Saturday, 17 June 2017

MADE IN JAMAICA: Three small local brands you should know about

On June 2, TALLAWAH joined scores of shoppers inside the sprawling exhibition hall of the Montego Bay Convention Centre to check out the offerings on show for the inaugural Jamaica International Exhibition. We were not disappointed. There was something for everyone in this showcase that brought together established and iconic brands and businesses with smaller enterprises looking for opportunities to grow. Here, we highlight three of our favourites: 

“These are products I used to make for myself until I decided to go into business,” reveals 33-year-old Shanika Newman, referring to her all-natural hair and skin-care line that includes such treats as the shea and coconut hair moisturizer, aloe and rosemary shampoo, the aloe vera gel, Jamaican cold-pressed coconut oil, and the list goes on and on. Call 817-1812 or log on to 

Daniel and Simone Gandolfi know good scents. The Baywest Centre-based duo have been perfume designers for the past 10 years, whipping up aromatic concoctions that they’ve given such cool names as Montego Bay Mister, Lady Ocho Rios and Lionize. Says Daniel Gandolfi of the line’s increasing popularity, “In and around Montego Bay and Ochi, the sales are great, but now we’re looking to expand.” Ring them up at 971-4451 or place your order via 

Customer foundations and private labeling aside, the most striking thing about this Jamaican glam-girl’s godsend is that it’s “ideal for persons with sensitive skin and eczema,” notes chemical engineer and beauty aficionado Dianne Plummer, the Red Hills, St. Andrew-based native who birthed and expanded the line to encompass powders, sunscreens, bronzers, detox masks and serums (etc.) and offer special rates for hotels and spas. Hit up the YTS Makeup Bar at 513-4149, on social media (@yourtrueshade) or visit

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