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I like brand name things as much as the next gal. We have been programmed to think that those big label name products automatically are made better with better ingredients/materials. Well, time and knowledge - everything is on the interwebs - has revealed this to be false more often than not. A lot of these labels maintain their astronomical profit margins buy using cheap ingredients, even cheaper labour and then pricing the items with ridiculous markups.  

But this post is not an economics lesson. I'm here to give you my personal experience. You would have seen me speak very highly of a few local body care producers on this medium. Namely: Ibis Bath and Body, Tsalach Natural Products and Eden's Choice Naturals. The market isn't limited to these companies by any means as was reinforced when I visited Bliss Experience in Quayside earlier this year; The Wild Bohemian and Ginger Lily Soaps products were proudly on display.

And they're more.

I does tell myself the same way I could throw money behind dese already rich people that cares nuffin bout me I could, at the very least, give my countrymen a try. I'm not on a soapbox telling you to support mediocrity by any means; just saying don't write locally made things off without even trying them.

My very personal example: it was last year I believe that I decided to stop purchasing body lotions. That was my nod to being more #greenbeauty conscious...or was it that I was really impressed with the many ways my homie RoShane uses coconut oil? Yuh know, the skin is the largest organ and we shouldn't put anything on it that we can't ingest and all that. I was on a mission to use up my back log of Bath and Body Works and Avon creams and hopefully move to using coconut oil exclusively. Well I haven't bought any big ones but...

... a YouTube rave brand and a new Bath and Body Works scent caught me. What can I say? I find minis the perfect size for my handbag. Funny enough I reach for lotion mostly right before bed but I digress...

Imagine my surprise when our friend that works at Collins, Sophia, said she had some stuff for Heidi and I to try that her daughter made. I was very intrigued from the time she mentioned it because I love to support young people who are talented with their hands; I just admire people who make things! If you checked out Moden's Instagram lately you would have seen this post about Krysiee's Essentials (432-0004):

Krysiee makes candles, bath salts and body butters. I decided to give the Shea Butter Body Butter a try, just on a whim.

I'm not familiar with this type of thing so the whipped texture completely took me by surprise. But...but then how it melted and spread and made my skin glisten. OMG. Why am I buying massed produced tings for $15+ when this right here is only $10?! Then as if the universe were reinforcing a point, Gerri gave me one of her 'One Love' lotions as a gift with purchase when I bought a batch - yes a whole batch - of her 'Peppermint' soap. But Gerri, how one ting could smell so good?!

The Lotions are $12 for a 4 oz. and $20 for 8 oz. 

4 oz. bottles on the display table at #CurlsNiteOut 

Ok, ok I am listening.

Don't think I'm advocating not supporting the stores owned by Caucasian and Middle Eastern people on the island. At the end of the day, they employ many of us and those dollars are the same ones that send our children to school and feed our families. 
Now the economics lesson - Any economist worth his salt would tell you that in a recession the last thing the markets need is citizens not spending any money. What we do need to do is keep that money circulating with our local ecosystem...aka live a little so everybody can eat.

Moral of the story: check out what local entrepreneurs are making first then make your purchases to suit.

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