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If you’re a fan of castor oil for natural hair and body care, you’ve more than likely heard of Tropic Isle Living’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Tropic Isle Living co-founder, Mrs. Lois Reid- Hines to learn more about how her and her husband started Tropic Isle Living over 20 years ago and where the company is headed today!


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How did Tropic Isle Living begin and what was the motivation for its creation?

 Me and my husband, Michael Hines, founded Tropic Isle Living with our love of Jamaican roots and our culture. We both have a deep-rooted love for the old time traditional products our grandparents used that are tried and true. When we were both working at Sundial in 1992 and Michael was looking for a path of his own, the owner Brother Rashan Abdul Hakim told us to “start selling the Jamaican Black Castor Oil”. And that’s exactly what we did. Our motivation is our passion and belief in a natural and traditional way of living, therefore providing our consumers with good wholesome and healthy products steeped in tradition.

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Beija Flor Naturals Creme Brulee REVISITED!

Have you ever come back to an old beauty product fave and wondered how you ever let so much time go by before using it again? Well this happened to me recently with Beija Flor Naturals Creme Brulee curling and twisting cream! This was one of my favorites back in 2011 (see my original review here) and I’m so happy that the owner reached out to me to try their updated Creme Brulee formula!


Can I just say that I’m more in love with this product than even before! The main ingredients are still the same, but the texture is certainly creamier and easier to smooth throughout the hair while styling. I also love [click to continue…]


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Since it had been several months since I had my hair cut into a tapered style, I thought it would be fun to blow it out and try a bantu knot out style! This also ended up being the perfect time for me to try out Shea Moisture’s new Smooth & Repair Blow Out Cream from their Tahitian Noni & Monoi collection. You can check out my results in the video below and keep reading [click to continue…]


If you follow me on Instagram, you most likely already know that my husband and I are expecting our first child this year (in a few months!). It’s an exciting time and it has been amazing to me to see how much my body can change in such a short period of time!

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Photo taken by my talented sister/photographer, Victoria

I’m a brand ambassador for Shea Moisture and when they found out I was pregnant, they sent over an awesome gift basket filled with products for mommy and baby! I’m shelving and organizing the baby products for now (while daydreaming about using them on my little one!) but I’d love to share details about their prenatal body care collection that I’ve been using for several months now and love. [click to continue…]


The “Happy Hair” Book

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HAPPY HAIR™ Author Helps Foster A Healthy Hair-Esteem Amongst Girls

Mechal Renee Roe, Author of the new children’s book, Happy Hair™, is helping to spread a positive self-image and self-love through each beautifully illustrated page. She seeks to inspire the younger generation of naturals to embrace their hair at an early age before media/peer pressure cause them to question and doubt their beauty. [click to continue…]

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