Avon. Door to Door Sales.

This year during lockdown I became an Avon representative. So I did a little research on the history of Avon the Company.

In 1886, David H. McConnell founded the California Perfume Company, which would become Avon, in New York City

David H McConnell.

The company started calling itself Avon in 1928, named after the birthplace of McConnell’s favorite playwright, Shakespeare.) The door-to-door formula for perfume sales was ideal for the time period.

In 1886, 34 years before women in the U.S. earned the right to vote, Avon’s founder, David H. McConnell, helped give them the chance to earn an independent income. He didn’t set out to create a beauty company. In fact, McConnell was a traveling book salesperson who offered fragrances samples as an additional perk to his female customers. He saw that these women were more interested in the free perfume than the books. Since women had a passion for his products and loved networking with other women, McConnell was inspired to recruit them as Sales Representatives. From a small New York City office, McConnell himself mixed the company’s first fragrances.This began Avon’s long history of empowering women around the globe.

Avon’s first product was the Little Dot Perfume Set. By the end of the first year of business, the company had a line of nearly 20 different fragrances. In 1902, the company was selling a full range of cosmetics. In 1931, 11 products received the coveted Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

Avon UK opened in 1959 and and it’s estimated there are around 160,000 reps in Britain.

Avon Parfums

The first Avon lady, Mrs. P.F.E Albee affectionately named the “Mother of the California Perfume Company”, began selling the inaugural scents when she was 50.

Today Avon is still selling perfumes and still empowering women through its support of women’s charities including breast cancer, ending gender based violence and Changing Faces, the charity for people with visible differences.

I’m proud to be an Avon Rep for it’s history, it’s charity work and it’s quality products at affordable prices.

http://www.avon.uk.com/store/MichelesBeautyShop

Afternoon Tea.

Last week (10th- 16th August) was Afternoon Tea Week. I’m a bit late with this post, but couldn’t let the occasion pass completely.

Afternoon Tea is a tea-related ritual, introduced in Britain in the early 1840s. It evolved as a little meal to stem the hunger and anticipation of an evening meal at 8pm.

The tradition of afternoon tea made its way into English literature around a decade after the brew made its way into British drawing rooms in the early seventeenth century. I love this quote from C.S. Lewis:

And of course don’t forget the sandwiches, scones and cake. Especially the cake…

We as a family made a lot of cake over the lockdown period. It was something to do and something to share from a social distance and became quite special to us all.

Here are my two favourite Afternoon Tea pictures from the unprecedented times of 2020.

The Reading Agency Hub

Lose yourself in a story

Concentrating on a full book at the moment can be difficult! Sample the first chapters of a huge range of new books and see what takes your fancy.

https://readingagency.org.uk/hub/?goal=0_ef82b5d6fa-2cad0dd703-79880161&mc_cid=2cad0dd703&mc_eid=bd5b0c6b2e

What with working from home, as well as everyone at home together,I am definitely having trouble concentrating on reading at the moment. Really annoying when to my mind I should have loads more reading time. So I love this idea from the Reading Agency Hub.

War of the Worlds by Jeff Wayne. (Progressive Rock)

Would normally spend Good Friday listening to the Jesus Christ Super Star album. Twenty/twenty Good Friday I listened to Jeff Wayne’s 1978 original War of the Worlds.

War of the Worlds Album Cover

This original version included Richard Burton as narrator (journalist). Also Justin Hayward, David Essex (artillery man), Phil Lynott (Parson Nathanial) Julie Covington (Beth).

Give it a go if you don’t know it. I was blown away!