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Beautiful Living - by Shanesha
Beautiful Living: Natural and Sustainable Living in Brazil
Written by Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum   

      I was fortunate to spend four wonderful weeks in Brazil this summer.  While I was there, I began researching Brazilian natural beauty and holistic wellness in my spare time, including looking for a place where I could purchase truly natural and organic products. Given that Brazilian native ingredients such as Açaí Berry, Maracujá Oil, and Babassu and Cupuaçu Butters are among the most popular beauty and wellness wonders of our time, I expected these products to be easily found.  So you can imagine my surprise when I discovered...nothing.  Similar to cities in the United States and several other countries, store shelves in Salvador were stocked with products with typical fragrance oils, preservatives, and other lab-created ingredients masquerading as natural.  But on my last day in Brazil, chance would have it that I would find what I’d been looking for all along.    

     But before I discovered the shelf-stocked natural products that I’d been searching for, my group traveled to a small town right outside of Cachoeira, Bahia.  For centuries, a quilombo community, a collective of Afro-Brazilians, created and sustained a natural lifestyle that is truly remarkable.  Located in Santiago de Iguapaje, an hour and a half outside of Salvador, this community was founded by a group of escaped slaves and free Brazilians of African descent,

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