Self-Care Matters: Quality Time

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From @nadera.poetry 

Quality time is my love language. I enjoy the moments when I can sit in quiet with another person and have a genuine heart to heart. Quality time, those moments when you give someone your undivided attention with the intent of getting to truly know them, is an uplifting, soul reviving experience. It deepens the relationship and strengthens the bond between those involved because you are truly getting to know them. This very process can also be done with ourselves.

I confess that I have not been doing this as much lately. I’ve been busy. I had other things on my mind and decided that quality time with myself was another thing to add to my to-do list. At least that’s what I told myself. But it’s not another thing to add to my “to do” list. Quality time is process of checking in with myself. It’s a process of honoring myself. It’s the time I take to stop and ask myself, “How are you?” and it communicates a message to myself that I matter.

With the holiday season on us, I know many of us are focused on getting gifts for everyone else and making sure that everyone else’s needs and wants are met. I know many of us are or have picked up shifts at work. Some of us have even put in overtime to make some more money to either go on vacation or provide more for our families. I just want to encourage you all to still take a moment to be with yourself and ask yourself, “How are you?” And to really listen to and acknowledge the response. It is for you after all. Take the time to honor yourself and your needs because you matter too.

 

25 Days Until Christmas!

 

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The Loving Essence

I have been really in the holiday spirit this year. Everything from gift giving, cheesy (and I mean Cheesy) holiday movies, Eggnog, and even the ugly Christmas sweater has been on my radar of typical holiday indulgence. This is a huge shift for me this year as I have come to accept that the spirit of the holidays is something to cultivate, embody, and make my own!

This year, in support of enhanced self-care, holiday cheer, & gratitude, The Loving Essence has several Holiday Gift Sets for the season of gift-giving. Just a loving reminder that all of our products are phthalate and mineral oil free which is fantastic considering the new articles that have come out which highlight the unfortunate information that many of the hair products marketed to black women may contain high levels of toxins that can impact the reproductive system (post here).

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Holiday Decadence Gift Set

One of my favorite gift sets (and our featured collection) is the Holiday Decadence Gift Set. It includes Cinnamon and Myrrh Body Butter, White Chocolate Lotion Bar, and a Cocoa Lip Balm. Together they make for a perfect combination of moisturized skin and lips, radiant glow, with a warm and welcoming fragrance that’s almost good enough to eat! You can also purchase each item individually.

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Festive Feet Gift Set Combo

For those looking for a way to pamper their feet, we offer our Festive Feet combo.This includes our Peppermint Foot Cream as well as our all new Peppermint Foot Scrub! This gift set is a definite feet treat because not only does it leave your skin feeling smooth, it also provides the added skin benefit of moisturizing and restoring dry cracked feet. It’s just one of the things that can happen when you combine a tried & true essential oil with natural oils, butters, & exfoliants to provide spa day quality and lasting results!

Visit The Loving Essence to get our holiday gift sets. Want to stay up to date on our collections and other ventures? Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see more features, collections, & reviews.

A Loving Journey

Natural skin care products (and making skin care stuff) has been a personal love of mine for years. I remember when I had a severe bout of contact dermatitis around the nape of my neck and behind my ears in my sophomore and junior year of college. Steroid creams failed to do the trick. It was during that time that I Chamomile Infused Body Butterreally began to take a look at what I put on my skin.

In the very early stages of my skin care journey, I would utilized various skin loving oils and butters for the unique benefits that they had on my skin. Because different products have different effects, I would often use one oil and butter in the morning and another oil or butter in the afternoon. This evolved into finding ways to combine each product to get the best possible results from these ingredients with ease of use and improved effect.

Through research, trial and error, I have learned, and continue to learn, how to make healthier skin nurturing products for use. I enjoy sharing these products with others and it always makes my day when I hear and see another person celebrate the skin they are in. In that moment, I can truly see the loving essence in that individual as they are more confident and appreciative of their authentic beauty.

Visit: The Loving Essence to check out some amazing natural and homemade skin care products.