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Peppermint Body Scrub Recipe

14 Dec

This is a quick and easy recipe for a peppermint body scrub. Scrubs are great for exfoliating the skin and helping it to be smoother. The best thing about this recipe is that there are only three ingredients. All of these are ingredients that you can use in many other mixes so they won’t go to waste.

What You Need:

  • Sea Salt- choose the grain size that works best for your skin. The one you see in this photo is fine grain. I also made one that was medium. The smaller the size, the gentler the scrub will be.
  • Peppermint Liquid Castile Soap
  • Oil of your choice
  • Clean jar or container

What to Do:

I mixed the castile soap and the salts together first. Then I added the oil. I used jojoba, but you can use a different type. I didn’t measure. I just poured it in small amounts until it was the texture that I wanted. It only took a few minutes to make.

Give this a try. You can always use different types of castile soap to get a different scent. I’ve also made a lavender body scrub using this same method. This scrub will leave your skin hydrated and soft. It’s a great way to treat yourself without spending a lot of money.


10 Under $10 #2

13 Dec

 This is the second installment of 10 Under $10. Check out the first one if you haven’t seen it yet. This list gives a variety of hair products that cost less than $10.

1. Black Earth Curly Curl Cream (6oz. for $7.99)

Curl definers can be very expensive, this one is under $10. The best part is that it is good too. Read my review of it HERE .

2. Aloe Vera Gel (Under $5)

This serves lots of purposes. It can be used for skin and hair. I use it to lay down my edges. Derby City Naturals also shared with me that she used it as a shaving gel, and it worked great for that purpose. Here’s what she had to say: I was going to shave under my arms when I realized that I was out of shave gel. I had heard before that you can use conditioner but mine wasn’t in the shower so I grabbed my aloe gel because it was close enough to reach without getting out of the tub (lol, lazy I know). Anyway I wanted to say that it worked better than shave gel! The aloe provided great slip, rinsed clean with no residue and left my skin soft. The best thing is its been two days and no razor bumps (I always get them). Needless to say the miracle aloe plant has come thru once again and I will no longer be purchasing shave gel!” I love an inexpensive multipurpose product.

3. Suave Naturals (under $2)

This is a good cowashing conditioner as well. I think Suave conditioners are sometimes underrated because they are so inexpensive.

4. Aussie Moist Shampoo for Dry/Damaged Hair about ($4)

I keep hearing rave reviews about this regarding dry hair. It’s getting colder now, and this might be a good time to give this one a try.

5. Heritage Products Rose Petal Rosewater ($6)

This makes a great spritz for hair. It can also be an ingredient in homemade hair concoctions. It can also be used on your skin.

6.  Yes to Cucumbers Conditioner( 16.9 oz $8.99)

Great conditioner! This worked so well for my hair. See my review of it HERE

7. Vo5 Conditioner (under $2)

Good lightweight conditioner. I like this for cowashing and for rinsing henna treatments.

8. Vatika Hair Oil (under $5 for the small size and under $8 for the larger size)

This coconut oil is enriched with lemon, henna, and amla. I use it in the same way that I use my regular coconut oil.

9. Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie ($9.99)

This is a great moisturizer. Read my review HERE

10. Jojoba Oil (40z for $7)

This oil is good for a lot of uses. I use it as a hot oil treatment, pre poo, skincare, and as an ingredient in homemade skin and hair mixes.

If you know of any products that should appear in the next 10 under $10, please leave it in the comments section. Thank you.

Product Review: Yes to Cucumbers Shampoo and Conditioner

12 Dec

After I tried the Yes to Carrots shampoo and conditioner, I was interested to try the Yes to Cucumbers set. Both were $8.99 from Target for 16.9oz bottles. This set was meant for color-treated hair, but I recommend it for anyone who is experiencing dryness. Both products are free of petroleum, sodium laureth sulfate, and parabens.

Color Care Shampoo

Deacription from botttle:It’s true, gorgeous color treated hair needs a little extra coaxing. So, Yes To Cucumbers Daily Makeover Shampoo is there for you, cleansing, hydrating and adding that extra brilliant shine to your new shade…and most importantly protecting that hard-earned color! How? With Centaurea Extract, a powerful ingredient that protects color-treated hair. Why? Because you’re color is cool – as cool as a cucumber! *wink, wink*

5 Things I Like:

  1. 99.6% natural. Ingredients include organic cucumbers, centaurea extract, aloe vera, olive fruit oil, sweet alonda oil, jojoba seed oil, and green tea extract
  2. Didn’t make my hair feel dried out
  3. Nice fresh smell
  4. I didn’t need much to get my hair clean
  5. Available at Target stores all over. It can also be ordered online.

Color Care Conditioner

Description from bottle: Meeting friends in life is bound to happen; meeting a new BEST friend is a rarity. Let us introduce you to what is sure to be one of your new BFFs, Yes To Cucumbers Daily Makeover Conditioner. Specially formulated, protects your color treated it locks in moisture and adds brilliance, protecting your color-treated hair. It’s the coolest new thing you’ve come across, and is dedicated to making you feel good! Better break out a new friendship bracelet!

5 Things I like:

  1. 99.6% natural. Ingredients include organic cucumbers, cenaurea extract, green tea, sweet almond oil, olive fruit oil, aloe vera, jojoba seed oil
  2. Left my hair feeling moisturized without any product
  3. Nice and creamy texture
  4. Nice fresh smell
  5. Great for cowashing

I liked the Yes to Carrots, but I liked this even more. I will definitely continue to use these products.  I ended up giving my first set to my mother (who has color-treated relaxed hair), and she loved it too. Even my 16 year old nephew loved it. He let me know how great his hair felt after using it. This one was a crowd pleaser. They also have a leave-in conditioner with this line. I will try that next.

Product Review: Shikakai Enriched Herbal Hair Oil

11 Dec

I was in an Indian grocery store a few weeks ago, and I bought a few powders and this oil. They were all inexpensive, and I wanted to try something new.

Shikakai Enriched Herbal Oil by Hesh has extract of shikakai, aloe vera, amla, brahmi, neem, methi, coconut oil, castor oil, sandal, and other natural oils.

5 Things I Like:

  1. It was inexpensive. The 200ml was $4.99
  2. Works well as a pre-poo and hot oil treatment
  3. Left my hair with a nice healthy sheen
  4. Had a cooling effect on my scalp
  5. Leaves hair feeling soft and moisturized

1 Thing I Didn’t Like:

  1. The smell is terrible.

I used it by applying the oil to my hair and covering with a plastic cap. I left it in overnight and washed in the morning. Those are the directions on the container for the best results. I was happy with the turnout. I wouldn’t use this oil on my hair if I wasn’t going to wash it because it is too heavy. If you are interested in ayurvedic powders but are not sure of how to mix them, try this product. It included lots of beneficial plants and oils. It takes some of the work off of your hands…if you can deal with the smell. I can’t describe what it smells like, but it is strong. After I covered with the plastic cap, I also covered it with a scarf. It helped to cover the scent more.

If you have a product review that you’d like to see, send it to me at naturalbyl@gmail.com.

10 Under $10

16 Aug

This is a list of 10 items you can purchase for your hair that are under $10. Prices will vary depending on where the items are purchased, but this will give you an idea. 

1. Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner (160z about $3)

2. Hello Hydration (23.7oz about $6)

3. Coconut Oil (Varies)

4. Castile Soap (160z about $9 or $10)

5. Olive Oil (Varies)

6. Yes to Carrots Line ($10 or less)

7. Africa’s Best Organic Texture Way Curl Keeper (12oz. about$4)

8. Organic Root Stimulator Herbal Cleanse (9oz about $6)

9. Lustrasilk Cholesterol (16oz. about $4)

10. Shea Moisture Line (all $10 or under)

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Product Review: Eco Styler Gel

21 Jul

5 Things I like About Eco Styler:

  • Inexpensive (about $4 for  the 32 oz)
  • Sold at many beauty supply stores
  • Gives good hold
  • Neutral smell
  • Can be used for different styles

3 Things I Dislike About Eco Styler:

  • It does not mix well with my creamy leave-ins
  • If I don’t brush it in, it flakes
  • It can make the hair feel kind of crunchy (I use a little spritz of my leave-in mix and scrunch it to fix that)

There is good and bad with every product, but this is pretty decent overall.  I have switched to using my water and hello hydration leave in spray with this instead of the creamy leave-in.  I also use less of my coconut oil.

Product Review: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration

18 Jul

My current regimen involves relying more on co-washing (washing with conditioner only) than shampooing.  I still shampoo if I feel like I need it, but conditioner usually does the job. I like to switch out my conditioners sometimes because they seem less effective if I use the same one for too long. 

My favorite conditioner to use right now is Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (the blue bottle).  This was chosen as one of NaturallyCurly’s best of the best for 2010.  Of different conditioners I’ve tried, this one has worked the best. It also leaves a nice scent too.  I usually rotate this  with Herbal Essences Totally Twisted (the purple one/french lavender twist & jade extracts).  This also works well and smells good. I also use the HEHH as a leave-in.  I put a little in a spray bottle and mix it with water. 

 5 Reasons Why I love Hello Hydration

1. It leaves my hair feeling soft and moisturized

2. It works as a leave-in too

3. It smells great! (Orchid & Coconut Milk)

4. It is easy to find (sold a grocery stores, walmart, target, etc…)

5. The price is wonderful.  (Usually about $5 or $6 for 23.7oz.)

My next step is that I want to try some organic conditioners to see how I like those, and I want to focus more on making my own.  I will still keep a bottle of this around.