Friday, July 7, 2017

Tribute To Joseph Ernest Guimond

In Loving Memory:

A Tribute To

Joseph Ernest Guimond

December 9, 1929
June 25, 2017

A first born son to Joseph A. Guimond and Yvonne  M. Harpin Guimond,
A brother to Laurent, Jeanne and Yvonne 
 uncle to JoAnn, Kathy, Eddie and Jeff

I am writing this tribute to let everyone know how truly special he was. He never had much to say, but I always said hi and asked him how he was doing, when visiting.

After my grandparents passed away he moved into my mothers` home where she cared for him selflessly. 

When saying hello to him, he would give you this slight shy smile and nod his head as to acknowledge that he was okay.

 He surprised me many times during this lifetime when he`d answer the phone when I`d call and would talk to me clear as anyone while on the phone.
He always seemed so very shy to me. There were many things I wished I could of seen him do in his lifetime.

He was an amazing piano player who played songs without sheet music, simply playing by heart. 
My grandparents were very proud of the fact that he learned radio repair and technology by reading books my grandmother had bought him.

He was trained extensively in electronics after joining the U.S. Navy and was a technician aboard the U. S. S. Boxer, an aircraft carrier.
After his naval career, he was drafted by the U. S. Army for service in Korea. He receive a top security clearance and served with the N.S.A. (National Security Agency) as a communications specialist.
He was awarded various medals of honor and valor
Korean Service Medal / 3 Bronze Stars,
National Defense Service Medal,
United Nations Service Medal,
And On November 30, 2010
A Public Service Award For His Service In Korea
issued by the Connecticut Secretary of State.

After his service to our country, he was unfortunately diagnosed with schizophrenia in his late twenties and withdrew from society.
When I was born in 1958, he was chosen as my godfather. I was always honored to have him in my life, and as I grew up, extremely saddened by his condition.

He enjoyed every meal he ever had, wholeheartedly. Not a speck would be left on his plate.
He loved his sweets dearly and in his later years, my Mom always supplied him with the King`s Ransom in DOT candy and I with PEEPS of every color and seasonal flavor. I would have to say that perhaps dessert was his favorite part of any meal, on any holiday or day of the week.
Babe, as the family called him as his mother - who predeceased him - called him "bébé son" stemming from her French-Canadian heritage, was dealt a bad card in his life, yet I could still not have cared more for him than I did. I loved him dearly and he will be missed very much more than words can ever say.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

thanks for stopping by 
Au Naturelle

All of my products are made using all natural ingredients. Most of my products have a base of beeswax, no artificial ingredients whatsoever. My line of facial skincare products contain all natural high quality oils such as pure organic olive oil, jojoba oil, castor oil and specialty oils such as carrot seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, black currant seed oil and others just to name a few. 
Only one of my products does contain a paraben and fomaldehyde free preservative called optiphen plus, this product is CLEANSE 1. It is completely harmless and only used to extend the shelf life of the cleanser. Without the preservative, the CLEANSE 1 would only have a safe shelf life of 2 to 4 weeks, depending on storage of the product.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have on any products at any time. 
In the next few days be watching for my new Sweet Vanilla Face and Body Scrub. Made using only high quality turbinado fine sugar, light sunflower oil, wildflower honey, essential oil and a secret ingredient. Because it wouldn`t be my special recipe if I shared all my secrets now would it?

As Always 
Keep It Clean!

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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Great news, I have opened up a shop with Shopify.
Feel free to check it out at

I have been looking to expand my horizons in selling my all natural skin care in other venues. It is hopefully another avenue to explore to get my products out there to online viewers, customers and hopefully in the long run, increase my sales.

I am still on Etsy

I am on a mission to promote the great value of using all natural skin care. Just take a moment to read the ingredients on any product you purchase to use on your skin. These over the counter products are loaded with chemicals that can`t even be pronounced. So what does that say for the ingredient, it certainly can`t be beneficial for your skin. Just a common sense thought, but one that started me on this course of promoting all natural skin care years ago.

Something to think about...

As Always Keep It Clean!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Benefits Of Lavender Essential Oil

The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. The Latin name of lavender is Lavare which means “to wash”, due to its particularly pleasant aroma.
Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. The flowers of lavender are fragrant in nature and have been used for making potpourri for centuries. Traditionally, lavender essential oil has also been used in making perfumes. The oil is very useful in aromatherapy and many aromatic preparations and combinations are made using lavender oil.
Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including cedarwood, pine, clary sagegeranium, and nutmeg. Today, lavender essential oil is frequently used in various forms including aromatherapy oil, gels, infusion, lotion, and soaps.

Health Benefits Of Lavender Essential Oil

The various health benefits of lavender essential oil include the following:
Bug Repellent: The smell of lavender essential oil is potent for many types of bugs like mosquitoes, midges, and moths. Apply some of the lavender oil on the exposed skin when outside to prevent these irritating bites. Furthermore, if you do happen to be bitten by one of those bugs, the lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory qualities that will reduce the irritation and the pain associated with bug bites.
Sleep: Lavender essential oil induces sleep which has made it a common recommendation for an alternative treatment of insomnia. Frequent studies on elderly patients have shown an increase in their sleep regularity  when their normal sleep medication is replaced with some lavender essential oil being placed on their pillows. It has such a relaxing impact on people that it can often replace modern medicine for sleep issues.
Nervous system: Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves and anxiety issues. Therefore, it can also be helpful in treating migrainesheadachesdepression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness while also increasing mental activity. It has a well-researched impact on the autonomic nervous system, which is why it is frequently used as a treatment for insomnia and also as a way to regulate heart-rate variability. One study showed that people taking tests showed a significant decrease in mental stress and anxiety, as well as increased cognitive function when they inhaled lavender oil and rosemary oil before taking the exam!

These are just a few examples of the benefits of lavender essential oil. Hope you find these facts informative and make you want to add some lavender into your life.
As Always Keep It Clean!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Au Naturelle

Thanks for stopping by today!

New and wonderful things are happening at Au Naturelle...

In the upcoming weeks I will be listing a few new items to the shop,
one being a honey scrub.

It will contain delicate honey granules for gentle exfoliation. I would generally recommend using the scrub at least once a week along with your regular facial cleansing routine. Which should include the Cleanse 1 and Tone & Clarify 2

So be watching for the new Honey Scrub in the next few weeks.

Also just for a fun surprise,I will be featuring a new listing of lavender sachet bags with a new hand stamped image on each. They will be available in a set of three. So you`ll just have to wait for the surprise!

These make a great scented gift idea for that hard to buy for person you know, to shower gifts or small party favors.

Thats all for now !

As Always
Keep It Clean!!!