Renton Entrepreneur Brings Sea Moss to the South Finish and Past | South Seattle Emerald

Renton Entrepreneur Brings Sea Moss to the South Finish and Past | South Seattle Emerald

by M. Anthony Davis

When Dannett Cage, proprietor of Past Bodi, started a Black-owned enterprise promoting skincare and edible merchandise infused with sea moss, it was in response to growing requests from family and friends to strive, and sometimes purchase, her selfmade merchandise.

“I used to be actually solely making it only for my household, like my mother and my family,” Cage remembers. “Then, I made some on a Friday night as I used to be going out for a ladies’ getaway that weekend, and everybody tried it and couldn’t consider the power it gave them.”

So in the summertime of 2020, Cage began posting her merchandise on social media and all the things took off from there. To start with, Cage didn’t cost for her merchandise. She would make them as family and friends requested. However as folks stored coming again for extra and new folks arrived, some even from totally different states, she shortly realized that she wanted to begin a enterprise to maintain up. 

Cage is situated in Renton, however sells her merchandise on-line. She is usually within the South Seattle neighborhood and likes to point out as much as neighborhood occasions the place she distributes free product samples to folks and offers them with data on the well being advantages of sea moss.

Dannett Cage along with her Past Bodi merchandise. Picture courtesy of Dannett Cage.

“It form of began off as an accident,” Cage remembers. “On the finish of July, when my web site went reside, I keep in mind throughout the first hour, I most likely had 100 gross sales.” On the time, Cage had been working for a telecommunications firm for the final 10 years. Inside three months of launching her web site, she give up her job and began promoting her sea moss merchandise full-time. 

Sea moss, or Chondrus crispus, is a species of pink algae that grows within the Atlantic coast of Europe and North America that turned well-liked in the USA late within the pandemic on account of its potential advantages for the immune system. When eaten, it’s mentioned to offer power and result in muscle restoration. When used on the pores and skin, it acts as a moisturizer and helps with zits and rosacea. 

Past Bodi gives each skincare and edible sea moss merchandise. Probably the most well-liked objects is the lemonades. With fruity flavors like blueberry, strawberry, and pineapple, these lemonades style nice and have grow to be an enormous hit with youngsters, despite the fact that they’re fully sugar-free. 

“The lemonades are nice as a result of they’re a simple seize and go,” Cage says. “And children love the lemonades as a result of they suppose they’re simply consuming mother’s lemonade. Mother and father will conceal their lemonade from the children so that they don’t attempt to drink them multi functional sitting.”

The lemonades every have two tablespoons of sea moss gel however the gel itself is tasteless. So when taking a sip, you solely expertise the tart sweetness of the pure fruit flavoring. 

However one of many superior merchandise on Past Bodi’s web site is the ocean moss salt physique scrub. This peppermint exfoliating scrub, used within the bathe, leaves pores and skin smooth and moisturized for hours. Cage had been making her personal physique scrubs for many years, lengthy earlier than she found sea moss, and he or she now says that utilizing this physique scrub has made her pores and skin so moist that she hardly ever makes use of lotion. 

“I really like baths and I really like my pores and skin feeling smooth,” she explains. “So, I began making sea moss physique scrubs. And it’s actually good for those that have pores and skin points like eczema. Sea moss has plenty of important nutritional vitamins in there, and it’s a soothing agent. … So if in case you have darkish spots, blemishes, or something like that, that’s the place the ocean moss physique scrub comes into play. So it’s one in all my favorites. I can use that whole jar in only one bathtub.” 

Whereas this enterprise began in response to a rising development on social media throughout the pandemic, Cage is a agency believer within the well being advantages and high quality of her merchandise. “There’s some huge cash in sea moss,” Cage says. “I really feel that throughout the pandemic, a bunch of individuals began promoting it, however I’m one of many final ones standing. I take my enterprise critically; I believe together with the tutorial components of it are why I’ve been so profitable.”

M. Anthony Davis (Mike Davis) is a neighborhood journalist masking arts, tradition, and sports activities.

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