Category Archives: Texas

Changes – Goodbye, Houston and Hello, NOLA

We appreciate each and every one of you.   Stuart Miles photo.

We appreciate each and every one of you.
Stuart Miles photo.

We’re leaving, Houston, but didn’t want to go without first saying goodbye.

Charles’ health became worse here. We’re not sure why, but it did.  It led us to the decision to leave.   The weather was hot, but beautiful.  The people were nice and welcomed us with open arms.

As of right now, we’re back in NOLA and tying up loose ends in Houston.   We’ll always appreciate you and remember our time here with fondness.   We’ll miss you.

And NOLA, we’re back!

The food, the Saints, the people!  We missed the love while we were away and are so glad we had the opportunity to return home.  It doesn’t mater where we go, you will always call us back.  And we don’t plan to leave you for long ever again.

Thank you for welcoming us back.  For always being the place we feel we belong.

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Happy Father’s Day

What do you call your dad? Father? Daddy? Dad? Pop? Whatever he answers to, make sure you give him a shout this weekend. He’ll appreciate it.

From all of us at Noir Naurals to all of the dads, grandpas, stepfathers, and father-figures, have a Happy Father’s Day!

 Sira Anamwong photo

Sira Anamwong photo

To learn more about Noir Naturals and how we’ll celebrate Father’s Day, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, G+, or Pinterest. Not into social media? Visit us at NoirNaturals.com to learn more about us, our products, and our travel schedule.


Semi-Wordless Wednesday: Backyard Goodies

We love gardening on our time off.  This is just a sample of the goodies in our backyard.

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The Magnolia is the classic Southern flower to us. There is something romantic about the blooms.

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We love the pop of color from Loquats. Subtle and stunning at the same time. And they make a lovely snack.

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Bonus wild blackberries! We found these while clearing brush and pulling weeds.

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It’s hard to leave them alone.

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This was the first pop of wild berry color we saw. Of course we had to take a few shots.

We also have azaleas and fig trees.  We’re waiting for the figs to bear and have vision of fig preserves on the brain.  How does your garden grow?

To learn more about Noir Naturals and what we have planned on and off the clock, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, G+, or Pinterest.  Not into social media?  Visit us at NoirNaturals.com to learn more about us, our products, and our travel schedule.


Congratulaions to our Mother’s Day Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to our Mother's Day winners!

Congratulations to our Mother’s Day winners!

There is a lot of love for mothers and we could not be happier.  We had so many entrants in our Mother’s Day Giveaway, we decided to add a fourth prize.  Congratulations to:

Elizabeth Crabtree – Argan oil
Jackie Jenkins – $20 gift certificate
Alberthetta Dugue – Shea Butter
Mona Comeaux – $10 gift certificate

We’ll be in touch soon with details on collecting your goodies.

Happy Mother’s Day!

To learn more about Noir Naturals, including our new Soap Club, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, G+, or Pinterest.  Not into social media?  Visit us at NoirNaturals.com to learn more about us, our products, and our travel schedule.


Give All Things Lavender for Mother’s Day

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We love our mothers.  They nurture, teach, and cheer us on.  They are our chauffeurs, nurses, doctors, chefs, and police when needed.  Their work really is never done, and Mother’s Day is just one of the days they should be recognized.  For Mother’s Day, we’re taking 20% off our lavender items.  Why lavender?  It promotes relaxation and mom can always use a break, even if just for a few minutes.

On sale are:

Each of these items is 20% off their regular prices from Tuesday, May 7 until Saturday, May 11.  Mix and match to create the perfect collection for mom, grandma, auntie, sister, or the other mother figure in your life.  And don’t forget to enter our Mother’s Day Giveaway for a deserving mother figure.

What are your plans for Mother’s Day?  Tell us about it on Facebook, Twitter, or G+. Need ideas?  Check with us on Pinterest, too. Not into social media?  Visit us at NoirNaturals.com to learn more about us, our products, and our travel schedule.


Noir Naturals’ 2013 Mother’s Day Giveaway

Mother’s Day is a week from today.   Have you picked a gift yet?  What are your plans?  What makes your mom, grandmother, aunt, or other mother figure special?   Share with us and you can win!

We want to give your mother figure something for Mother’s Day, too.  Nominate yourself, mom, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, teacher, or another mother figure.  Tell us why this mom should win our 2013 Mother’s Day Giveaway and which prize she’d like –  she just might win.

This year’s prizes are:

Bottle of 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil (1.5 oz) – $25 Value

Our Ghana Shea Butter is free of any additives.

Our Ghana Shea Butter is free of any additives.

or

$20 Noir Naturals Gift Certificate

or

Jar of Organic Ghana Beige Shea Butter (4 oz) – $10 Value

We’ll randomly select three winners and make the announcement on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2013.

No purchase is necessary to enter.  Entrants must be at least 18 years of age, and legal residents of the continental USA.  You can enter once daily through May 11,2013.

So, will you enter?  Hope so.

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Semi-Wordless Wednesday: Gardening on the brain

Spring weather makes us think of gardening.  We can’t help it. We love the sight of majestic old Oak trees and the colors of blooming flowers.

Lavender is one of our all-time favorites. Graeme Weatherston photo.

Lavender is one of our all-time favorites. Graeme Weatherston photo.

Azaleas are high on our list of favorites, too.

Azaleas are high on our list of favorites, too.

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We’re not sure what this one is called, but look at the colors! Do you know what it is?

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There is nothing like sitting under an Oak!

As for our garden, it’s temporarily on hold.  Until we can plant, we’ll enjoy the fruits of others’ labor.  Have you started your garden?  What’s in it? Containers, raised beds, or in ground?

To learn more about Noir Naturals, including more on our love of gardens, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, G+, or Pinterest.  Not into social media?  Visit us at NoirNaturals.com to learn more about us, our products, and our travel schedule.


Is Natural Allergy Relief Possible?

Spring has sprung down in the south and that means allergies are kicking.  While traditional medications work most of the time, we can’t spend the day in a hazy fog.  Not that we prefer sneezing, crying, or not breathing through our noses.  What’s a team to do?  Go natural.  Some natural alternatives work quickly and others need time.  All work fairly well for us.

Local honey is a tried and true alternative.  Why local?  Because the pollen the bees use come from the flowers native to our azaleas 2013location.  A little honey every day helps one build resistance to the pollen and the allergies that come with it. Our allergies are less severe as a result, and we get to have a little honey every day.  That’s a win to us.  Other foods that are said to clear the sinuses are horseradish, hot peppers, and hot mustard.

When congestion rears its ugly head, we turn to saline solutions.  A good saline rinse will temporarily open nasal passages and make it possible for us to breathe freely.  It’s a shame that the relief is only temporary because saline rinses work.  There are many ready made saline solutions available – they come in bottles similar to the old school nasal sprays.  Basically you tilt your head, spray, and let the saline work its magic.  While we haven’t tried a neti pot yet, we’re looking at them in a new light. A neti pot a vessel for a saline rinse and people swear by them.

Herbal and homeopathic options are out there, too.  Butterburr and  Stinging Nettle have reported benefits as alternative antihistamines.  One study reports buttterburr as effective as the active ingredient in Zyrtec.   Homeopathic remedies work like local honey does.  The type of remedy one uses is determined by the type of symptoms and allergies he/she has.  For instance, a person suffering with watery eyes may take a different solution than one who has sinus pain and pressure.

When we posted a question about allergy relief on our Facebook wall, a fan told us about another option we hadn’t heard of previously.  A liver cleanse.  The liver is the body’s processor; it metabolizes food and processes fluids.  Keeping it at optimal condition should do the trick, but we haven’t tried it.

Something that works wonders is simple – cleaning.  Wash bed linens after and consider covers for your pillows and mattresses that block allergens.  Sweep, vacuum, dust, and mop at least weekly; more often as you can and wear a dust mask if you need to. If you can get rid of your carpet, consider it.  One of our team members reports better breathing since she pulled the carpet out of her home.

How are you fighting your allergies this season?  Tell us about it on Twitter, Facebook, or G+.  We have a few home remedies pinned on Pinterest.  Do you?

For more information about Noir Naturals, including our new Soap Club, visit us on NoirNaturals.com. 


Semi-Wordless Wednesday: Spring Flowers

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How does your garden grow?  Any colors in your space yet?

For more information on Noir Naturals, including what we grow, visit us at NoirNaturals.com, Facebook, Twitter, or G+.  To see some of our garden inspiration, check out our boards on Pinterest.


Semi-Wordless Wednesday: Introducing Noir Naturals’ Soap Club

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For $29.95 annually, members receive a 25% discount on all of our goat’s milk and vegan coconut milk soaps.   We’ll include a wooden soap dish for free with your first order.

There is no minimum purchase and no automatic re-enrollment.  Join today and start saving!

To learn more about Noir Naturals, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, G+, or Pinterest.  Not into social media?  Visit us at NoirNaturals.com to learn more about us, our products, and our travel schedule.