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My name is Adrienne. I just want to say
thank you for an amazing product. I
recently purchased your HoBo's Groove
shea butter from Whole Foods here in Las
Vegas. Living in the desert my skin is
always dry. I have tried so many
different products but HoBo Grove is
actually the first to work. Thank you
Men & Women International is Fantastic!
They helped me to regain my life back.
Before I encountered the HoBo
experience, I was facing death. I had
several illnesses: multiple sclerosis,
toxemia, and high blood pressure. I had
been confined to a wheel chair for 3
years and my physical condition was
getting worse. I have had all the latest
treatments and was taking the latest
medicine to help me to recover from my
illness, MS. Nothing Worked.”
However, my best friend had introduced me to the HoBo
experience through foot washing and
massaging and it changed my life. Their
positive attitude and massages inspired
me to follow their holistic program of
massages, shea butters, herbs and a
dietary regiment. Their program helped
me to make some hard choices with my
life which really paid off. Before HoBo,
I was overweight by 50 lbs.. I was not
able to go to the bathroom by myself
which forced me to wear a diaper. I was
not able to dress myself. Due to my
illness, I had very little coloration in
my skin due to the lack of blood
circulation especially in my feet and
legs. But over a four month period of
working with HoBo International, I lost over 40 lbs, I went from a size 2x
in clothes to a size 14. I am able to
dress myself. I can use the bathroom by
myself and I wear womens underwear,
again. My feet and legs are warm now.
Most importantly, at my 50th birthday
party, I stood up and took three steps
forward and two steps backwards. Along
with my wheelchair, I am using a walker!
My Family and Friends can't believe how
good I look. Thanks to HoBo Men and
Women International, I feel like I have
my life back!"
Alma, - California
very much appreciated the whole
experience, not just the massage but the
attention Raymond Williams gave to every
step of the HoBo experience: from
setting up the room (making sure it was
at the right temperature, suggesting
music, burning scented candles) to
explaining what would happen (it was my
first massage). During the massage
itself Raymond Williams really listened
to my comments and worked at finding
what was the best style of massage for
me. He was very caring and attentive.
I've had experiences where I would tell
a massage therapist that my lower back
was very sensitive, they would say okay
but during the massage they would forget
and sometimes would hurt me there. I
also appreciated Raymond's phone call
the day after and thanks to his asking
me to think about any physical changes,
I realized for the first time in years I
didn't experience any upper back pain at
the office. My upper and middle back
hurt tremendously after a few hours of
being hunched back over the computer.
Raymond also was knowledgeable enough to
notice the scoliosis in my upper back
and for the first time I found out it
could be cured. I look forward to more
sessions and I now do believe I can heal
from that pain."
Frankie - Paris, France
been using HoBo shea butter for the past
two years for severe skin problems. I
was born with a hereditary skin disease
that results in dry flakey skin. I have
experienced more severe skin problems
lately. HoBo shea butter clears up my
skin much faster than the medications
prescribed by my dermatologists. It
smells and feels soooo good on my skin
and lasts all day long. I love it!"
"Greetings to all! I just wanted to
extend my deepest appreciation to the
team and products behind Genuine HoBo. I
am a devoted fan of the "HoBo's Groove"
shea butter and body scrub, faithfully
succumbing to the nurturing, enveloping
aroma and essence of its natural
ingredients. At first, I was skeptical
of the product, being that I have
extremely sensitive skin. But, the
products have not only helped my skin,
they have healed my skin as well. Once
having eczema on my elbows, my symptoms
are gone- my elbows smooth. I am also
pregnant and extremely sensitive to
smell. I can no longer wear anything
with a scent. For some reason, the
engulfing aroma of "HoBo's Groove" is
like music to my soul every morning!
tried some Indie shea butter and scrub
and was delighted with how the scrub and
shea butter made my body feel. The
scent was marvelous and refreshing. I
also use products of Bath and Body Works,
but after using Genuine HoBo I don’t
think I could go back to those other
guys. Thanks HoBo International.
Looking forward to my next shipment."
I then pursued the HoBo's Massage team
after learning that they are experts in
massage as well. I have had many
massages in my life before, and, this
massage was unlike any I had ever had.
They were very gentle with me, paying
close attention to my needs as a mother
to be. Every time I leave from my
massage, I am in better spirits, both
body and mind, and I know both the
massage and products are having a
profound affect on my baby as well.
I am thankful to the Genuine HoBo Team
for all of their love, dedication and
care of me. I also thank them for the
positive energy that surges thru me
whenever I am with them. I know my baby
is benefiting from this, as well as I
am, and I am eternally grateful for
their exceptional care."
Sydney ("Mommy to Be"),
- Los Angeles, California
Layon - West Covina, California
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a “Massage”?
A: It is the artistry of
body touch either hand to body or body
Why are “massages” important for the
A: Touch brings the feeling
of well being. It reminds the body of
its inner healing mechanism. It has been
recently documented an infant that is
neglected and not touch has a higher
mortality rate than a child that is
touched and nourished.
Are “massages” good for injuries or
A: Yes. It depends on the
sensitivity and skill level of the
Should “massages” cause pain?
A: NO!!! HoBo MWI believes
that massage should relieve pain and not
cause it. Our signature massage, African
Swai, is the type of massage that is
aggressive but not painful.
What is “African Swai” and Where does it
A: “African Swai” is the
mother of all massages. Having given
birth to the European deep tissue
massage, it goes deep without pain.
African Swai originated in Africa and is
practiced in East and West African
What are the benefits of African Swai
A: 1. the removal of pain
from the body without leaving or
creating pain or bruise.
2. The relaxation of the entire body.
3. The stretching of muscles and tissues
which have not been used in years.
4. Increases the blood flow throughout
the entire body.
What is shea butter?
A: Shea butter has
soothing, moisturizing and protecting
effects. Due to the sizeable quantity of
unsaponifiable fats, vitamins and other
active elements, raw shea butter adds
more activity to these general
properties. It displays a protecting
role against UV rays because of its
content in cinnamic acid. Moreover, the
nutrients contained in shea butter can
prevent certain sun allergies. Shea
butter also helps cell regeneration and
capillary circulation. This favors the
healing of small wounds, skin cracks and
crevices, and skin ulcers. In the
cosmetic field, this property is an
asset against skin aging. It has
restructuring effects on the epidermis,
also on dry and fragile hair. Dry skin,
dermatitis, dermatosis, eczema, sun
burn, and other burns are all helped by
natural shea butter. It has an
characteristic which makes it a good
active ingredient against stretch marks.
Shea butter can also be used to treat
rheumatism and aching muscles; it can
minimize cold symptoms as it decongests
nasal mucous membranes. It is very well
tolerated by the skin for it does not
normally trigger any allergic reaction
and can even be used on very sensitive
skin areas such as mucous membranes and
around the eyes. Shea butter is
therefore outstanding for cosmetic and
pharmaceutical purposes, even
incorporated in high proportions. It is
easy to work into all kinds of emulsions
and prevents allergic reactions without
altering the active principles.
What is shea butter Used for?
A: In the 1940's shea
butter was used in margarine. The
development of shea butter being used in
cosmetics was interrupted by World War
II. In the 1960's people in Japan and
Europe discovered that shea butter was a
useful addition to pastries and
chocolates. A European Union directive
was passed in January 2003 allowing a
percentage of cocoa butter to be
replaced by shea butter in the
manufacturing of chocolate. Other
butters, including Mango butter, can be
substituted for cocoa butter in
chocolates. The chocolate business is
one of the world's most important
industries. It is worth billions of
British pounds and U.S. dollars. It is
worth a lot of money in any currency you
want to name. The industry employs
millions of people worldwide. Sometimes
a disease or bad weather reduces the
supplies of cocoa. Chocolate
manufacturers can use shea butter in
place of part of the cocoa butter and
keep producing the chocolate the world
demands. Shea butter also prolongs the
shelf-life of chocolates. Historically,
shea butter has been used to treat skin
conditions of all kinds. The
preoccupation of western women with skin
care is helping to enhance the value of
"women's gold". L'Occitane®, a French
cosmetics firm, is using shea butter in
its products and buys it directly from
the West African womens' cooperatives.
The Body Shop®, Origins®, L'Oreal® and
Bath & Body Works® are putting shea
butter products on their shelves. You
can buy shea butter body scrubs, eye
makeup remover, foaming cream, skin care
packages, hand and cuticle cream, foot
scrub and aftershave lotion. Despite the
increased use of shea butter in
cosmetics, statistics show that more
than 90% of the shea butter from all
marketed shea nuts is used in the
What are the types and colors of shea
A: TYPES & COLORS:
UNREFINED shea butter - straight from
nature. COLOR - because unrefined shea
butter is extracted traditionally or
cold pressed, the color may vary between
light gray to medium yellow.
REFINED, PROCESSED etc - bleached,
deodorized, refined. Hexane is used to
extract more shea butter. Sometimes
further processing is required to remove
the hexane contaminated shea butter.
COLOR- white, (Do not confuse with
What is Hexane?
A: It is a toxic chemical
produced in a petroleum refinery and is
a by-product of gasoline. It is mainly
used as a solvent to extract edible oils
from seed and vegetable crops like
soybeans, peanuts & corn. Commercial
grades are used as solvents for glues,
vanish & inks.
What is the smell of shea butter?
A: Unrefined shea butter
like all other natural products has a
natural nutty, slightly-smokey scent.
The natural scent is usually stronger if
the shea butter is fresh. As the shea
butter gets older, the natural scent
diminishes. Shea butter with no scent is
not unrefined shea butter. Traditionally
extracted or cold pressed shea butter
will usually have a nutty and a slight
smoky scent to it because it is prepared
under open fire. Once applied to skin or
hair, there is no scent. Unrefined shea
butter will not be fragranced.
What is the shelf Life of shea butter?
A: This is another area of
misunderstanding for some people.
Unrefined shea butter does not spoil. It
does not have a shelf life. Its healing
properties are very powerful within the
first year and a half. After that, it is
still usable but not as beneficial.
There is no need to store it in a
freezer or refrigerator. Treat it like
you treat your moisturizers and lotions.
Keep it in a cool dry place. There is no
special way to handle it.
What is the texture of shea butter?
A: The texture of shea butter
is smooth. Fresh shea butter is usually
very soft. As the shea butter ages, it
becomes stiffer but still smooth. Shea
butter is naturally thick and fatty (in
a good way). A little goes a long way.
Shea butter is easily melted by the hot
sun or any form of heat. This will make
it liquefy. It will get back to its
solid state once it is in a cool area.
When shea butter is melted under direct
heat or very high temperatures, the
texture changes; itbecomes grainy and
never returns to its original texture.
Some processed shea butter may have a
gummy texture to them. Other processed
shea butters may have a petroleum jelly
texture to them. VERY IMPORTANT: The
color of unrefined shea butter depends
on the shea Nut itself. Due to the
nature of the nuts, the color of
unrefined shea butter may vary. As far
as properties and benefits are
concerned, there is no difference
between the various colors yielded by
shea butter. In spite of this fact, one
can still distinguish unrefined shea
butter from bleached shea butter and
processed shea butter because processed
shea butter is COMPLETELY STRIPPED. It
is odorless, and translucent white
(sometimes confused with cream unrefined
shea butter). The texture is completely
different from Unrefined shea butter.
Processed shea butter does not deepen in
color over time and retails at very high
prices. Unrefined shea butter includes a
complex mixture of nutrients. We have
tried to narrow it down for a better
understanding on unrefined shea butter.
Once you familiarize yourself with
unrefined shea butter, it becomes easier
to spot the differences. One cannot
judge the quality and authenticity of
unrefined shea butter solely based on
color. The benefits of unrefined shea
butter, after one has used the actual
product for a length of time, are a
significant part in identifying
unrefined shea butter. Texture and
quality are also imperative.
Are there additives or fillers?
A: ADDITIVES OR FILLERS
Additives - e.g., essential oils or
natural oils are sometimes added to shea
butter to provide a variety of scents.
Most vendors will state that their shea
butter is scented.
Fillers- e.g., beeswax, petroleum jelly,
vegetable oils etc,. are sometimes added
to shea butter to stretch the shea
butter. Vendors who practice this will
usually not state so. Depending on your
preference, you will be fine with your
shea butter. But if you are seeking pure
unrefined shea butter, make it a point
to purchase samples, try it out and
decide from there. Additives and fillers
will definitely change the texture,
scent and color of shea butter. In cases
where the shea butter is heated in order
to include fillers or additives, the
healing properties of the shea butter
* Note: HoBo Men & Women International,
LLC. do not use fillers but all natural
essential oils for Genuine HoBo
Why is there no such thing as 100% shea
A: Why? Because the base for
most soaps is good quality vegetable
oils. shea butter is naturally oily when
melted and cannot stand as a base for
soap without adding other oils. So if
soap contains shea butter, it is usually
as an ingredient. Even as an ingredient
in soap, shea butter can still nourish
the skin depending, how much shea butter
is used? Shea butter is used as an
ingredient in creams, shampoos, perms,
soaps, bath gels etc. Don't confuse shea
butter as an ingredient to 100% Pure
Unrefined shea butter. Unrefined shea
butter is the best type of shea butter
to use in skin care products because it
is not chemically treated. Technology
today has opened the door for several
ways of producing shea butter. Shea
butter used in food will have a
different grade from shea butter used in
shampoos. Shea butter has endless uses.
Refined or Unrefined?
A: All of HoBo Men & Women
International, LLC products refined oils
are processed using natural processes,
without any harsh chemicals or
contaminants. Unrefined oils are just
that-left in their virgin state after
pressing. These oils tend to be rich,
robust and 'true' in their flavors.
Unrefined oils are also much richer in
nutrients. For instance, the peppery
tingle from unrefined olive oil comes
from antioxidant-rich polyphones which
are largely destroyed during any kind of
What is the difference between Expeller
Pressed vs. Cold Pressed?
A: All cold pressed oils are
expeller pressed. But all expeller
pressed oils are not necessarily cold
pressed. It all has to do with
What is Expeller Pressing?
A: Expeller pressing is a
chemical-free mechanical process that
extracts oil from seeds and nuts. This
method of oil extraction is an
alternative to the hexane-extraction
method used for many conventional oils.
The temperature reached during pressing
depends on the hardness of the nut or
seed. The harder the nut or seed, the
more pressure required to extract the
oil, which in turn creates more friction
and higher heat. There is no external
heat applied during the expeller
Why Cold Press?
A: Delicate oils, or those in
which flavor nuances are a key
component, need to be treated with
greater care in controlling processing
factors. Oils that are cold pressed are
expeller pressed in a heat-controlled
environment to keep temperatures below
120 degrees F. It's important to note
that, while Europe has rigorous
standards in place for the terminology
of cold pressing (fully unrefined oil
extracted at temperatures below 122
degrees F), the phrase 'cold pressed'
has been used erroneously in the U.S.
for a number of years, often employed as
a marketing technique for oils which
have been expeller pressed or even
refined (which exposes the oil to
temperatures of up to 470 degrees F).
Spectrum's founder, Jethren Phillips,
led the drive to standardize the term
'cold pressed' in the US, to promote
truth in labeling for consumers. All of
HoBo's oils are both naturally expeller
pressed* and cold pressed. Oils and
Extra Virgin Olive Oils are cold
pressed, to let their delicate, unique
smalls shine through.
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