Most of the time, I try to focus on the positive. You know recently I did bring up some negative by discussing what causes me to give negative reviews in my post ‘Don’t do dumb shit and people won’t write about it.’ I have a page on my site called Banished that lists companies I refuse to shop from for various reasons, mostly due to bad customer service, questionable business practices or ethics, or products that don’t meet my standards.
However, I was just contacted by Orglamix‘s PR company (Orglamix is the company that threatened me with a cease and desist letter in Oct. 2009), to review their products.
The email said:
My name is Kelly M. and I am writing you on behalf of Orglamix Cosmetics. Orglamix is a new, but fast growing company, that specializes in mineral make up. All Orglamix products are proudly formulated without: nano particles, bismuth oxychloride, synthetic dyes or fragrances, petrochemicals, or parabens. Each product is of the highest quality and the greatest value compared to mega beauty brands. I am working with Orglamix to find bloggers and reputable beauty sites that would be willing to help promote their products. I was hoping that you would be interested in reviewing a 3 eye shadows and possibly give 1 lucky winner their choice of 3 eye shadows. We would love for readers that are entering the contest to join us and our 15,000+ friends over on Facebook. There they can keep up-to-date on the latest beauty discussions, color challenges, and weekly specials. If you include bonus entries, we would love for you to include our Newsletter and Twitter links. Please let me know if you are interested. We would love to work with you.
Thanks for your time and consideration,
Between the Lines PR
Perhaps you should have done your homework. I’ve reviewed Orglamix before.
Cheri Tracy also sent me a cease and desist because she didn’t like my review.
So no, I’m not interested. I don’t like the products or the owner.
Her snarky response back:
I apologize for bothering you. I am new to Orglamix team and was unaware of your dislike of the products. It is unfortunate that you had a bad experience with Orglamix in the past, but do not really feel that a rude was response was necessary. A simple, no thank you, would have been fine. Best of luck in all you do.
Considering that this is now the 3rd time Cheri Tracy has tried contacting me to change my review (the 2nd was when she sent me a Kiss & Make Up on Etsy in Sept. 2010 and I told her then to never contact me again), I’m irritated.
It’s clear her new assistant hasn’t bothered to research anything. She’s just sending out mass emails, especially considering that I told Cheri Tracy explicitly to never contact me again. In fact, if you check out the assistant’s PR company, she says that one of her services is:
“seeking out new blog and businesses that are compatible with your business. I will research their various stats to see if a review/giveaway would be beneficial. I will work as the PR contact for your business and communicate with the individual to create a blog review and/or host a giveaway.) Contact to discuss pricing.”
I am definitely NOT compatible with Orglamix. I didn’t like their products at all.
I’m not exactly sure what about my response was ruder than being contacted again (without bothering to use my name or web address; form e-mail much?) to promote a company that has, in the past, harassed and threatened me to try and force me to redact my honest opinion.