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The Globes featuring Karen’s Body Beautiful

In honor of Black History Month, February’s “The Globes” are featuring black owned businesses with a commitment to high quality products and ingredients.  Each company has been carefully selected because they align with focal points of this site.  None of these companies have paid to be featured and all opinions are my own!

Karen’s Body Beautiful.

Image Courtesy of Karen’s Body Beautiful

Karen’s Body Beautiful was founded by namesake and proprietor Karen Tappin in November of 2003 in Brooklyn, New York. Karen began making hair and body products after learning about the presence of preservatives and possible carcinogens in many commercially available products, and decided to create all natural alternatives.  Karen’s Body Beautiful went from a small home-based full spa line to a budding brand with a store in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and a several loyal customers in a short time.  Karen’s Body Beautiful follows the philosophy that “ingredients really matter” and has formulated her luxurious spa quality line to exclude ingredients such as “sulfates, parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates, mineral oil, paraffin, DEA, and artificial color.”  Her products are for all hair types and skin needs.  Offering 13 different fragrances, including unscented, you are sure to find a product that meets your scent, quality, and efficacy standards!  Their products are cruelty free and are not tested on animals. Karen’s Body Beautiful products are packed in PET containers and are recyclable!

Image Courtesy of Karen’s Body Beautiful

Karen is quite the entrepreneur. In addition to Karen’s Body Beautiful, she opened a larger store in Brooklyn, NY in 2006, which also features a spa.  Her products are now available in select Target stores across the country, in addition to being sold on her website, beauty supply stores, and online boutiques.  Karen’s Body Beautiful products have high quality ingredients and feature diverse offerings to suit customer needs.  I appreciate her commitment to quality ingredients, as well as her success as an entrepreneur!  I have yet to try Karen’s Body Beautiful products, but have heard great things about them.  As their presence in Target and similar stores increases I am sure we will hear much more from them in the future.

Nature’s Pulchritude’s Picks: Sweet Ambrosia Leave-In Conditioner, Maximum Moisture Body Lotion, Luscious Locks Hair Mask, Shea Body Butter, and Butter Love

Sweet Ambrosia Leave-In Conditioner

Karen’s Body Beautiful very recently celebrated 4 months in Target and 10 years in business, Congrats! Visit their website to learn more about their products!

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The Globes featuring Koils by Nature

In honor of Black History Month, February’s “The Globes” are featuring black owned businesses with a commitment to high quality products and ingredients.  Each company has been carefully selected because they align with focal points of this site.  None of these companies have paid to be featured and all opinions are my own!

Koils by Nature.

Koils by Nature

Koils by Nature was founded in 2009 by Pamela S. Jenkins and is a home-based business operating in Temple Hills, Maryland.  Recognizing that people want quality and affordable hair and skincare products, Pamela created Koils by Nature to suit all skin and hair types and meet high quality standards.  Koils by Nature uses the best natural ingredients because the brand cares about what their customers use on their hair and body.  Koils by Nature products do not contain “parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petroleum, paraffin, DEA, synthetic color, or animal products” and instead contain only ingredients from nature including “natural butters, oils and certified organic essential oils.”  That means their products are high quality and vegan!  The brand also sells unscented products for people with fragrance allergies, as well as products for men.  Koils by Nature tests there products on volunteer panels to ensure their safety and efficacy.

Courtesy of Koils by Nature

Pamela began making products after “going natural” and becoming more concerned about the ingredients in the products she was using on her hair and body, as well as taking note of the money she was spending on products that met her quality standards.  I, like many of you, also experienced various events that encouraged a deeper learning about what ingredients were in my hair and body products as well as trying not to spend too much on quality products, so I absolutely appreciate her story!  Though I have yet to try Koils by Nature, I have heard great things about their products and they are definitely high on my list of brands to try.

Nature’s Pulchritude Picks:  Ultra Moisturizing CocoAloe Deep Conditioner, Mositurizing Shealoe Leave-In Conditioner, Nourishing Hair and Body Butter Marvelous Mango, Replenishing Hair Oil, and Soothing Herbal Curl Defining Unscented Gel.

Koils by Nature is celebrating the 4 year anniversary of their website launch by offering 15% off of purchases on $30 or more through February 28th!  Visit their website to learn more about their products! 

Would you like your business featured in “The Globes?”  Visit the “Contact” page to get in touch with us! 

Beauty All-Stars: Hair!

In honor of  All-Star weekend (in NOLA), I will be featuring my beauty all-stars by category.  All-Stars are the best of the BEST, not the ‘good’ on a bad team.

Featured today are my hair related beauty all-stars:

BAS1NP

Conditioners:

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner

Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner (Old Formula)

BAS1NP2

Oils & Butters:

Shea Butter

Olive Oil

Grapeseed Oil

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

I use all of these products year round with the exception of Jamaican Black Castor Oil which I exclusively use in the fall/winter because it is excellent for maintaining moisture and keeping my hair supple and shiny.  All of the oils and shea butter are all natural (naturally extracted, no synthetic chemicals or additives) and can be found certified organic, with the exception of Jamaican Black Castor Oil.

What are your hair “Beauty All-Stars”?

Introducing… The Globes featuring Oyin Handmade

The Globes” will be a series of posts that highlight companies and organizations that make high quality personal care products and cosmetics, utilizing natural and organic ingredients.

In honor of Black History Month, February’s “The Globes” will feature black owned businesses with a commitment to high quality products and ingredients.  Each company has been carefully selected because they align with focal points of this site.  None of these companies have paid to be featured and all opinions are my own!

Oyin Handmade

Oyin Handmade
Image courtesy of Oyin Handmade

If you have natural hair, chances are you have heard of Oyin Handmade.  The company was founded in 2001 by Jamyla Bennu and is based out of Baltimore, Maryland.  Jamyla’s vision was to create natural body care products with quality and nourishing ingredients, which she has accomplished and expanded upon.  The company offers a variety of products for hair and skin, which are all handmade in small batches.  Oyin products never use “petroleum, silicones, parabens, or non-nourishing fillers,” but instead utilize ingredients such as “unrefined shea butter, nutritive sea vegetables, pure aloe vera juice, nourishing vitamins, and herbal infusions” which are “chosen for their beneficial and healing properties.”  Natural and nourishing, we love it!  They also offer several vegan products for those of you are on the hunt for quality vegan products (Greg Juice, Grand Poo Bar, Funk Butter, AfterBath Oil, Coffee Butter Lip Balm, Burnt Sugar Braid Pomade, and Whipped Shea Butter).

I have personally used their products (Honey Hemp Conditioner, Whipped Pudding, and Shine & Define) and each had great ingredients, performed up to their claims, and the fact that they smelled divine didn’t hurt!  Nature’s Pulchritude is delighted to present Oyin Handmade with the inaugural “Globe” of recognition!

Fun Facts:  Their store (open Saturday’s) in Baltimore just celebrated its 5 year anniversary (congrats)!   Oyin is the Yoruba word for honey.

Visit their website to learn more about their products!

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Have you ever tried Oyin Handmade products, what were your experiences?