Sunday, 30 October 2011

Shea butter and gold......the 'Next Big Thing'

My little man, king Alexander Jojo's class spent last term covering all aspects of Roman culture and was given a project over the half term holidays -to find out more about how the Romans dressed, thus we visited one of our fave museums, The British Museum to check out their Roman section -and it was very interesting.. Afterwards we visited the British Museum’s Africa section, something we do often, and checked out our people, they have a piece dedicated to our funereal culture an-a piece of information caught me eyes -and I truly believe its uber exquisite -and the next ‘it’ cream!!!

Its noted that when our people were getting important persons ready for burial -they would embalm the dead body with Shea butter and gold!! … Of course both are readily found in Ghana -but how decadent is that? I’m predicting after reading this piece -most Shea butter manufactures will be mixing this healing balm with gold. It would be a real shame if others jump on the bandwagon -and leave us behind because we don't have the guts, understand the luxury market -or get marketing.

Anyway -it would seem that the benefits of applying gold to the face as treatments etc are already being utilized. One or two high-end spas located in a few of the worlds hottest hotels are already offering nourishing and cooling gold masks that bring freshness, vitality and a yummy glow to the skin. From my little research I’ve found out that 24K gold leaves masks can also be used to stimulate the skin, prevent premature aging, extract impurities from the skin and correct sebum production…fabulous. I must get in touch with the ever fabulous Akua Wood of Sheabutter Cottage ( and commission a batch -her all natural butters, soaps and lotions -are-to-live-for. Maybe I can instigate a collaboration between Anglo Gold Ashanti and Sheabutter Cottage -and bring this uber cream to market, do you dare me???

***The following is the latest hot spa treatment doing the rounds in Japan -a country that truly understands the high-market….

Restore your skin with the ultimate skin rejuvenating treatment, 24 Karat Gold. UMO, a Japanese beauty company, has introduced the gold facial as a new way of skin treatment by using a sheet of pure gold. The company claims that gold can lift and firm skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, lighten and brighten skin. The treatment costs 30,000 yen ($250).

I might see if the lovely Naa at Villa Monticello (, Ghana's Premiere Luxury Boutique Hotel And Spa -would be open to offering the above treatment in their spa. Surely it makes sense -if Gold comes from Ghana -that we should also benefit from its health inducing properties -right?

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