Madam CJ Walker

February is the month when black history is celebrated. African American hair care products wouldn’t have existed if it wasn’t for the legendary Sarah Breedlove, born in 1867 to parents who had been enslaved. She is better known as Madam CJ Walker. In 1905, Walker released her own specialized products after suffering from scalp alignment that later resulted into hair loss. The company became so successful that it soon made her one of the first American women to become a self made millionaire. She owned and operated her own successful business, the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

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Newspaper ad from 1915

Before the Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture products, there was an original product called Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower, specifically made to condition and heal scalp issues after she started losing her own hair. Though loss of hair was very common due to infrequent hair washes at the time and not many hair products for black women were available then.

Walker explained how her products came to be: “God answered my prayer, for one night I had a dream, and in that dream a big black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up for my hair. Some of the remedy was grown in Africa, but I sent for it, mixed it, put it on my scalp, and in a few weeks my hair was coming in faster than it had ever fallen out. I tried it on my friends; it helped them. I made up my mind I would begin to sell it.”

In 2016, Sundial Brands launched the hair care line Madam C.J Walker Beauty Culture which is available at Sephora.

To keep her legacy alive, Sundial, (acquitted by Unilever as of Nov 2017) the company that now owns Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture products, has taken their part in donating financially to continue the mission to create educational platforms and opportunities for women. Sundial announced a fund of $100 million dedicated to support women of color entrepreneurs.

The Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture line

“I want the great masses of my people to take a greater pride in their personal appearance and to give their hair proper attention.” ~Madam CJ Walker

Go Cruelty-Free this Christmas 🎄

Here are some reasons to choose cruelty-free products (in my opinion):

1. You’ll feel glad you didn’t spend money on a product that caused the life of a living being. 🐁 🐀 🐇🐕🐈 That body, bath or cosmetic product will make you feel guilt free.

2. Affordable, well some not all. Depending on the awesome brand of course. 💲

3. Believe it or not, you saved an animal’s life by choosing compassion over cruelty. 🐁

4. Decreased the sales of companies that continue to test on animals 🚫

5. Better results!

6. Smell. Natural smell ahh 😌

7. If don’t mind spending a few cents more, your body will thank you for the natural ingredients too.

8. Animal testing harms the environment 🌎 yes it’s bad for our planet.

Wishing you all,

Choose compassion! ❤️

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* hat purchased from EverythingVegan

National Lipstick Day 💄

In celebration, here’s a little history on lipstick:

According to the book “Read My Lips: A Cultural History of Lipstick,” Queen Schub-ad of Mesopotamia made a paste from white lead and crushed red rocks to color her lips, from there she created a lipstick. It made its way to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Somehow it survived through the Middle Ages and Italian Renaissance.

In 1927, French Chemist, Paul Baudercroux invented a formula he called ‘Rouge Baiser’ considered to be the first kiss-proof lipstick. Ironically, Rouge Baiser was long-lasting that it was banned from purchasing after being considered too hard to remove.

In the 1930’s another element of lipstick formulas’ was invented by cosmetic company Max Factor. The lip gloss!

By the 1950s, chemist Helen Bishop invented a new version of long-lasting lipstick called ‘No-Smear Lipstick‘.

In 1973 Bonnie Bell introduced, ‘Lip Smackers’, flavored lipstick. These became an instant hit for the younger consumers.

In modern times, the variety of colors and formulas of lipsticks available are outstanding. According to a survey, on an average, women in U.S. spend more than $3500 dollars on lipstick in their lifetime.

National Lipstick Day is an annual event that falls on July 29th. As of 2016, award-winning beauty blogger, entrepreneur and International Businesswoman, Huda Kattan was named the modern-day founder of National Lipstick Day. Lipstick wearers like to celebrate this day by purchasing a new shade of lipstick or just wear an old favorite.

Check out these smoochy deals👇🏼

Note: not ALL lipsticks listed on Ulta offers are cruelty free!

Free lipstick??

Certain stores and brands are giving away free lipstick or offering great deals such as Urban Decay, Huda Beauty, Anastasia Beverley Hills, ColourPop, Target and Macy’s.

“If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.” -Coco Chanel 💋

AHAVA 30 year

AHAVA is 30 years old!  For their anniversary, AHAVA has created a limited edition mineral skin care line using Dead Sea minerals. Artists from around the world were asked to portray their personal notion of beauty for this 30 Year Limited Edition Collection. Save 60% off the collection with the code 30Year!

Kiss My Face Natural Man

THAT’S A STEAL!! Got it for $3.09 at Whole Foods (reg 5.99)

Has odor absorbing Antioxidant Defenders that work ALL DAY.

Ingredients: Propylene glycol aqua sodium stearate aloe barbadensis (aloe vera leaf juice) hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel distillate) zinc ricinoleate steareth-100 polyglyceryl-3 caprate glyceryl stearate citrus grandis (grapefruit seed extract) sucrose cocoate glycerin rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary leaf extract) salvia officinalis (sage leaf extract) coriandrum sativum (coriander seed extract) thymus vulgaris (thyme leaf extract) camellia sinensis (green tea leaf extract) humulus lupulus (hops leaf extract) sodium bicarbonate ethylhexylglycerin silica natural fragrance parfum.

No aluminum chlorohydrate.

No parabens.

No artificial fragrance.

No animal ingredients.

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WH Last Chance Products

Whole Foods has some discontinued natural products for up to 50% off. This is a steal!! I made sure to buy some of these products before they’re sold out. I’ll be posting individually about each product I purchased.