I know you’ve kept up your resolutions to work out 3x a week for at least four hours with a kale-based diet, so you should be summertime fine by now + ready to show off that physique! I just wanted to share a few of my favorite new skincare brands to enhance your hot new bod so all of its popping muscles can glisten in the sunlight:
The Natural Root The ladies of The Natural Root, friends Lori + Kim, are SO much fun! They have great energy and are so proud of their products. They have a scent for every body in the family. I love The Natural Root‘s formula; they make it fresh in tiny batches-great for year round use from hair to toes because it is super whipped, probably the lightest shea butter I’ve ever felt. TNR also sells graphic tees to enhance your beautiful, naturally sexy self. Plus they’re based in Atlanta so it’s easier for me to get my fix without the hassle of ordering and waiting and being sad and ashy in the meantime.
Jayn Grene The smell is what got me with Jayn Grene. I kick myself for not remembering the lovely creator’s name, but her shea butter is yumazing! The difference is that all of her products have hemp oil [hence that name] and ..I dunno.. I assume that it’s the hemp that gives it a very unique, musky/manly undertone that I’ve never experienced. And I LOVE IT. It’s whipped to perfection as well. She’s got something for the bearded fellas too. Jayn Grene is based out of Southern California so, once again, if you’re in the states, you’re not making much of a carbon footprint by purchasing locally.
Naturally Birthed Aaliyah, the founder, is such a sweet young lady! I love her spirit and passion behind her brand. And the natural aesthetics of the packaging are right up my alley. She does a few things [soap, body butter + body scrub] and does them really well. I love the time and attention she puts into her product and you can just feel the quality. Naturally Birthed is also based in Atlanta, but you can shop conveniently with a good wi-fi connection. May I suggest some soufflé for those parched heels??
I just love meeting the CEOs of small companies selling things that I actually dig and use on a regular basis. Just like buying from your local farmer, you know exactly who and what is behind the label. And, unlike super market or drugstore brands, you don’t bear the risk of any pesky preservatives sitting on your precious skin, ineffective or less effective watered down shea butter, or the stale scent that can accompany products that sit on shelves for months or years at a time. Plus they are all Black lady-owned and operated, so it’s kind of a no brainer for a sister to support.
Please check these brands out if you’re looking for something new this upcoming sandal and muscle tee season. Chances are if you’re not, you know someone who is guilty of skin neglect that popped into your mind when you began reading this post. All I ask is to be mindful; no one wants to see dry, cracked feet, a sad beard or scaly skin! Ever. Shea butter, with continuous use, can fix alla that!