Ernest Borgnine's 100th Birthday! January 25 2017
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 is the 100th birthday celebration of Ernest Borgnine, An Academy award winning actor, a Navy man dedicated to enriching the lives of Veterans and the Navy family, the "Grand Clown" of Milwaukee's Great Circus Parade for 30 years, loving father, grandfather and husband to our Founder, Tova Borgnine.
Ernie, as he is affectionately called by friends and family, served in the U.S Navy for 6 years, having re-enlisted after Pearl Harbor was attacked, serving during World War II. With respect to those that serve the United States and their families, Ernie remained active as a civilian including visiting every Veteran Hospital in the United States to spend time with Veterans. In 1997, he received the Navy Memorial "Lone Sailor" Award, which is awarded to Sea Service Veterans who have distinguished themselves, drawing upon their Sea Service experience to become successful, while exemplifying the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. On December 7, 2000 he was named the Veterans Foundation's Veteran of the Year. In 2004 Ernie received the honorary title of Chief Petty Officer, a special honor bestowed upon him for his naval service and continued support of the U.S Navy and Navy families worldwide.
With his Mother's suggestion, Ernie went to Acting School after his honorable discharge from the Navy. She was quick to remind him that he enjoyed acting like a clown in front of people! His career as an Actor stretched over 60 years actively working until his death in 2012 and he was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his work globally, including his 1955 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film Marty, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. From big screens to television screens Ernest Borgnine entertained and delighted those that watched him! His most notable television appearances include McHales Navy, Airwolf, the voice of Mermaid Man on the SpongeBob Squarepants cartoon and the Hallmark Channel holiday favorite A Grandpa For Christmas.
After appearing on the Johnny Carson Show where Mr. Carson asked Ernie "If you weren't an actor what do you think you would be?" Ernie's humorous response of "nobody has asked me to be a clown" led to the request by the sponsors of Milwaukee's Great Circus Parade for Mr. Borgnine to participate as the parade's Grand Clown. An honor he and wife Tova enjoyed for 30 years!
Ernie lived by the Motto: "Life is what you make of it.". He passionately with steadfast dedication entertained the world with his roles, lovable smile, infectious laugh and sense of humor. He traveled the United States in his Prevost bus, with his son Cris filming, to take in the beauty of the United States of America and to meet fans. Cherished moments by many who have memories of wonderful conversations, pictures and a good laugh!
Having been set up on a blind date by good friend Marty Allen and his wife Frenchie with his soon to be wife, Tova, both felt an immediate connection and spark! Married for over 38 years, until his passing, Ernie and Tova shared a vibrancy for life, romantic moments- they renewed their vows numerous times and family. It was not unusual for Ernie to call into QVC when Tova was on air selling her ΤΟVΛ® Beverly Hills Beauty products or ΤΟVΛ® Diamonique Jewelry to surprise her...and viewers!
Today we celebrate this milestone birthday with remembrances, pictures and stories from family, friends, and fans! To participate in this celebration, please include the hashtag #ErnestBorgnine100 in your Social Media posts. A special announcement came today, one that would touch the heart of Ernie. Mayor Curt Balzano Leng of Hamden, Connecticut, Ernie's hometown, made an Official Proclamation of January 24, 2017 being Ernest Borgnine Day!
We miss your infamous smile, strength and immense talent! Happy 100th Birthday dear Ernie!
Holiday Shipping Calendar November 29 2016
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A Once A Year Special Offer Only On QVC! October 28 2016
It is that time of year again- ΤΟVΛ® Signature 3.4 oz Eau de Parfum Duo for $76 only available on QVC! This year I am offering this incredible value just in time for your Holiday gift giving.
Receive two 3.4 oz Signature Eau de Parfum bottles individually packaged for $76, that is only $10 more than a single bottle on QVC! And QVC is wishing everyone Happy Holiday shopping by offering 3 Easy Pay Installments on this item of $25.33. Don't wait to order- there are a limited number of Signature Duo's available and once thye sell out this special offer will not be back until 2017.
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It is once again that time of year where voting begins in the QVC Customer Choice Beauty Awards! My best-selling Grand Dame, ΤΟVΛ® Signature has once again been nominated in the Best Fragrance Category (question #34). WIth now 3 generations of women wearing, enjoying and being asked "What Are You Wearing?" isn't it time she won this special recognition award?
I ask you all to take a moment and VOTE by clicking on the below Link or copy and paste into your Browser: http://qvc.co/TovaCCN_insta
Thank you all for taking the moment to vote for our Signature fragrance, I appreciate all of you joining in to support me and my products. Polls open only until September 3, 2016 11:59 pm EST.
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CONNECT WITH ΤΟVΛ® ! August 15 2016
As many of you know I have always over the years taken great efforts to connect with all of you, my friends, whether through letters, catalog messages and much more. Today, in this age of ever quickly changing technology I have the ability to quickly connect with each of you- and an absolute joy it is! Won't you take a moment and Follow me on my Social Media - this is where I announce new product launches, special promotions, give TOVA Tips and let everyone know of upcoming QVC appearances.
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Summer Skincare Special- Keep your skin young! July 12 2016
The sun is shining brightly and many of us unintentionally overindulge in it's warmth while sitting by the pool or at the beach. With the strength of the sun, sun burn can damage our skin, cause discomfort and age us (that is worse than the pain!). I have always recommended wearing high quality skin protection, but what to do if you do find yourself looking a bit red, blotchy or have the after-effect of aging skin?
Our skin will look and feel "older" especially when it is depleted of moisture whether from the environment, age, our habits or overuse of drying make-up. This is exactly why I developed and manufactured the ΤΟVΛ® Cactine Skincare line back in 1977! Powered by the healing, rejuvenating and age-reversing qualities of multiple Cacti extracts with regular use your skin will become smooth, soft and brighter with reduction of fine lines. Safe and gentle for the most sensitive of skin, this botanical driven skincare line will bring a luxurious spa treatment right to your home! Use the Cactine Beauty Bar to gently cleanse your skin while it adds hydration and nourishes. Though designed for night time use, you may apply the Cactine Emollient for a deeply penetrating moisturizing, nourishing and healing ointment directly to burned area as needed.
Enjoy a special Summer treat (just in time to help sunburn damage too!) Tuesday, July 12th through Midnight Friday, July 15th on my website on my Cactine Skincare Products! At checkout use Discount Code: CACTUS10 and receive a 10% savings on your products.
The Original Cactus based Skincare & How the ΤΟVΛ® Brand came to be! February 22 2016
Today is a very special day for myself and the TOVA brand as will be March 2nd! Why you ask? It was today 39 years ago that I drove to the local post office to pick-up Ernie's Fan mail (which I did regularly) only to have the Postmaster inform me that instead of Ernie having mail I had a bag of mail!! This was shortly after the paparazzi had printed headlines that I had found a skincare secret they dubbed as a "Facelift In A Jar", which referred to my Cactine Masque. I took my mail bag home and much to my surprise as I started to open all the envelopes, women from all over the United States had sent letters to me saying they wanted to purchase the Cactine Masque with checks enclosed- combined all the checks equaled $56,000! At this point I had not started my company nor even production in large quantities of this glorious product. It was a chaotic few days as I conferred with Ernie as to what to do- and as always with his supportive nature he reminded me this is really what I wanted to do, so go do it! Within weeks I established the TOVA Corp (which will celebrate 39 years on March 2nd), signed production deals in Mexico, had packaging produced and product delivered so we could pack and ship to all of the women who so trustingly sent checks to me. It was all hands in, Ernie and our friends frantically packed boxes and shipped (I often wonder if any of the women who received the first deliveries knew that an Academy Award winning actor had so meticulously packed their boxes!) to my customers. From that little moment of time, which came about from you- the women who wanted high quality, effective Beauty products to make them feel beautiful and strong, it has been 39 years filled with creating, producing and continuing to add products that are unlike any other, filled with multi-beneficial ingredients, the highest quality ingredients and continue to be some of the most effective products found. Today, I reflected on how chaotic and scary yet exciting that moment was 39 years ago and how it was a moment that changed my life forever. I would have never dreamed that I and my brand would still be creating, producing and selling 39 years later- let alone have one of the world's top selling fragrances! I am excited that after a small break in production that this year I was able to start to re-introduce the Cactine Skincare line with more to come over the next year. And to think I have known and produced a Cactus based skincare line all these years with it's immense benefits that are more powerful and beneficial than even Argon!
Today, I send thanks to each and every one of you for giving me the opportunity to continue to fulfill my passions, without your love, support and continued purchasing none of this would be possible. I remind all of you, you never know when your opportunity to grab hold of your dreams and aspirations may "pop" into your life. It happens at the most unexpected times and no matter your circumstance, financial situation or preparedness- it is up to you to take the leap of faith and passion, grab hold and enjoy the ride, no matter how bumpy it may be at times!
TOVA BORGNINE ON QVC! February 18 2016
Join Tova Borgnine Friday, February 19, 2016 for 2 presentations on QVC US of the Best Selling fragrance ΤΟVΛ® Signature Eau de Parfum! This captivating fragrance with it's clean and alluring scent will be presented in a While Supplies Last (and there are not many!) Special Edition 2.5 oz collectible bottle for a limited time price of $49.98 and Free Shipping during Friday's airings!
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Celebrating 20 Years of TOVA on QVCUK! October 06 2014
This October I celebrate the start of my 20th Anniversary on QVC UK. With admiration and appreciation, I thank all of you for your continued support and love of my products. Your stories and experiences truly fill my heart with joy and ignite my creative passion.
On October 8th and 9th, I will present a very special Limited Edition Duo of TOVA Signature and TOVA Nights to celebrate this milestone. Taking inspiration from one of my favorite crystal designer’s, Baccarat, I created a deeply faceted crystal collector’s bottle to house these beloved Parfums, as a vessel of elegance and femininity. Whether a gift for yourself or for someone special, this beautiful duo will delight! Although not often fully spoken, today I am sharing the origins of these two Parfums, which now undeniably have become a facet of my legacy.
Having started TOVA Beverly Hills in the arena of skincare, I always knew I wanted to create a perfume. I was not sure what I wanted its essence to be or what it should express as, well I had no experience at the time in creating perfumes. In my mind I knew I wanted it to be beautiful, feminine, graceful, different and nothing like the fragrance my dear Mama wore at the time (I never liked her chosen scent back then!).
Ernie and I were married at this point and I often travelled with him while he was filming. I would have long days to fill while he was working on set, what to do other than spend time shopping and visiting shops in all the places we spent time (much to Ernie’s chagrin!). One day while Ernie was filming in San Francisco, I set about my shopping and stumbled upon an eclectic shop in which I found a bath oil that particularly aroused my senses.
I knew I had found “IT”, the scent I wanted my perfume to emulate! With the help of the shopkeeper, I was able to track down (keep in mind this was long before the internet and search engines) the manufacturer. Immediately, I contacted the manufacturer, Steve Manheimer, and expressed my desire to make a perfume out of his bath oil to which he said it would be impossible as it was too expensive to attempt to create and besides he was not a perfume house.
Full of passion, desire and determination I was sure I could make it happen. And we did! Our perfumer spent over a year developing the fragrance and presented me several variations to sample so I could pick one as the final “winner” that would become my fragrance. These samples were all very close in scent nature, making it a difficult decision as to which was “The One”.
One night while Ernie and I were having dinner with Steve Manheimer and his wife Lore at Giambella’s in New York City, I asked which sample they preferred, with that Ernie took the samples in hand and began walking table to table asking restaurant guests which scent THEY preferred! Can you imagine having an Oscar-winning actor stopping by your dinner table to inquire which scent you liked?As he came back to the table he announced the winner to me (and she is) and this winner became what you now know as TOVA Signature.
Above is an image of my original marketing ad which was placed in the LA Times in October of 1982 – the birth year of Tova Signature. It drew over 4,500 people to my launch event when I invited the City of LA to Century Plaza Hotel to partake in my fragrance and enter to win one of 300 matching pairs of sapphires! It was a great way to entice the general public to provide their names, addresses and phone numbers so I could send catalogs in the future and have my team of beauty consultants make sales calls.
What is the magic and uniqueness of TOVA Signature? With its sparkling top notes of luminous bergamot your being is enhanced instantly, like a symphony that draws you in with its clean and fresh notes. You then enter Jasmine Absolut, one of the world’s most expensive botanical oils, with its warm embrace followed with a tender sense of Lavender Provence that descends into the blending East Indian Sandalwood. Finally, the depth of Aphrodisiac Musk is the characteristic that raises all of the ingredients and the note that causes so many men to draw into you to get a closer smell of your scent. TOVA Signature is never overpowering and envelopes you into wanting more. Like music, scent forever plays in your memory. With each time you use Signature it will feel like the first and offer you a new experience. Even when you do not smell it, I guarantee someone else will! This November, TOVA Signature will celebrate her 33 years young anniversary, worn now by 3 generations of women, she continues to be as modern and current a scent and unlike any other. Worn by young and old(er), enjoyed by many, she is timeless perfection. TOVA Signature will also be in the November issue of British Vogue in a “Best Kept Beauty Secrets” article, so do look out for that!
One night as Ernie and I enjoyed an incredible evening at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco, we were relishing in the warm breeze coming off the ocean. I began thinking of how I could take the notes of Signature and tickle them. When I returned home, I called my perfumer and gave him my vision for a new fragrance. The Mediterranean Ocean, the twilight of night, black lace and the effervescence of champagne all while keeping the construction of Signature underneath.
Behold, the perfumer was able to complete this vision and put it into a bottle. And so in 1997 TOVA Nights was born! With dewy greens as her top notes the feeling of the fizz of champagne bubbles tickling your nose are captured. You then are lifted into a spring garden filled with a menagerie of soft floral notes such as peony (one of my favorite flowers), jasmine, and iris, which brings you the feeling of passion, sexiness, juiciness and delight. I often say TOVA Nights is Signature’s naughty sister full of moonlight, black lace, seduction and temptation.
Bound by kindred spirits, TOVA Signature and TOVA Nights will take you alluringly and sensuously from day to night. And as they are sister scents, it is perfectly suitable to layer and intertwine them together. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate my anniversary with all of you in the United Kingdom then presenting this elegant duo.
Welcoming Spring and a new product! April 07 2014
After a very long winter for most of us in the United States, it is with open arms that I welcome Spring with warmer weather and the beauty of buds and blooms sprouting.This year will have many surprises, and I am excited to let all of you, my dear friends, know that we recently re-introduced my Lash Intense Mascara on my website as well as on QVC. It has been exciting to hear all of your wonderful feedback and the many stories of how beloved this mascara is to so many of you.
I would like to thank you all for your continued loyal support, it is my pleasure and passion to develop beauty products which embrace the power and spirit we all have within us. It is all part of my commitment to help enhance your own beauty and to share special discoveries with you.
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Happy New Year! December 31 2013
Apple Brook House - The War Room October 16 2013
Tova's new Online Boutique Opens October 2013 August 27 2013We are very excited to announce that Tova's new online boutique will open October 2013. The site will be Tova's personal channel and information source so you can be the first to discover all things Tova.
Will Gowing chats with Tova Borgnine July 28 2013
Applying Fragrance the Tova Way July 26 2013
To my mind, the cardinal sin of fragrance application is when a woman applies it to the inside of her wrists and then rubs the wrists together. The gesture has become nearly universal yet I cringe every time I observe it.
It would be as if you were trying to listen to a magnificent 72 piece orchestra playing through a cheap transistor radio. All of the highs and lows are compressed and much of the nuance is lost. The same applies to fine fragrance. Crushing the scent by rubbing the wrists alters the fragrance considerably.
When describing fragrance, I often draw an analogy between fine fragrance and a beautiful symphony. Strictly speaking, we can say that music acts upon the ears, much as we say that fragrance acts upon the nose. Music is an auditory art, fragrance an olfactory art. But this is just a small part of the story. Fragrance, like music, elicits a deeply emotional, wholly personal response that is unique to each person who experiences it.
The perfumer's art lies in being able to take an abstract concept and interpret it through a skillful blending of aromatic components to create the desired scent. The process, even for experienced perfumers, is largely hit or miss. This is why a plethora of new fragrances floods the market each year but very few survive beyond a few seasons. To be nominated for the Fragrance Foundation Hall of Fame, as TOVA Signature has, a fragrance must reach the age of 25. Happily, and thanks to her legion of devoted fans, TOVA Signature is now in her 31st year.
I have reunited with the master perfumer who helped to create TOVA Signature back in 1982 to ensure that each and every batch of TOVA lives up to the standards that I require and that my customers demand. It starts with the precious essential oils sourced from around the globe that make up each layer of the TOVA Signature fragrance. No synthetic oils are ever used.
The industry dictates that I could call my fragrance an Eau De Parfum with as little as a 15% concentration of essential oils. TOVA Signature Eau De Parfum contains 28.5% botanical essential oils, elevating it to true Parfum status. In a bid toward traditional methods, (largely discarded today as being too expensive), the fragrance is aged for a full three months to achieve maturation. The result is a fragrance that is completely linear; meaning that it does not undergo peaks and valleys but stays true to its original composition many hours after it is first applied. You may not notice it while you are wearing it, but those around you surely will and they just may tap you on the shoulder and politely ask “What are you wearing?”
So what are the musical notes that make up TOVA Signature? At the top of the scent, (the flutes and violins if you will), there is scintillating Calabrian bergamot; a fresh, crisp citrus note that tickles and tempts. Think of the clarinets and French horns and you have the bountiful lavender de Provence; the delicate blue flower that imparts a soft and soothing floral note, lilting and elevating. Now for the heart of the scent- the mellow tuned viola: pure absolute jasmine; an ingredient more costly than gold or platinum, requiring many thousands of flowers, harvested before dawn, to yield a single ounce.
Enter the resounding bass notes; the bassoon and cello, in this instance- rare and magical sandalwood cultivated in the east of India, grounding the composition of the notes that came before, adding a rhythmic and dynamic richness. And, beneath it all, the hypnotically percussive drumbeat of creamy aphrodisiac musk.
To correctly apply TOVA Signature, spray it into the air slightly in front of and above you and walk right into it. When the scent is forced through the atomizer and reaches the air, all of its components compose themselves, allowing you to experience the full effect of the symphony. Spraying it directly onto your wrists and crushing it never allows the full fragrance profile to develop.
I do what I call the “royal wave”; spraying TOVA in a halo pattern in front of me and walking into it. This ensures that the right amount of scent is applied. For best results, apply the scent to your body before getting dressed. The warmth of your body will allow the essential oils to achieve their full potential. And, to avoid clashing with other scents in lotions or creams you may use, use my new TOVA Signature Luxury Body Cream to nourish and moisturize your skin. It will layer perfectly with TOVA Signature Eau de Parfum.
I would love to see how you apply TOVA Signature and make it your own signature. Please post your short videos (Vine videos are ideal!) to my new Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TovaBeverlyHills or send a tweet to @TovaBorgnine. I promise that I will look at each one and share it with all of my Facebook friends and Twitter followers. And remember- wrist rubbers need not apply!
My Summer Me July 26 2013
Fall is for fashion, winter is all about regal elegance and spring is the season of renewal and rebirth. But summertime is for unlocking that passionate, inspired and creative side of yourself that brings joy and meaning to life- it's about unleashing your summer you.
We all know that special liberating feeling of bare feet in sandals and billowy cotton dresses and hair not studiously styled but piled up in an impromptu wispy up-do. In summertime I find myself constantly experimenting with things that I like to give them that little extra summertime kick.
For example, why settle for ordinary lemonade when you can have cucumber lemonade with a sprig of mint? From Mexico City street vendors I learned that one of the best ways to enjoy watermelon is to sprinkle some hot chilies on top. The heat of the chilies and the sweetness of the fruit do a dance of pleasure and pain on your palate and help to keep the body cool.
TOVA Signature Summer is the untamed, fun-loving sister scent to TOVA Signature. It starts with a base of bergamot, absolute jasmine and sandalwood with the added zing of cooling California grapefruit, scintillating pink cyclamen and the subtly seductive amethyst calla lily. I spray some on moistened towels that I roll up and keep in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for a refreshing and invigorating post workout pick me up. TOVA Signature Summer is an expression of my spontaneous, imaginative summer me and always gives me the uplifting sensation of real summer joys like waves gently lapping at the shore or larks' song in evening or children's peals of delight when the ice cream truck comes around. I think of it as the Creamsicle version of TOVA Signature and really, what could be a better treat on a summer's day?
Lisa Robertson's dinner at Studio Park QVC July 21 2013
I recently had the pleasure of sharing TOVA Signature Summer with a group of QVC customers who participated in the Lisa Robertson Weekend for Customers; a fun filled weekend culminating with a dinner party in the Atrium at QVC Studio Park. All of the women were wonderful and it was an honor to meet with them and to hear their stories. Some have been wearing TOVA Signature for many years and all were delighted with the summer version. Try some today and let it become your summertime signature.