Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Manchester People and Places: Candy Scent

Candy Scent makes a welcome return to Hulme High Street. 

We dropped in to say hello .

Ceresha, or Candy as she is generally known, prefers her products to be closer to nature and talked about her products with passion, particularly the benefits of ‘Shea Butter’ which , “contain Vitamins from A to F, is a natural moisturiser  and is a good treatment for  psoriasis, eczema, cradle cap and dry skin conditions generally.”

She stocks organic skin and hair care, organic soap,  body oils, body butter (a type of moisturiser), all products are natural, no chemicals.

Candy said “We have a lot of vegan and vegetarian followers, Also those whom are very aware of the dangers of chemicals that are in almost everything today”

She explained ‘High Street’ products do contain chemicals that build up toxicities in the body, and cause reactions such as skin damage ,eczema, asthma, and even cancer. She stays completely away from those goods.

Candy Scent specialise in fragrances that are safe for even very young children. They are formulated in Egypt and contain only organic ingredients such as: Vitamin E and aloe vera, the fragrances are amazing, long lasting and moisturise the skin once applied like a moisturising perfume/aftershave.

She also makes her own organic yummy smelling soaps from ingredients such as coconut,peppermint, shea,olive, cocoa butter, strawberry, pineapple and lots more.

The nefertiti healing cream which contains: shea, moringa, argan, coconut (just to name a few ingredients) is soft, rich and creamy. The body butter penetrates the skin upon contact leaving you moisturised and smooth to touch.

Candy Scent have been in their new shop for 3 weeks now based, opposite the leisure Centre on Hulme High Street. It’s already a comfortable welcoming space.

She has been trading in Hulme for 5 years, originally starting in what used to be the Old Hulme Market, which you can see out of the window.

The new shop is shared with ‘Mia’s’, which focuses on natural hair care only, no chemicals which is highly refreshing/different to see. Mia's team  does natural hair, twists, locks, steaming with herbal botanicals and everything that helps the hair that grows out of your scalp flourish naturally.

For Valentine’s Day, just coming up, Candy is offering gift baskets at a reduced rate from 35 pounds to 25 pounds  which contain massage oils, body butter, organic soaps, fragrance etc but shoppers can pick and mix from a wide range of products.

Interestingly, her plans for the future include creating a co-op with lots of local business under one roof, she is currently offering other businesses a chance to have their products in her shop, and hopes to do it on a bigger scale in the future.  

Its good to see Candy Scent back on Hulme High Street.

Visit for a video explaining a lot more about this unique, ethical, organic, mother nature approved company.

From the website:

Candy Scent is a Manchester based business which provides natural skincare, hair care and holistic therapies. The company has 800 different fragrances for men and women.

You can find them at 144 Hulme High Street, Hulme, Manchester

Follow Candy on

Twitter: @candyscent

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Say It Loud – Activist: Actual or Armchair? Thursday December 6th, 6.30pm

Over the past 10 weeks The Mbari Group and Sustained Theatre Up North have delivered a programme of activity aimed at educating, encouraging engagement and activism.

The programme has included an exhibition, lectures, workshops, crafts fair, performance art and lots of discussion. We’ve been supported by lots of organisations and individuals and we in turn have done the same.

In our finale event we will discuss the following

  • What do we mean when we talk about activism?
  • What does it mean to take a lead? 
  • What does it cost to lead?

We are pleased to have Lee Jasper, one of the most prominent black activists in the UK as keynote speaker.

invited speakers|

Organisation |
Lee Jasper | BARAC Black Activists Rising Against Cuts
Liz Cameron | UNITE union
Clifford Cawthon | Greater Manchester Anti-Capitalists 

Doors open 6.30pm

Entrance - £2

Venue - Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Employment : Whats working? event this evening cancelled

Due to an accident within the organising team, we’ve decided to cancel tonight’s event.

We apologise for the short notice.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

AKALA Guest Lecture: 3pm, Thursday November 29th 2012

Employment : Whats working? Thursday November 29th 7 - 8.30pm

Employment : Whats working? 

Exactly what percentage of Black people in Manchester are out of work? What about young people? What are we doing to find work? What are we doing to get an income? Who has the information and what is working?

We will discuss the process of recovery and building a network of employment that works for everyone.

invited speakers|

Artist | Ekua Bayunu

Thursday November 29th 7pm - 8.30pm

Entrance - £2

Venue - Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA

Crude Killings Book Launch Wednesday November 28th 6 - 8pm

Free event by Virtual Migrants, Weds 28th November 6 - 8pm

BEHIND OIL: Multi-billion dollar corporate oil activities are almost entirely hidden, sanitised, absent from history and consciousness.
We think we know about oil, but we don't. Its not just what we use it for, more than that its about extreme power and control by companies and states over our lives, minds, environment, culture, economies and austerities...

Book your place at (registration is strongly advised to be sure of entry)
@ International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, Manchester M1 5BY

Virtual Migrants present the latest of their ‘Passenger’ events using live music and spoken word, plus a panel discussion in response to Platform's new book The Oil Road.
The Oil Road, quotes BP - the fourth largest company in the world - describing their operations as “Safe, Silent & Unseen”, but we need both to "see" and to "hear" at whose expense are their billions of dollars of annual profits.
This event by Virtual Migrants with support from Platform will explore the themes of the book and ask, "How does the sanitisation of difficult, violent processes and imperialist histories inform the fight for climate justice today?"

The panel includes:

JAMES MARRIOTT - Platform & co-author of the book
JAYA GRAVES - Southern Voices
DEYIKA NZERIBE - Hulme Green Party
MARC HUDSON - Steady State Manchester
ARWA ABURAWA - Manchester Climate Monthly
KOOJ CHUHAN (chair) - Virtual Migrants

The 'Passenger' performance will involve Virtual Migrants' artists:
SAI MURRAY (poetry/spoken word)
TANHA MEHRZAD (visual projection/poetry)

Platform (London) are a social justice organisation combining Arts, Activism, Education and Research. For more info on The Oil Road and their work including the campaign for justice in the Niger delta, Remember Saro-Wiwa see