When Valerie Obaze came back home from England five years ago, after a successful stint as PR consultant it was to set up her own boutique consultancy agency and continue with her PR job and building clientele.
As a lover of scented candles, she found herself hunting high and low for scented candles. She found a scarcity of choice and everything was highly overpriced. Not one to back away, she went about finding out how to make her own scented candles and being of the entrepreneurial spirit she soon started manufacturing candles out of her kitchen.
According to Valerie ” I set up R&R in 2010 when I turned my hobby for making natural, homemade, scented luxury candles into a business”. They now have an extensive range of essential oil blended Soy Wax candles such as White Jasmine, Black Lavender, Lemongrass, Citronella and Green Papaya.
The expansion of her product line came quite by chance, she was in Ghana with her mother while pregnant and went to join her for a massage. Usually she would take her own Body Shop massage oil but instead this time her mother gave her a delightfully scented locally made oil she later found out to be liquid Shea butter.
But the business evolved after having her first child. “During pregnancy, it was extremely difficult to find the perfect natural product that kept my skin smooth and the pesky stretch marks at bay. When I had my baby, I was so determined to find a product kind enough to use on a newborn’s skin, derived from the earth and un-spoilt by harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances” said Valerie.
After several months of research, the R&R Shea Luxury Body Oil was developed; the natural product that is the ideal every day moisturizer, helps a stretching skin without stretch marks and very suitable and kind to the delicate skin of a newborn.
Valarie is justifiably proud of the fact that 90 percent of the raw ingredients for her products are locally sourced in West Africa. The Shea butter is from Co-ops which support rural women and pay them a fair wage to help them support their households. Each fragrance bottle of Shea Luxury Body Oil is scented with a unique blend of essential oils, keeping it 100% natural. There is also unscented Shea Luxury Body Oil for those that like to keep it simple, or prefer to add their own fragrances. The soap and moisturize line now includes Virgin Coconut Oil, a decadent whipped Shea butter, essential oils, Liquid Black Soap and body and face scrubs.