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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Your daughter’s home from school!  Woo hoo!

For how long?  Is she going off to camp?  For just the day?  Or is it time for her weekly getaways? Always so hard.  I get it, and you’ll never stop missing her while she’s away.  One thing that helps, just a little bit?  Mommy and me skincare.

Because fragrance is memory,… and fresh natural luxury skincare and luscious fragrances seem too wonderful a secret to keep to yourself.

I know you want to share the dreamy pleasures of beautiful gentle products with your family and friends, and this includes, above all, your daughter (younger sister, niece, granddaughter, god daughter, or any special lovely young girl in your life) who loves fragrances and skincare products made just for her, sweet juicy love in a bottle or jar to nurture her skin.

You’ll love them too of course!

We’ve created two luscious Mei Mei et Maman (Mommy and Me) fragrance collections… → Read more

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Comments Off on Are You in Love with Florals?

written by Raulla S. Mitchell If you’ve always loved florals, this is your season. You instinctively understand why florals are traditionally regarded as the most cherished romantic fragrances.  And, is there anything that celebrates the feminine essence more than florals when you’re thinking of special Mother’s Day gifts for the women in your lives, and maybe that includes you?  Florals elegantly express your love for the woman who gives you so much everyday and will be in your heart always. “She cast her fragrance and radiance over me.” from ”Le Petit Prince”, Antoine de Saint-Exupery  → Read more

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

If you feel as if you’ve been hibernating most of the winter, the last thing you may want to think about is making sure to get enough sleep now that spring is here.  You’re ready to burst forth and enjoy, greet your neighbors, catch up with friends over outdoor lunches, and spend evenings out after bitter chills and early sunsets have kept you indoors for too long.

I dream of taking my beloved ’98 S70 lipstick red Volvo out for a spin, give her a turbo thrill anywhere but 30 mph Valley View Road (and I don’t mean 32 or 35 mph which is pushing a speeding ticket).

This I can no longer do.  She was forced into retirement last May when one of her cylinders unexpectedly went down.  I was in deNile, in part because everything else about her was perfect.  I don’t want to believe she’s gone.  Even now, I sometimes look for her in parking lots, wondering who might have brought her home, fixed her up, and now takes her out for a spin.

I wanted her back the moment I felt with little choice but to replace her with a computerized black Volvo S60 that has a bazillion features (of which I still have minimal comprehension), and lacks her colorful personality.  Without my Mimi magnets, I feel a little guilty saying this, but she’d be just another black car in a sea of black cars, undistinguished from all the others.

She’d been huffing and puffing (running rough they call it) for about a week before I took her in to Borton, thinking she might need new spark plugs. Don’t all of us older gals need new sparks from time to time?  Made sense.  Unfortunately, the problem lay deeper.  When we’re not on all cylinders, it’s a serious problem, one I wasn’t prepared to face.

Dan at Borton Volvo service told me to have a stiff drink and say goodbye.  She was no longer safe.  She could blow at any moment.  What does that even mean I remember wondering.  Would she just stop without warning on the freeway?  Would she blow up?  I didn’t feel she’d betray me in that way.  She’d give me a few signs.  Dan continued to impress upon me the severity of the safety risk.  It could be a day, a week, a month, maybe a year.  I didn’t want to let her go, but I couldn’t continue to hold on.  I drive my daughter around town.  Safety’s a big deal.

So, I took photos.  I stood next to her.  Wherever she went from the Borton Volvo lot, she remains ever in my heart.  I’ve not yet had the stiff drink, and don’t really think it would have worked anyway.  She was bigger than that.  She grows more special in her physical absence from my life.

I’ll never feel the same about another car.  She was my first Volvo, my signature red, a boxy handmade Swedish girl who developed a distinct personality with age, and carried on even after I blew out her ignition one winter, and someone pushed her gently in a parking lot, leaving a subtle barely remarkable dent in her otherwise perfect frame.  She proudly wore my kissing Mimi magnets till the end.

One never knows, but I can’t imagine ever feeling quite the same about my new (to me) Volvo S60 on whom Mimi blowing her kiss to passersby seemed sadly faded.  My new Volvo demanded new magnets. That’s the thing about changing one thing – other things seem suddenly old.  And who I am to judge.  I’m getting older too.  My parts will wear out.  Where will I go?  She deserved better.  I acted in haste.  I wished she were back.  It was too late.

I digress.  Besides, if I count out the years, I’ll have a few more Volvos enter my life.  Or I’ll leap into a hybrid.  Just must remind myself to get ready and prepare for it emotionally next time.

Back to our theme of beauty sleep.  Cherie, now is when you need your sleep more than ever, to handle the ups and downs of life, hopefully more ups…

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

“Do not fear to make changes.  When it is making headway, a boat may rock.”  Chinese proverb

At today’s yoga class, my instructor’s words focused on breaking through our fears.  Yes, we fear that we may topple over in a pose (or in life), but break through this fear, just try it.  Fears created and sustained by our minds seek to disempower us, while yoga seeks to free our minds of fear, anxiety, worry, and breathe into the present moment of life free from self-imposed limitations.  Her heartfelt spoken word music coupled with her own words inspired me to let go just a little bit more, to trust in the moment.

Do you make changes with ease and joy?  Do you love change?  Or do you fear it?  Do you hear the word “change” and think “Hmmm… Now what?  Just when I was getting used to the status quo, looking forward to the ease of running on automatic pilot, I’m supposed to C-H-A-N-G-E?  Do you and David Schwimmer’s character on Friends, Ross Geller, share a similar “No one likes change” philosophy?

Let’s face it, everything is in a constant state of flux.  Life is all about change, expansion, growth and learning.  Stagnation and constriction aren’t very pretty.  So how do we leap forward with a rational mind, faith and a happy heart?

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Volupte and Splendor in the Lemongrass

Valentine’s Day is around the corner:  In the mood for volupte sur l’herbe or splendor in the lemongrass this Valentine’s Day?  Lusciously unique fragrances to fall in love with, and share with someone special.  Indulge in fragrant sensuality 365 days a year, you deserve it!   → Read more

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell “A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘the universe.” Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Albert Einstein

Everyday we have the opportunity to celebrate the true gifts of family and friends. This holiday season, while expressing our heartfelt gratitude to our loved ones seated around our table, let’s remember to extend our genuine gratitude and love to the family of all living beings who occupy our planet, and to nature herself to whom we are inextricably connected. → Read more

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Do you feel like you’re not completely dressed until you choose the perfect fragrance?

When you wear your special fragrance, you feel ready for nearly every challenge that comes your way?

Your secret fragrance makes you feel gorgeous, excited, and energized to create a wonderful life on your terms?

Here are four of our bestsellers.  If you haven’t tried them yet, maybe now’s the perfect time! → Read more

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Comments Off on Time to Play! DIY Pumpkin Facial, Halloween,…Boo to You

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”

Carl Jung (psychologist)

How do you celebrate Halloween?

Do you dress up in a fave silly or ghoulish costume for a party?

Do you toss together something last min to surprise unsuspecting trick-or-treaters when you open your door?

Do you chaperone the kids (and dog, in costume too), joining in their shrieks of laughter and calls to each other as they run in the dark from home to home in your neighborhood?

For years, I used to dress as Wilma Flintstone.  My husband as her stone age hubbie Fred.  Our next door neighbor created these costumes for us.

One year my Fred no longer wanted to go barefoot.  He determined that an oversized bright orange tunic with black patches and a royal blue tie were sufficient to signify Fred, without his big bare feet at the bottom.

That was the year of our descent from full-on Wilma & Fred,  as I recall it.

Who IS Fred with shoes on?  He’s NOT Fred, that’s who.

Wilma’s white jig-jag bottom white dress has shrunk over the years.  Maybe, I’ve put on a few, or things have shifted… No, it’s shrunk.

I choose to thrive in the land of deNile.  Free choice is a good thing.

My other sartorial option: a femme fatale vampire feline – homage to Don Taylor’s 1977 flick “The Island of Dr. Moreau”.

Cinephiles, or femmes d’un certain age, remember, Dr. Moreau, the mad scientist who experimented with inter-species breeding on his lost island filled with the sounds, dreams and nightmares of human-tiger-leopard-jaguar creatures, starring the gorgeous Barbara Carrera? Unforgettable.

I searched far and wide and finally discovered a beautiful faux fur black tail and leopard ears to pair with a royal purple velvet hooded victorian cape.  My ancestral Romanian-Ukrainian-Lithuanian-Russian DNA (black hair and anemic complexion, a natural Goth) brings me nearly to completion without much make-up beyond a good pair of fangs.  Not all fangs were created equal.   Some are better than others, and you get what you pay for where fangs are concerned.

For those of you who know me, any other ideas?

What about you?          

Any plans to dress up this year?

Please tell me that you still leap into the spirit of Halloween dress-up!

The last thing I have to say about dressing up for Halloween is “pourquoi pas?”

When is there a better excuse to dress up and pretend to be someone else, even if just for one night?

Come on, have some fun, let out those primal screams, giggles, roars,.. – You know you want to!

Remember: play is instinctual and vital to the creative spirit.  Why wait?  If not now, when? → Read more

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Your school-age kids will soon be home all summer.  Already you’re thinking about all the ways you’ll keep them entertained?  Neighborhood games, day camps, lemonade stands, swimming pools, in and out with wet clothes, wet feet and maybe wet dogs?

It’s a tall order, but you’ll do it (you’re a tall order girl), and maybe have the time of your life?  Looking at the big picture (not the wet floors, carpets and dogs), it’s just a short while that kids are kids, so let’s enjoy the moments, right?  Clean your house, get your work done, and leave time to be a kid again – that’s the gift.  Don’t miss it.

If you don’t have children, or they’ve left the nest, summer might be the perfect time to jump into your inner child.  When you were a kid, what did you love to do for hours…time would pass, and you’d feel like you just had breakfast and now mom is calling for dinner?  Do that now.  If not now, when? (For me, it was reading adventure and mystery novels or making art outside on the front steps).

Now that you’ve dug deep to get in touch with your inner child, let’s not forget that you’re a grown up after all, and with that too are amazing and memorable things.

The day has been awesome.  You played like you were 5 or 7 or 10 (whatever your favorite age) again.  Now, the night belongs to you.  Switch gears.  Doesn’t it feel great when you have gears to switch, when you can be 5 one minute and 35 (or whatever) the next?  No one could have explained this wonderment to you.  It’s one of those things you just have to experience, and now you do!

Okay, grown-up girl, when it’s just you and your special someone as the sun goes down, reach for fragrances whose names speak for themselves.

Waiting for your special someone, or just dumped a less than special somene off at the ex-boyfriend graveyard?  No worries.  YOU deserve something sensual and playful to celebrate your spirit and delight YOUR senses.

Because when you come down to it, you are absolutely complete, and while having someone around might make life more fun sometimes, this whole fragrance and skincare thang – well you do it for YOU!  We all know that. → Read more

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Celebrate Mask Day with yummy fruit DIY masks fresh from your kitchen, a delish smoothie for your beautiful face!  Two super fab choices – perfect to apply while soaking in the bath, sipping a cup of hot herbal tea, relaxing with  your own thoughts in dreamland → Read more