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.

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.

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.

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.

Is Dandruff ruining your life?

All Products Used

All Products Used

Vitamin E Oil and ACV

Vitamin E Oil and ACV

Pink Spray bottle is water and conditoner.

Pink Spray bottle is water and conditoner.

My conditioners

My conditioners

Coconut oil to rub on my scalp

Coconut oil to rub on my scalp

ACV and water mix

ACV and water mix

Ok so my life isn’t totally ruined but lately my scalp has been going crazy. Ok maybe it’s been a while and I’ve been ignoring the signs. Anyway I knew from previous research that apple cider vinegar was my friend. I was using coconut oil on my scalp until I was able to get apple cider vinegar and I was pleased with it. So I headed to my local Trader Joes and let me just say that the place was packed. I felt like I was in a well lit club with slower music. There was almost no room to turn. Anyway I got my apple cider vinegar and also picked up some vitamin e oil for $2.99 or $3.99 now I can’t remember but either way it was a steal. I need this scalp therapy. Anyway I diluted my acv in a small spray bottle with water and sprayed my scalp. I had to be careful because I have in twists. After I rinsed and cowashed. I’ll have to update you on the progress but for the first time in a little while there is no itchiness when I go to apply my conditioner and most importantly NO FLAKES!

Prodcuts used:

Trader Joes Brand Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Coconut oil

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil and Macadamia oil conditioners (love these)

One spray bottle filled with diluted apple cider vinegar

One spray bottle of water with a little of both Organix conditioners. I spray my twists in the morning and at night with this mixture to keep them moisturized since my hair gets super dry and it is difficult to keep it moisturized.

If dandruff irritates your scalp as well try this and let me know how it turns out for you.

 

DIY your own All Natural Moisturizing Face/Body Scrub

Coconut Oil from Trader Joe’s

I like mine a little oily but coconut oil is solid below 76 degrees.

For the past couple of months I’ve been leaving the store bought cleansers alone and replacing them with cheaper things that can be found around the house. A lot of products on the market are full of chemicals and silicones, not good for the face or the body. Here’s a simple recipe for a good face scrub that I use, it can also be used on the body. It’s moisturizes and exfoliates and leaves skin with a nice glow. You will need only three things for this,

  1. Organic virgin coconut oil (Olive oil, sweet almond oil, castor oil, or jojoba oil) I use coconut oil because it’s what I have and it has so many different healing properties that I love to use it on my skin but if you have a favorite oil then use that instead.
  2. Sugar, dark brown organic sugar is best but regular white table sugar works good as well.
  3. (Optional) A jar if you’re making more for the week.

I made enough for the week and I didn’t measure anything it depends on if you want more moisture (add more oil) or if you want a harder exfoliate (add more sugar), the third option is to make a balanced cleanser (equal parts sugar and oil).

The steps are just as simple as the ingredients. Mix 1+2 into 3 or your hand if you make yours daily. After the first time your use it I promise you’ll notice a difference in the appearance of your skin. Also, ladies coconut oil is excellent as a makeup remover, even mascara.