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My Trip to the Ubiquitous Expo 2016

This past weekend I attended the Ubiquitous Beauty Hair and Health Expo in DC. I went with one of my good friends who is also sporting her natural hair. The event was held Saturday and Sunday, we went on Saturday. The cost of the tickets was very reasonable $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Of course me being the frugal natural that I am, I bought my ticket in advance to save the $5.

Based on other beauty and hair ‘expos’ I have been to, my expectations were not very high. However I was pleasantly surprised by this event. It was in a great venue, well organized and had a lot of vendors. There were also panel discussions, live performers, presenters doing live hair styling demonstrations and my favorite part, plenty of free samples. I even had a celebrity sighting of Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe.

Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe

 

Product Samples

Ubiquitous product samples

 

Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils product samples:Aunt Jackie's sample

Renpure Originals and Bella Curls samples:Bella Chic sample

Crème of Nature product samples:Creme of Nature sample

These expos are a good way to discover new hair products. Especially from smaller, independent companies.  Several major brand products were on display including Organic Root Stimulator (ORS), Cantu, Isoplus and Motions. But the majority of the vendors at the expo were smaller lesser known companies.  I find the smaller independent hair products often contain more natural ingredients and are handmade. Compared to being made in large vats in a mega production facility with many synthetic ingredients. Also it always good to support independent entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Check out some of these companies that were at the expo:

Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils

Bella Curls

Diva by Cindy

Fran Ngong Organic

Mielle Organics

Oyin Handmade

Renpure Solutions

Uncle Funky’s Daughter

I cannot wait to try these product samples and hopefully add to some my regular hair routine. I will definitely attend next year’s Ubiquitous Beauty Hair and Health Expo.

 

Have you ever attended a health and beauty expo?

Hello I’m Candice the creator of Frugally Fit and Natural. I want to help you live a healthy lifestyle without breaking your budget.

GMO No!!

Genetically modified ingredients have invaded gummy bears. You may have noticed in my last post about my fabulous Harris Teeter Super Doubles haul I purchased 3 packs of Black Forest gummy candy for free. Two of the packs were organic and one was not. I only bought the non-organic pack because there were only 2 organic packs left on the shelf. Well, halfway through gorging on the bag of nonorganic gummies I turn the bag over and see this:

Frankengummy GMO

Produced with Genetic Engineering. It’s stamped right on the crease of the bag so it’s hard to notice right away.  I was surprised because #1 this is the first time I have seen the genetic engineering labeling. And #2 I failed to realize they contained artificial flavors also. But common sense should have told me a little green bear cannot naturally taste just like an apple or a pineapple. I wish it stated which ingredients were produced with genetic engineering but I am assuming it’s the corn in the corn syrup. I am usually an avid label reader but I think my excitement for a good deal distracted me this time.

Sad gummies

After this experience I threw the bag of gummies away and did a little research. I looked up the use of genetic engineering in foods and the labeling of genetically engineered foods.  According to the FDA website,  products containing genetic engineered ingredients only need to be labeled if the genetically engineered plant is compositionally different that it’s traditional counterpart (http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/GEPlants/ucm346858.htm). So if the new plant has a higher sugar content or lower fiber content for example than the original plant it needs to be labelled as such. But if it’s identical chemically to the original no labelling is required.

Eating GMOs make me nervous because there’s no research on the long-term effects of them on our bodies.  In reality we all have been eating foods GMOs for years without knowing it.  About 85% of the corn produced in the US is genetically modified. Corn is in a ton of foods. Not just as a whole corn kernel but also  in the form of corn oil and cornstarch.  If you would like to know more about genetically modified foods check out the documentary Seeds of Death: Unveiling the Lies of GMOs. The full documentary is available on YouTube.

There is a  bright side to this story.  The two packs of organic gummy worms do not contain any ingredients produced with genetic engineering and no artificial flavors. And I learned a good lesson to read labels more carefully, even during Super Doubles.

 

Are you concerned about eating foods containing genetically modified ingredients?

 

Hello I’m Candice the creator of Frugally Fit and Natural. I want to help you live a healthy lifestyle without breaking your budget.