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DIY Coffee Bean Infused Butter

Hello Maicurlies,

The DIY freak is back with another recipe 😀

This is a two part recipe where I will first make an infused butter (this recipe) and from that I will make a whipped butter (my next recipe).

To make this LOVELY infusion all you need is raw butter and coffee beans because yes, as the title says I will be showing you how I make my DIY Coffee Bean Infused Butter.

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                                  DIY Coffee Bean Infused Butter

The choice of butter you use it completely up to you, you can use just one butter or a combination of butters but the important thing is to use coffee beans. Please DO NOT use instant coffee, that won’t cut it! Filter coffee will just be a nightmare to try and separate afterwards so please stick to coffee beans.

Why make this butter?

The idea behind this came about because I purchased some raw coffee bean butter from Sheabutter Cottage. (Let me tell you that stuff is the ish but more about that when I make my favorite whipped butter in about 2 weeks). So after purchasing the raw Coffee Butter I figured I could try and make the next best option which is to infuse coffee beans since I can’t make the raw version. I also figured that if some of you don’t have raw Coffee Butter at home but want to experiment this would be the next best option since you can use any butter you happen to have at home to make the recipe.

Tools/Equipment used:

  • 6 oz Unrefined Cocoa Butter
  • 3 oz Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 2 oz Roasted Coffee Beans
  • Pot
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Sieve
  • Spatula
  • Gloves
  • Airtight Container

Method:

Coffee Bean Infused in Butter

I first melt the Cocoa Butter by double broiling and then I add the Shea Butter & Coffee Beans. I do not let everything completely melt down while on the stove, I prefer letting everything melt naturally from the warmth of the already melted butter. I stir like mad to make sure everything has melted and also to get infusion started. I transfer the mix into an airtight container but do not cover it until the butters are no longer warm. It is important to make sure that the container is not covered until the butters have cooled down otherwise this will greate condensation and the water will create bacteria!

Infusion:

Infused Coffee Beans in Butter

While the mix infuses I make sure to stir the  butters everyday while it is still liquid (depending on your house temperature it can remain liquid for about 1 day to a few days, mine stays liquid on average for at least 5 days.) You want to leave the coffee beans in the butter for a minimum of 2 weeks, remember the longer they are left the stronger the infusion of coffee. Once the butter sets you will most likely see little white specks of butter,  this does not affect its quality, it happens due to the temperature change while the butter sets and will dissolve really quickly.  

Separating the Coffee Beans and Butter:

DIY Coffee Bean Infused Butter

After a few weeks (in this example 3 weeks) you want to lightly, very lightly warm up the butters. I literally will double broil for no more than 3 minutes in order to get some of the butter to melt but I like to keep the majority firm. With the help of the melted butter the rest will continue to melt and the coffee beans will separate. All you have to do then is to sieve out the coffee beans and voila, you have coffee bean infused butter!

From  here you can either add other butters  or just add some carrier oils in order to take the recipe a step further to make a whipped body and hair butter (I shall demonstrate this next week).

Benefits of Coffee Bean Infused Butter:

In my particular example I used both Unrefined Cocoa and Shea butter along with the Coffee Beans.

Cocoa Butter: Cocoa butter is an extremely popular natural ingredient that is used to help increase the hairs manageability and moisture. The butter is known to help reduce hair loss and breakage. Due to its highly moisturizing properties it can alleviate scalp itching and irritation which in turn can eliminate dandruff. Since it is a fat, it can be used to replenish lost oils due to chemical processes such as perms and hair dyes. It is known to effectively strengthen hair, tame frizzy and flyaway hair. Cocoa butter is a popular butter known for its deep hydrating and moisturizing properties for the skin due to its high fatty acid content. It is said that the butter can help reduce stretch marks, the appearance of cellulite and marks. Cocoa butter is packed with antioxidants which means that it can help fight off free radicals and skin irritations such as eczema and dermatitis.

Coffee Beans: The caffeine in the beans is said to help blood circulation which in turn helps stimulates hair growth and the generation of skin cells. It is known to help reduce hair shedding and excessive hair loss because of the antioxidants present in caffeine.  Coffee beans are said to improve the appearance of cellulite as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Apart from that its anti-inflammatory properties is said to reduces redness in the skin and inflammation.

Shea Butter: Shea butter acts as an excellent sealant. It therefor can help “trap in” moisture and moisturizing products applied to hair. Shea butter is highly moisturizing for the hair on its own as well and has the same affects for the scalp. Shea Butter provides nourishment to dry or damaged hair from the roots to the very tips; repairing and protecting against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. Due to its moisturizing properties it gives hair a natural shine and smoothing effect. Some people use whip Shea butter as a leave-in for hair (you can other moisturizing ingredients to it.)  It is highly moisturizing properties improves the skin’s softness, suppleness as well as soothes burns. Shea butter can also be used as a mild “sun protectant”, soothes, moisturizes and is an effective anti-aging & anti-wrinkling butter.

I of course have a “How To” Video on my channel:

Alternative options:

As I mentioned you can replace the butters I used with any of your choice. My suggestions are to try and use soft butters during the winter/colder months and/or a combination of soft and hard butters in the summer and/or colder months. Here are some alternative butters you can use:  Avocado Butter,Coffee Bean Butter, Cupuaçu Butter, Mango Butter, Murumuru Butter. 

DIY Protein Whipped Deep Conditioner Butter

Hello Maicurlies,

Here we go, another whipped butter recipe however, this one is a little different to the others.

DIY Protein Whipped Deep Conditioner Butter

DIY Protein Whipped Deep Conditioner Butter

I sort of came up with the mix because I decided to try and make my own whipped butter Deep Conditioner (DC). After a few experiments I came up with a combination that I loved and more importantly that my hair loved so I had to share.

In this recipe I use a combination of protein, a little bit of moisturizing ingredients (just a tiny bit) and butter, so the end result is a protein packed whipped DC butter! This butter DC works similarly to a regular Protein DC except that the addition of the whipped butter really makes my hair feel wonderful after rinsing it out. My curls pop, my hair shines and I do not get that stiff crunchy feeling you can sometimes get from regular protein DC’s. It also helps with shedding, breakage and strength. I will admit that I do not apply this as often as I do my regular Fortifying Protein Deep Conditioner because I love my butters and I am not a fan of washing it away (I am greedy like that)! 

Having said that, if your hair is protein sensitive then you might want to thread carefully (if at all). All hair requires a little protein, yes even though with protein sensitive hair, but you will want to modify the ingredients I use and also spread out when you apply the product so your hair doesn’t end up being overloaded with protein. (Alternative suggestions are below).

Ingredients/Tools Used:

  • 2 oz Whipped Butter (I used my DIY Whipped Shea Butter but you can use any whipped butter of choice).
  • 2 oz Deep Conditioner (I prefer using a Moisturizing DC since I add protein in this recipe).
  • 0.6 oz Lightly warmed up Rose Water – (can be replaced it with plain water).
  • 0.1 oz Gelatin (protein).
  • 1 Egg Yolk – protein (use the egg whites for breakfast or a face mask).
  • Spatula
  • Gloves
  • Bowl (for mixing)
  • Whisk
  • Container

Mixing:

I first re-whip my whipped Shea Butter just to make everything super fluffy. I then add in the DC and whisk again. I lightly warm up the Rose Water or plain water if you are not using Rose Water (it should just be warm not boiling). I sprinkle the Gelatin over the water and then stir to let it dissolve (set aside). I then add 1 egg yolk to the mix (I skip the egg whites because I always end up with bits of cooked egg in my hair if I add egg whites). Once the gelatin has dissolved I add the gelatin/rose water to the butter whip for the last time and then transfer to my bowl.

DIY Protein Whipped Deep Conditioner Butter

DIY Protein Whipped Deep Conditioner Butter

Application:

I apply the mix onto freshly washed (damp/wet) hair, cover with clingfilm, a shower cap and usually a scarf to keep my head nice and warm. The warmth helps to open the cuticles and allows the nourishing benefits to really seep into the hair. After 30 – 45 minutes I rinse out the DC with cold water. If you use warm water you run the risk of cooking the egg yolk in your hair and if you used the whole egg then the risk is even higher thanks to the egg white (cooked egg in your hair is difficult to get out)! I then reluctantly apply a moisturizing DC. I say reluctantly because my hair always feels awesome but doing a moisturizing DC helps to restore the balance of moisture/protein. 

Storage:

It is not recommended to keep this DC for later use due to the combination of the butter, liquid and egg yolk. If you have any extra then I would suggest storing it in your freezer (if you must I would just splatter all the DC onto your hair). If you have made the mix ahead of time do not keep it for any longer than a few days in your fridge (it MUST be kept in your fridge if you have to make it ahead of time) trust me, any longer and you will regret opening the container! If it has been stored in the fridge or freezer the butter will become hard so you will need to take it out at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before you plan to apply it. 

Ingredient Modifications/Alternatives: 

If you have protein sensitive I would be cautious about how you use this mix (if you opt to do so) and how often you use it. Too much protein can cause protein overload for anyone but those with protein sensitive hair are more susceptible to it. I recommend you

  • Make sure you use a moisturizing DC instead of a Protein DC.
  • Use either the egg yolk or the gelatin powder (not both).
  • Add more moisturizing ingredients e.g. glycerin/honey/aloe Vera juice. 
  • Leave the DC on for no more than 30 minutes and only apply it a couple of times a year.
  • Follow up with a Moisturizing DC for no less than 1 hour. 

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and the mix, would love to get some feedback if any of you try it!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Whipped Moisturizing Conditioning Butter

Hey Maicurlies,

Today I have the second recipe for my Whipped Butter “series”.

DIY Whipped Moisturizing Conditioning Butter

                                            DIY Whipped Moisturizing Conditioning Butter

This Whipped Moisturizing Conditioning Butter is quite simply wonderful for the hair! The recipe is quick to make and literally can be done with 2 ingredients (I use an extra ingredient to make it super moisturizing but this is optional).

Why is this a Moisturizing Conditioning Whipped Butter?

I have been asked if whipped butter (on its own) is moisturizing for the hair and in my opinion it isn’t really “moisturizing” because I find that in order for a product to be truly moisturizing it should have proper moisturizing ingredients – basically it should have water included in some way. Water, at least for my hair, is the beginning and end of moisture. Regular whipped butter (on its own) doesn’t usually include water (especially if it is homemade) unless you have also added preservatives to keep it from going rancid and growing bacteria. I find regular whipped butter to be excellent at sealing, providing shine, making the hair soft, but not necessarily a moisturizing product in itself. For example, I would not abandon using leave-in conditioner in place of regular whipped butter.

So the combination of the moisturizing leave-in with the whipped butter makes this a moisturizing conditioning butter! To make sure you are using a moisturizing leave-in look at the back of your product to see if water is listed within the top three ingredients (if it is the very first ingredient even better).

Products/Tools:

DIY Whipped Moisturizing Conditioning Butter

DIY Whipped Moisturizing Conditioning Butter

  • 1 oz Whipped Shea Butter (you can use any whipped butter, I used my DIY Whipped Butter)
  • 0.7 oz Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner (you might need to experiment with different leave-ins)
  • 0.2 oz Glycerin (Optional for additional moisture)
  • Whisk
  • Bowl
  • Gloves
  • Airtight container

When & how do I like to use this mix?:

I consider this an ‘all in one’ product. It has moisturizing properties, the ability to seal in moisture and at the same time also helps to give a little definition. I normally apply the butter mid-week on hair that was already properly moisturized and sealed after it was washed. I use it to help restyle my hair, giving back curl definition on styles like a twist-out, braid-out, Bantu knot-out, pin curls etc. I usually lightly spritz my hair with water and then follow up with the mix and move onto setting my hair. If my hair is feeling uber dry I will use my DIY Spray Leave-In Conditioner or my DIY Moisturizing and Curl Activating Spray. I do not follow up with an oil since the whipped butter already contains oil.

Storage/Shelf life:

I make small batches of this since I do not use preservatives. The combo of the leave-in and butter can result in bacteria/mould growth if it is left for weeks and weeks before being used up or properly stored. I have kept my mix for 4 weeks without any issues (by week 4 I had used everything up) but I strongly recommend making small batches especially when you are first trying out the recipe because not all leave-ins will mix well with your chosen whipped butter. You can store it in your fridge to help extend its shelf life for a little longer, just keep in mind the cold temperatures in the fridge will make the mix a little hard so take it out at least 30 minutes before you want to use it. 

I have a video demo of how I make my Whipped Moisturizing Conditioning Butter:

Ingredient benefits:

Shea Butter: Shea butter acts as an excellent sealant and is known to help “trap in” moisture and moisturizing products applied to hair. Shea butter is actually considered to have some moisturizing properties and is therefore wonderful for the scalp as well as the hair. Shea Butter provides nourishment to dry or damaged hair from the roots to tips and is said to help repair and protect against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. It also has a smoothing effect that helps provide shine to the hair.

Water Based Leave-In: Water based leave-ins are a vital part of proving our naturally dry hair with moisture and should be part of our moisturizing routine. Leave-ins help to continue to condition the hair over the days they are left on and therefore help to prolong moisture in the hair while at the same time keeping the hair soft and supple. Leave-ins help to refresh styles, revitalizes our curls and help to smooth the hair cuticle, leaving us with shiny hair.

Glycerin: Vegetable Glycerin is a humectant that attracts water in the air (humidity) and directs it to the area applied (the hair.) Due to its oily nature it can also be used as a sealant however should be used sparingly and should be diluted since it is thick and sticky. Vegetable Glycerin is better served when used in moderately humid climate, if used where there is a lack of humidity in the air it can do the opposite, extract moisture from the hair to the air. At the same time too much humidity in the air can cause frizz. (Not all naturals like to use glycerin so this is a head to head preference). 

I would love to hear what you think about this mix, especially if you try it out! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Whipped Shea Butter (for skin and hair)

Hey Maicurlies,

It has been a while, buuut I hope this will make up for the delay. I decided to do another “series” similar to how I did my previous Oil infusion series. This time it will be about whipped butter! I absolutely love whipped butter and was asked if I have any other recipes I could share, apart from my DIY Cocoa, Shea, Mango Butter. You know I do and I am happy to share. 🙂

All the butter recipes to come have all been used and loved by yours truly. So none of them have just been picked at random from the Internet. I used the mixes on both my hair and skin, did some trial and error and will be sharing the ones I love the most. 

Ok without further ado to start off the series I will be sharing my whipped Shea Butter:

DIY Whipped Shea Butter

Ingredients/Tools

Main:

Optional:

  • 5 Drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • 3 capsules Vitamin E Oil (roughly 0.15 oz.) 
  • Heatproof Bowl
  • Gloves (to avoid contamination, you should also sterilize all your equipment)
  • Spatula
  • Electric Whisk

*You can use any carrier oil of choice it does not have to be the two I use. 

Whipped Shea Butter Ingredients

Additional Information:

Note: I live in the dessert and it is ALWAYS hot so I tend to prefer my Shea Butter whip a little on the firm side which is why I use more Shea Butter compared to Carrier Oil. If you live in moderate/cold weather you will probably want to use more Oil e.g. 2 – 3 oz. This will allow your butter to be light and soft. However, please keep in mind, the Oil is what makes the butter soft, and if your house is warm, there is a slight possibility that you butter might become too soft (if you increase the Oil amount). The opposite applies if you follow my recipe and you live in cooler climates or have a cold house. The whip might become too firm for you, so it really is a trail and error thing until you find the optimum ratio balance. 

I use Essential Oil and vitamin E Oil for the nourishing benefits (read about them here) as well as the fact that they help extend the shelf life of the whip. The shelf life of your mix will depend on the experiry dates of your Raw Shea Butter and Carrier oil. E.g. if your Shea has a 1 year lifespan as well as your Oil then your butter should be good for at least 1 year (as long as you do not add water, dirt or contaminate the mix. If one of your ingredients has a shorter lifespan than the other, you will want to keep an eye out just to make sure it doesn’t start to look/smell funny.

Process:

  1. I first lightly melt down the Shea Butter in a double broiler. To double broil, I put a pot with water on the stove and bring it to a light boil and then place a heatproof bowl with the Shea over the pot. You do not need a lot of water, just enough to create steam under the heatproof bowl. I double broil on low heat for no more than 7 minutes. I do not completly melt it down while on the stove because the warmth from the melted butter will melt the rest. 
  2. I then add the Carrier Oils to the melted butter, stir and place it in my freezer for 10 – 15 minutes. 
  3. After it has become thick (you want it to be thick not firm) I scrape the Butter to the middle of the bowl with a spatula and then begin to whip. I use a whisk to whip the butter on a low setting at first and then move onto a higher setting later. Always scarping the sides to make sure all the butter is whipped.
  4. After a few minutes of whisking I add the Essential Oil and Vitamin E Oil to the whip and continue till I get the consistency I am happy with.
  5. I then transfer the butter into an airtight container. I am of course “extra” and use a piping bag to transfer the butter but a spoon/spatula will do and that is it! 

I have a video of my mixing process:

I hope you like the start of my new series! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Edge Regrowth & “Tame” Pomade/Balm

Hey Maicurlies,

I want to share my DIY Edge Regrowth & “Tame” Pomade/Balm. I put the tame in quotation marks just because I am not the biggest fan of people thinking they NEED/HAVE to have their edges “laid”. Personally I do not mind a little frizz but will admit there are times when I want a more “polished” look. If I want my edges “laid” I want to do so with a product that I know is not harming my delicate, fragile and super sensitive edges. So apart from using Flax Seed Gel (if I happen to have it on hand) then this is my “go to”. 

One of the the other reasons why I love this product is because it is a 2 in 1 mix. The most important aspect is that the ingredients used in the mix helps to grow healthy edges, takes care of your edges, is all natural and at the same time can help flyaways/edges (while not being damaging or containing chemicals & alcohols). It does not have a super hard hold but will definitely help with flyaways. 

Edge control and tame pomade-balm

Edge control and tame pomade/balm

I will point out that you will only need a little dab of this at a time since a little goes a LOOOONNG way, so you won’t have to remix again for a while. Those with fine hair (e.g. yours truly) will literally only need to glide their fingertip over the product and it will suffice. P.S you can actually use a tiny amount of this on the ends of your hair too to help keep your twists from unraveling & to seal in moisture on your ends too! (So I guess it is a 3 in one product!) 

If you are wondering why is it a pomade/balm, basically you can select how you want the mix to set and depending on which of the two options you go for, you end up with either a pomade or a balm! Personally I prefer using it as a pomade because it is easier to get out of the container, quickly melts upon contact with your skin and you don’t have to store it in the fridge. It will not go off if it’s not in the fridge because I do not mix liquids (e.g. water, aloe vera juice etc) with the oils and butters. The shelf life should be 6 months to 1 year but it will really depend on the shelf life of the oils and butters you use. I have been using my mix for 2 months now and it is still going strong  even though it is not stored in the fridge. 

Ingredients I use: (I use a 3oz container)

  • 0.9oz. Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 0.5oz. Unrefined Mango Butter (you can use any other semi-soft butter) 
  • 0.7oz. Virgin Coconut Oil 
  • 0.4oz. Coffee Bean infused Almond Oil (can be replaced with any carrier oil)
  • 4 Vitamin E Capsules (roughly 0.2oz.) 
  • 0.15oz. Castor Oil
  • 4 drop Citronella Essential Oil (Optional – you can use any Essential Oil of choice, Peppermint is a good choice to simulate  growth).

Ingredient details

  • Shea Butter – acts as an excellent sealant to help “trap in” moisture and moisturizing products applied to hair. Shea butter is highly moisturizing for the hair on its own as well and has the same affects for the scalp. It provides nourishment to dry or damaged hair from the roots to the very tips; repairing and protecting against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. Due to its moisturizing properties it gives hair a natural shine and has  smoothing effect. (“lays” the hair and helps with growth) 
  • Mango Butter –  contains high levels of antioxidants and beneficial vitamins A, C, and E. It is a highly moisturizing butter which is able to restore flexibility, effectively treat dry and itchy scalps and therefore is said to aid the growth of hair. Because of its high content of fatty acids it is believed that it might actually be more moisturizing that Cocoa and even Shea butter! (“lays” your hair and helps with growth).
  • Virgin Coconut Oil –  provides shine and strength to the hair, has conditioning properties and even helps promote a healthy scalp which can result in healthy hair growth. It does not make the hair feel greasy and since it is penetrates into the hair shaft, the oil strengthens from within. Aids in sealing in moisture and works well to stop frizz as well. (“lays” your hair and helps with growth).
  • Coffee Bean Infused Almond Oil – reduces hair shedding and said to reduce excessive hair loss because of the antioxidants present in caffeine. Increases hair growth since caffeine promotes blood circulation in the scalp which promotes growth and is known to darken the hair and slowdown the early onset of grey hairs with frequent and consistent use*. (helps with growth). 
  • Vitamin E Oil – commonly used oil to help extend homemade products shelf life (however only for a little bit.) This oil rejuvenates and offers protection to the scalp because of its nourishing properties which can lead to hair growth. (helps with growth). 
  • Castor Oil (Jamaican Black Castor Oil) – considered as a humectant that also happens to hold anti-fungal properties. It helps thicken and grow the hair while working as an excellent sealant. Due to its thick and sticky nature a little goes a long way (which is why I use so little of it). (helps with growth). 

Mixing Instructions:

  1.  Melt down the butters in a double broiler (no more than 5 minutes required) then take it off the heat.
  2. Add the Virgin Coconut Oil to the melted butter (the warmth from the butters will melt the oil).
  3. Add the remaning ingredients: coffee infused almond oil, Vitamin E oil, castor oil & essential oil.
  4. Mix everything really well and pour into your container 

Letting it set/results:

Edge Regrowth and Tame mix before it sets

                                         Edge Regrowth and Tame mix before it sets

Pomade: To make it a pomade just let the mix set at room temperature overnight. Depending on how warm/cold your house is, the mix can become a little more runny or slightly thicker but it will not become extremely firm or liquid.

Edge Regrowth and Tame Pomade

                                               Edge Regrowth and Tame Pomade

Balm: To make a balm you will want to let it set in the fridge for a few hours (minimum 4 hours – best overnight). In order for it to remain a balm you might have to restore it in the fridge after use, however, depending on how warm/cold you house is it can retain a slightly soft “balmy” consistency outside of the fridge after you have let it set. 

Edge Regrowth and Tame Balm

                                                     Edge Regrowth and Tame Balm

DO NOT CARRY THIS PRODUCT IN YOUR BAG, IN YOUR CAR, POCKET ETC BECAUSE IT WILL MELT AND CAN SPILL OUT THE CONTAINER! 

NOTE: I am neither a doctor, a dermatologist or a medical professional. This recipe is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a medical remedy to hair loss, skin disorders or be used as a replacement for anything provided to you by a professional!

How to use:

All you need to do is glide your finger over the product (lightly) and then rub the product on your fingertips to warm it up. Lightly and gently apply it to your edges with your fingertips and then either brush back your edges or tie down a scarf. 

I would really love to hear if you try this or make your own edge regrowth and tame product!

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

DIY Body Butter Bars (2 recipes)

Hey Maicurlies,

At long last I have a skin care tutorial & video! This is going to be about my DIY Body Butter Bars, I LOVE these gems! They are excellent for the winter months when the weather is cold and dry resulting in dry and sensitive skin.

Body Butter Bars

Body Butter Bars

I have 2 different recipes my CoSheaCo Bars (I add some exfoliating ingredients to make a few exfoliating Body Bars) and my Simple CocoaCo Bars which only consists of 2 ingredients.

What are Body Butter Bars?

Literally they are bars made up of oils and melted butters to help moisturize and seal in moisture. You can add additional ingredients to make them super moisturizing e.g. glycerin/honey/agave nectar or coffee beans/dried roses/dried lavender/sea salt etc to make them exfoliating Body Butter Bars. They can be used in place of lotions or creams after a shower or bath.

Ingredients

CoSheaCo Bars (recipe yields 6 large and 3 small bars)

CoSheaCo body butter bars

  • 125ml Unrefined Cocoa butter (4.2oz)
  • 80ml Unrefined Shea Butter (2.7oz)
  • 60ml Virgin Coconut Oil (2oz)
  • 40ml Coffee infused almond oil (use any carrier oil of choice) (1.4oz)
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin (optional) – can replace with raw honey (my teaspoon is 0.1oz or 3ml)
  • 20 drops grapefruit essential oil (optional) – use any essential oil of choice. (If you are pregnant do not use essential oils!)

CocoaCo Bars (recipe yields 4 small bars)

CocoaCo Bars

Instructions

1. I slowly melt the butters using a double broiler in a heat proof glass bowl. 2. I take the melted butters off the heat and add the Virgin Coconut Oil. 3. I add the other ingredients (e.g. Glycerin, Coffee infused oil and Essential oil in the CoSheaCo bars) once I know the butters are not really warm. 4. If you are making exfoliating bars put your chosen ingredients (coffee beans and rose petals) in the molds and then pour the melted butters and oils into the mold. 5. I let the mixture sit on a counter for a few minutes and then place the molds in my fridge.  I prefer setting mine overnight (let them set for no less than 4 – 5 hours until they are completely firm, longer if possible). 6. Once they are set, gently pull back the edges of the molds and the bars will slide out.

I use silicon molds but for the purposes of this demo I also used metal molds in case you don’t have silicon ones. 

Storing the bars:

I always store my bars in the fridge in an airtight container. Since I do not use Beeswax in my recipe there is the potential of the bars melting in warm climates or hot households (more likely in summer) but I do not risk it so I store all but the one I will be using in the fridge*. The fridge and airtight container also helps to keep the bars from going “off” too quickly, but the general shelf life of the bars should be 6 months – 1 year since no bacteria inviting ingredients (e.g water, Aloe Vera juice etc) are used in combination with the oils and butters in the recipe. I keep the bar being used in an airtight container in a dark cupboard in my bathroom room.

* There is nothing “wrong” with beeswax, it is a natural ingredient but I choose not to use it simply because it tends to sit on my skin and I do not like that feeling (I have sensitive skin). There are thousands of Body Butter Bar recipes online that follow the same ingredients I use but also include beeswax.

How to use:

After a shower I don’t completely dry off all the water with a towel, I then rub the bar between my dry palms and apply like I would a body cream. The bar will help trap in moisture from the water and also add amazing benefits from the butters and oils. With the exfoliating bars I rub the bar itself onto my skin to get the additional scrubbing effect.

Benefits of the ingredients used:

Cocoa butter – is known for its deep hydrating and moisturizing properties due to its high fatty acid content. It is said that the butter can help reduce stretch marks and the fact that Cocoa butter is packed with antioxidants, means that it can help fight off free radicals and skin irritations such as eczema and dermatitis.

Coffee bean infused almond oil – is rich in vitamins A, B, D, and E, has been used to improve the skins complexion and its emollient properties soften the skin. Almond oil is quickly absorb into the skin and has healing and hydrating properties. The coffee bean infusion helps to tighten the skin giving you a youthful fresh glow, reduce the appearance of cellulite, reduce redness and skin inflammation and is known to fight free radicals thanks to the antioxidants contained in caffeine.

Coconut oil (Virgin) – is very good at re-hydrating the skin because it is absorbed into the skin and conditions, moisturizes, and softens the skin. Coconut oil naturally clears away dirt, grime, and dead skin cells and due to its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. The oil acts as a good protectant against skin irritations and rashes. It is known to soothe insect bites, flaking skin and mildly sun damaged skin.

Glycerin (Vegetable) – is a natural humectant that draws moisture onto the skin by extracting it out of the air. Apart from its ability to draw in moisture, it is also known to help retain moisture in the skin. This makes Glycerin a great agent in fighting rough, dry, irritated and dull skin. It also makes it an excellent skin plumping product.

Grapefruit essential oil – aside from its delicious scent, it has antiseptic qualities and helps to clean and clear congested skin and to treat oily skin.

Rose petals & Coffee beans – used as exfoliating ingredients to help remove dead skin cells and stimulating blood flow.

Shea butter – is highly moisturizing, improves the skin’s softness, suppleness as well as soothes burns. Shea butter can also be used as a mild “sun protectant”, soothes, moisturizes and is an effective anti-aging & anti-wrinkling butter.

I have a video on my YouTube Channel (below) showing you exactly how I make both Body Butter Bars.

Have you used/made a Body Butter Bar before? What is your favorite? I would love to hear from you 🙂

Maicurls

Maicurls

The Heatless “Blowout” – Faux Blowout

Hey Maicurlies,

So as the title indicates I stretched my hair out using my heatless “Blowout” method. With this I really really get my hair stretched – it of course is not as stretched as it could be if I were to use a blow dryer but for a heatless method I love it.

Faux Blowout in a ponytail

                                                                            Faux Blowout in a ponytail

Now before I start explaining, I want to point out…stress…that I work with dry hair to do this and I am UBER CAREFUL while manipulating dry hair. Manipulating dry hair can lead to damage if you are not careful, gentle and patient so I can not say it enough, I am SUPER CAREFUL with this otherwise breakage ends up being the result.

I have a video up of my method on my Channel which you can see below.

Products/Tools Used (click on the products listed for my recipes)

Prepping Tools

  • Hair bubbles
  • Hair Clips

I usually always start off with hair that has been stretched in some form just because it makes it easier to then completely comb out my curls. I am starting off with day 4 hair (a twist-out I only used my Leave-in no styling product when I set the twists).

Day 4 Twist-out

                                                                                                  Day 4 Twist-out

Process

Prep Hair – Split hair, lightly mist leave-in conditioner & seal with Oil.

 Finger Detangle – I very carefully finger detangle

Comb – I comb out the curls really carefully and slowly

Option 1: From here I will apply my styling product to twist, braid, Bantu Knot etc my hair  or

Option 2: Otherwise I will wear my hair out with option two:

Faux Blowout when I wear it out.

Faux Blowout when I wear it out.

I would love to hear what your method is. Do you use heat? How? If not what do you do? 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls