I'm pretty low-key when it comes to beautification. I wear mascara, but I've never really known how to put on any other kind of make-up. And last week I had a partial unibrow because my kids lost my tweezers and I couldn't remember to buy new ones at the store. So, when my aunt Liz called and asked if I would be interested in trying out a few products from the company she works for, I was intrigued. She dropped them off later that day.
It turned out to be Basa Body lotion, soap and an awesome moisture bar. That was super news--I know how to use all of those things--and commonly do! But this lotion is different.
The story drew me in first. A few weeks ago, my aunt Chriss and her husband Louis asked my dad, a general contractor, and my mom to fly over to Kenya to help with a facility they are building to house some of their charitable operations. I knew they had been doing some charity work in Africa, but I never fully understood what it was. I still don't--but the lotion helped put some of the pieces together. Here is the story of Basa Body:
It began with a trip to Kenya where we connected with wonderful, intelligent women working hard to feed their families. We met with the women of Mombasa and visited the first small-scale coconut oil plant called Coast Coconut Farms where they produced pure organic coconut oil by hand. Determined to find a way to assist them in selling their oil and to help them grow their business, we came home and through the help of many good people, created Basa Body (named after the women of Mombasa). It is our hope that by sharing this natural healing lotion with their inspiring story, we can help lift these women of Africa out of poverty.
The idea of helping women take care of their families by using skills and resources they already have is fantastic. And it is awesome lotion. Really. After putting it on, I sort of find myself sniffing my hands all day, because it smells so much like real coconuts.
My parents are in Kenya right now. Jed's parents are on a mission in South Africa and have traveled to many countries all over the continent. The feeling I get from these parents is that these are good, hard-working people in Africa that truly struggle to provide for themselves and their families. My mother-in-law buys things from all kinds of vendors to help in their efforts.
I love the lotion. I seriously do. I use it more than I've ever used any particular lotion. And the moisture stick is heavenly for dry heels and elbows. I've only used one of my soaps so far--but it smells like mint truffle--and who cares if you have a unibrow if you smell like mint truffle?
So forget Bath and Body works this Christmas, and give someone some awesome products from Basa Body. By doing so, you'll be helping African women take care of their families and smelling like a tropical paradise or Sees candy shop. Could there be a better combination?
More info: Basabody.com
What, you want another testimony from someone more famous? (rude)
Wait, what's that? You're a modeling scout and you couldn't help but notice my first picture? Oh my gosh, I have more.
stop trying to see if I still have a unibrow.