The Storm Resistant Tree: Coconut

Martinique, a little French Island that sits between Dominica and St. Lucia.  The town of Trois-Ilets is where it all started for me.  A little girl from Brooklyn, NY who came to this Island of Martinique, known as Madinina, to begin on the unsuspecting journey to the evolution of Madinina Kiss, the brand.  L’Anse Mitan is where my family’s beach home is located, and where I spent every vacation time I had from school.

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The Beach where I spent my vacations, L’Anse Mitan

While I know all too well what is like to survive a Hurricane,  still the images and videos are still shocking and heartbreaking.  Even so, this video also depicts the Power of God, the God who created the Heavens and the Earth.

It is in the place that I learned about the importance of natural beauty.  On the beach house property, we have coconut trees, almond tree, papaya tree and a mango tree.  It is during my time at the beach that I learned about the goodness of the coconut tree, from its roots to its leaves.  It is in the place that my Grand-mother had me look at the coconut tree, in all its grandeur and show me how amazing it is.  I remember the year when we were told that a hurricane was coming.  The coconut tree that stood in our front yard was damaged..sort of.  There was a deep cut, right in the middle of the tree, as if someone had once attempted to unsuccessfully to cut it down.  So as we are preparing for the arrival of the hurricane, my grandmother and I looked at the tree and hoped that it would not break; because if it did, it would have caused damage to the house.

As the storm landed, I watched the tree as it swayed from left to right.  I prayed that the tree wouldn’t break.  It didn’t. It swayed, and stood up, it swayed and stood up.  The coconut tree to me became a symbol of what my life was going to be: Storm Resistant.  Madinina Kiss has weathered some storms.  But like the coconut tree, the tree that produces our favorite base oil, we are still standing.

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Join Madinina Kiss in supporting the 2017 Hurricane Relief Fund.  Purchase any of our 4oz. Coconut Body Oil and receive 10% off your purchase by entering code MARTINIQUE.  All proceeds will go to the families on the Island of Martinique (Madinina, L’Iles des Fleurs)

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Merci et Bisou

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Fall Skin Care: Why We Need To Exfoliate?

As trees start to shed their leaves, women also feel the need to shed their dry, sun-worn, and damaged summer skin. So, what better way to step into fall season than with an exhaustive Fall skin exfoliation regime?

Well, if you ask me, Founder of Madinina Kiss,  I prefer  Paradise Mango brown sugar to exfoliate and cocoa butter for moisturizing and removing the summer’s marks on my skin and making me look my best in Autumn months.

But, before we go any further into the benefits of cocoa butter and brown sugar Fall regimen for exfoliating & moisturizing, let’s see why we need to exfoliate to usher in the season change.

Why we need to slough off summer dryness?

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As weather changes with every new season, our skin also starts changing. With the onset of Fall, the air loses its moisture and warmth, therefore becomes cooler and drier. When this happens,  all skin types usually start drying, and the moisture levels within your skin are also reduced. As the season and weather changes, so should changes in your fall skin care routine to prevent permanently damaged skin.

So, you really need to get rid of all summer dryness with the onset of fall weather.

Madinina Kiss, a New York based natural skin care product company, brings you the benefits of organic Fall skin care regimen (brown sugar scrubs and cocoa butter) for exfoliating and moisturizing fall skin in this article:

So, keep reading for happy and smiling skin for Fall:

Paradise Mango Brown Sugar for exfoliation

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A natural humectant, brown sugar is known for drawing moisture out of the environment and depositing it to your skin. Our Paradise Mango Brown Sugar Scrub is perfect and will help you retain moisture in your skin during Fall season.

Brown Sugar contains a natural glycolic acid—an essential component of alpha hydroxyl acid family, becoming a natural exfoliator for breaking down & removing dead skin cells.

Body Butter for moisturizing

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As your skin becomes dry during Fall season, it needs instant moisture, cocoa butter gives you just that. A rich & creamy natural moisturizing agent, cocoa butter is a stable fat but melts into the skin when applied and also creates a nice barrier for protection against cooler and drier Fall weather.

our Cocoa Butter Body Butter smells divinely like chocolate, making it one of Madinina Kiss’ top selling natural skincare product.

Madinina Kiss: Revealing the natural beauty within.

Our Face is the first thing people see.  This is why it so important to give your face special care since it is more delicate than the rest of your body.  Madinina Kiss has created an exclusive facial regimen to keep you glowing naturally.  Lemon, Brown sugar and Coconut Oil are the three gems from my skincare treasure box. These all natural products ensure that you will get a natural and organic facial spa experience during Fall in the comfort of your home.  However, brown sugar can be a little harsh for those with sensitive skin.  Madinina Kiss has the solution.  Passed down from the Matriarch of the family, below is a DIY Fall Facial Regimen

Coco-Lemon Face Wash System™.

To cleanse and clear dark spots or blemishes, AND moisturize your skin, assemble the following:

½ of a Lemon

1-2tsp. of Coconut oil

Hot (Very warm) washcloth

  •    Rub the lemon on your face avoiding the eye area. You may also choose to squeeze the lemon in a small bowl and use a cotton ball to apply.

(My Grand-Mother said the rind of the lemon “scrapes” the dirt off your face, a nice way of saying “exfoliating”…LOL)

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  •     Leave on for a few minutes. You will begin to feel a tingling sensation.

It’s ok. It’s the fruit acid doing its job.  If it is uncomfortable, wet your hands and pat your face or if you squeezed the juice, dilute the juice with a little water.

  •    Prepare your hot towel face cloth (or very warm)
  • Rinse your face with lukewarm water, then apply the coconut oil directly onto wet skin.

  •   Apply the heated facecloth for a minute or two, then gently wipe the excess oil off.

No need to apply additional moisturizer, but if you feel you need it, apply a little more coconut oil to your face.

Do this daily for acne and blemish control. Use also to keep your skin clear and soft.

So, what are you waiting for?  Visit our online store now to purchase your very own Fall Skincare regimen products and say ‘goodbye’ to skin dryness and roughness that comes in with the season change.

Revealing the Beauty Within!!!

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My love affair with Baobab Oil

I am absolutely in love with coconut oil!!! Madinina Kiss uses coconut oil as the carrier oil for all of its products, especially my body oils.  I have to confess…I have been introduced to baobab oil.  I am going to be an adulterer.  I am not proud of the term. I am admittedly cheating on coconut oil.

So as much as it pains me to say this, yet excited at the same time, Madinina Kiss will be launching its Body Oil Collection with Baobab oil.  After careful research about the healing properties of the oil, some–not all–of our body/massage oils will be made with Baobab oil.

Before I get into baobab oil, let’s just talk about the benefits of body oils in general.  Oil has been deemed the black sheep of the beauty business because of its greasy nature.  However, the right natural oils can keep your skin moisturized, smooth, and glowing — and even fight breakouts.  Depending on the type of oil you use, it absorbs quite wonderfully into your skin.  My first love, of course, is coconut oil.  Here is why:

 

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Coconut Oil:

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Coconut oil is great for people with sensitive skin, eczema, and dry hair.  I recommend coconut oil, as a body moisturizer, but not everyone likes the smell of coconut oil.  So it is best to use it as a carrier oil.  As a solid, coconut oil’s creamy texture makes it the perfect light moisturizer to slather all over. The light tropical scent that lingers after it’s applied is a delight to me. There are so many other benefits to the use of coconut oil, in and out.

Baobab Oil:

See the tree below? Big, strong and Black…

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Regarded as the largest succulent plant in the world, the Baobab tree – [Adansonia digitata] is steeped in a wealth of mystique, legend, and superstition wherever it is found in Africa. Called the Tree of Life for its almost mythical powers, it provides food, water, shelter and traditional medicine.

The Baobab tree is found in very remote areas of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and other tropical African countries where suitable habitat occurs. It is restricted to hot, dry woodland on stony, well-drained soils in frost-free areas that receive low rainfall. Surrounded by the sounds and smells of the African bush, these iconic trees can live up to 2000 years and the biggest Baobab tree ever recorded has a circumference of over 43 meters.  Now that we got that out of the way…

I am going to have an affair with the oil that this tree produces.  Baobab Oil. Pure goodness from the Mother Land.  I am cheating, with Baobab Oil.  I feel guilty…not really!  Madinina Kiss will be using this oil as a carrier oil for its body oil collection.  I am so excited.  I understand that it has a nutty smell, much like my favorite butter, Shea butter, so it is going to be excited to use it.

Baobab oil is made from the fruit seeds which are extracted and air dried in the hot sun.  Madinina Kiss will use Baobab oil across the collection for its excellent softening, healing and regenerate skincare properties:

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> Rich in powerful antioxidants which protect skin against free radical damage.
> High Vitamin C content (6 times more than an orange) assists with skin elasticity.
> Vitamins A and B firm, tighten and hydrate skin.
> Omegas 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids help maintain the integrity of skin cell membrane.
Are you as excited as I am? I am not leaving my first love the coconut oil. I may just combine the two to make a new exclusive line of our body oils.
Stay Tuned for the Madinina Kiss Body Oil Summer Collection.
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Coconut Water for the Hair?

I started this blog because I have a deep love for coconut.  I mean everything Coconut.  Now that Spring has sprung and Summer is fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about how to keep our bodies hydrated during the hot months.

Nothing says “thirst quencher” like good ‘ole fashion H2O… Nevertheless, a personal favorite alternative is Coconut water.  My favorite brand o coconut water is Vita Coco.  It si the closest thing on the market that has retained the refreshing taste of the coconut water; it’s like truly drinking it right from its natural state.

With that said, I had a conversation today with a fellow dancer (yes, I am a dancer) and she told me that she uses BOTH coconut oil AND coconut water as part of her hair care regimen…SHUT THE RONT DOOR!

See what she has to say:

Fabiola and I at Innervisions: The benefits of coconut water for your hair.

I am also sharing this recipe that I found on the Vita Coco Website for a cool refreshing anytime drink:

COCO MINT LEMON GIMLET

Coconut water good for the body AND Hair?

Join me as I embark on the 90 days Coconut Water Hair Care Challenge.

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Spring Your Body Into Action

Get your body Summer Ready!!

As Madinina Kiss is entering its second quarter, we have been behind the scenes working hard to bring you- our customers and followers- another great product just in time or the warmth of the Spring and Summer.  Madinina Kiss will be re-launching its Body Oil Collection!

Beach bodies come in all shape and sizes.  It’s about health, beauty and self-love in the skin you are in.  As such we must take care of our skin, for it is the first line of defense for our temple. For those of us that are beach lovers like myself, salt water is not only known to do great things for your hair (hello, texture), it’s also widely believed to be good for your skin in addition to other healing properties.  That said, a long day spent in the sea can also leave your skin feeling a bit dry and dull. As a person who spent many summer days at the family beach house, I can tell you that coconut oil was my best friend, and still is.  It acted as a water repellant leaving my sea-salt wet skin moisturized.  So the dryness and dullness others experienced, I did not.  Unlike, our pool lovers, the chemical treatment in the water is not good for the skin at all.  I would not recommend applying any natural body oil before entering the pool, but definitely immediately after.

I know that sometimes making the switch from body lotion from body oil can be challenging, especially if you see “oils” as greasy”.  And while some may still initially balk at the idea of smoothing it onto their skin after a shower or bath, beach or pool time, the benefits are undeniable, especially when you see the results first hand.

Did you know that coconut oil is a natural sunblock? Yes! It provides and SPF of about 4 which blocks 75% of UV radiation. 75% protection is about 45 minutes of sun exposure.  Madinina Kiss oils are made with coconut oil as a base oil, which seals moisture into your skin and protects the body from sunburn as long as it is used correctly., and then we add other oils such as almond, olive, jojoba, for added moisture into your skin, keeping it hydrated, fresh-looking, and protected against environmental factors including smog and other pollutants.  Madinina Kiss Oils typically prefers using coconut oil alone, but sometimes we like to switch things up and add a lightly scented mixture. And I’m not talking about the cloying, manufactured scent of store bought concoctions, but something customized, earthy, and beneficial. This is where essential oil-infused body oil comes in.

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Our customer favorites have been our Lover’s Brew, Lemon Fresh and L’Anse Mitan (named after the town where our beach house is located in Martinique.)

Still not convinced? Check out 10 Awesome Uses for Madinina Kiss Body Oil

1. Manicure. Rub a dab of body oil on your cuticles to soften.

2. Pedicure. Rub a generous amount of body oil all over your feet. Put on thick cotton socks and allow the oils to soak in. (Do this before bed for extra oomph.)

3. Perfume. We know most of our customers don’t like perfumes or synthetic fragrances (we don’t either!), but if you like the subtle scent of clean citrus in our body oil, apply a few drops along pulse points for a light fragrance. (Pulse points are behind the ears, knees, wrists, elbows and neck area.)

4. Shaving “cream.” Rub generously on legs for a close shave. Using our body oil may also reduce shaving irritation and eliminate the need for a post-shave moisturizer.

5. Frizz-buster. Place 1 or 2 drops of body oil into your hands and run lightly through the hair. (This also helps with dry ends!)

6. Deep-conditioning hair treatment.  Rub a generous amount into your hair before bed. Comb it, pile it in a loose bun on the top of your head, place a towel over your pillow, and hit the hay. In the morning , shampoo as usual and enjoy your luxurious locks!

7. Body exfoliator. Make a basic sugar scrub mixing a 2-1 ratio of sugar to body oil. Mix in a small bowl or jar. Rub gently into skin in the shower and rinse off. You won’t believe how soft your skin will feel!

8. Bath booster. Get lux in the tub by adding our unique mixture of nourishing essential oils that leave your skin feeling silky smooth.

9. Lip softener. Make your lips extra kissable by mixing 1 TSP each of brown sugar, vanilla extract, and body oil; gently rubbing into lips; and wiping off with a warm wash cloth.

10. Paw lubricant. Does your puppy get sore, cracked paws from walking on hot sidewalks in the summer or from cold, dry winter air? Rub some body oil on her paw pads for healing and relief.

 

 

Susan L. Taylor on Why we need to Support Black Owned Business

It’s not a race thing, it’s not an ethnic thing, it’s a community thing.  Americans are quick to become defensive when we as African-American declare to “recycle the Black Dollar”. “Support Black Owned Businesses”.  We are not seeking exclusion, we are seeking inclusion in the American Dream.  I stand by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, in his I have a Dream Speech, saying : “In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check…It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. (My Lord) Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds… We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. (Sure enough) And so we’ve come to cash this check (Yes), a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom (Yes) and the security of justice. (Yes Lord) [enthusiastic applause]”

I want my check. I am an African-American Female Business Owner of a Natural Hand-Made Bath Body and Hair Products Company.  Mainina Kiss. In the article, Susan L. Taylor revealed how “each of us has everything we need to live free and fully and wonderful.”  

She cautioned, “It doesn’t mean that our lives will not fall apart.” What it does mean is that if calamity strikes, we “can use it as a wake-up call.” 

Taylor later shared how the African-American community is losing ground and that we need “able, stable Black people” to “link arms and stand for something, link arms and aims with a plan.”

Earlier during her remarks, the former Editor-in-Chief of Essence said, “Every dime spent is a political decision made.” 

Taylor suggested when corporations perform actions that disproportionately impact African-Americans, we as a community “need to take account of that and stand up and say to that organization, ‘This cannot happen on our watch.’” At that point as a collective body, Blacks should then apply economic pressure to the entity by refusing to patronize that corporation.

“The only thing understood in capitalism and in capitalist society is money and it’s all tied to Wall Street, it’s all tied to profit,” she said.

Later during her address, Taylor shared how taking a few minutes a day in silence can open the ears to hear the “still small voice” inside. This simple practice allowed her the opportunity, as well as insight, into how to forward her career to astounding heights.

So on today, International Women’s Day, support a Women Owned Business. #BeBoldForChange

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