As you may remember, my skin and hair can get quite parched, especially in the cooler months. (Thanks Grandma.) Like sweaters and scarves, I love layering scents, too, which enhance my own unique aroma. A coat of lotion, a pinch of shea, a dab of oil + solid perfume, a little mist spritz and bam! Damn! What’s that you got on, Kelley??! There’s something special about someone who has a reputation for smelling good. I wanna be that old, cool auntie who everyone loves to hug ’cause she just smells so nice. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, the scent and good juju rubs off. I know we all have that warm older lady we love to hug! Plus I don’t care for store-bought perfumes as I have pretty sensitive, temperamental skin that reacts to alcohol or anything too harsh, really. While drugstore lotions feel like thick water as my skin makes a poor attempt to absorb it. Besides that, who doesn’t love to meet the face behind something you use and apply to your skin daily?! I like knowing that a product was made with loving hands in someone’s home, studio or shop and not mass produced in a factory and pumped with preservatives just so it can sit on the shelves for months or even years. You can guess what something like that may do to your pores and bloodstream.
The ladies I’ve listed provide unisex smelly good products for the entire family and I’m such a fan. Hopefully you’ll keep them in mind before you hop in line to purchase that lotion for $1.18 (including tax) from.. who knows?? Trust that this is a no judgement zone but rather a guide to help you make more conscious decisions and support small companies. At the same damn time. Sure it will monetarily cost you more to purchase from them than say Walgreens, but aren’t you worth it?
Honeysuckle Moon Mama Moon is easily one of my favorite people on Earth. We met in a yoga class in late 2015 and it was just.. love. She is such a beautiful woman, a huge spirit in a tiny body with a thick Louisiana drawl whose smile brightens my day. Please take my word when I say that anything she creates or puts her name behind is of the utmost quality. So far I love her black tea shampoo and coconut hemp butter blend best.
I had the pleasure of working the same event where I met the owner of Black&Golden. (Isn’t that a great brand name?) I will just say that everything smells great and there are no bad choices. None!
Shrine of 9 I have yet to met her, but Oya seems like such a cool, other worldly chick. Her brand’s name + aesthetic got me to notice, but quality products made me stay. She has something funky and fresh for every body.
Yamerra Another sweet sweet spirit! Marryam is a beautiful ball of high energy, a woman after my own heart as she puts a hand in all things creative-from soaps, butters and oils to bold, unique clothing designs. She’s so gifted and inspires me never limit myself.
VEE+CO Although we’ve never met, I feel like we have. She ordered cookies. I ordered toner and oil. The outcome? Love. I’m a lifetime client, for sure. So far I’ve purchased a toner and the Sacral oil, which has a winey, juicy, floral scent and aids in menstrual discomfort. I want it all, but priorities.
Have you heard of any of these beautiful sisters doing their thing? Have you purchased from them? Feel free to comment with any brands you think I need to know about; one can never smell too good or be too moisturized! (Unless you ask Tareau! haha!)
In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love, Listen Seeker, I come in peace, “It is vain that we talk of being men, if we do not the work of men” – Frederick Douglass It was asked of me, if I am so good at math, why don’t I teach our kids the subject? […]
Thanks for sharing this interesting video, Melanin Man. Imagine how different this country might be if we never “integrated”.. I see more pros than cons.
Each day in November, I challenged myself to sketch the face of a beautiful, Black + bearded man. My strong suit is women’s fashion illustrations, but I wanted to attempt rendering men’s faces/expressions[they used to always look like women!], practice patience and brush up on my graphite skills. And there’s always growth when you step out of your safe zone, right? Can you tell which face was drawn first? Although they don’t all resemble their reference, I see the progression from day one to 30 and I’m proud! I hope you enjoy; I thought they were fitting for this entry.
Black men and Black women must remind each other how beautiful, necessary and valuable we are in the context of each other.
This is how we win.
When I think of the love I have for Black men, it brings a wide, genuine smile to my face and warmth to my heart. Black men have guided me through unexplored realms and taught me invaluable life lessons. They’ve been my strength, my solace. They helped mold me into the person I am as well as who I’ll become. Black men have had my back my entire existence. There are plenty that will disagree, but I’m certain quite a few Black women and men echo my sentiments that history has proven us as the best partners for one another. Be it lover, friend or both, we can and do truly empathize and, seeing that our trials and wounds are ofttimes identical, provide innate healing.
Black men + women share the role of outcast, scapegoat, bottom rung holder – simultaneously invisible with all eyes on us. When an entire world hates you, fears you, fails to mourn your dead body, then flips the coin + gladly rapes and envies the more desirable, naturally unattainable parts of you-where is home? Or, better yet, who is home?
Sadly there are too many of us being led astray and already too far gone, but my hope is to continue to help repair and strengthen the bond with those that see the power, essentialness and vitality of us, Black people, continuously building together.
For my Black family, if you must shop this holiday season, please seek out Black, small, local businesses to patronize. We need to support one another more than ever.
When will we stop this insanity? Black Family, I’ve been stressing this fact for over 3 years incessantly. In order for our people to survive this New World Order, we must build for ourselves by ourselves. All other races do it. In fact, they have seminars on how to exploit the black dollar, how to […]
I’ve been following Tiffani Anderson’s work for a year or so and I enjoy her fun, simplistic style of digital illustrations. She definitely has a distinguished signature.
Natural hair, good fashion and brown skin always take precedence, along with happiness, sisterhood + Black love.
And I love how her subjects are almost always smiling. Cheesy, I know, but it makes me smile too.
all works ©Tiffani Anderson