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So i made my oil today i used avoado, sunflower, grapeseed and olive oil.
I put in dehyrdated onions, 2 cloves of garlic, cloves, cinnamon, fennel, ginger, sage, rosemary, marjoram and oregano.

Yes i raided the spice cabinet.

*Edit* Okay so that was last monday, my “growth” oil is officially finished. The one complaint that i have, yes i have a complaint already, is that it is smells like jerk seasoning. For those of you who have carribean background, you’ll understand what im saying. It’s not just me, my sister thinks the same thing.

I took pictures of the finished product, i totally forgot to take some before pics, while all the herbs and stuff was in it, oh wells maybe next time.

I put some in my hair already, it feels soft, not oily but soft, hopefully my hair will stay that way.

My hope for this oil is not that it grows my hair (regardless of the name) but that it can help keep my hair healthy,if growth follows awesome, but its not my main goal.

Oh i also added some aloe vera gel and some tea tree oil ( i was hoping it would help with the smell, it didn’t)

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So I was thinking if body butters are good for ones body, wouldnt they be good for ones hair.  Here is a selection of some body butter recipes that I found, that I think would be great dual purpose butters. Please note, has depending on your hair you may find that these are too heavy for your hair and weigh it down.  The recipes were found using google search for body butter recipes.

Shea & Mango Body Butter
(Makes about 10 oz.)

6 oz. Refined/Unrefined Shea Butter or Mango Butter
1 ½ oz. Olive Oil
1 ½ oz. Jojoba Oil
1 oz. Babassu Oil
1 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
1-2 tsp. Coconut Fragrance oil (to your liking)

Place Shea Butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat just until melted. Add Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Emu and heat just until mixed and translucent. Add Vitamin E Oil and blend with stick blender. Let cool for about 10 minutes, and then place in freezer for approximately 5-10 minutes. Blend again for a few minutes and place again in freezer for another 5-10 minutes. When mixture begins to thicken, blend your Fragrance Oil in and pour into clean sterilized containers.

*This recipe does NOT require preservative. This recipe will make a body butter with the consistency of tub margarine. Olive oil is used because of its ability to reduce the effects of sunburn.

Luxerious body butter

Ingredients
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 cup mango butter
2 tablespoons evening primrose oil
1 tablespoon wheat germ oil
1 tablespoon rosehip oil

Directions
1  Melt all the butters over a double boiler until just melted.
2  Take off the heat and stir in all of the oils.
3  Let the mixture stand for a few minutes and then use an electic mixer and whip the mixture until fluffy and cool.
4  You could also put all the ingredients in a jar and let it sit in the sun until melted.
5  Put in pretty jars and use up with in about 6 months.

  Moisturizing Body Butter

Ingredients:

2 lbs. cocoa butter
1 lb. beeswax
1 lb. mango butter
16 oz. sweet almond oil
0.8 oz. silk amino acids
0.8 oz. Dry Flo
3.2 oz. fragrance oil
0.4 oz Vitamin E T-50
Instructions:

Melt cocoa butter and mango butter together in a double boiler. Melt in beeswax. Mix in fragrance oil and sweet almond oil, add to butters. Mix in liquid silk and and Vitamin E oil. Finally, sprinkle in cornstarch, mix thoroughly. Makes 20 4 oz. jars. (For a softer butter, you can use less beeswax, or add more sweet almond oil.)

A recipe that i found on make your own cosmectics.com

Hempy Chick Pomade

Ingredients:
6 ounces organic hemp seed oil
2 ounces babassu oil
1 ounce beeswax
1 ounce shea butter (unrefined, Ghana)
1/8 ounce ylang ylang essential oil
3 drops clove essential oil
1 drop geranium essential oil
1 drop sandalwood essential oil
1 drop neroli essential oil
Blending Procedure:
Combine hemp seed oil, babassu oil, beeswax and shea butter in a heat proof measuring cup (Pyrex is nice to use). Place the cup containing the oils and butter into a pan of boiling water and heat until wax is nearly melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat once the wax is nearly melted.

Stir the mixture to make sure all wax has melted into the liquefied oils. Add the essentail oils and stir again to ensure the mix.

Pour Hempy Chick Hair Pomade into clean jars and allow to cool before capping. You can store this for up to about 3 months. As always, be sure to use clean fingers to dispense the product to minimize contamination.

To use Hempy Chick Hair Pomade, massage it into the scalp and hair ends while your hair is still wet from shampooing. Comb through and enjoy the curls, volume and radiance!!

I was thinking that it would be fun to create my own fantasy recipe with all the ingredients that I would love. Have you ever heard of some ingredients, wanted to use them but a, you couldnt find it or b, it was way too expensive.

Well with this fantasy exercise you can make it, and not worry about the cost or location problem. For my hair cream, I prefer the consistency as oppose to the butter, I want a cream that is moisturizing, conditioning, provides sheen and softness and isnt greasy. I hate when I use a product and end up with greasy hair that is dry and crusty. I dont mind my curls hanging so it can be a little weighty but not too much. Its going to be a long list, with the amount that this would make I would definately have to share with family and friends, not that I think they would mind 🙂

Lets begin.

  • Emu oil of course
  • Shea butter
  • Mango butter
  • Cocoa butter
  • Coconut oil- love this stuff, it makes my hair soft, and im using a watered down mixed version to boot.
  • olive oil
  • honeyquat-
  • Myrrh oil- umm yeah!
  • Aloe vera gel and lots of it
  • dl panthenol
  • vitamin E
  • corn starch- to help keep the greasiness down
  • pumpkin seed butter- has rejunventating ablities
  • grapefruit extract
  • tea tree oil
  • babassu oil- moisturizing but without the oily feel
  • argan oil
  • hazelnut oil
  • vegetable glycerin
  • pomegrante oil
  • for scent Id like maybe vanilla and lemongrass

Umm, i think this it, my one of a kind, personalizied whipped hair cream, yes it must be whipped so that its fluffy and nice, even if its just for a short time. Im not sure of the exact amounts, with the amount of oils on the list I think butters would have to be substancial, the cornstarch and aloe vera gel would help give it a smoother texture I think. Maybe I’d even put some flaxseed gel in there too.

I came across ritha nuts in an indian beauty secrets book that Im reading. It had a recipe for ritha nut shampoo; 1 cup of ritha nuts and 1 tbsp of lemon juice.  This recipe only makes a small amount you can, if you desire make a larger batch of the ritha nuts and store it in a container until you are ready to use. But I would suggest that you make enough for only a few uses, as not to waste the product as the liquid may go bad.

When you get the nuts you can soak them in water overnight, then you strain the liquid, add your lemon juice and voila, a simple ,natural and healthly shampoo. You can add other herbs and oils to the mixture to give it added benefits

  • Indian goose berry (amla) 50gms
  •  i.e about one hand full Soapnuts (reetha) 50 gms (after seeds are removed)
  • Sikakai* 50gms

Take about one liter of water and simmer these herbs in it till just one cup is left, cool it and use it as a shampoo. This is a multipurpose remedy commonly used by Indians for centuries. Prolonged use promotes hair growth, give them shine & volume

*EDIT* Coincidently, the book is called “Indian Beauty Secrets” by Monisha Bharadwji. 🙂

 Some links for more information:

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/vbjournal.php?do=article&articleid=95

http://corporate.greenandnutty.com.au/?q=node/65

 

Soap nuts are a popular natural laundry detergent in many parts of the world today. Numerous households have bags of soap nuts handy for washing clothes, or windows, or as a remedy for treating common skin problems without any side effects. Soap nuts are not nuts; rather they are the fruit of the Sapindus mukorossi tree. Soap nut trees are mainly found in India, Nepal & China. The fruits of the soap nut trees are used for various purposes. While the seeds of the soap nut fruit are used as detergents to replace artificial washing powder, the outer shell of the soap nut contains saponins which are good for treating skin problems.

People in India practice an alternative form of medicine called Ayurveda, which strongly recommends the use of soap nut powder for maintaining your crowning glory. Soap nuts have been used in this region for centuries not just to repair damaged skin and hair but also to prevent such conditions from occurring again. Soap nut powder is used to wash the hair while bathing. Regular use of soap nut powder ensures the reduction of hair fall to a great extent. Many people who were on the verge of going bald have seen good hair days because of soap nut.

Soap nuts are used in combination with many natural ingredients to counter hair loss. Soap nut powder & liquid cleanse the hair and keeps it shiny and soft. Its gentle action rejuvenates the scalp cells and prevents hair loss to a great extent. Dandruff often speeds up hair loss, but soap nuts fight away dandruff as well. When the problem of dandruff is solved, the side effect of hair loss can quite often also be eliminated. There are many companies that sell good quality soap nut shampoo with high concentration of soap nut extract. But you could also use soap nut powder or liquid directly on your hair. Gently work up lather while massaging your scalp. Allow the soap nut powder to work on your scalp for a few minutes and then wash thoroughly.

 Another fact is that using soap nuts eliminates the exposure of the scalp to harmful chemicals. If you were using a commercially manufactured shampoo, your so-called remedy would itself contain chemicals that could slow down the process of healing and recovery. Hair washed regularly with soap nut gets thicker and glossier with each use. Prevent dandruff and steer clear of future hair loss. Stick with soap nuts shampoo and you could have a head of hair to be proud of. But note that while soap nuts act as a supplement to help you against hair loss, a balanced diet will go a long way in preventing the condition from recurring.

T here is more to making henna than simply adding water to the powder. Many people who use henna regularly recommend that you had some moisturizing ingredients whether it be oils or conditioners. If you use henna for colour  then you need to let it sit so that the dye can be released, most people let it sit over  night and then apply the next day. The average time they leave it on is 3-4 hours but you can do less.

Examples of what people have used are: apple cider vinegar, hair cholesteral,honey etc.

Some times henna is done not for the colour but just for the moisturzing and strengthening properties, a person may do what is called a henna gloss.

Henna Gloss…

*Henna powder
*Strong tea
*FULL FAT Greek yoghurt
*Aloe Vera gel
*Conditioner
*Blackstrap Molasses
*neem powder
*A sprinkle of paprika powder
*A sprinkle of tumeric powder
*A small glug of castor oil

 from jaxjair.blogspot.com

 1/2 Tsp ground cloves
2 Tbsp Henna Powder
1/2 Tsp Amla Powder
Brewed chamomile tea
1 Tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
3 Tbsp Aubrey Organics Blue Chamomile Conditioner

Directions:

Combine ground cloves, henna and amla powder then add lemon juice and enough brewed tea to form a smooth paste resembling yogurt consistency.
You can leave this mixture on for as little as 30 minutes or longer

 

Jasmine & Acai Berry Pomade
Makes about 3 ounces

Ingredients
1/2 ounce Acai Oil
2 ounces Shealoe Butter
1/4 ounce Beeswax
0.05 ounce Jasmine Floral Wax
1/4 ounce Fractionated Coconut Oil
5 drops Jasmine Absolute

Directions
In a double boiler, combine the Beeswax, Floral Wax, and Fractionated Coconut Oil.  Heat these ingredients until they are fully melted.  Next, add the Shealoe Butter and stir until it is just melted.  Quickly remove the mixture from the heat.  Add the Acai Oil and begin to whip the mixture until it cools slightly.  Add 5 drops of Jasmine Absolute and continue to mix the pomade.  After several minutes the mixture should begin to cool and thicken.  After the mixture had thickened up you can transfer it to a jar, and allow it to cool and set completely.

Acai_berries Usage and Packaging
This pomade can be packaged in glass or plastic jars.  Our White Flat Jars make a great choice for this recipe.  The pomade can be applied directly to the hair to add texture, style, and conditioning.  The pomade can also be applied to the ends of hair as a deep conditioning treatment.


Jasmine Photo by David Stern

taken from the natural body workshop


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