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Product Review: Beurre Mousse from MissShe Body Cocktails

26 Jun

Description from MissShe’s site:

Shea, cocoa, mango, aloe and cupuacu butters with essential oils make up this drink delicacy for the skin, in your favorite cocktail fragrance. Also contains
emu, acai, chamomile, argan and a variety of exotic fruit and nut oils. Naturally aiding skin affected by eczema and psoriasis. Also with ant-aging and
antioxidant qualities.

5 Things I Like About Beurre Mousse:

  1. It’s lightweight but extremely moisturizing
  2. It’s available in more than great scents
  3. Available in sizes 1/2 oz to 8oz ($1.50-$20.00)
  4. Has a great whipped texture that makes it easy to use
  5. Great ingredients

I’ve tried several products from MissShe’s line, and this is definitely one of my favorites. MissShe has taken different butters and oils that are great for skin and combined them into one. There are so many awesome scents. Some of those scents include Lemonade Ice, Peppermint Schnapps, Pink Lady, Margarita, Green Apple Martini, and Vanilla Solstice. Some lotions have a great scent, but you can’t smell it on your skin after a few minutes. This does not work that way. It lingers on the skin without having a heavy perfume smell.

The 1/2 oz is only $1.50. It’s a great way to buy a few to try different scents and to test the product. They also make great additions to gift bags. One word of warning: DO NOT LEAVE IN THE CAR DURING WARM WEATHER. This is true of any product that is a whipped butter. If you leave it in the heat, it will melt. You want to keep it with that same texture.

Another warning is to keep these away from my family because they love them. You might lose yours. My aunt loved the citrus scent of the Gin & Juice mousse. My sister loved the fruity scent of the Tropical Punch.  My favorite are the Pink Lady and  Cosmopolitan. A friend of mine has the Lemonade Ice, and she can’t stop using it. I need to get that one because I love lemonade scents.

To try this product for yourself, visit MissShe Body Cocktails

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Homemade Shea Butter Mix from Mysteek84

22 Mar

Mysteeka84 shows how she makes her own shea butter mix. It has great ingredients!

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Facts About Shea Butter from Akua Wood

6 Mar

This post is a part of Natural Hair CommUNITY Days 
 

Akua Wood of Sheabutter Cottage was generous enough to provide us with a few facts about shea butter to clear up some of the misconceptions. I’ve heard so many theories about yellow shea butter, and her video is very enlightening.

Akua writes:

1. What is the difference between the yellow shea butter and the beige/white shea butter?
* Yellow shea normally has an additive known locally as borotutu [cochlospermum angolensis] – view our YouTube video on this
* White shea is normally refined and uniformed in colour – quite porous in texture.

* Beige shea is unrefined shea and non-uniformed in colour and quite dense in texture.

2. How can we tell if shea butter is unrefined shea butter?
*Unrefined shea has a very distinctive scent due to the process [roast, boil, etc]. However, if the unrefined shea is machine-processed compared to hand-churned, then the scent might be very very faint and a bit softer in texture.

3. How do you find a good place to buy shea butter?
* There are so many places selling different grades of shea butter. Most of the manufacturers mix bad + good nuts together. We sell grade A butter which is edible and can also be used on skin/hair 🙂

SIDE NOTE: I can recommend the following USA vendors although I have not yet tried their shea butter:
– shearadiance
– nasabb
www.sheayeleen.org

Also, check out Akua’s site, Sheabutter Cottage, for quality natural products and ingredients.

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My Best Braid-Out Ever!

16 Dec

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not much into styling my hair. I pretty much stick to a few basic styles, and that’s it. So, I decided to add more styles to the rotation.

I’ve attempted a twist-out many times. I got varied results. Then I tried a braid-out, and for me that works much better. I’ve been experiementing with different products for my braid-outs, and some have worked better than others. Most of the time I had to rebraid in large braids each night for it to make it to the next day. This photo shows my second day hair without rebraiding or doing anything to it last night besides sleeping on my satin pillowcase. AND…I took this picture after being out in wet weather yesterday and today. AND…the photo doesn’t really do it justice because I took it with my phone, but you get the idea.

Okay, so here’s what I did:

My hair was stretched out from wearing a bun. I gave each piece a light spritz of water. I did a few medium-sized braids using Lil’ Better Butter. I put a little coconut oil on them in the morning before I took them down.

Like I mentioned before, I slept on my satin pillowcase. No effort was made to preserve the style (because I was tired). I thought I would have to put it in a puff in the morning, but it still looked good.

The only downside is that everyone has been wanting to touch my hair now that it is down. The adults I politely reject, but I had a few little boys tell me that they love my hair as they were touching it and enjoying it. I couldn’t say no the babies.

Product Review: Belle Butters Whipped Shea Butter for Hair and Body

7 Dec

I tried the cucumber scent which is currently being tested by Belle Butters. It is not currently available for sale on the website.

5 Things I Like About BB’s Whipped Shea Butter:

  1. Great ingredients including shea butter, neem oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, brahmi oil, and more
  2. The whipped texture makes it much easier to use whether applying it to skin or hair
  3. It’s multipurpose-I used it on both my hair and my skin.
  4. Provided great moisture to my skin-I used it immediately after showering and drying. It kept my skin moisturized throughout the day. Definitely a great staple for the colder months.
  5. It has oils combined, but it does not leave the skin feeling greasy.

Belle Butters products comes in various sizes.  There are travel sizes available. That is great to have because you  can keep it in with you and use as needed. Also, the small container can last for awhile because the butter spreads nicely. You don’t need to use much for each use. On the site right now, a seasonal Pumpkin Pie Butter is being sold. It’s 4oz for $7.50. That could make a great gift for someone.

Visit Belle Butters to see the other hair and body products available.

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Product Review: KnapsGirl’s Lil’ Better Butter

25 Oct

Lil’ Better Butter is sold by Knapsgirl. There is a link to her blog in the sidebar. She also has online stores that sell hair and body products and T-shirts.

Description of Lil’ Better Butter from the website:

A smooth creamy blend of unrefined shea butter,coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. Lil Better butter is excellent to seal moisture into hair and skin. This product is all natural and handmade. There is a pleasant tropical fragrance.

Each jar contains four ounces of product for $10.

5 Things I like:

  1. The texture-much smoother and creamier than shea butter is alone.
  2. Ingredients- including unrefined shea butter, unrefined coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, scent oil, and vitamin e.
  3. I didn’t have to use much, so the container will last me for awhile. If you look at the photo, it shows only a small dent, and I have used it multiple times already.
  4. Scent-I chose the tropical scent, and it smells great. You also have the option of getting vanilla or cake scent.
  5. The butter worked well for my hair and my skin.

If I was going to add another one, it would be the sturdy container. That came in handy since I’ve dropped it about 3 times.  Anyhow, I love this butter. Shea butter on it’s own is too heavy for my hair.  I also don’t like having to rub it so much before I put it in. Maybe I’m lazy.  I’ve tried some other butters that used shea butter as a base, but this has worked the best for me.  It also smelled the best. Lil’ Better Butter was also much easier to use and I liked the added oils.  I will be using this much more now that the weather is getting chillier. Next, I need to try the cake scent.

To purchase your own container, visit Knapsgirl’s site: HERE

Whipped Shea/Cocoa Hair and Body Butter Video

17 Sep

Check out this video from sheenalyoung on YouTube.  She has a lot of other great videos, so be sure to take a look at those too.

Whipped Shea Butter Recipe

28 Jun

Whipped Shea Butter

 
Whipped Shea Butter Tucked Into an Easter Basket
Introduction:
Whipped Shea Butter is a decadent treat for your skin. It is light, soft and creamy and contains all the nourishing properties of the Shea Butter and the essential oils 
to make, but the results are well worth it.time consumingthat you add to it. The consistency of Whipped Shea Butter is similar to that of whipped cream. It is a bit tricky and  

   This recipe will make approximately four 4 ounce jars of whipped shea butter. This recipe may be doubled.    

     

Ingredients:  

    

 

   

  

  • 8 ounces Shea Butter
  • 1 Tbs. Jojoba
  • 1/2 tsp. Vitamin E Oil (preferably T-50 or T-80)
  • 1/4 tsp. Essential Oil
  • 1/16 tsp. Pearlescent Mica Powder for Color (optional)

Directions:     

  • Have a large mixing bowl ready that is capable of withstanding both hot and cold temperatures.
  • Ensure that there is enough room in your freezer to accommodate the large mixing bowl.
  • Using a double boiler, heat water to boiling in the lower portion of the double boiler.
  • Reduce heat to medium.
  • Add the shea butter to the top section of the double boiler and allow to melt. Stir regularlily.
  • Using a candy thermometer, adjust the temperature of your stove until the shea butter reaches 175 degrees F.
  • Continue to heat the shea butter at 175 degrees F for 20 minutes. Try not to heat the butter much higher than 175 degrees F as that may damage some of its nutritive constituents.
    (Heating to this temperature for this duration prevents the shea butter from turning gritty. Shea butter has a tendency to form a gritty texture if it is melted to quickly.)
  • Shea butter is flammable. Keep an eye on it as it is being heated.
  • After the shea butter has been heated, quickly transfer it to the large mixing bowl.
  • Quickly add the jojoba and Vitamin E oils. Do not add the essential oil or optional pearlescent mica powder yet.
  • Begin mixing the shea butter using a mixer. If you have a whisk attachment for your mixer, use that instead of the beater heads. A stick blender may be used, but I’ve found the results to not be as ideal.
  • Continue mixing the shea butter for approximately 5-7 minutes.
  • The shea butter will still be in a highly liquid form at this stage. Transfer the mixing bowl to the freezer for approximately 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove from the freezer. The shea butter will still be in a liquid stage with the exception that a film of solid shea butter probably will have formed.
  • Begin mixing the shea butter again for 5-10 minutes.
  • Repeat the mixing to freezer process several times.
  • Gradually, you will notice your shea butter firming up and becoming the consistency of whipped cream or frosting.
  • It takes practice to get the timing right. Quickly chilling the shea butter for short intervals is important to help expedite, enhance and maintain the fluffy texture of your whipped shea butter. It’s also important because using a mixer creates friction and heat, and can actually keep the shea butter from cooling if you keep mixing it for too long. Think of a Vitamix blender and its ability to turn water and veggies into hot soup in minutes due to the friction. Also, if shea butter doesn’t cool quickly, it can become gritty. It’s also important not to overchill (freeze) your whipped shea butter.
  • Once the whipped shea butter has the consistency of whipped cream, add your chosen essential oils. Be sure to follow all safety precautions when selecting essential oils or an essential oil blend to include in this recipe.
  • Mix again for several minutes to ensure the essential oils are evenly distributed.
  • If you wish to color your whipped shea butter, add 1/16 tsp. of pearlescent mica powder and mix well. If the color is too light, you may add an additional 1/16 tsp. Your final color should remain very pale. It is very important not to heavily color the shea butter because too much will tint the skin when your whipped shea butter is applied.

Idea:
Before adding the essential oils and pearlescent micas, you can divide your batch into two clean mixing bowls and separately add different essential oils and pearlescent micas. If you do half your batch at that stage, be sure that you half the amount of essential oils and micas that you add to each half batch.     

Packaging:
Spoon your Whipped Shea Butter into 4 ounce containers and label them. Include the date that you made the butter on your label.     

Shelf Life:
With the exception of the anti-oxidant properties of the Vitamin E oil, this Whipped Shea Butter Recipe does not contain preservatives.     

For maximum freshness, use the Whipped Shea Butter up within a month and discard any that hasn’t been used within that time. With how luxurious Whipped Shea Butter feels and with how good it is on the skin, you’ll probably use it up before a month is over with anyhow.     

Because you will be exposing your whipped shea butter to bacteria and other contaminants each time you reach into the container to take out product, this whipped shea butter will have a much shorter shelf life than similar commercial products.     

To keep your whipped shea butter fresh for as long as possible, store it in a cool location and try to ensure that your hands are clean when you use it.     

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