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A 101 Tutorial on Caring for Your Steiff Bears

Aren’t Steiff bears so adorable? How we just love to hug them all day, if that were possible and lounge around the bedroom with nothing to do. Even as adults, having these cute furred stuffed animals is such a joy to behold. Some of us even had them as kids and kept them for the fun, the memories and the nostalgia they bring. In other cases, we give them to our kids, friends, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and practically to everyone else kids and adults alike. They are that adorable! But one thing that we hate is seeing them go away because they are either too damaged or too dirty beyond repair. That is just sad. So how does one take care of their Steiff bears to make sure that they last for years? Here are our caring tips and how-to to guide you.

Steiff bears1. Say for example that the toy has been stored for quite a long time and you want to make sure that it is bug free. The perfect solution is to place it inside a plastic bag and put it inside the freezer for forty two hours. After which, you can then proceed to washing it.

2. If it isn’t that grossly dirty and would only need a little wipe her and there, get a soft white damp cloth. Rub the fur and you will see all the dirt coming off. Never use a colored cloth as you run the risks of staining your bears. Air dry it r use your hand held dryer and keep the temperature cool.

3. For plush material bears, you can wash them with mild laundry detergent in the washing machine and on to the dryer. To protect it better, place them inside a pillow case or a mesh bag before placing them in your washing machine and dryer and remember to turn off any heat

4. Once dry, you must brush all the hair out with a dog or wide toothed brush.

5. Let’s say washing is not for you and you do not want to go into all that trouble, well then a good old vacuum cleaner will do the trick.

6. If you must store them, never place them in plastic and keep them away from direct sunlight. These two are sure to make your little guy’s fur to rot.

7. For more extreme cases of cleaning and repair (and for vintage ones), it is advisable to bring your Steiff Bears to an expert. Yes, there are hospitals for your toys too! No kidding.

Jo Malone and the Fragrant Path to Success

jo maloneOne of the world’s most renowned fragrance brands includes that of Jo Malone. Why not? With its sophistication, elegance and unique scents, it has captured a lot of attention from the masses and most especially from the entertainment industry. It has been worn by famous celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Jessica Alba and Olivia Newton John. Red roses, amber and lavender, orange blossom, wild fig and cassis, pomegranate noir and French lime blossom are only a few of its best selling perfumes across the said showbiz industry. So how did this brand rise up to a staggering height of success? Here is a little story.

Jo Malone, the infamous UK based fragrance designer, was born to a painter dad and to a facialist mom. Her mother worked at a small skincare line from where she developed the same craft. Her business skills were to be credited from her father who often took her along as he sold his paintings in the local weekend market fair. By the age of twenty she followed in her mother’s footsteps and offered facial treatments, massages and aromatic topical ointments. Word about her excellent craft grew like wild fire and clients were coming to her for appointments. One day, she decided to send out tokens of appreciation to her beloved clients through a nutmeg and ginger bath oil. One of these clients decided to order a hundred bottles for his party guests and from those guests, a considerable eighty six individuals placed their own orders. From there, the brand was born and she began making perfumes. She opened her very first store in 1994 at 154 Walton Street in London where she was greeted by a long line of customers on the first day. Her line featured mandarin, vetiver, lime other various scents that can be layered over one another. What made these more famous is the fact that clients may be able to customize the scents using their favourite notes.

jo malone 2On October 25 of the year 1999 Leonard A. Lauder, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Estee Lauder Company Incorporated announced its acquisition of the Jo Malone brand. This has been one of the fragrances’ highlights as they became available to more areas and to other parts of the world. Jo became the company’s creative director and chairwoman.

As of the present the Jo Malone brand has not only offered fragrances, perfumes and colognes but also a whole line of skincare products like moisturizers and cleansers.