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Whipped Olive Butter (Body Butter)

olivebutter2Olive oil is naturally packed with anti-aging antioxidants and hydrating squalene, making it an excellent choice for hair, skin, and nail care and a staple in every naturalista’s basic kit. Just like coconut oil, I consider it a must-have.

Olive butter (body butter, not edible butter) takes it a step further and in the winter time, it can be a saving grace for chapped skin and lips. The problem with buying it though, is in general, the commercial products are either made from olive oil that has been hydrogenated to give it a creamy texture or made by mixing shea butter with olive oil. The latter isn’t really olive butter. It’s shea butter with olive oil, or whipped shea butter.  If I want shea butter, I’ll buy shea butter, thankyouverymuch. Stop with the trickery!  So, rather than be roped in by the shyster’s peddling their Shea butter blends cleverly disguised as olive butter, I decided to make my own and it was unbelievably easy. You only need 2 or 3 ingredients!! For once, I actually measured, too! Except the temp. I didn’t measure the temperature. Oh well. Use your best judgement.

Shae’s Olive Butter
Ingredients:
8oz Olive Oil
2oz Bees Wax

Optional: Lemongrass or other essential oil. (I used 20 drops of Lemongrass)

Tools:
glass bowl
Rubber Spatula or other scraping tool
Mixer with whisk attachment or stick blender

Using a glass container, like a measuring cup or glass bowl, heat your olive oil in the microwave for approximately 1-1.5 minutes. You want it hot, but not super hot. Add your bees wax and stir. Keep stirring until the bees wax completely melts. You’ll need to place it in the microwave a couple more times. I heated for 15 seconds at a time. You just want the wax to completely melt, to blend with the oil.

Once the wax is thoroughly melted, stir in 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil (Totally optional) and let the mixture sit for a few minutes to cool, stirring occasionally. Once the mixture cools to the point where it is semi solid, like melted butter, whip it with the whisk or stick blender until it has a smooth, creamy consistancy.

Tips:

1. Cut the beeswax into chunks, shred it or use granules. It will melt faster.
2. If you use an EO, be sure it’s one that won’t irritate your skin. Lemongrass is an anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. Lavendar also offers healing properties.
2. You can use a double boiler for this. I chose the microwave because I didn’t want any moisture to get into my glass at all, including steam.
3. A mixer with a whisk attachment works better than a stick blender for this recipe.
4. If you want a harder butter, use less Olive oil or more wax. A 1:3 ratio makes a pretty firm butter. (1oz wax, 3oz oil)
5. You can use this same recipe with other oils, like macadamia, almond, avocado, etc.

Enjoy!!

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Shae’s Gelly

I love my pudding, but sometimes I want something a bit lighter, so I started playing around with recipes and I came up with my Jojoconut Gel. It works great, but still not quite what I’m looking for as it performs much better on silkier hair than my locks. It’s awesome on my youngest son’s hair, but my hair is coarse and very coily. Except in the front where I have this semi straight wavy patch. WTF??!! It’s like that spot spiraled wrong so the Curl Nazi said “No curls for you! Next!”

Anyhooo, I’m also not lovin’ the glycerine as much lately so I started ‘spearmintin’ again and this time I’m pretty sure I’m there. I did a bentonite mask last night and afterwards, applied this custard and today my hair is like butter (soft) and the curls are poppin’ like crazy. Lots of definition and zero crunch. It almost looks like uber curly weave, lol! (Not that crappy dead hair, either. The good stuff that they keep behind closed doors.)

The recipe (You know the deal. No measuring going on over here, so amounts are approximate.):

3oz Aloe gel (jelly, not liquid)
3oz Flax Seed gel (thick)
2oz Shea butter
2tsp Agave Nectar

Mix Aloe and flax. Melt the shea and fold it into the mix. Stir in Agave nectar.

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Tips:

1. If shea is too heavy for your hair type, you can substitute another oil. I’ve used jojoba & coconut.
2. You can also use honey or molasses instead of Agave. Agave is less sticky and doesn’t stink to high heaven like molasses.

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Can I get a hit? (of Henna, that is.)

Hennaheads Unite!!
My name is Shawnette and I am addicted to henna. There. I said it.

I freakin’ love this stuff!!! Hate the smell, but love, love, LOVE the results. I could spew on for days about the shine and softness and strength, yada, yada, but I won’t. I’m just going to get to the nitty gritty and post my mix. And I invite all of you closet henna heads to step forth and embrace your madness like I have.

I’m sure you all know by now that I don’t measure anything… Fair warning: it’s very messy!!

150g Karishma Herbal Henna (Primo stuff, man!)
2Tbsp raw honey
2Tbsp whole fat yogurt
2oz Aloe gel (or juice)
2oz Amla Gold Oil
1Tbsp Coconut Oil
2Tbsp Sheacocoa
2oz Lemon juice
1c Hot Espresso
Rubber Gloves (Henna will stain your hands)
2 Plastic Baggie Caps

Pour henna into a bowl. Add lemon juice and hot espresso and stir well. Should be thick, like mud. Cover tightly and let sit overnight for color release. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Put on your gloves. Section your hair and work the henna through from root to end, making sure to coat every strand. Put on your baggie cap and let it soak in for at least an hour (conditioning). If you’re doing it for color, at least 4 hours. Rinse well and then deep condition with baggie cap for at least 30 minutes.


Tips:
1. Wear 2 pairs of gloves in case one gets a hole. Don’t ask me.
2. If you don’t have any disposeable shower caps, plastic grocery bags work well. (Recycle!!!)
3. Use towels that you don’t mind getting yucky because henna stains. I bought brown towels just for my henna nights.
4. I use a cheap conditioner to get the henna out. I can usually pick up some VO5 for less than $1.
5. If your henna has twigs, use a strainer to sift them out.
6. You can get henna cheap at your local Indian grocery. No need to spend goo gobs on shipping.
7. If you buy it locally, make sure the package specifies that it can be used on hands and feet. If not, don’t buy it.
8. There is no such thing as “black henna”. If the package says it’s black henna, don’t buy it. (“Black henna” contains PPD, a very harmful chemical.)

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Flax Cream for the Hair and Body

I found out about flax cream on Nappturality.com and have made a couple of batches that I liked, but tonight I tried something new (more oils) and it came out freakin’ awesome!!! It’s been colder than normal for the past few days, so my feet have been a bit dry & rough. I put some of this cream on them and they are butter soft now. I love, love LOVE it!!! It’s much lighter than my standard mix.

Just like the rest of my concoctions, I didn’t measure anything this time either, so all measurements are approximate.

4-5Tbsp Unrefined Shea Butter
2-3Tbsp Coconut Oil
1oz Avocado Oil
4oz Flax Seed Gel (thick) (recipe here)

Mix the shea with the oils until it’s smooth. Fold in the flax gel a little at a time and whip until it’s fluffy, like whipped cream.

Tips:

1. I usually soften my shea in the microwave, but since it’s such a small amount and it’s mixed with oils, I recommend doing it by hand. Heat isn’t necessarily your friend when it comes to shea butter (causes graininess).

2. This is a very light mixture, so it works great on fine/silky hair but it might be a bit oily if you use too much.

3. If your shea is grainy, it’s ok. My shea is a bit grainy this time, which leads me to believe that it was previously melted and cooled. The graininess has not affected the effectiveness of the end product. The grains “melt” in if you rub them.

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Shae’s Pudding (Curly pudding for the financially challenged.)

Ok, I absolutely love my hair, but I’m always looking for something “better”. (Aren’t we all?) I’ve been known to spend some bucks on latest greatest thing but the economy has put a crimp on my spending. I’ve been wanting to try Miss Jessie’s, but I just can’t justify the expense. Besides, I kinda like jackin’ around with stuff for my skin and hair, so this is the concoction that I’ve come up with. It works awesome! My son even lets me use it on his hair!

20oz jar IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel – $3.99 (I used the Olive. Smells yummy!)
4oz Unrefined Raw Shea Butter – $5.99 for 16oz
1oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Already on hand because I use it for cooking.

Using a hand blender or food processor, whip the shea butter. Add the olive oil and while still mixing, add the styling gel a little at a time. Continue to whip until smooth. I use it on damp or dry hair, not soaking wet hair because I really don’t like the Jheri Curl look. (And I’m lazy. Shingling takes wayyy too long!)

Enjoy! Your hair and your bank account will thank you.

 

Tips:

1. For extra moisture, substitute 4oz pure aloe gel for 4oz of the IC gel.
2. Substitute 2oz coconut oil for 2oz shea butter and the mix will smell yummy. (I hate the way shea butter smells.)