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Dove, Real Women Real Beauty

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Most of my readers know I’m not a big PR blogger, I don’t have anything against it, and as a matter of fact I enjoy reading other people’s reviews and take part in a giveaway from time to time. But my site is about my journey as a special needs mom on a wellness makeover. Therefore I only review a product if I feel it is relevant to my site and what my site is about so if I do a review it is with full honesty and integrity about the product.

As I stated above I have been on a “wellness makeover” since March and with that exercise has come to play an important part in my life. I train 2 days a week and go to Zumba class two or possibly if I can squeeze it in three times a week. Naturally when I come home I am stinky and sweaty and am usually running to the shower just to “relax” and take a “moment!” I’m sure you all have “moments” that you need to “get away.” I don’t know if any of you are old enough to remember the old “Calgon take me away” commercials of a mom just wanting to run to her tub! But that is what my shower time is like… So I was happy to try out Dove’s newest body wash with NutriumMoisture. As many times as I hop in the shower I was a bit concerned about soap and drying out my skin, god knows I don’t need it to be stressed and make me look older. LOL Dove’s body wash smells great and goes on smooth and evenly and washes off well and leaves my skin feeling great!

I also like supporting companies that truly put their money where their mouth is and give back to the community! I love what Dove has done for women and promoting “Real Beauty.” I believe beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and is not a size zero or an over done face. Real beauty comes from within and shines through. Audrey Hepburn had a wonderful quote which I just love:

“I believe in pink. I believe laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing; kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.”

Dove has spent millions of dollars on PSA’s about real women and girls and beauty. My favorite is titled “Evolution.” I think it’s a wonderful tool to share with your friends and daughters.

I welcome you to try out Dove’s NutriumMoisture not only for your skin but also to support a company who believes in “your” true beauty!

*Dove’s representatives did send me a free sample bottle of the NutriumMoisture Body Wash to facilitate my review.

Dove nourishes more than beauty skin deep!

Last month I was contacted by a gentleman who works for an agency that represents Dove and was asked if I would like to test a new product that Dove had recently come out with. I have always been a “Dove girl” washing my face daily with Dove soap and I love new products. Who doesn’t love trying something for free so of course I was happy to oblige.

A few weeks later my little package arrived with 3 different bottles; Deep Moisture Nourishing Beauty Wash, Gentle Exfoliating Nourishing Body Wash, and Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash. Needless to say 3 different bottles took me a few weeks to use and “test” in my shower. I used these body washes at different times of the day, morning, after working in the garden, with a headache, after work, after taking care of a sick child and exhausted, so you can say I was “trying” them to see just how they worked their “magic.”

Did you know that in generally body washes can remove your skins own natural moisturizer while they cleanse. I always wondered about this as I used to “lather up” and scrub off; ”what exactly were we exfoliating in addition to little skin cells.” So in essence we were exfoliating away our essential nourishment that keeps our skin looking younger longer, OK being in my late 40’s not so sure I want to exfoliate away any essential nourishment that keeps my skin looking young, that is one of my best features, and I do not want to do anything to help wreck that!

Most body washes add heavy moisturizes but they just “sit” on the skin and are not absorbed into the skin the way the new Dove products have been tested to do. I loved each one of these body washes, so now Dove has me hooked on a new product line.

I also took a few moments to go to the Dove website and research the products that I was about to test and I have to tell you I was actually impressed. I invite you to stop by there they have wonderful videos which explain how the Nourishing Body Washes work, and explain exactly what the active ingredients in the wash are for those of you who are interested in this.

A few years ago I noticed that Dove started using “real looking woman” of all shapes, colors and sizes in their ads. I applauded them for reaching out to “real woman and girls” in the world not just the tiny weenie stereotype of what Hollywood makes girls believe girls should look like. Show me a real woman using this, don’t buy a product because some skinny mini Hollywood type is endorse it, show me someone who lives a real life, with real kids, eats real food therefore is a real size, and then maybe I’ll listen, hmmmm isn’t that what I’m doing here with you now! LOL

In addition to being a wonderful new product I love supporting companies that “give back” to the community they serve. Dove has recently launched a new campaign to give back called “the Dove self esteem fund.” The program is part of the companies’ bigger commitment called “Dove Campaign for Real Beauty.” It was started to help the next generation of girls from self-limiting beauty types. Exactly what their ad’s portray! I love that! Caring about what one looks like and personal hygiene has always been important to me as a woman and as a mom. In this day and age where to many teens are getting caught up in what I will call the “skinny mini Abercrombie image.” Dove is working with Girl Scouts of America and to inspire girls to understand the wider definition of beauty. The Dove Self Esteem Fund is committed to helping girls, all around the world; build positive self-esteem and healthy body image hoping to reach 5 million girls by 2010. To date the Dove Self Esteem Fund has helped over 2 million young women through educational programs. There is a great area on their website designed “for girls only” which has some wonderful tools which girls can spend some time on. If you have a teen I invite you to take a look! There is also a great area of the site that is dedicated to mom’s and mentors of girls that gives you tips to help foster positive healthy self-esteem living for young girls.

And for all of my coupon and sample friends they have an area on their site just for you where you can get samples, sweepstakes, coupons and exclusives.

Now that is what I call beauty skin deep!

The folks at Dove have generously offered to give away a bottle of their new Nourishing Body Wash to one of my readers. All you have to do to enter is:

Giveaway Starts September 27, 2009 and ends October 5, 2009. Please make sure your email address is on your comment, if the winner does not respond within 24 hours another winner will be chosen. The giveaway will be coming directly from Dove.

How to Enter:
There are a few ways you can enter and you can increase your entries:

1. Follow I’m Still Standing Blog
• if you already follow comment below that you’re a follower, leave me a message & you will be entered

2. Go to Dove’s site and comment here to let me know what your favorite thing about their site is.

3. Grab my button and post the link to your page showing the button

4. Write a blog about this new product and link back to I’m Still Standing and leave a message with the link.

5. Follow me on Twitter• if you already follow comment below that you’re a follower & you will be entered

6. Tweet this on Twitter:
• RT @shelleyellen Dove nourishes more than beauty skin deep
• leave a separate comment here with a link to your tweet on twitter

Now go on and have a fabulously squeaky clean and beautiful day!

Update: The giveaway is long over however I will continue to write about the importance of beauty from the inside out. I’d love to have you stick around for more and share your views with me. Please stay in touch through one of my subscription methods. Also feel free to connect on Twitter, LinkedIn and Join my Wellnesss Makeover on Facebook. You can always contact me, I’d love to hear from you!