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How One Woman Turned Her Wellness Journey Turned Into A Business

September 30th, 2016 - By Charing Ball
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Jessica Pritchett

Jessica Pritchett

Before Jessica Pritchett became a business woman she was on a mission to get healthy.

The Connecticut native turned New Yorker had loced her hair, changed her diet and lost over 100 pounds. She also began paying closer attention to not only what she put inside on her body, but the products she put on it.

The lessons along the way would inspire Lynn to create LOVR, which is an online health and beauty marketplace specializing in organic and environmentally safe products.

Here is her story:

CB: Tell me about LOVR?

Jessica Pritchett: We’re based in Brooklyn. It’s a organic beauty online marketplace. I don’t hold any products. You deal directly with the vendor. But what I do is curate and source all of the products on the site. All the products are clean, green and not-tested on animals. My goal is to add one to two new products a week.

CB: So how long have you been in business and how did you go about sourcing the products featured on the site?

JP: We launched on August 9th with 18 vendors. And today, we have 39 vendors selling over 300 products. Everyday, people are sending me products. I also like go to trade and beauty shows. Recently I went to Europe and found a lot of great products over there. Generally I try to stay away from products that are readily available because I feel like they already have brand exposure. So I try to stick with the new and interesting products that I know people haven’t seen.

But admittedly, the curation process is really slow. I try everything that goes on the site.

CB: Besides the stuff that is readily available, what other products won’t you find featured on the site?

JP: This is really important because skin absorbs about 60 percent of what you put on it. So I decided that I won’t have products that have paraffin in them. Also, I  don’t have nail polishes that have formaldehyde in them. Generally, I try to stay away from products, which contain products that are linked to cancer, reproductive issues or contain neurotoxins.

We do have some products on the shelves that contain beeswax. But all of the products with beeswax we source are actively doing something to address the dwindling bee population issue.

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CB: So what inspired you to create this organic marketplace? In our previous conversation, you mentioned that your recent weight loss might have had something to do with it?

JP: Yes. But it wasn’t just my weight loss. It really all started as a hair journey. I’ve been loced for 16 years now and since then, I stopped using chemicals in my hair. When I started working in the field of consumer products, that’s when I really started learning and doing the research into organic beauty.

I was almost 400 pounds and I wanted to make changes.I started running and working out. I’m down to 301 now. I also read a book, “NO More Dirty Looks” and learned about all the chemicals in beauty products that can lead to cancer, etc. So cutting those chemicals from my skincare regimen was the next step.

It was during my weight loss journey that I started to seriously consider doing this as a business. As I see it, I’m customer number one. So I created a business around my new healthy eating and clean lifestyle. And while I’m starting out as health and beauty, I eventually like to turn it into a wellness company where I will do more than sell products.

CB: So how is business going?

JP: We had sales the first day, which I am really proud of. What I am finding now is that people are staying on the site longer, but the buying has been slow. This is particularly true for my U.S sales. Here, people are really skeptical of the word “organic” and “natural,” particularly from companies that are not readily available here. So we’re thinking about launching a shoppable magazine where you can learn about organic beauty while referring back to products that are on the site. We plan to launch that in January.

I also find that people respond better to brick and mortar stores. So we are going to have a couple of pop-up shops here in New York where people can come in and actually touch and sample the products themselves.

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The Surprising Health Benefits Of Being Kind

September 20th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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As the Bible verse goes: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” And while you should do nice things for people because the Bible says so, you should also try to because recent studies show that there are benefits that exceed just being a good person (although everyone should want to be a more positive person).

It turns out that being kind to other people is actually good for your health. Men and women who go out of their way to be kind and nice to people (even when they don’t have to be) live longer and happier lives.

So the next time someone throws some shade your way, throw a little kindness back in return. You will win in the long run by incorporating a little more positivity into your life.

Purchases That Can Bring You Joy

September 12th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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We’ve all heard that money can’t buy you happiness. But if you spend that money on the right things, sometimes it can. Happiness isn’t about getting more stuff, but some things can brighten up your day and even bring some more joy to your life.

The trick is knowing what to spend your money on (and when not spending it is better). We’ve put together a list of little things, big things, and great investments that keep giving back long after you make your purchase.

So the next time you have a little extra cash burning a hole in your wallet, consider spending it on these things. Or saving it. Whatever works for you…

The 10 Best Cities For Single Black Women

September 12th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Looking for love and a new place to live? You’re not alone. When you’re looking to move on up in love and your professional life, sometimes a change in scenery is the key. We’ve gathered a list of the best cities for single African-American women in the United States. Black women who live here are not only doing well in work, but find more options in single, employed men.

So if you’re looking for good culture, great jobs, and single men, be sure to keep scrolling. We’ve asked friends and family, researched the job markets and what fans of these places have to say. And they agree that these are the places to be.

Natural Product Switches You Should Think Twice Before Making

August 12th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Is everything that’s “all-natural” necessarily good for you? It seems like more people than ever are opting to go natural, from organic parenting to organic food. Of course taking care of your body and the environment are great things, but not every natural move is the right one.

Even when something says that it’s 100% safe, it’s always a good idea to do a little extra research just to double-check. So we’ve looked into these natural products, foods and trends. And we found that it’s a better idea to skip out on these natural moves — or at least pause to make sure that they’re the right ones for you.

Summer Bucket List: Things To Accomplish Before The Season Ends

July 14th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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We all wish that summer would last forever, but it will be over before you know it. I mean, we’re almost halfway through July, folks. That means it’s time for everyone to get on top of their summer bucket list. From beauty musts to summer beach reads, these are the things and items everyone should have on their must-do summer lists to make the most of the great weather and countless activities available.

Work may be calling, and there are errands to run. But if there’s any time to give yourself a little leeway to celebrate the season, it’s now. So enjoy these things while the weather is warm and you will make sun-kissed memories that will last you through the cold-weather months.

Do you have any summer traditions that you would like to tackle while the weather is good? We’d love to hear about the things you are hoping to accomplish before fall in the comment section.

Struggles Only Women With Thick Hair Understand

July 13th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Thick hair can be a blessing. It can pull off styles that look pretty amazing, it looks luxurious when well managed, and it’s the envy of everyone with thin, fine hair up there. They may not say it, but it’s the truth.

Still, having really thick hair doesn’t always feel like a blessing. In fact, it can feel like quite the burden. Every girl born with more than enough on top of her head has experienced everything from waiting forever for it to dry it after a wash day, spending hours upon hours at the salon getting it untangled, cleaned and dry, to struggling with home styling.

Like anything worth having, thick hair takes work. And even though your arms are exhausted and your neck can feel heavy, having thick, healthy hair is a great thing. It just doesn’t feel like it when you’re going through these struggles that only women with thick hair understand.

How To Ask For What You Want And Get It

July 7th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Asking for what you want always sounds like it should be simple. Sometimes it is. But when it comes to tough topics, whether it’s asking for a raise, or for what you really want in bed, sometimes it’s hard to know where to even start. Or, better yet, how to ask the right way so you come out of a potentially awkward situation with what you want.

While getting what you desire isn’t always a piece of cake, there are ways of going about asking for it that could increase the possibility. And, as with everything, practice makes perfect. So don’t be afraid to get your foot in the door. Start speaking up for what you need now and soon you’ll be getting more of what you want later.

14 Things Every Woman Who’s The Real MVP Has In Her Bag

June 20th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When you carry a huge purse, every significant other you’ve ever had has wondered what’s in your big bag. The short answer? Everything. A tampon in an emergency? You’ve got it. A snack when he gets grumpy? On it. A change of shoes when you’ve been walking too long? You don’t really leave the house without them.

Your purse may weigh 20 lbs and is the size of a small suitcase, but everything you need is always on hand. You’re the person that everyone comes to when they need something in a pinch. And now that he knows that your purse is here to save the day, he tries to store his essentials right next to yours.

These are the things we keep in our big bag to keep us prepared for every situation. What’s in yours?

How To Keep Drama From Ruining Your Day

June 14th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Drama is the worst. You came to work, ready to sit down at your desk and mind your own business. Then suddenly, here it comes: a spectacle. Some days it’s your co-worker with all her chaos, and other days it’s your ex bombarding your phone with messages. Wherever it comes from, it threatens to ruin your good day. But why do other people get to be in control of your mood?

Unfortunately, you can’t control the drama that other people bring. But you can control how that drama affects your outlook. Try these guidelines for keeping your life drama free and you will find yourself unbothered when people try to come anything but correct. Bring on the shade. You will be able to shake off that load in no time.

Do you have your own personal tactics for dealing with drama when it gets to be too much? We’d love to add some pointers to our list, so feel free to share yours in the comment section.