Thursday, March 19, 2009

Giveaway and Q&A with Plain Jane Skin Care

I'm happy to announce the first giveaway in a while—a collection of natural beauty products from Plain Jane Skin Care. Dawn, the lovely woman behind the company, has generously offered a Dead Sea Mud Facial, a jar of Summer Citrus Pure Shea Butter and a Dead Sea Facial Bar. I have a container of each that I've been trying and trust me, they are a real treat! Not to mention that they are all natural, use essential oils for scents and are entirely plant-based. No funky chemicals or preservatives here!

Here's how to enter:
In honor of the looming season of sandals and strappy dresses, please post a comment naming the one thing that you're most looking forward to about the season by 11:59 PM Tuesday 3/24. Because if you win, the products will help you pamper your skin in preparation for the warmer weather.

I will announce the winner Wednesday morning (3/25), so you have to check back then in order to claim your prize. The winner will be chosen at random and if you win, you will have 48 hours to email me your mailing address. If I don't hear from the winner in that time frame, I will move on to the runner up!

And so you can get a little more information about Dawn and her company, please enjoy this Q&A.

Amy: Where do you live?

Dawn: I live in Atlanta, GA

A: How did you go from being a teacher to starting and running your own natural beauty company?
D: A few years after I left teaching to stay at home with my children, I got antsy! As they got a little bigger, I found myself with time on my hands and knew I had to get busy to save my sanity. I tried many, many businesses—recycled notebooks (which are actually coming to my website soon), growing produce, baking, jams—which were all a bust! Finally, after I got tired of buying other people’s soaps that weren’t quite what I wanted, I started making my own. As my desire for more natural products grew, so did Plain Jane.

A: What's the best part about running your own business?

D: For me, the best part is that I can work when I have time and not stick to a schedule. I don’t do well with rules.

A: If you had to choose one of your products to recommend, which one would it be?
D: That’s a tough one because I’d recommend one in each category! For a basic facial routine, I’d recommend cleansing with the Dead Sea mud bar and using the mud facial once or twice a week to clean out those pores and remove residual dirt/makeup. For body soap, I recommend cucumber and aloe and the peppermint loofah for your feet. For hair, you can’t beat my shampoo bar (which also eliminates one plastic bottle from your regime!). Finally, the avocado butter for sun damaged/mature skin is a wonderful moisturizer.

A: What makes your products different than the ones we could buy at the drug store?

D: I would challenge you to find a more natural product with fewer ingredients on any store shelf.

A: Who inspires you?

D: I have always been inspired by women running successful businesses. And fortunately, compliments from return customers continue to inspire me to do work!

A: What's the best part of your day?

D: When I climb into bed with my kids at night to tuck them in.


  1. Thank you for this giveaway, ladies. I'm most looking forward to the mountains and sunshine. How I miss being in them!

  2. I am looking forward to baseball starting. :)

  3. I am looking forward to getting in the creek water without freezing :)

  4. Thanks for the opportunity to try these fabulous sounding products!
    I am really looking forward to expanding my raised bed gardens, and growing more of our own food this growing season.
    ( I could use the skin pampering if I am outdoors as much as I would like to be this year!)

  5. I am looking forward to taking my kids to the beach!

  6. I'm most looking forward to being able to open all the windows around the house to let the fresh air and sunshine pour in.
    Thanks for the fun giveaway!!

  7. I'm looking forward to seeing my baby grandson who will be visiting with my son and daughter-in-law from Colorado this spring! It's been a long winter waitingto see him!
    Nice products! My D-I-L is a teacher on post maternity leave --I'll have to show her Dawn's products.

  8. Feeling the warm sun on my face. There's nothing better than that.

  9. One thing?? I am looking forward to the warmth of the sun and no more sweaters and sweatshirts! What a lovely giveaway for the upcoming season. Thank you!

  10. I'm looking forward to being outdoors with my three year old and using my plain jane skin care "peppermint loofah" so I can finally wear sandals after all of this cold weather!!!

  11. I am really looking forward to all the yummy treats and fresh veggies at the local farmer's market!

  12. I am looking forward to having the windows up-especially at night and in the morning when I can hear all the "wildlife" outside my bedroom window!