Zabana Essentials

American Made Since 2009

Shanell Edwards

San Diego, California
Zabana Essentials, a grass roots company located in San Diego, CA handcrafting All Natural, Vegan, & Organic: Bath, Body, & Home Essentials.

Tell us about your business.

Zabana Essentials got its start when I began my quest to find affordable natural-hypoallergenic bath and body products that would not irritate my sensitive skin. I was a college graduate, attempting to start my career in the workforce and was on a tight budget like many and found it difficult to afford many of the well-known natural products on the retails shelves. After reading labels and realizing that I had some of the ingredients already in my kitchen, I decided to do research and found the answer to my quest was right at my fingertips. As of 2013 Zabana Essentials is a full time Handcrafted effort. It is my goal to offer affordable natural bath and body products that are not only nurturing for the skin, but fun, enjoyable, attractive, and smell great! I’d like to be able to reach consumers who may not fit the stereotypical natural products consumer of the past, but people just like me. People who are seeking healthy, non-intimidating alternatives, for their everyday lifestyle.

What makes your business stand out?

I often hear "What does Zabana mean?", "That's a unique name." Zabana means Savannah in the Native American Taino dialect. What is special about a Zabana to us? A Zabana is a grassy plain eco-system that may contain an abundance of herbaceous plants that lend benefits to us humans. For centuries therapeutic oils have been extracted from natural plant matter to promote good health and well-being. All Zabana Essentials products are of plant derived origin, and every formulation we use the essence of herbs, whether it be through the use of dry herbs or essential oils, herbal or vegetable based body oils and butters. I believe it is vital that we use the nutrients provided to us by mother earth, as we can find an abundance of benefits using what has been provided to us.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Be humble, stay focused.

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    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

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    June 23–Sept. 9, 2014

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    Oct. 17, 2014

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