After launching Black Girl with Long Hair, a top-ranked natural hair and beauty site, she discovered that shea, mango and cocoa butter have an endless list of health and beauty benefits for hair and skin. Her readers complained about lack of consistent access to them so in November 2014 she launched BGLH Marketplace and began selling raw shea butter from her blog.
In January 2015 she got the idea to evolve her store into an ‘ice cream shop for the body’, where customers could pick from a variety of all-natural whipped and scented mango, shea and cocoa butters to incorporate into their skin and hair routine. Her goal was to make the butters as fragrant, rich and absorbent as possible. Studying pastry techniques, she learned how to use commercial grade mixers to whip the butters to a soft and fluffy consistency.
Leila believes a jar of whipped butter should be in every home as a safe, food-grade alternative to chemicalized lotions and ointments. She now whips more than one metric ton of shea, mango and cocoa butter a year with the help of two assistants and has served 40,000 customers worldwide.