Raising a Mixed Baby

By Abigail Martina (@abigail.martina) Thursday February 2, 2017, changed our lives completely. He was finally here after carrying him for 40 weeks and 5 days, our son Caleb James. 50% Dutch/ 25% Surinamese and 25% Caribbean, made out off 100% love. Our own mixed baby! When he cried for the first time it really sounded like music to my ears. Can you believe it? I guess  all clichés are true! The pain disappeared (well temporarily :-) as snow in the sun. From the moment the doctor placed him carefully on my chest, his cry instantly changed in a satisfied sound of relief, he looked at me and I felt it, he knew me! So many different emotions flooded at that moment. The biggest realization that felt like a warm bath was the fact that I, Abigail, suddenly became a mom. I want to take you guys back into my background. My husband and I have been together for 9 years, of which 4.5 years married. He is Dutch and I’m half Antilian/ Surinamese so that makes our son a real mixed baby... MORE

"Me" Time with MyCandiShoppe

In honor of Mother's Day, the lovely Candice Horn, creator of and also mom to three (Taylor, Gregory and Kennedy) hosted night 2 of our #EDENWonderMoms "Happy Hour" takeover on the EDEN BodyWorks Instagram page. There she shared how she manages to keep herself happy and healthy. If you missed it, you’re in luck, because Candice is here to share a few words on the EDEN Blog as well! Lately I’ve been taking time out of each day just for me. Some days it’s not a lot of time at all, maybe just 5-10 minutes but it’s been making such a difference in my patience and attitude. There’s no way we can give the best of ourselves to our families without a little self-care. Another Mom I admire, Whitney Alana of @styleofwhitneyalana, recommended reading a daily devotional and it has been so clutch. It gives me that much needed time with God and helps to recenter my thoughts and spirit. If you follow me on Instagram then you know I’m all about snacking. In fact, I’ve don... MORE

The Spring Switch Up

Versatility is one of the most beloved characteristics of natural hair, and many of us naturalistas like to take advantage of that by constantly switching up our styles - especially when the seasons change. With this being the first week of May, and for many, a transition into warm and sunny weather, there’s a growing itch to find a new look. The problem is, style switching can be pretty expensive, so we’ve decided to share some tips to help you switch up your hairstyle this spring/summer without breaking the bank. Looking to try a style like Marley Twists or Box Braids? Make it a DIY project Why? It’s much cheaper than paying someone else to install them for you You can control exactly how the finished product will look, and how much or little tension will be put on your hair We all know braids and twists get frizzy after a while. If you install them yourself you can touch them up whenever!   How? Use YouTube! Tons of stylists and bloggers have upload... MORE

EDEN Goes Green... Quite Literally!

EDEN BodyWorks actually went green a long while back when we first launched our Peppermint Tea Tree Collection; you know, the one with the green lids? Yup! That’s the one! In honor of Earth Day this past weekend, we wanted to rehash what makes the natural ingredients of our Peppermint Tea Tree collection both safe and beneficial for your hair. To begin, we’d like to demystify the myth surrounding clarifying shampoos. By now we’ve all been warned to steer clear of sulfates and their unnatural chemicals which can be harsh and drying to hair follicles. Yet still, it is often thought that sulfates are the only ingredients that can truly clarify the scalp and hair, and this leaves many people wary of natural clarifying shampoos. However, it is important to note that sulfates are NOT the only avenue to clarifying your hair and scalp! Take our Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo for example. It is indeed a clarifying shampoo, but it is also natural and sulfate-free… but how? Let’s star... MORE

Fusing Styles with Christina Patrice

By: Christina Patrice | The Mane Objective   I don't mean to cause any alarm here, but I just want to put you guys up on notice. I've found a style that I just might love more than the wash & go. Yes. We’re talkin’ less drying time, soft, touchable hair – and gorgeous results that had me thinkin' I was somebody. Girl. Lean in, because I'm about to give you the goods on this gorgeous style. As a matter of fact, sip on one of these citrus-infused cocktails so we can set the mood real proper like.  *Find the recipe for these yummy cockatils at   In case you hadn't heard, Eden BodyWorks released a brand spankin' new set of products – the Citrus Fusion Collection as a part of their new Essentials line. Comprised of 2 hair, and 2 hair + body fusion products, this line contains everything you'll need to reinvigorate your hair and skin for spring and summer.   Here's the quick 411 on each product:   Smooth & Strengthen Conditioner for Hair Dual purpose... MORE

Being An #EDENRealBeauty - How to Believe In Yourself

By: April C. Kendall Outside of becoming a health and beauty blogger, I’ve always wanted to model. Not specifically runway, but I always wanted to showcase my natural hair. It has been difficult because I was always too short and never the right size to do so. When I saw that EDEN BodyWorks was looking for real models I knew that this was something I wanted to do. I have always thought about this and wondered if this could be my reality. It is important to understand that dreams can not only turn into potential careers but more importantly bring happiness to your life. I decided to follow my aspirations of becoming a model. Life brings you opportunities that you cannot pass by. Here are a few tips to help you follow your goals:   Follow your dreams: No dream is too big or too small to achieve. The only time it is not achievable is when you allow your dreams to remain a thought. Was I scared to submit my pictures to be considered? Absolutely! I have learned that it is okay to... MORE

#EDENU + CurlyInCollege Take Over

Welcome to April, month of the #EDENU college tour partnership with CurlyInCollege! A number of young ladies begin their natural hair journey during their college years, as it tends to be a time of self-discovery and acceptance. That could mean anything from simply thinking about going natural, to actually transitioning, doing a big chop, or even just learning how to care for the kinks and curls they’ve always had. The beginning stages of such a journey can ignite questions about hair regimens, what products to try and how to obtain them, especially on a college student budget.  That’s where CurlyInCollege comes in! CurlyInCollege is a platform that celebrates multicultural college students with naturally curly hair. The platform was founded by Ashley Scott, graduate of Purdue University. CurlyInCollege recruits and develops student leaders who are bold enough to navigate a "curly girl" lifestyle on campus while connecting like-minded individuals to form a national network of on-cam... MORE

@ItsDaynaDane Talks #EDENSkin Care

By Dayna Bolden - @itsdaynadane Over the past month, I have been the busiest I have ever been. Between being a full time mother, wife, corporate business woman, and blogger, it can be hard to find time for myself. But one of the things that I wrote on my goals list for 2017 is to make MORE time for myself. Self-care for anyone is important, but especially for the busy hardworking women- we need it, but we often times neglect it!! Honestly, self-care can be achieved doing the simplest of things, like relaxing in the tub and pampering yourself at home. So, I want to share one of my favorite and easiest self-care routines and it includes the EDEN Body line!   I am an early riser. I am up every morning by 4:45am. I take this time to relax in bed, think about my day, and to really wake myself up (haha). I then start my self-care time by taking a nice relaxing shower. I turn the temperature on hot and allow the water to wash my stress, fatigue, and worries away. I think of only positive... MORE

Spring into Color!

At some point in our natural hair journey, we may get the itch to spice up our look with a little color. Natural hair is one of the best canvas’s for changing your hue.  If you're considering permanently dyeing your hair for the first time, there are some precautions to take. EDEN BodyWorks family member, Tia Hurd, is sharing some tips that’ll help you achieve your new look, and how to maintain the integrity of your hair.   You can use at-home dye if you're going for a one-dimensional dark hue. At-home dyes have come a long way over the past two decades. If you're going light, box dye won't be your best option, as these dyes often aren't strong enough to change hair from dark to light. But, if you're going dark, purchase a couple of boxes just to be on the safe side. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating the thickness of your hair. @heygorjess  - light to dark   VISIT a salon if you want to lighten your hair. Everyone's hair is structured differently, and the exact formulat... MORE

3 Simple Self-Care Ideas for Busy Moms On the Go

Welcome to Week 3 of Women's History Month! This Wednesday, we are taking some advice on self-care from the lovely Michelle Thames - wife, mother and creator of Happily Ever Natural. @naturalista86                          I will admit that I am not the best at putting time aside to practice self-care. Self-care is a choice, and I have a hard time of choosing to put myself first. Juggling being a mompreneur, keeping my marriage thriving and being the best mom to my daughter I tend to put myself last. I struggle with feeling guilty for taking time for myself and taking time away from my work and my family. Growing up, self-care just wasn’t something that my mother did. I was never taught or shown the importance of self-care, and that is why I think I have a hard time practicing it for myself.   As I have gotten older I have learned that self-care is important to live a balanced life. I have learned that self-care can be simple and not as complicated as I make it seem. If you need an ... MORE

#EDENWonderMom Reporting to Duty

We're celebrating week 2 of Women's History Month with a few wise words from Ylorie Taylor, EDEN Bodyworks's very own Vice President, and also a proud momma! Enjoy! In almost every conversation that includes a mom, I’ve heard another one say “I don’t know how you do it all.” The reality is we all wear many hats everyday that potentially place us in different roles, demanding various talents and time. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a sister. I am a friend. I am a Vice President. I am a mentor. I am my mother’s only child (yes, that means something too). I am also… ME, independent of all the other roles I assume and love.   I love being a wife and mom. I also love running a brand I believe in – and consider my “other baby”. It’s quite the balancing act. Truthfully, I don’t believe in equality of time; balance by definition implies “even distribution” and that just doesn’t exist in my world. Nothing is created equal in my household. There’s a constant tug-of-war that I manage in reg... MORE

Tips for the Fly Female Entrepreneur

What better way to kickoff Women's History month than getting a few tips from #FlyFemaleEntrepreneur herself, Renae Bluitt? Ms. Bluitt is a PR consultant as well as the content creator and founder of Crush Media and In Her Shoes, a blog created to empower, enlighten and uplift women committed to realizing their dreams. Today, she's sharing a few tips with us on how to successfully be your own boss. 1. If you don’t truly love your business then you won’t be successful. If you read the stories of famous entrepreneurs and how they built their businesses, you will find that it all comes down to the root of loving what you are doing. Money is definitely important, but it could take a long time to come and if you don’t truly enjoy your work then you won’t be able to convince yourself to keep going. You can only do something that you don’t really love for so long before you give up. By all means, do what you love.   2. Brand yourself. No matter what you do, it is important to h... MORE