In each Pretty Lady, a MargitMae reader will share her favorite products that keep her lovely and healthy. If you would like to participate as a Pretty Lady (or Pretty Man!), please send me an email – I’d love to hear from you!
MargitMae’s next Pretty Lady is the amazingly rad Katrina!
I met Katrina several years ago when we were coworkers at a local co-op, and immediately fell in love with her sense of style. I’m fairly certain I want to own every single piece of clothing she’s ever worn. In addition, Katrina is quite a crafty lady and enjoys the domestic arts – everything from making awesome buttons to sewing bags to making tasty treats in the kitchen. You can say hello to Katrina online here and here. I knew a crafty lady like Katrina would have some great products to share; in her own words, here are three of Katrina’s favorite products:
- Thayer’s Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel This is a great astringent. The smell is very nice (if you like roses!). I use this on my face in the morning and at night. I initially bought it because the label was so cute, and now 8 years later it remains a staple in my bathroom.
- Wyndmere Head Aide Last year I really started getting into using essential oil blends. My hands down favorite has been this headache blend. I try to not take Advil unless I have exhausted other options. A dab of this on each temple and/or behind my ears really helps slow down/stop a headache. If I am feeling a little off before bed I will sprinkle a few drops on my pillow. In the winter I will put a few drops on my scarf. The smell is very pleasant. I always carry this in my bag; it has been a life saver. (If a headache is really awful, I keep a sock filled with pennies and lie down with it on my eyes… try it, it works.)
- Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar is a miracle product. When I was little, if my friends were sick or I was showing signs of a cold or sore throat, my mom would have me gargle with cider vinegar mixed with water and swallow. I never had strep, and hardly every got really sick, just a little sick (true to this day). If you have dandruff, rinse with cider vinegar water after washing hair. Sun burned? Soothe the skin with cider vinegar. Does your water taste a little funny? Add a teensy bit and maybe a lime or lemon slice. Making soup and it just seems to be lacking something? Add a splash and now it is delicious. You can make great salad dressings with it, tenderize liver, and about 3 million other things in the kitchen. Remember, white vinegar is for cleaning and cider vinegar is for ingesting/using topically. I buy Braggs because that is what I have always bought. BEWARE when buying other brands. I was making pickles last summer and bought a gallon jug of some brand at Cub, only to realize when I got home that the ingredients were white vinegar, caramel color and flavoring. If you find the flavor icky, start with it really diluted; it grows on you.
Thank you for sharing, Katrina!