Nova Scotia entrepreneur who helps people fall in love with the skin they are in

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When Tiffani Young decided to stop chemically processing her hair, she saw an opportunity to improve self-care methods for others as well.

“I found it very difficult to find the products I needed to take care of my hair at Maritimes,” she says. “That’s why I often had to stock up on trips or order online. I really felt like there had to be a better way.”

The better way became the butter Path. She started her own beauty business from home, Butter Bar Cosmetics. The brand was born not only from Young’s personal hair journey, but also to help people learn how to use quality, natural ingredients in their self-care routine and keep their skin and hair looking and feeling their best.

“I did a lot of research when I wanted to create my own products,” says Young. “I’ve found that there are a lot of great ingredients that we can use to care for both our hair and skin, and that’s really where the Butter Bar reality came from.”

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After six years from concept to creation, the Dartmouth resident and her mother were able to pursue their dream of helping people fall in love with who they really are. Butter Bar Cosmetics offers all-natural skin and hair products including body butters, oils and gels. Young products are ethically sourced and fairly traded.

“There were definitely some challenges getting it off the ground,” says Young. “There was a lot of self-doubt; I haven’t seen many business owners who looked like me to turn to, but over the years I’ve seen more and more Black women business owners, which helped give me that confidence boost. ”


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When Young launched Butter Bar, she not only received help from Nova Scotia’s African community, but also support from the Black business initiativeother Black cosmetics entrepreneurs; and the newly formed Tribe Network – a hub for Black, Native American and People of Color innovators, providing access to a network of consultants and labor resources.

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Butter Bar Cosmetics is an inclusive brand that offers products regardless of a customer’s ethnicity or age. Their products have a dual purpose and can be used on both hair and skin – including beards and baby skin. Young also offers free advice for anyone who needs help choosing the right products for their needs.

Young’s business continues to grow with the introduction of Braille labels for the visually impaired. In honor of African Heritage Month, Butter Bar launched the Trailblazer Box, a customizable gift box containing products and accessories. Proceeds from each Trailblazer box sold will be donated to the Maritime Elite Girls Basketball Academy. They’ve also partnered with Dalhousie University to launch an all-natural shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner and African black soap this spring.

“Don’t calm down; If you have a passion, if you have a dream, do it,” says Young. “Do your research, put in the work, and then take the plunge. There will always be people in the community or in your family…to catch you when you fall and help you get back up. Don’t compromise on what you want your dream to look like. Take the time to make it happen and make it a reality.”

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