Archive for the ‘Your Thoughts’ Category

Holiday Preview Sampler

Friday, October 16th, 2009

     I’m so excited about the brand new sample bag of goodies that is currently available through the ANB Mall!  The last sample bag (The Spring Fresh Sample Bag – See my other post below) went over very well and we decided to have another round. This time around the focus is on ‘trying something new for the upcoming holiday season’. This is a great way to try many new products at once and see which ones will make perfect gifts for family and friends. The true unspoken beauty though is that it provides the owner with a way to have a full on spa vacation in a bag!  My suggestion is to pour yourself a glass of wine or a cup of herbal tea and take your bag of goodies to the bathroom. Draw a bath and lose yourself for the next couple of hours. There is everything you need in this bag to bathe, groom and beautify!

     One reason this bag is a no-brainer is the fact that one product, the full-sized Sea Cell Serum from Grateful Body, is worth more than you’ll pay for the entire sampler! You’ll receive this product PLUS 32 additional sample/travel-sized and full-sized products for just $34.24!  Why is it priced so low? Because we don’t want you to even hesitate, we WANT you to try these products because we know that once you do you will come back for more. All-natural beauty care is catching on for a reason, it’s a healthier alternative AND it works! This is your opportunity to try MANY wonderful products at one time to see for yourself why we so sincerely believe in this way of beautifying and grooming.

     The products in the bag have generously been provided by the following ANB Store Owners:

·          Jenulence
·          MelanSol Sunscreen
·          Dropwise Essentials
·          Moi Skincare
·          Evan’s Garden
·          Savannah Moon
·          Earth’s Beauty
·          Alexandra Avery
·          Grateful Body

Visit this link to see all of the products that are in the bag

There is a 2-bag per person limit, and you must be located in the US. Supplies are quite limited so please don’t delay in getting your Holiday Preview Sampler at just $34.24 plus $7.95 shipping and handling.  BUY YOURS HERE

Happy Pampering! :)


Spring Fresh Sample Bag!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

     I’m so pleased to see how popular the ANB Mall has become in such a short amount of time. It doesn’t hurt to be found at the domain But besides the great domain, it is a very special place to shop. Just like with our other ANB Sites, selectivity is a beautiful thing! Only truly natural businesses are welcome to set up shop there, making this mall a one of a kind opportunity to find ‘the real thing’ when it comes to organic and natural beauty care.

     It’s one thing to look through the many stores and decide on which products to try. But we decided to make it easy on our visitors and have a way of trying many products from many stores at one time. Thus, the Spring Fresh Sample Bag was born! This is our answer to your question of “Do you offer samples?” Right now, and for a very limited time, I can say “YES, WE DO!” :)

     Eleven of our merchants have come forward, offering a total of 25 products (some sample, and some full-sized) to be added to our cute lime green ANB Mall bag. This bag contains everything from toothpaste to body oil, plus sunscreen, mineral makeup, skin care and more! We began selling our bag one week ago and already we’ve sold 25% of them immediately. The first round of bags were packed and shipped today, and they are so fun! Each bag is wrapped up like a special gift, filled with separate goodies, some in their own cute little bags. In fact, they would make for a wonderful gift, especially at just $34.35 each (there is a 2 bag limit per person). There is also a shipping and handling charge of just $6.95.

     The amazing part about the price is that if you were to add up all of the actual items in this bag, they would be priced at $134.35. So you are actually saving $100! Just think if you were to go to each of these stores and purchase these samples. I’m sure that the cost of shipping alone would be at least $25. This is your opportunity to try several all-natural stores’ products at one time, in the comfort of your own home. You will be so glad that you did! I cannot recommend this bag highly enough, and being that there is a limited supply… I wouldn’t wait if I were you. ;-)

Products have generously been provided by:

·          Cosmetics Without Synthetics –

·          VedaSun –

·          Alexandra Avery –

·          Dropwise Essentials –

·          Ferro Cosmetics –

·          Sea Chi Organics –

·          MelanSol Sunscreen –

·          Monave Mineral Cosmetics –

·          Evan’s Garden –

·          Rosa y Fruta –

·          Shear Miracles Organic Salon & Products –

Purchase your Spring Fresh Sample Bag here:

See rotating photos of the products here:

It’s a Shear Miracle!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

     I want to share a wonderful experience that I had yesterday. A new manufacturer joined our site and new mall as one of our ANB Partners a couple of weeks ago. I had found her through a site for owners of green companies that I joined not too long ago. By pure chance I visited the site and saw Robyn’s profile there. Noticing that she was into natural beauty care and lived in my neighboring county I just had to find out more, so I contacted her. After thoroughly investigating her site, I was totally impressed by her. We spoke by phone and I felt comfortable with her immediately. She is such a warm, likeable person, and on top of that… she is completely passionate about ALL NATURAL BEAUTY!

     Now, let me give you a little background about my hair. First of all, while I am passionate about all-natural beauty care, I have not gone all natural with my hair color. I’ve rationalized that it doesn’t touch my scalp, I only get it done every few months, it’s the only thing I use for my beauty care that’s not all-natural, etc.. etc… etc.. But deep inside, I knew that it is not good to be using these toxic ingredients, anywhere. It’s not good for the health, and it gives money to those that are not creating natural products. This whole thing has been even worse in the fact that I have not been able to find a hairdresser that can make my hair color the way I want it to be! My hair has been looking terrible for quite awhile now, dried out, wierd colors, and plain ol’ ugly! So here I was, using toxic harsh chemicals, and for what? Ugly hair???

     So this is where my new friend Robyn comes in! Turns out, she is a hairdresser, as well as a manufacturer of all-natural beauty products! On her site, she has the option of getting some free literature. So I asked her to send that to me. It came within a couple of days, and I was very impressed once again! I was able to learn about her products indepth, and her missions and goals. When I found the coupon for $10 off my first service the light went on and I just knew that I had to go meet Robyn and have her use her wonderful products on my hair. She had told me about this fabulous professional line of hair color that she uses. She is a representative for the company, and travels around teaching salons and spas how to work with it. While it is not a 100% natural line, it is non-toxic and treats the hair in a much more respectful way. The hair gets healthier and healthier because it doesn’t dry out the hair or make it super porous the way usual bleach and color does. Needless to say, I was very excited about trying this out for myself. Especially since I really had nothing to lose!

     When I emailed Robyn, I asked about getting an immediate appointment (that’s just how ready I was!). Turns out that Robyn is so popular that it usually takes at least a couple of weeks to get in to see her. I was so thrilled when she sent me an email when she got a cancellation, and my appointment turned out to be sooner than expected. Turns out that her shop is temporarily situated in her mothers shop in beautiful Lancaster, PA. I entered to find Robyn finishing up with her client. I had also seen another client leave when I arrived. Both heads of hair were beautifully done, which alleviated any fears. I sat down and found the soft Celtic music playing and the gorgeous scents from her nebulizer to be so relaxing! There was a wonderful feel to the place, filled with joy! Robyn was very welcoming to me, and I felt very comfortable immediately.

      When it was my turn, I showed Robyn a picture in a magazine that she had there. I showed her the picture of the natural looking blond on the page and said that was exactly what I’m looking for, including the cut. The style that I went in with was basically what you would call ‘no style at all’. It just hung there, looking terrible, not enhancing anything. Plus, she even said that she saw tinges of green in there! Eeeek! I new that I enjoy going green with my lifestyle… but not with my hair color! We talked about the options, and what became clear was that I needed the works. Not only would I need highlights, but I needed to start by coloring the whole head of hair first with a medium golden brown tone. Needless to say, this is a time consuming process. I asked Robyn if she had time for all of this and without hesitation she said of course. I assumed by her answer that she meant she had no more clients for the day, and I felt comforted knowing that I would get what I needed.

     Robyn began by mixing up the color and began putting it through my hair in sections. My initial visceral reaction was to get ready to not breathe fully, as everyone knows how much hair color products… well, they stink! Here’s where the huge surprise came in… it smelled fabulous!!!!!! No stinging eyes, no respiratory problems, just beautiful soft scent! It was put directly on my scalp, yet there was no stinging, no itching, nothing! Once the product was on, she placed me under the hair dryer for about 10 minutes. Then it had a cooling off period. Somewhere along the line, another client did come in. It was a man that came in for a haircut. He left, buying products for him and his wife, scheduling his next appointment. Another happy client. Also at some point, Robyn’s mother came in and was assisting wherever she could. Robyn worked the other client right in like clockwork. Robyn shampooed my excess color out. This was my chance to experience Robyn’s fabulous Shear Mirables shampoo. She used the ‘Wild Child’ version which is for adding volume to my fine hair. Smelled great! The next step was for my hair cut. Robyn duplicated the photo exactly, even making subtle adjustments for my hair type. She is so good, very confident, experienced, and I never doubted anything she did for one second! At this point another client came in and Robyn told her that she would be a bit late. The client went off with Robyn’s mom to look at some photos that she brought.

     Next came the highlighting, again, no bad smells, no allergic reactions, it was so unbelievable! Again, I was put under the hairdryer. Another client came in somewhere along the line. I remember at one point, Robyn’s mother brought over the bowl of hair product to put onto one of the other clients about 4 feet away from me and that visceral ‘get away from that’ feeling came upon me again. Then I realized, oh yeah, I’m in an organic salon. I don’t have to fear here! :) I breathed freely, and realized in that moment that this is the salon of the future. This is the gospel that I have been spreading, THIS is where I want to be! Another client eventually came in and I realized there were now 4 of us, and only 1 hair dresser! But Robyn just kept going like the Energizer Bunny, being her sweet and fun self, performing her magic all around me, while the soft Celtic music played on, and the mood stayed happy and relaxing.

     I felt bad that I was making others late for their scheduled appointments, but Robyn said that she always gives her best to her clients, and they know that sometimes she may be slightly late for them. But they will get the same full attention, and all that they need. They were all very nice about it, and the comeraderie among the clients made me realize that this was a great salon, and a great reflection of Robyn. It also made me realize how wonderful an atmosphere without toxic chemicals can be for the spirit. I remember many a salon or spa that I would be in and I couldn’t wait to get out because I just couldn’t take one more perm or color going on to someone next to me, or even  several feet away. Most salons are very toxic. I just hope that others will catch on and go the way Robyn has gone! I know that it will happen, but it just can’t happen soon enough.

     Well, the last step of the process was the great reveal of my new look. My color was rinsed out, this time I also got to experience the Shear Miracles Wild Child conditioner as well as the shampoo… yummy! I sat down in Robyn’s chair again, as she began blow drying everything into shape. She did something that most hair dressers don’t take the time to do… educate! She told me to pin the top portion of the hair up while I blow dried the bottom layers, then work up. Makes sense, how come no one else has pointed this out? She is so special! Once the hair was styled I took a look in the mirror and felt simply beautiful! My look was so much more youthful and vibrant. The hair looked shiney and healthy, and the color… perfection! If you held the photo from the magazine up to my head you would have said it was identical. Man oh man is she good!

     I ended up purchasing the mousse that she used, along with the shampoo and conditioner. Can’t wait to try them out! As I was leaving, I said goodbye to the room of all my new friends (3 clients sitting around the room in various stages of hair processing) and Robyn and her mother, when someone asked, Did you want to book your next appointment?” I thought, “Hmmm, I never know when I’m going to need it this far in advance”. So I asked “Do you think I should?” The entire room in unison said “YES”. I thought that was so funny. But I also thought 2 things at once. First of all, they know that she is so good that you need to book in advance to get one of her prized spots. Secondly, even after they were all kept waiting for their appointments, they still LOVE Robyn and know, as do I, that they have found one of the best kept secrets in all of Lancaster County… Robyn of Shear Miracles!

     Needless to say, I have found my new hair dresser. And I am now a complete convert to this line of non-toxic coloring products! To learn more about these products that Robyn represents, please contact her at 717-431-7422 or 888-223-7986. Also, make sure to learn more about her own line of Shear Miracles Skin & Hair Products at her website:  If you go to one of those old fashioned toxic salons, please share this information with your hair dresser. You could be saving lives!

Blessings to you and yours,


anb Mall Now Open For Business!

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

On 8-8-8 the ANB Mall opened for business at!

What’s the difference between this site and the anb Portal or US ‘all natural beauty’ website?

This site is all about choice and selection, as well as making sure that you find the products that you are looking for. While our past sites have been sticklers for ‘all natural’, this site invites those with a few naturally derived ingredients. In the past, we’ve had to turn many great companies down because they did not meet our ultra-strict standards for listing each and every ingredient on their site, and not having a product line that consisted of mostly 100% natural products.

While we still care deeply about those with chemical sensitivities and those seeking 100% natural, we know that many of you just want a more natural alternative to the standard fare of ‘beauty’ products out there. There are many properties of the ‘derived’ ingredients that unfortunately cannot be attained by all-natural. Therefore, you will find everything from 100% pure to products that are ‘purer than most’ in the mall. The way to see if a company is part of our ‘all natural beauty’ Portal or US site is to look on their storefront window. If you see the anb Partner Seal (A beautiful green leaf design) you know that they have passed stricter standards than the others on the site. But this in no way diminishes what the others have to offer! We have hand selected each and every store on the mall to make sure that they are awesome companies making awesome products! You’ll even be able to search for specific brands and products with the Search feature on the Home Page.

We hope that you will enjoy this new mall, and tell your friends about it. To make it even more interesting and fun, you’ll find monthly articles from our friends Li Wong (Solarkat’s Eco Blog) & Pennie Mills (Ladies Blend). These gals are passionate about their subjects, and we know that you’ll enjoy what they have to say. There will also be monthly special offers, and much more. So please visit today, and remember to share this site with those you love! And remember… there are no escalators or parking spaces to find. You can be there in seconds! :)

Now let’s get shopping! or



See our Full Press Release here:

Help support small cosmetic businesses and suppliers!

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Hi everyone

Sharon (owner of All Natural Beauty website and portal and forum) asked me to post about the FDA Globalization Act of 2008 so I am cross-posting an entry from my blog (Solarkat’s Eco Blog) here on the ANB blog! Please help support small cosmetic businesses and suppliers like many of the businesses that are partners of all natural beauty website and portal, or like SharAmbrosia (Sharon’s wonderful all natural spa store).

Sharon has also written more information on this legislation that is going through Congress (the House), and has provided a list on who to contact to stop this legislation!

ANB information click here

Please sign the petition (see info below) and write to Congress by this Tuesday August 5th! We need your support!


From my blog (

Please read about and sign a petition against the FDA Globalization Act of 2008. If passed, this legislation would mandate huge annual registration fees (at least $2000) and import fees (at least $10,000), which would greatly affect many existing and new small cosmetic businesses and suppliers (This legislation could cause many small businesses to go out of business. Many companies would not be able to afford the yearly fees. Also the majority of natural ingredients like essential oils, carrier oils, hydrosols, and herbs are grown/made in other countries, which would affect many suppliers). It would also affect consumers who love hand crafted products and who like supporting small businesses (less of a choice of natural and hand crafted cosmetics, and also huge increases in prices since small business companies and suppliers who pay the fees would have to increase prices to stay in business).

This is an issue that I am really concerned with as a long time crafter, a new small business owner, and a supporter of small businesses (many of which are usually family or woman owned or that are usually more ecological and social conscious, or that focus on natural cosmetics). Most of my favorite companies and suppliers are small businesses. Though I support more regulation of the cosmetic industry to increase safety in cosmetics, and support some (but not all) of the proposals in this legislation (like required registration of companies and listing of all ingredients in a product or following good manufacturer practices, which many small companies already do) I do not support the annual fees since they do not take into consideration the situation of or affect it will have on small cosmetic businesses and suppliers, especially the all natural and natural based cosmetic industries.

For more information on the issue or what you can do, check out Indie Beauty’s business blog and forum below (the owner of Indie Beauty Network, Donna Maria, is a well known natural cosmetics author and was a D.C. attorney). Sign their petition on the blog and also write to congress (the House, especially to the representatives on the energy and commerce committee) and tell them what you think! Read Indie Beauty’s forum for in depth discussion of the issue, and viewpoints of cosmetic owners and suppliers.

Link to the House’s Energy and Commerce committee (to read the draft of the proposed law)

Thanks for reading, and please support small cosmetic businesses and suppliers!

Welcome Montel Show Viewers!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

     I’d like to say a big welcome and thank you for visiting our site! We’ve all been so happy with the response to the Living Well segment that included our audience spa gifts (which re-aired today). We have such a fabulous community of friends here, and I hope you’ll feel welcome and want to come back and visit often.

     Make sure to check out our forum, where there is a beautiful commeraderie amongst the visitors. No question is ever too small. It seems that everyone is at different levels of understanding about all-natural beauty care, and that’s okay! It’s all about sharing and growing. We’re here to help you. If you have a question about skincare or ingredients, we have experts standing by to answer your questions too. Just send them to

     To those of you that are looking for great all-natural beauty products, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve hand-selected all of our vendors based on the purity of their products and their consumer friendly websites and practices. Start your search by clicking on Products at our site.

     Stick with us to find the ‘real thing’ in natural and organic beauty care. There are always new and wonderful things happening around here, so stay tuned! To sign up for the E-News (our monthly e-newsletter), please visit: Your info is safe with us, and there will never be any spamming or other such annoyances. :)

So glad you found us!

Many blessings to you,


Founder/Director of the ‘all natural beauty’ website 

Montel Williams Show Gift Package

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

     We were so fortunate at the beginning of this month to be contacted by one of the producers of the Montel Williams Show. She asked if we would be interested in supplying gifts to the audience members for one of their shows about ‘Living Well: Looking and Feeling Your Youngest’.

     Well of course this is right in line with what we are all about, and of course exposure like this is a Godsend! I took it straight to our anb Partners (the wonderful individuals/companies that offer their fabulous products and services on our site). The response was overwhelming to me in that ten of them signed up and came through like champions. After receiving hundreds of products in the mail from them, we are now prepared to send out exquisite gift packages to each audience member once their gift vouchers are received. They will be treated to the likes of an all-natural spa treatment like they’ve never experienced before! The packages include soaps, scrubs, moisturizers, lotions, Himalayan bath salts, shampoo, candles, mineral makeup, even tanning lotion!

     I’d like to personally thank the anb Parnters that participated in this. They all deserve big hugs and lots of extra business…

Monave Mineral Cosmetics

Sea Chi Organics

Solay Wellness

Healthy Scents


Rosa y Fruta

Bath Body Spa Pampering Essentials

Sensatia Botanicals

Bear Creek Candle Company

     The show filmed yesterday, and the producer said that the audience was very excited about the gifts that they will be receiving. This makes us all so happy! :)   Hooray for the Montel Show for offering this kind of healthy beauty care to their audience members. This was a win/win situation for all of us. Stay tuned… I’ll keep you posted as to the air date of the show.

All the best,


Nice Article Written about All Natural Beauty Products

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

     It was my pleasure to help out a nice young writer from the College of New Jersey named Katie Nelson recently. She was kind enough to direct me to the article and I’d like to share it with you. I love helping anyone when it comes to seeing the light about going all-natural, especially young people that have their whole lives ahead of them. I feel that you can’t get started using organic products soon enough. Way to go, Katie, and thanks for a great job! :)

Here’s the article:

What a weekend!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

After many months of preparation, the Jeanne Rose Blending Workshop took shape and became a fabulous moment in time for all that attended.  It began with a rainy night, as the students arrived one by one just after 6:00 pm. They were invited to grab a nice warm cup of tea (SharAmbrosia Dreamland or Sunny Day, of course! :)  and settle in. I could sense the excitement that they all had, I should say, that we all shared. Jeanne isn’t just another teacher, she is the master of the subjects that she teaches. She offers decades of wisdom about herbs and aromatherapy. I guess you could say “She wrote the book on herbs and aromatherapy”. In truth, she’s written over 20 books on these subjects! It was a beautiful time to be having the class, as the colors of the fall season were at their peak. The event was held in our home in PA, near Reading. We are situated in what used to be part of the camp next door. In fact it was their lodge at one time. So I guess you could kind of picture the big cozy stone fireplace, lots of wood beams and floors, pine trees galore outside, etc…

The first night we worked on the foundation of blending essential oils. The hows and the whys, weights and measurements, and we even did some hands-on experimentation, passing our formulas around the room to see which ways of blending had what effects. It gave us a great place to start the next days class.

Saturday morning the class formed again, bright and early at 9:00 am. The rain continued coming down, and this time it made for a cozy time as we watched it fall outside through the big windows. We were all given workbooks the night before, and we began creating our own blends. The countertop next to where we sat was filled with a long row of tiny glass vials filled with different essential oils. This was an all-natural beauty enthusiast’s dream, the chance to choose between so many exotic oils! One by one, Jeanne would discuss the purpose of each blend, whether it be therapeutic, for perfumery, for respitory, for emotions, or for skincare, interspersed with stories about her colorful past. Did you know that she was a tailor for the Jefferson Airplane back in the sixties? She’s got a million stories, and they are all fascinating!

Around 1:00, just like magic, the sun came out and put a most beautiful glow on the lake outside, as we formed the salad bar line. Each student made her own healthy salad and made her way out to the deck. This was a great chance to mingle, eat, and talk about how fun it was to get together with like-minded people. After lunch we went back to work, blending and learning. Did you know that Orange peels should not be thrown into the compost pile? It kills micro-organisms and even the earth worms! This is one of those little facts that I learned this time around. Who knew?

The actual class ended at 4:00, but most stuck around to ask more questions and to have Ms. Rose sign their books. At 5:00, most of us headed out to a restaurant (a historic inn) up the street. We had a nice big table booked upstairs in a private area where we feasted on beautiful meals, and had wonderful conversation. It was a great chance to be with eachother and Jeanne in a comfortable, elegant atmosphere, away from the classroom.

Sunday began once again right at 9:00 (Jeanne is known for being ‘on time’, which is appreciated by everyone). We tucked away our tea cups and began the day learning about blending, and creating our scented masterpieces. The schedule went the same way as the day before, with lunch again at 1:00, and ending exactly at 2:00, when we got back to work and finished up the class at 4:00. All of the students bought books, most bought Jeanne’s essential oil kits (she offers several different types that are categorized into various needs like the ‘Womens Care’ kit, the ‘Sports Relief’ kit, ‘Colds & Flu’ etc..), and most bought various SharAmbrosia all-natural beauty products from a special table that we’d set up at the back of the room. All of the products were wrapped with care and handed out at the end of the class along with an Aloe vera plant as my way of saying ‘thanks for attending’. The room absolutely glowed with good feelings as we all parted, knowing that we’d made many new friends that weekend. While I was a bit tired for the next several days, I felt really great! I’ve been in contact with almost every one of the students since, and have made plans to see many of them again in the near future.

If you ever get a chance to take a Jeanne Rose workshop, my advice would be to not hesitate, just sign up! You will be in great company, and in the presence of a master herbalist, aromatherapist, teacher, author, and a most awesome lady! What a weekend! :)

 See the photos from the Blending Workshop

To learn more about what Jeanne Rose offers, visit:

Press Release for All Natural Wholesale 8-5-07

Monday, August 6th, 2007

SharAmbrosia Sets the New Standard Once Again as it Launches the First Completely Natural Product Website for Retailers and Spas