shampoos for women over 50

How Tea Tree Shampoo Helps Your Hair and Scalp

November 20, 2017

I’ve always had a passion for the beauty industry! Back in the day, I worked at Vogue, and one of my first assignments was to design a layout for a two-page Elizabeth Arden ad. Fast forward to today . . . I love working with clients in the hair and beauty industry, and enjoy keeping current with the latest products and trends.

Recently, I was contacted by Maple Holistics, an awesome beauty product company offering all-natural and cruelty-free hair products along with bath and body products, skin care products, and even natural foods. I was invited to review their Tea Tree Special Formula Shampoo and Tea Tree Conditioner, and received complimentary samples of both products.

Tea tree oil products combat dandruff and keep your hair healthy and shiny. I’ve heard that tea tree products also promote hair growth and stimulate the scalp. They get rid of the old skin cells from the hair follicles. And, that’s what us women over 50 want, right?

I tried both products three times so far and here’s what I’ve discovered . . . First, I am a long-time fan of tea tree products, and simply love that minty, fresh smell. The Maple Holistics Tea Tree Special Formula Shampoo creates a nice, healthy lather. It feels good and a bit tingly as you massage it into your scalp, and then washes out very well. I followed up with the Maple Holistics Tea Tree Conditioner for a thorough cleansing.

After using the tea tree shampoo and conditioner, my hair felt extra clean and soft, plus it smelled really good! I noticed it looked much better after blow drying and styling than it did with my previous shampoo, and was easier to manage. Bottom line: I like.

If you’re looking for a thorough cleansing of the scalp, Maple Holistics’ shampoo  and conditioner are for you. (Here’s an added plus: They are hypoallergenic and BPA free!) Check out this Maples Holistic link and sign up today to receive a free shampoo sample.


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Bruschetta Chicken Bake for Your Next Potluck Dinner

October 3, 2017

Does this happen to you? You wake up without a care in the world, walk the dog, pour a cup of coffee, and suddenly realize it’s Fill-in-the-Blank Night . . . Bunco Night, Bridge Night, Book Club Night, etc., and you need to bring along a potluck appetizer or dinner to share with the gals?

Do not panic! I’ve got the solution thanks to those wonderful people at Kraft who gave us Stove Top Stuffing Mix. Below is the lovely little casserole recipe for Bruschetta Chicken Bake on the back of their stuffing mix box. When it says “Prep Time: 10 minutes and Total Time: 40 minutes,” I am definitely in!

Kraft offers their Bruschetta Chicken Bake recipe online, too. Read the reviews and see how you might like to adapt it.

Here’s how I made it the first time . . .

Bruschetta Chicken Bake


1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 pkg. (6 oz.) Stove Top Lower Sodium Stuffing Mix for Chicken
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 lb. boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 cup Kraft 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese


-Heat oven to 400-degrees.

-Mix tomatoes, stuffing mix, water and garlic just until stuffing mix is moistened.

-Layer chicken, basil and cheese in 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

-Top with stuffing mixture.

-Bake 30 minutes or until casserole is heated through and chicken is done.

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Declutter An Attic in Six Easy Steps

July 26, 2017

Image of how to organize an atticIf you want to feel like you’ve really accomplished something, plan a full Saturday to declutter an attic or crawl space. It’s a very freeing feeling, and you’ll actually be able to find the holiday ornaments this year!

I began this task with the help of my 30-year old daughter, who is very generous with her time and probably figured, since I am over 50, I’d need full hip replacement surgery if she didn’t help.

So, here’s how we did it . . .

1. Assess the Damage: Head to the attic with a yellow pad and pen. Take notes on heights and widths of areas between the beams and write down measurements. Guestimate how many storage bins you will need for packing items into bins.

2. Buy the Bins: We hopped in the car (after heading to Starbucks first), and it was off to Walmart. We purchased about 20 Sterilite 10-gallon tote boxes with lids at $3.97 each. (Do your research, but we found these were a bargain, stacked nicely and worked well.)

Note: Measure carefully so bins will fit in between beams and stack how you’d like. Pinterest has some good tips, too. There are products on the market showing how to create lumber supports that serve as shelving. Check out AtticMaxx Shelving System.

3. Label the Bins: Before you start sorting, label the bins with your categories. Some of our categories included Christmas, Taxes, Easter, Art Supplies and Fall. Be careful not to make the bins too heavy. We used large Avery shipping labels on each bin and then reinforced them with clear Scotch moving and storage tape on top.

4. Let the Decluttering Begin: Clear one good-size area in the attic and begin. Start packing up one category of items in a bin and see what you can donate to Goodwill or other organizations to make more room. (Remember the Big 3 Rule: Keep, donate or toss.) Continue filling and stacking bills.

5. Organize the Bins: Keep all bins with the same category next to each other.

6. Additional Storage Ideas: Consider storage hanging rods from the ceiling if your space allows. Another tip is to use bins with wheels. They are a bit pricey but may work well in a specific area.

Once you have your bins neatly stacked in place you may ask the question, “Now what do I do with the 9-foot artificial Christmas tree loaded with lights?” Well, we purchased the Elf Store Heavy-Duty Canvas Large Christmas Tree Storage Bag for a 9-foot tree from At $32.99, it was certainly affordable. But, be sure you place the tree parts into the bag when you are up IN the attic!

7. Tell the Family the New Golden Rule: Remind the gang to put things back where they belong if they venture into the new, tidy attic! This is the last time you want to declutter an attic!

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July 25, 2017

Let’s face it . . . Baby boomer women want to look and feel great, and are always looking for the very best makeup tips for women over 50. And, we don’t always need to spend a gazillion dollars on state-of-the-art makeup when we have excellent offerings right down the road at Target, CVS, Walgreens and other favorite pharmacies.

Over-50 skin care starts with lots of moisture. We’ve consistently used Olay Age Defying Classic Renewal Cream — a great beauty product that minimizes the look of those fine little wrinkles and contains beta-hydroxy complex plus vitamin E. This product is for all skin types and is not greasy. Have loved it for years!

Start each morning with a squeaky-clean face and apply the Olay moisturizer generously. It’s a great warm-up act and sinks into your skin to leave a nice foundation for foundation, if you’ll pardon the pun.

One of our next best makeup tips is Garnier SkinActive BB Cream, pegged as a 5-in-1 miracle skin perfector. The box boasts that this anti-aging cream will reduce wrinkles, firm skin, even skin tones, deeply hydrate and protect skin.  I have a light-to-medium complexion and the medium-deep color gives a little glow to the skin and looks like you’ve gotten a bit of sun. Follow up with a little cream or powder blush on the apples of your cheeks, if you like more color.

For the eye, I love Expertwear eyeshadow by Maybelline in Modern Metallics 60T bronze haze. Just use the gold to cover the entire eye lid, and contour the crease with the bronze. Then, use the brown shade to contour the crease of the eye. Complete the look with a Maybelline pencil eyeliner and line as close to the eye as comfortable.

Add some shine with a great lip gloss like Revlon’s Lustrous Lip Gloss (Super Natural shade), and now you’re ready to go out and dance!

Remember to treat your skin kindly with a night-time regimen that includes a good night cream. We rave about ROC’s Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream. This anti-aging cream applies easily to the face after cleansing and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, too.

Here’s the best news . . . these over-50 best makeup tips are not only fast and easy, they’re affordable!

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Bunco game and readers


June 3, 2017

What could be better than getting together with your girlfriends at a friend’s home once a month, sipping a little vino, and playing Bunco — a simple and fun dice game that allows you to sip, snack and chat? It just takes a little planning and 12 BFFs to get a group going for a great Girls Night Out.

So, how do you start your Bunco group? I’d suggest the following:

  1. Purchase a Bunco game at Toys R Us, Walmart, Target or on Amazon.
  2. Plan to have your Bunco evening on the same weekday each month. Create a sign-up list so everyone gets a turn at hosting.
  3. Send out an email flyer to 12 friends. (If someone can’t make it, you can always ask another friend to sub.) If our group has only 11 people respond, we bring along a stuffed animal “dummy” who moves from table to table, just like the players.
  4. Have guests bring a food to share, favorite beverage, and $5 for the kitty. (There’s several ways to win! Simply read the directions that accompany the game.)

If it’s your turn to host Bunco, consider a theme — such as hearts for Valentines Day, Christmas and holiday decor, or a Hawaiian Bunco party. We also recommend bringing this tasty Chicken Casserole recipe . . . it’s fast and tastes delicious!

Set up three card tables with tablecloths in your home, and four chairs at each table. You will need to add “signage” at each table to tell players whether to stay or move to another table after each round. (Signage and score cards come with the game.) Our Bunco group likes to have a small bowl of mixed nuts and M&M’s on each table for nervous munching.

You’ll need a large ice bucket to chill the wine bottles and plenty of wine glasses. It’s best to eat and chat first, and then get down to business! Be sure to check out the great Bunco ideas on Pinterest, too.

And, one last tip. I love bringing along my new purple readers by the folks at Not only are they adorable and totally affordable, they actually help over-50 ladies like me see better and enjoy the game more!

Let the games begin — and pour me some wine, please!


March 22, 2017

On a recent shopping spree in Mizner Park — in Boca Raton — I fell in love with a collection of colorful Veneto vases at Z Gallerie. These gorgeous creatures are made of hand-blown glass and are available in Aubergine, Cerulean, Sapphire, White, Mandarin and Gold. (Translation: Purple, Turquoise, Blue, White, Orange and Gold.) They stand proud at 16 1/2- inches high.

When I stopped by Z Gallerie two weeks ago, the vases were priced at $19.95. Right now, they are on sale on the website for only $9.95 each!

Be aware that the vases have an opening of only 1/4-inch, and that’s much too small for a flower. However, don’t panic! There’s no need to use them as vases . . . I prefer to put them into the category of “Home Decor Art.” Line up three Mandarin vases on a coffee table or buffet for a great look. Add a few matching pillows of various sizes and textures to your sofa for a crisp, brightly accessorized room.

Or, purchase two Cerulean vases and one White vase and group them together on a tray, sideboard or mantle. Match the vase color to a nearby painting or rug.

Yes, they are glass, so hide them when the grandkids come over. But, enjoy the vases at home, and secure them with tape to your surface, just in case.

At less than $10 each, these vases would certainly be fun birthday gifts, girlfriend gifts and even early-bird holiday gifts!

We’re sold. How about you?

Where do you shop online for home accessories and home goods? (Did someone say Home Goods?) Here are a few of our favorite sites:
Lulu & Georgia (Save 25% now with their once-a-year Family & Friends Sale. Use code: BESTIES)
Wayfair (Great Spring Sale on area rugs until April 17th)
Bloomingdale’s (Unique lighting selection especially the flamingo string lights at $26)
Kirkland’s (They have a fun selection of wall art and wall quotes.) (Semi-annual sale is on now. Check out the sale on window treatments.)
Target (New Tropical Lush Collection’s artisan pieces say it all.)


March 21, 2017

Are you tired of schlepping to Bridge, Bunco, Book Club and family gatherings carrying your “stuff” in used Target bags? Tory Burch has the perfect solution, and it’s her stunning Ella Nylon Tote! Available at Nordstrom, I went bonkers over this super roomy, casual tote proudly displayed at Nordy this week. Made of nylon, the trim is a shiny patent leather. The amount of available room inside the tote is one of the best I’ve ever seen.

The Royal Navy and Cherry Apple colors are great – nice and bright, with a large Tory Birch logo. We also liked the Ella Stripe Tote available on the Tory Burch website.

With enough room for all of your paraphernalia, you can pop the tote over your shoulder, and head out the door. This is the perfect must-have for any lady on the go – whether over 50 or under 50!


March 20, 2017

It’s been a rough few months in the hair department here at Hello There 50! It all started last December with a hair-straightening treatment gone bad. I never knew that formaldehyde was used as a binder in the hair straightening process, did you? That certainly explains why I started to feel lightheaded and ill. In the process, my scalp was burned by a flat-iron straightener, and several trips to the dermatologist were required.

Next, I moved on to a new hair stylist, requested “a slight trim of my shoulder-length hair,” and ended up with a 7o’s shag!

But — sound the trumpet, please — now for the good news! I discovered Bumble and bumble Bb gentle shampoo and super rich conditioner. What a lifesaver! The Bb gentle shampoo does a great job moisturizing the hair and scalp — especially when you have dry,  chemically-treated hair that’s been damaged. I followed up with Bb super rich conditioner. It got rid of the tangles and left my hair moisturized, soft and feeling oh-so-good. I checked it out and both of these products get fabulous reviews on the Bumble and bumble website.

So, what are the takeaways here from our over-50 beauty blog? 
1. Thoroughly research any hair process and know what will be put onto your hair and scalp.

2. When having an “issue” with damaged hair and scalp, use a gentle cleansing routine like I did until your hair is back to normal.

May this help you to avoid some hair-y situations in the future. (Pun intended.)


March 5, 2017

If you are a gal over 50 and are looking for a great hand creme to fall in love with, check out Lollia by Margot Elena. The selection of replenishing hand cremes is outstanding. You’ll love how the shea butter and aloe lightly moisturize your skin, while hydrating and refreshing.

The At Last Shea Butter Hand Creme features a white petals and rice flower fragrance, with macadamia nut and avocado oils blended to soothe skin. The creme absorbs quickly and makes skin feel fresh and delightful!

The Breathe Shea Butter Hand Creme is luxurious with its blend of ruffled peony and white lily with rich shea butter and macadamia nut oils that nourish hands. This was one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things” of 2014, too.

With an infusion of apple blossom and jasmine, In Love Shea Butter Hand Creme is a favorite! Again, macadamia nut and avocado oils are blended to make skin feel cool, calm and smooth.

Please visit Lollia’s website and read how creative entrepreneur and visionary Margot Elena crafts quality beauty products, and truly succeeds in “Making Beauty More Beautiful!”




March 5, 2017

Okay, we’ve found the most adorable and diverse collection of fragrances for women over 50 that not only smell divine . . . they come in oh-so-convenient 4.5 ml spray vials. You’ve got to check out this wonderful collection of “Meet the Girls” Fragrance Collection by Tocca.

First, the fragrances are portable and travel friendly and come in 0.15 fl. oz. bottles. And, they are so pretty to look at!

At $62 for the entire collection, you’ll enjoy ten lovely, fresh fragrances featuring the Tocca girls: Cleopatra, Stella, Florence, Giulietta, Colette, Bianca, Liliana, Simone, Isabel and Emilia.

Each of the girls has their own special fragrance:

CLEOPATRA: A sensual, captivating scent inspired by the Mediterranean ruler.
STELLA: A fresh and flirty fragrance.
FLORENCE: A sophisticated scent reminiscent of old-world Paris.
GIULETTA: A lasting, artistic fragrance.
COLLETTE: An intriguing, seductive fragrance inspired by the famous Collette.
BIANCA: A fragrance boasting a clean and sparkling essence.
LILIANA: A fragrance reminiscent of a Jazz-Age garden party.
SIMONE: A fearless and adventurous scent.
ISABEL: A chic, city-girl fragrance.
EMILIA: A refreshing, bohemian-spirited fragrance.

Hello There 50 saw this awesome fragrance collection at Sugar Boo & Company. Purchase through Birchbox, Sephora, or on Amazon. Loved the fragrances  and you will, too!

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