Baking soda as a cure-all ... who knew?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 2:50 PM

We are having skunk issues in our neighborhood. Even the local newspaper has written about the influx of skunks. I've seen them scurrying around at night, and smelled them on several occasions this summer. I knew it wouldn't be long before my outdoor cat ran into one. It happened last weekend.

We bought some pet-store solution and rubbed it on him a few times, to no avail. Turns out the old home remedy of baking soda, peroxide and dish soap finally did the trick.

This got me thinking about baking soda. Apparently there are zillions of uses for this stuff -- other than sitting in the back of the refrigerator like at our house.

Baking Soda and Personal Health

Use as toothpaste
Relieves insect bites
Soothes diaper rash
Eases heartburn
Freshens breath
Relieves canker sores
Soothes bee stings

Household Uses for Baking Soda

Eliminates odor from dishrags
Use it in your vacuum
Air freshener
Insect repellant
Gardening agent
Elimates odor from cat litter
Cleaning agent

The list goes on and on. Apparently baking soda is amazing. And it did wonders for my cat.

New product at FragranceNet: Not your average flat iron

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/24/2011 - 5:33 PM

I don't know about you, but my hair is wavy. To straighten it takes a long time, especially using a hair dryer. If you don't dry your hair all the way through (I have thick hair, too), all your straightening efforts have gone to waste.

These days I just don't put in the time. I have learned to embrace my wavy locks. However, every once in a while I'll feel the need for the straight and narrow, and drag out the hair dryer. Not anymore.

Sure, flat irons have been around a while, but FragranceNet just got a new one in stock, one that seems to be fairly popular - the Babyliss Pro Nano Flat Iron. This flat iron is a little different in that it straightens hair up to 40 percent faster, and you can use it on wet hair! I'm sorry, but this is a must-have in my household. And apparently in Angela's, too. (Pictured here)

Chinese fragrance market slow but strong

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/23/2011 - 5:48 PM

Did you know that fragrances aren't considered a basic necessity in the Chinese beauty market? In fact, fragrance only accounts for one percent of an expected 100 billion yuan in 2011. While this may sound discouraging for perfumers, it's not, according to this article in China Daily.

It's not that the Chinese market doesn't want the products, it's just that the pace is slower than usual.

"In our consumer research, we found that lots of consumers love the design and the scent of fragrances, but they're not in the habit of using them every day," Ghislain Devouge, general manager of P&G Prestige Greater China, told China Daily.

According to the article, consumers in China prefer light florals over heavier fragrances. The lighter florals connect with them on an emotional level. This is why Cody's Cool Water cologne is still a very popular choice in the Chinese market.

Read the entire article here.