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?

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.

My Healthy Hair Regimen

I know this was promised so many times but here it is.

Daily
Spritz my hair  with water mixed with my oil mix and seal with coconut oil. I do this when styling my hair in the morning and when putting my hair up at night. I use aloe vera gel on my edges for a little hold and moisture.

Weekly
Deep condition (coconut honey mask or hot oil treatment).
Cowash with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner.
When styling I use a shea and mango butter based leave in that I make myself.

Monthly
To cleanse my scalp I make a clay mask for my hair. After I wash the mask from my hair I rinse with apple cider vinegar and water (3 parts water and 1 part apple cider vinegar) and then I condition with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle. If my scalp is flaky, itchy, or there’s more build up than usual I use a baking soda rinse instead of the mud wash (1 part baking soda and 2 parts water) and afterwards I still rinse with apple cider vinegar and condition.

**If I run out of Trader Joe’s conditioner and I need to cowash my hair. I’ll substitute by using suave. I mix Suave’s Sleek and Shine with olive oil and castor oil. I also add peppermint oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil to it as well and that holds me over until I can make it to Trader Joe’s.

How do you care for your hair? Let me know in the comment section.

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

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Winner will be announced August 9th.

Triple Butter Hair and Body mix

Triple butter mix for hair and body
I did not use exact measurements because I really only do that for my science classes for everything else I just eye ball it.
I used mango, shea, and cocoa butter. I didn’t use my cocoa butter only about 5 little disks of it.

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Triple butter mix

About a cup of mango butter
1/2 cup of shea butter
2 table spoons of cocoa butter
1 teaspoon of vitamin e oil, rosehip oil, sweet almond oil, and avocado oil.
Add olive oil and coconut oil as you mix or blend until creamy and smooth.

I uses my new blender to make it as smooth as it is. I cannot wait to try this in my hair. My skin already loves it. Please feel free to try this for yourself you can use whatever oils and butters work for you. Let me know how it works out.

Later today I’ll be posting a chocolate frappucino recipe with flaxseed and peanut butter yum.

Two Weeks as a Vegetarian, Day 2

Yesterday I started my own personal vegetarian challenge. I’ve been challenging myself to eat better, be more active, and live a healthier life. This is a personal challenge for because I’ve let a lot of bad eating habits slip back into my life. I’ve been eating our more, less fresh foods and my body has been suffering. I’ve been tired and sluggish.

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I’m hoping this challenge will help me with my self control and portion control. It also forces me to be super creative in the kitchen. It’s only day 2 but I’ve been busy. I’ve decided to start my day with Green Smoothies and from there it gets a bit creative. I’ve made a rice and veggie stir fry mix that should last me the next couple of days. I also munch on fresh fruit in between meals. I do need to pick up some beans and raw nuts to ensure I am getting my protein.

Recipes:

Green Smoothie Day 1

1 frozen banana (cut up)

handful of spinach

a couple strawberries

1 spoonful of coconut oil

1/2 cup of water

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Green Smoothie Day 2

honeydew melon

red grapes

half of a frozen banana

strawberries

red spinach

broccoli

almond milk

4 tbs of Tropical Traditions Hemp Protein Powder (50% protein)

a spoonful of coconut oil

(I did not measure this one. It’s up to your taste buds)

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Brown rice veggie stir fry

1/2 orange, yellow, and red bell pepper

2 handfuls of red spinach

red onions (to taste)

1 celery stalk

olive oil

Veggie, beef, or chicken stock.

Sautee all veggies over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Add as much of your stock as you would water for the rice to your veggie mix, let it boil.

Add rice and let that simmer for 40 mins (maybe longer keep an eye on it).

It’ll fill up the whole house and it’s soooooooo good.

Are any of you vegetarian or vegan? How was it in the beginning?

Are any of you thinking of giving up meat? Why? Why not?

Please let me know your thoughts.

My Favorite Bloggers/Vloggers

I started blogging about my hair journey after I did my big chop in September. I wanted to share what and who inspired me to make such a big decision. While I was transitioning I turned to the internet for tips and advice. I found a couple Vloggers who really helped me through my journey.

Whitney of Naptural85 was the first one I found. We have the same hair type and her tips and DIY recipes helped me when I was transitioning and even now the oil mix that I use is just my little remix of her oil mix. I add sunflower and coconut oil to mine. What I love most about Whitney’s channel is that you can follow her journey from TWA to now. She shares her experiences and her tips for a successful transition. If you’re not already subscribed please do so.

Francheska of HeyFranHey is a Blogger/Vlogger that focuses on our overall health. What I love about Fran’s channel is the importance she puts on clean eating and how to treat your body. Fran has taught me to buys less packaged foods and more fresh fruits and vegetables and how to make all types of things for the hair and body. A lot of my projects started from me recreating Fran’s recipes. Once you start making your own products you’ll see how hard it will be to return store bought items. If you want to try and live a healthier lifestyle please check out Fran’s site and her channel.

UrbanBushBabes are two women Cipriana and Nikisha who have a site dedicated to the Arts, Health, and Naturalistas around the world. I love their website because it’s a little of everything. Cipriana’s hair is always up in one of those updos you see on models and would love to recreate yourself but you just can’t. Nikisha’s hair is so big and fluffy, you hope your twist out or wash and go would look like that. They also have a YouTube channel where they have tips on how to care for your hair, your skin, and your body. They’re actually how I found out about Fran. I love them.
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These are my favorite Bloggers/Vloggers and they all played a part in my decision to chop off my relaxed ends and return to my natural state. I’m hoping one day my site will be an inspiration to others as they have inspired me. Please check them out if any of these names are new to you. Click the names to each for their sites.

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.

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.