Author: Stephanie Weitz

How I started with Umoja Gold – by Geoff Weinstein

How I started with Umoja Gold – by Geoff Weinstein I was drawn into the Umoja Gold story against my will. I’m a small business owner, the father of three great kids, and the husband of an amazing wife (Leann). My life was already full of fun and challenging adventures, and I wasn’t looking for another project to add to my North American busy-ness disease.  And then I went to Guatemala. At the time, I was on the board of directors for International Needs Canada. We were launching a medical project in the rural western highlands of Guatemala, a...

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Which oils are best for your skin?

Which oils are best for your skin? Facial oils have become quite a trend. More and more, people are realizing the benefits of using a small amount of oil for treating skin, hair, and nails, rather than relying on a cabinet full of products that contain synthetic ingredients. But with so many choices out there, how do you know which ones to use? We’ve taken a look at some of the most popular options. Argan Oil – has become one of the most common oils on the market today. Argan oil performs well on hair, strengthening weak strands and reducing dryness. For skin, however, the high concentration of oleic acid can clog pores and cause breakouts. Shea Butter – is widely used as a moisturiser, and does not clog pores. Raw shea butter is best, but it can be quite expensive. While it doesn’t clog pores, it’s not as effective as some other oils when using it as a cleanser to remove makeup, unclog pores, and reduce blackheads. Jojoba Oil – has also been widely used for hair and skin. It’s often used in skin cleansers, because it unclogs pores. Jojoba oil is generally well absorbed by the skin. Macadamia Nut Oil – has most recently come to the attention of skincare experts for its versatility and natural ingredients. It’s rich in palmitoleic acid, which is chemically similar to...

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UMOJA GOLD – The Beginnings By Ingrid Figueroa

UMOJA GOLD – The Beginnings By Ingrid Figueroa I started using macadamia nut oil on my face and body almost 20 years ago. My skin has always been very dry, so I’ve always made sure I moisturize it. From then on Macadamia nut oil became part of my daily routine. After a few years I got in contact with a startup that wanted to launch macadamia oil based products in the cosmetic market. I am a chemical engineer, so they asked me for help, but unfortunately the business partners had other priorities and they went their separate ways. The existence of macadamia nut oil is not a secret, but there’s so much marketing done for other products and oils out there, that it has stayed “a treasure hidden in the background of the cosmetic world”. I knew this was a natural product with so many benefits to the skin, and also a business idea with great potential. I just had to find the right partners to introduce it to the world. A few years ago I met David, our Business Strategy Director, in Colombia. We were travelling with a group of entrepreneurs, as part of a strategy to support one of International Needs’ projects: a school in the slums of Barranquilla. While in Colombia I saw that David was using baby oil to sunbathe. I was shocked and told...

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