Today I did one of the things I never thought I would do. I decided a few days ago that I would sign up to sell Avon. I was contacted by one of the district leaders and met with her today. At the end of the meeting, I had signed on. I had known some women who worked for Avon when I was a member of Women in Flavors and Fragrance Commerce (WFFC) back in the early 80's. I was impressed with the company then although I was a cosmetics snob. I had interned for Eli Lilly Co in 1978 when I was going to pharmacy school. I was assigned to work with the men who developed color products for Elizabeth Arden which was owned by Eli Lilly at the time. I worked on replacing delisted color in lipsticks, gloss and blushers at first. The only other women in the group was a Czech woman who developed the lipsticks. The men developed and tested the powdered blushers, eye shadows, the cream blushers, lipsticks, bath products and perfumes. They wore eye shadow, liner and mascara in the office to test how it wore in real life situations. This sometimes brought about weird stares from the people who worked in the drug division when they forgot to take the make-up off when they went to lunch or meetings with corporate. But I had associated Avon with less than high quality goods. After all, how could it be that good if it was that inexpensive? I learned better during that summer at Lilly.. The researchers at Avon know more about skin than many working at the high priced cosmetic companies. In fact the high priced companies are following what Avon has been doing in the past years. I know we copied the colors that Avon, Lancome, Revlon and Maybelline had put out the season before. And since I am really into taking care of my skin and think all women should do that, but maybe can't afford a regimen that costs over $100 when it's all put together. I will sheepishly admit that I've paid that much just for a jar of moisturizer in my search for products that won't irritate my skin. Somehow, I became allergic to some of the ingredients used in products for sensitive skin. I've tied Elizabeth Arden, Lancome, Clinique, Revlon, Bobbie Brown, Victoria Jackson and Erbe Dermocosmetica. Within two months of use, they have all left my skin burning and red to the point I'm at the doctor getting topical steroids for my skin. I talk to the person who sold me the products or contact the company but basically get no where because of the time span it takes for the symptoms to develop. I can't (and won't) even tally up the money I've spent on all of them. Now I'm going to try Avon and see how they do. Honestly, they can't do any worse than the others. So I'm asking you if I can be your Avon Lady. Leave me a comment and I'll get you access to the site where you can see the products, process your order and provide little goodies for you.
Here are some pictures of my latest creation. It is the Yleonore's Sampler from MMario KKnits. I made it in a 70% silk/ 30% cashmere lace weight yarn from China I got on eBay. I am really impressed with the quality of the yarn. It blocked well and feels wonderful. The yellow is very rich as you can tell from this photo. This one will be going on my website where it will be available for sale. More on that later.