Posts Written On June 2018

Hello Summer, Goodbye Sweat!

Carpe, a skincare startup offering over-the-counter relief for excessive hand and foot sweating to the estimated 365 million hyperhidrosis sufferers worldwide, announced today that it has raised $2.3 million in seed funding. The round was co-led by the Carolina Angel Network and Duke Angel Network, affiliated with the University of North Carolina and Duke University’s alumni networks respectively. Other investors include LaunchCapital, Rubicon Venture Capital, and Triangle Angel Partners.

Seth Radwell, former CEO of skincare behemoth Proactiv, also invested and will be joining Carpe’s board of directors. Regarding his investment, Radwell said, “Hyperhidrosis is a huge yet often not discussed condition, much like acne was 25 years ago. Carpe’s focus on bringing unique solutions to this significant problem along with customers’ rave reviews are indicative of how large the brand’s potential is. Furthermore, the direct-to-consumer business model is a great way to tell the story.”

Carpe was founded in 2015 by lifelong hyperhidrosis sufferers David Spratte(UNC ’17) and Kasper Kubica (Duke ’17) when they were college sophomores. Speaking of Carpe’s co-founders, Carolina Angel Network’s managing director Randy Myer said, “Often I see college students with big dreams, but these founders made their dream a reality – and our universities are proud to stand behind them.”

Reflecting on Carpe’s origins, Spratte commented, “I vividly remember the day in high school when I decided that I was done putting up with my embarrassing sweaty hands and feet. I decided to create something that not only I could use, but also the millions of other people who have hyperhidrosis.”

Carpe founders Kasper Kubica and David Spratte (PRNewsfoto/Carpe)

Kubica added, “When we started Carpe, few investors believed that people would buy an antiperspirant lotion. Thanks to our initial advisors, and the hundreds of thousands of Carpe fans, we’ve proven that people need Carpe. This round will make it possible to bring more life-changing products to an even larger audience. We’ve grown quickly over the past few years, but our mission today is still the same as when we were working on our first formula in David’s dorm room: we want to bring relief from sweaty hands and feet to people like us. Closing this round is a mammoth step towards that goal.”

Revolutionary Solution – Carpe Antiperspirant Lotion is an over-the-counter daily treatment for sweaty hands and feet.

  • Smooth

    Carpe lotion goes on with a cool, smooth feel—natural eucalyptus oil and other great ingredients mean Carpe is 100% irritation-free
  • Effective

    Carpe contains ingredients that have been proven maximally effective – and Carpe Lotion itself is scientifically proven to work
  • Simple

    Sweaty hands and feet are a nasty problem, but Carpe is a versatile, safe, and easy way to stop them with no irritation, residue, or hassle
How It Works

Rather than applying liquid chalk to your palms or trying to make them
more grippy with resin, Carpe stops foot and hand perspiration at the source — sweat glands. The crystallized active ingredient of Carpe serves as a sweatgland-level barrier to the sweat, thereby preventing it from reaching the surface. Watch How to Use Video

About Carpe
Carpe is an antiperspirant lotion designed to reduce embarrassing hand and foot sweat, especially in patients with hyperhidrosis – an often neglected condition characterized by excessive sweating. It’s perfect for discreetly combating clammy hands in virtually any scenario – on dates, at business meetings, and even on the tennis court or golf course. Carpe’s proven formula, which was specifically formulated for maximum efficacy with no irritation, is gentle enough for prolonged daily use, and strong enough to help manage the symptoms of hyperhidrosis. Learn more at CarpeLotion.com

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ZIT NO MORE From The Better Skin Co.

Exciting news alert! The indie beauty brand The Better Skin Co.’s super strength zit zapper ZIT NO MORE is now available on RileyRose.com and Riley Rose stores nationwide.

ZIT NO MORE is a lethal acne weapon in an easy breezy rollerball. You’ll love this if you’re worried about…

  • Pimples/Blemishes
  • Oiliness
  • Sensitive skin

ZIT NO MORE sizes up at 6.0 mL / 0.2 fl. oz. for $18.

About ZIT NO MORE
Roll over those unsightly visitors and watch the magic begin. This wonder potion contains salicylic acid wrapped in three soothing essential oils. Dry up pore-offending criminals while nature’s warriors sooth and work hard to better your skinThe formula is boosted with PhytoVie® pollution defense to assist the skin with its battle against pollutants. Results can be fast and your friends may never know you had any skin troubles at all.

How to Use
1. Clean the skin thoroughly before applying this product.
2. Cover the entire affected area with a thin layer one to three times daily.
3. Because excessive drying of the skin may occur, start with one application daily, then gradually increase to two to three time daily if needed or as directed by a doctor.

Ingredients
Salicylic acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Brassica Campestris (Tung Wood)/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer (Rapeseed Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Aniba Rosodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil.

Fragrance Free
Oil Free
Paraben Free
Phthalate Free
Sulfate Free
Cruelty Free
Vegan

About The Better Skin Co.
The Better Skin Co., was founded in 2015 by trained aesthetician Natalya Rachkova and beauty industry veteran Murphy Bishop, II. Before becoming a sought-after skincare brand, The Better Skin Co., started as a recipe, brought by Natalya from her home of Uzbekistan to her new home of Seattle, Washington. Once settled in America, Natalya began making her miracle cream in small batches, and soon word of mouth spread. To keep with the demand, she partnered with Bishop. Bishop brought with him a reputation of success as well as a team of chemists that scientifically advanced the formula. Today, The Better Skin Co. blends the best of Natalya’s Uzbekistan upbringing with the technological advancements of science.

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Little Ones’ New Love in This Summer

Do you remember you always wanted to pet your furry toys when you were a kid? I did. My favorite furry toy was a pink rabbit. I wish I could have a real pet, but my mom was allergic to furry animals. So my toys are my pets, I was sleeping with my pink rabbit, eating with my pink rabbit next to me, even when I was traveling, I had to carry her together.

So many years passed, I still remember my favorite pink rabbit toy. When I met this Pom-pom pet from Pomsies, my heart melt. I feel this is like my pink rabbit, giving me the feeling to pet her! I can imagine how much the kids will love Pomsies, especially she can make 50 different reactions with sounds!

Pomsies™

Pom-pom pets that will wrap around your heart…Pomsies™ are loveable, fashionable, interactive plush pets you can wear and take anywhere.  Inspired by the pom-pom fashion trend, each Pomsies™ pet has a soft, cuddly fur face and tail you can wrap around your wrist, hair, backpack, clothing and more – they are the ultimate accessory! Pomsies are interactive with two modes of play – Virtual Pet Mode and Freeze Dance Mode. They will tell you when they are happy, sleepy, or hungry with eyes that light up in different colors and adorable sounds. Pomsies can have up to 50 different reactions with sounds only YOU can make happen. Care for your Pomsie long enough and you will be rewarded with colorful rainbow eyes, purring and other sweet sounds. The special freeze dance mode lets you play together with your friends.  There are six characters in the first Series and each comes with a grooming comb.

1 AAA battery included.

Manufacturer: Skyrocket

Ages 4+ SRP $14.99, Available July 2018

There is another super cute toy I would like to recommend. This one is not only about being cute, but also about being creative!

Puzoodles are collectible mash-up characters of food and animals for kids to build with easy snap-together pieces. Each Puzoodles puzzle piece is packaged in a surprise blind bag, and includes easy-to-follow assembly instructions. Kids can display or take them apart to build again and again 🙂
8 to collect in series 1!
  • Caterpillar Roll (Caterpillar + Sushi)
  • DinoCake (Dinosaur + Cupcake)
  • Fruity Feathers (Owl + Pineapple)
  • Kernel Llama (Llama + Popcorn)
  • Melon Bites (Shark + Watermelon)
  • Chip-Pan Zee (Monkey + Cookie)
  • Slow Food (Turtle + Burger)
  • Purrfect Taco (Kitty + Taco)

Let me give an example with my favorite character – Caterpillar Roll!

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Isn’t it genius? This is definitely the best way to encourage kids making creative works, at the same time developing their ability to build things. Look, how cute the character is! It is nice to display at kids’ rooms too. And the greatest thing is, kids can rebuild it again and again. They can build a DinoCake the next day which is the combine of dinosaur and cupcake.

 

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Perfect Wedding Gift – A Box Full Of Happiness

Summer is definitely a wedding season! I have three wedding events on my calendar through the Summer and Fall – two are girl friends’ and one from the family. About the wedding gift, I never want to send a gift card – because everyone will choose the easiest way to buy a gift card. But I am not saying gift card isn’t good, your friends just need something more unique and they can remember your sweetness afterwards.

For June 23rd, my girl friend Miss L’s wedding, I have prepared a great gift for her and I am a hundred percent confident about this lovely gift that she would love love love it. But now, let me talk about Miss L first. She is an American girl grew up in Long Island. She is very beautiful with long blonde hair, she’s tall, skinny… When the first time I met her through our common friend, I made my mind to make friends with her. The most wonderful thing is she speaks perfect Mandarin since she lived in China for work for a couple of years. She knows I come from China and we talked a lot in Mandarin! Not only about the language, she also knows very well about Chinese culture.

So in her wedding, I will surprise her with the perfect gift – A Box Full Of Happiness from RITUALS. This box is from the collection named Happy Buddha.

What is Happy Buddha?

Inspired by the ancient monk whose legendary smile brought happiness wherever he went, The Ritual of Happy Buddha collection was created to boost body and soul with a burst of positivity. Infused with Sweet Orange and Cedar Wood, every product in the relaunched home and body collection puts a radiant smile on your face. Discover this uplifting collection and spread joy wherever you go and whatever you do.

Every Chinese people should have a big influence by Laughing Buddha, at least my generation. I remember when I grew up, every single my family member’s home has a statue or painting of this culture symbol. We believe he can bring the good luck, happiness and healthiness to our lives. We really believe in this and it has been a long history in Eastern culture for thousands of years.

I am so surprise to see RITUALS has this lovely collection and it means a lot to the people who love oriental cultures.

The reason it can be a perfect wedding gift is because the knot on the package is a sign of marriage in China. It combines two same words together to be a new non-existing word. The two words is in Mandarin meaning happiness. So the new word is double happiness. Isn’t it so cute?

Let’s see what are inside the box?

THE RITUAL OF LAUGHING BUDDHA – REVITALIZING COLLECTION

$65.00

foaming shower gel 200ml, body scrub 125 gr, body cream 200ml, bed & body mist 50ml

This wonderful gift pack is the perfect present for a friend or family member or for treating yourself!

  • Contains a shower foam, body scrub, body cream, and bed and body spray
  • With these fresh and revitalising products you will create a moment of happiness every day
  • Give the gift box a second lease of life by keeping photographs, letters, or other items in it
  • Free re-usable luxury storage box

There is another choice for the gift box as a much lower cost.

THE RITUAL OF LAUGHING BUDDHA – REVITALIZING TREAT

$28.00

foaming shower gel 50ml, shower oil 75ml, body scrub 70ml, body cream 70ml

This wonderful gift pack is the perfect present for a friend or family member or for treating yourself!

  • Contains shower foam, shower oil, body scrub, and body cream
  • With these fresh and revitalising products you will create a moment of happiness every day
  • Give the gift box a second lease of life by keeping photographs, letters, or other items in it
  • Free re-usable luxury storage box

If you would love to have something to explore by yourself

or make your own gift box,

there are so many choices from RITUALS online shop.

THE RITUAL OF HAPPY BUDDHA BODY CREAM REFILL

$29.00

rich and nourishing body cream

  • Body cream refill pack specially developed for The Ritual of Happy Buddha body cream jar
  • Save 70% in CO2 emissions, 65% in energy and use 45% less water by using the new eco-chic refill concept
  • The natural ingredients Sweet Orange and Cedar Wood provide a wonderfully warm fragrance
  • Buy the refill pack and reuse the luxury pot
  • Refill for the Ritual of Happy Buddha Body Cream

A light tap on the bottom of the luxurious The Ritual of Happy Buddha body cream pot helps you replace your empty refill jar.

THE RITUAL OF HAPPY BUDDHA USA FRAGRANCE STICKS

$39.00

home fragrance sticks

  • Fragrance sticks based on Sweet Orange and Cedar Wood
  • A natural and stylish way to beautifully fragrance your home. Works for around three months
  • Give your interior a refined fragrant accent with Cedar Wood and the refreshing aroma of Sweet Orange
  • Perfect for use anywhere in the home: from living room to bathroom, kitchen and toilet
  • Tip: to continue the fragrance experience, you can combine the fragrance sticks with The Ritual of Happy Buddha scented candle

Place the elegant, natural sticks in the perfume-filled bottle. This formula does not require the sticks to be turned. If you would like an extra fragrance experience, turn the sticks whenever you like. Wash your hands with soap and water afterwards. NB: if you turn the sticks often, they may last less than 3 months.

There are still more products from Happy Buddha I want to introduce to you. You can check out everything on RITUALS’s website. I can’t wait to bring this box full of happiness to my friend and wish her a happy marriage to a happy life!

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Get Ready to Define YOU!

Get ready for the ultimate in moisture that lets you define YOU. Mixed Chicks’ Coil, Kink and Curl is one of their newest products that is great for styling while nourishing too!

Sold worldwide, the top selling brand for the “curly set” has been letting customers globally pamper themselves.

Their Coil, Kink and Curl is yet another amazing addition to their product line and features:

  • Six nourishing oils to help retain moisture
  • Makes styling easy
  • Great for for wash & go, finger styling, two strand twists, coils and spirals.
  • Promotes growth and adds definition
  • Ideal for thicker, fuller textures

The Coil, Kink and Curl is great for Wash-n-Go and to extend your favorite styles. Grab some and style as YOU wish!

$12- available on www.mixedchicks.net as well as stores nationwide including Target, Rite Aid and more.

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Bubbles Bubbles – Glove A Bubbles

Last week was Ryan’s Birthday. Guess what did I prepare for him? A bubble show. I highly recommend this lovely show at Manhattan Time Square District – The Gazillion Bubble Show. It was wonderful and miracle.

Actually now you can play the bubble at wherever you want with Glove-A-Bubbles. It is perfect for kids because of the cute glove style package.

Churn out oodles and oodles of BUBBLES with just the wave of your hand with Glove-A-Bubbles, new from Zing! Get ready to wave and play!

Kids simply remove the bubble pouch from the glove and pour the bubble solutions into the pouch. Dip the glove into the bubble pouch, wave your glove back and forth and watch tons of delightful bubbles form instantly, right before your eyes. Never ending bubbles for never ending fun!

Glove-A-Bubbles come with one glove and two packs of bubble solution. The pouch is also re-sealable and refillable. Glove-A-Bubbles come in eight different animal-themed gloves, including lion, alligator, hippopotamus, elephant, dinosaur, panda, bunny and monkey. There’s a Glove-A-Bubbles for everyone!

For ages 3+. Available Now. US: $2.99 CA: $3.99. US Retailers: Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club. CA Retailers: Walmart Canada, Amazon, Mastermind Toys, Indigo.

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