It’s All Buttah Product Review

I had the privilege of trying some really amazing body butters and a roller that makes you happy. In my quest to live a healthier life I’ve decided to cut chemicals out of my life. If you rake the time to read the labels of the products you use on a daily basis you’d be surprised by the amount of chemicals in each products compared to natural ingredients. We are organic beings we need to use organic products.

It’s All Buttah is a natural skin care line that brings you amazing body butters at prices that won’t hurt your pockets. I was excited to try this line and ask the owner a couple of questions. I was pleased to try the Apricot Chamomile body butter, Sweet Sweet Summer butter, and the lavender infused lemon oil rollers. These butters smell so good. When I opened the jars I couldn’t stop smelling them. They smell so clean and fresh. The Sweet Sweet Summer scent is so light and it really is a scent for the upcoming warmer months. I love the way these butters feel. I’ve found a product worth buying and adding to my daily routine.
Honestly with $5 and $10 price options, amazing scents, and the incredible feel of these butters I had to share this with you. I was able to ask the owner Kesha Ward a few questions.

Tell us a little about yourself, a little background information.

I am a licensed esthetician and have a true passion for all things natural- that includes food, skincare, bodycare and haircare. Back in 2007 when I opened my spa, natural was not the “in” thing so I was a bit before my time. I no longer own the spa but the

lesson and experience helps a great deal today.

I have always loved making my own concoctions for the skin. Our skin is our largest organ and what we put on our skin matters just as much as what we eat.

2. What’s the inspiration behind your line? Why did you decide to share your products?

My inspiration (s) are my children. It’s important that they see me doing something I enjoy doing. I decided to start selling my butters initially because I wanted something fun to do over the image

holidays and my first show I set up a vendor table and sold out in the first hour ( ah ha moment).

My prices are low because I believe everyone  deserves to be pampered and be able to afford quality products..and yes that includes men.. Besides, using what nature has given us is less costly than trying to recreate nature in a lab.
3. How do you come up with your products?

I start out with my base butter, whether it’s shea or mango or almond and then I work on fragrance blends.

4. What are your goals for your line? For this year? Five years from now?

My goals for 2013-2014 is to travel as much as possible to introduce my line to my market. Five years I hope to have the product in natural food co-ops, salons and spas.

5. What has been your biggest challenge with the line or starting your own business?

The biggest challenge for me is finding time to do everything.

6. Any tips or advice for others that may be interested and in starting
their own business?

The best advice I can give is if you want to start your own business do your research and KNOW your market. After that you just have to jump out there and do never know, it just might be a success.

Please check out the site. It’s All Buttah


Another Tropical Traditions Giveaway

A few weeks ago one of my lucky subscribers won a 32 oz jar of their oil. coconut oil from Tropical Traditions. I’m here to offer another lucky subscriber one GALLON of their gold label coconut oil. Here’s my review
I loved it and my 32 oz jar is still being used.

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1. Subscribe to Tropical Traditions’ Newsletter

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3. Comment below what you would do with a gallon of coconut oil.

Giveaway ends 3/31/13.

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - gallon.Win 1 gallon of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Hair Challenges

It’s been a challenge to find hair products that are all natural. I haven’t used shampoo since last year. I have naturally dry hair and scalp and I have low porosity hair. I noticed that shampoos leave my hair extremely dry and brittle and I needed to strengthen my hair if I was going to achieve my hair goals.

Challenge 1: Find a shampoo replacement or a conditioning was that moisturizing, chemical free, and very cleansing. I did not know it would take me over a year to find that product. There are so many natural products on the market but a lot of them are expensive and I did not have the money to try them out.
Terressentials was a line my favorite Vlogger Naptural 85 recommended. Their lavender garden seemed fitting for my hair but I just never tried them. Recently I discovered mud wash recipes and decided to make my own. I had all the ingredients I just needed the clay. Bentonite clay is used in Terressentials, Rhassoul clay was raved about.
In the end I used Aztec healing clay (Bentonite clay), organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar, sunflower oil, olive oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, vitamin e oil, jojoba oil, water, peppermint essential oil, and lavender essential oil. I used it on dry hair and I did not detangle beforehand. I did not follow a set recipe. I promise next time to try and record how much of everything I use. My hair was so soft and tangle free (before I put my wide tooth comb to it). It was the best and the twist out I did after was my best ever.

Challenge 2: Find an all natural conditioner to cowash. Something to remove product buildup but also moisturizes (remember very dry hair). I play around with different brands but most of them were not all natural and it really irritated my scalp. Recently I decided to make my own (are you seeing the pattern here. If they don’t make it right. DIY.) The conditioner recipe was really easy to find. A lot of people use apple cider vinegar and water. I was a little skeptical because I use an acv and water mix to clarify my hair. I used one part acv, one part water and I added a little sweet almond oil, castor oil, olive oil, and sunflower oil. I left it in overnight because I was really lazy and I didn’t want to do my hair before bed. The results were moisture, soft hair, and a very clean scalp.

I stress moisture because it is so important to keep you hair and scalp moisturized. Dry hair leads to breakage and we do not want that. We want strong, healthy hair. These are the two challenges I’ve faced since beginning my journey. All the products that I use are made by me and I only use organic cold pressed oils and organic unrefined butters. I always do my research and I’m new to my journey so I’m still learning what my hair likes. Are you having trouble with your regimen? Could it be the products or your tactics? I promise to provide the recipes for mud wash and the conditioner.

Why are all Natural Products so Expensive?

I’ve been fully natural since September 8, 2012 but my journey for more natural and healthier hair started a couple years ago when I noticed my hair wouldn’t grow past my shoulders after I started relaxing my hair. Before my first relaxer my hair was well past my shoulders, it was so much for me to try and care for and too much for my mother. When I noticed my hair wouldn’t grow past my shoulders but I had so much new growth ( I had colored my hair prior and I could easily track my growth). I knew the problem wasn’t the rate my hair was growing. It was retaining my all the growth, for some reason my hair was breaking off and I needed to know why.

Long story short. I learned that it was the products I was using. I was using shampoos with sulfates and conditioners with silicones. The sulfates were stripping my hair and the silicones were coating my hair to make it appear shiny and healthy when it wasn’t. Not all silicones are equal some are water soluble and others are non water soluble which means some can be washed away with water and some can’t. I’m too lazy to learn which are harmful and which aren’t so I avoid them at all cost.

Cost. Now that you mention it I want to know why most natural products on the market are  $16 and up for one thing. I’m sure there are people out there that can afford that but when you have to pay for school and other things in life. I cannot pay $21 for conditioner, $16 for leave in, and $16 for a styler (gel, curly pudding, and holds). I have about 7 different oils at home that I use for my diy projects and I don’t use more than a couple tbsp when I do use my oils and at most I use about 3. Affordable natural products for your hair can be made at home. I’m making it my business to keep you informed. We’ll go through the whole regimen using products that you have at home and if you don’t have it at home it won’t cost you much to buy. I’ll even offer alternatives to my recipes nothing is set in stone when it comes to a recipe for your hair.

I’ve also been thinking about starting a line of my own. Affordable natural products. I’ll never hide any ingredients and I only use natural ingredients. Let me know how that sounds. A LifeWithDemetra line? Is it too soon?