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!)

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[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!