This Weekend

I can’t believe it, but I won’t be at market this weekend for Labor Day!!

I won’t be there, but Zac will be set up in my stead at North Asheville Tailgate and Josh & Alyssa will be vending at the Asheville City Market.

So Faerie Made will be represented.

It’s been a long time since I have not vended on Labor Day weekend.

I am going to be at a dog show in Georgia with my Fleur puppy!

I’ve been running around getting everything set up to go … Supplies are ordered, soaps are made, market set up is packed … and I’m loading up the car for me.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Swing by and say hi to my guys for me!



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A little Led Zeppelin for your listening pleasure

One of my all time favorite bands … I just watched series finale of True Blood and they played a Led Zeppelin song …

and it got me in the mood. So now I am listening to this compilation LOUD! (sorry neighbors!)



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Great Deal at the Next Two West Asheville Tailgate Markets!

Posted on the West Asheville Tailgate Market Facebook Page:


You’ve asked… And we are excited to deliver: FREE TOKENS!

That’s right! Our Credit Card & EBT machine is back! For the next two markets you will receive a $5 token for every swipe over $10!

One token per customer please. For a limited time only.

See you there!

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12 Silicone Myths Exploded |

12 Silicone Myths Exploded |

I do love using silicones in my hair and on my skin. It gets a bad rap, but it really is nice. I use cyclomethicone in my facial elixir and in my lotions. If I ever get my hair care line finalized I will use them in there too. I like them.

Anyway, this is a good article regarding silicone myths.

12 Silicone Myths Exploded
By: Rebecca Gadberry

Posted: July 31, 2014, from the August 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

Silicones are among the latest ingredients clients love to hate. From health concerns to worries about environmental safety, silicones have been hung with a black shroud since the early 1990s when breast implants were first connected to womens health issues. Since that time, silicone technology has been expanded, making this family of chemicals among the most used in the modern world. Even so, this doesnt mean silicones are safe. So here are some facts and a little basic chemistry to help clear up the mythology now being spun about silicones.

Myth No. 1: Silicone is the name of an ingredient.

Silicones are a family of chemicals known as a class. No ingredient on its own is named silicone, which means you should never see silicone in the ingredient list of a product. Chemical classes share common traits. In this case, silicones are a class of polymersmolecules made of one or more (poly) repeating units (mers), usually put together in a straight line like the vertebrae that form your spine. In the case of silicones, units are made of two basic elements linked together: silicon and oxygen. This is written chemically as SiO. When theyre linked together to form a silicone, the SiO polymer is the backbone onto which other molecules can be attached, allowing for a variety of applications, functions, textures and benefits.

Due to the enormous variety of compounds that can be developed from silicones, they are among the most used family of materials in the world. Youll find them in pharmaceuticals; medical supplies and equipment; automotive; aviation; astronomy; foods; beverages; biotech; construction; appliances; plumbing; paints; textiles; and toys. From 20062008, more than 6,000 patents were granted in the United States for innovative, never-before-seen silicones for use in cosmetics.1 These new silicones make serums silkier; give lotions and skin a satin and flawless finish; make BB and CC creams possible; minimize pores and wrinkles; reduce or eliminate irritation from sunscreens; and act as launchpads from which key performance ingredients can penetrate the skin. All in all, silicones have added new dimensions to skin care that make products more effective and more fun to use.

Myth No. 2: Silicones are harming the ozone layer.

Chloroflurocarbons (CFCs) are the chemicals harming the ozone layer, not silicones. Chlorine gas disrupts ozone formation in the Earths upper atmosphere, which is often described as harming the ozone layer. Silicones do not contain chlorine, which means they cant contribute to this disruption.

Myth No. 3: Silicones in cosmetics cause rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, chronic fatigue and cancer.

Applied topically, as they are in skin care, silicones are too large to penetrate the skin, so they cannot cause or worsen these conditions. However, concerns about silicone safety did not come from their use in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals or even wound care, where there is no skin to act as a barrier. They arose from silicone gel-filled breast implants. In fact, these concerns underlay the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) 1992 decision to place a moratorium on silicone gel breast implants due to inadequate safety and effectiveness data from the implant manufacturers. Later that decade, the FDA again allowed silicone gel-filled breast implants, but only for reconstruction and revision patients. It wasnt until 2006, after years of safety studies, that the FDA completely lifted the moratorium, and silicone gel-filled breast implants again became available for everyone.

Myth No. 4: Silicones are not biodegradable
Although silicones arent biodegradable in the traditional sense, they do degrade in the environment, where they break down into water, silicic acid and carbon dioxide. The degradation trigger for low molecular-weight silicones, such as cyclopentasiloxane, is sunlight and oxygen, but heavier weight silicones arent susceptible to UV, oxidation or ozone for that matter. They adsorb to sludge in wastewater treatment plants, where they are incinerated, entombed in landfills, or spread on golf courses, woodlands and agricultural fields as fertilizer. When deposited over soil, mineral clays act as a catalyst to undo the silicones polymer backbone. This can take weeks to years if the soil remains wet, but if the soil dries, it can take only days. Testing of soil treated with high levels of silicones showed no soil microorganisms are harmed in this process nor is plant growth affected.2

Myth No. 5: Silicones cause irritation.

Silicones dont irritate the skin. They actually lower or eliminate irritation because they cause ingredients to spread evenly during application, which prevents pocketing and minimizes percentages of potentially irritating forms of cosmetic and drug ingredients. These include alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), salicylic acid, strong emulsifiers and surfactants, benzoyl peroxide and organic sunscreens, such as oxybenzone, avobenzone and octinoxate. Silicones are used safely on all forms of sensitive skin, including that resulting from acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, post-surgery, burns, diaper rash and skin ulcers.

Myth No. 6: Silicones are allergens.

Silicones are too large to enter the skin, so they cant trigger an allergic reaction because they cant react with the immune system. In fact, theyre so biologically inert when in contact with the skin, silicones are now replacing latex, a common allergen in adhesives, gloves and a wide array of other items. Silicones are also used on open wounds because they shorten healing time and do not promote bacterial growth.

If you have clients who are convinced they are allergic to silicones, rather than avoid silicone-containing products, suggest an allergy test. Because silicones dont cause skin allergies, a new world of care will open up to your clients when silicone allergy is disproven.

Myth No. 7: Silicones arent natural.

Silicone science starts with sand, also known as silica. Made of finely ground quartz rock, sand is composed of the two most abundant elements in and on the earth: oxygen and silicon. Together, they form roughly 25% of the Earths crust.1 Natural silicon-based materials have been part of human survival since the Stone Age: The stones that made up the key survival technologies from that eraincluding arrowheads, bowls and grinding stoneswere formed from flint, granite, sandstone, volcanic rock or other silicon dioxide-based materials. Later, two other silicon dioxide technologies, glass and ceramics, improved mankinds lot even more.

Many people get confused when it comes to the different terms used to describe silicones, so heres a guide.

Silicon. Fourteenth on the periodic table, this is the second most abundant element on earth and the key element in silicone chemistry.
Silica. Made of silicon dioxide, silica exists in a fairly pure state in sand, which is the key source material for silicone production. When listed as a cosmetic ingredient, silica represents silicon dioxide, not silicone.
Silicone. See myth No. 1.
Myth No. 8: Silicones contribute to smog.

The chemicals that contribute to smog are volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These include acetone, ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, methacrylates and ethyl acetate, found in fragrances, as well as nail and hair products. Because silicones are inorganic, they cant possibly be VOCs, so they cant contribute to smog formation.

Myth No. 9: Silicones make skin greasy.

If thats the case, your client is using the wrong formula for her skin. Most silicones are invisible when theyre resting on the skin, and some actually absorb sebum and mattify the skin, visibly minimizing pores in the process.

Myth No. 10: Silicones suffocate the skin.

Silicones are breathable: They allow oxygen, nitrogen and water vapors to pass through them on the way to, or out of, the skin. However, most silicones do not allow water to penetrate, making them excellent at reducing transepidermal water loss (TEWL)a leading cause of skin dryness and dehydration.

Myth No. 11: Silicones clog pores and cause breakouts.

Because they are unaffected by oxidation, silicones are noncomedogenic, do not go rancid and, because they are not irritating, they are nonacnegenic. Theyre also hostile to bacterial or other microbial growth. However, they can increase the penetration of some ingredients, which, when the product includes common irritants, such as fragrance or pore-cloggers like lipid-rich plant oils, may be the actual culprits behind breakouts and blackheads.

Myth No. 12: Silicones bioaccumulate in humans and other animals.
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Silicones do not bioaccumulate because they are too large to pass through cell membranesa key requirement for bioaccumulation. Tests on organisms that dwell in water, soil or sediment have shown no adverse effects at concentrations well above those found in the environment2, nor are silicones metabolized by humans, other animals or microorganisms.

Silicones are:

Impermeable to the skins barrier and cell membranes;
Environmentally degradable; and
Hostile to microbial growth.
And thats the bottom line on silicones in skin care.


1. AJ OLenick, Silicones for Personal Care, 2nd Edition, Allured Publishing Corp., Carol Stream, IL (2008)

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Hitting the ground running …

and then splatting on your face!

So, I took my 9 days at the beach and came back ready to hit the ground running.

I’d taken the down time to do a bit of processing, networking, making plans and ideas and came back ready to have it all happen. I was ready, willing and able.

I woke up Sunday after driving 7 hours and was really energized. Ready to go … by Thursday I was lethargic. LOL.

As they say  … sometimes the best laid plans …

Here it is Friday and I’m scrambling just like I was before I left. I had plans to get it together and I knew it was going to be a bit of an adjustment. However, I thought that I had it set up so that my adjustment would be me shifting differently, not doing the same ol’ same ol’.

So, I am breathing. Deep breaths. Stepping back, checking out and making a list … then diving back in.

Plan C is coming into play.  Because, I’m ready.

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Facebook Reviews & Faerie Made


Well, I finally added the section on my page for reviews. It requires a street address and since I’m still on my property and not a store front I haven’t been able to do a review.

Then I realized that I am off Haywood Road in West Asheville and that’s close enough! I mean, I’m web based, I’m wholesale, I do markets. I am everywhere I can be, except I don’t have a store front. (and it would be hard to have a store front since I have a herd of puppers).

I hope folks will start providing some reviews of the line. So, if you love Faerie Made and are on Facebook, gimme a shout!


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It is my last day of vacation.

I’m packing up and about to head back home in an hour or so. I’ve enjoyed my space I’ve occupied for my office this past week.


I thought I’d throw out a quick blog post because I’ve been able to do so. I think vacations are good and healthy. I really need to get away from home and the biz so I can ground and focus on the things I need to do.

I found myself the last day or so a bit stressed because I was having to get things taken care of in a piecemeal way with my Faerie Made. I was having to ask for help which is something I HATE DOING. I actually had someone say that maybe I shouldn’t go away more than one time a year because I was stressed.

Uh … hmm … boy that ticked me off. I am already a guilt sponge when I do something nice for myself … yeah, I was stressed at the moment.


Wholesale customers who aren’t paying on time making my checking account seriously low, retail customers not being served because of automobile issues (my son’s vehicle’s transmission went out and we weren’t able to get product to market) … me having to make decisions from miles away via text and iphone while sitting on the beach with iffy service. (Yay for sitting on the beach!) I had plans in place to take care of things while gone. Shizzle happens. Shizzle could have happened if I was there.

Having a business and being a homeschooling mama who is loved by a pack of dogs and a cat with the weight of the world on her shoulders can be challenging. I love my life, but I have a lot on my plate. So I realized that getting away is a good thing. It is healthy.

I did decide during my brain down time that I want to keep on keepin’ on, but it’s time to do that and a bit more. To have a bit more help on the production end. To figure out where to get the money. To let go of the control of it all. To show someone how to pack, ship orders, process cards etc so that when I do go away things don’t shut down. ya know have an even better back up plan. Or two. Maybe three.

And keep up with my talent for switching gears and still making it happen. Having that down time was beneficial. I am clearer as to what I want and need to do. With my life and my business.

Now, I am doing the laundry, packing up the food we have left, and then loading up the car and heading back home.



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Celebrate! 25% off your order

To celebrate being chosen Best Body Care Producer in WNC in the Mountain Xpress, I am running a 25% off sale this weekend!

So click here:




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WNC Best of 2014

Well I just won the first place local body products maker in the personal services category in the 2014 Mountain Xpress best of!

I did not know they had this category this year so for me it makes it all the better. My customers voted for me, they believed in me, I didn’t ask. Yet I won.

This has really made me feel happy and honored and has given me so much energy and drive to get back and get on and keep on with the keeping on.

I’m so happy right now.


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Blogging, Beach style and Business.

My brain is starting to decompress and now I’m starting to get excited. I’m ready to get back home in a few days and begin the next phase of Faerie Made. I have been doing some planning and what to do regarding the business. Kick up wholesale and I want to focus on limited-edition soaps and other products (but I know I have to continue my regular line.)

But I have come up with another soap scent. I’m working on a few more. I spent hours yesterday in brain mode. this is what I love to do and it’s what keeps me rejuvenated in my business.

I am realizing one of the things that keeps me running behind is keeping up with packaging. Products have to be packaged and labeled in order to be sent out the door. I like to shrinkwrap. I find it relaxing. It’s something I can do and watch movies on Netflix. But I really need to have somebody else doing that more often. Like all the time.

Yes, I know I need to delegate. I plan on it. I do it. I need to do it more. Then I hope to get in there and make lotions and finalize that hair conditioner. And soap. Different ones.

this will also ease matters for me to do more marketing get caught up on that ever ongoing horrible paperwork pileof mine and really start moving forward.

I have good things going on all the time. Faerie Made is a really big part of that.

Need to own it and honor it as we are going into 12 years.


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