Born and raised in Washington, D.C. I had no exposure to growing food or herbs and terms like botanicals, essential oils, and organic. Some of my fondest memories as a child was taking my allowance to the “five and dime” and buy lotions and soaps. I would so enjoy smelling the various fragrances and touching the beautiful glass bottles they were packaged in. I would have my mother try all the newest products that I had bought. She would delight in the fragrances and silkiness of the lotions just as much as I did. Little did I know that my love for body care products as a child were the humble beginnings for a much bigger calling in the world of cosmetics.
As fate would have it, I would later formulate and manufacture products under the brand name “Pretty Natural” that were sold in Whole Foods, the largest natural products retailer in North America as well as many independent health food stores. Sheajoba®, my signature product, was one of the first natural, petroleum-free hair pomades created for ethnic hair.
For more than 25 years I have been a relentless advocate for healthy and safe cosmetics, donating time, energy, and money to the cause. I have written numerous articles, and booklets, including my most recent book “The Cosmetic Label Snob" available now.
"Heal the Women, you Heal the Planet" ~ Willette M Monk