Monday, 4 January 2016

DIY body scrub


Hi, friends! It’s a been a long time  I have posted here. So sorry for the silence.    Here is wishing you all a very rewarding year. We all know the importance of exfoliating and it's better to do it with the ingredients right in your kitchen. Got tired of my brown sugar scrub and so i decided to whip up something pretty and yummy.

Ah, isn’t it just SO pretty? I’m a total pink lover and this just made me smile big. It’s super easy to make and you can literally do it in about 3 minutes and you’re good to go. I use it on my face, body and even my lips for some gentle exfoliation. It’s even edible, if you happen to get some in your mouth while scrubbing your lips. You can pretty much go for whatever color you like or keep it plain, up to you. I like pretty things so I had to grab my food colouring and get all sorts of creative.
 #beautyasnatureintendsDIYBodyScrub
Prep time: 3 mins

Total time: 3 mins

A quick & easy do it yourself body scrub that can be made with items already in your kitchen!

Ingredients
·      Sugar
·      Coconut Oil
·      Food Colouring
·      A small container

Instructions
1.    Scoop 1 1/2 cups of sugar into a mixing bowl
2.    Use 1 drop of pink food coloring
3.    Add 3 tsps. of coconut oil

See? Easy! You can obviously leave out the food colouring and you’ll have a plain white sugar scrub. I promise, you will NOT turn pink when using this scrub, I tested it all over my face just to be sure. You can use any colour food coloring you like, these all make for great party favors! Coconut oil will help to moisturize as you gently exfoliate with the scrub but can also be swapped out for another oil you have on hand like olive, almond or argan oil. Just scoop it into the palms of your hands and go to town and rinse with warm water. I use it before I turn the shower on and still wash with my olaa black soap as per usual.
Are you a fan of DIY Body Scrub’s? Try this one out and let us know how you like it!
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

DIY Body Butter



DIY Body butter
You know how sometimes you see a recipe and think… oh yeah, that sounds nice… but then never actually make it. Please don’t do that with this one. This homemade body butter is just heavenly! and honestly – I think you’re going to love what it does for your skin! Don’t worry, you can get all the ingredients you need to make it here or any good health store.



A body butter is made by combining oils (liquid) with butters (solid). Example:

oils (liquid): coconut oil, almond oil, safflower oil, avocado oil.
butters (solid) : shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter
From what I know, basically you can make your body butter with any combination, as long as the proportions are 75% solid, 25% liquid. 

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I chose to work with cocoa butter ( which hardens easily), coconut oil and sweet almond oil as my liquid.

Coconut Oil  is a top favourite of mine. Always use a virgin cold-pressed oil, organic is best, to make sure that all the nutrients and beneficial properties are intact. Coconut oil’s antioxidant properties protect the skin from free radical damage and because it’s so full of essential fatty acids, it also helps to build and strengthen skin-cell structures. This keeps the skin’s connective tissues strong and supple, which helps to prevent sagging and wrinkles. My skin loves it and I love that it’s easily absorbed.

Sweet Almond Oil is an emollient – in that it smoothens and softens skin more than hydrates it. It’s full of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant and great skin protector and healer. I also love that it’s easily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. With this recipe I wanted to use light oils, otherwise it may be a bit much. On a side note – vitamin E is such a great antioxidant that it’s used as a preservative in many natural skin care recipes – so if you have vitamin E at home, a few drops in your skincare recipes helps to keep them longer.



Raw Cocoa Butter


Cocoa Butter comes from the cocoa bean. It has a distinct nutty, chocolate scent – so yes, you will smell… delicious! When I use it on my skin, my Son notices immediately!  Cocoa butter is a rich emollient, it leaves your skin buttery soft. It contains fatty acids which help to retain moisture and build elasticity and also has properties which can help ease dermatitis or rashes. And did I mention it smells like chocolate! Just like your oils, you want to choose a raw, cold-pressed butter – free of chemicals that are used in bleaching and refining.


LET’S START MAKING OUR HOMEMADE BODY BUTTER!

Cocoa Butter is solid, so you’ll need to melt it down in  a hot water bath. Depending on where you live, and if it’s cold, your coconut oil may be hard too. Melt them gently until completely liquid, before you mix in any other oils.

Once the butter is melted and is well mixed and combined with all of the oils you’ll need to then harden it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. If it’s too soft, it won’t whip up! If it’s too hard, it won’t whip up. Don’t worry about it now. Freeze it until it’s a semi-solid mush, you’ll know when it’s ready!

Now, I want to tell you something up front , this body butter is unusual in that it melts onto your skin the instant you apply it – like butter on a hot pan. Honestly, I found it to be a bit strange. The recipes that I had read don’t tell you this, so when I first used it, I thought it was greasy and that I wouldn’t like it. But then, something magical happened – my skin soaked it all in – and instead of feeling greasy, it felt velvety soft! My skin is seriously thanking me and has promised to glow and never wrinkle, if I use this everyday. I’ve happily accepted.

HOMEMADE BODY BUTTER RECIPE

Ingredients

1 cup melted cocoa butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
20 drops essential oil

Instructions

In a water bath, melt down your hard butters and oils until fully liquid
In a bowl, blend together the melted butters with all of the oils and set in the freezer to harden, about 20 minutes.
Once the mixture is solid again, but not too hard, whip it up using an electronic whisk, a food processor with a whisk attachment, a handheld whisk and a bit of elbow grease or your kitchen-aide (lucky!) until you have created fluffy white clouds
Spoon it into a clean jar or container. It will keep for months.
Slather it on!


The richness of this recipe makes it a great night-time lotion for me.  I’m telling you this because it’s always important to play with recipes to make it work for you – and just like cooking, the more you practise and work with your ingredients – the more you understand how they work and how to best use them.
 

Sunday, 5 April 2015

At home facial for clear skin


How to Pamper Your Face

 Before you begin, read through these steps first so that you can make preparations. This will ensure that you have the most relaxing experience.

 1. Cleanse

 Fill the bathroom sink or a clean bowl with very warm water and throw in a nice facial cloth. Turn on some soothing spa-esc music or any music that allows you to relax.

Before you begin pampering, you need to have a clean face with no grime, sweat, or makeup. The most natural way to do this is to use oil (don’t worry, it won’t clog your pores or break you out). I like to use coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil, but you can any oil to cleanse your face that is natural and cold pressed like almond, sesame, jojoba, or grape seed oil…etc . Apply a small amount to your fingers.

 Massage the oil into the skin in a circular motion to break up any makeup. The oil will even break up the most resistant mascara, just make sure to keep your eyes tightly closed. I recommend cleansing your eyes last if you need to remove makeup to lessen the chance that you might accidentally open your eyes.

 Massage the oil into your skin for at least a minute, focusing on problem areas like dry skin, puffiness around the eyes, blackheads, and acne (just be gentle here). Make this an enjoyable experience, you’re pampering yourself after all.

 After cleansing, reach into the sink or bowl and grab your face cloth. Wring it out a bit and gently wipe your eyes first, then the rest of your face. Your skin will be clean and glowing already! But we’re not done yet!

 

2. Herbal Facial Steam

 This is a really relaxing and luxurious experience. All you need is:

 • A nice big bowl

• 2 TB of your favorite fragrant herb like chamomile, rose, lavender…etc or a few tea bags of herbal tea or green tea

• A few drops of your favorite essential oil.

• A big towel

 
Fill the bowl with very hot water (be careful if you’re using a glass bowl), and fill it ¾ of the way to the top. Add your herbs and oils. Get comfy somewhere, and put your face over the steaming herbal tea. Put your hair up and then put the towel over your head to create a tent that traps in all that glorious fragrance and cleansing steam. Leave a small opening for air flow, and steam your face for at least 10 minutes.

 
Your pores will open and release toxins, oils, and bacteria, allowing the nourishing plant oil vapor to penetrate and cleanse your skin. Steaming will really help with our next step because you want your pores to be as open as possible.

 

3. Exfoliation
Now that your pores are all nice and open, it’s time to scrub away blackheads and dead skin cells. Reach into your spice cabinet and grab some cinnamon and then the pantry for some almonds or oat bran. Grind up the almonds until they are fine but still have a little grit, you need this to exfoliate.

 
Mix 1 TB ground almonds or oat bran with ¼ tsp Cinnamon powder. Add 1 drop of essential oil like lavender or tea tree and a small amount of water or green tea. You need just enough water to make it moist. Dab a cloth into your herbal steam bowl and gently wipe your face clean of the impurities from steaming. Apply some homemade scrub to your fingers and massage into your skin in a circular motion. Focus on blackheads and dry skin areas. I don’t recommend scrubbing too hard because it will aggravate acne and oil production. We’re shooting for clear skin here!

 Rinse the scrub thoroughly and pat dry.

 4. Mask

Applying a nice facial mask after clearing away blackheads and impurities, will allow the clay to tighten and minimize the appearance of pores. I love bentonite clay.

 Mix a small amount of clay with water or herbal tea until liquid but not too runny. I like to mix clay using this method. Apply the clay with your fingers or a fan brush in an even layer and let the clay dry completely before rinsing.

 Clays masks will absorb toxins, stimulate nourishing circulation, and deep clean the pores. It is one of the best ways to achieve clear skin.

 
5.Toner

 Using rose water after a facial mask will balance the PH of your skin, hydrate it, and make it glow. The astringent properties of rose water will tighten the pores, making them appear smaller, and seal in moisture for a smooth and supple look.

 All you have to do is liberally spray or apply with cotton balls, the rose water all over your face, breathe deeply of its heavenly fragrance, and press it into the skin with your fingertips.

 6. Facial Oil Moisturizer

 We began with oil and now we will end with oil. Using a facial oil like jojoba, rosehip oil, argan, tamanu, or almond oil will deeply moisturize and smooth the skin. They also happen to protect and balance the skin, making them the perfect one ingredient moisturizer..

 Simply apply a few drops to your fingertips and massage into your skin. I like to apply it while my face is still wet with rose water for best results. This will prevent dragging the skin and allow for even application.

Once you’re finished, your face should be bright and fresh! I hope you take the time to pamper yourself and enjoy this luxurious at home facial.
 
 

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Eat your way to a gorgeous skin


These days most of us complain about blemishes, acne and pimples. Makeup only hides them, even a very expensive cream may not give the desired result, but a healthy diet keeps them at bay. Fruits and vegetables are the most important food items that could help you achieve blemish and acne free skin.

Here’s a list of items to work away those blunders from your skin. They will not only keep your body healthy, but also will help you achieve the right glow and shine on your skin. It will help you maintain body hydration for better skin health.

Food for Healthy Skin:

 1. Green leafy vegetables:

Vegetables like spinach, radish leaves, mustard leaves, Ugwu, waterleaf (Gbure in Yoruba), lettuce, coriander, parsley and broccoli enhance and retain your skin’s glow.

2. Carrots:

It has anti-oxidant beta-carotene that keeps your skin silky soft and smooth. Sweet potatoes and yam are other options having similar results.

 3. Magic of fruits:

a. Mangoes are rich in anti-oxidants and Vitamin A, thereby preventing pre-mature aging, retaining skin’s elasticity and growing new skin cells.

b. Banana is rich in Vitamin A; B & E prevents premature wrinkling of skin.

 c. Papaya/ Pawpaw helps kill all dead skin cells and clear your skin of all impurities.

 d. Orange is rich in Vitamin C, leads to a blemish free and younger looking skin.

 e. A glass of warm water with honey and lemon juice lightens your skin tone and keeps it clean.

 f. Apple helps maintain the toned look and make you look younger.

 
4. Healthy fats:

Unsaturated fats, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential to maintain body temperature and retain a natural glow. Salmon, tuna and mackerel are good sources of mega-3 fatty acids. Almonds, walnuts, cashew, hazelnut and flax reduce inflammation preventing acne, flaky skin and redness of skin.

 

5. Eggs:
Rich in Vitamin B complex and zinc, eggs help in keeping skin smooth, blemish free and prevent aging.

6. Avocados:
Has Vitamin E, which helps slow down skin damaging process, retains moisture, and prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dullness etc. This is also a perfect healthy food for skin.

7. Berries:
Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are full of anti-oxidants that wipe off blemishes from your skin.

8. Brown rice:
Brown rice is rich in fiber and ceramides that retains the skin moisture and keeps it hydrated.

 9. Green tea:

Green tea fights acne lowering levels of DTH, acne-producing hormones, leaving your skin healthy and young.

 10. Red wine: 

It has the ability to retain skin’s original glow and prevent aging.

 11. Water:

Consuming water throughout the day keeps your skin hydrated and glowing from within.

 
12. Dark chocolate:



keeps your skin soft and hydrated naturally.

 

Food for Acne-Prone Skin:

There are certain foods that help your skin to fight against acne.

 13. Herbs:

include a pinch of thyme, rosemary and mint in your diet to fight acne.


14. Veggies:
Cucumbers clears the clogged pores of skin that flares up acne. Carrots act as a detoxifying agent for the skin.

 

15. Yogurt:
it clears your skin and eliminates all harmful bacteria from your body

16. Water:
flushes out all the toxins from your body and keeping your skin glowing.

 

Food for Glowing Skin:

There are a lot of vegetables that also help your skin glow. You could also include these eating habits for healthy skin in your food routine.

17. Green Leafy Vegetables:

Loaded with antioxidants, essential vitamins and nutrients, dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, Swiss chard, arugula help you get rid of skin dullness, thereby endowing glowing skin.

18. Kiwi:

Vitamin-c rich fruit Kiwi, protects the skin against the onset of wrinkles and boosts collagen synthesis. It also will protect the skin from sun damage to thus promote cell turnover, which in turn will help preserve the youth and beauty of our skin.

19. Almonds and Walnuts:

Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, these nuts will help the skin boost its health dose of natural oils to further reduce, inflammation, acne, scaly skin and redness.


Food for Dry Skin:
Dry skin is another problem in itself. A lot of nourishment is needed in this skin care type. Following foods are said to boost dry skin health.

20. Omega 3:
Flax seeds, salmon and walnuts contain omega 3 fatty acids. These foods help reduce fine lines and wrinkles thereby preventing the dry skin from becoming more dry. They also help keep the skin soft and smooth while boosting its elasticity.


21. Eggs:
Eggs are rich in proteins, biotin and essential vitamins, which further help the skin fight dryness.

Include correct food habits for glowing skin. Eat right and your skin will respond with a wonderful glow. If you have any more foods to share which are missed out here, feel free to share them in the comment section.
 
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Friday, 13 February 2015

DIY ALL NATURAL BUG REPELLANT

Ditch the chemicals, fortunately essential oils can safely and effectively repel bugs.

The following are common bugs and the essential oils most effective to repel them.

Mosquitoes and Flies--------- Cedar, citronella, lavender, lemon, lemon eucalyptus and peppermint.

Ticks----------------------------Rose geranium, Juniper, rose wood, thyme, grapefruit and oregano.

*Lemon eucalyptus , however, is not recommended for use for children under 3 years



Whipping up your  DIY all-natural bug repellant is a so easy!
 
I chose to use citronella, lemon eucalyptus, thyme, geranium, and lavender essential oils, and used them in even amounts.


DIY all-natural spray bug repellent:
What you need:

Witch hazel

Essential oils of choice

A small glass bottle

 For every 1 oz of witch hazel, add 30 drops of essential oils (total, not each). This is a 5% dilution, which is considered safest for application to the skin.

 
 
DIY all-natural salve bug repellent:
shea butter

Organic shea butter

Coconut oil

Essential oils of choice

A small glass jar

 Make a lotion with equal parts Shea butter and coconut oil, and add 30 drops of essential oils (total, not each) per 1 oz of the mixture. This is a 5% dilution, which is considered safest for application to the skin.
Enjoy the rains bug-free!

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

The beauty benefits of African black soap


The Beauty Benefits of African Black soap
Seeking ferociously clean and nourished skin! Let your senses run wild when you experience the hydrating, healing and soothing effects of pure black soap. In this article I will share with you the origins and beauty benefits of African Black Soap plus let you in on why I love Olaanaturale Liquid Black Soap

The wild and often harsh plains of Africa are known to be one of the oldest and wisest continents in the world. All that visit this sacred land can’t help but feel the connection to its heart and spirit, it’s a land where many people come home a little different, even a little better. I know I do.

 

The wind that sweeps across the savannah carries with it many ancient secrets, and thousands of years ago it whispered to the women of Africa the sacred recipe of Black Soap.

 Originating from West Africa, black soap has a very mild and earthy aroma and is a natural source of Vitamin A, E and Iron. The luxurious creamy lather leaves the skin moisturised, nourished and soft. African Black Soap has been used for generations as a natural remedy for soothing acne, healing eczema, repairing premature aging and nourishing the skin and hair

Its Origins
Its methods and secrets have been passed down from generation to generation, with the women respecting its origins; they work hard at keeping the soap closely connected to Mother Nature and avoid exploitation and imitations.

 Black Soap is made from dried plantain skins, palm leaves, cocoa pod powder and kernel oil. The skin of the plantain is dried under the hot African sun and then roasted in a clay oven; then all the ingredients are grinded together to form a concoction that becomes a nutrient dense skin food.

 You can buy African Black Soap in cake, paste or liquid form, some black soaps can be drying on the skin so it’s important to hunt down the ones that are made with ingredients that have moisturising properties such as shea butter, coconut oil, honey and cocoa pod.

 The Beauty Benefits of African Black Soap
Due to the purity and simplicity of the ingredients, Black soap is one of the healthiest soaps for your skin and hair. Here are just a few of the benefits of using African Black Soap:

 Protects the skin from premature aging:  The rich source of antioxidants and vitamin A found in black soap makes for a nourishing feed for the skin. The antioxidants boost skin cell renewal which helps promote a suppler complexion while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A encourages collagen production which results in plumping out the skin and reducing those signs of premature aging.
Improves skin texture:  Black soap works on a cellular level. Brimming with vitamin E it helps strengthen and repair tissue structure so that you are left with a clearer and velvety skin texture.

 Fades skin discolorations: Vitamins A and E help repair environmental damage, a great remedy to fade those dreaded brown spots, age spots and discolorations. Regular use of black soap will leave you with a more even skin tone.
Reduces inflammation and skin irritations: Black soap is high in lauric acid giving it anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which help reduce inflammation and skin irritations. The vitamin A and E helps repair skin and soothe dry and irritated skin, relieving dry patches, rashes and red areas.

 Reduce acne: The cleansing and antibacterial properties of black soap help heal and soothe problem skin conditions like acne. It is also non-comedogenic so you don’t have to worry about blocking pores.
Deep skin cleansing: Black soap has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is great for deep pore cleansing. It also is effective at removing makeup because of its rich content of oils and butters.

 Banish those razor bumps: The rich resource of fatty acids work to reinforce the skin’s lipid barrier and lock in moisture. The high content of shea butter helps soothe and repair the cells around the hair follicle, reducing any inflammation.
A natural exfoliant: The ashes in black soap provide exfoliating properties to shed off dead skin cells which reduce fine lines, soften and rejuvenate rough skin and encourage cell renewal.

That is why I love using Olaa black soap. Olaa black soap is handcrafted with love. It is loaded with butters, oils, herbs and gently perfumed with essential oils.

Olaa black soap is a gentle body wash that is good for both the body and the planet, by supporting Olaanaturale Black Soap you provide an incentive for villagers to continue producing these ancient natural formulaes that sustained Africans long before the advent of chemically based substitutes.

Aside from being a nourishing cleanser for hair and skin, it is great for removing makeup, using on babies and disinfecting inflamed and irritated skin. Oh and women don’t get all the fun, yes Olaa Black Soap is great for shaving, the luxurious lather makes for a great natural alternative to those mainstream shaving creams and foams.
There is a versatile bottle of Olaa liquid black soup,  made only with organic and wild crafted ingredients, each bottle contains, cocoa pod, coconut oil, and lemon grass essential oil. I found the coconut oil very moisturising on my skin. And you will be happy to know that there are no hidden nasties or chemicals. The product contains:

•No preservatives or nasty chemicals

•No artificial fragrance or colour

•Is kind to our animal friends by not testing on animals

•Suitable for vegetarians & vegans

 You can purchase a bottle of this liquid black soap from:

1. Vcare supermarket 77, Opebi road Ikeja Lagos;

2. Leeroy beauty shop 22 Sunrise plaza Odozi Street, beside dankaro estate gate alagbole Akute road. Lagos.

3. Lovy Institute Makun Sagamu Ogun State.

4. For home or office delivery email olaanaturale@gmail.com or call 08020924020.