Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Ayurvedic "Grease"


Phase 1

Coconut Oil   13.5%
Castor Oil   24%
Shea Butter 6.7%
Cocoa Butter 6.7%
Beeswax     3% (optional)
Vitamin E Oil 1%
Bringraj Oil  20%
Almond Oil Infusion(Nettle,Hibiscus, Brahmi, & Amla)  23.9%

Phase 2
Rosemary Extract  .3%
Tea Tree Oil   .3%
Lavender EO  .6%


  1. Make Herbal Infusion (1 cup dried/powedered herbs and 8oz Carrier Oil)
    1. Using a double boiler gently heat the oil and herbs for 2 hours, stirring occasionally with stainless steel spoon    Make sure heat is low so as not to cook the herbs and oil, thus causing rancidity.
  2. Let cool and then strain infusion and place in cobalt glass jar, label with date. ( Keep Refrigerated & Should last 3 monthes)
  3. Measure out each oil using a digital scale and place into stainless steel bowl.
    1. For example, jojoba oil 23.4% of 4oz would = .94oz. 
  4. Measure out Beeswax
  5. Place Oil mixture into double boiler and add beeswax.  Let mixture heat on medium until beeswax melts.  Not too hot though
  6. Measure out each part of phase 2 and place into stainless steel bowl
  7. Let oil mixture cool a little and add Vitamin E Oil, Stir
  8. Add Oil & beeswax mixture to Phase 2, Stir
  9. Add EO if desired
  10. Allow mixture to cool and place into sterilized jar.  Label with date. 

Avoid getting water into mixture this has no preservative. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

DIY Deep Conditioner- Talk about Simple!

It seems that whatever hair issues I have, Naptural85 creates a video and it works!  Her most recent video was very helpful.  I have been experiencing dry and rough ends no matter what I did.  I have been washing with the Conditioner bars recently, but I mainly use the mud wash.  I then follow up with aloe vera gel/juice and my shea butter mix for sealing.  My hair is always dry by the next day, especially my ends.  And before you ask, yes I sleep with a satin scarf and pillowcase, lol!  I have even tried incoporating creamy leave-ins back into my regimen. 

I would have to drench my ends in water and/or flaxseed gel and seal again with shea butter.  And only after three days of doing this would my end soften, maybe and be greasy,ugh.  Plus, after a week of working out in the gym, I have to at least  rinse my hair and start this dang process all over again, smh!  This also stops me from ever really fully stretching my hair and attaining any length. 

Anyhoo, I tried her deep conditioner method and after washing I covered my hair, focusing on the ends, with coconut oil.  I then placed a shower cap over my hair and then tied it with a satin scarf to hold my body heat. I kept the shower cap on for a few hours and then proceeded to french twist my hair and seal with solid lanolin( giving this a try, learn more here about the benefits).  I did not rinse at all because coconut oil penetrates the hair strands and does not seal out moisture so I found no reason to rinse.  My ends were soft from the get go and they still are  four days later, I'm loving it!

I had originally planned to do this treatment at my gyms steam room (huetiful steamer on a budget, lol), but that old trusty Chicago weather snowed me in. I also remember reading somewhere that my hair idol, Tracee Ellis Ross, did a similar treatment in her steam room and loves it. Relaxing after a hard workout and treating your hair sounds good to me!

Next time I will do the treatment in a steam room using Vatika Coconut oil, but if I'm in a rush or can't make it to my gym, I will do the baggy method at home.

What I find funny is, I have tried so many products and recipes, and simple coconut oil and water did the trick.  Just reinforcing my Keep it Simple mantra! 

P.S I'm getting much better on my IJ'ism (ingredients junkie).  I only have two saved carts at Mountain Rose Herbs & Texas Naturals Supply.  That's an improvement for me, lol!  Still working on cutting down on things in regimen.  My goal is to limit myself to as much local items as possible and only purchase a few of my favorite premade products online.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Deep Conditioner Bars...Sad days of mixing

I recently found a recipe on Lola Zabeth and I just had to try it. I made a few adjustments to her recipe because I did not want the darkening effect of cocoa powder since I like the red from my henna treatments. Here's what I did.

  • 5oz Rhassoul Clay
  • 2oz unrefined Cocoa Butter
  • 2oz (Coconut Oil & Olive Oil; I ran out of olive oil,lol)
  • 1oz Nettle leaf and hibiscus flower powder
  • 2tbs Cassia powder
  • 2 tsp Vitamin E Oil

2nd try using Lola'recipe
1st try using nettle & hibiscus powder

Ok,  I have tried creating these bars 2x.  Once following Lola's recipe and the one above.  I also tried the Anita Grant's rhassoul deep condish bars for comparison and I must say I don't care for it.  The  only time I sort of liked the results was when I mixed my recipe  with flaxseed liquid, except the rinse out was hard due to the nettle leaves, but my hair detangled and was soft and conditioned. 

I know I have mentioned these bars on FB and I didn't want to leave you guys hanging, but I didn't like them.  My results were just meh! I need more slip(probably why I liked the flaxseed liquid).  I've tried rhassoul clay and bentonite clay, cocoa powder, powdered herbs, olive oil, coconut oil...ugh!  I'm going to try one mo' gine and then I quite.

Even though my hair isn't really liking the recipe, by all means give it a try and share your results.  My experience may not be your own. and if you have any suggestion, I'm definitely open.  I might remove the cassia from the recipe.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

DIY Lip Products Summary

I have made several different posts about  making lip products so here is a summary and links to all my posts regarding creating your own lip products.

Depending on your preference and desired results, there are several different methods of lip product application and several ways to create formulas.  The possibilities are endless depending on your favorite ingredients.  Whether you are keeping it sipmle and just using oils and wax or adding the more complex conditiong aagents like cetyl alchol or want a harder product, etc.  See here for possible lipstick formula and comercial comparison. 

Typical Natural Lip Product Ingredients:
  • Carrier Oils
    • Castor oil for shine
  • Lip Safe EO
  • Flavoring Oil
  • Sweetners (Honey, Glycerin, Stevia)
  • Butters
  • Waxes & Emulsifiers
    • Beeswax, Candelilia wax, Caranuba wax (higher metling point), Polysorbate # etc
  • Lanolin
  • Complex additives
  • Preservative/Anti-oxidants:  Currently only parabans are approved-go figure.  Plus, many popular natural brands only add antioxidants (vitamen e oil & rosemary extract, etc)
    • I have read people recommend phenexthanol products, but in my research I get conflicting info about toxicity regarding lip safety so, I'm staying away from it.  Keep in mind much of our lip procucts are ingested due to its location.  I know we aren't literally eating our lip stick but hwo doesn;t lick their lios on a occasyion or eat/drink while wearing lip gloss...anyhoo!
  • Color additives
  • Stick base- Versagel
If you don't want to bother with creating your own base, just buy one.  Several companies out there make lipstick, lipgloss and lip balm bases.  I am currently only making my own because I have all this dang beeswax to use, lol!

Methods of application
  • Lip Gloss
  • Lips Stain
  • Lip Balm
  • Medicated Lip Balm
  • UV Potection Lip Balm
  • Lipstick
  • Liquid Lip Colors (new trend)
    • sort of a lipstick and  Lip gloss hybrid
Product safety:  To be safe discard products every 2 weeks(pots)-2monthes depending on application method and oils used.

As always I recommed eliminating hand in jar and using sterile utensils during formulation. For your softer liquid formulas use pots, lip gloss tubes (squeezies and brush applicators), roll-on bottles.  If using a lip pot, use a lip brush (keep clean) or disposable q-tips or lip brushes.  For your harder recipes use lip balm and lipstick tubes.

Lip Blam Recipes:  here, here, here
Lip Gloss Recipes; here
Coloring Lip Products

How to sterilize your area and utensils