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Nourish and Hydrate your Skin with True and Natural Soaps Made in Jamaica!

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True and Natural Soaps actually started in Trinidad by Jamaica’s own Business man, Peter Bovell about 3 and a half years ago. Why Trinidad? Simple. He moved there after he married a ‘Trini’ he met at Carnival.

With his Computer business slowing down and believing that our daily routine of bathing should be an enjoyable one, he began his research. He got the Coconut Growers Association Factory to produce it and one of Trinidad’s largest, West Indies Traders Ltd., to distribute it. The soaps were marketed on social media and took over the market with their organic nature, made from locally sourced ingredients.

When did True and Natural Soaps come to Jamaica? May/June 2019

True and Natural Soaps have No Harsh Additives. No Chemicals, No Colourants or Harmful Dyes, No Animal Fats.

True and Natural Soaps have Anti-Inflammatory, Antibacterial, Anti-Ageing and Antioxidant Benefits. They are also known to treat Acne and Eczema. 

Suga had the pleasure of speaking with True and Natural Company’s Client Relations Manager, Tara Shoucair and here is a bit of what I learnt!

What is the standard price range for a bar of Soap? $200JMD for a single and $400JMD for a two pack on average.

How do they manage to make it so affordable? Their products are made with natural ingredients that are locally sourced. So they don’t need to purchase or source foreign materials.

Do they only manufacture Soaps or do they produce any other Personal Care products? For now just soaps, but looking to expanding to other products in the near future.

Suga read in an ‘Express Business’ publication that Expanding the line to Body Washes and other similar products may be in the future.

Are there any new scents or ingredient combinations on the horizon? There are many new scents available, but it is unknown at the moment which will make their way here.
At this time in Jamaica, we have:
Turmeric Citrus, Turmeric Aloe, Turmeric Ginger, creamy Coconut, Coffee Cocoa, Moringa and Coconut Charcoal.

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Which other islands can you find True and Natural Soap? They are not yet exporting from Jamaica. However, the soaps are also produced in Trinidad and can be found in Barbados, Guyana, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tobago and St. Lucia.

What are popular Stores/Supermarkets that you can find True and Natural Soaps? A Full list of locations are on their website (See below). They are a lot! You should be able to find them in a store near you islandwide.

Which is Tara’s favourite soap and why? She loves the Coffee Cocoa for its smell and exfoliating properties.

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Which Soap is the best seller in Jamaica? Jamaicans love the Turmeric variants and also the Coconut gets a lot of praise for it’s cool and refreshing feeling.

Which Soaps have Suga used? 

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I have used the Turmeric and Ginger, which has a fantastic scent, the Coffee Cocoa that exfoliates so well and the Coconut Charcoal, which my husband also uses. It provides the perfect cleanse and detox for your skin.

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All leave you feeling quite refreshed! I also can’t wait to try their creamy Coconut!

True and Naturals is in every big Supermarket and Pharmacy. Visit their Instagram Page (@trueandnaturalcompany) to learn about the soaps and the properties and benefits of each one.

Go and get yours today! #SugaEndorsed

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True and Natural Company

Website: http://www.trueandnatural.com

Instagram: @trueandnaturalcompany

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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Suga Lifestyle assisting with Execution of Episode 1 of JMEA’s Buy JAMAICAN Live Exhibit Tomorrow!

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Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga, Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle

Suga is excited to announce that after pioneering the 1st Virtual Pop Up Shop on Zoom in Jamaica, she will be assisting with the execution of the 1st episode of JMEA’s Buy JAMAICAN Live Exhibit tomorrow, Friday, June 19th at 7:30pm hosted by Debbie Bissoon!

Register for Zoom Access by Emailing anya-terae@jmea.org or by simply clicking on this link below Suga Bears!

https://form.jotform.com/201605751757861

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JMEA’s Buy JAMAICAN Live Exhibit will be an evening online show that offers their membership a virtual platform to expose their brand via presenting their products/services to the wider
Jamaican populace residing locally and abroad. The show seeks to improve consumer knowledge on locally made products/services while strengthening the support for those products and
services.

Ultimately the series will assist with driving the Buy Jamaican Build Jamaica movement by garnering more support for locally made products and services. This initiative resonates with the Suga Lifestyle brand and that is why Suga is more than happy to offer assistance to execute the show.

We are navigating through Covid and we are moving forward! So yes, Shop online, but Shop Jamaican! Virtually shop Jamaican!

So who will be on the show?!

Episode 1 features 8 Micro and Medium Jamaican Companies showcasing amazing, quality Products and Services in the industries of Personal care, Skincare, Fashion, Food, Health and Wellness, Ceramics and more:

Irie Rock (Ig: @irierock)
Ettenio (Ig: @ettenio)
Designs by Marc Limited (Ig: @designs_by_marc)
KOKOBEENZ LIMITED (Ig: @kokobeenz)
Baughaus (Ig: @baughaus)
CNC Wellness Ltd. (Ig: @cncwellness)
Honey Vera (Ig: @honeyveraja)
Chocolate Dreams (Ig: @chocolatedreamsjm)

What a line up! There will be Giveaways too!

If you do not get Zoom access, the show will be streamed Live on JMEA’s Facebook page, @TheJMEALimited!

Please spread the word and help our fellow Jamaicans and other individuals across the globe know how to access our remarkable locally made products and services.

Stay tuned to our Instagram pages @sugalifestyle and @theJMEA_ for updates !

Buy Local. Buy Jamaican. 🇯🇲

Building a Better Jamaica 

XoXo,
Suga💖

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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TGIF to Kerry Croft Bringing Black Owned Businesses to Your Living Rooms!

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Kerry Croft, Owner of the Vitamin M Box

Any woman who wears a Gold Wedding dress must be quite a goal reacher and a stunner.

Kerry Croft is her name. Kerry is the Owner of Vitamin M Box, which helps customers find minority produced products that they love while promoting and supporting minority entrepreneurship.

Also, every three months, the Vitamin M Box donates 10% of its proceeds to a Charity of choice that helps in building the Black Community.

Kerry has been selected to bring minority produced products beyond your doorstep and into your living rooms via a talk show, the Vitamin M Suite. The show will launch this Spring on Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire Stick!

Expect to see Black Entrepreneurs sit and discuss their ideas and businesses as they inspire and uplift others.

Did I mention Kerry is Jamaican and Suga’s cousin?! #ProudJamaican #ProudCuzzo #BlackExcellence

Check out and Follow Vitamin M Box today and feel free to subscribe!

Visit Website:

http://www.thevitaminmbox.com/subscribe-2/

Instagram: @thevitaminmbox

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Our Jamaican Chocolatiers represented at Salon du Chocolat in Belgium!

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Wouter Tjeerte of Pure Chocolate Company shows off Jamaica’s Bean-to-Bar Chocolate at Salon du Chocolat in Brussels, Belgium last weekend with Carl Sharpe of Chocollor Chocolate and Nadine Burie of Likkle More Chocolate beside him.

The Belgian capital hosted it’s 7th edition of Salon du Chocolat last weekend from February 14th to 16th, celebrating Chocolate in all its shapes and forms.

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4 of our local Bean-to-Bar Chocolatiers, Wouter Tjeerte of Pure Chocolate Company, Carl Sharpe of Chocollor Chocolate, Nadine Burie of Likkle More Chocolate and Nick Davis of One One Cacao were a few of the 100 participants that took part in the 3-Day event at Tour & Taxis. Amongst them were other Chocolatiers, Bean-to-Bar specialists, Confectioners, Pastry chefs and cocoa-producing countries.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith along with Jamaica’s Ambassador to the EU, Sheila Sealey Monteith accompanied our Chocolatiers to give them support.

Visitors enjoyed pastry-making lessons, recipe demonstrations by top chefs and chocolate masters, tasting sessions and a Chocolate Fashion show!

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Carl Sharpe of Chocollor Chocolate.

Our Chocolatiers did not only bring our Bean-to Bar Chocolate to Brussels, but they did well. Likkle More Chocolate and Pure Chocolate Company completely sold out and Nick Davis’s One One Cacao will now be available in Europe from Bean to Bar! They offer Chocolates from around the world and will have One One Cacao’s St. Thomas Coconut Milk and Clarendon Bars available for a limited time.

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Nick Davis of One One Cacao with a buyer in Belgium.

Congratulations to all our Local Chocolatiers that brought Jamaican Chocolate to Europe. We are proud of you and appreciate you. One Love.

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The Jamaican Team at Salon du Chocolat in Brussels Belgium last Weekend.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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How you can still Support Lister Mair/Gilby High for the Deaf

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Hanna Cover, student of Lister Mair/Gilby High with her Painting that’s still available, ‘Love and Unity through Differences’.

You can still support ‘Hands in Art’ from Lister Mair/Gilby High for the Deaf.

They still have Paintings and a Framed Drawing available that were guided by Suga Lifestyle’s, GW Art by Gabby. Check them out here!

*Prices range from $2500JMD to $7500JMD

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These Paintings and Wooden signs by GW Art are also still available for purchase, where part proceeds will go to the school.

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‘Hands in Art’ is a Suga Lifestyle & Rotaract Club of New Kingston Arts and Entrepreneurship Initiative with Lister Mair/Gilby High for the Deaf. The Project also has the support of e-Learning Jamaica Co. Ltd. ‘Impact Through Unity’ is Rotaract’s theme for the year, which inspired the majority of the pieces.

Last Saturday at Suga Lifestyle’s V-Day Pop Up Shop, the kids showcased their Paintings guided by Gabrielle Burgess, Founder/Owner of GW Art and Jewellery guided by Bianca Bartley, CEO/Creative Director of Peace-is of Bianca. All proceeds from sales went towards the students’ educational resources and the school’s infrastructure and there is still a need for more funding, for instance, to supply classrooms with fans that are currently without.

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The talented, Beyonce Findley with her Drawing framed by Frame Art Jamaica with Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga and classmates, Jaheim Watson (L) and Tyrese Dixon (R) at Suga Lifestyle’s V-Day Pop Up Shop last Saturday, February 8, 2020 at The Jamaica Pegasus.

Support a good cause. Our Children are our Future.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Thanks for Supporting Suga Lifestyle’s Pop Up Shop!

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Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga with members of the Rotaract Club of New Kingston, students of Lister Mair/Gilby High for the Deaf and their teacher, Jackie Gabbidon.

Hi Suga Readers! There seems to have been a glitch with getting emails to you from last week Wednesday. Sincerest apologies if you missed the reminder to attend the Valentine’s Day Pop up Shop.

Suga is giving a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support Suga Lifestyle’s V-Day Pop Up Shop on Saturday!

Thanks so much for shopping and contributing to a good cause, creating awareness and improving the infrastructure for the Lister Mair/Gilby High for the Deaf. The kids learnt a lot in the process, completing their Art-tivity and getting guidance in Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Branding. Thanks to Rotaract Club of New Kingston for collaborating with me on this Project, e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited for your kind donations, my Suga Artisans for adding the best quality and variety to my Pop Up Shop, Frame Art Jamaica, Nexsmart Print Graphic Solutions, Travis Graham Views for the Audio and The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel for hosting us! 🛍💖

Watch highlights from “Suga Lifestyle’s V-Day Pop Up Shop 2020” on YouTube here: 

Have a great and productive week!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Thanks for Supporting Suga Lifestyle’s Pop Up Shop!

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Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga with members of the Rotaract Club of New Kingston, students of Lister Mair/Gilby High for the Deaf and their teacher, Jackie Gabbidon.

Happy Monday! Suga is giving a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support Suga Lifestyle’s V-Day Pop Up Shop on Saturday!

Thanks so much for shopping and contributing to a good cause, creating awareness and improving the infrastructure for the Lister Mair/Gilby High for the Deaf. The kids learnt a lot in the process, completing their Art-tivity and getting guidance in Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Branding. Thanks to Rotaract Club of New Kingston for collaborating with me on this Project, e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited for your kind donations, my Suga Artisans for adding the best quality and variety to my Pop Up Shop, Frame Art Jamaica, Nexsmart Print Graphic Solutions, Travis Graham Views for the Audio and The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel for hosting us! 🛍💖

Watch highlights from “Suga Lifestyle’s V-Day Pop Up Shop 2020” on YouTube here: 

Have a great and productive week!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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TGIF! SL V-Day Pop Up Shop is Tomorrow!

Suga Lifestyle's V-Day Pop Up Shop

Tomorrow is the day! Please come out and support ‘Hands in Art’ from Lister Mair/Gilby High for the Deaf and other local Artisans! You can learn a bit of Sign Language too!

See some of their Paintings guided by Suga Lifestyle’s, GW Art by Gabby here!

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‘Hands in Art’ is a Suga Lifestyle & Rotaract Club of New Kingston Arts and Entrepreneurship Initiative with Lister Mair/Gilby High for the Deaf. The Project also has the support of e-Learning Jamaica Co. Ltd. ‘Impact Through Unity’ is Rotaract’s theme for the year, which inspired the majority of the pieces.

The kids will showcase their Paintings guided by Gabrielle Burgess, Founder/Owner of GW Art and Jewellery guided by Bianca Bartley, CEO/Creative Director of Peace-is of Bianca. All proceeds will go towards the students’ educational resources and the school’s infrastructure.

Local Artisans will have a variety of handmade products such as Candles, Pepper Jellies & Jams with Wine, Chocolates, Ice cream, genuine Leather Products, Jewellery, Cosmetics, Skincare items, Small Plants, Clutches, Handbags and more!

Support a good cause and our Local Artisans tomorrow and treat yourself or buy the perfect Valentine’s day Gifts for Men & Women!

Check out a bit of the action from last year + you can get free, quick massages from The Jamaica Pegasus’s White Orchid Spa!

 

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Genuine Leather Products for Ladies & Gents this Saturday at SL V-Day Pop Up Shop!

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For Ladies AND GENTS! I can’t wait to see what My Old Man Leathercraft will have this Saturday!

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Check out the new Passport Wallets and you know their one of a kind Genuine Leather Belts, Wallets, Keyrings etc. that will be there for prices you can’t miss out on!

#BuyLocal #BuyJamaican #SLVDayPopUpShop #FEBRUARY8

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My Old Man Leathercraft
Instagram: @myoldmanleathercraft

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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The Epiphany: Beyond Body for Suga Lifestyle’s V-Day Pop Up Shop this Saturday!

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Suga had an Epiphany! After over 2 years of testing various handpoured soy wax Candles from various artisans to find a special one other than Beryl + Blossom and Laura Alexis Candles, I found The Epiphany: Beyond Body. There were a few more suggestions to try, but Marsha-Lee Hutchinson’s branding, packaging and general presentation on Instagram grabbed me.

I tried her Coffee Candle (6oz) as well as the ‘Mi Rate Yuh!’ Blackberry with Vanilla (9oz) for Valentine’s. The Coffee candle when lit was strong the way I like it. The Blackberry and Vanilla was a bit faint when lit, but definitely soothing as more time went by.

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The Epiphany: Beyond Body is now a Suga Artisan and will have her handpoured Soy wax Candles, including the Valentine’s line on special, Chocolate and Coffee Body Scrubs too for great prices! She also offers Skincare products.

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Look out for The Epiphany: Beyond Body this Saturday!

#BuyLocal #BuyJamaican #SLVDayPopUpShop #FEBRUARY8

The Epiphany: Beyond Body

Ph: 876.899.4055

Instagram: @theepiphany_beyondbody

Facebook: The Epiphany: Beyond Body

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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