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4 Jan

Happy New Year

Hi All,

We are finally out of 2020 and what a ride it has been. My wish to you all is a very successful 2021 in whatever you do and nothing is as tough as 2020.

I have spent the best part of the year with this website. I got someone to build the basics but it’s been a learning curve once I was left to my own devices. I had to learn how to upload products, edit the pages, design the accounts page and then test to make sure it was all fit for purpose.

I’ve made it though, I opened for business on 1st January 2021 and I look forward to what it has in store in terms of current products and creating new ones.

So now the real work starts, getting the customers to buy my products haha. Whatever happens this year, it’s going to be an interesting ride.

Wishing you all the best, until the next time.

Efia

23 Nov

It takes a village

October 2019, 6 months before the worldwide pandemic hit and we were forced into lockdown.

I was fortunate enough to travel to Bolgatanga in the North of Ghana, adjacent to the border with Burkina Faso and 161km to the North of Tamale (and its closest airport). It’s funny as in the 7 years that I lived in Ghana, I travelled to Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Cameroon, yet I didn’t step foot in the Northern part of Ghana. My Auntie, who was born and bred in Ghana has never visited there to this day, but I digress.

As I was planning to work with Shea butter for a large portion of my products, I thought it was only respectful to meet the producers and I was lucky enough to be introduced to a small cooperative of local women who worked together to process this wonderful product.

Shea butter production is the main livelihood for almost 1 million rural women in Ghana and many do this manually or with basic equipment. My “aunties”(in Ghana it is proper to refer to your elders as Auntie or Uncle) were kind enough to take me through the process.

The Shea nut is cracked with a stone or other hard material, then it is washed and dried. They are then ground together into pieces using a pestle and mortar (although there are grinding facilities that can speed up this process for a fee).

Once the nuts are crushed, they are roasted in a large coal pot, and then taken to the grinding machine where it is ground into a paste.

The women then put the paste into large basins and churn this by hand gradually adding water and churning until the butter oil separates from the water. The butter oil is then removed and put into a bowl of boiling water under a low fire and when then oil butter melts the women scoop off the oil that floats at the top.

The liquid is then strained to get rid of the unwanted impurities and the oil is stored in a cool dark place for half a day so that the oil becomes thick and ready to sell. Raw unrefined Shea butter is an ivory colour, sometimes you may find Shea butter in a brighter yellow colour, I was told that they add colour to the butter for this.

I am explaining this at the most simplistic level but I am sure you can understand how much work goes into production, I did not stay with them long enough for me to witness the whole process but was in awe just listening to them explain this to me.

I am hoping to see them soon once we get back to some type of “normal”, it was a pleasure meeting them and they produce a brilliant product.

Well that’s all I have for today. Until the next time.

Efia x

23 Nov

Hello World

For most of my career, I have worked in Demand and Supply Planning. What is that? Well basically, it is stock management, we are the ones who are responsible for making sure supermarkets are stocked with the right amount of inventory. If we order too much and incur wastage it is our fault, we under order and go out of stock, the buck lies with us. A thankless job, but for some reason I enjoyed it. I have worked in food manufacturing, drinks manufacturing and cosmetics.

In 2018, after working with a well known cosmetics brand, I was made redundant and I guess God sent me on this new path. Shortly after finishing up there, I went on a girls trip to Ghana. While at the market one day, my cousin convinced me to buy a block of shea butter. I as a bit dubious about buying it given that this solid butter as good as I knew it was on the skin, was quite a tough material for the harsh British weather. My cousin said not to worry as she would whip it for me and it was a lot cheaper than the now £30 small pot of lotion I would have to spend on lotions now that I wasn’t getting my discount.

Well, we got home, and life got in the way, my cousin has a family, a job, school etc.., as much as I love her, she just didn’t have the time to whip this for me, and I am not mad at her as I learned how to do this myself. So, on my return to the UK, I found myself contracting for a while, (I did take on a permanent role late 2018 but we don’t talk about that), and in between that researching around Shea Butter whipping.

As fate would have it, one day they were offering a free business planning course at my local library. The facilitator, was a lovely lady, but very forceful and put me on the spot for a business idea. For whatever reason I blurted out “a Shea butter business”. Long story short, she pushed me to go for it, I gave her a sample, she loved the product and I made a sale. Frimpomaa Beauty Products was born.

Since then, it has been a real labour of love. I realised the formula I had in the winter months was not conducive in the summer months, so it’s taken a lot of time, research and adjustments but I am loving the process.

Initially I was going to concentrate on products around Shea Butter, and skincare, however, after my next trip to Ghana I discovered a world of natural products that is taken for granted but has so many health benefits that I can share. Frimpomaa Beauty evolved to Frimpomaa Naturals. So here we are, I am no expert but I am enjoying this learning experience, the journey and most importantly I hope that you enjoy my products too.

So that’s the short version of where I was to where I am today. I hope to have more stories for you soon.

Until the next time,

Efia x

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