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Whipped Hair & Body Butter (no Shea Butter & Coconut Oil)

Hello Maicurlies,

I am FINALLY back with a DIY!

I was requested to share a whipped butter recipe that doesn’t include Shea Butter or Coconut Oil but first, I have a few other whipped butter recipes which you can find below:

I replaced the Shea and Coconut Oil with alternative ingredients but the process of making the whipped butter follows the same pattern as the previous mixes I have shared above.

Ingredients/Tools:

  • 3oz Unrefined Cocoa Butter
  • 2.5oz Mango Butter
  • 2.5oz Coffee Butter
  • 4oz Coffee infused Grapeseed Oil
  • 3oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 0.1oz Glycerin (optional)
  • 3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (optional)
  • 3 capsules Vitamin E Oil (0.15oz)
  • 5 drops Chocolate Fragrance (optional)
  • Double Broiler
  • Spoon
  • Weighing scale
  • Containers
  • Gloves (optional)

(P.s I purchased all my butters from SheaButter Cottage – an awesome company that not only provides superb products but also gives back to local village women in Ghana with every purchase made!)

Ingredient Alternatives:

The EVOO and Grapeseed Oil can be replaced with any other carrier oil of choice. You can replace the butters as well, I suggest using at least one hard butter (if you live in warm climate). The Essential Oil can either be replaced with an oil of choice or omitted altogether. Keep in mind that EO’s MUST be diluted otherwise it can cause skin/scalp irritations and if you are pregnant please refrain from using any EO.

Mixing Process:

You want to first double broil the Cocoa Butter on low/medium heat for no more than 5 minutes. Once the butter melts (don’t melt all the way) remove it from the heat and add the mango & coffee butter along with the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and stir. Place the bowl in the fridge for 15 – 20 minutes. Whip the mix and then add the remaining ingredients. I like to replace the bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes before I do a final whip till I get it to the consistency I like.

Benefits:

Unrefined 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 dye. It is known to effectively strengthen hair, tame frizzy and flyaway hair.

Mango Butter: 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 aid in the growth of hair (due to a healthy scalp.) Because of its high content of fatty acids it is believed that it might actually be more moisturizing that Cocoa and Shea butter (I cannot attest to that as I have never used it before.)

Coffee Butter: caffeine helps with hair growth stimulation and it helps reduce shedding. The natural butter helps with sealing in moisture, provides shine, makes the hair soft and (p.s is incredible for the skin)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: can be used to help seal in moisture, aid hair manageability but can be a little “heavy” (especially for those with fine hair) therefore it is best to use it lightly so it does not weigh your hair down.

Grapeseed Oil: Another example of an oil that is easily absorbed into the hair and scalp without weighing down the hair or clogging up pores due to the fact that it is an extremely “light” oil. Although it is a “light” oil it gives hair a sheen so those with fine hair can use it without worrying about having greasy hair.  It is known to help heal alopecia areata as well dry and itchy scalps therefore helping fight dandruff. It is great and sealing in moisture and retaining the natural moisture in our hair.

Vegetable Glycerin: Vegetable Glycerin is a humectant since it 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 and “trap in” moisture however should be used sparingly and should be diluted since it is thick and sticky. Vegetable Glycerin is better served when used in humid climate since it attracts that moisture however, if used when there is a lack of humidity in the air it can do the opposite (extract moisture from the hair to the air.)

Vitamin E Oil: Vitamin E is a commonly used oil to help extend homemade products shelf life (however only extends products for a little bit.) This oil rejuvenates and offers protection for the scalp and skin by nourishing both.

Peppermint Oil: Helps to stimulate blood flow to the scalp which results in hair growth as the root of the hair is being nourished.

Chocolate Fragrance: the scent of course!

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Thanks

Maicurls

DIY Conditioning Bars with Cleansing Properties

Hello Maicurlies,

It has been a while (a little over a month) since I last shared a DIY and over the last few weeks I have been asked “when will you share a DIY again”, you request and I shall deliver 😉 

DIY Conditioning Bar With Cleansing Properties

DIY Conditioning Bar With Cleansing Properties

My “DIY Conditioning Bar with Cleansing Properties” is a mix that my hair LOVES! As the name indicates it helps to condition my hair while leaving my curls feeling clean (thanks to cleansing properties) but it does not result in dry or stripped clean hair thanks to the conditioning elements! 

Ingredients/Tools:

DIY Conditioning Bar With Cleansing Properties - Ingredients

  • 1.1 oz Amla
  • 1.5 oz Shikakai
  • 0.7 oz Water
  • 3 oz Unrefined Cocoa Butter (I got mine from SheaButter Cottage
  • 0.7 oz Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 3 Capsules Vitamin E Oil (roughly 0.15 oz) 
  • 2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (optional) – use any Essential Oil you like*
  • 0.2 oz Glycerin (optional)** 
  • Pot & Bowl for double broiler
  • Spoon 
  • Container
  • Silicon Moulds & Cling Film (if you choose to make blocks) 

Note: *If you are pregnant please do not use any Essential oil. Essential Oil needs to be sufficiently diluted & certain oils have more “strength”. ** If you hair does not like Glycerin skip this ingredient (see Alternative Suggestions for other options). 

Mixing Method:

I first combine the dry ingredients (powders) together and mix them well. I then add the water and stir before adding the butter and remaining ingredients. When I add the butter and oils etc it is done step-by-step (do not pour everything in one go since you want to make sure you are not adding more than you want and to make sure everything is mixed well). 

Storage/Setting:

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If you are going to use this right after making the mix, then skip this step and move onto “Adding Your Mixing Liquid” (below). If you are making blocks, pour into silicon molds which will be covered with cling film in order for them to set (Once set, I store mine in a sandwich bag for future use).

Adding Your Mixing Liquid:

Depending on your preference you can basically add any liquid of choice (e.g. Flax Seed Water, Tea, Water, Coconut Milk, Coconut Cream). First gently double broil the blocks (do not completely melt them down) you just want them to melt a little since you will be adding warm mixing liquid which will completely melt down the bars. My mixing liquid of choice is Flax Seed Water. I literally let the seeds (2 oz) just reach a gentle rolling boil in plain water (8.8 oz) for no more than 5 minutes on low heat. I immediately sieve the seeds (which I store for reuse) and pour the Flax Seed Water to my semi melted blocks and stir stir stir. 

Application:

Melted Conditioning Bars

Melted Conditioning Bars

Once the Flax Seed Water has been added it turns into this lovely consistency and I highly recommend applying on lightly damp hair (best on detangled hair to avoid tangles and to allow for easy application). I cover my hair with a shower cap and scarf for a minimum of 20 – 30 minutes and then rinse it out with a dab of conditioner (the conditioner is optional but I prefer using it to make sure I don’t have any “bits” in my hair). 

Ingredient Benefits:

  • Amla – holds conditioning properties, provides shine, strengthens the hair, helps slow down early on set greying/darkens the hair (subtly), helps keep a clean & healthy Scalp.
  • Shikakai – helps to cleanse the hair & scalp.
  • Water – best moisturizing ingredient.
  • Unrefined Cocoa Butter – helps moisturize the hair, reduces hair loss, reduces breakage & alleviates scalp itching and irritations.
  • Virgin Coconut Oil – provides shine and strength, penetrates into the hair shaft to strengthen from within, soothes an irritated scalp & helps elimate frizz.
  • Vitamin E Oil –  helps extend homemade products shelf life, rejuvenates and offers protection for the scalp & hair. 
  • Peppermint Essential Oil – helps to stimulate blood flow to the scalp which results in hair growth, soothes an irritated scalp, cleanses the scalp & also helps extend the shelf life of homemade products. 
  • Glycerin – a humectant that attracts water in the air (humidity) to the area applied. 

Alternative Ingredients: 

  • Unrefined Cocoa Butter – can be replaced with any other butter of choice e.g. Shea Butter, Mango Butter or a combination.
  • Virgin Coconut Oil – can be replaced with any carrier oil of choice.
  • Glycerin – can be replaced with Honey or Agave Nectar (if you hair likes Humectants).
  • Shikakai – can be replaced with Aritha (soap nut) which has even more cleansing abilities.
  • Water – can be used together with Rose Water e.g 0.35 oz Water & 0.35 oz Rose Water.
  • Peppermint Essential Oil – you can replace this with any oil of choice or omit it completely.

When To Use:

There is no “time frame” for this, you can use it whenever you like. I do suggest that if your hair is in need of a little TLC and you want to switch between deep conditioning you can use this in place of a Deep Conditioner from time to time. 

I would love to hear what you think! If you use this recipe or change a few things please let me know, I would love to hear from you! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

DIY Whipped Coffee Bean Infused Hair & Body Butter

Hello Lovely Maicurlies,

In my last video I demonstrated how I make my Coffee Bean Infused Butter and today I am using that butter to make a whipped butter for the hair and skin.

DIY Whipped Coffee Bean Infused Hair & Body Butter

DIY Whipped Coffee Bean Infused Hair & Body Butter

In case you missed the post on on how I make my DIY Coffee Bean Infused Butter please click here since that is the base of this recipe.

I have previously swooned about my love for all things coffee when it comes to my hair and skin (and yes it is a guilty drink pleasure too) and so this whipped butter is no exception. 

Benefits of Coffee for the Hair and Skin. 

Hair:

  • 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.
  • Known to darken the hair and slowdown the early onset of grey hairs (with frequent and consistent use)*
  • Adds sine and dimension to the hair due to the darkening effect of the oil

*Should you have bleached/blond or dyed hair you do not want to darken, I suggest trying this with caution. The darkening is nothing drastic or overly evident however there is a potential that you will notice your hair getting a little darker so please keep that in mind. 

Skin:

  • The caffeine helps reduce puffy and dark circles under the eye.
  • Tightens the skin giving you a youthful fresh glow.
  • Its anti-inflammatory properties is said to reduces redness in the skin and inflammation.
  • Known to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Known to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
  • Fights free radicals thanks to the antioxidants contained in caffeine.

Apart from the benefits of coffee, the recipe is really simple to throw together and quick to make plus it smells great too! I have written (several times) about the benefits of each individual ingredient used in this particular recipe because I tend to integrate ingredients I know my hair likes over and over. So for a breakdown of each individual ingredient please read these  links Hair and Skin benefits. 

Products/Tools used:

  • 6 oz DIY Coffee Bean Infused Butter 
  • 0.4 oz DIY Vanilla Infused Almond Oil
  • 0.6 oz DIY Coffee Bean Infused Almond Oil
  • 2 capsules Vitamin E oil
  • 0.2 oz Vegetable Glycerin (optional)
  • Essential Oil (optional 3 – 5 drops max)
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Gloves
  • Airtight Container
  • Piping bag to transfer the whip to the container (not necessary)

Note: You can use any carrier oil you wish, I just like to reinforce the coffee with a little coffee infused oil. Glycerin is an optional ingredient that can be used (it is a humectant and not everyone’s hair plays well with it). You can also replace the glycerin with raw honey if your hair prefers that. 

I live in really warm weather practically 365 days a year therefore I prefer my butter mix to be more butter focused however, if you want a less firm mix (particularly in winter) then you can add more oil e.g. I suggest using a total of 2 oz  for 6 oz of butter. Keep in mind the more oil you use the more runny it will be particularly in the warm summer months 

Method:

Infused Coffee Bean Butter with carrier oils after being in the freezer for 15 minutes

 Melted Butter with carrier oils after 15 minutes in the freezer

I add the carrier oils to the melted infused butter, stir everything together and then place it in my freezer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes I mix everything together with a spatula, the butter will be harder on the top and softer underneath. I whisk for a good 3 – 5 minutes and then I add the Vitamin E Oil and Glycerin (Essential Oil if you choose to add it) and then place it in my fridge for 5 minutes.

This helps to thicken the whip a little and will help make it fluffier since I re-whip again. After 5 minutes in the fridge I whip for at least 5 minutes and that is it. I like using my spatula to get the whip out of the bowl and then a piping bag to transfer it because I like being “extra” but that is not necessary.

I as always have a video on my channel:

I hope you enjoy the recipe & video, please let me know what you think!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Rose Honey Lip Scrub & Cocoa Rose Lip Salve

Hi Maicurlies,

I have two recipes to share today. Both of these mixes are for the lips.

I have been using a DIY Lip Scrub and Lip Salve over the last two months and have noticed a difference in how my lips feels and looks which is why I wanted to share 🙂 

DIY Rose Honey Lip Scrub

DIY Rose Honey Lip Scrub

DIY Rose Honey Lip Scrub

This baby is fabulous! I use the sugar scrub 1 – 2 times a week maximum to help exfoliate my sensitive chappy lips. Do not scrub more than twice a week otherwise you run the risk of ending up with a raw, fragile and over exfoliated pout! 

Ingredients:

  • 0.5oz Natural Honey
  • 0.1oz Rose Infused Almond Oil (you can use any carrier oil)
  • 1oz. Raw Brown Sugar (you could use white sugar)
  • Peppermint Essential Oil (you can use any Essential Oil)

Mix Instructions:

I first mix the Raw Honey and Rose Infused Oil together and then add about half the Sugar. After mixing in the first half I add the remaining Sugar. The Essential Oil is added at then end and then everything is transferred to my container. 

DIY Rose Honey Lip Scrub

DIY Rose Honey Lip Scrub

When/How I Apply the Scrub:

As I mentioned I apply the scrub once or twice a week after I have washed my face and removed my makeup (including anything on my lips). I make sure my lips are a little damp with water and then in a circular motion I lightly rub the scrub over my lips. I like to leave it on for about 1 minute and then splash it off with water. 

Why I use these ingredients: 

Brown sugar – helps to gently remove dead skin from the lips leaving you with a soft supple pout without being too harsh on the skin. (I prefer using brown sugar over white sugar but there is no harm in using white sugar.) Raw Honey – a light humectant that helps to draw moisture in the air to the lips, making it a super moisturizing ingredient. It has light anti bacterial and antiseptic properties so it helps to heal cracked lips.  Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil – the oil will help trap in all that luscious moisture from the honey, it is light and therefore will not clog up the skin. The infusion of rose adds to the scent of the mix. Peppermint Essential Oil – this is an optional ingredient but I LOVE it. It helps to stimulate blood circulation giving you a tingling sensation, makes the lips plush and it also helps to keep the scrub from going off too quickly due to it’s anti fungal properties (it is not a preservative but helps to extend the shelf life of a product a little).  

DIY Cocoa Rose Lip Salve

DIY Cocoa Rose Lip Salve

DIY Cocoa Rose Lip Salve

Ingredients:

  • 0.8oz unrefined Cocoa Butter (double broil for less than 5 minutes)
  • 0.3oz Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 0.2oz. Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil
  • 0.1oz Castor Oill
  • 2 Vitamin E Oil Capsules = roughly 0.15oz (do not cut your fingers if you use capsules)
  • 2 drops natural Rose fragrance oil – alcohol free (optional)
  • 1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil (Optional – use any EO)

Mixing Instructions:

I first melt down the Cocoa butter in a double broiler for no more than 5 minutes and then add the Virgin Coconut oil to the melted butter (off the heat). The warmth from the Cocoa Butter will melt down the Coconut Oil. I add both the Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil and Castor oil to the mix followed by the contents of two Vitamin E Oil Capsules. The final step is to add the Alcohol Free Rose Fragrance Oil (optional) and the Essential Oil (optional). I then pour the mix into my containers and then let them set in the fridge for no less than 4 hours (usually overnight). 

DIY Cocoa Rose Lip Salve

DIY Cocoa Rose Lip Salve

When/How I Apply the Scrub:

I have become obsessed with this lip salve so I do not only apply it at night but during the day too! Anytime really…but I do make a point of putting it on before bed. I also ensure that after I have scrubbed my lips I apply a sufficient amount of the salve. I make enough of this to keep a container on my bedside table, in my bathroom, my dresser and in my office

Why I use the ingredients:

Cocoa Butter – an excellent butter that has moisturizing and soothing properties. It gives the salve hold yet still allows it to melt immediately upon contact with the skin providing a light sheen and glisten. Virgin Coconut Oil – is easily absorbed into the skin, has moisturizing properties and leaves the skin feeling soft. Castor Oil – is a humectant as well as being a sealing oil so it attracts moisture in the air to the lips and helps to heal damaged, dry  and chapped lips. Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil – is a light oil that helps to seal in the moisturizing and nourishing benefits from the salve and provides a light sheen. I like to use alcohol free fragrance oil, because if provides a luscious scent to the salve and is not damaging or drying. Peppermint Essential Oil – (optional) helps to stimulate blood circulation giving you a tingling sensation, makes the lips plush and it also helps to keep the salve from going off too quickly due to it’s anti fungal properties (it is not a preservative but helps to extend the shelf life of a product a little). Vitamin E Oil – is super moisturizing for the lips, helps generate new skin growth and contains nourishing properties that helps to keep the lips supple and soft.

NOTE: Make sure that your fingers are dry before taking  the products out of the container (before application) in order to keep them from growing bacteria. Since the Lip Salve does not contain beeswax it might become a little soft during the summer months therefor make sure not to keep them in your bag or pocket because it can melt and spill. Use the scrub no more than twice and week to ensure you don’t over exfoliate. You can apply the lip salve anytime you want, so if you make a few batches you can keep some handy in random places e.g. bedside table, dresser, bathroom cabinet, office desk etc. 

I would love to hear if you try these mixes. If you have a favorite DIY Scrub or Lip salve/balm let me know, I like to experiment (as you know)! 

Maicurls

Maicurls

SheaButter Cottage – Order 2 Arrived!

Hey Maicurlies,

So I am super duper excited because I got my order of products from SheaButter Cottage!!! 😀

www.sheabuttercottage.com/

                                                                  http://www.sheabuttercottage.com/

I have ordered from the company before (I am a huge fan, I told Akua – the owner – that I might be in love and she has a life time customer!) You can read about my previous experience & order from SheaButter Cottage here

This time round I ordered: Unrefined Cocoa Butter (yes again, I LOVE the stuff), Indigo Powder (for my mum) and I wanted to try a new butter so I got Coffee Bean Butter.

Now if you have read my previous post  you will notice that I am a HUGE fan of Unrefined Cocoa Butter.

Cocoa Butter

                                             Unrefined Cocoa Butter

Since I adore it I reordered 1.5KG but let me tell you, as soon as I opened the Coffee Bean Butter (2x 300G) I think I might have passed out from bliss! The scent of this stuff is to die for!!! No seriously! It is more than amazing! If you are a coffee fan you simply HAVE TO try this. 

Unrefined Coffee Bean Butter

                                       Coffee Bean Butter

These are the two packets of 100g Indigo powder I got for my mum. 

Indigo Powder

                                                            Indigo Powder

I will have a review of the Coffee Butter along with a detailed look at it once I have tried the butter and will ask my mum for a review of the Indigo Powder. I already have written about the company’s Unrefined Cocoa, Mango and Shea Butter in my previous post. 

Experience 

The service with the company was excellent as always. Akua is AMAZING at what she does and is extremely professional and patient. International shipping with them is quite effective (p.s. they are a UK based company). Last time my order arrived 17 working days after ordering and this time it only took 11 working days! For International shipping that is really good :). Like I said, everything went smoothly and Akua was always willing to answer any questions (I had a lot of questions, just ask her lol). In case you are reading this Akua, THANK YOU! 

Apart from their site you can find SheaButter Cottage on their Facebook Page as well as their Instagram Page.

As soon as I have a new experiment done you will be the first to know. (P.s. now that I have extra Cocoa Butter I can finally get to recording my Henna Bars).

Have you used Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Coffee Bean Butter or Indigo Powder before? I would love to hear from you! 

Maicurls

Maicurls

Glory Roots Product Review & my DIY Nighttime Under-eye Cream

Hey Maicurlies,

Glory Roots Product ReviewToday I wanted to do a 2 in 1 post (it’s a little long), but first let me set the scene. I was gawking at natural hair pictures on Instagram (IG), when I came across a page: Glory Roots. The products caught my attention because 1. there were a lot of organic/natural and/or unrefined products and 2. a lot of their products come from Africa, mainly Ghana.

After a little search I left a message along the lines of “all your products look awesome” on one of their pictures. Shortly thereafter I was contacted by the company and they very kindly offered to send me two products to try out. (THANK YOU Glory Roots!!) 

Please note, While I was sent the products I was not requested to write a review. I decided to do so on my own since I planned to use them in DIY experiments and wanted to share my results with all of you. I informed them that I planned to write a honest review based on my own personal opinions, which they encouraged since they wanted honest feedback.

The company is based in the Uk and I copied a snippet about Glory Roots from their Site:

Glory Roots is a specialist health & wellbeing online store offering a large range of organic and unrefined products. This includes our own Glory Roots range and many other trusted specialist imported brands that have been faithful staples over the years of many households and native lifestyles. Available products include: – body butters – herbal remedies – bitters – soaps – essential oils – creams & lotions – ointments – nuts & seeds, and many many more!

Source: http://www.gloryroots.com/

They offered to send me one product they recommend and I could select one of my choice. The 100% Pure Coconut Oil from Ghana (unrefined and unprocessed) was their selection and mine was the 100% Pure Cocoa Butter also sourced from Ghana (unrefined and unprocessed).

What I did was to try both products on their own and then in a DIY mix.

100% Pure Coconut Oil (100ml) – £5.00

100% Pure Coconut Oil - 100ml

100% Pure Coconut Oil – 100ml

Scent – It has a mild coconut scent to it. I will state that the Virgin Coconut Oil I normally use for both my hair and skin does seem to be a little more “coco-nutty”.

Colour – The Virgin Coconut Oil I normally use seems to be a little less yellow, (paler) compared to their oil. I am not sure but perhaps the type of coconut, how it is grown and where it grows makes a difference in the scent and colour (my Virgin Coconut Oil comes from India). Regardless,  I did see a slight colour difference between mine and theirs.

Package/Consistency/Feel The bottle was sturdy and the plastic used along with the lid did not let any of the oil spill out. When I first received the oil, the weather was still pretty warm so it was a fluid liquid. However, when I tested it out the weather had gotten colder and that of course started to turn the oil into more of a thick liquid state (which is normal). When applied, the oil was quickly absorbed into my skin leaving me with smooth, shiny (not greasy) as well as moisturized skin. I also used it to seal moisture in my hair and again my hair looked shiny without feeling greasy and I was left with a mild coconut scent, yum.

100% Pure Cocoa Butter 70g £3.50

100% Pure Cocoa Butter - 70g

100% Pure Cocoa Butter – 70g

Scent – There is a subtle chocolate smell to their 100% Pure Cocoa Butter. In comparison to my “normal” Unrefined Cocoa Butter I probably would have been happier if theirs had a stronger chocolate scent (since I love chocolate) however, for those that are sensitive to strong scents, it is not overpowering.

Colour – it has a slightly off white color similar to my “normal” Unrefined Cocoa Butter. (In the image the Cocoa butter looks a little white but it is off white in person).

Package/Consistency/Feel – Again the package is sturdy and you can tell it held the butter well because during transportation the butter must have melted a little bit (due to temperature differences) and at some point when it became a solid again the package was placed sideways which is why it solidified at an angle before I received it (notice the gap in the image). Keep in mind that does not impact its effectiveness or quality or the product. Due to the changes in temperature the butter was ever so slightly grainy but it melted down completely as soon as I rubbed a bit of it in my palms and left me with super moist skin that looked supple yet not greasy (no graininess either).

Overview: I enjoy using both of the products on their own and in DIY product mixes and think both work really when they are applied on my hair and skin. The only thing is my nose wishes the Cocoa Butter smelt a little more like chocolate and the Coconut Oil smelt a little more “coco-nutty”. As I mentioned I got the 70g Cocoa Butter and 100ml Coconut Oil which are ideal sizes if you want to see how your skin/hair likes them. They have different sized products available on Glory Roots Site but I would suggest going for the larger ones after you have tried them out. Then again, the little bottles might be sufficient for some, but since I am a DIY freak, little bottles are not enough for me :D. I really appreciate the fact that Glory Roots allowed me to try out their lovely products (thanks again!) and I would say if you are looking for raw products, check out their site.

DIY Under-Eye Cream (for the night)

DIY Under eye cream

DIY Under eye cream

Mix Instructions – (I used a 1.7oz container)

  1. I measure out 0.5oz Pure Cocoa Butter and 0.3 oz Pure Coconut Oil and placed them in a heat proof glass to double broil.
  2. I double broil for less than 5 minutes on medium heat, take it off the heat and add 0.1 oz of my DIY Coffee Infused Oil. (You do not have to use this particular carrier oil however coffee/caffeine is excellent for reducing puffiness).
  3. I place the mix in my freezer for 10 minutes to let it become a little thick and hard.
  4. I mix everything together with a spoon, add 3 capsules of Vitamin E Oil (roughly 0.15 oz) and mix again for 5 minutes till it becomes a smooth yogurt like consistency. (You might need to rigorously mix).
  5. I transferred the mix into my container and let it rest. (In picture 5 the “cream” still has a yogurt-like consistency right after mixing.)
  6. After it has “set” the consistency resembles more of a thick cream which is a little firm but easily comes out of the jar with a simple pat with your finger over the cream.

Application

After you have washed your face and removed your makeup, make sure your hands are clean and dry before applying. You only need to use a tiny tiny dab under each eye at night and gently glide your finger over your skin. It will melt immediately upon contact and will absorb easily (just make sure not to use too much!) With frequent use it should help reduce puffy under eyes, dark circles as well as help reduce fine lines. Please keep in mind, in some cases puffy under-eyes and dark circles can be hereditary or a sign of illness and this cream is not meant to be a replacement for any medication/ointments provided from medical professionals. Do not get the cream in your eyes because it might sting and remember a little goes a LOOONG way!

TIP: This mix should last you a long time if you use it lightly and the shelf life should be at least 6 months (if not 1 year). Always use clean and dry hands when applying the product to avoid contamination in the jar since there are no preservatives and try to use an airtight container for longer shelf life. You can store the cream in your fridge during the summer, this will make the cream hard but it still will melt upon contact with your skin nonetheless. 

 *I have a list of all the benefits and properties of each ingredient used here*

Have you tried Glory Roots before, if so which products and what do you think? Have you made your own nighttime under-eye cream? I would love to hear if you try my mix!

Thanks

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