For people with allergies, trading in your traditional body products for natural, hand-made ones is not always the easiest thing to do. ItzMade4Me is a Black-owned skincare company dedicated to producing all-natural, allergen-free skin and hair care products — even for some of the most sensitive.
Michelle Stone and Dasha Hall founded the brand because they couldn’t find wheat-free and vegan products for their skin.
“She was looking for a product that would meet the vegan guidelines, and I was looking for products that were gluten-free. So we put our recipes together, and that’s how we came up with our three butters,” Stone, who has a gluten allergy, said.
The brand’s classic blend is the ItzShea shea butter blend that contains five high-quality oils like jojoba, coconut oil, and argan oil, plus essential oils like tea tree. Other shea butter-based varieties include the SalShea, featuring sal butter from India, and the MangShea, featuring mango butter. Mangshea is one of the brand’s most popular items, being a combination of mango butter and shea butter; the product makes sure to be a true 2-N-1 that can be used on hair and skin.
“Mangshea is good for dry skin and even clearing blemishes caused by acne. It is also great for bald spots, receding hairlines and promotes and strengthens hair, from root to tip.” Stone added.
Mango butter in certain cultures is traditionally viewed to have the ability to strengthen the heart, improve brain activity, and increase the body’s immunity. However, we know that mango butter is a long-lasting moisturizer that nourishes and boosts the skin’s elasticity and suppleness. In hair, mango butter seals in moisture; reduces breakage and hair loss by strengthening the follicles. Lastly, it is known to help eliminate toxins, dirt, and pollution from the skin and can be ideal for skin affected by burning and stretchmarks. On the other hand, shea butter has similar benefits but is mainly known for its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that soothe skin and fight aging.
Mangshea is a combination of these potent natural butters, along with select oils. Mangshea does contain coconut oil, but ItzMade4Me offers an alternative in the Vanilla Young moisturizer, which is entirely nut-free. It does not have shea butter, coconut oil, or other oil derived from a tree nut. Instead, the Vanilla Young moisturizer gains its smooth texture from jojoba oil, sal butter, and other nut-free, high-quality ingredients.
As someone who has suffered to find natural non-harmful products, Stone wanted to create something that all of us can use, even those with the most sensitive skin.