Tuesday, 16 April 2013

My Skin care mix...;c)


Hi again my Lovelies,
I've been sort of busy this past week but I did find time when my regular body lotion finished to concoct  something a little simple for my own use...
So previously I had bought some natural skin butters from a little store called Mustapha they have a lot of natural products such as soaps, scented oils and they sell items wholesale and retail locally. its on Prince Street  in Port of Spain but besides the Mango butter, a lot of the other items can be bought elsewhere.



 So for the items I used:-

  • 1 block cocoa butter
  • 1 8oz. jar Shea butter
  • 1 16oz. jar mango butter
  • coconut oil
  • scented oil(of your choice)



I emptied half the container of Shea butter, Cocoa butter (block form) and the  3/4 of the tub of Mango butter.
Placed the item in a metal bowl and placed on a pot with boiling water and stirred and waited for the contents to melt. Can use a double boiler pot if you've got one.
 (Also with the lovely hot weather we've been having you could probably leave it outside in a covered bowl and the contents would be melted!)
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 Anyway when the items were melted and mixed completely I placed it in the the refrigerator so it could become a bit semi solid(this took between 10-20 minutes), but placing it in the freezer would work faster
I then took it out and placed my finger in to test that it was not still in a liquid state at the bottom(it looked off-white)
Took out my hand mixer to give it a whip, added my scented oil and since some parts were harder than some I added just a tiny bit of the coconut oil when needed for a smoother mix.

This mix gave me a soft fluffy/creamy texture 
Cocoa Butter, also called Cacao butter has been used for centuries to keep skin soft and smooth.  It is one of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known, and melts at body temperature so that it is readily absorbed into the skin.  Pregnant women have used varying mixtures of cocoa butter formulations to prevent and treat stretch marks.

African Shea Butter it is used in the treatment of dry skin, eczema, and minor burns.
 It gives pain relief from swelling and arthritis.
 Improves muscle relaxation and stiffness.
 Sunscreen, due to its rich content of vitamins E & F.
 Treats dark spots, skin discolourations, stretch marks,
wrinkles and blemishes.
 Massages, diaper rash, and as a hair conditioner.(SOURCE)

Mango Butter is a tropical butter similar in composition to Cocoa and Shea butter, it has a protective effect against UV radiation.Effectively treats dry skin, heals skin rash,heals skin peeling, after tanning
 heals sunburn,shaving cream for a smooth shave. Treats small skin wounds and skin cracks
 Moisturises and smooths tough or
rough skin, fights frost bite, prevents stretch marks during
pregnancy. Heals muscle fatigue, aches and tension, treats eczema and dermatitis
 Fights off fine lines and wrinkles
(SOURCE)

 
Note:

As no water was added to this mixture the problem of it going bad is unlikely, but you can always add your vitamin E oil, which is a natural preservative if it makes you comfortable. The coconut oil I used is not the one used for cooking, but for massaging the body or the lighting of deya in hindu celebrations. So its similar to the homemade one..it just don't smell as nice as when you make it yourself. 


Disclaimer this mixture can be combined  and mixed with other oils or butters in so many ways, however you chose to make this is based on your own personal preference so go forth and have fun, this was just my way of doing things.


Happy concoction making!!

XOX
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