So who is the Avon Lady?? Is she a figment of our imagination from decades past? Does anyone really know?? I do...she lives right next door to me. And she might live in your neighborhood too!
Avon is 125 years old. It was started in 1886 by a man...yes a man. His name was David H. McConnell and when he started this business it was practically unheard of that a woman would own and operate her own business. Look how far we've come since then!
And why am I rambling about Avon? My mom used to be an Avon lady and coming off the heels of Mother's Day I got to thinking about how long ago it was that I first fell in love with cosmetics. My mom joined Avon with a friend back when I was just 2 years old. She wanted to make a little extra money as she was then a stay at home mom and the best part was that she could load me in the car and I could go with her on her routes. She sold Avon until I was about 6 years old so I actually have memories of the entire process. I remember when she would receive the large boxes of merchandise and I loved to sit on the floor and help her fill the bags. As she would call out a product I would try to find it and put it in the correct bag. I had so much fun because it made me feel like a big girl helping my mom. Once we'd get all of the bags ready we would run the "route" - we would drive to all of her regular clients and deliver their Avon to their house. Of course where I grew up, you didn't just drop of the make-up and run, you came inside and had coffee and talked and got to know everyone. I loved it! See, my history around Avon probably sparked my love of make-up and talking. I talk a lot and I'll talk to anyone...I typically don't meet a stranger. I'm my mom's child on this one!:-)
I remember that my mom had this little plastic box of miniature lipstick samples and she would let me play in them and even as a little girl I knew to respect the lipstick. I swatched them and put them on but didn't mishandle them. They were like little babies that needed to be handled with care. I still feel the same way-RESPECT!
Avon started out as door to door sales and then progressed to selling to co-workers and now even to online sales. It's gone global...Avon is in over 100 different countries and is associated with such celebrity names as Jillian Dempsey, Fergie, Reese Whitherspoon and Herve Leger. And they even have Mark, a beauty and fashion boutique, that is geared more towards younger women and is sassy and more cutting edge. They have had beauty spokeswomen such as Lauren Conrad and currently Ashley Greene.
I do buy Avon every so often. I've used their nail polish, lotions, eye liners, lip glosses etc. and I just recently purchased the Anew Solar Advance Sunscreen face Lotion in SPF 45 and the Anew Clinical Luminosity Pro Brightening Hand Cream with SPF 15. I have heard nothing but great things about the Anew line and can't wait to try them. You might even see these products eventually in a video post.
So if you have an Avon lady near you...go ahead and make friends...she won't bite. But she will deliver some quality products for you to enjoy.
"Beauty is about women looking and feeling their best. It’s about championing economic empowerment and improving the lives of women around the world." - taken from the Avon website.