Black Every Friday: Smelly Goods

I feel like I’m long overdue for a Black Every Friday post! To spread the word and hopefully circulate some dollars is why it began and that is how it shall continue.

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.

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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.

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The Grounding Collection from Shrine of 9

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.

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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!)

Black Friday | MangoBeat

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MangoBeat® is a natural amplifier for your smartphone, made with just leather and decoratively carved mango wood. The size makes it easy to pack for a beach day or party at the park while the look adds style to any space. I know I sound like a commercial, but this is how I really feel! I am not one to listen to music on a phone; I guess I’m old school as I prefer actual stereos for that. But I can see the convenience since I always have my phone on me and stereos don’t fit too well into a tote. These fancy MangoBeat amps might bring me into 2016. Key word: might.

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This is a great gift to self or a loved one, and they’re inexpensive! #treatyoself

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article by Erickka Sy Savane via madamenoire.com You’ve been thinking about starting a business and every time you come close to doing it your mind hits the brakes. If that’s you, keep reading and you’ll think again about hesitating. Take Nneka, a 27-year-old single mom fresh out of the military for example. She recently launched Innovative Supplies, a line of Black-themed […]

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Nigeria’s “‘Queens of Africa” Dolls Are Coming to America

article via eurweb.com Back in 2007, a Nigerian businessman Taofick Okoya struck gold you could say when he founded the “Queens of Africa” doll line with the motto: “Empowering the African gi…

Source: TOYS: Nigeria’s “‘Queens of Africa” Dolls Are Coming to America

afrofuturism

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Afrofuturism is a literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentricity, and magic realism with non-western cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of people of color, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. First coined by Mark Dery in 1993 and explored in the late 1990s through conversations led by scholar Alondra Nelson, Afrofuturism addresses themes and concerns of the African Diaspora through a technoculture and science fiction lens, encompassing a range of media and artists with a shared interest in envisioning black futures that stem from Afrodiasporic experiences. wikipedia

 

When I discovered Sheeba Maya’s art shop on Etsy and fell in love with the beautiful faces and detail in her pieces, I couldn’t look away.. so I had to make your life better as well and share. They are truly magical to me and I’ll be treating myself to one of her works soon.

 

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Support and follow this gifted artist.

all artwork ©Sheeba Maya

week 12 \\ 2015

consume4Why I’m Not Buying Clothes [for myself] for the Entire YEAR

Mom said “you… what?” My sister laughed and a friend asked a horrified “whyyyy??!”

It sounds crazy. I know. Just read.

Firstly, I have a lot of clothes. A. Lot. I’ve been told so and I believe it. In my last apartment, I had two-count em!- TWO decent sized walk-in closets that were pretty much full. Sure, I had my art supplies and some cleaning stuff, but it was 90-92% clothing! In retrospect, that sounds ludicrous for one human.

Then when I moved, it felt like I was stuck packing clothes for forever!

The madness had to end and made a vow to not make not ONE clothing purchase for myself in 2015.

So far, so good.

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The other “deeper” reason why is my distaste for consumerism

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advocacy of a high rate of consumption and spending as a basis for a sound economy

Trust me, I’m not one that is into name brands or maxing out credit cards to have the latest trend. Not I. Never have been. But I realized I had a problem: thinking I needed new stuff. And getting it made me feel good. Boosted my mood. I think it’s fair to evolve your wardrobe and buy things that make you look and feel great; I was just doing it far too often.

Plus I just want to be a better woman and support small, local, and Black-owned companies when I can. I want to get better at making the best of what I have.

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So, luckily, it has been much easier than I thought it would be. I’ve opted to “shop” my own closet instead of buying what I want just because it’s cute. It has only been a couple months [cuz I did buy myself some goodies on “Black Friday” after Christmas], but I am super proud of myself.

This is a resolution that I definitely plan to keep up with. Who knows, it may even trickle into 2016. I do need some new jeans tho…

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{P.S. Don’t you love this dark artwork??}

Hot Commodity

[Firstly, let me apologize for my ridiculously long absence. As we all know, life happens and you lose motivation or nothing is inspiring you or you’re not in the mood to write… or, as in my case, all of the aforementioned. But gs and I aren’t going anywhere! And I will continue pumping out the goods.]

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Speaking of goods, Commodity is my favorite new discovery in the fragrance department. I came upon it through an instagrammer and took advantage of the Cyber Monday deal. Juuust in case it wasn’t everything I hoped it would be, at least I saved some dough, right.

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Anyway, I’d been peepin commoditygoods.com for a bit, and I’m a sucker for a nice, “clean” site that easy to shop- minimal, no shit popping up all over your screen, no music. I like it. And with the most unique scents like tea [which really really smells like tea, btw], paper and pinot, I had to get my wrists and neck on some.

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We can all imagine what gold or a mimosa smells like, but we’d be taking a chance to just buy it without taking a whiff. So Commodity allows you to sample all ten-10 scents created for men, 10 for the ladies. Spraying sticks included, test in your bathroom instead of having the saleslady at the department store perfume counter patiently wait on you to make a decision. And if you fancy any, take your three favorite in travel size [10mL], all for one price.

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I just really love this simple concept. From the site to the scents to the packaging, it’s fresh. I think it’s smart and different and very cool for people like me who love to smell good but hate malls. The fragrances are perfect for layering, too, so it’s easy [and fun] to customize.

Plus, Commodity is a new company [born in 2012] and local! Whoop whoop! Check em out!