Friday, December 9, 2011

Black Owned Friday - Akamuti

After finding a great list of the many Black Owned beauty products and Supply stores  (Independent Black Owned Hair Care Products Companies/Beauty Supply stores) I decided to start a tribute to each one on the list by discussing it a little to get the word out about them.  If I've used their particular product I will mention it but if not I will just highlight them weekly. I discussed Adiva Naturals last week.

"About Us!
...We launched Akamuti in July 2003 with just 6 products! It all began with a passion for tree medicine, an obsession with plants & healing, mixed with an organic ethos & the dream of making a living by trading responsibly. Together they made the perfect catalysts for the Akamuti idea. As a family team we work well together - apart from the times we drive each other up the wall! Our combined enthusiasm for a holistic way of living, eating, healing & farming keeps our creativity focused, ensuring our products reflect our ethics. That means no nasty man made chemicals, preservatives or additives whatsoever. It also means that we try to source ethical & fairly traded ingredients because we firmly believe in responsibility & sustainability. We aim to source as many ingredients as possible direct from the producer so sustainable trade can improve the lives & ensure the survival of vulnerable communities across the world.
Our name Akamuti is an African word taken from the Bemba language of Zambia. It has two meanings. It translates as 'Little Tree' or 'A Little Bit Of Medicine' It goes to show that in many parts of Africa, trees & medicine are one & are revered as powerful sources of healing. Tree ingredients are very important in our products & we feel that trees are not only essential for our health but also for the health of the whole planet.
Every product we make is handcrafted from start to finish from individual ingredients by real people (not machines!) We start off with chunks of beeswax; slabs of tree butters; loose herbs, barks, resins & flowers; jugs of golden oils & aromatic distillates. We then infuse, filter, melt, pour, strain, mix & stir to create beautiful creams, moisturisers & butters for you to enjoy at their best. Absolutely no chemicals are added at any stage! Everything is made in small batches to ensure you receive your products as fresh as possible, with as much shelf life as possible" http://www.akamuti.co.uk/

If you know of any additional companies that need to be added to the list I would love your input and I've had a couple already added to the list by some wonderful readers.

Happy Black Owned Friday Naturals,

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