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Out in the Streets with Ashley’s Back to Nature Day 50


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Wow, my 50th day blogging about Ashley’s Back to Nature natural and organic aromatherapy skincare products. My aim here with this daily blog is to let you know the ups and downs of running your own business and hopefully make people laugh out loud and maybe even learn a thing or two from my experiences. I’m also open to learning from you.

Today I made more bottles of  “Peace and Tranquility Perfume Oil” with bergamot, lemon, lime, blood orange, white grapefruit and eucalyptus essential oils. I used sweet almond oil as the carrier oil. It smells so refreshing and uplifting. I want to locate some exotic perfume bottles like one of the smart ladies I met here on this site, http://www.theperfumegarden.org. Her bottles are so enchanting, I like the scent before I can even smell what’s inside.

Out of all the products I make, I enjoy making the perfume oils the best. Probably because I become so captivated by the smells of the essential oils. It’s like a spiritual experience for me. At night when I’m chilling in front of the TV, I rub some of these essential oils on my feet, hands and pulse points and it’s intoxicating. I feel so lucky to have discovered essential oils.

Smiles til my next post,

Pamela  –  http://www.ashleysbacktonature.com

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Out in the Streets with Ashley’s Back to Nature Day 34


I’m  finding coming up with an interesting blog with a twist of humor everyday is forcing me to really use my brain. When I’m tired, like today, I can’t think. When I’m a grouch, like yesterday, my blogs sound somewhat morose. There are just days I don’t feel chatty, but I made a commitment to blog every day how I’m going to grow this aromatherapy biz and I try hard to be a lady of my word.

Today I noticed my Healing Bath, Feet & Shower Salts scented with lavender essential oil smelled flat, so I added a little more lavender and decided to mix in some peppermint. The combination came out smelling much more appealing. I will never try and sell a product I’m not happy with the final results. The nice thing about peppermint essential oil is it makes your body tingle and feel more alive. After adding the peppermint, I had to redo the label. I made a few more Whipped Creme Body Butter Lotions, my biggest seller, although my Rosehip Regenerating Face Serum is becoming a close second. Yeah hoo!

I’m still experimenting with creating a perfume oil that people will get excited about when they take a whiff and have to buy a bottle. I use jojoba oil as my carrier oil. I would never use alcohol since it dries out the skin. Jojoba oil won’t go rancid, so it has a long shelf life, it’s super nourishing for the skin and loaded with anti-oxidants that fight free radicals. I mixed at least six citrus oils along with some lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint, but there’s still something missing in the perfume. I’ll keep trying until I hit the jackpot.

After making more products and printing more labels, I put all my babies in my purple carrying case for a show tomorrow. That way I can sleep an extra 20 mintues. It’s Christmas eve, so I’m hoping there will be last minute shoppers where I set up in Murphy, NC.

After finishing my biz duties,  it was time to take a nice warm bath with my Healing Bath, Feet & Shower Salts. They relax my tired, achy muscles, improve my circulation, calm my nervous system while taking toxins out through the pores of my skin. I feel better now, ready to chill with the latest Woody Allen film, Midnight in Paris.

Hope everybody is getting ready for a nice Christmas with friends and loved ones.

Smiles til my next post,

Pamela – http://www.ashleysbacktonature.com

Out in the Streets with Ashley’s Back to Nature Day 12


I’m sitting here on my bed surrounded by labels that are screaming to be put on jars of KureAll Skin Balm and Rosehip Rejuvenating Face Serum, which I’ve made over the last couple of days. The jars can keep screaming, I’m going to blog.

Today went well, I went door to door selling to my regular clients. They love me and I love them. Selling to clients is much easier than going door to door to businesses and not knowing what you’re going to walk into, people looking at me as if I’m selling crack cocaine. I never go door to door to homes. The first door I would knock on would be a serial killer that hates women and nature.

The downer today came when I found out the new laser printer I purchased only prints in black and white. What is this, the year printers were first introduced? How lame. Why would anyone want a printer that only prints in black and white? The advertisement I saw for the printer, nor any material that came with the printer ever mentioned it was only a black and white printer. I had to haul the box up and down flights of stairs, felt like it weighed 100 pounds. Boy, was I fuming.

When I called and found out the printer didn’t print in color, I went a little crazy. All those hours wasted when I could have been putting labels on the jars that are screaming at me right now. I asked the lady from the Phillipines how I was going to be compensated for my lost time and aggravated back. She said she could send me a free 3 piece luggage set,  a set of speakers or a mystery gift. I opted for the 3 piece luggage set. When she started sounding like a staged script, I asked her nicely if we could just communicate with each other like normal people. I heard her chuckle.

Well, back to the screaming labels.

Smiles and sweet dreams til next time,

http://www.ashleysbacktonature.com

Out in the Streets with Ashley’s Back to Nature Day 5, 6, 7 & 8


I’ve missed a few days posting, so here’s a brief catch-up. Day 5 was Thanksgiving. I had a brief dinner with family members that don’t like me and vice versa, so after a quiet dinner, I came back to my room to make more products.

Day 6.. My first day selling at the flea market in Murphy, NC. I would estimate there were at least 100 vendors and what’s really great is whomever owns this piece of land, lets us set up for free. How nice is that? He even provides 2 out houses for us to use.  Unfortunately, there are huge mud puddles in this giant field, but there is plenty of room for the customers to walk around the mud. I wasn’t sure how folks in this part of the world would respond to natural and organic products, but to my great surprise,  I sold $165 worth of Ashley’s Back to Nature goodies. That made me happy. I made some friends, came home and rested for the next day to set-up out in the field of mud, hang with nice people and sell…sell…sell.

Day 7.. I went back to the flea market and had an even better day, selling $198 worth of Ashley’s Back to Nature products. I’ve found my new home. I’ll be setting up at this flea market on a regular basis as long as the weather is nice. Some of the folks at this market are very colorful, which I’ll be writing about in future blogs.

Day 8.. I stayed home today to clean and catch up on blogging, even though no one is reading my blogs yet. That will change.

Smiles and sweet dreams til next time.

Pamela Stanfield   –   http://www.ashleysbacktonature.com