Get Blackstrapped for the New Year!

On January 15, 1919, a 58-foot tanker truck filled with 2.5 million gallons of molasses spilled onto the streets of Boston. It was 43 degrees that day and the 30-foot tidal wave of molasses, called the Great Molasses Flood, was recorded as moving about 25 to 30 miles per hour. Thus, creating the phrase, “Slow…

Moringa — Nature’s Answer to the Detox Question

When you think of “doing a detox,” what comes to mind? Do you think of drinking large amounts of juice? What about making lists of foods to avoid? Do you consider detoxing your environment by eliminating excess clutter or changing out your chemical-laden cleaning supplies? If you said “yes” to any of these or mentioned…

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil

Cinnamon, one of the oldest spices known to humanity, was once viewed as being more valuable than gold. It is not only capable of flavoring our food and drink, it also has great medicinal value. Originating from Sri Lanka, there are now over 100 varieties of the small, bushy tree that gives us the cinnamon…

Let’s Talk About Vaginal Steaming

As if things “down there” weren’t steamy enough, there are those who praise the benefits of a procedure called, vaginal steaming. Yes, you read that right. No matter the name: vaginal steaming, V-steaming, vaginal detox, vaginal smoking, or yoni steaming — there is such a special procedure for our very special place — The Vajayjay!…

Let’s Talk About Lime Essential Oil

What does marmalade, cosmetics, disinfectant, cicatrizant, aperitif and febrifuge have in common? Answer? Limes! Now, are some of you asking what the heck aperitif, cicatrizant, and febrifuge are? Well, it’s said that the essential oil of limes has properties that can stimulate appetite (aperitif), help in the forming of scar tissue (cicatrizant), and can reduce…

Brand Spotlight — Saige + Ivy’s Natural Deodorant Spray

“Stay fresh. Live Free.” Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? This is the tagline for the brand Saige + Ivy. Named after the owner’s oldest child, Saige Ivy, this label’s mission is to offer a product that is “nontoxic to the welfare and health of people.” Simple, indeed. Brand creator Brittany Oliver has degrees in Sociology…

This Stuff Is Good For You (TSIGFY)

Monkey Farts. Once You Go Black. Sexy A.F. A Pear of Melons. Doughnut Bar. Are these the names of drinks at a Las Vegas bar? Possibly. More accurately, they are creations by This Stuff Is Good for You (TSIGFY), a Las Vegas-based clean beauty brand. According to their Web site, TSIGFY has advanced from their…

5 Easy DIY Recipes Using Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Packaged in Pahrump, NV, Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay begins its journey in Death Valley, CA. There, the bentonite clay is sun-dried for six months in temperatures that can reach as high as 134°. The benefits and uses of clay reach back 4000 years. Used in Roman and German spas, clay packs and treatments are…

Let’s Talk About Grapefruit Essential Oil

If you are looking for a multifaceted essential oil, then grapefruit essential oil is a great choice. With uses ranging from household, to health and beauty, to pet care (it is said to help with fleas and ticks on dogs and horses); grapefruit essential oil is one oil some say they cannot live without. Said…

Schmidt’s Tea Tree Sensitive Skin Deodorant

Happy Friday lovelies! I’m back with another review. I posted a pic on the ‘gram showing off my latest clean beauty find – Schmidt’s Tea Tree Sensitive Skin Deodorant Stick. A couple weeks back I ran out of my natural deodorant and used my guy’s brand for two days out of desperation. Big mistake. My…

Nontoxic Feminine Care with The Honey Pot Company

Happy Wednesday lovelies! I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids in 2013 and had a painful reminder of their presence again in 2017. Since that time I’ve learned so much about hormonal imbalance, the importance of a plant-based diet, and the environmental and emotional stressors that affect the womb. I was shocked to learn the connection…

80+ Black-Owned Brands Changing The Face of Green Beauty + Wellness

[List Updated 4/1/18] This site exists to uplift non-toxic, natural and organic beauty brands. We also seek to advocate for women underrepresented in the beauty and fashion industries. Black women. Disproportionately we are excluded, and disproportionately we are harmed by the indirect (and often direct) message society often sends: “You can’t sit with us!” Certain brands…