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On birthdays

There are Mondays. Then there are Mondays after your birthday (which is always a little emotional for me) – when you’ve celebrated quietly and avoided all but the most essential questions. What have I accomplished? Is it what I’m meant to be doing? Is it what I’ve dreamt of doing? What’s next? Who’s coming with […]

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The Names of Our Places

This map came across my screen earlier today and I’ve been captivated by it. I’ve been trying to imagine how to make the sounds, how to say the words, and then to imagine what the word-pictures would conjure in the landscape. My paternal Jamaican grandmother said that we are Arawak. That means I have a […]

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me + the sea

It’s connected these 49 years in profound ways, stitching together my life + histories in these Atlantic shores. Photo credit: Sarah Lee via Unsplash – @hisarahlee always there for me – dreamy, deep blue vistas; quirky seaside salt life; a bubbly surf that hugs and strokes. I’ve missed it, like a lover – living city […]

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Some Notes about Plumeria

Taking a moment to contemplate beauty: the fierce, passionately real, full-on mesmerising beauty of the plumeria (frangipani) flower. Vivid, sun-drenched tropical colours soaking in velvety petals, a deep breath in gives an intoxicating scent. It’s the inspiration for the Frangipani Sargasso Botanica soap. Here’s the story. The plumeria plant (common name is ‘frangipani’) is native […]

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Beauty May Be Subjective, but Equality Cannot Be

The beauty and cosmetic industry is a major driver of international cultural norms, and it’s time its prejudices were exposed and erased. Curly hair is normal. I’ll venture further into the truth: curly hair is the dominant global hair type. Surprised? I will get to the point through what will surely not be the last […]

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Rosehip Mosqueta Oil

rosehip oil mosqueta Chilean oil wildcrafted stretch mark fader cure skin regeneration and booster

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Saving the Oceans by 2050

This. Invented by 23 year old Boyan Slat. #SuperHero https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fbbcnews%2Fvideos%2F10154892096090787%2F&show_text=1&width=560

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I (finally) Love My Fine, Thin Hair

learning to love my fine and thin hair

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Healing Lily

Daddy still calls it single bible, as most Jamaicans who grew up in the country do. One of nature’s master healers. Single bible, aloe vera. It has saved my skin more than once: sunburns, cooking burns, even caustic soda burns from soap making. Last year while we were travelling, one of the children picked up […]

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The yin and yang of natural oils

While I’ve been working with natural oils and butters for a while, I appreciate that many of my customers haven’t, and that they might find products that morph as they sit on their dressing tables a bit alarming. This article also might solve the mystery of why your oil isn’t dispensing properly or at all. […]