Au Naturel Essence

All natural treats for body and soul


The Leibster Blog Award

Thank you to Isabelle at Ginger and Aloe for nominating my blog for the Liebster Blog Award.  I am honoured and thankful for the nomination.

Blog Awards are a great way to share a bit about ourselves with other bloggers.  They are also a great vehicle for paying it forward and calling attention to other fabulous blogs out there.


1) Acknowledge and link back to the blogger who nominated you
2) Answer the 10-11 questions posed by the nominator(s)
3) Nominate 5-11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers
4) Create your own 10-11 questions for the nominees
5) Leave a comment on your nominee’s blog that you nominated them

Isabelle’s Questions

1.  Who or what inspired you to start blogging?

I was inspired to start blogging by a good friend of mine.  She wrote a blog for many years and eventually, I decided to jump on the bandwagon.  It has been a great way to share my skin care experiments.

2. What is your favorite make up?
I love the Jane Iredale line.  I also like the All Natural Face.
3. What is your favorite body lotion?
I make my own body lotion.  By far, it’s my favorite. I just can’t find anything else that works as well on my dry skin.
4. What is your favorite fruit?
5. Favorite time of the day to work out?
First thing in the morning.  It gets me going and ready for the day.
6. Favorite drink of the moment?
I love a cup of Hot Lemon Water.
7. What do you think about juice cleanse?
I do a lot of juicing using my Hurom Juice Press.  I think it’s very healthy to incorporate freshly squeezed juices into your daily routine.  I always feel best when I am juicing regularly.
8. Favorite song?
I don’t have one.  I like music, but can never recall the name or artist of a song that I like.  It’s a part of my brain that just doesn’t function…ever.

9. Your favorite place?

My favorite place is home.  Home is with my family, wherever that my be.

10. Favorite inspirational quote?

“Hope is not a plan of action”.

I love this quote.  It’s a reminder to me that I need to make my dreams come true, rather than wait and hope that things turn out how I want.

My Ten Questions

1.  How do you keep your skin clean and fresh?

2.  If you could travel to one place in the world, where would it be?

3.  What is your favorite animal?

4.  What is your favorite type of food?

5.  How do you motivate yourself to get difficult tasks done?

6.  How many times do you wash your hair in a week?

7.  Who do you admire the most and why?

8.  What is your favorite brand of make up?

9.  What is the one word that describes you the best?

10.  What is your favorite book?

And the Nominees Are:

Zen in the Big City 

Little Steps

Day Dreaming on a Dime

Tomatoes and Jasmine 

Green For Baby 

Please take a moment to visit these five fabulous blogs!  I’ve enjoyed each of them and I hope you will too!


I’ve been nominated for a Sunshine Award!

This is great! I was nominated for this award Journey of a Dutch Witch!  Thank you so much!

The Sunshine Award Rules:

1. If you are nominated, you must blog a post linking back to the person that nominated you.
2. You must answer 10 questions, nominate 10 fellow bloggers and link to their blog
3. Comment on your nominees’ blog to let them know you’ve nominated them

Sunshine Award Questions:

1) Who’s your favourite philosopher?

I’m a big fan of logicians.  Aristotle is one of the most famous philosophers that like logic.

2) What is your favourite number?

It changes from day-to-day.  Today, I’ll go with 4.

3) What is your favourite animal?

I loved seeing elephants up close and personal when I visited South Africa a few years ago.

4) What are your Facebook and Twitter URLs?

Please like my Facebook page!  You can get to it by clicking here.  

You can follow me on Twitter at @ANaturelEssence

I also just discovered Pinterest!  I love it. You can check out my first few pins here

5) What is your favourite time of day? I love the morning, especially the sunrise.

6) What was your favourite vacation? I love seeing the world.  I loved travelling across South Africa.  Equally, I loved travelling to Argentina a few years ago.  We visited Mendoza and Buenos Aires.  This is a photo from our horse back riding trip into the Andes.

7) What is your favourite physical activity? Dancing!

8) Favourite non-alcoholic drink? Hot lemon water.  It’s so good for you and a great way to start the day!

9) What is your favourite flower? Right now, I’m in love with Hydrangea.  They’re so delicate and lovely.

10) What is your passion? Making a difference in everything that I do.

Ten of My Favorite Blogs:

I love reading each of the following blogs, so I am happy to nominate them for a Sunshine Award!

 Homemade Wellbeing

Ruby Beauty Organics

Stilish Babe

Lightly Crunchy

German Beauty Sabine

BIO-SIL South Africa Blog


The Happiness Cocktail

Ayurvedic Herbal Teas

The Burlesque Baker

Thanks again for the nomination!  Have a wonderful day!