Here at the Narwhal and the Manatee, we work really hard to find raw materials that are good to our Earth and the people living here. We look to fair trade and environmentally sustainable materials so that our products can be the best possible.
We are proud of our wholesalers, and chose them carefully. So when we were introduced to Dignity, our hearts sang! This coconut oil distributor aligns with our values so perfectly, it was truly a match made in heaven. Raw. Virgin. Organic. Unrefined. Non-GMO. Awesome.
What is Dignity? I'm glad you asked...and I'll just let them tell you:
"Our business was born out of a conviction to help communities overcome cycles of poverty and slavery. Not with a handout, but with a sustainable business that will bring lasting hope and change to communities.
We make the most pure and delicious virgin coconut oil a jar can hold. We don't heat it. We don't refine it. Our unique raw method gives you every bit of healthy goodness."
And, for real, it's super good coconut oil. I even challenged them...they sent me some samples and I whipped it, made it into lip balms, mixed it with essential oils...I put it through the ringer. And it came out fluffy and pure and perfect every.single.time.
Now you can find Dignity coconut oil in our whipped sugar scrubs, lip balms and bath fizzies. We are STOKED because our products just got like a billion times better because we found the BEST coconut on the planet, literally. Seriously. Literally.
You can learn a ton more by visiting their website: http://www.dignitycoconuts.com
This coconut oil is wonderful for so many uses and we really encourage you to learn more of their story. And, of course, come try it out in one of our awesome products!
Sometimes its hard to believe, but the Narwhal and the Manatee has been around for an entire year. Our home, the City Exchange Shops in Downtown Fort Wayne, has been our little nesting ground and (I think) we've made quite the comfortable impression.
Of course this year has been filled with ups and downs. Great excitements have been met with deep difficulty. But despite that roller-coaster, this little idea has prevailed. And now here we are - ready for the next year's adventures!
We decided to celebrate how magical this year has been by having a magical birthday party, complete with a unicorn cake from Zinnia's (they can make one for your party, too!). Everything was rainbows and fun! Plus, we collected donations to benefit a Girl's STEM Club through Fort Wayne Community Schools. It is VERY important that we continue to invest in our young people and this business strives to do so however we can.
So what's coming up in this next year? Well...awesome seasonal scents, of course. And (hopefully) you will start seeing us on some other shelves. How can you help? Well...if you're out and about and shopping and you see an opportunity for us to have our products, let us know! If you're planning a super fun party and want some crafty entertainment, let us know! If you're putting together gift boxes for your place of business, let us know! We love to customize. We love to party. We love to make our customers happy!
We use science every day...way more than we may have expected when we were in school. (Actually, science was my least favorite subject, mostly because I had no idea how it would apply to me!).
Now that we use science so much, it dawned on us, "Hey! We should show kids how science is super cool, solves problems, and leads to innovation!"
So M. Elizabeth worked with the amazing staff at Irwin Elementary School in Fort Wayne, Indiana to create elementary based curriculum to meet 2nd grade standards!
THEN...we taught a science lab! It was awesome. Like...so awesome. Kids got to test what happens when different powders are mixed with oil and water. They recorded their observations and then created their own bath fizzy recipes. They got to mix their recipes and then test them. The results...were super fun.
See how cool science is? Since this literal experiment, we've been with several groups (Girl Scouts, birthday parties) and explained the science behind what we do!
It's an inspiration to see how young people absorb this information and immediately create new ideas. We just love it! And...look at these little nuggets! They're so ready to learn!