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Happy Soles (and toes) Moisturizing Foot Scrub

[POSTED ON: 18th July 2019]

Happy Soles (and toes) is all we want! This recipe is perfect for the summer time to help eliminate dry cracked soles.  Simple care for happy soles. Ingredients: 2 ounces of Baraka Shea Butter .5 Ounces of Sweet Almond Oil 2 tablespoons of Ground Pumice Stone 1.5 Ounces of Epsom Salt 5 drops of Peppermint Essential oil </ Instructions: Measure out… [read more]

5 Reasons to Use Baraka Shea Butter

[POSTED ON: 10th July 2019]

Baraka Shea Butter Rocks!  Yes, we are totally biased, but see why we think you and your customers will benefit from using Baraka.   Fair Trade All Baraka Shea Butter is community certified fair trade. Yes, you heard that right. This means we hold fairness to the highest of standards. The women who make Baraka meet annually to review their… [read more]

Whipped Strawberry Body Butter

[POSTED ON: 4th July 2019]

Whipped Strawberry Butter, with Shea & Cocoa Butter. Treat my tastebuds?  Or my skin?  Enjoy this fruity and nourishing body butter for summer hydration! Ingredients: 1/2 cup Baraka Shea Butter 1/4 cup cocoa butter 2 tbsp almond oil 2 tbsp coconut oil 15 drops strawberry fragrance oil 10 drops strawberry seed essential oil Directions: In a double boiler, melt the… [read more]

Uses of Shea Butter

[POSTED ON: 3rd July 2019]

Skincare, Haircare, Medicinal, Food, Personal Lubricant, Overall Health, Lantern Fuel and more.  Shea Butter has so many uses… We recently landed on one of our friend’s blogs (Shea Yeah) where she highlights the uses and benefits of shea butter. We loved it! We loved it SO much that it inspired us to write an updated post on the uses of… [read more]

Whipped Aloe Vera Butter

[POSTED ON: 27th June 2019]

During the summer months, Aloe Vera can easily become a must have in your daily skincare routine. Aloe Vera has alkalizing properties which help to balance your skin’s PH levels. Here at Baraka Shea Butter, we naturally believe that Shea Butter needs to be added to that list! SO, with this dynamic duo, your skin will thank you this summer!… [read more]

Green Tea Detoxifying Night Cream

[POSTED ON: 20th June 2019]

Nighttime magic!  Our skin deserves to be treated like gold, so why not give it a boost overnight with this DIY Green Tea Detoxifying Night Cream? Green tea is known for its antioxidant properties, the perfect ingredient to work on your skin overnight, don’t you think? Ingredients: 1 tablespoon beeswax 1 tablespoon almond oil 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice 1… [read more]

Summer Soothing Cream

[POSTED ON: 10th June 2019]

Easy 4-ingredient / 2-step DIY Soothing Cream.  Make it now.  Summertime is a wonderful season! However, too much sun and lots of bug bites can sometimes be added to the mix, when can make for uncomfortable skin. This Summer Soothing Cream DIY recipe (created by Zakia from Live Soap School can help soothe your skin during those itchy and sore… [read more]

Yummy Apple Night Cream

[POSTED ON: 30th May 2019]

They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away ~ what can apples do for our skin? Apples are so rich in many different vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. Ingredients:  2 apples 4 tablespoons rose water 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 Tbsp Baraka Shea Butter (optional) Preparation: Cut up apples and remove seeds. Blend with olive oil and shea… [read more]

Incorporate Veggies Into Your Skincare

[POSTED ON: 29th May 2019]

‘Sit down and eat your veggies.  Your skin will be healthy and happy!’ That’s what my mom would always tell me.  Well, maybe she didn’t mention happy skin, but it is true – veggies are a great addition to DIY skincare.   Veggies aren’t just healthy to ingest? They are also incredibly powerful for your skin. I’ve gathered a few of… [read more]

Nourishing Shea and Hand Balm Recipe

[POSTED ON: 23rd May 2019]

Shea butter is an incredibly versatile and nourishing ingredient to keep at home. I love adding it to everything, and I love making my skincare with it! Today, we’re making shea hand balm. The recipe makes a fragrant, vegan, nourishing, and conditioning balm that easily nurtures the skin, feeding it all that good stuff, while protecting it from the environmental… [read more]

Shea Butter Body Wash

[POSTED ON: 15th May 2019]

Clean it up, soften it up and enjoy!  Some of us prefer bar soap and others enjoy a good body wash. Add your favourite essential oil to this DIY Body Wash and enjoy. Ingredients:   1/2 cup Baraka Shea Butter Butter 1/2 cup sunflower oil 1 cup liquid Castile soap Liquid pump dispenser Directions:   Melt shea butter over low… [read more]

The Growing DIY Skincare Movement… Get On Board!

[POSTED ON: 8th May 2019]

Control and knowledge through DIY? YES!   Know what you are putting on your skin and why.  Avoid ingredients you can’t pronounce, and make an impact on Ghanaian mothers and communities at the same time.  And, have fun doing it. You may have noticed that the skincare movement is quickly shifting towards greater transparency. Men and women want to know exactly… [read more]

Choosing the Right Scent for Your Creation

[POSTED ON: 1st May 2019]

Scents make sense and cents! It’s so true.  Scents sell a product. I am the kind of girl, who will smell a product before I actually place it on my skin. And personally, I am on the side of less is more. I like tamer fragrances, vanilla, peppermint, and lavender. What about you? Let’s talk more about scent. Scent is… [read more]

The Best Nipple Creams for Breastfeeding Mamas

[POSTED ON: 17th April 2019]

Breastfeeding is a beautiful experience, a time where mama and baby can truly bond. It is natural and pure (like handmade shea butter) and so important. Thankfully Western society is increasingly embracing it as natural, loving and publicly acceptable.   However, it isn’t always as easy as one may think. It’s a learning process, which can result in cracked, sore,… [read more]

The Importance of Night Creams

[POSTED ON: 10th April 2019]

Night creams are not just for those of us who are worried about ageing. In fact, night creams are essential in keeping skin moisturized, young (yes, I said it), and radiant. But instead of investing in an expensive night cream that promises the moon and back… Why not create your own and reap the same benefits (and without any of… [read more]

4 Skincare Changes for Spring

[POSTED ON: 27th March 2019]

Spring your skincare forward with these practical tips.  Leave winter behind and embrace spring and summer with health, happy skin.

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Shea Butter Smells (and colours)

[POSTED ON: 11th March 2019]

Unrefined shea butter has natural colors and smells.  Learn more.  And beware any that promise consistent yellow color! There are two main causes of odor in shea butter.  The first is the smoky smell that some shea butter has.  In general, that means it is very fresh as the smoke comes from the open fires that traditional shea butter is… [read more]

Packaging that works

[POSTED ON: 6th March 2019]

Packaging has to work:  Looking good, informative, functional and helps sales. Don’t forget the environment!  Critical keys to packaging success. These are things to consider when creating packaging for your skincare products. You want the packaging to be appealing and informative. That beautiful container or bright label is the first thing that skin-care lovers will see, so you don’t want… [read more]

Valentines Day DIY Skincare

[POSTED ON: 6th February 2019]

Love is for life and so is your skin. Try these DIY Shea Butter gifts for your Valentine this year. Easy to make, great for their skin, and great for the hard-working women who make Baraka Shea Butter.

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2019 Skincare Goals (Happy Skin – Happy Year!)

[POSTED ON: 16th January 2019]

Better Skin, Better Me: 2019 body care resolutions. Simple (and easy) steps to happier skin, happier and healthier you for 2019. (learn how DIY tips & Shea Butter Recipes
It’s already 2019, can you believe it? So many of us are already making lists of New Year’s Resolutions, like going to the gym 3x a week, saving 20% more each month, and remembering to call mom more often. These are all GREAT, and surely, highly achievable. Well, they are great, and some will achieve them, but let’s be honest, they get tiring to carry out…

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Shea Butter for Chapped Skin This Winter

[POSTED ON: 9th January 2019]

Winter weather is bad! Winter skin doesn’t have to be. Shea butter won’t keep you warm, but it can help to keep your skin happy and healthy. Alright, for most of us it’s officially winter. It’s either snowing, extremely windy, or the air is dry and chilly or raining and ugly. The first thing I notice when fall leaves (no… [read more]

Why Handmade Soap? Healthy, Amazing & More

[POSTED ON: 19th December 2018]

Handmade soap is Better, Better, Better, Better and Better! Works Better. Better for you. Better for the planet. Better for local economies because it supports artisans and small businesses. And, when it uses Baraka Shea Butter, every bar provides Better support to hard working women in northern Ghana. Believe it or not, most consumers have never used true handmade soap…. [read more]

REBATCH Magic! Save Soap, Save Money, Save Planet

[POSTED ON: 12th December 2018]

Rebatch can be magic, saving soap, saving you money and saving landfill and waste.  Learn more from the experience of Jaena Moynihan. Trial and error. This has been the journey of creating a new formulation for a “Perfect Skin” luxury face bar. But, who wants to toss perfectly good ingredients away? Not me! Butter-heavy soap bars are too valuable to… [read more]

Grainy Shea Ain’t Great: Let’s Fix Pronto!

[POSTED ON: 28th November 2018]

Grainy Sh*a Happens! Nobody likes it! But there is something we can do!

Why does grainy shea happen? It’s a cooling off thing – too slowly and it can crystalize. No big deal though. Simply remelt and recool (faster!)

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DIY Dynamo: Fuller Wallet, Healthier Skin, and Fun too!

[POSTED ON: 21st November 2018]

DIY Dynamo is you? Don’t read further if your wallet is too full, your skin too healthy and you never struggle with what gifts to give. OK, so you want more.  DIY skincare products made with pure, unrefined Baraka Shea Butter can save you money and make your skin and hair super happy.  They are easy and fun to create, make… [read more]

Treat Yourself to a Natural Pedicure

[POSTED ON: 16th November 2018]

Happy Feet connect to Happy Body. Learn to pamper your foundation and get your feet dancing for joy! Our feet hold us up all day long every day, no wonder they get tired and sore! Taking care of your feet should be a priority. They deserve to be pampered, don’t you think? One way that you can take care of… [read more]

Using Baraka Shea Butter in My 60’s

[POSTED ON: 31st October 2018]

Smooth, supple skin well into your 60’s? Sign us up! Kathleen Chopra shares her story with us about how Baraka Shea Butter has given new life and energy to her 60-year old skin. Hi fellow Baraka lovers! Kathie, here. It’s apparent that this magic butter does wonders to prevent youthful skin from aging, and that’s great! But, what about skin… [read more]

Why Use Shea Butter in Soap … Tips and More!

[POSTED ON: 24th October 2018]

“Shea Butter makes the best soap!”  We hear that from many soapmakers who love its effect on hardening, curing, lathering and the natural goodness it brings. Shea Butter is also easily absorbed by the human body, moisturizing skin and hair naturally without the need for artificial chemicals.  It adds a creamy, richness to the soap that many of them say they… [read more]

Benefits Of Using Raw Shea Butter On Dry Skin

[POSTED ON: 17th October 2018]

Raw, Unrefined Shea Butter to the rescue!  Dry skin can be uncomfortable and at times painful. Not only is it annoying, frustrating and irritating to deal with, but it can have a long term impact, such as the early appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Natural, unrefined Shea Butter, with its abundance of natural goodness, is an excellent way to combat… [read more]

Colours of Baraka Shea Butter

[POSTED ON: 10th October 2018]

Shea Butter ranges in colour from gray/white through to buttery yellow. The properties of the shea butter are not affected by colouration. The colours are caused by several factors; the mineral content of the soil where the shea tree it came from grows, the time of the crop (seeds from early shea fruit seem to produce more yellowish coloured shea… [read more]

Spread Holiday Cheer with These Skincare DIY’s

[POSTED ON: 3rd October 2018]

IY skin care products are a great way to share love and energy over Christmas. You get the fun of making something healthy and useful that makes a totally personalized gift. And, when you use Baraka Shea Butter you give a gift to the women and families who make too. A really Holiday win win win! The holidays are right… [read more]

The Chemistry of Shea Butter

[POSTED ON: 26th September 2018]

Interested in learning more about the science behind what gives Shea Butter its  sun protection qualities? Thanks to Amanda from Realize Beauty, you can learn right here. So, here we go! Shea Butter Butters by definition melt at somewhere around 40C and in Shea Butter, the chemical that helps keep what would otherwise be an oil buttery is Stearic acid. Stearic… [read more]

The Perfect Facial Care Routine

[POSTED ON: 19th September 2018]

Is there really such thing as the perfect  Facial Care Routine? Perhaps not. However, we definitely believe that it is important to care for your skin and especially the skin on your face daily. Some professionals recommend different regimes according to your skin type, however the key elements that should be a part of almost everyone’s routine are: cleanse tone exfoliate… [read more]

The True Meaning of ‘Natural’ … and More!

[POSTED ON: 12th September 2018]

We hear so many terms thrown around the skincare industry, the most popular and ‘trendy’ being NATURAL. But what exactly does it mean, and how regulated are these ‘natural’ skincare products? The term natural is NOT actually regulated, and in fact, can have a multitude of definitions. Both companies and consumers have different standards of what natural means to them and… [read more]

Some Favorite Shea Butter DIYs

[POSTED ON: 22nd August 2018]

By now, you have probably heard of Shea Butter: the hair and skin superfood. Anyone who has ever incorporated it into their skincare routine will tell you the results are incredible! Besides its ultra-nourishing and moisturizing advantages, it can also help with skin inflammation, skin disorders, stretch marks, scars, sunburns, crows feet, fine lines, and more! The list is endless… [read more]

How to Soothe a Sunburn with Shea Butter

[POSTED ON: 14th August 2018]

While fall is quickly approaching, summer still lingers and so do beach-goers who head towards the coast to surf the waves, snorkel the depths, and tan on the most gorgeous beaches. I was recently in San Diego, where the sun was flaming hot and gave me an unappealing farmers tan. Along with that farmers tan, I was unlucky enough to experience the… [read more]

How to Protect Yourself While Making Soap

[POSTED ON: 8th August 2018]

Making soap is a beautiful and creative process. However, when making your own soap, you must also be extremely careful when using Sodium hydroxide, otherwise known as LYE. We have heard of a few very scary soap-making stories gone wrong, so this article is meant to remind you just how dangerous lye can be as well as some measures to put… [read more]

Shea Butter, Oil, and Cream – OH MY!

[POSTED ON: 25th July 2018]

Did you know that Shea can actually be experienced in three different forms? Shea Butter, Shea Oil, and Shea Cream. I, personally, had no idea even though I am a long time Shea Butter enthusiast. The three forms are NOT created equal, they are great for DIFFERENT purposes. But don’t worry, I’m going to break it down for you, so… [read more]

Using Shea Butter to Care For Your Hair

[POSTED ON: 17th July 2018]

Do you have unmanageable hair? Using Shea Butter in hair care products is becoming more and more popular. Why? One of the top reasons is that it has been known for its ability to soften frizzy hair and make it more manageable. Shea Butter applied to the hair helps to prevent the hair from drying out and becoming brittle, a common problem… [read more]

Shea Butter – The Bliss Today

[POSTED ON: 11th July 2018]

Do we ever buy any beauty or skin product because it has a particular ingredient which is trending these days? Do we actually know the ingredients, the pros/cons? Well, Shea Butter is a trending ingredient these days, and I am going to shed some light on how we can effectively use it. Shea Butter, in its natural, unrefined state, with… [read more]

10-Minute “Rawmazing” DIY Shea Butter Lotions

[POSTED ON: 27th June 2018]

Alright, I don’t have too much spare time in my average day anymore. However, one thing I do make time for is making DIY skincare products. I find that the chemicals and parabens in store-bought creams and lotions make my skin super irritated (yes, I am a sensitive gal). I also love a minimalist lifestyle, so I refuse to add… [read more]

Benefits of Natural Skincare Products

[POSTED ON: 20th June 2018]

People have been concerned with beauty since the beginning of time. Using natural ingredients such as Shea Butter and honey to achieve a flawless look is not a new concept. With the passage of time and advanced technology, we now have a variety of options to choose from. And, while many stores are filled with products that contain synthetic based… [read more]

Naturally Diminish Stretch Marks with Shea Butter

[POSTED ON: 31st May 2018]

Stretch marks. Whether you are a teenager who grew five inches in a summer or a mama-to-be in her last trimester of pregnancy, you may wind up finding a few on your stomach, legs, or back. While they aren’t harmful to your health, many people will seek out treatments to diminish or get rid of them altogether. So, you may… [read more]

Shea Butter: The Benefits of this Skin Superfood

[POSTED ON: 23rd May 2018]

Shea Butter. Even the name sounds luxurious and rejuvenating! This creamy, rich superfood originates from the nuts of the Shea Tree and is packed with Vitamin A, E, and F, and provides moderate UV protection. Similar to Argan Oil, Shea Butter was originally used by African woman to keep their skin supple, moisturized, and healthy. Since then, it is included… [read more]

Treat Yourself to a Natural Manicure

[POSTED ON: 17th May 2018]

We use our hands for so many jobs throughout the day; we wash, we work, we cook, we craft, we create, we carry, we drive, you get the picture! If you are tired just reading that list, imagine how your hands feel! Taking care of your hands should be a priority. One way that you can take care of your… [read more]

How to Use Shea Butter

[POSTED ON: 10th May 2018]

Shea Butter has a number of properties that make it beneficial for your skin and hair. It has become a popular ingredient of choice in many beauty, skincare, hair and cosmetic products because of it’s healing, soothing and nourishing properties.   Shea Butter can be used in variety of ways: Dry Skin For some of us, dry skin is a massive… [read more]

6 Ways To Use African Shea Butter – How to use it in beauty or other areas

[POSTED ON: 21st November 2016]

African Shea butter is a miraculous natural product. It is full of many amazing propertiesthat help us in multiple ways inclueing beautiful skin and hair plus good health. This butter with versatile qualities is edible also and is a major ingredient in many confectionery items. The African Shea butter is derived from the nuts of karate trees that are found in… [read more]

REFINED VS UNREFINED SHEA BUTTER: WHAT’S IN A LABEL?

[POSTED ON: 21st June 2014]

Imagine: two pots of face cream, identical but for the wording on the labels. One says “raw, unrefined, natural” and the other says “refined, de-odorized, pure white and with a subtle floral fragrance”.   Which one would YOU trust for your delicate skin?  Refined vs Unrefined Shea Butter   The truth is that the “raw, unrefined” Shea Butter is superior – no contest!… [read more]

YOU ARE THE SHEA BUTTER EXPERTS!

[POSTED ON: 18th June 2014]

 We want to see photos and hear stories of how you use Shea Butter.     YOU are the Shea Butter EXPERTS! We hope you will help the women and communities of northern Ghana by sharing your stories, photos and information. The more everyone knows about the wonderful products and uses of Baraka Shea Butter made by the women and… [read more]

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