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Super Soft Hair Conditioner

Silky soft shiny hair that is easy to manage and looks luxurious.  That is what people say happens when the unrefined shea butter in this conditioner revitalizes their hair follicles and fortifies weak hair strands.  Great results, and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • Shea Butter
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Raw honey
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Coconut milk
  • Vanilla extract

Instructions

Using coconut oil as a base (in an amount which is suitable for one treatment), add some slightly warmed Shea Butter to get a nice consistency which is not too runny. Then add a teaspoon of honey, a drop of vanilla extract, and just a tiny drop of almond oil.

When it is ready, make a parting in your hair using a comb, and scoop the conditioner out from a plastic bowl with an applicator bottle, your fingers, or a hair dye applicator brush, and apply it. Then make another parting and repeat the process all over your scalp. You will probably make about six partings all together.

Massage it in well, and then spread the Shea Butter Super Soft Hair Conditioner on the rest of your hair, ensuring you cover all of your hair strands right from the top to the very ends. You should then put on a plastic bath cap which will keep in the heat for a better effect. Leave on for at least half an hour, and then rinse off and give your hair a light shampoo. If you give yourself this treat once a week, you will be elated at the head-turning results!

(Note: only make enough Shea Butter Super Soft Hair Conditioner for one application, as the coconut milk will not keep.)

Brown Sugar Citrus Scrub Shea Butter

Shea Butter scrub with a zing of citrus, is a fab recipe for making your skin super soft.  Use it from your toes to your nose and all parts in between for happy, healthy skin.

It can be used all over the body, and is soft enough to use on the face. It has a great aroma, and its gentle polishing effect removes old surface skin cells, and helps keep wrinkles at bay [1]. This action not only enables moisturizers to penetrate more deeply, it also works to clear any blocked pores.

Ingredients

  • Shea Butter
  • Orange essential oil
  • Brown sugar


Instructions

Slightly warm the Shea Butter and add a drop of orange essential oil and half a teacup or less of brown sugar. Bear in mind that this can be for one or two treatments, so work out how much you need accordingly.

Apply the Shea Butter Brown Sugar Citrus Scrub with your hands once a week while you are showering, of just before you get in the bath. As you put it on, use a massaging action. Avoid putting it on close to the eye area.

(Note: this scrub keeps for around a week, so you could make a batch for two treatments).

Reference

[1]. Dr Axe (N.d.). “Repair Skin & Boost Collagen with Raw Shea Butter.” https://draxe.com/raw-shea-butter/  Accessed 15 Apr. 2018.

Cardamom Ginger Body Butter

Cardamom Ginger – your nose will be as happy as your skin with this luxurious body butter.  Awaken and refresh your skin, your nose and your day.

Ingredients 

  • 3/4 cup Shea Butter
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 10 – 15 drops Cardamom Essential Oil
  • 8 – 10 drops Ginger Essential Oil

Instructions

  1. Melt Shea butter and Coconut oil over low heat in a water bath
  2. Use a container that you can use a mixer in later
  3. Stir constantly while it is melting
  4. Let it cool and solidify until a finger hole will remain when you stick your finger in it. 
  5. Add essential oils to suit yourself and whip with electric mixer. (if you use an immersion blender it takes a long time to get fluffy.)
  6. Place in a pretty jar (preferably a dark colour) and enjoy!

Chili and Chocolate Muscle Salve

Your muscles will get excited at the name! Chili & Chocolate Muscle Salve.  And wait until they feel the soothing warmth and energy.

Ingredients

1 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. shea butter
1 oz. beeswax
.5 oz. macadamia nut oil
.5 oz. sesame oil
24 drops. Chili seed essential oil
12 drops cocoa absolute

Instructions

Melt the shea butter and beeswax together until liquid-like.

Pour in the cocoa butter, macadamia nut oil, sesame oil until it is all mixed and melted together.

Follow with chili seed essential oil and cocoa absolute, pouring into the container of your choice.

Don’t forget to decorate it with something cute!

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Truffle Soap

These delicious looking soaps are absolutely skin-delicious and perfect DIY gifts for Valentine’s Day or any day you want to give something special to someone special!

Ingredients:

32 oz. Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base
4 oz. White Melt & Pour Soap Base
1 piece Brown Oxide Soap Color Bar
1 teaspoon Brown Sparkle Mica Powder
17.5 ml Chocolate Drizzle Fragrance Oil
2 oz. medium grain European Spa Salts (optional)
4 drops Stained Glass Santa Red Liquid Dye

Supplies:

Cake Pop Silicone Mold
8 Clear 6″ x 3.75″ Poly Bags
8 Pink 6.5″ x 5″ Organza Bags
2 Beakers
Cookie Sheet or Cutting Board
Glass Measuring Cup
plastic transfer pipette
Microwave
Mixing Spoons
Digital Kitchen Scale
Parchment or Waxed Paper


Instructions:

  1. Place the silicone pop mold on a cookie sheet or cutting board. Next, weigh out 6 oz. of the clear melt and pour soap base and cut into chunks. Place inside a glass measuring cup and melt in the microwave. Remove from microwave and add 1/4th of the brown color cube to the melted soap base, then stir until it dissolves fully.
  2. Now measure out 1/4 teaspoon for the brown sparkle mica powder and stir into the soap until its fully blended. Using a plastic transfer pipette, measure out 3.5ml of Chocolate Drizzle fragrance oil and stir into the soap.
  3. Pour the soap evenly into all eight of the mold’s cavities so that each one is filled about halfway then allow the soap to harden completely. You can pop the mold into the freezer to expedite the process if you want. Once the soap has set up, remove from the mold and place onto wax paper. Repeat with the remaining clear soap base.
  4. Now create the drizzle for the tops of the soap truffles by melting 2 oz. of white melt and pour soap base into each of the two beakers. You’ll leave one of the beakers with white soap. For the other add 2-3 drops of stained glass Santa red coloring and mix well. Allow the soap to cool slightly to make pouring easier.
  5. Slowly pour the pink and white soap onto the tops of the truffles as desired. If you choose, you can also add either course grain salt or coarse grain sugar to the drizzle immediately after it’s poured. Allow soap drizzle to harden completely.
  6. Finally, remove the truffles from the wax paper and place four truffles into each of the clear poly bags. Decorate the wrapping or bags and gift! 

Recipe from: http://soapdelinews.com/2014/01/diy-homemade-chocolate-truffle-soaps-for-valentines-day-giveaway.html

Valentine’s Day Solid Lotion Bars

These romantic and moisturizing Valentine themed lotion bars are perfect gifts for your loved ones; on Valentine’s Day or anytime.  Easy to make and they work so well

Ingredients:

5 oz. beeswax
3 oz. Baraka shea butter
3 oz. hemp seed butter (or any other semi-solid butter at room temp such as shea butter)
1 oz. illipe butter (or you can sub a solid butter at room temp such as cocoa butter)
6 oz. olive oil
1 ml Vitamin E
180 drops essential oil of choice

Supplies:

Silicone Heart Mold Pan
Large glass measuring cup
Spoon

Directions:

  1. Melt solid ingredients in double boiler.
  2. Then stir in Vitamin E, olive oil, and essential oils.
  3. Pour into mold and allow to harden.
  4. Once hardened, pop them out and wrap accordingly.

Luxury Face Cream

It’s like Organic Skin Candy for your face!

Super nourishing and packed with the miraculous natural goodness of shea butter and lovely vanilla scents.  Works great for all skin-types including dry, damaged, dehydrated, acne-prone, blemished, or sensitive skin.

Unrefined shea butter is rich in fatty acids, natural oils, and vitamin A and vitamin E helping it to keep your skin in tip-top condition, protecting it from the sun, and giving you a healthy glow.

Research conducted by “The American Journal of Life Sciences claims that Shea Butter boosts collagen production, demonstrating anti-aging properties”

Ingredients

  • Pure, unrefined Shea Butter (4 oz)
  • Vitamin E oil (1-2 drops)
  • Apricot kernel oil (1-2 drops)
  • Aloe vera gel (2 tbsp)
  • Vanilla essential oil (1-2 drops)

 Instructions

  1. Melt the shea butter in a glass bowl sitting in a pot full of how water.
  2. Add the Aloe Vera and the essential oils
  3. Mix well and let cool until it has started to solidify
  4. Stir vigorously to fluff it (you can use a hand blender to gently whip it).   To make sure you achieve a cream with the consistency you want you can adjust the length of time you whip it and/or the amount of shea butter that you use
  5. Using your fingertips, massage the Luxury Face Cream on a cleansed or washed face at least once a day. If you do this twice a day be prepared to see an amazing difference in short order!

Whipped Creamy Shea Body Butter

Rich, light, creamy and refreshing. With a shea butter base and a touch of coconut this body butter will treat your skin while the aroma takes your mind to a tropical beach.

Light, refreshing body butter. Easy to make, a joy to use and Oh So Good for Your Skin

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unrefined Shea Butter
  • ½ cup Coconut Oil
  • ½ cup light carrier oil such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or grapeseed oil
  • Optional: 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil (vanilla, lavender, orange, mint, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Melt your oils and butters (Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and carrier oil) in a double boiler. I use a glass bowl or measuring cup in a pot full of water. Add ingredients to the glass bowl and then place the bowl in a large pot filled 1/3 of the way with water. Turn the stove on medium high and stir the oils frequently.
  2. When fully melted, remove them from heat. Let cool some and then add in essential oils and stir.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool until solidified. Put it in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to get to a good whipping temperature (solid, but soft – don’t worry, if you get it too cool, or not cool enough you can let it sit in a warm place to soften and then try again).
  4. Remove and put it into a mixer, or take a hand mixer and whip it for about 10 minutes until you have a creamy, frothy butter that looks like whipped cream.
  5. Put it into recycled containers or glass jars.
  6. Let cool, label if you want, and use and enjoy (or give as gifts)
  7. This body butter feels like rubbing silky whipped cream onto skin. It soaks in wonderfully and provides skin with a non-greasy moisture that lasts all day. The fragrance of your essential oils will linger and put smiles on your face!

Other Stuff

When you are ready you can experiment. This butter is a great base. Try adding other healing ingredients such as 1 tbs of neem oil or rose oil. You can even add manuka honey or aloe, or use a Shea Butter/Cocoa Butter combination. This whipped body butter is exquisitely simple and you can tweak and add to your DIY heart’s content.

Subtle Shea Butter Lotion

Subtle and unscented – but with a powerful impact on your skin. 

Give this DIY Subtle Shea Butter Lotion a try!  It’s amazing

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of Baraka Shea Butter
  • ½ cup of Jojoba
  • ¼ cup of Coconut Oil

Directions

  • Put Baraka Shea Butter, Jojoba and Coconut into a heat-safe glass bowl or jar and mix together.
  • Place the glass bowl in a saucepan filled with water.
  • Heat on medium and continue mixing until they are melted and mixed
  • Once melted remove from heat and let cool (You can put it in the fridge to cool faster if you want)
  • When it is cooled you can place it in a container

Lavender Shea Lotion

Relaxing, calming and amazing for your skin. Perfect after bath/before bed skin treatment. Lavender scent will help you relax and sleep while the lotion repairs, rejuvenates and moisturizes your skin. You can

Ingredients

  • 10 tbs of Baraka Shea Butter
  • 10 tbs of safflower oil
  • 3-4 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • A hand immersion mixer

Directions

  1. Put Baraka Shea Butter and safflower oil into a heat-safe glass bowl or jar and mix together.
  2. Add Lavender essential oil (can add other essential oils too if you wish)
  3. Mix with a hand-immersion mixer until smooth, nice and creamy lotioney!
  4. Put finished product into a glass jar or container
  5. Use and enjoy!
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