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It won’t be long before every household is using KEssentials bath and beauty products-curing one ashy body at a time! 

KEssentials Founder Kattiann Samuel

We first met Kattiann Samuel and her fantastic all natural bath products a little over a year ago and it seems that Samuel is well on her way to fame and fortune!  Within the last year Samuel states that not only has she maintained her loyal client base but she’s also acquired new customers most notably comedian Donnell Rawlings.

Rawlings, who is most famously known for his appearances (Ashy Larry) on the Dave Chappelle Show, met Samuel on Facebook where Samuel, who is a huge fan, jumped at the opportunity to present Rawlings with her amazing products!  At his girlfriend’s urging Rawlings sampled a few products from KEssentials’ bath line and he was hooked!

. . . Donnell tried the scrub in the shower and upon completion of trying these magnificent products he ran out of the shower butt naked and glowing (from the scrub) to call Kattiann to commend her on her product line . . . ”

In fact, Rawlings loved the products so much that he decided to work with Samuel on creative branding for a special line of products named after his popular stand up performance titled Ashy to Classy.  The first products from the line include a balm specifically designed for men with bald heads and an exhilarating scrub called HEAD (Rawlings’ favorite).  The products come in an array of aromas including: Mandarin coconut, lavender basil, lemongrass sage, midnight pomegranate and mango.  For full effect there is also a lip balm called Lip Service which comes in Caribbean coconut.

Rawlings and Samuel are currently working on new products for the line which are sure to be as successful as these two creative entrepreneurs.  Purchase these products and more online at

More about Donnell Rawlings

Donnell Rawlings, a D. C. native,  always knew he had a  knack for making people laugh even at an early age, but it wasn’t until he accepted a challenge to get on stage at a comedy club after heckling other comedians that he realized his true calling.

Courtesy of Blake Sunshine

Fifteen years later, Rawlings is still leaving audiences in stitches worldwide. For more information on upcoming dates for Donnell Rawlings visit his website at and follow him on Twitter: @donnellrawlings

Photo of Donnell Rawlings and editorial contribution courtesy of Blake Sunshine


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Although I was never really a skeptic about K Essentials natural bath and body products, I decided to give the products a “real” try; after all, how can I truthfully endorse a product that I’ve never really used!  And OMG, any and all doubts that I may have had about these products being amazing were debunked!

First off, let’s talk about just how cute the packaging is on these soaps! It comes in an attractive fish net drawstring satchel which is perfect for keeping

handmade bath soap

it mess free and secure in the shower caddy.  I had concerns about the soap falling “apart” or melting and possibly not holding up for long, especially since it was homemade and so soft to the touch.  And 10 showers later, my bar is barely smaller than the day I first opened it!  I’m pretty sure that it is due to the fantastic lather of this soap. It truly leaves your skin feeling kissably soft and smelling divine (this stuff smells incredible). My skin felt so moist, it was if I’d just applied baby oil from head to toe! Did I mention how AWESOME this soap smells?

Next on my list of must haves is the Body Butter (8oz). This by far is my favorite product.  I chose the Guava and Fig scented butter, and what a pleasant surprise- who knew that guava and fig could smell so delicious

K Essentials Body Butter

together! This shea butter based cream is pretty thick but goes on smooth, and just a little bit goes a long way.  I’ve used it on both wet skin and dry skin and have to say that it is equally as effective.  The scent is so nice that I don’t even have to wear perfume; you smell clean and freshly showered throughout the entire day!  And as for the irritation that the perfumes may cause; I even used it (butter) on my face just before applying makeup!  I’ve had no breakouts or irritation.  This body butter is truly amazing!

With the summer months upon us, it is very important to have sandal ready feet- that’s where K Essentials Salt Scrub comes into play! This thick and rich oil coupled with a generous amount of sea salts really gave my heels just the scrub they needed to leave my skin feeling soft and subtle.  I found this to be a great product to use along with my Ped-Egg, which means no more expensive weekly manicure and pedicure for me!

courtesy of K Essentials Salt Scrub

I’ve also used the scrub on my knees, elbows and palms -it’s great for any rough spots that you may have on your body!  And again, the scent is incredible -my husband really likes the way this one smells and feels! Thank you K Essentials for bringing sexy back!

K Essentials is all that I need to have amazingly young and beautiful skin!  I’m pretty sure that I’ve found the fountain of youth in these products, and I think that you will too!  And if you’re wondering, please note that these products aren’t just for women!  There is something for everyone! Check out K Essentials website for more information what they have to offer!  Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!

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White Gardenia, Rosemary Mint, Lavender Sage and Island Time are just some of the amazing homemade soaps available from K Essentials, a natural bath and body products company created and managed by the very talented Kattiann Samuel.

As a hobby, Samuel began making homemade soaps for her family.  She experimented with melt and pour products purchased from craft stores that she would melt in her microwave and mold into soap, “I remember my first soap looked and smelled like a jolly rancher candy and I was so proud”.  Not long after, Samuel found out through internet groups she belonged to that what she was making with these products (melt and pour) really wasn’t completely pure and natural. Some of the products contained paraben and animal fat, so she stopped using them and began researching how to make soap from “scratch”.

Samuel tried out several soap recipes that she found on the internet, “Needless to say, it was a complete waste of oils and other ingredients, but I never gave up”.  She now credits her rocky beginnings with helping her to become an expert on herbs, oils and the nourishing values they have.  From extensive research and through much trial and error, she was able to develop a “base recipe” that she still uses for all of her soaps today!

With such influences as Bath and Body Works, Philosophy Skin Care and Victoria Secrets, Samuel branched off from just making soaps to work on a full line of bath and body products including; body scrubs, lotions, shower gels and body butters. While she is still perfecting some of these products, many of them can be found and purchased at

“I am always working on different scents…and if my customers want something that smells like (scent), they can call me and I will make it!” Samuel believes that her line truly exemplifies quality relaxation and affordable products made with care and by her hands especially for her customers, “They (customers) are my inspiration”. She is currently working on a hair-care line which will include: shampoos, conditioners, hair oils and other products for the hair; she even posts helpful consumer information on herbs and the medicinal and natural healing factors of each (hair care) on her website.  Next for Samuel is a children’s line of soaps and bubble baths-all made from scents that kids love!

“My grandmother always used to say ‘what is for you, no one can take it away’, and I live by that and believe that there’s no limit to my goal… I want the world to know my products and use them. I want to be able to walk into my store and say YES my baby is born! I’ve waited long enough, this is my time to shine”!  This is indeed Kattiann Samuel’s time to shine. With beauty shows lined up, loyal customers ready to place the next order and refer a “friend” or two and one fantastic and affordable product, K Essentials is a “star” that will be around long after others have dimmed and fallen.

More about the founder of K Essentials-Kattiann Samuel was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She came to the U.S in the mid- 80’s and resided in Providence Rhode Island. Samuel graduated from Rhode Island Community College and worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for 12 years. In 2000, she created K Essentials and began selling homemade soaps to her friends as well as online where she received much praise and recognition.

Charitable Works- Samuel’s recently partnered with Celebrity Stylist, Tameka Foster Raymond and The Lost One’s Foundation, an organization which helps uplift and motivate at risk young girls between the ages of 12-17. Her beauty products are donated as gifts to these young ladies and are used not only to pamper the girls during their retreats but also as a way of empowering them and raising their self-esteem.

For more information on K Essentials or to place an order log in to their website: or call Customer Service:772.446.9847.  Follow them on Twitter:@Katti12

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