How DIY Scalp Scrub + Dr. Groot Actually Helped My Buildup Astonishingly Quick

How DIY Scalp Scrub + Dr. Groot Actually Helped My Buildup Astonishingly Quick

I had meant to write on the Dr. Groot line when we launched the product. I won’t lie and say it was laziness. I happen to be a busy mom of three, one disabled, and a university student. There are days where I have written enough that I don’t want to write anymore and other days I don’t get the chance. Not to forget the other days, I am too pooped for much of anything. Still, I wanted to post about this. I have talked about hair before and how society places a lot of emphasis on appearance and hair care. There are a lot of hair products. It is easy to be unsure of what you’re doing. You go with what the ads say because that’s what they are made for. It’s more to understand a product and your hair care. What works for one will not always for another. It’s the fun of being human. We can share similarities but are still different enough to not need to use the same thing as the next person. When we have found something that works, it’s only natural to want to talk about it. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to advertise. Or at least direct. It does not replace any medical advice or advice from a professional hairstylist who puts in long hours of training to become certified.

With that, I would like to talk about my experience with Avon’s Dr. Groot Exfoliating Shampoo and the homemade scalp scrub treatment I made for my buildup that was causing itching.

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About My Scalp Issue

When I was about fifteen, I recall scratching my head during choir, and under my nails was gunk from my scalp. It wasn’t white either. Nor was it yellow, which would indicate a different condition going on. It was a color that I can’t seem to find information on, so I will chalk it up to not just build up but the dirt that clung to the build-up. Either way, I mentioned it to my mom. She took me to a hair salon in the lovely town of Bellingham, Washington, where we used to live (I miss the greenery). I was there for a bit getting my scalp cleaned and then cut and styled. Once finished, my scalp felt cleansed. When I touched it, my fingers felt cool to the touch. I could feel the air move through my hair at the roots, something I never noticed before. No one explained much about why I had had this build-up.

The Homemade Scalp Scrub

Fast forward a few years later, 2020, and Avon releases Dr. Groot. A hair care line meant for people with fine, thin hair. I felt excited. I have tried a lot of hair care lines, and not many live up to their claims. While I haven’t tried everything in this particular line, I first bought the exfoliating shampoo. It doesn’t have beads in it to exfoliate the scalp. Instead, it has ginger and ginseng to help with soothing redness and itching while helping to remove the buildup we can get from using products. It certainly did that. I hate feeling like I have an itchy scalp. Especially after washing my hair. It also has caffeine and biotin to help thicken hair. I could smell the menthol in the shampoo as well. I tried it a few times and could feel my scalp for the first time a while and the itching was gone for the most part.

For a few days after washing my hair, my hair was cleaner for a day or so longer than normal. I also liked that. The shampoo also has caffeine to thicken the hair. I can’t say I noticed any thickening either by touch or my appearance. I wasn’t using it for that anyway. I wanted to help with the build-up and the itchiness that can accompany buildup. After a while, the build-up did return. I would say a few months later. Still not a lot of itching. I still had some itching due to dryness. So, I used Avon’s Advanced Techniques Daily Shine 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner. It did help with the dryness. I began to use Dr. Groot once every two weeks to rebalance the microbiome of my scalp.

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There was a time I used it with every wash. It helped my itchy scalp, but I still had some issues with buildup. My hairstylist explained that overusing clarifying shampoo can create the problem that it is made to combat and cause dryness of the scalp. I decided to take it a step further and use Dr. Groot’s fortifying shampoo in a homemade scalp scrub. Using salt, honey, vinegar (even though Dr. Groots has some vinegar in it), a tad bit of olive oil, and some of Avon’s lavender essential oil. The essential oil is safe to use on the skin and in the purifier. I got the recipe from Stephanie Pollard at Hello Glow. I am linking that here as it is not my recipe. I only want to reference it because it worked amazingly well when I used it, with a few routine steps I added in for myself. When I followed the scalp scrub with regular shampoo and then the apple cider vinegar rinse, I got to feel that feeling back when I was fifteen in Bellingham. I could feel my fingers when I touched my scalp and could feel my hairbrush on my scalp. I don’t have a reference for the vinegar to water ratio. However, I made enough to cover my whole head. There is a factor to keep in mind when it comes to apple cider vinegar. If your scalp feels like it has a burning sensation, rinse it out immediately. The vinegar may be cleaning your scalp but is also acidic. It’s not good if you feel a burning sensation. I made sure to dilute my vinegar rinse with a lot of water. Yes, it has a smell that my son commented on. No, it doesn’t make your hair smell like vinegar.

The reason I followed with regular shampoo is based upon my observation of use. I had dried my hair and noticed it seemed oily but wasn’t upset because the build-up was gone. I used regular shampoo to get out some of the oiliness from the scrub. Figuring it’s the olive oil since I didn’t have the other oil Hello Glow initially mentions in her recipe. But I did read that it should be just fine as a substitute. 

After having a great experience with this scrub and the shampoo Avon sells, I decided to try it on my daughter. She has both oily hair and an oily scalp and has had scalp issues since birth. My daughter was born with psoriasis. I don’t think I have seen a baby born with that condition until her. She has experienced this bizarre condition of wet buildup/dandruff. I had never seen it before until I had her. Let me tell you, it is a pain if you let it go for too long. Once, I had to sit and carefully clean out her scalp. Something to keep in mind is that product and sebum buildup can cause hair loss. It’s not pretty. In her case, her body overproduces sebum that builds up. The buildup attracts dirt and everything else. Hers is a long-term ordeal. I was having trouble as of late and decided to try the Dr. Groots fortifying shampoo. It wasn’t working for her. But the scalp scrub with the shampoo helped SO much. It took several sessions before I could go on with the regular shampoo. Since it’s hard for me to show my condition, I decided to take pictures of hers.

To sum that up: I applied the scalp scrub, let it sit for five minutes, rinsed it out with warm apple cider vinegar rinse and warm water from the showerhead, used a quarter-sized amount of regular (nothing fancy like volumizing or straightening) shampoo and rinsed again. My hair came out cleaner, not oily, as well as softer to touch and shinier (a bonus in my book). The same goes for my daughter.

Scalp Care Nitty Gritty

Before I get into the product information, let’s talk about scalp buildup. Some can confuse those flakes on their shirt for dandruff. I certainly have. It can be caused for several reasons, skipping washes (sebum buildup), dead skin cells, and product use. I mentioned my daughter’s body overproducing sebum. Left untreated, it can result in hair loss, inflammation, and infection.

Depending on your needs, you will benefit from how often you wash your hair. Normal to oily can do it every 1-2 days (I am an every other day type of gal). Dry hair needs it 3-4 times a week. I have seen few people be able to go a week.

Hair type plays into the type of product you use. Be sure to look into what will help and if you need to, as your hairdresser. If you go with the wrong kind of shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, it can add to the buildup. As much as I love the idea of volumizing shampoo and the ones meant to thicken fine hair, they only make my hair look worse a day later and contribute to buildup. You have regular shampoo and clarifying. Clarifying dries the hair more and shouldn’t be used as a replacement. Everyday shampoos don’t mean you use them every day. Thank you, Brad Mondo for explaining that.

Next is serums. They are wonderful at times and I can recall when I first used that hot oil stuff from my aunt’s bathroom. They are great for preventing frizz, tangles, and help to condition course hair. Oil hair is better suited for serums with vinegar. The dry scalp needs moisture but something that also removes buildup. Serums with Tea tree oil are better for that. 

Conditioner. I admit I try not to use it. It leaves my hair heavy and I don’t want heavy. Fine hair doesn’t do well with heavy. It’s like I’m a dog dipped in oil. I only use it on my ends. Yes, I mentioned I have a regular 2-in-1 product. Activated charcoal is great for helping clarify the hair in a conditioner. Lactic acid can be added to that list, too.

Now to talk about Dr. Groot

This line is geared to those noticing hair loss. As we get older our hair thins. Men and women are equally susceptible to it. A few are lucky and don’t get it much. I am almost 40 and started noticing mine at my widow’s peeks last year. Fine-haired folk are people also likely to use the product. It has natural ingredients plus a few others I imagine are naturally based but hard to pronounce. Brad Mondo, I would love your input on this brand. Avon’s product information states that it is: “Infused with para-probiotics and prebiotics, these formulas help restore your scalp’s invisible microbiome shield of healthy flora for healthier scalp and hair. 

Get to the root. Made with rosemary extract, this fortifying shampoo gently exfoliates, helping to remove dirt and impurities from the scalp to leave it feeling rejuvenated. Contains natural ginger and ginseng to help soothe redness and itching, and biotin and caffeine to help thicken hair.”

It is thin when poured out without much color. I would say a faint green, perhaps. It does smell of menthol. A little bit of tea tree oil as well.

BENEFITS

• Infused with para-probiotics and prebiotics, it helps restore your scalp’s invisible microbiome shield of healthy flora for healthier scalp and hair

• With natural ginger and ginseng to help soothe redness and itching, and biotin and caffeine to help thicken hair

• No sulfates, parabens, or silicones

• Use products individually or as part of a regimen

TO USE

After soaking the hair and scalp with warm water, apply an appropriate amount evenly to the hair and scalp, massage, and rinse thoroughly with water.

Again, I haven’t noticed any thickening to my hair with it. Either way, caffeine is a temporary way to give the appearance of thicker hair. It doesn’t restructure the hair and make it thick from the shaft. Similar to how it temporarily makes cellulite and stretch marks look like they have vanished around the stomach. I am not an advocate for using products that claim that they thicken your hair because they can add to the buildup. When it comes to this product, use it according to your needs. I, for example, try and use it once every two weeks in the scalp scrub. If you don’t want to use it in the scalp scrub, my tips to use are to use it along with the areas you get the most buildup and itch. I have plenty of spots for both and I get it more on the scalp and along my part. I lift my wet hair a bit and then put it on. I then massage it into my scalp making sure to use just the fingers tips of my fingers. Not my nails. It’s likely to cause scratching and if you have an infection, don’t use this product and don’t use your nails. Please see a professional for treatment before using this product. The ingredients aren’t meant for those with current infections.

Before I get to the tips, I would like to list the ingredients. Everyone is about the ingredients today. And for good reasons. Allergies and some wanting to keep ingredient amounts to a minimum. WATER, DISODIUM, LAURETH SULFOSUCCINATE, LAURYL HYDROXYSULTAINE, DISODIUM LAURYL SULFOSUCCINATE, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, COCO-GLUCOSIDE, GLYCERYL OLEATE, TETRASODIUM EDTA, POLYGLYCERYL-4 CAPRATE, POLYQUATERNIUM-22, CLIMBAZOLE, DI-C12-13 ALKYL MALATE, MENTHOL, PANTHENOL, SALICYLIC ACID, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, CITRIC ACID, NIACINAMIDE, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF OIL, MENTHA ARVENSIS LEAF OIL, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF OIL, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, COCONUT ACID, SODIUM ISETHIONATE, SERINE, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CHLOROPHYLLIN-COPPER COMPLEX, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, INULIN, MALTODEXTRIN, SODIUM CITRATE, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER WATER, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) EXTRACT, ALCOHOL, BIOTIN, CAFFEINE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, MELISSA OFFICINALIS FLOWER/LEAF/STEM WATER, YEAST EXTRACT, VINEGAR, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, HOUTTUYNIA CORDATA EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, SODIUM BENZOATE, 

PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA BRANCH/FLOWER/LEAF EXTRACT, PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA ROOT EXTRACT, ARTEMISIA ANNUA EXTRACT, AZADIRACHTA INDICA LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, SODIUM PCA, SODIUM LACTATE, MENTHA ARVENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA LEAF EXTRACT, HYALURONIC ACID, POLYGONUM MULTIFLORUM ROOT EXTRACT, SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, ARGININE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, ASPARTIC ACID, DEXTRIN

GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SEED EXTRACT, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN EXTRACT, POLYLYSINE, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED EXTRACT, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT EXTRACT, GANODERMA LUCIDUM (MUSHROOM) EXTRACT, PCA, BETA-GLUCAN

POTASSIUM SORBATE, GLYCINE, ALANINE, ALTHAEA OFFICINALIS ROOT EXTRACT, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, CHAMAECYPARIS OBTUSA LEAF EXTRACT, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN

PHELLINUS LINTEUS EXTRACT, VALINE, BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE, LACTOBACILLUS FERMENT LYSATE, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, ISOLEUCINE, PROLINE, THREONINE, HISTIDINE, PHENYLALANINE, ALCHEMILLA VULGARIS EXTRACT, LIMONENE, and LINALOOL.

Tips for Removing and Preventing Scalp Buildup

  1. Limit Hair Care Product Use – I get it. You want to do stuff with your hair. Tame it, curl it, dry it, style it, texturize it, avoid the shower because you got busy or whatnot so you grab the dry shampoo. Even de-tangler can add buildup. I love de-tangler. It’s helped so much. I have my hair layer, sure but then there are times I need that de-tangler. Still, all this use of hair products can add to the buildup and block pores which can over-produce oils. Your hair may be clean but your scalp may not be clean. But you end up showering because a day later your hair looks gross again. Check that you aren’t overusing products and keep your scalp clean. I’m not saying to not use products, just not so often. I heard growing up that too much hair spray breaks your hair off. I can see how that would happen but I am not sure if it’s true to the point that you just don’t wash it out.
  2. Limit Heat Styling and Hair Dying – I think this one can be hard for some people. We might be in a hurry or our hair takes too long to dry. We hate our color and have to redo it too soon or we overdo it with bleaching. Please don’t over bleach. I have not experienced hair loss from over bleaching but I did get very dry ends and it looks horrible when you fry your hair. It has three layers. Don’t assume that just because it has three that it can’t be damaged. That’s like saying a simple cut to the skin can’t be harmful if left untreated. It does happen. When you use heat too often it weakens the outermost layer and leaves it less able to protect the inner layer of your hair. Overheating and over-dying can cause splits ends and dryness. Your hair can’t keep the moisture in. When you dye your hair too often, a similar thing occurs. The outer layer is lifted during lightning and makes it so the inner part can receive color more easily. But doing it too much and you can start to lose hair. I knew a neighbor that was always doing something with her hair and she had a few balds spots. Don’t get me started on her then 6-year-old son’s hair. She’d dyed it green but when it grew out it was all sorts of weird colors and his hair was like an over-used brillo pad. Only shoulder length. Yet he was upset when it was cut short. Why am I talking about the hair when this is about the scalp? Well, the scalp starts to overproduce oils because it thinks it’s too dry to be maintained but then things get clogged up and oil attracts dirt. Dead skin cells have nowhere to go. Product build-up adds to it as well. All because the hair and scalp are exposed to continuous heat and hair dye. This can cause infection when the follicles are clogged. I had a cyst once. Most likely caused by clogged pores. I had to have it surgically removed. No, it was not fun. They had to numb me and then poke and cut my scalp.
  3. Stick to a routine – Depending on your needs, it’s always good to stick to a routine. The scalp will appreciate that it only has to work as hard as it should. If you work out a lot, shower more. Again, that sweat can bring in dirt and we don’t want that. Yes, there is such thing as too clean. Find the balance.
  4. Brush Regularly – Back in the olden days, women would flip their hair upside down during their infrequent hair washing to help rid the build-up on their scalp while brushing. Yeah, look up hair care through the centuries. It’s fascinating how different we are today compared to then. Sure some of the routines are questionable. Such as the infrequent bathing of the medieval period. Also, they used products we would never use today to not only clean their hair but to make it smell good and look better than it was. Still, some eras had a different way of washing that could involve egg yolk and hot water. Sun to dry the hair.
  5. When in doubt make a scalp scrub or go to a professional. Then follow suggestions accordingly.

I hope you have enjoyed this new post. Again, I am so sorry it took forever. Be sure to check out my store and don’t forget to sign up for emails if you haven’t already. That way you can keep up with all the discounts and specials.

Do a Little Something More This Holiday Season by Providing Food

Do a Little Something More This Holiday Season by Providing Food

Avon has long since been a company that strives to make lives better through fighting breast cancer, promoting women’s entrepreneurship, speaking out against domestic violence, and voicing women’s equality. This year Avon took it another step and provided food to those in need during COVID-19. Particularly for children, who often face hunger when money is tight. Already Avon has donated $2 million+ to Feed the Children. Each dollar will go towards giving food to someone who could really use it. I know that it is the time of year where you see all sorts of charities. It’s the time for giving. You can do it all year round but it’s during the holidays in particular that most find it hard to get a meal in. I have met people who had children that were in need of food. I have helped donate food to shelters and bagged lunches for other school kids. I have left a small amount of food and a drink to a young man I found sleeping in a spot away from the eyes of my store’s camera. I didn’t bother to wake him or tell anyone about it. I could tell he had been without a home for a while. So, in the midst of being overrun with ads and flyers and bell ringers, remember that many companies, like Avon, are helping to raise awareness. Because though 2020 has been a year for the books, helping someone out, no matter what time of year, is a huge gift anyone can give.

I won’t go too deep into my personal knowledge of how I am well acquainted with children needing food. But I will say that there is a strong stigma about feeding those in need. I’ve seen people make the worst comments. Some I won’t repeat here but let me give it to you honestly. Things happen. even when a person tries their best to prevent it, things happen. Kids do find themselves in the middle. And they have no control over that. Many have parents that have fallen on hard times. Many have parents doing their best and one thing after another pile up, making it even more difficult to know that there will be food for dinner or breakfast or lunch that day or the next. 2020 is no exception and for some, it’s something they may have never experienced until this year. Kids shouldn’t have to worry about when they get to eat or if they have to skip a meal. Granted, this happens a lot in other countries. I am not saying who has it worse. Only that it’s a global ordeal. Let’s not argue about who comes first. It’s not a competition. Simply helping a child or their family eat is what counts.

When I was younger, I bagged lunches for other kids my age at my school. I lived in California and I enjoyed bagging and counting lunches. I don’t recall how many lunches we bagged that year. I do have a yearbook but I would have to find it to see how many we did. I do recall it being mentioned though. But I lived in Bakersfield, California. I am not sure if they still do the program where kids help bag lunches for other kids. But I enjoyed doing it. I did it during my math class. I think we had several times where we did it and all the kids pitched in. We sometimes would meet in the cafeteria and the tables would be lined with bags. No names on them. Just bags. We would put apples and sandwiches and juice boxes in the bags. I think other things like fruit roll-ups but I can’t recall. It was over 20 years ago. It was my first experience in giving back to the community I lived in and I won’t forget doing that. I will never think that it didn’t matter. Because at one point in my life, I needed help to make sure my kids had food when times got tough. So, I appreciate all the effort people in these organizations put into helping feed kids.

About Feed the Children

Though you may look into who Feed the Children are as an organization, I feel it necessary to write about who they are anyway. They started their mission to feed children a little over 40 years ago. They work throughout the US to distribute food and much more to community partners. They also help internationally. In countries like Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Their reach isn’t just to partners giving out food. They also provide classroom items and help teachers with teaching supplies. The work in providing help during disaster relief. They do so much and for as long as they have been around they have helped a countless number of kids and teachers and communities to thrive where they need it most. Even military families. If you go to their website they have a 5-year plan as well. I like reading plans because it gives you such motivation to help meet that goal.

There are a lot of charities that I could mention. One being Covenant House which I see ads for every year. Geared to helping teens from all walks of life. I do want to encourage anyone to look into them as well. Since this reminds me of the young man I found that one day. He couldn’t have been older than 20 years of age.

This year, this time of year, give back. Go to my page and click on the button to donate. A minimum of $10 is all that they ask for. It’s up to you if you want to give more. Avon cares and I am so happy to be a part of a company as a representative that wants the best for everyone through any charity that we partner with. You never know who you might be helping. It could be that kid you’ve seen around town.

Be Your Own Choo-Choo: Getting New Customers as an Avon Rep

Be Your Own Choo-Choo: Getting New Customers as an Avon Rep

Many new representatives ask how they can get new customers. When you start as a new representative, you start not knowing much about direct sales or how to find customers. It’s okay to feel a bit perplexed. After all, it is a skill you build. Though if you have worked in retail, then you might have a leg up. My retail experience extends mostly to nutrition. Working at a few nutrition stores as well as being what they called an events specialist for food demonstration. AKA, “Hi would you like to try this new flavor of chips/creamer/bubble gum?” You name it, I pitched it to customers as they walked into the store. I loved that job at a first. Then quickly didn’t. Granted, I sent out samples of food. But sometimes I did the same thing repeatedly. Still, it did give me more confidence to talk to random people (I am an introvert). Even if I felt like Jackie trying to hand out samples of cheese on ‘That 70s Show’. Only, the difference being that I don’t think I am above working a regular job (Jackie). My circumstances are different (not rich or formerly rich or cut off from being rich or unwilling to work for what I need or want). I just feel odd talking to people randomly. Jackie only doesn’t talk to people when she doesn’t like them. Though I really do think she would have loved selling makeup to people as an Avon representative.

Jackie selling cheese at the mall, That 70’s Show.
  1. Leaving Out Catalogs
  2. Person-to-Person Sales
  3. Selling on Social Media
  4. Becoming A Rep
  5. Links to other pages and blogs about being an Avon Rep


Avon can be much the same as selling something to a random person sometimes, but you get better as you go along. I want to start with where to leave catalogs/brochures. As a precursor, I recommend that you ask personnel if it is okay to leave these at some places as they may not allow it. For example, I am not allowed to advertise in the exact area that I live in. I can discuss it in general with neighbors, but I cannot leave out the brochures in public areas where other neighbors might gather at. I hear you can leave them at doctors’ offices, yet at only one of the places that I do go to for any medical treatment, can I do that. One. Other than that, I leave them at a local cafe where many others leave an array of advertisements for different businesses and occasionally at the laundry mat where they have washers better suited for some of the gigantic blankets that I have. There is also the issue of having to be licensed to go door-to-door here in Idaho. It’s to protect the customer from fraud and schemes. So, check with your state regulations as well. How do can you advertise, then? Mostly by word of mouth or via social media. I used to go door to door before the lights licensing happened. Still, if you are more able to leave catalogs at other establishments do it. But don’t do it where another representative already leaves out brochures. I find it a bit rude. They may already have an established customer base at that location.

Leaving Out Catalogs

If you are at a loss as to where to leave brochures, I can suggest a few places.

Photo of 4 photo collage: top left Avon catalog on a cafe table, top right Avon catalog in a grocery cart, bottom left, an old woman holding Avon catalog while under hairdryer at the salon, bottom right Avon catalog on the back seat of a car. Copyright iSpeakAvonlish.com
  • The tax preparation office – I do my own taxes period but from time to time I go there for extra help and it helps to make it look as if you are looking at a brochure already and then set it down when your name is called. As if you had already found it there or that you may have forgotten to pick it back up when you got up to attend your appointment. Whatever works for you.
  • The pharmacy – My pharmacy is at a local grocery store but, sometimes when I am getting advice and have to step to the side into the little waiting area, I can easily slip one of the brochures on the end table.
  • The bank – I get sneaky with this one. I’ll pull one out and then set it down as if I needed to pick up my purse and then attend to my little meeting with whatever bank personnel I am meeting with and forgot it.
  • The laundromat – This one I am more able to be bold enough to leave two to three out at a single visit.
  • The WIC office – It’s been years since I needed to use WIC but, there are times, I had to wait my turn for an appointment or for a checkup on how I’m doing. It wasn’t too hard to leave one at that location.
  • The bowling alley – I may go bowling only during the summer but it’s easy to leave one without making it seem obvious that you’re leaving one.
  • College campus – Many representatives are college students (I am an older student currently). But I still like to ask if I’m allowed to leave one there anyway just since case one of the staff says I can’t.
  • Daycare center – Again it’s been years, but I always asked if it was okay the owner may not like people advertising at their own business, but it does help to ask just in case. Maybe you’re on good terms.
  • The dressing room – Another great way to be sneaky about leaving brochures. It’s not like anybody’s going to notice that you’re the one who did it. Plus, it’s not too hard to figure that maybe you were waiting for someone to put back an item or bring out another item that was of a different color or size while you’re waiting in the dressing room to try that item on.
  • Hair salon – I have made it seem as if I accidentally forgot mine there only because most hair salons are trying to push their products to make sales but, if you feel that you need to ask, it doesn’t hurt to do so. Maybe it might be a private salon or a friend that you know personally that wouldn’t mind having you leave I brochure there.
  • The Gym – It depends on where you go gym wise. You could easily leave one in the cubby or locker that you used. But if you want to leave one upfront again, I suggest that you ask the personnel or owner of the establishment.
  • In the back of a taxi – It’s easy to figure that someone might leave something in the back of a taxi. Unless it’s a local taxi and they know you then I would just recommend asking them if you can leave some for customers. This is something I do on occasion as I don’t use the taxis often as I used to.
  • The dry cleaners – I haven’t had too much experience with this one but maybe there’s a waiting area that you could lay one out at.
  • Coffee shop or cafe – I had mentioned before that there is this little coffee place that I go to that has an array of other advertisements for businesses and such. I usually just go up to the owners and ask if there’s enough room for me to leave one there. It’s also a great place to set up Flyers if they have a board that you can set up Flyers at 4 special promotions or fundraisers.
  • Shopping carts – Have you noticed that a lot of people leave things in shopping carts? I once accidentally forgot my phone because I set it down in this little cubby thing while I was shopping and then when I got to the register, I completely forgot that it was there instead of putting it back in my purse. People can leave some pretty interesting things in carts. So why not a brochure?


During the year of 2020, in case you happen to read this at a later date as a new rep, getting the chance to get our and leave brochures may be a bit hard. You may not get to go to that great spot to leave a brochure. or that waiting area is blocked off. Or the establishment closed. Some potential customers may be hesitant to pick up a brochure. In their mind, they have no idea how long that catalog has been there, and if whoever left it handled it in a way that would make them feel comfortable. I have done a lot more advertising via social media because of this and though I did leave a brochure or two at the local laundromat earlier today, I have been handing out brochures to current customers while wearing gloves.

Person-to-Person Sales

Another great way to get customers is to start with people you already know. When I first started as a representative a bit over 13 years ago (the first time around), I worked a regular part-time job. This gave me a pathway to handout catalogs to coworkers. I traveled a bit more back then and was able to meet up with family and sometimes family took the brochures to work and I got leads with their coworkers. Friends, coworkers, and family are the best first option. Next to leaving brochures. After that, it is using other forms of advertisement to reach potential customers. Get creative about it. I plan on getting a shirt that lets people know I am an Avon lady for when I go out to places. I may be unable to do this for a while. Normally, this would be the grocery store, but for a few months now, since January actually, I have been picking up groceries. Then as of this summer, I can have them delivered. Leaving me less of a chance to walk around with an Avon shirt. Get a sticker for your computer and car. If you live in an area where it is allowed (unlike me), put a sign in your window. Turn your garage into a tiny store. If you are wondering if you can have a physical store, Avon no longer allows this but that is not to say that there aren’t any to be found. There is a representative in Florida who had the chance to open one up long before Avon made this a no-option. But you can open a booth at open-air events. Be sure to get permission first from Avon. There is a process for this, and I hope to do it next year. I would have this year, but the world happened. The event is still going on, but I would rather stay safe just in case. Throw an online party or, if you can, an in-person party. Give out prizes. Like the lip balm sticks or whatever you feel would work. Start a fundraiser. I did one for the Ronald McDonald House in Boise. It was a small fundraiser, but I still did it. My son wanted to help kids in need, and it is still something he likes doing.
And don’t forget to give any customers you get a gift for being your customer. I like to give a gift to customers who spend a certain amount or little paper coupons for referring people. Avon now has the option to let you create a discount offer to already established customers. I will have to write a post on that at a later date. It is a new feature we have, and it’s got all the representatives happy that they can do it now. It used to be you had to be a certain level in sales to get that.

Selling on Social Media

Fun Fact: Sometimes when you go on vacation you manage to gain new customers and sales. Don’t ask me why this happens. It just does. Once, I went to visit my dad. I handed my stepmother a few brochures as she had asked to have a few to set out in the break room at work. That very same night she came home with several orders that had totaled to just over $400. Back then we had the chance of getting a 50% commission. Not as high now but I sat there in shock. I hadn’t done very much and still came out with more than I expected in sales. I recall that one customer’s name was Cinnamon. Not sure if that was just for work or if it was her actual name. Either way, it was a name that stuck in my memory 17-18 years later.
If you aren’t sure about doing things person-to-person, then leaving brochures and doing online stuff may be a better fit for you. Just to note that doing it online is something to always work at. It can take time. Think about it, we as being who is now always on our devices, see ads all the time. I think only once did an ad on Facebook for a product I ended up buying for my oldest as a Christmas gift is the one time an ad worked for me. Even commercials are not something I am persuaded with. Sure, some are comical and witty. I think at most the Pine-Sol lady was able to get me into that product and she still promotes it! That and Orlando Jones as the “Make 7-Up Yours” guy. I miss those commercials. Besides only a hand full of commercials, I think I ignore most. I tend to mute the TV when I see them. I would rather watch the show thanks. Kids though, they see it they may want it. That is why when you do online marketing for an Avon product to not feel as if it is defeating you. It takes work. Next to posting products, you have to actively engage with people. Put up something to make them laugh or something they can respond to. My page has new followers (42 currently) but I do get a few likes and sometimes comments. It’s been up for a year. It takes time to get a following and more engagement. Keep it to the 80/20 rule. For every two Avon posts, you make, have 80% of the other posts be about something else. I like to post about my crochet, my cat being cute, about things I care about. Last night I posted a link to an article about Robin William’s daughter donating to homeless shelters in his name as it was something, he did every year in Seattle. Not only is it about a generous act that is carried on after William’s death, but it also hits close to home for me. I have been homeless before and donations to people who are in a hard position mean a lot to me as someone who has experienced it before. Which brings me to another idea, you can do a fundraiser for causes closest to you. Makes care bundles for the homeless during the fundraiser and then use a portion of the sales customers have to add even more to the whole deal. Don’t forget to post about it. It is a great way for others to know that Avon is all for helping others. It is one of the causes I plan on doing this coming fall in light of the new school year. I knew a lot of kids at the shelters with their moms.
There is no end as to how you can get optional customers.

Becoming A Rep

Becoming a rep is easy. Right now we have a join for a free promo that was only meant to be for part of the year but has since then been extended through the rest of the year. There is no better time to join than when it is for free. Also, when you join as a new rep and get your first order that is $60 bundle through your page, you get $10 for the next campaign. Additionally, you will get to pick a free gift. I recommend the $150 bundle (That’s what I did when I first joined), I will send you a few free products. Another great deal is that when you reach $200 in sales you get an extra $20 cashback from Avon and $40 if your sales reach $400. It goes on from there. These bundles are meant to be used as samples and they come with brochures you can start handing our right away. Be sure to check out your Avon U and Avon Social to get started with selling online and how to be the best rep you can be. To join my team, go to my referral page here. Don’t forget that when you join with me to go to my Facebook Team Page.

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