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Dark, Rich, Moisturising Hair And Scalp Oil

This is a very simple oil blending recipe. It is very dark, thick and smells like earth and amazingly nourishing to hair & scalp. It is choked full of vitamins and anti-oxidants that will nourish, moisturise not only hair but also the skin. All these oils are natural and unrefined. However, alternative oils like extra virgin oil, safflower oil, almond oil, black seed oil, emu oil, neem oil, peppermint essential oil, rosemary essential oil, cedarwood essential, etc, can also be used to replace any of the ones listed below.

The Recipe

Tamanu Oil (15ml)

Pumpkin Seed Oil (15ml)

Unrefined Hempseed Oil (10ml)

Organic Unrefined  Avocado Oil (5ml)

Black Jamaican Castor Oil (15ml)

Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional-5 drops)

You Will Need

The Oils

Measuring Spoons/Digital Scale

50ml Bottle

Funnel

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Bits And Pieces

Pumpkin seed oil contains vitamin A, E and zinc and omega-3&6 which are essential fatty acids that enhances the health of hair and scalp whilst promoting growth. It has also been shown to protect hair follicles and increase shine.

Tamanu oil is a very good hair conditioner, it repairs damage, stimulates growth, reduces fizz and also adds shine. It moisturises the scalp and helps getting rid of dandruff because of its anti-bacteria and anti-inflammatory properties.

Hemp seed oil helps prevent water loss  therefore it is an amazing moisturising oil and it is easily absorbed by the scalp and hair.  It contains omega-3, omega-6&9 fatty acids  which are important for hair growth. It is also a source of protein to hair.

Avocado oil is a good hair moisturiser especially for dry and damaged hair. It is light weight and absorbs easily into hair and scalp. It contains vitamins A, B, D, & E which are all essential to the hair growth. It also contains protein and folic acid.

Black Jamaican castor oil is rich in omega-9 fatty acids and this contributes to scalp moisture which then prevents scalp and hair from drying. It promotes hair growth, thickens and strengthens the hair.


Quick tip –  spray hair with water/any liquid and apply a small amount of black Jamaican castor oil, style as usual. I find that it makes my hair very soft, more manageable and less frizzy.


Tea tree essential oil is a good oil that helps to inhibit dandruff and gives the scalp a fresh and clean feel.

Blending– In no particular order, add the oils in your glass bottle. You can play around with the quantity of each oil based on what suits you the most. I added my oils directly into the glass bottle and just gave the bottle a shake to mix well. However a better way to this is to add all the oils in a glass bowl or any bowl, mix well with spoon or spatula then pour in the bottle.

Use

As a hot oil treatment.

As a moisturiser for skin and hair (on a damp skin and hair to lock in moisture).

As a scalp massage oil.

As a daily moisturising hair oil.

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Thank you so much for reading, Hope you try out this recipe and comment down below on your thoughts. Please don’t forget to subscribe, Like and share what you like.

 

Hydrosol Floral Water + Pumpkin Seed Oil = Soft & Plump Skin

Like my hair, my skin is also dry and the only way to manage it is through hydration and moisturisation and yes! I know the best way to achieve that is drinking a reasonable amount of water and having a good diet(still working on that), however tropical application of creams and lotions is also important to me.

Hydrating and moisturising are often mixed up when it comes to skin care or even hair care but simply put, to hydrate basically means to apply liquid to the surface of the skin, it’s like giving your skin water/hydrosols/floral water to drink and this makes it plump and fresh, for the water to be locked into the skin and not lost, you need to moisturise with oils/butters/creams and this creates a layer over the skin that locks in the liquid,protects, softens, smooths the skin. So understanding this, and knowing fully well that liquid and oils don’t mix, I came up with this really simple recipe of oil, hydrosol and floral water.

Bits About Hydrosols And Floral Water.

According to http://www.quinessence.com, hydrosol is the condensed water that is left behind after the process of extracting essential oil or oils by water or steam distillation. It contains the essence of everything that was contained within the plant when it was still alive and growing.

When essential oils are extracted by steam distillation, some of the healing properties contained in the plant are lost, however they are absorbed by the steam used for the extraction, The steam then condenses back into water. The water is what is known as hydrosol or floral water but because essential oil is not only extracted from flowers, hydrosols is a more accepted name with active ingredients lost during the production of essential oil with therapeutic and cosmetic benefit.


 

The Recipe

Frankincense Hydrosol Water(50ml)– This comes from the distillation of frankincense resins. It is useful for all skin type. A great skin refresher especially for dry mature skin. Promotes skin elasticity and skin regeneration.

Rose Floral Water(15ml)– This comes from the distillation of rose flowers. It is also useful for all skin types and even hair. It tones and heals because of the anti-inflammatory properties.

Frankincense hydrosol water and rose floral water both helps in toning, healing and protecting the skin.

Pumpkin Seed Oil(25ml)– I recently read an article on pumpkin seed oil at http://www.harperbazaar.com, although the article is not new on the site ( I think…) anyway according to the article, pumpkin seed oil is rich in vitamin E, zinc, omega-6 and 9 fatty acids, as well as anti oxidants. It helps in retaining skin moisture, fighting free radicals and maintaining the youthful appearance of the skin and I love the fact that it smells so rustic.

The high amount of zinc and vitamin e also helps in toning and healing the skin, fights acne and renews skin while the minerals and vitamins have an anti aging effects on the skin. This oil is chocked full of amazing vitamins and anti-oxidants that will not only benefit the skin but also healthy hair growth.

Glycerine(5ml) This is a humicant that helps the skin in attracting moisture to itself.

Vitamin E(5ml)– I used this for its healing and also moisturisng properties and it’s acting as a natural preservative.

Funnel

Spray Bottle

Mixing Spoon

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Add the hydrosol water in your bottle using your funnel to avoid waste. Measure your glycerine and pour into the water,  then add the vitamin e and oil of choice.

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Oh and thats my son's finger, he could not resist the floating Oil

Oh and that’s my son’s finger, he could not resist the floating Oil

How To Use

Because water and oil don’t mix, you will have to shake everytime you want to use, then just spray on the surface of the skin and pat dry. Your skin will drink up the liquid and the oil will lock it in at the same time. The skin is left feeling so soft and fresh. I make it in small batches of 100ml bottle because of no preservative and the presence of water. I use this on my face and body, day and/or night. And I use a natural butter on top of it during the winter months for extra moisture.

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Rhassoul Clay Hair Wash

I’ve been using Rhassoul clay to wash and cleanse my scalp for a few years now, basically since I’ve been back to my natural hair and that’s a bit over 3 years. I can’t really remember what or who made me try it but I did and loved it! so I stuck to it. And I have never tried any other clay on my hair since this works just fine, infact I don’t intend to at least for now.

Why You Should Try Rhassoul Clay

Rhassoul or ghassoul clay is a natural mineral mined in the atlas mountains since the eighth century. It is formed by natural geothermal process and volcanic activity.

  1. Rhassoul clay is gentle and moisturising.
  2. It contains silica, magnesium, and potassium which are essential to strong and healthy hair, skin and nails.
  3. It helps in detoxifying, clarifies and it cleanses through adsorption.
  4. It helps in improving the texture of hair and skin. I have 4c afro kinky hair with very tight curl pattern, and my hair basically becomes wavy anytime I use this clay.

How I Use Rhassoul Clay

I use rhassoul clay  in place of shampoo, however I mix it in such a way that it is very thick and it feels more like a mask that I can leave in for some minutes before washing it off.image

I don’t have a particular measurement, I just make sure I use more clay than warm water depending on how thick I want it to be. Also I like adding extra virgin olive oil or any other oil for additional moisture, since I leave it in for about 30 minutes, When I feel the clay getting dry  and I’m not ready to wash, I just spray it with water and massage. Parting my hair into two always works best it allows me to easily distribute the clay all over my head/scalp/hair. I mix in a glass bowl with a wooden spoon.

The washing or rinsing out is really messy but worth it, After rinsing with warm water, I use a conditioner to get any excess clay out and my scalp and hair feels absolutely clean, very soft and moisturised. After rinsing out, style your hair usual and don’t forget to lock and seal in the moisture with natural oil and cream respectively.

I get my clay on ebay (just search for rhassoul clay and different option pops out)  and in bulk- 3 bags of 500 grams sack and it comes in small chips that will dissolve and swell up when warm water is added. This is one of the few things I can recommend, if you are looking for an alternative to shampoo, it is so good!.

Thank you so much for reading, and please let me know your thoughts on using Rhassoul clay or any other clay by commenting down below. Don’t forget to like, subscribe and share what you like.

 

 

 

Tingling Scalp Treatment Oil

One of the best thing about mixing and blending your own oils/butters is that you know exactly what is going in, you are able to play around with recipes and measurements and also trying out new oils/butters. It is just so much fun learning and reading about natural oils/butters.

I recently came across this recipe online at http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com while I was looking for the best oils for dry, itchy and scaly scalp. I had been dealing with a really terrible scalp issue as in itching and stuff, infact my scalp was getting a little tender because I could not keep my fingers out of my hair. I needed and wanted something intense that I can feel on my scalp (Tingling) and this blend did exactly that. The original recipe used Arnica CO2 extract and babassu oil, since I did not have the two, I replace the arnica with rosemary essential oil and the babassu with coconut oil.

THE ORIGINAL RECIPE

Coconut Oil 60ml

Babassu Oil 45ml

Argan Oil 15ml

Black Jamaican Castor Oil 7.5ml

Anica CO2 Extract 2.5ml

MODIFIED RECIPE

Organic Pure Coconut Oil 120ml – It is one the oils that can actually penetrate deep into the hair follicles. It adds lustre, shine and softens the hair. It also prevents breakage.

Argan Oil 15ml – It has been proven to make hair soft and promotes shine, it is an amazing hair conditioner, a good styling agent because of its ability to tame frizz.

Black Jamaican Castor Oil 7.5ml – It is rich in omega-9 fatty acids that moisturises the scalp and prevents hair from drying. Regular use promotes hair growth.

Rosemary Essential Oil 2.5ml – It is packed full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It promotes hair growth and helps with dandruff.

I doubled the coconut oil since it is similar to babassu although I have never tried babassu oil. Also this oil blend will go solid so just warm it up in a hot water bath.

WHAT YOU NEED

A double boiler/microwave

Digital Scale/Measuring spoons

Glass Jar

Heat Resistant Bowls

Mixing Spoons

Funnel

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HOW TO

Measure the solid oils or oil in a double boiler or microwave, then add the other liquid oils and essential oil and mix. When all the ingredients are well blended pour in your glass jar.

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The original recipe was for an overnight treatment oil, however I have used it as a hot oil treatment for my scalp. Part your hair into two or 4 parts then take the oil, apply to scalp and gently massage in. You will feel the tingles and you can leave overnight or 30 to 45 minutes.

It will not only promote growth but it will keep your scalp in good condition one tingle at a time.

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Emulsified Pink Body Scrub

Hello and happy new year! This is my first post of the year and it is an emulsified sugar scrub. Normally adding sugar/salt/jojoba beads etc to a good carrier oil/honey (which by the way I love) is good enough for a proper and effective exfoliation, however it tends to be messy, tacky and difficult to pack as gifts or presents.  Emulsified scrub on the other hand is prefect, because it will not leak,it is less messy and easily washes off under the shower without leaving behind any oil residue.

Emulsification simply means the combination of water and oil/butter with the help of emulsifiers. The amazing thing about this particular recipe(originally from soapqueen.com) is that it is a moisturising lotion because it contains oils and butter, a cleanser because it contains natural liquid soap and obviously a scrub so it is a 3 in one scrub.

I have modified this recipe by adding a pink clay and infusing my sweet almond oil with dried rose buds and petals.

Original Recipe (Soap queen.com)

1.9 oz Sweet Almond Oil

.6 oz Stearic Acid

1.2 oz Emulsifying Wax

.7 oz Beeswax

1 oz Mango Butter

3 oz Distilled water

3 oz Natural Liquid Soap

.1 oz Phenonip ( The addition of a preservative is very important because the recipe contains water)

.1 oz Scent

21-28 oz Fine Ground Sugar

Modified Recipe With:

Dried Rose Petals Infused Sweet Almond Oil (double infusion). This means I infused for two months, however after a month I changed the rose petals to new dried rose petals.

1 teaspoon  Australian Pink Mud. Because it is a non drying clay and it stimulates the skin leaving a soft beautiful glow.

10 Drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil

What You Will Need

Heatprove bowls

Mixing Spoons

Scale

Stick Blender

How To

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2) Combine the water + liquid soap. Heat in a microwave or double boiler and set aside.

3) Combine the oil + butter. Heat in a microwave or double boiler.

4) When both the oil/butter and the water/liquid soap have reached about the same temperature of 167-176 fahrenheit or 75-80 centigrade. Pour the oil into the water and mix with a spoon for about 2 minutes.

After 2 minutes, change the spoon to a stick blender or a milk frother and blend for 5 minutes. This is the stage I added my pink clay and it blended seamlessly.

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Once the mixture is thick and cool enough, add the fragrance oil/rose geranium and preservative.

Add the sugar and mix with a spoon and spatula. Although the recipe says to use 21 to 28oz of sugar, I used only 20oz and that’s just a personal preference.

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That is it!, your emulsified sugar scrub is ready to be used, just pour into a plastic or glass jar. You can put this in the shower with the lid on because it contains a preservative if not then you can just put in the fridge and try to use within a few weeks. I love this body scrub so much, it does not only exfoliate but it moisturises and rinses off so easily. I use it on days I don’t intend to use soap.

Thank you so much for reading, and please let me know what you think about it and if you have also tried it by commenting down below, also don’t forget to like what you like, and share what you like. I get all my ingredients online at soapkitchen.com and sometimes on ebay.

 

DIY CLEANSING BALM

Lately I’ve been exploring more gently ways of cleansing my skin, and that has led me to oil and balm cleansing. My last post was on oil cleansing and this is just an extension of that. It really feels good to know that after years of using harsh cleansers with the aftermath of tight skin feeling it leaves behind, there are more ways than one to get it done and not only cleanse but nourish and moisturise my skin.

I have to say that before trying to cleanse with oils or balm you should do a little or a lot of research on different oils and butters and what benefit they have on the skin and also try to figure out your skin type, it makes choosing and blending oil/oils and butter easier and you avoid having breakouts or irritations.


Check here for a list of oils and butters that will not clog your pores. https://www.beneficialbotanicals.com/facts-figures/comedogenic-rating.html


Cleansing balm is the use of butters and oils melted or blended together to clean and moisturise at the same time. Your skin feels absolutely amazing after each use. I have chosen mango and Shea butter for two different easy and very simple recipes.

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MANGO BALM

Mango Butter 56g

Organic Unrefined Avocado Oil 1tbs

Papaya Seed Oil 1tbs

Vitamin E Oil 6 Drops

Recycled Face Cream Jar

Double Boiler

Mixing Bowl

Mixing Spoon

SHEA BALM

Raw African Unrefined Shea Butter 60g

Papaya Seed Oil 1tbs

Sea Buckthorn Oil 1/4tsp

Vitamin E oil 6 Drops

Castor Oil 3 drops

Container/Jar

Double Boiler

Mixing Bowl

Mixing Spoon

How To

Measure all the oils in a clean bowl and put aside. Then Take the pre measured butter and put it in a double boiler/microwave/hot bowl of water.

When it is melted, add the oils,  and essential oil if you want, mix well with a spoon or spatula and set aside to solidify and if like me you are impatient I suggest you put in a fridge.

How To Use

Just like any cleansing oil, Take your face cleansing balm, I have to say that a little goes a long way here and massage on your face (and neck if you want).

Then Take a muslin towel/face towel/face cloth, soak in a very warm water but not hot to avoid burning and wipe away the balm, You will see all the dirt/makeup wiped off. Do this 2 to 3 times and use a toner after for any excess balm/oil.

Do not forget to moisturise with the same balm or any preferred daily moisturiser.

This balm can be used as a day cleanser or night cleanser. I need to point out that I personally think it is very important to use a toner when using oil or balm cleanser to avoid clogged pores. And also to moisturise immediately when the face is still damp and hydrated. The moisturiser locks in the hydration from the toner/water.

All butters and oils used are based on my personal preference and research, Thank you so much for reading and please do not forget to like and share and let me know your thoughts on oil/balm cleansing by commenting down below. You can also visit my shop at http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TLNATURAL for all natural skin and hair care products.

 

 

The Oil Cleansing Method

Oil cleansing as the name implies means cleansing your face with oil, yes OIL!. I have known of oil cleansing method for a while and I even tried it once or twice before but went back to my ‘normal’ cleanser. However, my skin’s sensitivity to alcohol had me seeking alternative ways to cleanse my skin without the over drying and itchy, which lead me back to oil cleansing and honey cleansing(honey cleansing will be another blog post).

THE METHOD

Basically, What you do is take a natural oil or blends of oil like almond oil, castor oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil etc. massage it in on your face in a gently and circular motion for a few seconds and take a soft cloth or muslin face towel, put it in a warm but not hot water and wipe away the oil. Do this two to three times and use a toner after, for any excess oil. your skin will be left feeling fresh and moisturised.

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According to ‘theoilcleansingmethod.com’, the skin naturally lubricates itself with oil so when natural plant oils or oil is used to massage the face, it helps in dissolving the hardened oil and impurities on the skin and the steam from the warm face cloth opens up the pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Also, the same oil in a very small quantity can be patted  on the moist skin to moisturise preventing the face from over compensating in oil production.

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WHY CASTOR OIL IS IMPORTANT.

CASTOR OIL is a very thick, cleansing oil and according to Dr McGarey in his book ‘The oil that heals’ stated that castor oil will leave your body in better condition than it found it (theoilcleansingmethod.com). However because castor oil is very thick, it needs a lighter oil to dilute. The lighter oil helps transport the castor oil deep into the pores allowing it to draw the all the dirt to the surface where it will be whipped off by the warm muslin towel. The essential fatty acids in the oils or oil will then restore the skin’s natural moisture without drying.

However, it should be used with caution because when it’s too much, it can be very drying so for a dry skin a little of castor oil goes a long way. Personally I suggest trying out a few good oils in different proportions keeping in mind that the dryer your skin the lesser castor oil you want to use to prevent over drying and causing breakouts.

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For a well balanced cleaning oils go to http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TLNATURAL to shop.

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