Nearly 100 South Atlanta High School girls filled an auditorium decorated with pink balloons and Honey Pot feminine hygiene products on display. Beyonce’s “Homecoming” Coachella performance projected on the big screen. Girls sang along to Queen Bey’s “Sorry” as volunteers passed around red velvet cake cups, courtesy of Endulge Cupcake Boutique – owned by two African-American women.
It was time for “Girl Power. Period.”
Coordinated by Media Specialist Shanna Miles and funded by Teaching Tolerance magazine, the May 7 event was an interactive discussion of women’s health, women in business, and other girly things.
“The purpose of today was to destigmatize period talk and talk about vaginas,” said Miles, who wanted to empower her female students to learn more about their bodies and ask questions in a safe forum.
Featured guest Bea Feliu-Espada fit the bill. She is the founder of The Honey Pot Company, a natural feminine care product line she started in her kitchen in 2012 after suffering from bacterial vaginosis for months and without relief. That is, until an ancestor visited her dreams and gave her the ingredients to a natural remedy that cleanses, protects and pH balances the vagina.
Feliu-Espada says within a week of using the remedy, her bacterial vaginosis disappeared never to return. She then spent the next two years testing the product and building the brand.
“I didn’t go to school for business,” she said. “I’m just a hustler. I started off in one Whole Foods store.”
Now Honey Pot products (pads, tampons and cleansers) are available at Target and Wal-Mart.
“My goal is to grow it and sell it to a conglomerate so that me and my stakeholders can leave it with a company that can actually afford to keep it going,” she said.
Feliu-Espada shared her path to entrepreneurship, gave tips for healthy vaginas, and answered questions about both business and feminine health.
At the close of the program, each girl was able to leave with new knowledge and Honey Pot samples.