My name is Leila and I am the creator of BGLH Marketplace butters (and heart-shaped black soap… and a bunch of other products I’m working on right now.)
Back in 2008 I started a natural hair site called Black Girl with Long Hair, which catapulted me to minor internet fame when it became one of the top hair sites for black women. I quit Black Girl Long Hair earlier this year to focus all my attention on BGLH Marketplace — which I started kind of on accident.
In 2010 I opened up a shop component to Black Girl Long Hair focused on selling other companies’ natural hair products. It was fun, but got to be too time consuming 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 that many of the companies that had sold to me the first time didn’t want to take the chance in case I 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 all by itself that I figured I could maybe start whipping and scenting it to give a few different purchase options. And that’s when things started popping off.
For months I experimented with how to whip the absolute best butter I could. I spent hours researching and testing formulas and processes until I came up with one that created fluffy, highly absorbent whipped butters that were incredibly fragrant (without using any synthetic/artificial fragrances) and soft/light to the touch. They 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, chemical additives or artificial scents. Just butter and oil. I love that women (and the fellas too!) feel pampered when they use them. My heart flutters every time someone tells me that my butters relieved their eczema, got rid of their blemishes or softened their skin and hair.
Last September I moved to Brooklyn after living in Chicago for 10 years and I love it here. I live in Fort Greene with my three children but I’m moving to Bed Stuy next month. My youngest was actually just born in December (he’s a Brooklyn exclusive.)
When I’m not whipping butter or shipping out packages, I am exploring Brooklyn and hanging out with the one good friend I’ve made here so far. Owning a small beauty business is an exciting journey with a lot of ups and downs. But I am so happy to be here.
I’ve introduced myself and now I’d love to meet you! Please introduce yourself in the comments 🙂