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14 Latino Brands Latinos Cannot Live Without

Whether it’s abuelita’s favorite or a new found love, there are a handful of Latino brands some of us can’t live without. From makeup to household supplies, these are 14 of our favorite Latino must-have brands.

1. San Marcos

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Our list wouldn’t be complete without our beloved San Marcos cobijas. Original San Marcos blankets were produced from 1976 to 2004 by owners Jesus and Francisco Rivera in their hometown of San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Mexico. Although the company is not technically still up and running, the brand still lives on in just about every Mexican household.

2. Cuaba Soap

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If you’re Dominican, then you know that Cuaba soap is definitely a household staple. Jabon de cuaba is made out of pine resin. It’s not only used for showering but it can also be used to wash dirty laundry.

3. Suavitel

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Although Suavitel is technically an American brand, just about every Latino can identify this scent. This fabric softener is definitely abuela-approved. Plus, it’s perfect for those San Marcos cobijas!

4. Beautyblender

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The Latina-owned brand Beautyblenders is a staple for most Latino and Latina makeup gurus. Owner Rea Ann Silver created the infamous beauty sponge back in 2003 and the rest is history!

6. Clandestina

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Established in 2015, Clandestina became the first Cuban urban fashion brand. They are located in Havana and sell their clothing and accessories globally. In addition to being super trendy, this must-have clothing line prides itself on being pro-zero-waste.

7. Gruma

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Gruma, aka the mother of all things corn and flour, obviously made our list of favorite brands. Most tamales, quesadillas and tacos, indirectly come from the 79 productions plants Gruma has worldwide.

8. Bimbo

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As Latinos, Bimbo is part of our childhood, begging our parents to buy us Panques, Mantecadas, Doraditas. The Bimbo brand started over 70 years ago in Mexico City and was made famous for their white bread, toast, and Panques. Now Bimbo is in over 24 countries across the globes.

9. Barcel

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Takis, Hot Nuts, Dulces Vero, Ricolino… the list goes on and on. We all know that Barcel is the real MVP of Latino brands as far as snacks are concerned.

10. Ibarra 

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With the holiday season in full swing, you know we can’t forget about our favorite hot chocolate brand. There’s a never-ending battle between Abuelita and Ibarra hot chocolate, but we all know who the real winner is here.

11. Gamesa

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Latinos everywhere grew up on Gamesa galletas. Gamesa is Mexico’s largest cookie manufacturer, giving us all of our childhood favorites like Marias, Barras de CoCo, and Arcoiris just to name a few.

12. La Universal

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Speaking of sweet, childhood treats, let’s not forget about La Universal – maker of the Manicho chocolate bars. ¡Delicioso! La Universal is an Ecuadorian company that was founded all the back in 1889 and is recognized throughout Ecuador and Latin America for its 129 years of delicious treats.

13. Jarritos

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Are you thirsty after all this talk about our favorite Latino food brands? Don’t worry because we didn’t forget our favorite meal companion, Jarritos. Jarritos was founded in 1950 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. These popular Mexican sodas have gained worldwide popularity and do not disappoint.

14. Inca Kola

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On the topic of delicious sodas, we can’t forget of course this Peruvian favorite, Inca Kola. Inca Kola aka the Golden Kola was created back in 1935 in Peru but are now bottled in the United States. Like their slogan states, it truly is ¡refrescante para todo el mundo!

Whether your favorite Latino brand makes paleta or jewelry, one thing is for certain: Latinos have the best brands hands down. For those who beg to differ, don’t forget we love chanclas too.


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Pick a Fragrance & We’ll Tell You What Kind of Spring You’re Going to Have

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Pick a Fragrance & We’ll Tell You What Kind of Spring You’re Going to Have

Springtime is here! After what felt like the longest Latino despedida at the doorway, the darkness and gloom of winter are finally saying farewell, leaving us with the brightness of the days ahead. 

Spring represents everything from rebirth, to renewal, to productivity. And one thing’s for certain–spring is marked by distinctive scents. April showers. May flowers. Fresh-cut grass. Newly picked citrus fruits. Sephora has an endless range of scents that will make you feel like spring has come alive. Pick any Sephora fragrance below and we’ll tell you what kind of spring you’re going to have.

Renewing

These scents refresh and renew you, making you feel bright and alive after a long, cold winter. 

Versace – Dylan Turquoise 

If you picked this refreshing, clean scent, it might remind you of getting caught in a spring shower. The keynotes of citrus lemon primofiore essence, guava, and musk bring you right to a tropical rainstorm. Open your arms and enjoy the downpour.

Dolce & Gabbana – Light Blue 

This fragrance is like a seaside getaway! The scent notes of citrus, bamboo, and green apple perfectly capture the essence of springtime in the South of Italy. Nothing says rejuvenation like a last-minute trip with your amigas to the isle of Capri. 

Relaxing

While bees may start their busy season during spring, you can use the warmer days as an opportunity to relax. The season of rebirth should include some much-need self-care.

Maison Margiela – ‘REPLICA’ Beach Walk 

This fragrance is like…you guessed it, a trip to the beach. But not just any beach, it’s a chill beach, as the summer crowds haven’t poured in yet. The notes of bergamot, heliotrope, and coconut milk bring to mind a long leisurely stroll next to the waves.

Valentino – Voce Viva 

The mixture of italian bergamot, crystal moss accord, and orange blossom gives off a warm floral scent that is remindful of a springtime picnic. Imagine yourself spread out on a blanket, feeling the light spring sunbeams kissing your skin while you enjoy the good company of a friend.

Romantic

During the spring, you can practically feel all of the love that’s blossoming in the air. If you choose any of the scents below, you have a season of love ahead of you.

Dior – Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet 

Spring is the season practically made for weddings. This fragrance’s fresh rose and peony scents are directly reminiscent of a blushing bride’s bouquet. Don’t worry. You don’t gotta get married if you don’t want to. Just know that this scent might make people wanna put a ring on you.

Yves Saint Laurent – Libre Eau de Toilette 

The sexy and feminine scents of lavender, orange blossom absolute, and white-tea accord are perfect for a night of stargazing. Enjoy the mild weather while you lay under the night sky with your amorcito.

Marc Jacobs – Daisy

This fragrance’s notes of strawberry, violet, and jasmine give a feeling of purity and optimism. The scent of new love. This fragrance is an intoxicating first date at a breezy outdoor cafe. 

Productive

If you spent all winter hibernating, then spring might be the time you devote to getting things done. If you choose any of the scents below, you’re destined for a very productive season ahead.

Atelier Cologne – Clémentine California

  

Notes of vetiver, clementine, and star anise, this citrus fragrance reminds you of a California citrus grove during spring harvest time. Just picture yourself under miles of blue sky, picking clementines in a wide-brimmed hat.

Flora by Gucci – Gorgeous Gardenia 

The red berries, pear, and white gardenia keynotes in Flora by Gucci Gorgeous Gardenia will make you feel fresh and energized–just like how you feel after giving your house a top-to-bottom spring cleaning. 

Carefree

Spring can be one of those times of the year where you just pause and experience life without wanting anything else from it. If you choose any of the fragrances below, you’re sure to have a footloose and fancy-free springtime.

Viktor&Rolf – Flowerbomb 

Get out your sundress because this fragrance is perfect for a garden party. The notes of jasmine, orange blossom, and patchouli are perfect for a breezy gathering with girlfriends under the springtime sun. 

NEST New York – Seville Orange Oil 

The bright note of orange in Seville Orange Oil evokes the mimosas you’ll be sharing over french toast with your comadres. Not a care in the world.

Armani – My Way 

The sweet notes of orange blossom and vanilla will transport you right to a nighttime spring Carnival. See yourself at the ring toss or lining up for the Ferris wheel. Just make sure you let out your inner child for the night.

If you’re the type of person that wants a bit of everything, then Sephora Favorites – Deluxe Mini Perfume Sampler Set is perfect for you. 

This option would be for the type of woman who doesn’t want to choose just one type of springtime–she wants to experience them all. Choose your favorite scent out of the seven included in the sampler set. Then, take the included scent certificate to any US Sephora store to redeem for a FREE full size of your favorite featured fragrance at no extra cost.

Take time this spring to celebrate life in all the little ways–including finding the perfect scent. There’s no right way of doing springtime–just as long as you seize the day!

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The Mambacita Apparel Line Honoring Kobe Bryant & Gigi Already Sold Out

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The Mambacita Apparel Line Honoring Kobe Bryant & Gigi Already Sold Out

Updated May 3, 2021.

Since the tragic deaths of her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant, Vanessa Bryant has made her mission to secure and preserve their legacy an obvious one. From pursuing justice for theirs and the other victims of the helicopter crash that took their lives, to ensuring the creation of memorials in their name, Bryant has made a point of making sure none of the victims of the fateful crash are forgotten.

Bryant’s late daughter Gianna’s new Mambacita apparel line went on sale Saturday and was sold out by the early afternoon.

The line was launched on what would have been the teen basketball star’s 15th birthday.

Vanessa Bryant gave her Instagram followers a sneak peek of the tie-dyed Mambacita-brand sweatshirts and sweat pants on Friday. The line came out two weeks after Kobe Bryant’s estate team parted from its two-decade apparel deal with Nike.

Earlier this year, Vanessa Bryant set out to protect the ‘Mamba’ brand.

According to a recent report, an attorney for Bryant filed a trademark application for ‘Mamba’ and ‘Mambacita’ in early March.

While there’s little known about what Bryant intends to do with the brand names, the report suggests that the current agenda is to use the trademark for merchandise such as shirts, hoodies, jackets, and pants.

Kobe’s estate has filed for several trademarks related to his brand including ‘Mamba Sports Academy,’ ‘Mambacita,’ ‘Lady Mambas,’ and ‘Lil Mambas.’ 

The association with Bryant and the “Mamba” concept goes back to his days on the court where he was affectionately known as the Black Mamba. Bryant gave himself the nickname after a period of struggle. In a 2015 documentary called Muse, Kobe explained that he created the alter ego of Black Mamba to cope with off-the-court struggles in 2003.

“I went from a person who was at the top of his game, had everything coming, to a year later, having absolutely no idea where life is going or if you are even going to be a part of life as we all know it,” Bryant explained in the documentary. “I had to separate myself… It felt like there were so many things coming at once. It was just becoming very, very confusing. I had to organize things. So I created The Black Mamba.”

The Mamba name carried into his retirement when he left the NBA after twenty years. At the time, Bryant set out to coach and mentor younger children interested in sports at the Mamba Sports Academy, a training facility that he opened in California. Bryant’s daughter Gianna, 13, was a member of the Mambas girl’s team.

When the Bryants’ daughter Gianna began to come into her own on the basketball court, she took on the nickname “Mambacita.” 

On a recent cover feature for People Magazine, Vanessa Bryant explained that she’s found motivation in her devastating loss.

During an interview for the magazine’s ‘Women Changing the World’ issue, Bryant revaled “This pain is unimaginable [but] you just have to get up and push forward. Lying in bed crying isn’t going to change the fact that my family will never be the same again. But getting out of bed and pushing forward is going to make the day better for my girls and for me. So that’s what I do.”

Bryant also recently reportedly took over Granity Studios, her husband’s multimedia company, and also relaunched Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation which is focused on “creating positive impact for underserved athletes and young women in sports” and “provides funding and sports programming for underserved athletes to enable participation in school and/or league sports that enrich socio-emotional and physical development.”

Speaking to People about her efforts, Bryant explained, “I guess the best way to describe it is that Kobe and Gigi motivate me to keep going. They inspire me to try harder and be better every day. Their love is unconditional and they motivate me in so many different ways.”

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