Hi! My name is Leila and I’m the creator of BGLH Marketplace.
Back in 2008 I started a natural hair blog called Black Girl with Long Hair, which became a top hair site for black women.
In 2010 I opened up an e-commerce component focused on selling other companies’ natural hair products. It was fun, but got to be too much so I shut it down after a year.
I missed having a little shop so I re-opened it in November 2014. The only problem is many of the companies that sold to me the first time around didn’t want to take the chance I would shut down again. So while I waited for a company — *any* company — to allow me to sell their products, I started selling raw shea butter on BGLH Marketplace.
The raw shea looked so lonely by itself on the website that I figured I could maybe start whipping and scenting it to give a few different purchase options. And that’s when things got crazy.
For months I experimented with how to whip the absolute best butter I could. I spent hours in chemistry forums and watching pastry tutorials, researching and testing formulas and processes. Finally I came up with fluffy, soft, absorbent whipped butters that smelled really really good.
I quickly learned that shea, cocoa and mango butter are wonder ingredients — far superior to water-based lotion — that have a number of incredible benefits including softening skin and hair, reducing blemishes and stretch marks and relieving eczema and psoriasis. My butters became so popular that I no longer needed to sell other companies’ natural hair products!
I love that my products are completely uncompromised — no filler, no synthetic chemicals and no artificial scents. Just butter and oil. In the past 7 years I’ve sold butters to 40,000 customers. That’s amazing!
In 2016 I moved to New York after living in Chicago for 10 years. I live in Brooklyn with my three children.
My butters are a family affair. I have used them daily for the past 7 years (my favorites are Olive Oil Whipped Cocoa, Coconut Lime and Vanilla Latte Blended Butter.) My oldest son has severe eczema and my products are a core part of his relief routine. I use them to soften and moisturize my kids’ hair. My parents and uncle are now hooked too, lol. My dad’s favorite is Lemongrass Whipped Shea Butter!
I hope you’ll give our products a try! I’d recommend starting with a single 2.5 oz size, or a 0.9 sample pack. We also have 20% off live on the website now 😊 (coupon code BODYBUTTER)
Bye for now. 🤍