Building body butter business

Aethne Hinchliffe
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The Internet can show you how to fix things, break things, cook things and for Fateama Mosawe, how to make things.

Fateama Mosawe displays four of her products. Body butter, bath crystals, lip balm and a lip scrub. Fateama has worked with Youth Ventures to get her business off the ground and hopes it will be successful in the future.

Stumbling upon a video on how to make whipped body butter, Fateama decided to give it a shot, thinking why not?

The Port aux Basques teen has always been a fan of making her own things and do-it-yourself projects. When she made her own body butter, she fell in love with it.

“I thought if it’s all natural, amazing for your skin, and I adored it,” said Fateama, “everyone else should as well.”

Fateama said it was the presentation that Jenna Harvey, coordinator of CBDC’s Youth Ventures Program, gave at St. James Regional High School that got her thinking.

“When I approached Jenna to get her business card, my teacher told me that he knew I had some good ideas,” said Fateama.

She said that was her motivation to go on and contact Jenna further about the idea.

Fateama’s business isn’t just about home made body butters. She is also making bath crystals, lip balms, lip scrubs and soaps.

She is also expanding to facial scrubs, body soap scrubs and cupcake bath bombs.

Fateama said the products can be easy to make, however, they require both patience and artistic skill.

For the body butter, she mixes two butters, shea and mango butter and after they are melted down she adds the fragrance or essential oil. It is then whipped up till its light and fluffy and piped into jars.

The all natural products and scents are ordered online, and Fateama said that the initial start up cost has been high because she is only buying the best materials available.

“I have sold some of my stuff and people have sampled it,” said Fateama. “They have all loved it.”

Fateama said this summer has been so busy for her that she hasn’t really had a chance to promote her products, but she would like to get a kiosk to promote them more.

“Fateama is a great person to work with and she does have a very keen business sense,” said Harvey. “She wants to understand how the business world works and she didn’t jump into anything. She is very hard working and dedicated to her products”

Harvey also added that the Youth Ventures Program encourages and provides support to young people who are interested in creating their own summer job.

Plans for the future include marketing her products with hopes of eventually reaching the online market.

Although a little worried on how well it will do and if people will like her products, she is very excited to have her own little business.

To make orders or sample her products, she can be reached at au.natural1@hotmail.com

To reach Jenna Harvey and the Youth Ventures Program, call the CBDC office at 695-7406.

Organizations: James Regional High School

Geographic location: Port aux Basques

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