Nova Scotia entrepreneur helps people fall in love with the skin they’re in

When Tiffani Young decided to stop chemically treating her hair, she saw an opportunity to help improve self-care methods for others as well.

“I found it very difficult to find the products I needed to take care of my hair in the Maritimes,” she says. “So often I had to stock up when I was traveling or ordering online. I really felt there had to be a better way.

The best way has become the butter path. From home, she started her own beauty business, Butter Bar Cosmetics. The brand was created not only from Young’s personal hair journey, but also to help people learn how to use high-quality, natural ingredients in their personal care routine and get their skin and hair looking their best. and feel.

“I did a lot of research when I wanted to create my own products,” says Young. “I found there were a lot of great ingredients that we could use to take care of our hair as well as our skin, and that’s really where the reality of Butter Bar comes from.”

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After six years from concept to inception, the Dartmouth resident and mum has succeeded in realizing her dream of helping people fall in love with the skin they are in. Butter Bar Cosmetics offers all-natural products for skin and hair, including body butters, oils and gels. Young’s products are ethically sourced and fairly traded.

“There were definitely challenges getting it off the ground,” Young says. “There were a lot of doubts about myself; I didn’t see many business owners who looked like me that I could contact, but over the years I started seeing more black female business owners, which helped give me a boost of confidence. ”

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When Young launched Butter Bar, she not only received help from the African Nova Scotian community, but also support from the Black Business Initiative, other black cosmetic beauty entrepreneurs, and the new Tribe Network – a hub for Black, Indigenous, and Innovators of Color providing access to a network of counselors and employment resources.

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Butter Bar Cosmetics is an inclusive brand, offering products regardless of ethnicity or age of the customer. Their products are dual purpose and can be used for both hair and skin, including beards and baby skin. Young also offers free consultations for anyone who needs help choosing the right products for their needs.

Young’s business continues to grow with the introduction of braille labels for the visually impaired. In honor of African Heritage Month, Butter Bar launched the Trailblazer Box, a customizable gift box that includes products and accessories. Proceeds from every Trailblazer box sold will be donated to the Maritime Elite Girls Basketball Academy. They’ve also partnered with Dalhousie University to launch an all-natural shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, and African black soap this spring.

“Don’t settle; if you have a passion, if you have a dream, go for it,” Young says. “Do the research, get to work, then take that leap. There will always be people in the community or your family… who will catch you if you fall and help you up. Don’t compromise what you want your dream to look like. Take the time to realize it and make it a reality.

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