So this is just another mild facial cleanser. The previous cleanser I made was quite runny. I looked and looked for a foamer bottle that’ll stop me from wasting my wonderful creation with the littlest luck. So I decided to make something with a viscosity that I can control.
So Valentine’s day is around the corner and I wanted to make something special to give to friends and to myself (duh!). There are a lot of options out there, so many ideas and adverts popping up in every corner but I am possessed by the spirit of DIY!! My ideal Valentine’s day will include Continue reading “DIY Gifts of Love”
About two weeks ago, I made a facial product for cleansing. Even though this may be wrong, I had always just used the same bar soap for my face and body but no more!! Bar soaps generally have a pH of about 8 which can be quite high and especially disruptive to the acid mantle of the sensitive facial skin with irritations and dryness being a couple of adverse reactions. I am a huge advocate for
So today, after weeks of procrastinating, I got around to making some micellar water. The cosmetics world has been going crazy about these waters that can cleanse the skin, remove make up without totally stripping the skin. But what exactly is micellar water?
Before we get to that
After all the harmattan and junk food over the holidays, my mom felt her skin was getting quite oily. The polluted, hot and humid Lagos atmosphere also made her skin feel clogged and out of control. Anyhoos, Continue reading “Anti pollution skincare: clarifying turmeric face mask”
I’ve been looking for a way to include fruit essences while avoiding the use of fragrance oils. Essential oils are mainly obtained from the flowers and leaves of a plant. Distilling essential oils from fruits has not been deemed feasible. Anyways, although there is nothing wrong with using fragrance oils for your natural products, I wanted to try out an alternative for potential customers that may prefer not to have them in their products (like me!). I also find
So as part of my day, (when I can remember) I like to use a refreshing water based spray on my face and exposed skin after being in the sun for example. I initially thought of it when I wanted to avoid having to wash my face but still feel cool and fresh. Also from time to time, spraying water in my hair (afro hair can get quite dry sometimes), so why not on my skin? I’ve tried different recipes (and still do based on needs, availablilty, smell and general feelings) and in my rotation usually, I would have;
I took advantage of the very low humidity of the harmattan season to work on my carrot oil maceration. This is not my first attempt but I forgot to take photos in previous times. I bought a lot of carrots and worked extra time to grate them before making my oil mix. I dehydrated the grated carrots for a day and a half (Thanks harmattan!) I chose this carrier oil mix (not disclosed) based on the unique property of each oil in order to be able to extract different components of this highly medicinal vegetable, and the ability to penetrate more layers of the epidermis, delivering these immensely beneficial properties into the skin.
The benefits of carrot oil on the skin are vast as carrots are known to contain vitamin A
This is why I love going to the village. This was just hanging out in the compound when I arrived. Though I still cannot harvest it yet, it’s almost due for that since I want to take advantage of the abundant endosperm of immature coconuts for my formulations. Most coconut drinks utilize young coconuts as the older ones (brown coconuts) have less liquid and higher oil composition.
Sincerely, I just can’t wait. I’m currently researching the best time to harvest this to get optimum quality and benefits so stay tuned!
So I got another commission while I was in the village for a body butter so I used this chance to shine. I like that I get exponentially better with each butter I make (and I’ve made practically a hundred so imagine). The texture of this one was heavenly because I fulfilled my promise of Continue reading “A more luxurious feeling butter”