All posts tagged: Shea butter

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 …

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 …

Solid Perfume

I made a purchase online a while back and I was sent a free anti-stress natural perfume, that had a really subtle kind of fruity scent to it and very relaxing I have to say. Anyway that got me thinking about natural perfume basically and my curiosity lead me to a totally new discovery of solid perfumes which contains just beeswax, natural carrier oils and essential oils. I know lush has some amazing ones but I wanted to make my own as usual and the satisfaction of having control over what I want to put in it. It very simple, unbelievably quick and you have amazing perfumes at the end. What You Will Need Beeswax (1 part) Carrier Oil : Almond Oil (1 part) Essential Oil : Citronella, Vanilla and Rose. (45-50 drops),any essential oil blend will do or even a single one depending on personal preference Tin cans or Tubes Containers How To Melt the beeswax and add the carrier oil allow to cool down just a bit before adding the essential oil/oils of …

Moisturising Natural Hair: The Loc Method.

Dryness is a major thing that I deal with everyday and I think most people with my hair texture can relate. My hair is very coily (4c)  and so all the natural oil  that is supposed to travel from my scalp to the shaft/tip of my hair is unable to due to the shape of the strands, and this is the major cause of  the dryness. I don’t have any scientific knowledge on hair at all, but what I know for a fact is that dryness leads to breakage and this means you are unable to retain length and hair feels brittle and lifeless. I have learnt that there is nothing you can do about your natural hair texture except learn how to make it more manageable, love it and accept it. However one thing that has really helped me with the manageability of my hair is the use of the L.O.C method, what this means is LIQUID.OIL.CREAM in that order or a modified way you choose to do it. LIQUID: Water/Leave-in-conditioner. This is the …

Moisturising Cocoa Pop Lotion Bars

I wrote a blog on lotion bars a while back here (https://tlgemsandmixes.com/2014/11/11/lotion-bars/) and it is actually one of my favorite post till date because it is a flexible DIY in terms of colors and shapes  just like soaps or shampoo bars. I was looking to buy molds for more lotion bars and I came across some really cute lollipop molds so I decided to get a few and make some lotion bars. I used the same recipe I used here (https://tlgemsandmixes.com/2014/11/11/lotion-bars/), the only difference is the addition of gold glitters that I sprinkled on it to make it suitable for a light body glitter . I have to say this was so much more fun, simple and so cute. Not only are this fun and they are actually amazing for the skin and really simple to make. However for the sake of practicality you can always remove the sticks. Try it out and leave me a comment down below. Thank you!

DEEP CONDITIONING HAIR MASK

In this winter period and with the  UK hard water, it is very hard to get away with just conditioning natural hair or any hair at that without a deep conditioning treatment especially after using a shampoo, so I came up with this recipe after reading about some of the ingredients and the benefits they have on hair. I have to say I am was very pleased with the result I got from using it as a pre-treatment before washing my hair and also as a post-treatment after washing my hair. My hair seems softer and easier to manage. So this is it and I hope you try it. THE INGREDIENTS Raw Cosmetic Grade Cocoa Butter (77g) Raw Organic Unrefined Shea Butter (177g) Olive Butter (36g) Goji Berry (1tablespoon) Olive Squalane (2 teaspoon) Wheatgerm Oil (1 tqblespoon) Blackcurrant Oil (1 tablespoon) Avocado Oil (1/2 tablespoon) Flaxseed Oil (1/2 tablespoon) Cyclomethicone (1 tablespoon) D-panthenol (1tablespoon) HOW TO Melt the cocoa butter in a double boiler or microwave ( This may take a while). After melting the …