

While South of France does not currently produce sun screens, I wanted to emphasize the importance of sun protection; moreover, I wanted to share some NATURAL recipes for sun protection. Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles provides a number of all natural concoctions to protect oneself from the sun. Below are a couple that I found most interesting.


SUNSCREEN BODY OIL

1/4 CUP jojoba base oil
1/4 CUP neem base oil
1/4 CUP pure aloe vera juice
1/4 CUP sesame base oil
3 TEASPOONS vitamin E oil
1 TEASPOON anhydrous lanolin


Tourles writes:

Add all ingredients to a storage container. The aloe vera juice is water-based and will separate out (as if you were making an oil and vinegar salad dressing), so the formula must be vigorously shaken each time prior to use.

No refrigeration is required if the product will be used within 3 weeks. If refrigerated, the oil will keep for 4 to 6 months. It will thicken when chilled but will liquefy when allowed to warm to room temperature.

APPLICATION TIPS: Apply to the entire body immediately before and repeatedly during sun exposure. The base oils won't leave an oily film if massaged in thoroughly (unless too much is applied).

This recipe should yield approximately 1 1/8 cup




ALOE AFTER-SUN RELIEF SPRAY



1 CUP aloe vera juice
20 DROPS lavendar essential oil
10 DROPS rosemary (chemotype verbenon) essential oil

Tourles writes:

Place all ingredients in a storage container and shake well to blend. Please keep refrigerated and use within 4 to 6 months.

APPLICATION TIPS: Spray on skin as often as necessary.

This recipe should yield 1 CUP



These recipes are made to protect your skin without the harmful chemicals found in most products sold in stores. No time to make an all-natural sunscreen? Research to find sunscreens that contain the least amount of toxic ingredients as possible.

Keep these recipes in mind for your next vacation, but be sure to use SOME type of protection.

Happy Fourth of July!









Tourles, Stephanie. Organic Body Care Recipes. Storey Publishing. 2007.

Check out Stephanie Tourles' blog!