Hydrating Aloe Body Butter

I’m soo happy to pull out ‘the forgotten mixer’ I received as a wedding gift a few years ago.  I had only used it a few times, mostly due to the lack of counter space at our current residence.  It’s the Kitchenaid brand which is known for quality , elegance and speed but is also quite a heavy piece of equipment.  Since December of last year I’ve been eager to create a body butter that was whipped to perfection.  I haven’t received my essential oils as yet but I’m happy to say that today, I was able to make my first batch.  This three ingredient body butter will moisturize and heal your skin naturally with the Vitamin A, E, fatty acids and UV ingredients found collectively in these ingredients.  With sunnier days fast approaching, this would be the perfect daily must have.

As an option you can add 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oil for a preferred scent otherwise the butter will smell like shea butter.

Aloe Body Butter

Ingredients

  • Fresh Aloe Vera Gel (1/4 of a piece of aloe gel from the leaf)
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp. Raw Shea butter

Directions

  1. Blend the aloe vera gel in a mixer or blender until smooth and bubbly (approx. 10 minutes depending on the power and speed of your mixer/blender).  
  2. Once the gel has reached the desired texture, add the remaining ingredients and let mix until it has a whipped, fluffy texture with peaks.  
  3. Place into an airtight container and keep in your fridge or in a cool dark area for preservation.  You now have a body butter that you can use after your shower in the morning and evenings that will help with maintain softness and a glow in your skin.

What other skin must haves do you keep handy? Share your natural beauty must haves in the comment section below and if you're planning on adding this DIY to your beauty regime.

XoX,

How Using Aloe Vera has Helped My Skin

Hello Lovely,

Growing up in the Bahamas, we’re surrounded by natural plants provide the best in skin care. I’ve always loved having these in my backyard.  The Aloe Vera plant offers many beauty properties inclusive of amino acids, water content and vitamins; it pampers and heals skin easily.  Receiving an aloe leaf as a gift, I used parts of the gel as a simple but soothing face mask.

Here are 5 benefits of using Aloe Vera gel:

1. It treats sunburn and acts as a moisturiser. 

Aloe Vera helps with sunburn through its powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin, a layer of cells that cover the body. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, the skin heals quicker. Aloe moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel, so it`s perfect for anyone with an oily skin complexion. For women who use mineral-based make-up, aloe Vera acts as a moisturizer and is great for the face prior to the application to prevents skin drying. For men: Aloe Vera gel can be used as an aftershave treatment as its healing properties can treat small cuts caused by shaving.

2. It treats acne and fights aging. 

Aloe Vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in aloe Vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring. As we age, everyone begins to worry about the appearance of fine lines and the loss of elasticity in their skin. Aloe leaves contain a plethora of antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin's natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated.

3. It lessens the visibility of stretch marks. 

The skin is like one big piece of elastic that’ll expand and contract as needed to accommodate growth. But if the skin stretches too far, too fast (due to pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss) the elasticity of the skin can be damaged. That’s what leaves those unsightly stretch marks. These marks appear due to minor tears in the layers of the skin caused by sudden and excessive stretching. Aloe Vera gel can help hide these stretch marks by healing these wounds.

4. It's nutrient rich for good health. 

This solid material contains over 75 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, amino acids and salicylic acid. 

5. It aids in digestion. 

The internal benefits of aloe Vera are supposed to be just as amazing. The plant is said to improve the digestion and to relieve ulcers. The juice is also prescribed for arthritis and rheumatism.

Here is how I use it:

  • Peel Aloe Vera leaf by removing prickly sides and top skin.  

  • Using a very sharp knife you can thinly slice the aloe from the leaf or scoop it with a spoon and place in a small bowl.  Blending can also assist for a smoother texture.  The gel can also be use directly from the leaf.

  • Place a small amount of gel on your face (previously washed) and let sit for 10 – 15 minutes.  Rinse with cool water for a soft and refreshing feel.  

This is one of the easiest and most rewarding masks that I’ve tried and highly recommend it.


What’s your favorite use for Aloe Vera?  Have you used this mask before?

XoX,

My Natural Hair Journey: 2 Months After My Haircut Nearly Ruined My Life

Hello Lovely,

This month makes two years since I big chopped making me officially a naturalista! I was hoping my hair would have been longer by now, but after bleaching it twice, really not understanding much about natural hair (I seriously just found out what TWA stands for about a month ago) and after undergoing to worst, most unexpected haircut back in April, I basically spent two years just to have about 4 inches of hair.

I would like to think that I was strong enough to rock my hair regardless but I was really embarrassed. I about about to meet my future mother-in-law in St. Croix who has really long hair and I didn't want her to think ill of me. Yeah, I was that self-conscious. Also I was going to be on vacation in a foreign country with lots of visits to the beach and I did not want to have to fix my hair so I went with box braids.

It looked great but I really was ashamed the entire time. I ended up leaving the braids in for 6-7 weeks and experienced a lot of breakage when I finally took it out. Which added more feelings of shame so I had my mum flat row the front for me.

Since the haircut, this was honestly the first time I looked at my hair and actually liked it. The style looked great, everyone liked it and it also hid the length because everyone thought it was just shrinkage. But of course, it didn't take long for my hair to dry out and I was back to feeling like nothing would ever work for my hair.

After doing some research, I learned that I had low porosity hair. And being the hypochondriac that I am, I am grateful for every diagnosis I can get because it helps me to come up with a practical solution, rather than sitting in defeat. That's when I came across this amazing Honey & Aloe Hair Treatment that I shared last Friday on the blog. 

Yesterday was my second time trying it. I didn't feel like going outside to cut the aloe plant so I used my aloe vera juice and honey, which I'm sure works the same way. I combine about 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice (because my hair is still shoulder length it doesn't require much) with 1 tablespoon of honey and stir until the honey is completely dissolved. You'll want to pour it over dry hair and really make sure it's fully absorbed into the hair. Then I put on a plastic shower cap and left it on for an hour because I don't apply heat to my hair.

After that I rinsed it out with hot water, then did a final rinse in cold water. From here I allowed my hair to dry 80%, before starting my LCO. For the L, I used coconut milk. In the past my hair has responded really well to coconut milk. My supply is diluted with water and a little bit of aloe vera juice. Then I have to wait for my hair to dry 80% again.

After this, I'll section my hair into relatively small sections and apply my C, Aunt Jackies Seal it Up, Hydrating Sealing Butter and then apply my O, Olive Oil before detangling and styling. I used to use olive oil when I lived in Tampa, so going back to it felt like the right thing to do and I really can't remember why I ever stopped. The first time I did this LCO after the aloe and honey treatment, I was genuinely surprised by how much shine and bounce my hair had. It also lasted about four days before it started to feel dry again, so I think my new regimen will be to do this entire process every 4-5 days, shampooing twice per month.

I'll definitely keep you guys up to date with how this goes for me. I think I've noticed about two inches of growth since the haircut, which I think we can all agree is better than nothing! I can't tell you how many selfies I took yesterday because I was just so happy with my hair! For growth? Who knows. It may have been the tea tree oil, it may have been the lavender essential oil. Maybe even a combination of both. Either way, I'm satisfied!

What has your natural journey been like? Share any tips you may have for others who may be suffering or struggling with low porosity hair!