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Freebies Found: Aveda, Curel, Nivea and more

by Jami Summers on August 9, 2014 · 0 comments

Free beauty samples on the Bionic Beauty blogHappy weekend Bionic Beauties! Here’s a brand new roundup of free samples for you to enjoy. And as always, feel free to post a link to any freebies *you* find in the comments below.

  • This freebie is most excellent so I suggest you hustle: Fill out a short questionnaire about your skin and get a free sample of Mario Badescu skincare!
  • Sign up on Curel‘s website for free samples of their body lotions.
  • Grab a free sniff of the new Gucci Guilty Black fragrance.
  • Do you have an Aveda salon near you? If so, print (or simply show the page via your smart phone/tablet!) this coupon to get a free sample pack of Aveda’s Invati 3-step hair care system. Your sample pack will include shampoo, conditioner, and something called a “scalp revitalizer”. The offer expires on September 30, 2014.
  • U by Kotex let’s you choose from 3 different sample packs that include liners, pads, tampons, and a coupon!

Facebook Freebies: you’ve been warned…

Hugs and fabulous freebies,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

15 Beautiful Uses for Tea Tree Oil

by Jami Summers on July 28, 2014 · 4 comments

It’s no secret that Tea Tree Oil is fantastic for clearing breakouts but most people don’t realize the versatility of this essential oil. One little bottle of this oil will assist with home cleaning chores, refreshen the air, and provide health benefits such as clearing chest congestion, zapping allergies, and boosting your immune system.

15 Beautiful Uses for Tea Tree Oil - by the Bionic Beauty blog

Background Intel
Tea Tree Oil (TTO), also known as Melaleuca Oil, is an essential oil derived from the Melaleuca tree which is native to parts of Australia and New Zealand. Tea Tree Oil is *not* the same as, or related to, green tea, white tea, or any other teas that you drink. TTO can be toxic if taken by mouth (i.e. swallowed) in large quantities. TTO has excellent antiseptic, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties. It also has some mild analgesic (pain reducing) properties.

I’d describe the scent as fresh, woody, herbaceous, and vaguely reminiscent of camphor and eucalyptus. If you have sensitive skin, like me, start with smaller amounts of TTO in the uses I’ve outlined. Tea Tree Oil is mild and I’ve never had a reaction, but everyone’s skin is unique. Start with less until you see how your skin behaves.

Tea Tree Oil Recipes & Tips
For easier reading, this list is roughly grouped by area of the body. Numbers 1 – 6: Face. Number 7: Hair. Numbers 8 – 12: Whole body. Numbers 13 – 15: Miscellaneous goodies.

  1. Clear a Current Breakout: Dab tea tree oil onto the pimple daily to dry it, pull to breakout to the surface, and speed healing.
    • Helpful Hint #1: Use a cotton swab to apply.
    • Helpful Hint #2: Never dip an already used cotton swab into your bottle of oil. You don’t want to contaminate the fresh tea tree oil in the bottle!
  2. Face Wash: Add 10-20 drops of the oil to your bottle of face wash. This functions as a great daily preventative for acne and breakouts.
  3. Facial Toner: Add 10-15 drops of tea tree oil into a bottle of witch hazel for toner. Soak a cotton ball and swipe across face after washing. This gentle, yet super effective, toner helps clear and prevent breakouts, acne and pimples, tighten pores, balance skin’s pH … without drying your skin!
  4. Face Mask: Add two drops of tea tree oil to my DIY Green Clay Face Mask recipe. Helpful Hint: Spend a few extra minutes and read the comments section on that article because there are a ton of extra tips, tricks & recipes submitted by Bionic readers!
  5. Cold Sores: Use a cotton swab to dab TTO onto cold or canker sores twice a day. The tea tree oil will ease the discomfort and speed healing!
  6. Ingrown Hairs: Add a dab of TTO onto the ingrown hair and the surrounding area. Apply 1-2 times per day until the hair comes free.  The tea tree oil will help prevent infection; in addition to drawing the hair to the surface and loosening the follicle.
  7. Correcting Shampoo: Add a drop or two to the dollop of shampoo in your hand & wash like normal. Or mix 10-20 drops into your bottle of shampoo. Smells wonderful and helps clear up dandruff, itchies, or other scalp issues. This mix also puts the kibosh on product buildup without over-drying your hair or scalp!
  8. Body Wash for Acne or Clogged Pores: Pimples, blackheads, and other breakout varieties aren’t limited to your face. Resolve body breakouts by adding 10-15 drops of TTO to a bottle of dandruff shampoo. Shake well to combine. Apply to a shower pouf and gently scrub down your entire body.
    • Helpful Hint #1: For maximum benefit, let the mixture sit on your skin for a few minutes while you shave your legs, deep condition your hair, etc.
    • Helpful Hint #2: Look for a dandruff shampoo that has sulfur or a sulfur derivative listed as one of the main ingredients. Why? Because sulfur is absolutely awesome for clearing acne FAST.
  9. Body and Foot Scrub: Make your own simple, all-natural sugar scrub for your body and feet with this Bionic Beauty created, 3 ingredient recipe!
  10. Refreshing Foot + Leg Scrub: Refresh, soothe, smooth, and moisturize your footsies with this easy-to-make scrub recipe. The ingredients are easy to find- salt or sugar, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, jojoba oil. Swap the jojoba for coconut oil to save some a few dollars.
    • Helpful Hint: I love finding new ways to use my homemade skincare recipes. After a particularly grueling few days, I had shin splints, sore feet, and calf muscles that were beyond locked down.  A few minutes of massaging my feet and legs with this scrub made my legs feel like they’d had a professional massage!
  11. Body Moisturizer and Massage Oil: Mix 5 drops of tea tree oil with a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply to skin for moisture extraordinaire; or recruit a friend/family member to massage it into your aching muscles.
  12. Bugs Be Gone Repellent: Fill a spritzer bottle with a 50/50 mix of water and witch hazel. Add a couple drops of citronella oil and a couple drops of tea tree oil for an all-natural bug repellent spray.
  13. Mouth Wash + Breath Freshener: Combine 1/4 cup of purified water and 1 drop of tea tree oil. Swish around in your mouth like normal mouthwash. Spit it out. Just like toothpaste: Do. Not. Swallow.
  14. Nail Fungus Treatment: I’ve had great success clearing nail fungus on myself and others using tea tree oil.
    • Method 1: Use a cotton swab to apply the oil directly to all edges of the nail/nail bed. Try to get some up under the free edge of the nail. Treat once per day.
    • Method 2: Add 10-15 drops of TTO to a pan of warm water (just enough water to cover your toes or hands). Soak your hands or feet for about 15 minutes, twice a week. Pat dry with a soft towel. Then air dry the area completely before covering (for example – don’t put on socks or sneakers for at least 30 minutes!).
    • Method 3: Add 15-20 drops of tea tree oil to a bottle of carrier oil. My recommended carrier oils: Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Grapeseed oil, or Almond oil. Mix well. Apply a bit of the mixture daily to nails, nail bed, and work some under the free edge of the affected nail(s). Treat once a day or a few times per week. Helpful Hint: Get 2 benefits for the price of 1 by slathering on before bed, slip your feet into some cotton socks (or hands in cotton gloves). Treatment is done while you sleep and you’ll have wonderfully moisturized feet/hands!
  15. Aromatherapy: 1 drop lavender oil + 1 drop tea tree oil. Apply to pulse points for relaxation, tension release, and to treat migraine/sinus headaches. Breathe deeply.
    • Feeling under-the-weather? This aromatherapy mix boosts the responses of your immune system which will help you battle off any pesky sick bugs.

Do you have any tips or secrets ways of working Tea Tree Oil into your beauty regimen? And remember, in the wise words of G.I. Joe “Knowing is half the battle” – so don’t be shy. Ask questions and share your knowledge.

Stay bionic and beautiful,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

P.S. If you enjoyed this list of goodies, you’ll love “15 Beautiful Uses for Jojoba Oil“!

Free beauty samples on the Bionic Beauty blogReady for some beautiful freebies Bionic Beauties??? There are some exceptionally grand ones in this group. Enjoy them! And as always, feel free to post a link to any freebies *you* find in the comments below.

+  Looking for some love for your locks?  Try out the new L’Oreal Triple Resist Advanced Haircare shampoo and conditioner.  The first Q of the short survey asks which blog told you about the freebie – sadly Bionic Beauty is not listed, so just pick another at random.

+  Moisturize your summer skin with a free sample of Eucerin skin lotion when you take their Skin First pledge.  Plus you get to pick which lotion version you’d like to sample!  For the record, I chose the “Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin” lotion.  Open to USA residents only.

+  Spice up the man in your life -or- just use this fragrance sample to scent your sock drawer… either way, grab a freebie of Dolce & Gabbana The One cologne for men.  Open to Bionic Beauties living in France only.

+  Carefree is offering free sample packs of tampons or liners for Aussie Bionic Beauties.  If you’re a Bionic New Zealander, grab your samples here.

+  Grab your choice of free Poise liner or pads sample packs.  Side note: Did anyone else see the Jennifer Garner movie, 13 Going On 30?  Whenever I hear the word “poise” I can’t help but think of that movie.

+  While this one isn’t truly a beauty freebie, I’m including it since I love the stuff. BioFreeze pain gel helps with my achy joints and ongoing chronic pain – so it might help some of you as well!

+  For salon/beauty professionals only:  Fill out a quick survey and get a free, full-size Invisible Dry Shampoo by Style Edit.

+  For salon/beauty pros only: Enter your salon name, answer a few quick questions, and you can get a free sample of Kenra Volume Hair Spray to test on yourself or your clients.

Hugs and fabulous freebies,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog


For those unaware, Alvi Armani is one of the biggest names in the surgical hair restoration scene. Founded in ’99, Alvi Armani has been responsible for restoring hair of thousands of patients.

Avli Armani clinic logo

History of Alvi Armani
As mentioned before, Alvi Armani clinic was established by the Doctor of Italian descent Dr. Antonio Alvi Armani in 1999 in Toronto, Canada. The clinic you see in India, Mideast and Argentina is a part of same chain. Alvi Armani started with FIT (Follicular Isolation Technique) procedure but ever since the procedure became outdated, Dr. Armani quickly realized it and switched to the better surgical procedure, FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction).

Dr. Antonio Armani - founder of Alvi Armani hair transplant clinics
Dr. Antonio Armani

Not only did Dr. Alvi Armani make the wise decision of switching to FUE, he also excelled in it doing extensive research in the same field, coming up with better techniques and eventually coining Vitruvian Design Method for FUE. Some of Alvi Armani’s services have been individually reviewed in brief below.

FIT or FUSS Procedure
This service was instrumental in making Dr. Armani and his associates popular. Ironically, this service is not very common today due to the newer FUE procedure. The procedure involved Dr. Armani taking out a hair strip from, and scalp transplanting it, over the balding area – known as recipient site.

FUE Procedure
When FIT became obsolete, Alvi Armani started focusing on FUE, which used individual follicles rather than a strip. This procedure took Alvi Armani to new heights, even after Dr. Armani’s retirement, as it is safer and more effective. It was only after the success of FUE that Alvi Armani started eyeing other potential markets including India, Middle East and South America.

Alvi Armani hair loss treatment for women
FUE Procedure Result (before & after)

The popularity of Dr. Armani as a surgeon was far-reaching and it wasn’t long before celebrities from Hollywood turned towards Alvi Armani, Beverly Hills.

Fame of Alvi Armani
Impressed by the results of Hollywood celebrities, Bollywood actors turned their attention towards Alvi Armani as well. The fame, coupled with Dr. Armani’s physical condition which forced him to resign, also opened a door of opportunity for Alvi Armani to open up clinics in major parts of the world, including India and Argentina. Alvi Armani Beverly Hills is still the leading Alvi Armani clinic, which is under supervision of Dr. Baubac Hayatdavoudi, an award winning surgeon from University of California. Visit Dr. Baubac Hayatdavoudi’s blog to learn more about him.

Dr. Baubac Hayatdavoudi of Alvi Armani
Dr. Baubac Hayatdavoudi of Alvi Armani in Beverly Hills, CA

Alvi Armani India
Alvi Armani India run by Dr. Arihant Surana is also a part of Alvi Armani Network and is a recent addition to Alvi Armani clinics. This clinic came into existence because of various reasons:

Firstly, hair restoration was considered costly and only wealthy Indians, including celebrities, were able to bear the cost of FUE in United States and Canada. Secondly, Dr. Arihant Surana’s feelings for Indians and the fact that he is also an Alvi Armani trained professional provided the perfect foundation to open up a clinic in India. Finally, Medical tourism is getting popular across the globe. People are looking for inexpensive countries with advanced medical facilities and qualified faculty and India is right there at the top of the list. Visit Dr. Arihant Surana’s website to learn more about him.

Dr. Arihant Surana of Alvi Armani clinic
Dr. Arihant Surana

Alvi Armani Argentina
Led by Dr. Juan Manuel Rodriguez Jáuregui, Alvi Armani Argentina has been leading the Argentina market with Dr. Armani’s exclusive FUE procedure. Dr. Jáuregui specializes in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgery from the University of Buenos Aires.

His passion for hair care, past record of successful patients and training from Dr. Armani make him the best candidate to represent AlviArmani in Argentina.

Alvi Armani Today
Today, Alvi Armani is known around every corner of the world. Many Hollywood and other celebrities, including star Indian batsman Virender Sehwag, have added to the success story of Alvi Armani.

Indian and Argentinean celebrities seeking hair transplantation can get operated without traveling to the United States. The best thing to happen for India and Argentina with Alvi Armani is that any celebrity or regular person suffering from hair loss can easily afford a quality hair transplant. Visit Dr. Alvi Armani’s site to explore more about Alvi Armani.

Full Disclosure: This informative article was written by a representative of, and sponsored by, the Alvi Armani clinic. The goal of this article is to help educate Bionic Beauty readers about the technology, methods, and options available in the field of surgical hair restoration.  The links in this article are informative and not affiliate links.  All information was reviewed by Bionic Beauty for correctness and subject matter. Feel free to read Bionic Beauty’s disclosure policy for more information.

The Bionic Beauty blog finds free samples of beauty and cosmetics products
Happy Thursday, Bionic Beauties! I hope you all enjoy the following freebies I’ve rounded up from the far, far reaches of the interwebs. Now vamoose… get on with your requesting!

Snag yourself a free sample of Arm & Hammer sensitive toothpaste. I find these toothpaste samples absolutely perfect for holiday trips and vacations!

Try out a new scent with a sample of Gucci’s Guilty Black fragrance.

Awesome freebie alert! I’ve been super anxious to test L’Oreal’s Color Vibrancy hair care line. Grab the freebie then let’s compare notes!
Read on…