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Meet Jennifer Hicks of Olijé Body Care in Southside

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Hicks.

Jennifer, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The name Olijé comes as an acknowledgment to my parents. The “O” is the first initial of my father’s name, Otis. The “li” is the first two letters of my mother’s name, Lillie. The jé is the first two initials of my name, Jennifer.

Olijé Body Care was created because I was tired of my skin feeling dry and irritated. I suffer from eczema and I was unable to find a product that kept my skin moisturized all day. One day I was bored and I began to research the ingredients used in one of the products that I just recently purchased.  To be honest, I couldn’t pronounce the ingredients contained in this particular product, however, after much research, I realized the products contained alcohol, which was drying out my skin. After this discovery, I decided that I needed to create a product that contained moisturizing oils containing natural and organic ingredients for my skin, including my hair, face, feet, and body.  We take pride in using only organic and all natural ingredients in all products.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Of course, whenever one embarks on a new path, there will always be struggles and issues that arise. My main issue is being able to keep enough product on hand and being able to financially afford the supplies needed for my products. I also find it difficult at times with marketing my product and allowing my brand to be visible.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Olijé Body Care is a skincare line created for all types of skin. We create whipped body butter, brown sugar scrubs, products for the face and hair, providing a complete skincare line for everyone to enjoy. I am most proud of the fact that I continue to learn and create products that help heal my clients, such as Olijé Body Care headache relief and a pain relief bar, continuing to use organic and natural ingredients. I believe what sets me apart from others is the continuity of my products, once my clients try Olijé Body Care they typically return for more.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was the baby of the family, so I was showered with a lot of love from my parents and siblings. I was always one who tried new things. If I didn’t like something it was because I tried it and had a reason for not liking it. I was kind of hard-headed, I didn’t want to listen to my parents and a lot of things I had to learn the hard way, but once I learned my lesson, the issue never happened again.


  • $4.00 – 20.00

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 312.620.2972
  • Email:
  • Instagram: olijebodycare
  • Facebook: Olijé Body Care
  • Twitter: olijeC

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  1. Harriet Gray

    August 18, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    I purchased some Mango Body Butter, some Foaming Black Soap, and some Body Scrub Nor Nostalgia
    I Love It all of it. I’mm a customer for life!!!
    Thank You So Much!!!

    • Jennifer S. Hicks

      August 21, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks so much Harriet. I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying your products. Thanks so much for supporting Olijé Body Care.

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