A mild facial cleanser

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

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Glycerites for fragrance

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

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Facial mist sprays to the rescue!

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;

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Carrot oil maceration. 

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

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Green coconuts

This is quite a short coconut tree though. I wonder how it impacts of the composition of the leaves and fruit.

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!