JDNatlady's Creations, LLC, an indie beauty brand from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, recently celebrated its 7th anniversary. This manufacturer of small batch, handmade soaps, bath & body products, hair products, candles, and wax melts will continue its expansion beyond the shores of its small island home by making its first solo appearance as an exhibitor at NYNOW where it will be at Booth 8070 in the Personal Care + Wellness section from February 3-6, 2019.
Its founder, well-known Virgin Islander Aquannette Y. Chinnery, graduated at age 18 from the then-College of the Virgin Islands (now University of the Virgin Islands) with a B.A. in Chemistry and entered a Ph.D. program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she later earned her M.S. in Biochemistry. She has a J.D. with High Honors from Rutgers University and currently is an Assistant Attorney General in the V.I. Department of Justice. Aquannette is a former model, dancer, radio personality, television news and weather anchor, award winning fine artist, and award nominated recording artist/singer/songwriter. As a multi-genre creative, Aquannette's artistic background often influences her artisan soap designs. Her background as a scientist laid the foundation needed for JDNatlady's Creations to formulate and create its products in house at its workshop and small retail store on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands where it has thrived for the past seven years despite being hit with two Category 5 hurricanes in September 2017, Aquannette said, "It is great to be able to continue to show that the U.S. Virgin Islands is open and ready for business and to remind people that our products made in our small U.S. territory are Made in the USA."