Rhassoul Clay Mud Wash

I haven’t treated my hair to a mud wash in quite some time. I recently ordered some organic Rhassoul clay from Buttern-N-Bars . This is where I get my organic butters from as well. Anyways if you haven’t tried a mud wash you’re missing out. You can apply a mud wash on dry, untangled hair and it will work miracles.  My hair is very thick and it can take a while to untangle. It moisturizes, untangles, and it leaves your hair so soft and you can do anything after that.

See how dry my hair is?

See how dry my hair is?

Rhassoul clay comes from Morocco. It has been used for centuries to take care of the body and hair. This is my first time using Rhassoul clay all my other mud washes have been with Bentonite clay which can be found in a couple places in North America. Bentonite clay left my hair so soft but I’ve found that most people that have tried both Bentonite and Rhassoul clay favor Rhassoul clay.

Here’s what you need:

Supplies

Supplies

1/2 cup of Rhassoul clay (add more of less depending on your length)

1/2 cup of water or aloe vera juce (I had to use water I ran out of aloe vera juice. It’s better)

2 tbs Vatika coconut oil (or any oil of your choice)

4 tbs Oil Mix (Olive, Sweet Almond oil, Castor oil, Jojoba oil, Avocado, and Vatika oil)*

*If you don’t have all of these oils use the ones you have

Mix the clay and the oils together first and then add water to the clay until it’s creamy.

 

Your mud wash should look like this

Your mud wash should look like this

Results. Look at that definition.

Results. Look at that definition.

 

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Tropical Traditions Hemp Protein Review

Tropical Traditions Hemp Protein Powder

Tropical Traditions Hemp Protein Powder

I decided to give hemp protein a try to increase my protein intake. I’ve been trying to drink a green smoothie for breakfast every day and when I received the hemp protein I started adding it to my morning smoothies. I was not a fan, at first. The suggested serving is 4 tablespoons and of course that’s what I started with. I have never used protein powder before and I was not used to the taste or the texture (it was a bit gritty). The next time I used the hemp protein I used 1 tablespoon and I was happy to finish my smoothie without the gritty texture (it could also be that I switched blenders). It doesn’t really have a taste so adding it to your smoothies won’t change its flavor. I add hemp protein to my smoothies because of its health benefits. Tropical Traditions is a brand I trust and that’s why I am recommending their hemp protein.

Health Benefits of Tropical Traditions Hemp Protein:
* Contains 18 key amino acids, including 9 amino acids our bodies cannot produce.
*65% of protein in hemp seeds is made of edestin which is only found in hemp seeds.
*Complete protein, easy to digest, and great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans.
*Contains omega-3 and omega-6 in an optimal 3:1 ratio.
*Eating these fatty acids in an optimal ratio reduces risks for heart attack, cardiovascular problems, atherosclerosis, and certain types of cancer.
*Hemp seeds are a good source of vitamin e, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.

Please give it a try. Add a scoop to your morning smoothie or any recipe that calls for protein powder.

To win your own hemp protein powder:

1. Subscribe to LifeWithDemetra.

2. Subscribe to Tropical Traditions newsletter.

3. Comment when done 🙂

Tropical Traditions: The Best Place to get Virgin Coconut Oil.

How to Use Coconut Oil: There are hundreds of uses!

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.

Giveaway Ends 07/12/2013!!!

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
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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 it..you 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.

Entry Guidelines: You MUST complete ALL to be considered.

1. Subscribe to Tropical Traditions’ Newsletter

2. Subscribe to this blog.

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.

All Natural Deodorant

Last night when I arrived home my arrowroot powder was waiting for me. It was the final piece of my puzzle. I could finally try my hand at making my own deodorant. I had no worries about it working or about me not liking the finished product. I had tried my hand at deodorant before and although I didn’t like it my first go round this time I was equipped with knowledge, ingredients, and recipes. So I started to gather my things when I realized something. I had every single last thing I needed except for baking soda. As many recipes as I had I was so hurt to realize they all used baking soda.

I was still determined to make my deodorant (more now than ever since I had thrown my old one out). I searched every corner of the internet until I stumbled upon this recipe for an All Natural Deodorant . It was a life saver. The recipe called for bentonite clay  which I didn’t have so I used arrowroot powder, it also uses tea tree oil and I used peppermint and lavender (it smells so good). I did mess with this one a little so here is what I used.

1.5 tbs of beeswax

3 tbs of shea butter

2 tbs of cocoa butter

4 tbs of arrowroot powder

10 drops of lavender essential oil

10 drops of peppermint essential oil

* You can use any essential oil really and the butters can be played around with as well. The recipe called for 4 tbs pf shea and 1 of cocoa butter but I wanted a little more cocoa butter. It’s up to you and your skin.

Ingredients

Ingredients

The deodorant is perfect and it smells so good. Please make some of your own you will not regret it. Commercial deodorant is full of chemicals and preservatives none of which you want to be absorbed through your skin. If you make your own deodorant you save money and you can control everything that goes into it. I hope this helps.

Finished product

Finished product

Coconut oil..my miracle oil

Not all oils are created equal. Some are great moisturizers, some are great sealants, and some go above and beyond oily duties. Coconut oil is an oil to be used as lotion, as a deep conditioner, cooking oil, and many more. If you need more ideas for how to use coconut oil please look at 52 uses for coconut oil and the follow up post 122 uses for coconut oil. These posts got me interested in coconut oil at the beginning of my hair journey when I thought I needed every oil I could find to use on my hair. I own a mini oil store now but when I first started out I could only afford to buy a couple oils at a time. When I first started using coconut oil I used it as a sealant. As I read more blogs and did a little more research I learned that coconut oil can penetrate the hair shaft better than any other oil and the only other liquid more moisturizing than coconut oil is water. So if you have low porosity hair make coconut oil your friend.

Last month I started to use coconut oil and my skin and nails and the results were amazing. I went from nail stumps to claws in only a month. Not to mention my nails were stronger than ever and so shiny. My skin was so moisturized and always had this glow. It was amazing.

See what it does what your nails imagine what it would do for your hair.

One month of nail growth

One month of nail growth

Here are two recipes that you might want to give a try.

Easy moisturizing deep conditioner
If you have low porosity hair that’s protein sensitive this is perfect for you because it’s strengthening and moisturizing without your hair getting hard. You’ll need
4 tbs of coconut oil
2 tbs of honey
I did this earlier and my hair was so soft. If I wasn’t tucking it away in a protecting style. I’d put a picture up. Here’s the second recipe.

Whipped Mango Butter leave in
If you don’t like shea butter, are allergic to nuts, or need a lighter oil try this whipped butter recipe.
I used this recipe.
5 oz of mango butter
2 TBSP of coconut oil
1 tsp of sweet almond oil
1 tsp of castor oil
1 tsp of jojoba oil.
I also added two squirts of my oil mix (Vitamin e oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, castor oil, avocado oil and lavender)
I softened the mango butter in the microwave and then I put all the oils in and blended with a hand mixer.

Finished product

Finished product

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know what you think, try it, and how would you feel about another giveaway in two weeks.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway and win a free quart of organic extra virgin coconut oil.

Tropical Traditions Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Review and Giveaway!


When I was contacted by Tropical Traditions about my “Diy coconut oil and vitamin e oil lotion,” I was very pleased to hear they liked my post and I gladly accepted their offer to try their organic extra virgin coconut oil. I use coconut oil to cook, as lotion, as a deep conditioner, and frequently in my diy beauty products.
I love this coconut oil. I love the quantity, the feel of it , and the smell. It actually feels like there are little bits of coconuts in it. I’ve used this oil to finger detangle and it made my hair so much easier to work with. If you’re looking for a quality product please give this brand a try. When using oils its best to get high quality oil that way you ensure you’re getting all the benefits.

Gold Label Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Gold Label Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

In case you don’t know any uses for coconut oil besides as a lotion or a hair moisturizer. I will be posting more about this oil because I use it so much so please stay tuned,

Did you like what you read about this product? Would you like to try the Gold Label 32 oz jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil? You would first have to be a subscriber to this blog and subscibe to Tropical Traditions’ Newsletter here and once all that is done just comment below and I will randomly pick a winner. Offer ends 2/28.

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.Win 1 quart 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 if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a giveaway in return for the free product.