We had the good fortune of connecting with Trellani Giles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trellani, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The thought-process that helped shape MariMoms was 6 friends, who are mothers, coming together to create a movement to help not only ourselves but others find a natural and healthy way to emphasize the necessity of self-care. With the stress of the world, work, and family we all wanted to find a way to relax, destress and be MARI, so MariMoms (pronounced Merry Moms) was born!
What should our readers know about your business?
We are a group of six women, moms, wives, sister-friends who have known each other over 20 years and each come from corporate or entrepreneurial backgrounds. Helena Berube owns a financial services firm, Nicole Durham is a HR Director, Kimberly Baker is a FinTech Sr. Technical Support Engineer, Cynthia Webb owns a Crafting Business, Tiffany King owns a Spa and I, Trellani Giles, am a Regional Market Manager in CPG. Collectively we are a powerhouse and dynamic team of driven black women. Two years ago, during a weekend get together, we talked about the many challenges we faced, our families, the mom guilt and how we wished finding time to relax wasn’t so difficult to do. That weekend and several conversations later, led us on a path towards discovering self-care regimes with CBD.
We started this journey with just one goal… to teach others that self care is not a luxury, but a necessity! We know the pressures of everyday life that can take a toll on both physical and mental wellness. We feel it for ourselves, and we see it in our loved ones. It may be headaches, body aches, chronic illness, anxiety, sleeplessness, or some other manifestation. MariMoms offers Natural Hemp derived alternatives to OTC and prescription drugs for wellness.
The most challenging part of our journey has been creating brand recognition, as well as overcoming the stigma that the African American community has with Cannabis and hemp plants. We can’t tell you how many times our “aunties” have asked us if we are selling drugs, lol! The answer is no. All the MariMoms wellness essentials are made from 100% legal hemp plants and contain less than the legal .3% THC levels. It has become our mission to educate our communities and destigmatize the use of hemp and CBD products as a part of everyday wellness routines. We are also advocates of decriminalizing marijuana in the U.S., which is now legally making so many companies billions, while our brothers and sisters are still incarcerated for petty possession charges.
In today’s world many people are searching for a way to improve their physical and mental health. In addition to consistent sleep, exercise and healthy eating, many people are turning to incorporating CBD into their regime. Cannabidiol or CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the flower of the hemp plant. This compound is the non-psychoactive brother to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and through continued research is proving to provide a wide range of health benefits from stress relief to reducing aches and pains.
MariMoms offers 6 ways to introduce CBD into your wellness routine.
A tincture is a concentrated herbal extract that’s made by soaking herbs in a liquid. Over several weeks, the fluid becomes infused with herbal extracts, and when the herbs are strained out, you get a potent, ingestible tincture. MariMoms offers CBD Tincture made using variations of CBD like full spectrum, broad spectrum or isolate. They are normally used orally which make it easy to take especially for people who don’t like taking capsules, tablets, or softgels but still wants an effective serving of CBD. We like to take our tinctures in a glass of wine, our morning coffee or tea or simply under the tongue.
Gummies come in a rainbow of flavors, colors, shapes, and concentrations of CBD. Gummies offer a discreet and easy way to ingest CBD. You can add gummies into your routine by making it your choice after dinner or any time of the day. Similar to our tinctures we offer gummies in Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Delta 8.
CBD is a great option for relieving topical conditions or maintaining the condition of your skin. It works by applying the topical directly to the area where needed and supports healthier skin by aiding in moisturizing dry skin, combatting free radicals, and reducing inflammation. We currently have a Massage Oil that achieves just that. We are also making our own CBD infused facial and body Soaps; as well as Essential Oil body butters that will leave your skin glowing and hydrated.
Take your at-home spa routine to the next level with a MariMoms Sweet Revive Rose or Eucalyptus CBD infused bath bomb for the ultimate mind, body, & soul body-pampering bath experience. The bath bomb delivers an undeniable ambiance of pleasure, and the CBD will in turn, amplify the good vibes. Give it a few minutes, let your pores slowly absorb the cannabinoids, and settle in for a relaxing, relieving, and even euphoric bathing experience.
MariMoms CBD Relief rubs are an extremely effective method to provide relief to your aches and pains. They are formulated to be applied topically to the problem area to reduce soreness, tension and discomfort. This is an easy way to incorporate CBD into your daily routine especially if you work out often or have chronic pain.
CBD inhalation offers the most effective route of delivery. This means that the benefits of smoking CBD can be felt almost immediately after use. If smoking is your preferred route of delivery when it comes to your daily dose of CBD, MariMoms CBD pre-rolls allow you to smoke the raw hemp plant itself with no ingredients added.
We want the world to know that MariMoms is a Natural CBD brand by black women for everyone. It’s time to normalize self-care and our wellness line offers several different ways to help you get the balance you deserve.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend were visiting it would be a week of eating well, lots of wine, massages and live music! Our favorite spa is Treat your Feet in Buckhead, their staff is amazing and very thorough. We would have dinner at Poor Calvin’s, drinks and dancing at iLounge on Glenwood , then hang out at Apache for the rest of the evening for spoken word and live music! We also love live music festivals and can be found at any of the numerous fests around Atlanta.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The MariMoms would like to shout out our husbands and families for supporting our vision and mission as advocates of CBD for wellness and self-care.