I'm Amandla - the founder of Bartholomew Sisters and subsequently the designer and marketer of the company. I got started two years ago when I was looking to eliminate harsh products for my daily regimen. Once I got started, I began to get requests from friends and family who were looking for the same. They encouraged me to make the leap into small business. Our family's lineage is from West Africa Ghana, so growing up we learnt the importance of moisturizing our skin daily, but never grew to understand the benefits. 8 years ago we were finally taught how to make our own body creams from our grandmother, ensuring we always got "pure" unrefined shea directly from our family still living in Ghana. We began experimenting and understanding the traditional healing abilities of the shea.