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Meet Detroit’s Own, Jasmine Matheney, the Face Behind ‘Brooklyn Body Butter,’ A Homemade Shea Butter for Natural Skin Care

If you’re an all-natural type of person, then get a load of Brooklyn Body Butter, a special collection of shea butter for all men, women and children around the world. Based in Detroit Michigan, Brooklyn Body Butter is an American family-owned and operated company that was founded by Jasmine Matheney in 2017 and is now recognized as an authentic producer of homemade, natural shea butter.

“I began the development of ‘Brooklyn Body Butter,’ the winter of 2016 after I took my daughter to a doctors visit for what I thought was the chicken pox, but it was a flair up of her eczema,” says Matheney. “The doctor prescribed her topicals to use but they would not moisturize and hydrate her skin like she needed. I was using Shea Butter in its purest form, but I didn’t like the consistency or scent of it. That’s when I began researching different ways to use Shea Butter and how to make it ‘whipped’ for an easier application.”

Brooklyn Body Butter, which was named after and inspired by Jasmine’s daughter, is made up of original Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Apricot Oil, and Avocado Oil. These oils are mixed together to a secret consistency to created the creamy, animal cruelty free, melt-in-your-hand ‘Brooklyn Body Butter.’

Jasmine says that she was encouraged to share her product with the world by family. “My parents were two of the first people to try Brooklyn Body Butter and give me positive and negative feedback. My mother is a natural hairdresser and hair braider. She started using the product on her client’s hair and they were loving the results,” says Matheney. “My father is a contractor. He also uses his hands all day long in different elements. Once he started using Brooklyn Body Butter, he said that his skin felt amazing.”

She also mentions that her personal experience with having a skin condition is what drove her to share her product with the rest of the world. “As a young girl I suffered from a skin condition called pityriasis which is dandruff on the skin. I remember using so many different topicals and nothing would work,” she says. “I would use the thickest of the thickest creams to heal my skin and they would only sit on the surface of my skin, not moisturizing my skin at all. I remember being frustrated and embarrassed as a young girl walking around with scaly skin.”

With Brooklyn Body Butter, people suffering from similar skin conditions and dryness can use this product to regain their confidence, as its ingredients are made to instantly hydrate the skin. The available collection of Brooklyn Body Butter includes Almond Coconut Milk Butter, Aromabutter, Baby Powder Butter, Natural Butter and Squeaky-Clean Butter.

Shea butter is a great skin product that is produced from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree, which is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter make it a perfect skin moisturizer, while it is also known for reducing skin inflammation. It also offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production.

Still operating as a home-based business, the future goals that Jasmine has in mind for Brooklyn Body Butter is opening up a warehouse. “I would like for my business to be away from home and make home a home again. I will like to be a distributor of my product to local growing businesses and give them an opportunity to carry Brooklyn Body Butter.”

Brooklyn Body Butter is available in stock on the company’s online store. For more information and to order now, please visit:

Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett Celebrates Natural Hair With #AfroFriday Takeover

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Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett slayed the stage at the 2017 Miss Universe pageant wearing her natural afro and wants to encourage and empower other women to do the same.  December 1st, Bennett began using the tag #AfroFriday and amplified visibility of natural kinky and curly crowns on Instagram.

Wearing her natural hair while participating in an international pageant, Bennett was flooded with comments on her grace and beauty.  Davina Bennett competed so well, unofficial social media judges were not pleased as she was crowned second runner up. Fans created the hashtag #MissJamaicaShouldHaveWon.  Although she did not win, Bennett continues to shine her light on and off the stage.


Davina Bennett who’s philanthropy extends to many causes including anti-bullying campaigns and deaf awareness highlights an important issue in the beauty industry. Many times, afros and kinky or coily textured hair is deemed unfit, unprofessional and unattractive by societal standards. Competing and excelling in the a global pageant while wearing an afro breaks away from the extensions, and straightened hair, popular among black women in pagentry.

With #AfroFriday the push for seeing the beauty in all natural hair continues. Bennett not only uploaded her own fro, yet shared many fans who participated in the uplifting movement. Check out her Instagram page here for a healthy dose of black girl magic.

Gwen Jimmere Makes History As First Black Woman To Hold Patent for A Natural Hair Care Product

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Gwen Jimmere is the founder of the natural hair care line Naturalicious and in her efforts to simply make her life a little easier, she made in history as well. She is now the first black woman to hold a patent for a natural hair care product.

In a recent interview with Bougie Black Girl, Jimmere shared some of her journey that led her to where she is now. Jimmere noted some of the women that influence her and how she feels about making history as a black business woman.

“Applying for the patent was super intimidating. It’s can be very difficult to go through the patent process, let alone to get one granted. In the 21st century, there aren’t a whole lot of literally brand new inventions being created; so they don’t just hand patents out. Many apply, but very few are granted.”

In the interview Jimmere also dished some helpful advice for other women looking to follow in her foot steps. “Receiving this patent is very exciting and such a win not just for me, but for black entrepreneurs and for us as women literally owning (the legal rights to) our beauty.”

Check out the full interview on Bougie Black Girl’s website and see what tips and tricks Jimmere has for other’s looking to make strides with their businesses.