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“Hi! Dunni Odumosu (@theedunnio) right here in Philadelphia. I consider myself to be a career-preneur—I have a complete-time profession in the biotech field, a company that aids independent natural beauty manufacturers hunting to enter Africa referred to as House of Arewa, and a podcast known as Attractiveness Demands Me. My history is in chemistry. When I was youthful I believed I was likely to be a doctor—but when I discovered out that you can be a beauty formulator with a chemistry degree, I was marketed. I commenced my career as a cosmetic chemist at L’Oréal. But right after a while I understood I didn’t want to do the job in a lab for my entire vocation. I went to grad college, doubtful of what else I could do in the attractiveness planet if I was not a formulator. It all clicked for me in 2011, when I went on a extensive journey to visit spouse and children in Nigeria. My hair is all-natural, and I realized that I wouldn’t uncover the products I needed to design it there. You just cannot just wander into a CVS or a Target in Africa—a lot of US-based mostly manufacturers never contemplate Africa a feasible natural beauty market place or make their solutions obtainable there. My aunts and cousins consider focused outings outside the house of Nigeria, to London or The united states, just to shop for these items. Frankly, that produced me angry—women in Africa would spend for La Mer, or MAC, or Clinique if they have been just accessible.
On my podcast, my co-host Taleah and I lose mild on the African natural beauty industry and Black magnificence, subjects rarely highlighted in the Western world. The whole thought guiding the name is that we needed to display individuals that there’s house in the splendor sector for everybody, no matter of your shade, lifestyle, and wherever you dwell. I really struggle with merging my two worlds, because when you are engrossed in science, elegance is regarded as extremely frivolous. I’m working on proudly owning whatever I have heading on—like the simple fact that I may possibly have blonde braids currently, extended, straight, black hair tomorrow, and a curly afro on Friday. And I’m concentrating on elegance as a purpose of over-all wellness. How do I feel? Do I truly feel very good? What will make me sense fantastic? If I come to feel fantastic, then I search fantastic, which motivates me to maybe invest a minimal a lot more time caring about my visual appearance.
I check out to go to Sonya Savage Skin Treatment in Philadelphia every other thirty day period. I’ve generally been into having facials, and the issue I like about Sonya is that she doesn’t push something onto me. I’m constantly definitely thrilled to inform her about the new skincare items I’m employing, and she’s like, ‘You have to end it! You do not have to have 10 products!’ I take pleasure in how actual she is with me. I have a tendency to gravitate in direction of healthcare grade skincare because of study course I imagine in science. There is a serious misunderstanding about what a chemical is. Chemicals are in every thing! Even purely natural issues are chemicals—if you’re a Do it yourself guru, what ever components you are applying are chemicals. Not all pure chemicals are very good for you, and not all guy designed chemical substances are poor. It is like when people today villainize the pharma industry—are there some aspect outcomes? Certainly, there are aspect outcomes. But there are also undeniable rewards that individuals obtain from having medicine. I desire that people would comprehend that applies to natural beauty as nicely.
I enjoy my complexion, and I experience like I have terrific skin—I’m not going to be humble about that. But there are some places I’m making an attempt to even out. In the early morning I use the City Skin Rx Even Tone Cleaning Bar, which has kojic acid and azelaic acid. My skincare Batman and Robin are Biologique Recherche’s P50 1970 and Skinceuticals’ C E Ferulic. I love them so much, and they are each holy grails for me. My moisturizer is following, and I’ve been loving the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer and Bolden’s Brightening Moisturizer with SPF 30. If I use the Kiehl’s I also set on Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen, which never leaves a cast. I battle with finding a mineral sunscreen, even though Kinship’s is my preferred of what I’ve tried out.
I never wear make-up on a day by day basis, but I try to devote in solutions that will last. As a substitute of filling in my brows just about every working day, I got ombré eyebrows at Juna Splendor Spa in Philly. It’s a sort of brow tattooing distinctive from microblading—it offers your brows far more of a tint. I get lash extensions at Bella Vista Lash Lounge to give my eyes an excess pop. I constantly inquire for a hybrid doll style, because I like volume in the middle. And then if I am donning any makeup, nine occasions out of 10 it’s lipstick. I’m a dim skinned lady, and I enjoy how vibrant blue-purple appears to be on my complexion. Some of my favorite reds include things like the Lip Bar Liquid Matte in Bawse Lady and Nars Dragon Female, when Colored Raine Safari Raine Lipstick in Huntress is my preferred nude. I’m significant into mattes.
My hair is natural, and I would explain my natural texture as 4C. I have extremely tight, smooth, beautiful curls. When I have braids in, they final for about 6 to 8 months. I go to an African braiding store in Philly called Queen Bee Hair Salon for that, but I do my personal hair a ton also. I like the Briogeo Scalp Revival scrub, and I use Innersense shampoo and conditioner. Then I’ll twist it myself, or straighten it and place in clip-ins. I’m my primary hairdresser for positive. For styling, I’m into As I Am’s styling pomades and Doublebutter Cream Wealthy Every day Moisturizer.
I dry brush at the time or 2 times a week, and I use a physique scrub the moment or 2 times a 7 days. I’m actually into dry brushing these days. The a single I’m employing now I just got on Amazon, but I have a person coming from Gilded Body that I’m seriously excited about. The scrubs I like are R&R Luxury’s Shea Sugar Scrub and Frank Body’s Espresso Scrub. I clean with the Love Splendor and Planet shower gel from Focus on or Olay—pretty essential. And then I get a lot more into the physique oils and moisturizers. When I get out of the shower I quickly set on The Established’s Elixa Bath and System Serum and then layer their body cream on prime. If I’m in a warmer local weather, or it’s summer, I enjoy R&R Luxury’s Shea Oil. Shea butter is challenging, and you have to warm it up in your fingers prior to you can use it. With shea oil, all you have to do is press the pump. It’s phenomenal. I started off employing this things final year—their US distributor is in Maryland, but it’s in fact created in Ghana.
When I’m truly pressured out, I swap the shower for a bathtub. A great bath in no way fails—it’s 1 of the only issues that actually can help me quiet down. I’ll put in my Elixa oil, tub salts, or a bath bomb in it, but truthfully, I’m absolutely great with just warm water. I just will need to soak. Then I’ll put on a Television exhibit I really don’t have to imagine about—I’m a Bravo and E! addict. I’ll binge watch anything at all, so don’t tell me about a collection until I have a couple of times to finish it.”
—as informed to ITG
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