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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.


READ: These 20 Delicious Latino Snacks You Need To Be In Your Life Permanently

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Lawsuit Over Subway Tuna Sandwich Claims That It’s Mystery Meat

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Lawsuit Over Subway Tuna Sandwich Claims That It’s Mystery Meat

Oh, mystery meat. We live in America which means we’re all bound to come across it at some point. From the school cafeteria to even our favorite taco joints, we’ve all been faced with the alarming realization that at some point we’ve definitely eaten it.

Fans of Subway are coming to the realization about the circumstances of Subway meals, once again, thanks to a recent lawsuit challenging the substance of its tuna.

A new Subway lawsuit alleges that the sandwich chain’s tuna is made from a “mixture of various concoctions” made to “imitate the appearance of tuna.”

Brought forth by Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin, two women from California on Jan. 21 the lawsuit claims that “independent testing has repeatedly affirmed, the products are made from anything but tuna.” The lawsuit did not share any evidence of the claims.

Amin and Dhanowa’s lawyer, Alex Brown, asked in a statement last Friday, “What is Subway selling? We don’t know yet, but we are certain it is not tuna… We’re confident that our clients will prevail when they get their day in court.”

In response to the claims, Subway has launched a marketing barrage challenging the allegations that its tuna is fake.

“Keep fishing folks, we’ll keep serving 100% wild-caught tuna,” Subway posted in a Tweet.

The company is offering 15 percent off of its footlong tuna subs with the promotional code “ITSREAL” proving that they’re not waiting for a court to settle the accusations made about its tuna salad. According to CBS “The fast-food chain is already appealing to the court of public opinion with an advertising blitz touting its tuna salad sandwiches and wraps as made with ‘100% real wild caught tuna.'”  

They have further decided to stand by the quality of their tuna, sharing in a statement last Thursday that “There simply is no truth to the allegations in the complaint” and their tuna is mixed with mayo.

“Subway will vigorously defend itself against these and any other baseless efforts to mischaracterize and tarnish the high-quality products that Subway and its franchisees provide to their customers, in California, and around the world, and intends to fight these claims through all available avenues if they are not immediately dismissed,” the fast-food chain stated.

Maggie Truax, Subway’s director of Global PR told CBS MoneyWatch. “Subway delivers 100% cooked tuna to its restaurants, which is mixed with mayonnaise and used in freshly made sandwiches, wraps, and salads that are served to and enjoyed by our guests,” she stated. “Unfortunately, this lawsuit is part of a trend in which the named plaintiffs’ attorneys have been targeting the food industry in an effort to make a name for themselves in that space.”

According to Subway’s website, the company’s tuna salad is made with flaked tuna in brine, mayonnaise, and a flavor-protecting additive.

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This Online Botanica is The Best Place To Support And Find Fulfilment For The Bruja In You

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This Online Botanica is The Best Place To Support And Find Fulfilment For The Bruja In You

Updated April 15, 2020

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

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You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

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No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

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If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

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Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

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While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

7. Haus of Hoodoo

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In this Haus, it’s all about folk magic, which can be felt deeply just by looking at the gorgeous, conjure fixed candles that have made this shop a bruja favorite. However, take note that these candles sell out ridiculously fast. So set a reminder for Saturdays at 6 p.m., when the restock happens. We’re here by declaring that the new witching hour.

8. Moon Mother Apothecary

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If you’re una bruja verde, then Moon Mother Apothecary is the herbal oasis of your dreams. Stocked with herbs, tinctures and salves, this botanica puts the magic in Mama Earth’s medicine. Take the “La Luna” tincture, intended for use during ceremonies and rituals, or the “Goodnight Kiss’ tea blend, which is powered by a Sagittarius moon and is also described as being “wrapped in a grandmother’s hug.” We’ll take two of those, please.

9. Mujeres De La Luna

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For all the brujas that like to use a more elevated type of herb for some mota magic, we have Mujeres De La Luna. This “botanica for the far-out babe” has you covered on everything, from crystals and rolling papers to smudge sticks and vintage books. The crystal pipes might be our favorite item, though, especially the corazon-shaped, rose quartz pipe. You will surely call in some serious self-love with this piece!

Read: In These Trying Times, Boricua Bruja Emilia Ortiz Provides A Digital Space For Healing

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