RAW Body Essentials is a small but growing woman-owned, black-owned business on the Windward side of Oahu, Hawaii. On any given day, creator and owner Ceandrys Black can be found mixing a creamy batch of body butters or crafting a new antioxidant-filled soap recipe, behind the safety glass of her product station clearly visible from the front of the store.
Ceandrys is making special Year of the Pig money bath bombs.
While you're most likely to interact with Ceandrys herself if you visit in-store, her husband and 4 children often help when she's mixing large batches of body butters and can help answer your "what's in this product" questions (while on break from school of course).
Her organic, natural bath and body products are crafted with the most sensitive-skin customer in mind. She knows that "natural" does not mean it will work for everyone and creates variations based on her customer needs like deodorants without baking soda and color-free bath bombs. While most products could be cooked up in your own kitchen (the ingredients are so simple) Ceandrys spends hours and hours on research and recipe crafting so you don't have to. She is always reformulating to ensure the most updated and highest quality of products are used while providing at an affordable price point.
Ceandrys' tagline Live Authentically is more than a marketing slogan but a mantra she strives to live by daily. Her motivation is to empower others to do the same. Growing up as a child on the autism spectrum, Ceandrys was known for her gifts in music. It was only in 2015 at the age of 41 that Ceandrys transitioned from mixing musical notes to perfume notes. She launched her first line of perfumes that impressed the chemist with her "nose" and gathered some local attention
but failed to end up with a Cinderella story in sales.
Two years later, while teetering on the verge of making a second substantial investment into perfumes or completely folding the business, her youngest daughter Ranai proposed the idea of creating bath bombs with the scent of the perfumes and the genesis of RAW Body Essentials was born. From her garage to her first brick-and-mortar Ceandrys has learned what formulas work (and don't work). She still listens to your feedback
and is constantly refining her recipes and creating new ones to meet the needs of her growing customer base. So try our products and let us know
what you think.
Live Authentically | Our Values
- Anyone can be creative. For some, creativity can be life saving.
We express our creativity through our products.
- While marketing makes it cool to be different in real life being different often comes at a cost. We stand for those who are different and have to live it daily.
Soap Making class with Kahumana learning center
- When the makeup is off are you proud or ashamed of the face underneath? At some point you are going to have to face the real you. We create products that bring out the freshest and best you possible.
Owner and Creator Ceandrys Black
- We do the research so you don't have to. Our promise to you is to constantly use fresh natural, high quality ingredients.