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It’s 2014 and I buy a new bottle of the lotion I’d been using for years but, this bottle was different. In place of the oil-rich formula I’d gotten use to slathering on my dry, ashy skin was a watery, thin lotion that did not keep me soft, supple, and glistening anymore.
I tried a few other brands but none of them did what I needed them to do. They would start out well but by noon I would be dry and ashy again. I’d done some research on shea butter and it was the bomb.com for skin with the vitamins it contained. There had also been some scientific research that validated that it was effective against inflammation and was anti-bacterial. I was sold. I just need to work on the scent because I was not a fan of the “earthy” smell of raw, unprocessed shea butter. Yes, you could get refined, processed versions but these did not have the same benefits as using it raw.
Over the next two years I tested a variety of ways of making a body butter. I tested whipped butters and un-whipped ones. I tested a bunch of essential and fragrance oil blends to see which ones worked with the strong, natural scent of shea butter.
After two years of testing, I arrived at a formula and a process and a series of fragrance blends that range from clean & modern, to light & fruity, to vintage-inspired. I have enjoyed the journey and I pray you will enjoy my products.
Both the stories of my Grandmother Olivia and the Proverbs 31 women let me know that I’m following the path of numerous creative, enterprising women before me who used their God-given talents and abilities to improve the lives of those around them.
Born June 1917, Olivia Lee Morris was my maternal grandmother who was both creative and entrepreneurial. She was born with one leg shorter than the other one so she tipped when she walked but she did not allow this to hinder her. She was the only one of her nine siblings to graduate from Carver High School in Brownsville, TN.
Upon her marriage, Olivia and Arthur moved to Memphis where they became faithful members of Lane Avenue Church of God in Christ. Arthur was later ordained as an Elder and he was known for being a praying man. He was a man of deep faith who prayed that his children’s children would be blessed. Although he died long before seeing any of his grand-daughters born, his prayers are still impacting us today.
After Arthur’s death on New Years’ Day 1963, Olivia became the sole support for her three daughters. Formerly a homemaker, Olivia worked in the school cafeteria, prepared taxes, and did sewing to support her family. Later that year, she moved her family to LeMoyne Gardens public housing to ensure that the meager insurance settlement would stretch as far as possible. She invested part of the money in helping her oldest daughter Thelma, my mother, graduate from LeMoyne-Owen College enabling her to become a teacher.
In 1974 Olivia, now a grandmother, began selling candy. Known affectionately as the “Candy Lady”, kids from all over the community would come to her house to buy Pickles, Lemon Heads, Freeze Cups, one-cent cookies, and all types of treats.
With tenacity and a deep faith in God, Olivia was able to save $10,000 and was able to purchase her first home at age 63. She is but one example of an entrepreneurial women who inspire me today.
The name Ruby is from the un-named woman spoken of in Proverbs 31 of the bible. She was a wife and a mother, but it’s often overlooked that she was also an entrepreneur who managed several businesses and invested in real estate. This woman is even more notable because she was doing so at a time (700 BC) when most women were restricted to the sphere of the home. This woman invested in real estate (vs 16), she was involved in retail trade (vs 18), and she produced handmade goods and sold them (vs 24).
Tonya | Olivia’s Granddaughter