A New Plan to Help Hydrate Your Strands: Abandoning Shea Butter

I’ve been thinking a lot lately….about hair butter. I’ve tried countless recipes all involving shea as my base, and I’ve been sorely disappointed with the results every time. That’s the problem I’m having. The solution? Here goes:...more

DIY Coconut Shea Butter Recipe

I was Hair Over Heels when my shea butter order came in the mail this week. I ran out of it about a month ago, so within minutes of opening the box -- I lost my mind!I whipped up a conditioner, lip butter, and this super easy  coconut shea butter.You'll only need 2 ingredients (3 if you want to add your favorite essential oil). I love the smell of both of these together but some may not....more

Kokum Butter // Healing Moisturizer

We have all heard of Shea butter, right?  The natural and vitamin-rich butter has been touted for it's easy absorption and ability to moisturize even the driest skin.  It is a favorite in many skin care products, often listed as a feature ingredient.  However, in the natural world there are a variety of oils and butters that posses vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that improve the health of your skin.  Though Shea butter, Argan Oil and Aloe Vera are key terms that signify quality and results, Kokum butter is a natural moisturizer that can truly transform your skin.  Kokum butter is similar to Cocoa butter and can often be used as a substitute of the butter.  Kokum butter is high in fatty acids which aid in cell oxidation making it easier for nutrients to be absorbed into the skin.  It is know to restore elasticity in the skin and is effective against the degeneration of skin cells.  Most notably, Kokum butter is a highly healing skin moisturizer.  The butter originates from India and works to soften dry, rough skin in addition to helping prevent wrinkles.  It also helps to heal ulcerations on the skin.  This butter is rough and dry in it's natural form, but melts on contact with the skin.  This butter is best used as an additive to assist in the healing of rough, dry and cracked skin....more

Make Lotion Bars for Yourself and for Gifts

1 part carrier oilCarrier oil "carrries" all ingredients to your skin. Sweet Almond is very rich in moisturizer. Jojoba or Vitamin E oil can be used. Start with a small amount....2 Tablespoons. Each item is 1 part, so use 2 T per item...we are learning and having fun1 part (2 T) beeswax.It's easier to use beeswax pellets1 part shea butter (2 T)Shea butter comes in raw form, much like lard or thick peanut butter...more
What an awesome idea, and I love that you are sharing a recipe for it. In truth, I've always ...more

DIY Natural Peppermint Foot Cream Recipe

© Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen I sold an all natural foot cream down on the Roanoke City Market for years. It was highly popular year round, but I could only sell it during late fall to early spring because it would melt during the summer while I was vending outside....more

I love this recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us. (Now I just have to find someone to make it ...more

Top 10 Natural Ingredients for Your Hair

The more we embrace our natural texture, the more we learn natural and/or organic products work best. There are hundreds of ingredients found in nature that can be used in hair products. Healthy ingredients aren’t for textured hair alone! These ingredients work to make everybody’s hair healthier. Below is a list of 10 popular natural ingredients and what they provide for our hair. ...more

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