We proudly feature thousands of island-inspired natural, organic, vegan and cruelty-free, eco-friendly, health, beauty, and home care products. We also offer a carefully cultivated selection of beach apparel and accessories, genuine gemstone jewelry, meditation and chakra products.
The Boshemia Story
Where it all began
Good health and natural beauty were concepts we recall from our earliest memories. Our mother being a West Indian from Barbados was brought up in a culture of fresh food, simply but tastily prepared and always very close to the source. Fish for example, fresh of the boats and just pulled from the water, fruit plucked off the nearby trees, salad and herbs fresh from the garden. Our grandmother always had some type of home remedy, special tea or cure she used to heal what ailed us and our mother's close friend also a Bajan used to cook up his homemade cough syrup of various citrus fruits, garlic and onion boiled, strained, the juices reduced and a little honey added to make it easier to drink, it worked every time.
Growing up as children my sister and I only ate whole foods and drank whole juices or the quick, lemon, lime or orange-aides my grandmother would whip up with juice, water, a little sugar and lots of ice. Us kids would beg for kool-aid, soda, sugary cereals and McDonald's like our friends were allowed to have, oh how badly we wanted McDonald's! My mother always called that stuff garbage and said those things "had little to no nutritional value". I didn't appreciate being the kid with the rough cracked wheat bread sandwiches in my lunch bag or the brownish unfiltered apple juice in the fridge. I would cringe anytime I saw my mother highlighting her old dog-eared copy of Back to Eden because we knew a new health food would be added to our pantry or grocery list.
We used dandelion teas for cleansing and detoxing, gripe water for our colicky babies, fresh coconut water for stomach viruses and intestinal discomfort, mint teas for upset stomach, chamomile tea or a glass of milk with a few shakes of Angostura bitters and a "tip" of sugar (as grandma would say) before bed and the ginger tea my mother prescribed for everything else were things we hated almost as much as the Saturday doses of castor or cod liver oil we had to line up and receive. As teens and adults, we learned to enjoy them all, even the ginger teas. We fell in love with the idea of cures, medicines, and remedies being found in plants, herbs, and seeds. I started to collect books on herbal cures and remedies. I saved articles on medicine you can make at home when I discovered them in magazines.
Natural health and beauty as a lifestyle
Our mother had a natural health and beauty regime that she stuck pretty close to. Weekends were spent getting hot oil treatments with coconut and castor oils or a Queen Helene cholesterol protein pack and sitting under the heating cap. For special occasions, she rolled out an old hair drier that was probably as old as we were, pushed a chair under it and sat patiently while her roller wet set dried. Every few years we would come home to find my mother in the bathroom chopping off all of her relaxed hair. She needed to start over and wanted to feel her own hair texture and she cared for her short natural as lovingly as she did her shoulder length relaxed tresses. I adopted this same habit as I have gone short and natural every few years myself until I got locs. As we got older, we began to be more conscious of the items we purchased to go on or in our bodies. We chose items we were taught and we believed were good for our health like crystal deodorants, Castille soaps, silky oils, and rich butters. We used my Bajan grandfather's recipe of sea salt, baking soda and mint oil instead of toothpaste and we made good use of the large bottles of coconut oil my mother would bring from Barbados for us girls. These would be used for hot oil treatments, body moisturizing and more. We steamed our face over a basin of hot water sprinkled with the same teas used for colon cleansing to detoxify the skin and we used a clay masque before going out as our mother did for a radiant glow.
I wanted to share my passion for health, beauty and wellness and my love for the islands with the world and create easier access to the best green products I could create or source by offering them online. I enlisted the help of my sister Cynthia a creative soul and design genius. Her design skills and never-ending creative energy helped my vision come to life with the creation of my distinctive logo and Boshemia was born!
We created Boshemia for women like us who want a heather, more beautiful life, naturally. We created Boshemia for women who want to swap some of their everyday items for a more natural product and for all of us to have alternatives to the items marketed to us that are more harmful than healthy. We wanted us all to be able to find the products that make us feel healthier and more beautiful. When first I starting out swapping my usual products for greener ones, it wasn't easy. I was unsure what was in my products. My allergies to chemicals and strong fragrances made it a struggle to find what I needed. I was running to different drug, health food and department stores looking for my favorite green products. I finally decided to create them myself. Boshemia answers that struggle for me and I hope for you as well.
The Natural Gemstone Jewelry Collection And The Boshemia Exclusives
I have had various online jewelry and accessories web stores over the decades. I have always enjoyed collecting accessories and I love the pulled together look they add to an outfit. I had a period of time where I loved ornate statement pieces, chunky, metallic with lots of stones but I found I could only get a few hours of wear before I broke out in a fine rash wherever the jewelry touched my skin. It burned for days and I ended up with pinprick size scabs outlining the piece of jewelry I was wearing. I also noticed my pieces turning colors, finishes wearing away, an awful metallic smell as they aged and the uneasy feeling the metal was leaching out of the jewelry and into my pores. When I would sweat in the summer the metallic odor of the jewelry became more pronounced. When I realized I couldn't even confirm the actual metals or where they came from I stopped wearing them. I rotated through a few gold, sterling silver, pearl and moissanite pieces I had for over a year before we sourced some beautiful jewelry with precious metal finishes or plating. In 2019 our own custom island-inspired design will be available!
A true Boshemian at heart I love soft, natural fabrics and eco-friendly minimalist home furnishings. A sofa full of miss matched patterned pillows and a Moroccan style lantern with a flickering essential oil scented candle soothe my soul. A lush fern hanging from a macrame holder and a salt lamp casting a glow from my end table. I love a straw, canvas or simple vegan bag and I enjoy decorating with small, unique pieces like the gemstone bonsai tree we used to carry. Boshemia stays true to the easy, beachy, free-spirited feeling of taking a walk on the beach in all we strive to do.
The future and mission of Boshemia
Like you and like me, Boshemia is ever evolving, we will offer new products and if necessary remove some as we learn more about them, as values and ideas about additives and preservatives change or as we discover at a company we have sourced products from has core values not in alignment with Boshemia and our beliefs.
Boshemia is more than a retailer, we aim to use our social media platform to celebrate women, to protect and preserve island ecosystems, to support education for youth in the island to discuss and bring attention to issues that are important to people of the Caribbean and Pan-African diaspora.
What is Boshemia?
Boshemia is many things. It is a place inside all of us. It is a safe heaven. It is a living, breathing, affirmation of living our best lives in the best health. Boshemia is a place where accomplishments are celebrated as often as beauty. Boshemia is where we are all free to be happy and comfortable in our own skin. Boshemia is home.
You will never find a disparaging post from us on our site about the choices any of us make. You will not read admonishments about what you eat, drink or wear. You will not be told what to do or how to do it in attempts to get you to buy our products or to live our definition of health. This is not what Boshemia is about. Boshemia believes small changes over time will lead to what all of us feel individually and collectively is a heather more beautiful life, a Boshemian life.
What is a Boshemian?
A Boshemian by definition is a woman who is a free-spirit, a lover of life and its gifts. A woman who strives to make simple changes for a healthier, more beautiful life.
A Boshemian is a woman who knows or is learning that she is naturally beautiful as she is, right now, in this moment, in her own skin. A woman who is focused on preserving and maintaining her inner health as well as the outer health that some describe or call "beauty". Boshemia strives to help us all create some balance in our crazy, busy, unpredictable, non-stop lives. Boshemia says stop, rest, breathe in some calming oils, sip a cup of good herbal tea or soak in a mineral bath with salts from the dead sea. Boshemia is committed to helping you achieve a heather more beautiful life, naturally!
Come to Boshemia! You are welcome here!