Boujee Bar Skincare
Hi, I’m Havilah. I’m the owner of Boujee Bar Skincare, a plant-based skin care company specializing in soaps and body care. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit since I was a kid. I grew up all over the city, and it’s made me an adaptable person. I knew one day I would get back to doing something more creative. I just didn’t know what. I knew an education would be a good start. I’m a University of Cincinnati graduate from the Lindner College of Business where I received my bachelor’s in business administration and marketing. My journey into body care began about three years ago. At the time, I worked for a brokerage firm and was coming home often stressed. I wasn’t feeling fulfilled. On top of it all, I have sensitive skin and the stress didn’t help. I started dabbling into essential oils and soaping for both relief and enjoyment. It all grew from there. All the research led to wanting to understand more about natural plant-based ingredients to help myself. It changed my perspective on skin, and crafting became a self-care journey. It redefined my self-love. The more care and awareness I brought to my body; the more love I grew. I noticed certain ingredients not only made an impact on my skin but also my state of mind. It brought so much joy that I decided to share soaps with those close to me. The response from my family and friends were so supportive, and it gave me a sign to start a business. Boujee Bar Skincare was born. The name comes from my love for people to happily indulge in beautiful, clean and safe ingredients.
It started with Saturday deliveries and shortly after launched an online store in 2020. Unfortunately, it was a month before the pandemic. I lost my job, and it became opportunity. Overall, it’s been rewarding and challenging. I had to overcome a few hurdles. The first year was all new, navigating and learning all aspects of the business. As a first-time entrepreneur, launching a business during a pandemic was more of a mental hurdle. Opening the online store made it easier, more accessible and physical restrictions I could get around. As a small business owner, you are doing a lot of work so planning months ahead has helped so much.
I have become a big advocate for selfcare, body cleansing and natural plant-based ingredients. Soap has become a part of skincare, especially for those with sensitive skin. Also, I’ve learned self-love will always begin with the body first. When we feel our mental health declining our bodies tend to be the first thing we neglect. Life gets busy for everyone. I want my company to be a reminder to change that thought process. Instead, we should act more towards self-care with the body being the center focus. An act from a place of love instead of a need to feel deserving. We don’t ‘deserve’ because self-love is ours to begin with. I try to make the items safe and beautiful in every sense so people can receive that notion. The company Ingredients are 100% all natural and handpicked essential herbs. Botanicals and natural powders are used for décor and color. Raw natural shea butter is a key ingredient. Its ability to lock, seal, and protect the skin is unmatched. It’s sourced from West Africa where the grade is dense making it perfect for moisturization. Ingredients include jojoba, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut and hand planted herbs. Soaps can take up to 4-6 weeks to make in order to get a pure bar.