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The Lady with the Beautiful Crèmes for the hands (pour les mains)


The lady with the beautiful cremes. That was the name I was given many years ago by a lovely French woman that was shopping at the French Market. I had just feverishly set up my table at the French Market. I was hoping for a good turn out, as I straightened my white table cloth out on the long table. While working at the market I offered soaps, hand creams, lotions, and the like. And any one that walked near my table I gave them a free lotion sample. The sample was in a small round cute jar with my logo on the top.


Of course many people were surprised and happy to receive a free sample, and while doing so they also checked out some of the other products I was offering for sale. They asked me questions about my business, as we chatted a bit. Many opened the small sample as we chatted, and they applied the sample of the hand cream while standing there. Sharing with me whether they liked the texture or the scent and other things. And often times they made a purchase.


Of course, applying a scented cream or lotion

can be a soothing and enjoyable experience. It gave them a few minutes to stop and relax. One lady shared that one particular scent I offered reminded her of a fabulous trip she had to Provence. It was a sentimental reminder. And all of a sudden she became emotional, but she had friends nearby to console and comfort her. We spoke a a while until she felt better.


It is amazing how a scent can trigger a thought, evoke a feeling, transport your mind, as well as soothe you.


It was a good turn out of people and a lot of fun. I enjoyed offering a variety of fresh smelling hand creams. I had a lot of visitors stop by my booth. I think "word of mouth" about the free hand cream samples helped. I recall that it was a very pleasant experience meeting so many nice people.


The following week, was interested in going to see a french film. Although I did not think I would see anyone there that I knew, I decided to go anyway to check out the film. As people began to filter in and gather to watch the film, someone said, loudly, "Bonjour". There were a lot of people there, so I could not immediately figure out if they were speaking to me or to someone else.


And then with a strong french accent she said, "Bonjour, I know you, you are the lady with the beautiful Crèmes". I was a bit confused, as I did not understand. There was a lot of noise and multiple conversations going on, but I heard the word, "beautiful" . Then she said, "the cremes, the cremes". It surprised me, and I did not immediately know what she was doing or saying.


And then she raised hands to her nose and sniffed them. It was as if she either had a beautiful scent on her wrist or hands, or as if she still longed to remember the smell.

Then she started rubbing her hands together as if she was applying lotion, and she repeated the words, "the crèmes, the beautiful crèmes". Then I recalled that weeks prior, she had made several purchases of a French hand cream that I sold at the French Market.


I thought it was a rather strange reference to be call "the lady with the beautiful Crèmes" . After all it was just lotion, I thought. I never thought of myself in that way, because I offered more items than hand creams and lotions. But the sincerity and kindness in her voice stayed in my thoughts. And I was glad that she was very happy with her purchase.


A fews months after that, I decided to experiment with creating a few more new scents for hand creams and body scrubs. I decided to test out one of the new hand creams.

I applied it, and headed to a dentist appointment. While there, I thought I was being paranoid because It seemed as though the ladies that were working in the dental office were walking rather close to me. They would come near me, and then walk away, or walk past me very closely, every so often, repeatedly. This of course was pre-Covid.


And, it also seemed as if the ladies were following me. I ignored it, and figured that it was just a crowed, busy day in the dentist office. And I thought it was just a coincidence that they all seemed to walk pass me, over and over, one by one, periodically, very close to me.


Then, one young lady approached me, and said, do you mind if I ask you a question. I smiled at her. She asked, "what are you wearing? "


I looked down at myself, and I was sort of at a loss for words as to where her question was leading. I started to look at my clothing and jewelry, in my mind tried to recall the items that I was wearing, and or the pieces that I had designed myself. Before I could respond, she said you always smell so nice. She continued by saying, when you come in here thats all we talk about. She continued by saying, "all of us were commenting about how much we love that scent." Then a few of the ladies, chimed in and agreed with her.


One even said the scent was so calming and peaceful that it made her want to be around it all the time. I looked at them, and they were looking back at me. It was as if they were hypnotized.


I thought, It was such as odd occurrence to have people approaching you without saying a word, just to get a sniff of you. I laughed out loud, and then they laughed too. I shared with them a bit about the particular fragrance of the lotion I was wearing, as well as other lotions that I offer. I gave them my website, tebep.com.


Then, I headed out the door. Although their behavior seemed odd at first, I did not think much about it, as I had many errands to run that day. And my mind was focused on not being late for my next appointment. I was focused on running my errands. After all it was just hand cream.


A couple of months later, and not thinking much about the hand cream. I quickly put on the same scented hand cream on my hands. I headed to my car, on my way to a meeting. It was an nice sunny day. I parked my car and was quickly waking down the street to get to the meeting. There was a lady coming down he sidewalk toward me. The sidewalk was not wide. As I was about to pass her, the lady started walking toward me. The lady decided to quickly approach me. This sort of startled me.


The lady asked, "what are you wearing?" And then she said. "I just love that sent." Although she initially frightened me a bit, because of how quickly and close she had approached (This was still pre-Covid) I chatted with her very briefly.


She said something like, I didn't know how to really describe it, but it is like a beautiful and peaceful, calming scent. I looked at her strangely, and I felt odd, and confused that a scent could draw a stranger to me like that.. I was not sure if she was "ok" or if it was safe to be standing that close to her. I took a few steps away from her. All I could think of, was to hope that she is not dangerous. And all I could say was, "really?" And then, I said thank you. She chatted with me a bit more, She seemed safe and nice. But, I had a meeting to get to, and could not stand there on the side of the sidewalk for her to sniff the scent I was wearing.


I took a moment to give her my business card. Then we both continued on our separate ways.


I walked a few more feet, and then I stopped dead in my tracks. I thought about that encounter that I just had with that stranger on the street. And then I recall the other occurrences around this particular fragrance. I recalled the ladies in the dental office. I wished that a had samples to give. But up until that moment, I did not think that I had a reason to carry samples everywhere I went.


I thought how odd it was that a scent had the power to draw people to you, even strangers to admire it. It was as if the sent was a spirit that captured, mesmerized, or hypnotized them. I thought to myself, that would explained the ladies in the dentist office.


I love scented hand creams and lotions, but thought it is just hand cream, or it just lotion. But this was something more. It is rare that a scent can do that. I found the whole thing fascinating. It is a whole new experience to create a hand cream with a fragrance that actually draws people to you.


Fragrances can be personal, based on individual preferences. Some we love, some we don't. We all have our favorites. They are as unique to our liking, as our personalities, and of course they benefit us in a variety of ways.


The benefits of taking care of one's skin and appearance can boost confidence, and using creams and lotions can be part of that routine.


Overall, women may love creams and lotions because they can help them feel more comfortable, confident, and relaxed in their own skin.


However, it's important to note that every individual has different preferences and reasons for using skincare products, and this may not apply to all women.


Creams that contain shea and jojoba butter can provide a luxurious and nourishing experience for the skin, making them a popular choice among those who value quality skincare.are often considered luxurious for several reasons:

  1. Moisturizing properties: Both shea and jojoba butter are known for their moisturizing properties. Shea butter is a natural emollient that helps to soothe and hydrate dry skin, while jojoba butter is similar to our skin's natural sebum and helps to regulate oil production, keeping the skin hydrated without feeling greasy.

  2. Nourishing benefits: Shea and jojoba butter are also rich in vitamins and antioxidants that can help to nourish and protect the skin. They are especially helpful for those with dry, sensitive or aging skin, as they can help to improve skin texture and tone.

  3. Sensory experience: Creams that contain shea and jojoba butter often have a luxurious, creamy texture that feels indulgent on the skin. They may also have a pleasant scent or fragrance, adding to the overall sensory experience.

  4. Natural ingredients: Shea and jojoba butter are natural ingredients that are often used in organic or natural skincare products. Many people prefer using products that contain natural ingredients because they are gentler on the skin and can provide a more holistic approach to skincare.


And as you know in general creams and lotions are commonly used for a variety of reasons, by both men and women, including:


Hydration: Creams and lotions are often used to hydrate the skin, especially on the face and hands, which tend to become dry and flaky due to weather conditions, aging, and other factors.


Anti-aging: Many creams and lotions contain ingredients that claim to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which is a concern for many women as they age.


Sun protection: Some creams and lotions contain SPF (Sun Protection Factor) to protect the skin from harmful UV rays, which can cause skin damage, premature aging, and skin cancer.


Self-care: Women often use creams and lotions as a form of self-care and relaxation.


I hope you will try our new hand cream, It is called, Abijade, from our Belle Matinée product line. It is a beautify fragrance, with notes of Rose, Honey Suckle and Jasmine, made with Shea and Jojoba Butter Cream.


From the lady with the beautiful Crèmes




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