Olijé Body Care

Organic, cruelty-free, natural handmade skincare line specializing in products for eczema, dry skin and skin irritations.

Neighborhood: Washington Heights

Website: www.olijebodycare.com

Facebook Pitching Videohttps://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1333109363730634&extid=kIrTSJVKzi4Y8hW1

Youtube Pitching Videohttps://youtu.be/A0dbwRP9i6E

“My business name is personal as it is a tribute to my parents, Otis and Lillie Sykes, specifically my father (deceased). My business name means (O-Otis – li-Lillie – jé- Jennifer). My father was an entrepreneur and he instilled in his children hard work, ethics, dedication and the entrepreneurial spirit. I absolutely love making handmade products for my skincare line, because this is a passion.

One of the products that launched the business concept, in which I personally use, is my Eczema Butter. I have suffered from eczema for the majority of my life, and I am proud to announce my eczema has been under control since 2015. Eczema is a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed, with blisters that could cause itching and bleeding to your skin. Eczema is an allergy and because I suffer from seasonal allergies, my skin was always irritated. One day, I decided to research the ingredients of one of the products I had been using, and I couldn’t pronounce the ingredients contained in this particular product. After continual research, I realized the products contained alcohol, which was drying out my skin. I decided that I needed to create something that would work for my skin. After several attempts, I created an ideal recipe and gave the product to my closest friends and family for Christmas 2015, hence – Olijé Body Care was created.”

– Jennifer S. Hicks