Carrot con Leche. If ever a product name tells a story about its maker, it’s this one. It sounds delicious enough to make us want to pour it all over ourselves! And we can and do thanks to Jacq’s Organics bar soap and toning mist.
The words, a hybrid of English and Spanish, fuse together the multi-cultural approach to beauty and skincare that lends a unique flavor to each of the Jacq’s Organics formulas. But it’s the dynamic Barbara Jacques that infuses the brand with her effervescent personality that’s as organic as the ingredients.
Barbara’s diverse ethnicity—a synthesis of Haitian, Afro-Hispanic, Floridian, and Caribbean flair—shines in Carrot con Leche, a celebration of her mixed heritage.
Though a Miami woman at heart, Barbara describes the way her Haitian parents taught her about the importance of drinking fresh carrot juice to enhance glowing skin and to help minimize the appearance of acne scars during her teenage years.
“Carrots are very important when it comes to skin care to a Caribbean woman,” she explains. “Carrots are used to naturally combat acne, help hyperpigmentation and [are] ideal for mature skin. It's often used because of the skin lightening properties and the many skin loving nutrients found that also help with skin cell regeneration.”
Staying true to her roots is a value to Barbara who also loves a traditional café con leche as part of her morning routine in Miami.
The Cuban coffee, or cafecito, is a time-honored ritual, and it doesn’t matter where a person is from because “it’s really, really good coffee,” she says. “It's very Miami and speaks to the Latin influence here.”
“When creating our collection,” she continues, “I wanted to stay true to Miami and my Caribbean culture.” Barbara combines the carrots and leche (milk in Spanish) to create a product that feeds nutrients to the skin, as well as tones and helps improve the complexion.
Since the brand is vegan, organic rice milk replaced cow’s milk and was chosen for its conditioning and natural skin lightening properties.
Most of the ingredients are sourced locally to support Floridian farmers and ensure freshness. Many of those farmers have become friends, since Barbara is usually the one who chooses the juiciest and ripest picks of the crops.
“Combining carrots and organic rice milk and adding the Miami Spanish flair, we created the Carrot con Leche cleansing bar,” she says.
And we are muy contento, très kontan, very happy that this bubbly Haitian, Afro-Hispanic, Floridian did.
You can shop for the Carrot con Leche collection here.
Licensed social worker Sarita Coren is a holistic mom of five with more than 20 years of experience in the health and wellness field. Dubbed “the godmother of green beauty” by industry insiders, she writes the clean living blog Edible Facial (soon to be the eponymous site Sarita Coren). When she’s not capturing green beauty products on her popular Instagram account, you’ll find her connecting industry tastemakers, offering small brands her photography and social media consulting services, and writing about all things healthy living for various publications. She loves being 45 and (mostly) stopped counting her grey hairs, even the two in her eyebrows.
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