True Romantic? Meet Susan Carton

Are you a True Romantic? Susan Carton is

Susan Carton has created this exciting new business titled True Romantic Jewelry Spa & Boutique. Susan just happens to be my second cousin. Although we live far apart, social media has enabled our widespread extended family to keep in touch. Sharing our experiences, good and bad, is easier than ever!

Much like myself, Susan quit her corporate job at the age of 52 to pursue her own dream. Creating her own jewelry, promoting other designers she admires, repairing and cleaning jewelry is much more rewarding and exciting. I am so proud of her for joining the freedom 52 club.

What Services does True Romantic Provide?

Who better to explain just what the business is all about than Susan herself:

Are you a True Romantic?  Susan Carton is

Where is True Romantic Jewelry Spa & Boutique Located?

Although currently located in Scranton, Susan is moving her business to a bigger and better location in Pawtucket. Both locations are in Rhode Island. Of course, the spa services and cleaning/repairs while you wait are done only if you happen to physically be in that vicinity.

Online Shopping Option for Jewelry and Gifts

For those of us not located anywhere near Rhode Island, True Romantic does offer online shopping. Order unique jewelry and gift items with delivery services anywhere in the world.

If we have improved at one thing throughout this pandemic, it has to be online shopping! I am no exception. As long as you are aware of the potential for scammers and less than quality items offered online, it can be very convenient.

Private Parties

The True Romantic jewelry workshop is more than just a place to learn new skills – it’s a warm and inviting space for great people to get together and have a fun time learning and making something new.

There are so many ways to join the fun – book a private party (up to 6 of your favorite people), come as a couple to make wedding bands, sign up alone to a scheduled workshop and meet other great people! Susan can’t wait to meet you and see what you make!

My True Romantic Plans

I have two ancient rings that my husband purchased for me way back when. One is an opal surrounded by garnets. The other is a cluster style, diamond engagement ring. I also have a wedding band but it is not something that can be worn alone as it fits against the diamond ring. Another problem? Most of the stones are chipped or missing. I am horribly brutal on any kind of jewelry, that’s why I barely wear any these days.

I would love to get a simple wedding band made, something I could wear while working in my gardens, as well as a fancier ring for social events. That is if we ever get to attend social events any time soon.

This is one of Susan’s bands I am contemplating, a sterling silver, rope twist stacker:

Are you a True Romantic? Susan Carton is

For the fancier piece, I would love to incorporate the gold and stones that do remain on my old rings and/or birthstones of my grandchildren. I will rely on the expert as combining all of these elements might be too complicated.

Are you a True Romantic? Be sure to visit the jewelry selection on Susan’s website to see what catches your eye.

Essential Oils for Fragrance, Health and Skin Care as Nature Intended

Essential Oils

If you are not aware of what essential oils can do for you, it’s time to learn. Current research is revealing the presence of many harmful toxins in perfumes, air fresheners, cleaning, and laundry products. I am not surprised as have had reactions to anything scented for years now.

What exactly are essential oils?

Essentially (pun intended) essential oils are concentrated aromatic compounds made from plants. Each plant has its own unique scent or flavor known scientifically as its essence. They are to be inhaled or diluted to rub on the skin but never ingested. Research claims they have the power to control our emotions and moods and even our health.

As you can probably imagine, essential oils come in many scents. Just think of all the unique scents in nature. You can buy them individually or in sets of many different aromas.

Essential oils can be purchased in bottles or rollers for easy application to your skin. My personal favourite scent is called Citrus Kiss for a subtle sweet lemon scent. I also love the Skin Envy combination of essential oils on my face.

I get both online from Vitality Extracts.  Check out their website for all the different options, there are tons!

How do you use essential oils?

Essential oils can be used as perfume to be worn in jewelry that diffuses the scent of the oil as you wear it. Bracelets, necklaces, and rings are very popular and quite elegant worn as casual jewelry. They contain either lava stones, semi-precious stones, or glass beads that you rub the oil onto.

These versatile essential oils can also be used to scent your laundry by adding a few drops to dryer balls or a damp facecloth in your load as it goes into the dryer. Another way to use them around the house is to put drops on a cotton ball or tissue to deodorize garbage cans and other smelly spots. I add a few drops to cotton balls and stick them in the filter holder of my vacuum cleaner. Or add some to a misting or spray bottle with water to spray on carpets, rugs, furniture, etc. A few drops of lavender oil on our under your pillow is reportedly a great way to ensure a relaxing sleep.

If you don’t wear jewelry, an even more convenient way to use essential oils is with a room diffuser. Like a vaporizer, you add drops of oil to water in the diffuser, plug it in, and turn it on so the aroma spreads through your room. With many colors, shapes, and sizes available, you can be sure to find one to suit your décor in any room. You can even get a diffuser for your car instead of using the old-fashioned, tree-shaped, smelly things of yesteryear.

Conclusion

Get with the times. Throw out all your Febreze-type air fresheners that are loaded with toxins affecting your nervous system. These wonderful, natural perfumes can be mixed together to create your own unique or signature scent.

Prices are amazingly low right now, be sure to take advantage of the sales!

Update

As this post is modified from an older one, an update is in order. I have tried most of the options for incorporating essential oils into my life. In fact, I recently became an influencer” with Vitality Essentials. That should tell you how much I love essential oils!

My personal favourite method of use is the room diffuser of which I now have two in my home. The roll-ons are the most convenient method; I keep a few in my purse and lying around the house for a quick application. I still love the lemon-scented Citrus Kiss the best too. I’m also still relying on the Skin Envy combination of frankincense, sandalwood, and myrrh oils to keep my skin hydrated and smooth, especially during these drier months.