About The Swanks

Preface:

First and foremost, PRAISE! Hello, and welcome to Simply Swank Wellness! My name is Katie Swank, nice to meet you! – I am co-owner with my gorgeous husband, Dustin, and creator of our sweet family business. God is so Good.

God is good, He is amazing and I am so thankful for my new life in HIM. He is my constant inspiration.  He fuels my passion, and grants me grace everyday.  Developing and creating this product has truly been a blessing. This is my Christian ministry and I am SO thankful to find myself HERE. It makes me feel so happy!  

Thank you so much for your support, for your love and for sharing my passion. My main goal is to change the way we are taught to care for our bodies.  Buckle up, it’s a wild ride!

TA DAAAA!  A little bit about me, Katie Swank:

Helping, overcoming and finding solutions is just part of who I am.  I believe that natural Body Care is SIMPLE Logic. It’s one of those “Duh” moments in life. Or Simply – “Why didn’t this come to me sooner.”  I am so thankful for this opportunity to share what I have learned.

Important to note, my ideas are derived from personal research on the body and skin completed in my home.  I am not a doctor.  I am a well educated woman with incredible passion, some fantastic ideas and proof in the puddin’ products that my family loves, my clients love and you will love too.  

None, zip, zero, nil (yes, that means no) information in this blog is meant to diagnose, treat, or remedy any medical issue you might have.  The ingredients in my products are simply things you might find in your kitchen.  I don’t claim to have a product that will make your skin magical, and stop aging.  That is impossible (just in case you didn’t know).  I expect, however, to age gracefully and beautifully using Simply Swank Wellness which has NO chemicals or toxic preservatives.  The products are meant to work WITH our bodies – in a very natural way.  If you have any questions about my…

Hang on for one second!  Am I smart enough or qualified enough to talk about this?

You bet!

I am an Acadia University Graduate and I furthered my education in Public Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  With 6 glorious years and a mountain of student debt under my belt, I have acquired a passion for research, learning and developing.  It’s something I have enjoyed my entire life.

One of the crowning moments in my professional career was when I made a quantum leap from retail sales clerk to Finance Manager.  This promotion increased my annual salary from $40k to $200k and that happened in a matter of 2 years.  I maintained that position for 5 years until I met my husband and became a stay at home mom!

Pretty awesome, eh?

I love every second of raising my 2 babies, whom I refer to as my champions. All of you stay at home moms will agree with me, being a homemaker is more strenuous than any other job I have ever had.  Best of all, it’s more rewarding too. Amen?!

I have a powerful, supportive husband who has made quantum leaps of his own and I am so proud to be his wife.  I love him so much. He served our awesome country for 6 years as a US Marine and now works as a PowerLineman.  His job is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. He is brave, strong & loving, the best dad on the planet and, most important, the love of my life.

We started our Christian walk together, at the same time and with the same passion. I pray that God continues to use our family for good, and we shine in HIS light until we meet Him someday in Heaven.

Life has thrown us some doozies, and we treat each one as an opportunity to grow stronger and more powerful.  We have persevered and continue to be God’s Champions everyday.  Our Faith in God is our everything and we are so excited to share our Christian beliefs to all that will listen. God is so good.

In the last 5 years, as stay at home mom, I have mastered many skills I am really thankful for.  I have become a natural doctor, therapist, gardener, chef, maid, carpenter, seamstress, painter, skater, coach, researcher, and blogger.  I am super excited to share my latest creation with all of you!

I am a natural born Entrepreneur, it’s something that is in my blood. My awesome grandfather was a master boat builder and craftsman. He engineered, designed and built all of the lobster boats in his shop. He was a genius. I faithfully watched and absorbed all of his dynamic life skills as a child. Today I strive to emulate him. If I am half of what he was, I have succeeded in my life goal.

Simply Swank Wellness has become my masterpiece.  I am so, so excited to share it with the world.

Simply Swank Wellness:

1 Corinthians 13:13  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

What prompted me to create these products?  Solutions is the answer, and for those who know me, you’re not surprised.  I couldn’t understand WHY!?!? Why are all the products that I use to care for my body able to last for years and years when the healthy food I eat every day cannot?  Do you know why?

Isn’t my skin an important part of my body (the body’s largest organ)? Isn’t my skin as special as my internal organs?  I was eating organic foods, fresh veggies, exercising and yet I was poisoning my largest organ everyday with over-the-counter this and thats.  That was a problem and, all of a sudden, I needed to find the solution. Thus, the solution became my passion.

The utter lack of effective body care was the major reason why I created my products.  Why continue using something if it doesn’t work, or if it makes things worse. That’s what was happening to me.  The stuff I was buying didn’t work, and in fact, they were making my situation worse! 

Deodorant let me down, n’ made me stink in a sweet-stomach-turning kind of way. Then, itchy skin needed moisturizer, but the moisturizers were full of chemicals and preservatives, saturated fats and harmful things that I didn’t want absorbed into my skin all day long. All were broken, and all needed fixin’.

Let’s talk about our Pits. Describe them.

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Popular Answer: My armpits are the stinky parts that I try my dang-dest to stop stinking and sweating cause that what I’ve been taught since I was a kid. I am embarrassed cause of my stains on my shirts ‘n stuff. And my pits stink, but I think I said that, so I use deodorant to make them stop stinking. But deodorant doesn’t work. So I feel frustrated and just use more. That is all I can do. There is no solution.

If that is how you answered, then you were just like me before I did all of my delicious and super-fascinating research. And you are wrong. I have the answer. I have the solution.

So, let’s dig deeper. I’ll explain, in my opinion, the why’s and the how’s. If you’d like you can embrace this – SIMPLY SWANK – brand new way to care for our bodies and use new habits and tools. I pray that we are able to open our hearts and minds to great solutions.  Let’s embrace an awesome way of encouraging our body’s natural functions and live a Simply Swank kind of lifestyle!

I love injecting thinking questions everywhere. I want to challenge you as you read, like I challenged myself as I devoured my delicious research.

Romans 8:28 

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Lymph Nodes: Highly Concentrated Under your Arms – AKA – Pits.

Research, Research and more Research has led me here – talking about Lymph Nodes.  I knew that they were important, a crucial part of how my body works, but with a casual shrug, I’d be thankful for them and go about my day.

Not Anymore!

I respect those champions so much now! With every step I take, all the physical exercise I do, I am aware of them.  Now I know why they are so important, how to take proper care of them and how to make them work most efficiently. Respect!

Not only are the Lymph Nodes concentrated in the pits, neck, chest and groin, but the lymphatic system runs throughout our skin. So, our skin isn’t just a protective cover? Nope, absolutely not. It’s an intricately designed system hosting many important body functions. What? Don’t forget that important fact. I’m getting sidetracked though, let’s continue talking about the Lymph Nodes in our skin.

Simply: The lymphatic system is our filter system, or “oysters” of our bodies. Lymph Nodes are incredible freedom fighters.  They are clusters of cells in little pouches that have tubes running in and out. Lymph nodes work hard by taking in all the gross and harmful elements in our bodies, filtering them, digesting them and then pumping out all the good stuff back into our body. NO JOKE.

Lymph have no structure to their walls, no pumping or force action to move or activate them!  WHAT?!  So, the only way to get the most out of our Lymphatic System is to get off our butts and get moving!  Every time we get a great pump from our workouts, long walks, “getting the blood moving” that assists the lymphatic system and lets it to run at full capacity!

Simply Swank Wellness is an effective and gentle way of caring for our Lymphatic System.  There are no harmful chemicals that cause our Lymph Glands work overtime.  The last thing I want to do is force those precious cancer and disease fighting glands to work overtime due to poor decision making on my part.

According to WebMD:  Blood and lymph vessels serving the arm, travel through the armpit. There are more than 20 lymph nodes (small lumps of tissue that are part of the body’s lymphatic system, which helps fight infection) in the armpit. …

I gotta tell you, I am sick and tired of hearing all terrible stories of disease, fear and sickness from super special people in my life.  It’s Simply not fair.  I’m only 39 and these stories are coming from men and women my age!  Breast cancer, stroke, heart attacks, hysterectomy, lung cancer, auto-immune disease, and the list goes on.

Understanding Lymph Nodes and how crucial they are to fighting harmful cancer cells and cancer causing elements in our system makes me love them, care about them and want to protect them.  I love my life, I love my family and friends and I want to live a long time to spend fun days with them, not sick, simply happy and use Simply Swank Wellness, right folks?

Now that I understand Lymph Nodes, and know where they are located, and know that every time I put Deodorant with Chemicals and Harmful debris into my pits I am over-working these little Champions overtime and they can’t just do their regular job. I’m forcing a crucial part of my immune system to work too hard. My Lymph Nodes have to filter out all those gross chemicals that I just intentionally added to my pits by using those old, gross deodorant!

Poor lil’ guys.

So, with Simply Swank Wellness, created with very healthy ingredients, I know I am providing the best care for my precious Lymphatic System.  Giving my body it’s greatest chance it has to be stink free, healthy, and Simply…

Yup, I said it, Simply Swank.

Simply Swank Primer – Promoting Healthy Skin Function

Simply Swank All Natural Body Care is chemical free and created with completely natural-based ingredients.  It’s wonderfully homemade body care.  I believe my products work in conjunction with the body’s natural system.

I am convinced that premature aging occurs when we permeate our gorgeous skin with horrid chemicals and preservatives. When we strip away the good stuff (sebum oil) and expose our skin to free radicals, we damage our body’s God-Given natural and in-His-image running systems.

Simply Swank Primer is a great moisturizer because it is created with alive aloe. I grow, nurture and harvest the organic Aloe Vera on my property. It is not processed and permeated with preservatives which kill the active and healing attributes. And BONUS, every single ingredient I use, is effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Who doesn’t love that. AMEN?!

You will find that I do not skimp on using special and quality products either. Organic Cucumber Seed Oil absorbs wonderfully into your skin without making it feel oily or greasy. I used to use avocado oil and grape seed oil, which are healthy too, but they left oily residue and stained some of my clothing. I didn’t like that, so, THEY GONE.

ATTENTION: Scary Saturated Fat!

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credit: google search result on saturated fat.

Simply Swank Wellness is completely free of Coconut Oil which is very high in Saturated (not good) fat – known by the American Heart Association as a major contributor to heart disease.  Per tablespoon, coconut oil has 12g of Saturated Fat, Butter has 7g of Saturated Fat.  When I discovered that issue, all of my skin care routines went out the window.  Heart Disease is the #1 cause of death in both Men and Women in America.  WOW.

Here is why I began my research on the skin: My mom.

My mom has Crohn’s disease, (a disease of the bowel).  She has suffered from this for most of her life.  She controls much of this disease by eating one of the healthiest diets I have ever witnessed.  Pain retains, right people?!  So, it saddened me to see her come home a couple of months ago with a very stressful story.  Her last routine checkup concluded that her cholesterol levels were skyrocketing! NO! NOT MY MOM!

No! Her diet hadn’t changed, however, her lifestyle had!  She fell in love with essential oils, just like I did, and was using coconut oil all over her body as a carrier oil!  SHOCKING NEWS FLASH.  That’s when I dug deeper into saturated fat content of oils.  HOW DARE YOU COCONUT OIL.  You nasty thing, you are so fluffy and you smell so good, and most people just talk about your benefits, but not the fact that you are horrifically full of unhealthy saturated fat.

That was an :”open-my-eyes”, Ding! Ding! Ding! Realization. Basically everything I had in my skin care routine had some sort of coconut oil in it. EVEN my vitamins!  Even more wowzers.

Visual check alert: any oil that is solid at room temperature is considered high in saturated fat.  Truth!

When coconut oil is (scary) fractionated – made liquid at room temperature it isn’t even considered edible anymore.  What are they doing to it to make it continuously liquid?  Gross.  And if it’s fractionated so far away from it’s natural state, why am I putting it on my skin.  Even more gross.

When I first designed my deodorant, I ignorantly used coconut oil, because it was the only oil I used on my body at the time.  After a couple of weeks on my bathroom counter, I noticed that there was mold growing in my deodorant.  YUCK.  So that’s why they need to use all those chemicals – to prevent mold.  Why not just use natural oils that don’t mold and get gross right away.  The ones that are awesome for your skin and encourage the way it’s suppose to work? Answers anyone?

Now that I am using cucumber seed oil and baking soda in my new formula – with NO coconut oil, it lasts a lot longer, there is no sign of mold!  The recommended shelf life is limited to 6 months because of the pure aloe ingredient shelf life recommendations.

Hello, excuse me.  I am feeling frustrated with you.  How dare you talk about coconut oil like that.”

It’s just my skin, coconut oil and all of it’s saturated fat can’t effect my heart.  

These are some of the thinking questions I warned you about:

How do nicotine patches work?  

How do birth control patches work?

All of those chemicals get absorbed through our skin!

The Function of the Skin and Why Natural is Factual

Our skin is our largest organ, even greater than that, it houses our lymphatic system, our sensory receptors, our blood system, our and is the largest endocrine (hormone) gland we have.  It is the body’s largest “force field” and we need to start protecting it every single day!

All of the junk I was putting on my skin was being processed by my precious systems and were messing them all up.  How can I be in sync if everything is working overtime and against themselves? Possible?  I think not! Overtime means working too hard, and breaking down with too much wear and tear.

So I had to discover the solution!  And, to me, it was just so Simple.  If my body is not broken, why treat it so?  If you need oils on your skin in order for it to be hydrated and protected, why are we stripping the good oils and exposing our skin to dryness – which then equals cracking – which then equals infection – which leads to the immune system heating up and working past its capacity.  It all seems so flawed.

Plus, the only reason the chemicals are added to most body care is to PRESERVE the product.  Maximum Profitability commands that products be able to sit on a shelf for years until you buy it, and then sit for years inside your house until the bottle is finished.

Cause that’s money well spent, isn’t it?  You gotta finish everything on your plate y’all.  OR you’re wasting your money!

WRONG. I raise my hands in frustration. WRONG!

Body Care (in my opinion) has gotta be fresh, it’s gotta be packed full of vitamins, natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, fully cleansing, and HEALTHY ingredients.  Do you agree?

AND YES, healthy, chemical-free products will go bad after a while, so use them all the time and use them all together.  One product leads to the next, and the next and they all work in harmony with each other, not against. Just like our bodies! Do I hear a DING! DING!? I think I see that light bulb forming over our heads! PRAISE!

I created my body care line after doing extensive research, consulting with reputable websites and basically “cooking up” the perfect recipes for success.  Just like any masterpiece, after much trial and error, I have designed a line of awesome products, created a business and I’m so excited to share all of them with you.  They are fresh, they are effective, they will work WITH our skin and not against, and if you agree, will aid us in making healthy choices for our brand new body care routines!

Again NOTE – not all bodies are created equal or the same.  If you have adverse reactions to using my products stop use immediately and contact me at 619-987-1431.  We can discuss your reaction and find a potential solution!  All of the products work in conjunction with one another.  IF you do not use all of the body care line then your system is unfortunately out of sync and the effectiveness is squashed to bits n’ pieces.

Romans 8:28 

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Ingredients

Are the ingredients high quality?

YES.   The products are very high quality – the best I could find!  They are organic and fresh.  The aloe is harvested from my land, where I care for it and nurture it with all organic soil. Talk about sourcing! All of the oils are CPTG – certified pure therapeutic grade.

Packaging

The glass containers are super intentional.  I want all of the containers are intended to be reused and we will reduce the amount of plastic waste going to landfills.  DO NOT THROW YOUR CONTAINERS AWAY.  Bring them back to me, I will sanitize them and refill them for you and you will get a discount for every container that you return.  I appreciate your willingness to preserve our quality of life by reducing the waste we send to the landfills every day.  

Simply Swank Lifestyle

I pray that Health and Happiness is something that you strive for by making GOOD decisions.  Drinking lots of water and eating a well balanced diet that is full of fresh veggies, fruits and nuts is so important.  Daily exercise is drastically important to the effective functioning of all of our systems.  Nurturing – mental, spiritual, relational and emotional aspects of our lives will allow us to grow towards a healthy and fulfilled life!

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Social Awareness Factors:

10% of the proceeds of Simply Swank Wellness will go to our family’s awesome charity The Haiti Foundation Against Poverty.  We personally support 4 children from Haiti. My awesome mom has travelled to Haiti twice on mission trips. We love supporting this family cause. God is so good.

Versatility 

Simply Swank Primer is super cool because it can be used for more than one thing!  It’s is such a good example of our Simply Swank way of life.  If caring for your body is made more efficient, then our lives are made all the more Swanky! You can use it to prime your deodorant right after your shower. You can use it for shaving. You can use it as moisturizer. You can also use it as diaper cream, and that is super cool because it won’t leave any residue. TA DAAAA! your mind is blown now isn’t it.

Good Bye for Now & Thanks for Reading.

Now, I am 100% real with y’all, I know you are going to have a ton of beauty puff-stuff cause we all get bored, we want to try the new – latest n’ greatest – there is something fun and appealing about having a fun pretty bottle in your shopping bag isn’t there?  But when it comes to the practicality of your “getting ready routine?” yup, I’d rather not be searching and sifting through all my stuff to find that thing that does that one thing that the other thing doesn’t do. HUH, am I right??

I’d rather grab something that actually works too. If it’s broke, fix it.  Simply Swank Wellness is an in-sync system that allows you to deodorize, moisturize, stimulate and nurture all over your body.

I designed Simply Swank Wellness as a solution to my body-stinky situation, yet, after learning more about my body and what Simply Swank Wellness actually solves and overcomes, I got super excited and ready to share it with everyone I know.  Effective is special, isn’t it, and we ALL deserve to feel special.

Therefore, Simply Swank Wellness is the greatest, most effective, completely versatile and fantastic option. I pray it is for you too! Thanks for joining me on this bonkers, eye-opening and exciting ride. See you guys soon,

Katie and Dustin Swank

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