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Soothing Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin

Raise your hand if your father’s shaving cream stinks up the WHOLE house!  Honestly, I’m not sure what’s in my dad’s shaving cream, but that stuff smells like a bad case of gas mixed with rotting eggs.  So to save my nose I played around until I came up with a shaving cream for my dad.  The easiest part was coming up with the shaving cream.  The hardest part was putting a shaving cream together that catered to his skin’s needs.  My dad has oily skin (yes black people can have oily skin), and his skin is very sensitive.  So after a little trial and error and lots of whining, I convinced my dad to try my cream on his face.  I had him wash his face first then apply the cream to a small portion of his face to test it out.  My nose has thanked me ever since.  Hooray for no stinky house!  On a side note, if you plan to use this as you go to shaving cream make sure to use an all natural skin scrub to exfoliate your skin.  Shea Butter is great, but an excess of Shea Butter can cause in grown hairs and […]
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Balance Your Skin Tone Naturally

I think it’s safe to say that everyone wants the skin to be an even tone.  No matter how light or dark it is we want uniformity.  I mean sometimes I just want to have a talk with my skin and pretty much tell it to get it’s crap together.  Unfortunately, skin can’t vocalize it’s needs and concerns.  So instead it gives you dark spots, dry spots, pimples, and more.  From my years of playing soccer, I have scars around my ankles from being kicked, and it didn’t bother me.  My scars are old bruises that didn’t go away or war scars as I like to call them.  I should have iced AND massaged my ankles to get the bad blood moved out of those areas, but I didn’t.  Anyways I was totally fine with spots of darkness on my ankles until I discovered my elbow, yes only one of them, was developing a dark callus like the picture to the left.  That is what we, my family, call ash.  Ash is bad.  No amount of Shea Butter, body butters, body creams worked for that stubborn spot.  To top it off, it was darker than my other elbow!  So after trying tons […]
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Scrub Away!

Everybody needs a little exfoliation, and the best time to do it is during the winter.  Why?  Because 9/10 of the time we are completely covered, unless you’re lucky enough to live in a warm area year-round.  So after removing any dead skin, we can moisturize and protect our skin and keep it soft and supple.  I think winter is the best for exfoliation because people tend to use thicker lotions and creams to combat dry skin caused by winter weather.  Well there’s a problem with that.  These heavier lotions and creams can’t penetrate our skin as well as they should.  So sometimes patches of hard dry skin appear in areas we take care of really well.  By using exfoliation, we open our pores and remove dry skin that has built up so our creams and lotions can actually do their jobs.  With that said, let’s talk about scrubs.  Bath scrubs not Scrubs. Scrub #1:  This is for all my coffee drinkers.  Save your used coffee grounds and get your money’s worth twice! 1 tbsp of raw sugar (the chunky kind) 2 tbsp of olive oil (or grapeseed oil/coconut oil) 3 tbsp of coffee (medium or finely ground works) 1/2 ts of […]
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Vapor Rub

It’s cold and flu season, and if you’re like me your sinuses are kicking your butt.  Darn you old moldy buildings…  Anyways, when you can’t breathe vapor rubs are the way to go.  However, they tend to smell odd.  I mean anybody who gets too close is going to know you have a vapor rub on.  So I experimented around and found a less stinky solution.  This recipe calls for 5 ingredients and you can customize the scent to suit you.  Nobody will sniff you and think, “Oh they must be using Vick’s.”  I’ve got a better smelling solution than that. Supplies: Raw Cocoa Butter (or Shea Butter) 2 tbsp Organic Coconut Oil 5 tbsp Eucalyptus Essential Oil (or Peppermint Essential Oil) 25 drops or 1/4 tsp Organic Beeswax 2 tbsp How To: Melt down the beeswax first.  Then add the Cocoa Butter and allow to melt.  After it’s melted and mixed well add the coconut oil.  Allow it to melt.  Then add Eucalyptus oil.  DO NOT add more of Eucalyptus oil than recommended.  Add 5 drops of another essential oil of your choosing to achieve the scent you would like.  Pour into and allow to cool down in a container […]
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Is My Hair Protein Sensitive?

The correct answer is no.  Nobody’s hair can be protein sensitive.  Why?  Because our hair is made of protein.  If people’s hair were protein sensitive they would be bald.  Let’s take a moment to reflect on what hair is made of. Hair is approximately 91% protein and it’s made up of amino acid chains.  The outer covering of the hair is made up of keratin and is most commonly known as the cuticle.  The inner layer is the cortex, which is keratinized protein fibers.  The inner most layer is the central core of cells called the medulla.  That’s why if you have frayed ends from color, misuse and abuse, no trims, etc. you can use an egg mask to help temporarily fix your ends or your hair in general.  The protein in eggs enters the lifted cuticles and temporarily fills the holes in your hair cuticles.  This temporary fill helps strengthen your hair for a short while until your next trim. Now as for those who claim their hair is protein sensitive it’s not your hair.  It’s you.  Have you checked your diet?  Have you compared the protein levels of all your current hair products?  Sometimes your diet is so full […]
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Avocado Facial Mask for Supple Skin

Avocado is packed with nutrients and lots of good fat.  I know people say fat and run the opposite direction, but remember everything in moderation isn’t bad necessarily.  Anyways, avocado is not only good for reestablishing elasticity in your hair, but also in your skin.  If you work out on the regular like I do, these mask(s) I’m going to list can be a life saver for your skin.  Even if you don’t work out these mask can help get rid of nasty dry spots that just won’t go away no matter how much moisturizer you slather on them.  Plus it’s winter for some of us right now and we need all the moisture we can get. Mask #1: 1/2 of soft avocado 2 tbs of hot water 1 ts of honey Peal and mash the avocado with a fork or in a mixer or bullet. Dissolve the honey into the water and add it to the mashed avocado. Put it on your face, using your fingers or a paint brush or even a makeup brush. Avoid the area of your eyes and mouth. Keep 10 minutes and wash away. Mask #2: 1/2 of soft avocado 1/2 of banana 1 egg yolk […]
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The Run Down: Minerals and Vitamins

          I decided to do a rundown of on the vitamins and minerals that can be found in our products.  Though we hear that certain herbs are great for this and that, rarely do we hear the why.  What makes one combination herbs better than another combination?  Well it’s the vitamin and mineral content within a specific combination of herbs.  If the combination of herbs isn’t right then they can cancel out properties of “weaker” herbs.  The same concept applies for vitamins and minerals ingested or topically applied.  Too much of a good thing either gets thrown off, canceled out by something else, or wreaks havoc on your system.  We work to make sure our products are balanced and healthy.  Here’s the why behind some of our ingredient choices: I.  Iron: It carries oxygen to the scalp and promotes growth by helping with blood circulation.  Blood circulation is essential for carrying nutrients to every part of your body. II.  D: We usually get this from the sun.  It helps with the hair follicle life cycle.  However, during winter and rainy season especially, we need products with vitamin D to supplement the lack of it due to […]
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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Field Mice

  Ok, so I’m a country girl, and I love horses.  However, I don’t love field mice.  Field mice are not those gigantic alien looking huge rats you find in the city.  Field mice are usually the size of a pet mouse or a little fatter.  They eat everything from books (yes I’ve lost a few good books to them) to left-over food in the sink.  They are pesky little things that seem to come out of nowhere.  So here are some things to avoid when dealing with field mice. Food and good smelling stuff…safeguard it!  They’re sense of smell is really strong.  We have a lot of tea and other good smelling edibles in cardboard boxes.  Keeping food or perishable items in cardboard boxes is fine during the summer, but not so fine with cold whether coming.  So we transfer every item into plastic/glass tubs or containers.  Mice can’t eat through plastic or glass.  Also, a perk to this is that the smell of edibles is masked. Cleanup after yourself and keep everything tidy.  Spills, regardless of size, can be a meal to a mouse.  Clothes, blankets, etc. should also be put away if not in use.  Why?  Because […]
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Rose Facial Mask for Skin Tightening and Lip Balm for Moisture & Protection

There is a previous post on the benefits of rose in regards to the hair and scalp.  However, there are other uses for rose.  From homemade lip balms to skin tightening creams some rose and other ingredients can be used.  Here are a few things you can make with a little bit of rose.   Rose Lip Balm:                 2 teaspoons of grated pure beeswax                 4 teaspoons of almond oil                 1 teaspoon of rose water Take rose petals and steep in hot water for 30 minutes.  While waiting for the rose petals to steep, place a glass jar with beeswax in it in a pot with water at the half way point of the jar, and slowly bring the water to a boil. Stir until the beeswax is completely liquefied then add the almond oil.  Mix until both oils are inseparable.  Once well mixed, lower the fire under the pot to keep the mix warm and liquefied.   Strain the rose petals from the fresh rose water.  Stir the rose water into the glass jar containing the beeswax and almond oil mix.  Once mixed, pour the lip balm into the final container you would like it to be in.  […]
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How to Use Peppermint for Cramping and Spasms

     Peppermint is another hidden gem amongst herbs.  The properties listed in my previous post all applied to the scalp and hair.  However, there are other properties one can gain from topical use and from ingesting this herb.  Common issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallstones, and colic can be fought by simply ingesting peppermint in tea form.      So what causes IBS?  Doctors are unsure what exactly causes IBS, but they do know what is does to the body.  The problem, IBS, is related in the disregulation in the nervous supply to the bowels, which causes cramping, gas, and abdominal bloating.  It does not make passing gas difficult; it simply makes a person more sensitive to the formation of gas.  The sensitivity to the formation of gas causes spasms which lead to an urgency to use the restroom which leads to a loose stool, or an increased amount of bowel gas.  Once the stool or the gas is passed, the pain subsides.  However, an enteric-coated capsule, such as those in the picture below, can reduce the effects of IBS.  According to the New Herbal Bible, enteric-coated capsules should contain 0.2ml of peppermint oil, and take 1 to […]
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