Saturday’s trip to the Whole Foods in Ann Arbor was the first time Noah and I witnessed how the “other half liberals” lived. Even taking the first step inside the store, I felt elevated out of my “commoner liberal” station. Hippies were everywhere! People brought their own recycled shopping bags! Other non-prepared people left with PAPER bags! There was a whole bar devoted to GELATO!
Every once in a while I looked at Noah, tears in my eyes and said something like: “Babe, they sell Icelandic dark chocolate here. I didn’t even know the Icelandic made chocolate.” He would rub my back and nod sadly. “Yes, my love, there is so much we don’t know about gourmet organic food, so much.” All right. Maybe it wasn’t that life changing, but it was certainly an experience.
Noah and I met this beautiful young woman who sold hand cream in the “Whole Body” section. But upon closer observation, we found out it was actually a body butter made of Shea butter. I got a sample from Tariqah, who told me that this was a locally owned small business from Michigan.
This is the owner Wallace Raise and his company is called Dreams Do Come True, Inc. Apparently he has crafted some spa-like products made entirely of natural ingredients. I bought a small jar of the Tranquil Islands Body Butter
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Coconut Oil, Rice Powder, Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil, and Orange Essential Oil.
I was excited to see a place like Whole Foods, showcase locally owned and produced beauty products like this. Not everyone can go to a place like Whole Foods and actually spend money. . . no. But the fact that a small-time merchant has a chance to go where the money is, well that’s awesome! Awesome and what makes America great. It’s my hope that’s how beauty products will be sold in the future; small scale manufactured with real wholesome ingredients. The revolution begins!
As for the body butter? I love it! Tariqah suggested that a little bit goes a long way. She’s right. I used a bit of this after showering and my skin was pleasantly soft. The scent I chose was Ylang-Ylang.
Facts about Ylang-Ylang:
- The name of this plant is derived from Tagalog because it’s native to the Philippines and Indonesia
- One translation of the Ylang-Ylang is “flower of flowers”
- It’s used in aromatherapy and helps to relieve high blood pressure, stress and tension
- In Asia, it’s used to maintain healthy hair and skin
- It’s useful balancing the sebum in our skin. For people with frequent bouts of acne, this could be a natural remedy