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My Coconut Shea Whipped Body Butter on Etsy

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My Coconut Shea Whipped Body Butter on Etsy

 

Some people are a little less into DIY Beauty than others. So if you are looking for a natural whipped butter but aren’t so thrilled to make your own, you can now purchase my Coconut Shea Whipped Body Butter on Etsy.

This is a naturally homemade whipped body butter with the following ingredients.

Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, Apricot Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Beeswax, Mango Butter, Arrowroot Powder, Vitamin E Oil

All ingredients are natural and unrefined. This butter comes in three fragrances: Lavender Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, and Unscented.

My whipped body butters are wonderful to use from head to toe. I love to use this on my skin and hair to prevent dryness.

This butter is available for shipping during the fall and winter months, but if you live in the Cincinnati, Ohio area you can purchase this smooth and moisturizing whipped butter all year long!

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Follow the link to my Etsy shop for more information!

Keep it natural. Keep it simple. Be abundantly you.

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How To Make A Homemade Bug Spray

homemade bug sprayIt is spring time again! 🙂 The spring and fall are my favorite seasons. I love the outdoors, the sunshine, and walking barefoot in the grass.

It is the time of year for camping, fishing, or just relaxing on the porch with a good book.

However, I am like a magnet when it comes to bugs. Short trips to the yard to water my struggling tomato vine means a multitude of bites on my legs and arms. I promise that mosquitoes wait for me at the door.

I have had my days when I suffered the heat of long sleeves and thick pants just to enjoy a few moments of fresh air.

For me, it was better than using chemical filled bug repellents. But I can go on like that no longer. I just can’t.

So this year I am pulling out a faithful bug spray recipe inspired by the Wellness Mama blog. I tweaked it just a bit and used ingredients that I had handy around the house.

If you are looking for a natural bug spray that is chemical free and good for the skin…. and smells really good too… then watch how I make a lavender bug spray with just a few ingredients.

I had a chance to try it out in the fall of 2016 and it worked great. Best of all if I had to reapply, it was a wonderful aromatic experience. So much so that all of my family wanted to use it. And it helps that I just happen to be a huge fan of lavender essential oil.

So watch this easy DIY and let’s get ready for some outdoor summer fun!

 

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Herb Infused Oils for Hair and Skin

Herb Infused Oils for Hair and Skin

Herb infused oils is my next stop on the journey to healthy hair and skin.

I did some research to find oils that promotes hair growth and decided to infuse those oils with herbs that also promotes hair growth.

My hair thrives on coconut oil, castor oil, and olive oil. My skin loves castor oil, rose hip oil, and ylang ylang essential oil. So why not infuse these fabulous oils with amazing herbs?

I headed to my local Fresh Thyme market and purchased dried lavender, rosemary, sage, fenugreek, and ginger. All of these herbs have been credited for sparking hair growth and healthy skin.

Keep in mind that infusing oils takes time. There are boiling methods to infusing oil, but I decided to exercise patience and allow the infusion to take its time.

Therefore, this blog post is part one. I will publish a part two and three to reveal my results through out the summer. I am a true believer that sometimes you have to allow time for even natural ingredients to work their wonders.

I found these small mason jars at my local Dollar Tree. They’re so adorable. 🙂 But any glass jar, preferably a dark color glass, should work just fine.

 

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Rosemary and Sage
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Lavender
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Ginger
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Fenugreek

There are many infused oil recipes that can be crafted. For my skin oil I choose lavender with carrier and essentials oils that I believe will work great to moisturize and heal and the skin.

For hair growth, I choose to infuse a blend of coconut oil, castor oil, and almond oil with sage, rosemary, ginger, and fenugreek. Again, these herbs are accredited for promoting hair growth and possibly preventing hair loss.

To start I am making small batches of infused oils. I will try them individually (for scalp massages, hot oil treatments, and additions to my hair conditioners) for a few weeks each to see if there is one infused oil that works best.

If all goes well, I will make larger batches of infused oils and add them to my lip balms and whipped butter recipes. Leave me a comment below if you would like me to share a few of those recipes.

The herbs will steep in a dark cool place for about six weeks. Patience is key. I am so excited to use them throughout the summer. So make sure you subscribe to my monthly newsletter and watch for updates and new infused oil recipes!

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How to Make Rice Water for Hair Growth (All Hair Types)

How to Make Rice Water for Hair Growth (All Hair Types)

There are a ton of good and bad information online regarding rice water for hair growth. So to help clear the muddy “rice waters”, I am sharing a video from one of my favorite beauty channels on YouTube.

It is true that rice water has proven itself excellent for hair growth and healthy hair. The beautiful Yao women of China have used fermented rice water to wash their hair for many years. The results have been a village of women growing their hair several feet long.

The Yao women’s record setting locks have sparked an interest in rice water all over the world. Even I couldn’t help becoming intrigued.

Before I jumped on the band wagon, I wanted to do my own research and view the results from women of various hair types. The video below, by the Green Beauty Channel, offers one of the best scientific explanations as to why rice water is so good for the hair. She also details very carefully how to make rice water for hair growth.

Fermented rice water contains minerals and antioxidants that can strengthen your hair from roots to ends. Some claim that it can even repair heat damaged hair (guilty party right here).

Do I expect results like the Yao women? No, not even close. I safely assume that genetics, diet and other non rice water related factors must be considered. Consistency is also going to be key in order to see results. After awhile I suspect that my husband will be asking why we’re having rice so often for dinner. 😉

If you want to learn more, watch the video and let me know in the comments if you’ve tried this before. My organic rice is already purchased and I look forward to giving it a go when my rice water is fermented.

I will try washing with rice water alone and will from time to time add essentials oils. Of course I’ll keep you posted with the results!

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Coconut Oil for Soft Hair

Coconut Oil for Soft Hair

When my hair is feeling rough, dry, and brittle, I reach for my coconut oil. Now that I am growing out my naturally curly hair, I experience that feeling often. I love my curls, but I much prefer curls that are soft and silky.

There are two ways I use coconut oil for soft hair. I use coconut oil before shampooing or during deep conditioning. Sometimes I do both when I’m coconut oil happy. 😉

The Pre-poo

Before washing, I apply coconut oil to my hair first. After separating my hair into 4 to 6 sections, I apply coconut oil from my roots to the ends of my hair.

My favorite type of coconut oil for both pre-pooing and deep conditioning is unrefined organic. Since this kind of coconut oil turns solid at cooler temperatures, I melt it down to a liquid first. I would not recommend using a microwave. Setting your jar of solid coconut oil in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes should work just fine.

Adding coconut oil to my hair before shampooing not only protects my hair from excessive dryness but it also strengthens my hair. Minimal breakage is always a good thing!

I place a heating or shower cap over my hair and allow the coconut oil to sit for at least 15 minutes. If I have ample time, I leave the coconut oil in my hair over night and wash my hair in the morning. This gives me the softest results.

The Deep Condition

Since coconut oil is rich in hair nourishing vitamins, it makes a perfect complement to my favorite deep conditioner. Coconut oil also gives my deep conditioner more “slip”. This means that my deep conditioner and coconut oil mix is slippery, which helps with detangling my kinky curls! 🙂

My usual deep conditioner to coconut oil ratio is 2:1. So if I use 1/2 cup of deep conditioner, I will add about 1/4 cup organic coconut oil. This sounds like a lot of product for one deep conditioning session but I have a bit long and very thick hair. So this usually does the trick. If you have shorter hair or prefer to use less product, than customize this ratio as you like.

Similar to how I apply coconut oil during my pre-poo treatment, I apply the coconut oil deep conditioning mix. My preference is to cover my hair with a plastic cap and sit under the dryer for at least 20 minutes. Again, if I have more time, I will leave it on my hair for longer (without heat).

After rinsing and styling I find that my hair is so incredibly soft. Additional benefits include hair growth, less frizz and a healthier scalp.

coconut oil for soft hair

Coconut oil for soft hair is my favorite way to go. However, there are other oils that will promote softness and strength. So if you are allergic to coconut oil or simply not a fan, no worries.

Extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, and grapeseed oil are also great for pre-poo and deep conditioning treatments. Depending on the oil you may need to adjust your deep conditioning  ratios.

What are top tips for achieving soft hair? I’d love to hear about them and try them out myself. 🙂

 

 

Homemade Beauty Products on Etsy

My Homemade Beauty Products on Etsy | Abundantly You

My Homemade Beauty Products on Etsy | Abundantly You Bath and Body

As of October 2016, I became an official Etsy seller. This is after a few years of making homemade beauty products for my family and friends.

It was recommended that I sell my products, but I had no idea where to begin. I considered Ebay and even local flea markets, but neither seemed to be a good fit for my new brand.

Since Etsy is all about unique crafted items, I knew that it would be a good fit for my new company, Abundantly You Bath and Body, LLC. It sounds so official doesn’t it? 🙂

To date I am still learning the process of Etsy sells and Etsy SEO, but it has been a fun experience so far.

Below are my current listings. These are products I have blogged about here on Coconut Beauty and, I personally use everything that I make.

Make sure you check back often or add my Etsy store to your favorites list on the Etsy site. Like many DIYers, I am always mixing up new goodies in my workshop.

My current homemade beauty projects include tea tree oil whipped body butter, a mango and lavender hair butter (perfect for naturally curly and kinky textures), and a hibiscus lip gloss. These Abundantly You products and more will soon be feature on my Etsy store. 🙂

If you live in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, visit my Facebook page for my local sales events. You will often find me at Gabriel’s Place Farmer’s Market, but I plan to vend at many events in 2017!

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How Bath Bombs Are Made

How Bath Bombs Are Made

As much as I love DIY beauty projects, I have yet to master the bath bomb. I have had so many bath bomb failures, that I temporarily gave up the mission.

But in spite of the number of bath bombs that literally fizzed all over my kitchen counter, they are one of my favorite things for the bath.

A proper bath bomb offers many benefits for your skin. The greatest pleasure of a homemade bath bomb (or bath fizzies as some like to call them) is your choice of fragrance. My personal favorite is lavender essential oil due to its aromatherapy benefits, but most essential oils or soap fragrances work great.

Bath bombs are usually made with baking soda, citric acid, carrier oils, and even butters like shea or mango. These ingredients offer benefits that will help hydrate and repair damaged skin.

Then there’s the fun factor of a homemade bath bomb – color and design. You can use a skin safe soap colorant to design your bath bombs.

In Dean Wilson’s YouTube video below, he opts for layers of different shades of pink. You can choose a color that pairs with the fragrance you selected.

Is it hard to make bath bombs? Not, if you take your take with them.

My answer may make me sound like a hypocrite since I have yet to master it. However, when you see for yourself how bath bombs are made, you will agree with me.

And even if your bath bomb fizzes early or your bomb crumbles apart, you can still sprinkle it into your bath. I did and it was still amazing. 😉

Since I could not film my own success, I want to share with you one of my favorite YouTubers! Enjoy!

How Bath Bombs Are Made by Dean Wilson 

 

If you enjoyed this post, how bath bombs are made, please like and share with your friends. 🙂

~Candra

How Bath Bombs Are MadeP.S. – Thank you to everyone who made your way to my Etsy store – Abundantly You Natural! I appreciate your visit and your purchases! If you are in the Cincinnati, Ohio area check my Facebook page for my local sales events!

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How Can I Use Refined Coconut Oil

How to Store Coconut Oil

How to Store Coconut Oil

The interest in coconut oil for health and beauty is still rising. With that in mind I wanted to share these quick tips on how to store coconut oil.

How Can I Use Refined Coconut Oil
Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil

 

Coconut oil that is unrefined and organic tends to have a long shelf. A good quality batch of coconut oil should last anywhere from 2 to 5 years.

If you love coconut oil and use it for everything from oral rinsing to deep conditioning, your stash of oil probably won’t be around for long.

However, if not stored properly, you can shorten the shelf life of coconut oil. And that would be quit devastating. 🙂

Quick tips on how to store coconut oil

  • Store in a cool location – One hot dreary summer I left a jar of coconut oil sitting in a storage room without air-conditioning. It is not where I normally keep it, but after using coconut oil I left it on a shelf and forgot to go back to retrieve it. It took less than a few weeks before the coconut oil went rancid. It probably would have retained some usefulness, however the odor was terrible. The best option was to purchase a new jar. So off to Trader Joe’s I went.
  • Refrigeration is great but not necessary – To prevent coconut oil from going rancid, you may assume that the best place for it would be the fridge. However, coconut oil can live out its full shelf life in a cool pantry. If your home stays warmer than room temperature, keep your coconut oil in the refrigerator. Otherwise, save the room in your refrigerator for left overs. 🙂
  • Keep your coconut oil sealed tightly – To protect the quality of your oil, seal your container well after use. Not only will this prevent leakage, but it also keeps things from getting inside. If you store your coconut near a sink or bath, you want to make sure to keep out water or anything else that may cause bacteria to form in your oil.
  • Keep a separate container of coconut oil for your hair and skin – When I purchase coconut oil, I either purchase two jars or purchase one 54 ounce jar and split the oil into two containers. One container is for cooking in the kitchen and the other is for my hair and skin. This helps to make sure that the coconut oil that you are consuming remains untainted.

If you are concerned about your coconut oil turning from a liquid to a solid or vice versa, no worries. If I have a solid jar of coconut oil, I have found that it melts down pretty quickly by sitting it in a bowl of warm water. I remove the melted coconut oil that I need, and place the jar back in its cool, dry place.

Do you have tips on how to best store coconut oil? Leave them down below!

God bless!

~Candra
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My Chemical Free Transition to Natural Hair

My Chemical Free Transition to Natural Hair

As of November 2016 I decided to transition to natural hair. My hair is naturally curly but for decades I have used chemical perms/relaxers to straighten my hair. On top of that I colored my hair using dyes that were filled with hair damaging chemicals.

My goal for the duration of my hair journey (which shall continue for as long as I have hair on my head) is to transition to chemical free styling. I’m even researching homemade shampoo recipes for both me and hubby.

My day to day maintenance is becoming more and more chemical free. Oils and Shea butters are my new best friends for treatments, cleansing, and hair growth.

Why transition to natural hair?

Well, it’s not because I don’t like my chemically straightened hair. I was even in love with my deep purple hair back in the 90’s. 🙂

It’s not because I’ve had adverse reactions to chemical relaxers. For the last few years I was still able to grow my hair long and healthy…considering.

The bottom line is, where there is actually two bottom lines. I am turned off by the chemical processing, and I am in desperate desire for a change.

The process is expensive when performed in the salon, which for me was the safest way to have it done. And while the process is permanently changing the structure of my hair, it is damaging my hair at the same time.

Yes, there are ways to recover from the damage, but the best offense is a good defense. A more proactive approach in hair care may work best for me and help me grow my hair to longer lengths.

Avoiding perms, relaxers, and hair dyes also means that I need a new plan of attack in styling and coloring my hair. Curly hair will offer more styling options, which I am excited about. And for the last few years, I have already transitioned to coloring my hair naturally.

Does this mean living with gray hair forever?

Absolutely not.

Coloring my hair naturally was actually an easy discovery. The colors I prefer over my salt and pepper tresses are brown or black. I can achieve both colors by using henna and indigo powders. These powders are plant based and can be found free of chemicals.

The process of coloring my hair with henna and indigo takes longer than a chemical hair dye, but it is so worth the wait. Henna not only dyes the hair but acts like a protein treatment and actually strengthens the hair!

How will I achieve straight hair without a chemical relaxer?

Since I will no longer straighten my hair using relaxers or texturizers, my current plan is to alternate between naturally curly hair and flat ironed straight hair.

Heat can also be damaging to the hair, but I would prefer to err on the side of heat rather than chemical damage.

It has been five months since I chemically straightened my hair and my natural texture is growing out beautifully. I could big chop and cut off my straightened hair down to the point where it is curly, but it’s a little too soon for that. 🙂 The goal is to grow my hair (as fast as I can) for another year and then cut off any straight ends at that point.

In the mean time I plan to wear curly styles like roller sets or have my hair professionally straightened (on occasion).

Stay tuned for updates on my chemical free journey and my transition to natural hair. It should be interesting and I am certain will hold many lessons to be learned.

Blessings and thanks for reading! Stay tuned for my next post. I plan on sharing one of those DIY shampoo recipes!Candra Evans

 

 

 

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STCell Charging Technology in My Beauty World

STCell Charging Technology in My Beauty World

STCell

Since transitioning my hobby into a business, I have learned quickly the power of technology and social media. To grow a business online, you must utilize every technological advantage available.

To market my products to potential customers, images are everything. I’ve packed my products and traveled for miles just to find that perfect setting that would make for an attractive background. Or sometimes I just stumble upon a floral arrangement or greenery and I pull out my phone and take tons of photos. To capture unique video and images of my products, I utilize a multitude of devices.

The STCell charging device helps to make sure that all devices are fully charged and ready for use at any given notice. You would think that my hobby was more along the lines of photography, but that’s just how important it is for me to have beautiful images to display on my blog or Etsy store.

So here is a rundown of why I love charging devices and why the STCell has become my favorite.

The STCell is a bit more costly than others on the market, but totally worth it. If only I had a nickle for every time my phone or camera battery was nearly dead and I had no means to charge them up… quickly.

If you are a true “techy”, a charger like the STCell is for you. It has 5 ports including a port that provides a rapid charge. This port charges my Samsung just as fast, if not faster, then the charger that accompanied the phone. That rarely happens with other chargers.

Not only do you get the charging device but also a USB cable. The cable is short, compact and can be used  for transferring those gorgeous beauty pics to your computer and next… Instagram. 😉

You can also charge your devices in your vehicle or any place where a USB port is available.

 

STCellSTCell Product Description (from the manufacturer)
  • Intelligent Charging Technology – The charger provides the maximum possible current for all USB devices with a output of up to 2.4A per Port.

  • One Super-fast QC2.0 port will charge your modern device up to 75% faster than normal chargers. It takes 30 minutes to charge Samsung S6. QC2.0 Support, Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/Edge+, Note 5, Note 4/EdgeSony Xperia Z4, Z4 Tablet, Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, Z2 Tablet, Motorola Droid Turbo, Moto X 2014, HTC One M9, HTC One (M8), One Remix (Verizon Mini 2), Desire EYE, LG G Flex2, G4, Xiaomi Mi3, Mi4, Mi Note, Sharp Aquos.

  • This QC 2.0 port will provide 5 V (blue led), 9V (Ping led) or 12V(Red led) after finding out what your device needs. Can charge all cell phones including tablets and Bluetooth earphones.• Built-in software protects your devices against overcharging, excessive current and overheating.

  • SPECIAL GIFT: 2 STCell high quality thick QC2.0 USB cables that charge much faster than other cables as it can easily bare high amperage because of its higher thickness then all normal USB cables.

  • Package Contents: STCELL USB rose gold Charger, 4ft Detachable Power Cable, 2 STCell high quality thick QC2.0 USB cables for phone . Full 12 Months Worry-Free Warranty.

STCell Charging Technology
Pictured here is the USB cable and my FitBit!

Everything detailed in the product description has proven true for me. I do not have a device (Apple, Android, Fitbit, or otherwise) that would not appropriately charge with the STCell! You will get a proper charge even when charges a variety of devices at once.

The current retail price on Amazon is $34.95. This isn’t bad when considering that you can charge up to five devices at once.

The only thing that would make this package perfect is if it came with a carrying or travel case. Since it comes with cords and is a bit larger than other charges, even an inexpensive case would be a great companion.

#STCell

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The STCell was sent to me for my honest review. I am not an affiliate and will not receive compensation for purchases.

 

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