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titleWe’ve sniffed out the tips and tricks to make your fragrance linger a little longer.

The Concentration Equation
Perfume oil, eau de parfum, eau de toilette… they all mean fragrance, but in varying degrees of intensity. Fragrance is comprised of a mix of alcohol, water and essential oils. These oils provide the lovely scent. Perfume oil contains the highest concentration of essential oils (with no alcohol), giving it the most potent scent that will linger the longest. Eau de parfum is next with roughly 15-18% essential oil. And eau de toilette is the lightest touch with as little as 5-8% essential oil. A purse-sized eau de parfum is perfect for on-the-go refreshment.

concentrationClimate Change
Warmer days will activate your fragrance giving you a stronger scent, so you may want to choose something lighter, like an eau de toilette. But this heat will also evaporate the scent more quickly, so you may need to reapply sooner. And keep in mind as the days warm and you spend more time outdoors, your hubby may not be the only one attracted to your new fragrance. Bees and mosquitos may also be drawn to sweet-smelling you. Cooler climates, and the resulting drier skin, will release your fragrance more gradually, with less intensity, so you may want a scent with stronger base notes.

climateThe Skin You’re In
Just as warmer, more humid days boost a fragrance, well-hydrated skin or even oily skin also creates the ideal environment for lasting scents. To promote a moisturized canvas for your fragrance, use a rich, unscented lotion before spritzing your perfume. Or why not use a lotion or body oil infused with your favorite fragrance to really melt the scent into your skin then layer your perfume on top? Get even more bang for your buck by moisturizing then spritzing right out of the shower while pores are still open and skin is damp.

skinyoureinThe Application Process
Your skin is moisturized and primed for perfume perfection, but where should you spritz? Your pulse points, where you can feel your heartbeat, are the best spots… inside your wrists and elbows, temples, base of throat, under the earlobes and behind your knees. But don’t scent every spot. Pick a few evenly spaced locations to spritz. And don’t “crush” the fragrance by rubbing wrists together. This can alter the scent or make it disappear altogether. Always go for a spritz over a finger dab, which can leave more fragrance on your digits than your pulse points. And avoid your clothing, where the oils can stain.

applicationBody Chemistry
Choosing the right scent for you can take some trial and error. What smells great in the bottle may not blend well with your body’s own natural chemistry. Fluctuating hormones can affect your skin’s oily/dry balance, changing your receptivity to a particular fragrance, even scents you previously loved. Sweat can also greatly impact the way a scent smells, causing a reaction that can leave your fragrance smelling less than fresh. This doesn’t mean you have to abandon your favorite scent forever, but as your hormones and perspiration levels ebb and flow, you may need to tweak up your fragrance routine.

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sandramAnything is possible!

How would you describe your style?

Classic with a twist.

What item in your closet receives the most wear?

Jeans

 


Do you have a signature accessory?

Turquoise large circle necklace

What colors or patterns do you gravitate toward?

Black, navy, berry

When have you felt your most beautiful?

At my husband’s retirement party.

Name one beauty product you can’t live without.

La Mer

What one woman do you most admire and why?

Audrey Hepburn – classic, intelligent and quick wit.

What’s your passion project or hobby?

Decorating, my two yorkies, teaching children that they are special and loved unconditionally by God.

How do you relax?

Pray. Read. Breathe deeply, spend time with my best friend.

Quote to live by?

“Anything is possible!”

What is your favorite Soft Surroundings product?Shapely Surplice Top

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Hear the inspiration behind our newest summer fragrance from our founder, Robin Sheldon. Subtle and feminine, Shellseeker recalls carefree days spent on the beach scavenging for seashells, yet discovering so much more. Artfully-blended fragrance envelops you with delicate notes of White Jasmine, Red Mandarin and Water Lily mingled with a rich, sensuous base of Amber, White Musk, Ylang-Ylang and Blonde Sandalwood, finished with a hint of sweet Orange Blossom. Top notes of fresh Bergamot and zesty Grapefruit playfully blend with Marine accords, echoing sunwarmed memories with seaspray thick in the air. Discover the joy of the remarkable Shellseeker

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sophiau“Don’t look back, you are not going that way.

How would you describe your style?

Casual. I call it “Cape Cod Casual”.

What item in your closet receives the most wear?

My Jeans


Do you have a signature accessory?

Long necklaces and ALWAYS, ALWAYS hoop earrings.

What colors or patterns do you gravitate toward?

I love bright colors especially.

When have you felt your most beautiful?

When I wore my bright colored flowing summer gown from Soft Surroundings last summer to a wedding.

Name one beauty product you can’t live without.

Moisturizer

What one woman do you most admire and why?

My mother. She is the most loving, caring and sensitive person I know.

What’s your passion project or hobby?

I love to be with my friends and family. We spend a lot of social times together.

How do you relax?

Beach time with friends.

Quote to live by?

“Don’t look back, you are not going that way.”

What is your favorite Soft Surroundings product?

Tunics

Varanasi TunicSeychelles TunicGarden Tunic

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1. For those not familiar with you, tell us about your approach to beauty.

My philosophy is that each and every woman is unique and should celebrate her natural beauty by playing up her best assets and shining with true confidence. I call it soul beauty.

2. How did you get started in the cosmetic business? What made you want to be a makeup artist?

I began dreaming of this career at 15 years old. My mother was a water colorist and I’d watch her use layers and colors in sheer ways to create beauty on canvases and I became inspired to do it on faces.

3. What Not to Wear was an inspiration to many women. What was it like to work with Stacy and Clinton?

They were an absolute blast and what you see is what you get in real life with them. They are super funny. They truly cared about each person who was on the show as we all did and we collectively felt wonderful when we could change a woman’s perception of herself from negative to positive.

4. What made Soft Surroundings the right fit for your new line?

Soft Surroundings wants to help women not only look their best but feel their best as well. They create a fashionable and comfortable environment for women to shine in. That mirrors my philosophy and I knew it would be a perfect marriage.

5. What one item would you never leave the house without?

My Game Changer Foundation and Carmindizing Highlighter Duo.

6. What do you enjoy doing most in your spare time? How do you relax?

I love to travel and I adore paddleboarding. Give me a white sand beach, a palm tree and turquoise water and life is perfect!

7. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Never give up

Shop Carmindy’s signature line of cosmetics at Soft Surroundings and get flawlessly gorgeous in mere minutes.

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maryellenhBlessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.

How would you describe your style?

My style revolves around simple designs that play up colors which enhance my own natural complexion and hair color.

 

 

What item in your closet receives the most wear?

Black slacks

Do you have a signature accessory?

Sunflower two-tone (gold & silver) earrings

What colors or patterns do you gravitate toward?

Pants & tops that are neutrals with a brighter solid color sweater or jacket.

When have you felt your most beautiful?

Wearing a bright pink sweater with a beige infinity scarf. My makeup and hair were nicely done. I had time to attend to details and my whole countenance reflected the fact that I had dressed and prepared in an unhurried, deliberate way.

Name one beauty product you can’t live without.

Lemongrass Solid Lotion by Shabby Bath

What one woman do you most admire and why?

Eleanor Burns, star of Quilt in a Day. She is funny, copes well with whatever life throws at her, has developed shortcuts to quilting and is an excellent teacher and author.

What’s your passion project or hobby?

Crocheting afghans.

How do you relax?

I read.

Quote to live by

“Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.”

What is your favorite Soft Surroundings product?Seafarer Sweater

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titleAvoid these culprits to keep your smile bright, strong and healthy.

Dry Mouth
Your saliva does more than just keep your mouth moist. It is your mouth’s natural defense against tooth decay, sweeping away the bacteria and acids that harm teeth. The calcium and phosphate in saliva also help to strengthen tooth enamel. To counteract dry mouth, try chewing sugar-free gum after a meal to boost saliva flow. You’ll also get a burst of minty fresh breath until you can brush.

drymouthMedical Conditions & Prescriptions
Diabetes inhibits your body’s natural immune system, making you more at risk for infection, including gum disease which can lead to tooth decay. Proper dental hygiene, including brushing and flossing, is more important than ever for women with this condition. Some prescription medications can cause dry mouth, lowering your saliva and your body’s natural defense against tooth decay. Check with your doctor if this is a concern.

medicalAcidic Drinks
Everyone knows Red Wine will stain teeth. Actually, all alcoholic drinks are bad for your teeth because they cause dry mouth and inhibit the flow of beneficial saliva. The acidic properties of wine, fruit juices, tomato products and even diet soda can be really harsh on tooth enamel. Water or milk is your best choice to neutralize acid. While milk does contain sugar, its lactose is the least damaging to teeth and its acid-fighting and strengthening benefits outweigh the negative.

acidicdrinksStarchy Foods
Carbohydrate-heavy foods like bread, pasta, crackers and chips convert to sugar. This sugar feeds the plaque-building bacteria in your mouth as it converts to acid. Surprisingly, eating a piece of cheese at the end of a meal actually protects teeth by stimulating saliva and by balancing the mouth’s pH levels. Some say cheese and dairy products can even help remineralize teeth.

starchyChewing Ice
Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. Munching ice can chip or crack teeth and lead to hot or cold sensitivity as the soft tissue inside the tooth gets irritated. And cough drops and mints are no better. They’re actually worse because their sugar turns to acid when it meets oral bacteria, leading to tooth decay. Once again, a safer choice is sugarless gum which can satisfy not only the urge to chew, but can also moisten sore throats.

chewingiceBrushing Immediately after a Meal
It seems illogical that brushing right after a meal can harm teeth, but it’s true. Acid converted from food and drink can be very abrasive to your teeth. Brushing too soon, before your saliva has had a chance to neutralize the acid, can harm enamel by etching this abrasive acid on teeth. Wait 30 minutes before brushing. In the meantime, drink plenty of water or maybe even try an antibacterial mouthwash to halt the plaque’s production of acid. Or pop that piece of gum and chew for 20.

brushingBottled Water
Well, it may not necessarily be bad, but it’s definitely not as good for your teeth as good, old-fashioned tap water. Tap water is fortified with cavity-fighting Fluoride. Fluoride mixes with your saliva to protect teeth against plaque, sugars, acid and decay. So if you’re only drinking bottled, you’re missing out on that extra prevention.

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Traditionally thought of as a men’s issue, it is becoming increasingly common for women to experience some sort of hair loss. 40% of women over 40 will see visible hair loss in their lifetime. This video explores some of the reasons women see hair loss.

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robindIf you want a job done, give it to a busy person.

How would you describe your style?

Boho Chic

What item in your closet receives the most wear?

My yoga pants

 

Do you have a signature accessory?

Fair trade belts

What colors or patterns do you gravitate toward?

Soft blues, purples.

When have you felt your most beautiful?

When I know I look good and feel confident.

Name one beauty product you can’t live without.

Mascara

What one woman do you most admire and why?

Annie Leibovitz. Her artistic ability, her whimsy, her spunk.

What’s your passion project or hobby?

Photography

How do you relax?

Yoga

Quote to live by?

“If you want a job done, give it to a busy person.”

What is your favorite Soft Surroundings product?Secret Support Gown

The Night Gown with the secret bra in it. It is so soft and just right length. About mid calf, I can go upstairs without tripping.

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