All posts tagged: diy

Rose, Vanilla & Milk Bath Anyone?

I was inspired to make this bath milk by a natural beauty book I’m currently reading, I’ve however modified the recipe to suit myself, except the cocoa butter and roses. I love roses and cocoa butter, infact almost all my diy bath stuff have one or the other including this skin softening bath milk. However aside the roses and cocoa butter, it has coconut milk which contains a natural protein that is good for the skin and goats’ milk which has alpha hydroxy acid that helps in removing dead skin cells and vitamin A which helps in skin repair and rejuvenation. Anytime I make this bath milk, I let it sit for a few days before using, this allows the vanilla scent become more intense (it’s like infusing herbs in oil, if you get the picture). I love to fill up bathtub with warm water, add as much as I want ( Be careful with the roses, you don’t want to mess up your drainage), soak in and relax for 20 to 30 minutes, then give myself a gentle …

Rhassoul Rose Cleansing Facial Mask

I purchased a book  on amazon kindle by Carla Oates ‘feeding your skin’, and according to the book, it is believed that the first mask was invented by slave girls in Egypt who were washing their clothes at the Nile’s edge. They realised that their feet became soft and pappy after immersion in the mud, and so decided to apply it on their face and hands. since then , masks have evolved to include a plethora of ingredients that draws out dirt, oil, and impurities from the skin. I use either a clay/mud mask OR  dried fruit powder and honey or hydrosol/distilled water once a week OR every other week. My skin is dry to combination and kinda of sensitive….yeah I know. Anyway, I love how clean and smooth it makes my skin feels and apparently products tend to work better after a deep cleanse your face/skin gets from using a mask. This blend combines rhassoul clay known for its rich and naturally occurring minerals and improves the texture of the skin whilst it cleanses, honey powder …

Favourites + Effective Natural Plant Oils For Hair And Skin

Carrier Oils/Base Oils are natural plant/fruits oils, pressed from the leaves or seed of such plant. Usually, plant oils do not have any strong concentrated aroma unlike essential oil, however some type of oils like neem oil, marula oil, olives etc, have distinctive smell, also carrier oils are not prone to evaporation because they are less volatile unlike essential oil. The best plant oil is unrefined, cold pressed, and organic.That been said I don’t always buy the organic oils, as long as its pure and unrefined, I’m good. Carrier oils are important for health and beauty. They not only help the skin absorb essential oils better, they moisturise and protect the skin from damage caused by external environmental factors. Using natural oil is a really fast way to get antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins on your skin tropically and I’m obsessed with them it’s not even funny, I’m always mixing/blending with essential oils to use for my skin, hair and face. These oils are just a few new ones I’ve just started using and not so new …

Organic Whipped Shea Baby Butter

It’s one of those nights when my mind is just clogged and I can’t go to sleep. So instead of tossing and turning I decided to go downstairs gather up my ingredients, lock the kitchen door (to block off the noise incase you were wondering)  and make my son’s body butter. I use it as a body and hair moisturizer for him and it works just fine. I use it for rashes, dry skin, and even flu cream with added eucalyptus essential oil. It is a moisturising and healing butter. And No Shea Butter Is Not Over Rated –  Basically, body butters rejuvenate, moisturises and protects the skin. It has no water unlike emulsified creams and lotions. It provides a protective layer on the surface of the skin to prevent water/moisture loss hence it’s better used on a damp skin. The pores on the surface of the skin means that whatever we put on it sinks in, so using natural butters like Shea, mango, cocoa, tacuma etc that has a lot of vitamins, minerals, and omega 3,6,9 …

Whipped Oat Milk Body Cream

I make a lot of body butters and I love them, because they work really well for skin especially during winter. Applying it over damp skin helps my skin lock and seal in the moisture from water and that results in a softer, smoother feel, though it gets a bit much for me doing it everytime. Usually I make creams & lotion for myself, son and family. I’ve taken classes, I’ve read a lot of books online and off and I still do, I’ve tried out a bunch of recipes and formulated a lot of recipes as well, and  just tying to figure out exactly what ingredients I like and what actually works for my skin. It’s always very interesting to see what works and what doesn’t and just learning about how oils/butters/liquids all work together to make creams/lotions. I formulated this recipe for my skin(dry skin). I wanted something very rich, thick but feels light, hence the whipping and something I can just use on a clean dry skin. I have to tell you this …

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 …

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. Rhassoul clay is gentle and moisturising. It contains silica, magnesium, and potassium which are essential to strong and healthy hair, skin and nails. It helps in detoxifying, clarifies and it cleanses through adsorption. 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 …