Gift Wrapping

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It’s the best thing isn’t it? Receiving a gift that’s so beautifully wrapped that you can hardly bear to open it and destroy the perfectly presented package. And for the gift giver – the anticipation as they watch you open their gift – perhaps with some apprehension? Will you like it as much as you hope they will One thing is for sure – the gift wrapping is almost as important as the gift itself.

There’s an art to great gift wrapping that’s for sure. And a history too. It won’t surprise you one bit to learn that the art of gift wrapping is centuries old. As this article from Bustle.Com, entitled Why do we wrap gifts – a brief history of wrapping paper, points out, gift wrapping has its roots in Asia. There the earliest pieces of wrapping paper date back to 2nd Century BC, China. It would seem that, in the Southern Song dynasty (960-1279) government officials received gifts of money in envelopes called chih poh. Chih poh comprised hemp, bamboo fibres and rice straws.

Pink & Green Pop-Up Shop in Cheltenham’s Molton Brown store

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Pink & Green have got some exciting news to share with you. We’re having a Pink&Green pop-up shop.

Let us explain. Some months ago now we met Sali Green, owner of the Iwork4UGlocs business directory.As we got to know Sali, we, using Pink&Green products, helped her with a skin condition.

Lavender Oil and its Skin Benefits

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The skin benefits of lavender oil are so many that it comes close to being magical. As another quotation, this time from Robert Tisserand, proclaims:

‘Oils of cinnamon and eucalyptus are as powerful against some microorganisms as conventional antibiotics, and are especially effective against flus. Sandalwood oil from Mysore, India, is not only a classic perfume oil but is also a traditional remedy for sore throats and laryngitis. Lavender oil, so often used in toilet waters and scented sachets, has a dramatic healing action on burns.’

Why Does Everyone Want to be Authentic?

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Chewing the fat recently over coffee with a friend and fellow business owner, we got to discussing – and grumbling about – how ubiquitous the term authentic is in today’s business world. And by extension, if people are genuine about wanting others to be authentic – or if it’s nothing more than another tick on the buzzword bingo card.

What Price Value?

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In Oscar Wilde’s play, Lady Windermere’s Fan, the writer had his Lord Darlington character quip that: ‘a cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing’.

This blog post by Paul Bernal, The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing, uses Wilde’s insightful wit to argue how our government, our businesses, our media and more are ever dominated by those that fit Wilde’s description of cynics. As he says: ‘The idea that anyone in the ‘real world’ should even consider ethical, moral, philosophical or cultural values to be on a par with financial or economic ‘value’ appears whimsical, sentimental, even romantic. Hard-nosed, sensible, rational, practical people ‘know’ otherwise. It’s the economy, stupid.’ He concludes his post thus: ‘I may not know the price of everything, but I do know that there are many things more valuable than money.’

The reason I mention all this is my increasing work with salons wishing to stock Pink&Green Skincare’s products. It’s clear that more and more salons are becoming ever more disenchanted with the global companies they’ve become tied to – and the products themselves. All of which has led me to consider value, and what it means and how we measure it.

Beauty – it’s not skin deep

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I’m not about to dispute what we all know: that beauty is more than a fortunate arrangement of agreeable features. True beauty is, absolutely, about a loving heart and a caring soul. As the great American writer, critic and wit, Dorothy Parker, once said: ‘Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.’