I know, I know, I know…. I’ve been away for a very very very looking time!
So much time has passed, so much has happened. I’m sorry I stayed away so long it won’t happen again! I hope you are all doing great and beautiful as ever. Today I’m coming to you with a basic d.i.y butter.
This post is originally for the harmattan season but I thought I’d post it all the same as it’s use is so versatile. Dry weather cause some serious havoc (skinwise)! Yes the dry season otherwise known as harmattan . With mornings and nights dry, cold and windy, while afternoons are hot, dry and dusty, it’s no wonder we sometimes end up with skin looking like the dry lake bed of the Sahara! Cracked skin, cracked heels and hair breakage are some of the beauty trials we go through in this season. Oh add, cracked dry lips to the list too!
If you want to use this as a body butter in hot, humid temperature, then use sparingly.
Here’s my D.I.Y butter for bracing the dry weather.
What you need:
- Shea Butter (unmelted) 2 heaped table spoons
- Coconut or Olive Oil 7 table spoons
- Castor Oil 1 table spoon
- Vegetable Glycerine (optional) 1 table spoon
- Rose or any essential oil of choice (optional) 15 drops
How To: Put shea butter in a heat resistant bowl. Place this bowl in pot of boiling water and allow the heat from the hot water to melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, take it out of the hot water pan. Next, pour in your coconut oil or olive oil and mix this thoroughly. Pour in the castor oil and vegetable glycerine and mix thoroughly. You can go ahead and whip the mixture for a fluffy, smooth, creamy consistency.
You can use this mixture for your hair, hands and feet and lips. Here’s how to:
Hair: Use this on your hair to protect and keep it moist, soft and shiny. After shampooing your hair, section hair into 6 or 8 plaits (depending on the length and thickness of your hair). While hair is still damp, apply on each section making sure all strands are coated. You will instantly feel your hair soften making it easy to detangle. Go ahead and plait or twist the section and move on to the next one. Repeat the same process on all sections and allow your hair to dry.
Skin: You can use this as an aftershower body butter or as a pre-shower body butter. To use pre-shower, simply slather the butter all over your body and hop into the shower for your regular bath. The oil will prevent your skin from being overly dry from the soap.
Hands: You can use this as a hand cream every night as you go to bed to soften your hands. Go ahead and take an extra step of putting your hands in rubber gloves while I sleep (the kind you get in relaxer or hair color packs will do).
Feet: Apply a generous amount on the feet and cover with nylon socks before bedtime (if you don’t have nylon socks, then use a plastic bag on your feet and wear socks). For best results, do this overnight. Alternatively, you can do this for 30 mins to 1 hour and follow with a good foot scrub before washing off to get soft, crack free heels.
How are you treating your skin and hair in this weather? Let us know what products you are using and regimen you are following. Send us a shoutout on facebook, twitter and google+.
As always, stay beautiful!