You Know What They Say About Imitation

I hope you know by now that I am a loyal supporter of local business. I have built more than one, I frequent many and I support them all. I believe small businesses make our towns and cities stronger in many, many ways.  So imagine my surprise when another local business starting incorporating my product line into their business as if it were their own.

It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I can see the truth in that. I didn’t think much of it when they started offering lip balms and whipped shea body butter in brown containers with kraft labels. I didn’t think it was cool but whatever.  They crossed the line, though, when they introduced a flower shaped lavender bath fizz with lavender flowers on top. A few days later I was talking to another small business owner when they told me, this same shop is purchasing a duplicate item that they offer from one their former assistants.

Out of respect for the business, I emailed them and asked them to consider creating their own versions of products that have become synonymous with my shop and other local businesses.  I have yet to hear a reply.  Additionally, over Christmas they took to Twitter and bashed another local business because they didn’t hand make their products, somehow implying that if it isn’t made here it isn’t local enough.  I replied to their post by saying that all business supports our community and local businesses should be working together.  Competition can be healthy when done with respect and ethical practices. I am not sure how I said this in 140 characters but I did and as expected I never heard back from that one either.

I am happy to be someone’s inspiration but please take that inspiration and create your own niche. That is the entrepreneurial way. That is why I am supporting Eilise and Fizzy Bella Boutique (like her on Facebook if you haven’t already). Eilise came to me with her ideas of where she wants to take HER shop. Fizz is her inspiration but she will taking her shop on its own journey.  I respect her for that. I encouraged her to use the flower shape for the fizzes, so don’t be alarmed when you see them in her shop. She does this with my blessing.  Notice the difference? She asked. Simple concept I know.

So, yes, I guess imitation is the sincerest form a flattery.  When used as inspiration that is. But using another person’s ideas instead of your own creativity, not so much.  I have purposefully not named the offending shop in this post so as to not draw attention to them. Just be aware when shopping downtown that if you buy a flower shaped fizz in any other shop than Fizzy Bella (or authorized local shops like Rainbow’s End – I am not sure of Eilise’s plan for wholesaling), you are supporting a local business that does not support other local businesses.

Please comment to show your support. Maybe we can help this business find their own way.  To comment, simply click here or on the title of the post and the comment section will be at the bottom of the page.  Thank you!

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Pin and Win!

Do you love Pinterest as much as I do.  Well just pin and you can win!

Win $100 Fizz Bath Shop Gift Card and $100 Visa Gift Card simply by pinning your favorite Bath and Body Products.

Here is how it works:

  1. Create a Bath and Body Pinterest Board under the Hair and Beauty Category.  Pin a minimum (more is fine) 10 of your favorite products onto the board with a short description as to why you like them.  Four of those products must be from Fizz Bath Shop. Include the hashtag #fizzbathshop on the products from Fizz Bath Shop.
  2. Once your board is created, head over to Facebook and post a link to your board on our Facebook Page (you must like our page in order to post your link).
  3. Get your friends and family to like, follow and repin your board.  Any facebook likes, shares and comments will also count.
  4. The board with the most likes, follows, repins on Pinterest and Facebook combined will win. Nine runner ups will receive a $10.00 Fizz Bath Shop Gift Card.
Some rules:
  • Contest will run from April 1 – April 30, 2012.  Winners will be announced on May 15, 2012.
  • Only one entry per person. In the case of multiple entries the first board entered will be the one considered for the prize.
  • A minimum of 30 entries are required for prizes to be awarded.  If 30 entries are not received the top entry will receive a $50.00 Fizz Bath Shop Gift Card and the following top 9 entries will receive $5.00 Fizz Bath Shop Gift Card.
  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age.
  • If you need a Pinterest Invitation email “info@fizzbathshop.com”.
Have fun and let the pinning begin!

Beauty Tip: Chocolate vs. Bloating (Hint Chocolate Wins!)

Consider this a public service announcement. Studies show that consuming dark chocolate daily the week before and during your period will help reduce bloating.  The flavonoids in the chocolate helps to metabolize carbs faster and thus reduces bloating.

You are welcome.  🙂

 

Beauty Tip: Don’t Lose Your Marbles!

I love soaking my feet. There I said it. It is a secret pleasure of mine, especially after a long day. What do I love even more than a fantastic foot soak? A foot massage. Our house is pretty busy with two teenagers, so talking Way into giving me a foot massage at the end of the day is unrealistic – at least on most days. So I decided to combine my two favorite pleasures by simply adding some marbles.

Simply add some marbles of all shapes and sizes to your foot soak. Rub your feet along the marbles and feel the tension release. It is also effective in helping to rid your body of toxins. So soak and massage! Your day will end on the most wonderful of notes.

Beauty Tip: Turmeric for Glowing Skin

Turmeric is the natural herbal antiseptic. It effectively cleanses the skin, is effective in skin cell regeneration and improves the overall look of the skin.

Turmeric as a cleanser: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of Turmeric with 1 tablespoon of milk.  Use a cotton ball to apply to the face. Once the face is covered, use a clean cotton ball to remove any excess sediment. Let sit for  15-20 minutes then rinse with warm water.

Turmeric as a mask: Mix together, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon lemon powder and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric. Massage into the face for 2-3 minutes. Take a hot washcloth and apply over the face allowing the steam to penetrate. Repeat when cloth cools. The rinse with warm water and follow with a splash of cool water.

Beauty Tip: Time to Go Bare!

After a summer full of pedicures and bright nail polish, the fall is a perfect time to let your toenails breathe.

You might see some yellowing on your nails from your polish and that is why it is a perfect time to give them a break.  A nice little mixture to help with the yellowing is:  1 TBLS Hydrogen Peroxide & 2 TBLS Baking Soda.  Use a toothbrush and apply paste to the top and underside of your toenails. Let it sit for about 3-5 minutes then rinse off.

Try going without polish for a few months – your feet will thank you.

Beauty Tip: Sour Cream and Summer’s End

Now that summer is coming to an end, it is time to undo some of the damage we may have unknowingly done.  My first tip heading into fall includes a face mask to help with those brown spots that pop up from a little too much sun exposure.

Sour Cream (and all fermented milk) contain lactic acid, a type of alpha-hydroxy.  It is a key skin care ingredient because helps the skin retain moisture, is a natural exfoliator and it boosts the production of collagen.

Easy Mask:

Combine equal parts cottage cheese and sour cream and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Apply to face and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.  Use often. This remedy will take longer than any of your cosmetic solutions but it is all natural and your skin will be glowing along the way. You will start to see those brown spots fade in a month or two.

Beauty Tip: Beer Shampoo & Conditioner

There is a ton of protein in the beer’s malt and hops. Using beer will add both shine and body to your hair.

To begin,  it is important that the beer be flat. So open one the night before, take a few sips and leave the rest to settle.

Beer Shampoo:

Add about a teaspoon of beer to a tablespoon of your favorite shampoo. Then shampoo away. If you are feeling a bit daring, you can add an egg yolk for an extra protein blast. (Use the egg white as a mask before or after your shower.)  After rinsing your creation from your hair, add a bit more beer to your hair. Let sit for about 5 minutes then rinse thoroughly and follow with your beer conditioner.

Beer Conditioner:

Mix one cup of flat beer and a teaspoon of jojoba oil. Gently work through your hair. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse well.

It will take a bit of time but if your hair is looking dull and feeling lifeless, the results are worth it.

 

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