Interestingly enough, I was first introduced to Shea Butter by a friend who is African American around ’93 or ’94.
She had just come back from a trip to Nigeria and shared her experiences with me, her ‘Nigerian friend’ 🙂 for example:
She thought our local pear tasted like a cross between avocados and lemons;
She said Nigerians ended almost every sentence with ehe! and eh o! (Ehe! that is somehow true o!) LOL
She also told me about a great product that she was introduced to called Shea Butter and had even brought some of it back home. (For some reason, at the time, I did not dwell on this last bit of information)
However, for some years, I only remembered her first two experiences and not the obviously vital one about Shea Butter until I went home in ’98.
A secondary school friend of mine re-introduced me to Shea Butter and also Black Soap, which I had never heard about until then! Incredible!
At this time I was bringing in African items like Adire clothings, Raffia shoes, African dance accessories, etc for sale in an attempt to showcase some of Africa’s creativity.
Adding Shea Butter and Black Soap to my collection seemed natural. What I did not realize was how much it would change me and my business model. (Attached above is a picture that shows the few jars of Shea Butter and Black Soap we started with!)
Right from the very first jars of Shea Butter and Black Soap I sold, I realized from customers’ feedback that these were products that had the ability to change lives for the better.
I got feedback that Shea Butter helped with Eczema, Arthritis pain, Muscle aches, Razor bumps, Hair growth, Diaper rash, Dry skin issues, Scars and Black Soap with Acne, Oily skin, to name a few.
Remember, at this time I knew very little about these products and there was even less information about it on the internet. About 90% of what I learnt about Shea Butter & Black Soap in those early days were from customer feedback.
When it dawned on me how good it was, I discontinued all the other products I was selling at the time and put all my energies into learning about Shea Butter, Black Soap and how natural ingredients could help with our skin & hair care.
I’ve become very passionate about natural products and using them to nourish, repair and protect the skin. I strongly believe that if you use the right natural products and use them in the right way, you won’t need to lighten your skin in an attempt to achieve beautiful flawless skin.