Devine Organic Giveaway!!!!!

So I’m giving away 4 16 oz jars. To enter the giveaway just click the link and earn as many entries as you want to. The Giveaway ends on 7/21/2014.

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DIY Projects

I’m a big on DIY projects I make so many things myself and I want to start sharing those things with you. Before the post starts I want to share that I’ll be doing a Healthy Hair Challenge starting April 1st please click the link to learn more.

 

So I’m big on wearing my hair out and I would love to have more headbands for days when it’s not looking its best but some headbands aren’t sturdy enough for my hair or they’re too expensive either way I seem to be out of luck. I came across this video yesterday for DIY WIre Headbands and Bun Wire, vlogger Naptural 85 shows three methods of making headbands and bun wires without having to sew anything.

 

I’ve been making my own mud wash for about a year now and I always mix it up in a bowl. I’d been having such a hard time making it more like a thick liquid until I watched DIY Homemade Clay Hair Cleanser Shampoo Recipe. I used Rhassoul clay and Bentonite clay, lavender and Jasmine instead of ylang ylang, I have my own nettle oil that I’ve made, and sunflower seed oil instead of linden flower oil. I used it last night and my hair responded well to it and my twist out was still amazing.

What DIY projects do you want to see next Monday? Are you willing to try either of these?

2014 The Year Where I’ll Do Everything

There are so many things I want to do with my life. Depending on the day if you ask me, “What would you like to do with your life?” I might provide you with a different answer. Last month I decided to stop waiting on the perfect conditions to make things happen with my life. I started by selling my natural products and developing my own brand Devine Organics  and of course this journey isn’t easy. I’m putting myself out there, I’m trying to figure out who I want to be, and what stories I want to share.

I’ve also decided to continue writing but I’ll also start sharing my stories on this blog. I want this blog to include more if my life. I want to share more not just health or natural beauty. I’m not sure which day of the week it will be but I’m going to start weekly creative writing posts. It could be a story or a writing exercise I’m using and want to share.

There’s so much to do and I can’t wait anymore.

Whipped Butters Now Available

My Square Market is now open for business and I have whipped butters available.

You have the power to choose what ingredients go into you products you can choose everything you like and nothing you don’t. I am dedicated to making sure I provide the best products to you.

As with the body scrubs your butters can be customized. Will you be using it for your hair, body, or both?

What are you looking to get out of it?

Any allergies? Please when ordering let me know what you are looking for. I am dedicated to making sure everyone is happy with what they receive.

Big News…Body Scrubs!!!!!!!

So I have big news…

BIG NEWS!!!!!!!

I have decided to make my natural products available for you all to enjoy. No hair products yet but soon trust me I’m working on it. So I’ll be slowly releasing natural products because I don’t want to overwhelm myself I’m just one person and I’m doing this alone.  First goodie on my list…..BODY SCRUBS.

Lavender Mint Scrub with Himalayan Pink Salt

Lavender Mint Scrub with Himalayan Pink Salt

Who doesn’t love body scrubs? You ever feel your skin after using them? It feels so amazing and soft but a lot of the scrubs you buy in stores contain more chemicals than ingredients to keep you and your skin healthy. One thing I’ve always wanted to do was bring natural products to everyone at an affordable price.

As of right now you can order your scrubs by emailing me at LifewithDemetra@gmail.com

So far I have three scrubs I love

Vanilla Coffee

Vanilla Lavender

Lavender Mint

Eucalyptus Mint

Vanilla Almond

Vanilla Lemon

You can customize your scrub by choosing your ingredients from the list below….

Exfoliates

  • Dead Sea Salt (Body)
  • Atlantic Sea Salt
  • Lavender Dead Sea Salt (Body)
  • Sherpa Pink Himalayan Salt (Body)
  • Organic Coconut Sugar (Face and Body)
  • Cinnamon Vanilla Nut Coffee (Face and Body)

Oils (All organic and cold pressed)

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Unfiltered and Unrefined)
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Rosehip Oil

Special ingredients

  • Jamaican Black Castor oil
  • Peppermint Castile soap
  • Lavender Castile Soap
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • Organic Orange Extract
  • Organic Vanilla Extract

I have 4 oz for $4, 8 oz for $8 and 12 oz for $14 available now and will add more sizes later this week.

You can choose your ingredients from the list below to customize your scrub.

The CurlyFro

So last week I did a mud wash on my hair. I needed my hair to be extra moisturized and soft because I was going to attempt this CurlyFro tutorial by Naptural85. After my mud wash I didn’t need to add any products and I followed all the steps in the video. I let my hair dry for almost two days. It was dry after one day but I wanted to be sure.

So here’s how it turned out…

All dressed up.

All dressed up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After two days I wanted more length so I parted my hair down the middle, sprayed each half of my hair with water and put them in a bun. One bun on each side. Here’s how it came out…

First day of school hair

First day of school hair

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…As I was writing this post my hair was drying. I used baking soda on it for the first time to remove build up. It worked so well so I will be adding it to my regimen. I’ll be posting my regimen soon to show how I went from barely neck length to armpit length.

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.

 

Dry Hair Problems?

English: Coconut oil in solid state

English: Coconut oil in solid state (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all have problems with our hair whether it’s relaxed or natural. The most common problem I’ve been dealing with and people have asked me about it dryness. There’s not one solution that will work for every head of hair. It’s all about trial and error, what works for someone else might not work for you. I will never be able to go to bed or leave the house without spraying with water and sealing daily but some lucky people out there can go days without adding moisture. If you haven’t found a way to keep your hair moisturized maybe these tips will help.

1. Drink your water.  You should be drinking half your body weight everyday. If you don’t like the taste of water you can add fresh fruit and herbs to add a little flavor and some vitamins.

Recovery, C-Power, Stressless, Digestive, and Detox vitamin waters

*You can add whatever fruit and/or herbs that you like. I like lemon and lime.
2. You should deep condition once a week or twice a month to add moisture and to strengthen your hair. If your hair is protein sensitive coconut oil is a great alternative to a protein treatment it’ll strengthen and moisturize without making your hair hard. Switch it up a little.
Honey and Coconut oil DC
Mud wash ingredients list *

Mud wash (YouTube tutorial)
Oil Mix for hot oil treaments**
DIY Raw and Organic DC (YouTube)
Egg and Mayo DC (YouTube tutorial)

Greek yogurt DC (Youtube tutorial)

*I use warm aloe vera juice instead of apple cider vinegar now.

**skip to end of post for the oils I use in my mix.  I use Naptural 85’s hair and body mix as a reference.

3. Moisturize and Seal vs LOC method. When it comes to moisture retention there are two different methods I’ve tried and that I hear about a lot. Moisturize and Seal is just moisturizing your hair with water or a leave in conditioner and sealing the moisture in with an oil. The LOC method is helpful if your hair is really dry and you have trouble keeping it moisturized. L is for liquid and it’s usually water, O is for oil, and C is crème as in a leave in. So you spray your hair with water, seal with an oil of your choice and add a leave in on top for added moisture.

Not all oils are created equal. Some oils can penetrate your hair shaft and moisturize your hair and they are coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil.

Keep in mind these are just suggestions if you have a routine that works to it stick with it. If you’re having problems with dry hair I hope this helps. If it does help let me know and if it doesn’t help let me know. Everyone’s hair is different and what works for me might not work for you.

It’s All Buttah Giveaway !!!!!

It’s giveaway time. My last giveaway must not have appealed to you because only one person entered and she of course won. I’m hoping more of you will like this one. Remember a while back I reviewed a butter line for skin? No? Ok well here’s my It’s All Buttah review. I discovered this line while looking for natural products that wouldn’t hurt my pockets. Please go on It’s All Buttah’s website and take a look around. You can choose your butter, which is amazing because she offers a variety and if you have a nut allergy you have options.

The winner of this giveaway will be receiving a gift that Kesha (the owner of It’s All Buttah) is putting together so you should feel special.

To enter you have to only do two things:

1. You MUST subscribe to this blog.

2. You have to comment below what butter or oils you love to use on your skin.

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Sweet Sweet Summer

Sweet Sweet Summer

Winner will be announced August 9th.

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!!!