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The Personal Care Edition

My Buttered Life
Recipes using primary butters and oils to feed the skin

Cover photo shows products:


Back: Deodorant, Solid Perfume, Black Toothpaste
Front: Hair Butter, Facial Cream
Cover Design: Sarah Dyess
http://www.sarahdyess.com
My Buttered Life e-book series owned by MadeOn
http://www.hardlotion.com
Copyright 2013

Table of Contents
WHAT IS MY BUTTERED LIFE?

MY SHOPPING LIST

INGREDIENT LIST OF BENEFITS

CREATE YOUR OWN SCENT BLEND

FACIAL CREAM

11

HAIR BUTTER (WITH BONUS: BEARD CONDITIONER)

12

BLACK TOOTHPASTE

13

DEODORANT

14

SOLID PERFUME

15

RECOMMENDED STORAGE

16

WHERE TO PURCHASE SUPPLIES

17

CONTACT ME

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My Buttered Life
Recipes using primary butters and oils to feed the skin

What is My Buttered Life?


My Buttered Life,The Personal Care edition, is the fourth of a series of guides
containing recipes that are simple and effective, do not take complicated
equipment to create, and can be made in your own kitchen.
In this book, we tackle personal care products. Ive worked and re-worked these
recipes over the past two years, as personal care is perhaps the most basic, yet
important, area of skin care coverage. In this edition, I introduce you to the
benefits of clay as a recipe ingredient.
The products: the facial cream recipe is one of the simplest recipes in this e-book
to make. Its my go-to cream when I wake up to a face that feels tight from
excessive dryness. The hair butter is a product Ive sold in my online store for
years and Ive finally brought the recipe here for you to enjoy. Men and women
with dry hair that needs added natural oils benefit the most from this recipe. Its
handy for flyaway hair and can also be used as a styling agent. Black toothpaste
takes the best of natural toothpaste recipes, leaves out any unnecessary
ingredients, cleans your teeth and gums, and makes your teeth feel smooth while
your mouth feels refreshed. The deodorant recipe went through the biggest work
out. I took a fewpopular online deodorant recipes,read up on what didnt work,
kept the ingredients that worked, and replaced some of the other ingredients with
clay and zinc oxide. After several months of testing, I still love the results, and so
does my husband, who uses it daily. Lastly, a perfume stick is the perfect product
to keep in your purse or to give as a gift. Use essential oils to customize with the
scent you want!
Other benefits:

Each recipe has five ingredients or less.


Each recipe can be completed in less than 30 minutes.
Save money by making your own products.
Each recipe uses safe ingredients, most of which are edible.

Every recipe has an accompanying link to watch a how-to video with more
information than whats included in this e-book. The links in the recipes will
take you to From Nature With Loves (FNWL) website. If you choose to
purchase ingredients from FNWL, or Mountain Rose Herbs, a small portion
of the sale comes to me and is put toward future My Buttered Life editions.

The Story Behind My Buttered Life


I still remember the day I made my first hard lotion bar. It was December 2008,
with Christmas right around the corner. My fingers adorned bandages rather than
rings, due to the endless problem I had with cracked fingers that split to the point
of bleeding. It was not exactly a Norman Rockwell view of Christmas, even with
the smell of baked bread wafting through the house.
I had heard of a lotion bar but didnt know much about it. This was a unique
lotion packed with beeswax, the one ingredient that turned a creamy lotion into a
hard bar. Recipes abound on Google, containingingredients like shea butter,
avocado butter, olive oil, mango butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, almond oil, aloe
vera butter, palm oil, wheat germ oil, coconut oil and then there were the
essential oils, fragrance oils, and additives. Where in the world would I begin?
I started with the easiest recipe I could find: coconut oil, shea butter and
beeswax.
Years later, Im using the same base of simple ingredients to make rash cream,
sunscreen, hair butter, belly butter, facial cream, and more. Just like your core
ingredients in the kitchen (milk, butter, and eggs), much can be done with a base
of butters and oils that are tweaked to create a skin care solution.
Not only have my fingers been pain-free since that day in December, but the
creation of the bar triggered an idea to begin a small business. Within two years
of making the first lotion bar, our family turned it into a full-time business,which
has brought the hard lotion bar to thousands of hands that are now clear and cutfree. Many hard lotion consumers have also contributed inspiration and
conversation that led to more recipes and more solutions.
I hope these recipes will inspire you. Youll have great results with the products
you create, and I assure you that youll come up with your own variations to
make new products. Once you get your hands on natural oils and butters, youll
gain a new appreciation for the trees, plants, nuts, fruits, and seeds that bring us
these amazing ingredients. The best part is that theyll increase your quality of
life as they work to benefit your skin.
Let me know how your experience goes with your new skin care products, and
enjoy YOUR buttered life.
Renee Harris
MadeOn Skin Care Products
www.hardlotion.com

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My Shopping List
Ingredient
Check these links
often for monthly
specials!!
Beeswax

From Nature With Love

Mountain Rose Herbs

Specials page

Specials page

Beeswax, yellow, pellets

Beeswax, yellow, pellets

8 oz. $6.68

16 oz. $11.00

Shea Butter, refined

Shea Butter, unrefined

4 oz. $4.75

4 oz. $4.75

Refined coconut oil

Refined coconut oil

1 gallon $50.00 (smallest size)

1 gallon $32.00 (smallest size)

Various essential oils

Various essential oils

Prices vary

Prices vary

Shea Butter

Coconut Oil

Essential Oils

Zinc Oxide

Zinc Oxide

Not available

8 oz. $17.81
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
16 oz. $8.75

Sweet Almond Oil


16 oz. $9.00

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite Clay

1 lb $12.50

1 lb $6.00

Bentonite Clay
Dead Sea Salt
Sea Salt
2 lb $15.00
*Activated
Charcoal

Not available

(see activated charcoal link below


that combines the salt with the
activated charcoal)
Black Lava Salt
1 lb $8.00

Containers
Boston Round Bottle w/ pump
Toothpaste
$2.02 each

Check website for pump


containers and tops.

Deodorant

Deodorant Container

Solid Perfume

$2.25 each

Not available

Clear glass jars


Prices vary $1.24 +

Clear glass jars

Jars and Tins

Prices vary - $1.65 +

Various sizes and prices

Tins

4 oz. Flat Cream Jar, white, plastic

Various sizes and prices $.65 +

Facial Cream
Hair Butter
Beard Conditioner
Solid Perfume
$2.00 each

(The links above are affiliate links.)

*Follow Katie at WellnessMama for more on activated charcoal, including the brand she
purchases: http://wellnessmama.com/247/how-to-use-activated-charcoal/

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Ingredient List of Benefits


BEESWAX: Clean, pure, comes in white or yellow, in blocks or pastilles, beeswax
gives off a slightly fragrant honey scent. Beeswax acts as an emulsifier in skin care
products and adds body or hardness where required. Look for filtered beeswax
when purchasing. Long shelf life.
COCONUT OIL: This oil is light, non-greasy, and melts at 76 degrees. It is useful in
formulations for dry, itchy skin and absorbs easily into the skin. Shelf life: two years.
SHEA BUTTER: Shea butter can be purchased refined or unrefined. The unrefined
carries a smoky scent while the refined is primarily odor-less. Both are tan or yellow
in color. If not stirred well into the rest of the ingredients, shea butter can produce a
bit of graininess in texture in your final product. Its high fatty acid content
provides the skin a rich emollient that protects the skin. Shelf life: 1-2 years.
ESSENTIAL OILS:Extracted from flowers, bark, fruits, herbs and spices, essential
oils are highly concentrated oils that add a rich aroma to your product.
CARRIER OILS: These include sweet almond, apricot kernel, grape seed, sunflower,
olive, jojoba, hazelnut, and more. They add stability to skin care products while
softening and re-conditioning the skin. Shelf life: 1 year.
BENTONITE CLAY: This clay from volcanic ash sediment is used in this e-books
toothpaste and deodorant recipes as a toxin binder and product thickener. Its
excellent to keep on hand for stings, burns and cuts. Check out Redmond Clay or
purchase from one of the suppliers on page six. Long shelf life.
ACTIVATED CHARCOAL: Keep this on hand as a poison antidote as it absorbs most
organic toxins. Its a very fine powder so its extremely messy. Because its a known
teeth whitener, activated charcoal is a key ingredient in this e-books black
toothpaste. Long shelf life.
SEA SALT: I include sea salt in the toothpaste here as both an anti-bacterial and
flavoring agent.Check out Redmonds for their Real Salt or purchase from one of the
suppliers on page six. Long shelf life.
ZINC OXIDE POWDER: Zinc oxide is to white what activated charcoal is to black:
fine, powdery, odorless, and messy. Zinc is an inert earth mineral that thickens the
product, but more importantly, zinc acts as an anti-irritant and potentially an
antioxidant.Long shelf life.

Create Your Own Scent Blend


Trying to determine your unique scent blend can be overwhelming (and expensive!) for
a first-timer. Let this page boost your confidence and give you a starting point.
Ultimately, let your nose be your guide.
ESSENTIAL OILS 101
Essential oils (EOs) are categorized by notes: Top Note, Middle Note and Base
Note. Essential oils can move between two categories;some are listed in two
categories on the following page.
Base Note EOs are the long lasting notes. The scent will linger long after the top
notes have faded away. Be careful with these as they can overpower the blend, and
are usually the most expensive. Start with a base note, then add your middle notes
and finally your top notes.
Middle Note EOs add body and warmth to a blend. Youll find your heavier florals
here. Most essential oils fall into this category, although they may be listed toward
the top or bottom of this category.
Top Note EOs evaporate faster than middle and base notes. Of all the notes, this
category can have more drops of EO in your blend than the other two categories.
Top Note EOs are usually light and uplifting scents, and theyre usually the notes
you smell first. They tend to be light florals or citrus.
Essential Oil Groups: Essential oils are the liquids that are extracted from many
parts of plants. An entire plant, when distilled, might only produce a drop of
essential oil, which is why they are so potent. Here are the major group categories:
Citrus, Flowers, Exotics, Resins, Spices, Trees, Herbs.
To create your signature perfume, use this ratio of base/middle/top: 1:2:4
Translate those to 1 drop of base, 2 drops of middle and 4 drops of top to start with.
When you have the fragrance you want, multiply that to create your essential oil
base for your recipe. Use this guide as a starting point; youre absolutely free to
change the amount you put in your own personal blend.
Your nose is your guide. Dont forget to have a small cup of coffee beans on hand to
clear the nasal palate between sniffing fragrances. This clears the nose from
previously inhaled scents.
When shopping, be careful to check the ingredient list of the essential oil you buy.
You wont find an affordable pure vanilla or jasmine essential oil. They are usually
blended with another oil. Make sure that alcohol is not listed as an ingredient.

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Base Note

Middle Note

Top Note

Benzoin

Camphor

Anise

Cedarwood

Cardamom

Basil, sweet

Frankincense

Cedarwood

Bergamot

Jasmine

Chamomile, German

Chamomile, Roman

Myrrh

Cinnamon

Citronella

Patchouli

Clary Sage

Eucalyptus

Sandalwood

Clove

Grapefruit

Jasmine

Lavender

Lemon Eucalyptus

Lemon

Peppermint

Lemongrass

Pine

Lime

Rose

Orange

Geranium

Spearmint

Rosemary

Wintergreen

Tea Tree
Thyme
YlangYlang

Essential oils vs fragrance oils: Fragrance oils are a synthetic imitation of pure
essential oils, and while essential oils should be your first choice, you could also opt
for fragrance oils. You may find that choosing a blend of essential oils is to
expensive, risky, or intimidating. Or, you may decide that what you really want is
for your solid perfume stick to smell just like Chanel No. 5 or your deodorant to
match Old Spice. From Nature With Love has over 300 fragrance oils to choose from
that will make your gift-giving a guaranteed I love this! Check out their huge
selection to get just the fragrance you want. They even have a list specifically
phthalate-free: From Nature With Love's List of Phthalate Free Fragrance Oils An
extra tip: FNWL allows you to add free fragrance oil samples to your order if its
over $75.00!

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Facial Cream
A more precise name for this may be emollient but I call it my go-to cream for the
face. Because my face is naturally oily, I only use this when I wake up with a tightfeeling face, or after I swim. A small amount can be used under make-up but
discontinue this practice if it appears to clog your pores or produce breakouts. If you
have wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, or your skin seems to be aging faster than you are,
add the optional rose hip seed oil.

Ingredients

Measurements

Weight

Beeswax

1 TBS

Coconut Oil

cup

4 oz.

Rose Hip Seed Oil*(opt)

tsp

tsp

Total Weight

4.75 oz.

oz. (add up to oz
more in hot weather)

*Rose Hip Seed oil is an amazing moisturizer for wrinkled or aged skin, skin damaged from overexposure to the sun, or
burned skin. Do not use it on acne or very oily skin.

Instructions
1. Melt the beeswax and coconut oil using the double boiler method. Add rose hip seed oil,
if using, and stir with a wooden skewer.
2. Pour into container(s) and cool until set.
3. IMPORTANT: Clean out all residue from equipment with paper towels while still hot, and
follow up with washing equipment in hot, soapy water.

Benefits

Nourishesskin and is safe for all skin types, preferably dry skin.

Cost to Make (If ordering ingredients from FNWL): $5.62 for 4.75 oz.
Watch video here: http://youtu.be/p8OGrVdweUU
Troubleshooting: If its too thick, remelt and add more coconut oil. To thicken, remelt and add
more beeswax. If adding essential oil(s), stir in right before pouring into containers.

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Hair Butter (With Bonus: Beard Conditioner)


The invention of MadeOns hair butter has an interesting background. My neighbor
was attempting to apply the lotion bar to her hair to add shine and texture, and asked
if I could modify the recipe to work better for her hair. My sister had just adopted a
little baby from Ethiopia, and a local friend was wrapping up paperwork to add three
Ethiopian children to her family. I had plenty of hair to experiment with. After a few
go-arounds, Second Life Hair Butter was formulated and hair butter enthusiasts tell
me that if I had to give up one product in my store, please dont let it be the hair
butter.

Ingredients

Measurements

Weight

Beeswax

cup

Shea Butter

1/3 cup + 1 TBS

3 oz.

Coconut Oil

1/3 cup

2.75 oz.

Essential Oil (opt)

tsp

tsp

Total Weight:

6.75 oz.

1 oz. (add oz. more in


hot weather)

Instructions
1. Combine beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler.
2. Melt the ingredients, remove from heat, cool slightly, and stir in essential oil using a
wooden skewer.
3. Pour into containers.
4. IMPORTANT: Clean out all residue from equipment with paper towels while still hot, and
follow up with washing equipment in hot, soapy water.
Benefits

Controls coarse, wavy, or dry hair.


Tames frizz and softens curls.

Cost to Make (If ordering ingredients from FNWL): $8.95 for 6.75 oz.
Watch video herehttp://youtu.be/jyMieibuzhg
Beard Conditioner :Follow the instructions above but use these amounts: 1 oz. beeswax, 2
oz. coconut oil, 3 1/3 oz.shea butter. Optional: stir in 30 drops total of a combination of
cedarwood, sandalwood and clove essential oils before pouring.

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Black Toothpaste
Are you up for a challenge? Making this is easy, but whats challenging is to get over
the white, foaming paste that youre used to, and replace it with black toothpaste. It
was inspired by my favorite toothpaste,Earthpaste, but with a tweak in ingredients.
The clay is there, the xylitol is out (add it if you wish, for sweetness, but I prefer using
essential oils and salt for flavor), and the water is replaced with oil. Heres my
distinguishing ingredient: activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is a safe, edible
botanical substance that whitens teeth, so its a natural add-in for this toothpaste.
Keep activated charcoal on hand in your apothecary in case a family member
accidentally ingests a toxin or chemical (it absorbs chemicals to reduce their toxicity).

Ingredients
Carrier oil(sweet almond,
apricot kernel, grape seed, hazelnut)

Amount
1/3 cup or 3 oz.

Bentonite clay*

6 TBS

Activated charcoal

tsp

Sea salt*

tsp
4 drops tea tree

Essential oil**
15 drops peppermint

Total Weight 4.5oz


*I recommend Redmond Clay and Redmond Real Salt
**Essential oils that are great for the mouth: peppermint, spearmint, clove, rosemary, myrrh, eucalyptus, cinnamon

Instructions
1. Mix clay and oil well. Stir in activated charcoal and sea salt. Mix well.
2. Add essential oils and stir well.
3. Pour into squeezable container (ketchup-type condiment containers are perfect).
Benefits
Black toothpaste contains no fluoride, chemicals, foaming agents or colorants. It simply
cleans your teeth and gums, and refreshes your mouth.
Cost to Make (If ordering ingredients from FNWL): $4.16 for 4.5 oz.
Watch video here: http://youtu.be/-tTm21SqWqM

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Deodorant
If youve followed skin care DIY on the web over the past couple of years, youll find
plenty of recipes for an easy deodorant using baking soda and coconut oil as the
primary ingredients. Youll also find complaints that baking soda irritated the skin, or
that the deodorant wasnt stable in all seasons. I really wanted something with a bit of
zinc oxide to soothe an armpit rash. I also wanted to replace the baking soda with
something less irritating. Clay came to the rescue. Finally, I didnt want to scoop it
onto my pits. Beeswax would take care of that. Enjoy this recipe and feel free to come
up with your own favorite scent combination using the chart on page 10.

Ingredients

Measurements

Weight

Beeswax

cup

2 oz.

Coconut oil

cup

6 oz.

Zinc oxide

3 tsp

3 tsp

Bentonite clay

6 tsp

6 tsp

Essential oils

Approx. 2 tsp

Approx. 2 tsp

Total Weight:

9 oz.

Instructions
1. Place beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler. Melt.
2. Add zinc oxide powder and bentonite clay. Using a stick blender, blend until everything is
well mixed. Wait 20 minutes to cool slightly.
3. Blend again. Stir in essential oils. Pour into container(s) quickly. Deodorant is ready when
solidified. Store at room temperature.
4. IMPORTANT: Clean out all residue from equipment with paper towels while still hot,and
follow up with washing equipment in hot, soapy water.
Benefits
Soothes irritated skin, fights body odor. Not an antiperspirant.
Cost to Make (If ordering ingredients from FNWL):$12.67 for 4 standard deodorant tubes
Watch video here:

http://youtu.be/afYWOF-ShY0

Q: Can I use a regular blender instead of a stick blender?


A: I wouldnt advise that. It can be compared to cleaning a container with hardened bacon fat:
its easier to wipe out than wash out. Some have had success with a hand held mixer.

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Solid Perfume
A long time customer, Michelle Carr, shared with me that she made a solid perfume
using some of her own perfume. It seemed to last longer in the solid form, she said, and
she was able to make it the way she liked it. She sent me a sample and I knew
immediately that this was something I had to share. I played around with her recipe
and researched some essential oil combinations to come up with a blend that I liked.
Essential oils are better for the skin than alcohol-based perfumes, the scent lasts
longer (alcohol-based perfumes evaporate), and with a carrier oil, you nourish the skin
where applied. Be sure to review the essential oils on pages 9-10 to come up with your
own unique scent.

Ingredients

Measurements

Weight

3 TBS

1.5 oz.

Beeswax

cup

1 oz.

Essential oil(s)*

to 1 tsp

to 1 tsp

Total Weight

2.5 oz.

Carrier oil(sweet almond,


apricot kernel, grapeseed, hazelnut)

Instructions
1. Decide ahead of time what your scent blend will be and set the oils aside in a small
container.
2. Melt the beeswax and carrier oil in a double boiler.
3. Remove from heat, stir in the essential oils and pour into your containers. You can use
small tins or lip balm tubes.
4. Allow to harden, and then use or give as gifts.
5. If using fragrance oil instead of essential oil, use cosmetic grade oil and double the
amount. See note on fragrance oils at the bottom of page 10.
Benefits: Alcohol-free, long-lasting scent that does not dry out the skin or quickly evaporate.
Cost to Make

(If ordering ingredients from FNWL): $5.11 for 15 lip balm size (.15 oz) tubes

Watch video here: http://youtu.be/8fImkLum8_g1


Troubleshooting: To ensure that your finished product has the correct hardness for your
liking, remove some lip balm from an old lip balm tube and drop the melted perfume stick
mixture into the tube, wait for it to harden, and then test on your skin. Do this before adding
essential oils and before pouring (essential oils should not be heated for a long period of time).
If you want to change the scent of your finished product, you can re-melt and add other
essential oils, but note that the efficacy of the essential oils will diminish when heated, and may
require more essential oils.

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Recommended Storage
Storage of Ingredients
All oils and butters used in this recipe book should be kept in a cool, dry place. They will last
a good six months or longer, depending on the age of the oil when you purchased it. Anoff smell
is an easy way to detect that the oils or butters are going rancid. Beeswax will last indefinitely
and powder products depend on the shelf life noted on the ingredient packaging. Essential oils
tend to last one to two years, unless otherwise noted on the container.
Essential oils, for providing scent, must be kept in a cool, dry, dark environment. When you
are purchasing the oils, you will usually find them in dark containers, such as smoky-brown glass
bottles.These protect the oils from direct light. Do not store them in plastic.

Storage of Finished Products


All products in this e-book should be stored in a cool, dry, dark place, and used within a
year.

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Where to Purchase Supplies


Ingredients and Containers:
Mountain Rose Herbs: (recipe ingredients and containers)
http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/index.php?AID=123053
From Nature With Love (recipe ingredients and containers)
http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/?affiliate=34177
GloryBeeFoods: (recipe ingredients) http://glorybeefoods.com/
Specialty Bottle: (containers) http://www.specialtybottle.com/
MadeOn Skin Care (DIY kit) http://www.hardlotion.com/diy-hard-lotion-kit/
Labels:
Brown Kraft Labels (labels and tags) http://www.brownkraftlabels.com
Creative Label Studio: (create your own labels or have them customized)
http://www.creativelabelstudio.com
Online Labels: (buy labels in bulk and save) www.onlinelabels.com
Labels by the Sheet: (only buy the sheets you need): http://www.labelsbythesheet.com/
DIY Skin Care Product eBooks:
My Buttered Life: Baby edition $5.00 http://www.hardlotion.com/ebook/
This third edition of the My Buttered Life series features five baby recipes: baby
massage oil, baby balm (BeesilkJr), creamy baby lotion, diaper rash cream, and
oatmeal milk bath. Included is a chart of safe essential oils for baby, as well as a
chart showing 17 Ways to Massage a Baby.
My Buttered Life: Gift edition $5.00http://www.hardlotion.com/ebook/
This second edition of the My Buttered Life series features five gift-giving recipes:
chocolate body mousse, flavored lip balm, chocolate peppermint hard lotion,
scented and shaped hard lotion, and beeswax candles. It includes packaging
ideas, a three-in-one project to finish three recipes in one afternoon.
My Buttered Life: Summer edition $5.00http://www.hardlotion.com/ebook/
The first edition of the My Buttered Life series features five skin-nourishing
summer recipes: bug repellent bar, foot protector bar, full body skin conditioner,
tan enhancer, and sunscreen. It includes a shopping list and where to purchase
supplies.

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Contact Me
I hope you enjoyed this e-book.
I would love to hear how your experience went with creating your own skin
care products. Feel free to contact me with questions or observations, and let me
know if you have products youd like me to re-create using natural butters and
oils. Id love the challenge!
I would also love to include your photos on my website or your stories of how
you used your homemade products.
http://hardlotion.com/ebook/
Renee Harris
MadeOn Skin Care
renee@hardlotion.com
Website: http://www.hardlotion.com
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