#JIBE 2018: Purveyors' Paradise

Saturday, September 01, 2018

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Under The Dryer (UTD) is still excited following The Jamaica International Beauty Expo (#JIBE) held in the Exhibition Hall of the Montego Bay Convention Centre a few weeks ago. There, local beauty and skincare enthusiasts gathered to see, sample and purchase products from the range of offerings by over 60 local purveyors. UTD continues to show you around.

Star Line Beauty

After 16 years in the beauty industry Star Line Cosmetics is on the verge of launching a potential game-changer. In September, the local cosmetics retailers, through their LA Pink brand, will reveal their new polygel system.
The polygel system has been in development since last year and was created specifically with nail technicians in mind. It was designed to replace the existing acrylic powder and gel systems used in local cosmetics circles as it combines the best features of both. It is stronger and more flexible than the regular gel, odourless, good for sculpting and overlay, and can be refilled.
According to CEO Roger Adams Sr, in September customers will be able to purchase their brand-new kits, equipped with three 30g polygels, bond aid, a polygel brush, slip solution, nail forms and a blade tool. A series of training and certification workshops on proper use will be hosted in Kingston on September 10, Montego Bay on September 24, Savanna-la-Mar on October 1, and Ocho Rios on October 8. FYI: one tube is designed to cater to 15 persons.
Also on-site was Adams Jr, managing director, who spoke of the Star Beauty Products line of locally manufactured male and spa care products, including five organic, sugar-based pedi-scrubs (and associated pre-soak salts to enhance the experience), nail polish removers, cuticle oils — in both gel and cream form — and callous removers.


Shan-Oils CEO Shanalee Clarke may have a winner on her hands. With her six-product line of massage oils, Clarke is primed to make her contribution to the local beauty and skincare industry. Clarke, who founded the company in February, is excited by the potential of her products, and is in the process of attaining the requisite approval to venture into the next phase of production— becoming a supplier for the local resort and spa market.
Each product comprises a locally sourced plant or herb infused with coconut oil, targets a range of skin conditions and is designed to achieve specific results.
The virgin coconut oil is a multi-purpose oil which can be used as a facial cleanser, mouthwash, and moisturiser for the hair. It has anti-fungal properties and alleviates itching and eczema. The guinea hen oil is also anti-fungal and is a good immune system booster due to the high presence of antioxidants. The coffee oil increases circulation, smoothes skin, and decreases cellulite, while the cocoa-bean oil acts as a sunscreen, heals dry skin and reduces stretch marks. The camphor alleviates some digestive problems, nerve problems, ostheoarthritis, sinusitis, and asthma. Naturally, everybody's fave was the cannabis oil which, Clarke informed UDT, helps to reduce acne, itching, eczema, asthma and can be used as a sedative.
Plus, a bonus. Owing to the plant-based origins of the products customers may opt for external use, but also have the option of ingesting the products as well, to achieve the same result.

Faulknor's Holistic Lifestyle & Dansby's Beauty Secret

If we weren't paying attention, we might have missed an opportunity to discover Faulknor's Holistic Lifestyle and Dansby's Beauty Secret. Boasting a range of vegetable-based products, and a personality as stimulating as her line of hair growth serums, Faulknor is intent on providing an authentically Jamaican brand. The Dansby's Beauty Secret range includes an assortment of masks, scrubs and nectars founded on the use of rosemary, jojoba, coconut, castor and T3 oils. A goat's milk soap and virgin coconut oil complete the inventory. Worth mention, too, is the fact that Faulknor's products are suited for use on all skin types.
What's more is that if you are also bent on making a shift in your life choices, the Faulknor Holistic Lifestyle brand offers a weight-loss programme, and foot detox services which, among other things, are touted for their pH level-balancing properties and for purging heavy metals. Never mind that you missed the discounts on the day; with Faulknor affordability is assured.

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