Black Owned Business – Tama Cosmetics, Beauty from Nature
One of my goals for this year was to research, and financially support, black owned businesses. This is something that is important for me as a person of colour, but also as a citizen of earth doing as much as I can to support marginalised communities. I was elated to be contacted by Tama Cosmetics (Beauty From Nature) to review some of their products.
The products are all natural, vegan, and entirely organic (yes honey, bougie). They are made with shea nut, and all from the region of Tama, Ghana. The shea nut is farmed and cultivated by local women. This an opportunity to support black women in business, and to feed into the developing economy of Ghana.
I have been using the products for the last month in order to get a better feel of it and to thoroughly monitor how my skin reacts and if it improves. Black skin is notorious for needing much more moisture and I am no exception to that rule. During the cooler months in the year, I use a lot more oils than lotions so my skin stays hydrated. The same can happen in summer in terms of dryness, but I usually don’t use oils so I don’t feel too greasy.
I am such a picky person when it comes to soap. I have sensitive skin and can have quite bad eczema flare-ups, so its important that whatever I use isn’t drying. Tama Cosmetics has made one of the most hydrating bars of soap that I have used in a long time. It has a gorgeous earthy smell, it lathers with barely any water introduced, and it doesn’t leave me feeling too dry or too slippy after use. It’s perfectly balanced and honestly has changed the game.
The environmental benefits of bar soap are endless as well. It’s a zero waste product, which is an excellent opportunity for you to reduce your footprint. Not to mention that I have been using this bar for a month and I am still not even half way done with it!
Tama Cosmetics Oil
As well as shea nut, the oil also has argon and baobab which provides extra hydration. Though this is a product for body and face, I have actually used it as a treatment for my hair, because there aren’t any harsh preservatives or harmful chemicals. The consistency of the oil is quite thick and a beautiful teal (my favourite colour). Once you’ve used this product, that’s you for the day. I don’t know about y’all but my skin lives for moisture and so I usually have to top up on lotion or oil by about 5pm, even if I have oiled myself like a tray of potatoes. It’s such a gift to know you can apply a product and it has lasting power. It saves precious minutes in your day and means you’re also not over saturating your skin unnecessarily.