Ahh summer. It’s the time for barely-there sandals that carry us from pools to picnics to dancing under the stars. We tend to spend a significant amount of time thinking about the skin on our face, but if you think about the wear and tear you put on your feet all day, they deserve just as much attention.
There are millions of different products out there, but I tend to gravitate towards natural products and companies that share values similar to my own. That’s why I was excited to find Pink Papaya. Pink Papaya has an entire line of skin care products and makeup that is paraben-free with natural botanicals. The two sisters that own the company – Susan Huneke and Karen Woller – have a commitment to quality, but also have a giving program built right into the company framework.
I talked a little with Jill Antczak, my local Pink Papaya representative and she shared some of the great stories about the products she was going to send home with me to try – a Pink Papaya Toetini kit and their sugar cane & honey deep moisture pedi balm.
I loved the story behind the pedi balm. One of the owners had issues with dry, cracked heels. She generally sat down to put on some moisturizer before she went to sleep, but found that it left her hands messy and she had to get up again to go and wash them off. She invented the balm stick that just glides on for a no-mess application.
I found it easy to use and the smell is AMAZING. Imagine soothing lavender with just a touch of mint to add a little zing. I tend to apply it while I’m curled up in my chair writing at night and just inhale the smell. Heaven…
The second product was their Toetini pedicure kit. Pink Papaya has several “pinktinis” – travel sized groups of various products. While the convenience factor is great, I love the fact that for every pinktini purchased, a customized kit is given to a woman in need. Pink Papaya’s philanthropy area works with various organizations to make sure girls in Zimbabwe have personal care items, at-risk young women are rewarded for pursuing higher education, and various regional causes supported by their directors.
Once again, I was not disappointed by the products. My Fig Leaves Toetini came with a blackberry fig foot scrub, sweet almond oil foot creme, a white lily and sage foot spritz, and a polishing brush. In order to try it out, I decided to do something a little different and take advantage of the travel sizes and build a DIY outdoor pedicure kit. As we continue to explore Pink Papaya this week, be sure to check back to see how it all went and learn more about the products (or just sign up to receive email notification of new posts).
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