Private label shopping – I’m feeling the pinch

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/30/2011 - 2:17 PM

So, I have decided to switch gears and check out private label brands. They are everywhere -- from store-brand coffee to exclusive lines of clothing. I am pleased to report that since I started I have been finding private labels to be both practical and economical.

Let’s take my refrigerator, for instance. My kids love bagels with cream cheese. My local supermarket had their brand of cream cheese available for $1 less than the leading national brand this week. Guess what? My kids didn’t know the difference. (bingo, mom just saved a buck!) Next it’s the cereal. A little harder to fool the kids with but that’s why they make great plastic containers – who needs the box anyway!

Now let’s head to my closet. I am not label-conscious (nor is the rest of my family) so it’s easy enough for me to disregard designer brands and opt for something that looks good on and feels good in my pocket. I recently read that Macy's derives 35 percent of its annual sales from its private-label goods and exclusive designer items by celebrities such as Martha Stewart and Tommy Hilfiger. Do I really need the UGGs?

Consumer Reports magazine consistently rates many store brands at least as good as the national brands. In many cases, they are manufactured by the same companies that make name brands. So, if you are like me and you are feeling the squeeze, why not try Private Labelling?


 (Patti K. is's vice president of business development. She has been with the company for almost seven years. Patti believes in love at first sight -- it's how she met her husband and how she feels about her two kids.)

Fragrance note hightlight: What is bergamot?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 1:59 PM

If you read through the notes on many fragrances, you'll notice bergamot is listed a lot. What exactly is bergamot, anyway? BERGAMOT

Bergamot is a citrus-scented essential oil extracted from the Citrus Beragamia tree, a native of Southeast Asia, but can now be found primarily in Italy and along the Ivory Coast. It is a popular aromatherapy oil and widely used in perfumes and colognes.

Bergamot is used to treat stress, depression, anxiety, anorexia, and a number of infections including skin infections like psoriasis and eczema. It is used to stimulate the liver, digestive system and spleen, and provide an overall lift to those suffering from a general malaise.

Popular fragrances that include bergamot are: Chanel No. 5, Shalimar by Guerlain, Angel by Thierry Mugler, Black Orchid by Tom Ford and Burberry The Beat, just to name a few.

Versace Bright Crystal a favorite at

Posted by Mariannes on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 4:42 PM

My favorite fragrance is Versace Bright Crystal. When I give it as a gift - it becomes the recipient's favorite also.

 When my youngest sister's birthday comes around (November 7th) she always wants me to replenish her Versace fragrances. The other night as I was walking into a restaurant, a young woman (now they all seem young) who I would imagine in her late twenties came rushing out and walked past me and turned around and said to me "you smell wonderful - what do you have on?"

 I get asked a lot by my friends what I am wearing. They love the scent and always say I smell good. This scent was originally suggested by our top-notch Quality Control woman, in which I value her opinion and suggestions. I get to work in close proximity to our Quality Control girls, which means I get to sample the fragrances and also get advice from these very knowledgeable ladies. 

 How lucky am I?

 Marianne S. has been at for 3 1/2 years and works in the accounting department.