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Thank you for all those who shared their recipes. Yay! Awesome. Lot’s of recipes to chose from. Excited to try them all.. One at a time though. LOL. Have a great day everyone!
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My absolute fave homemade recipe is for my Coconite Cassia Bars:
-5 oz bentonite clay powder
-2 oz unrefined cocoa butter
-2 oz extra virgin olive oil
-1 oz pure cocoa powder
-2 tbs cassia obovata
-Melt cocoa butter.
-Pour melted cocoa butter into bowl (non-metallic), and combine with remaining ingredients.
-Mix thoroughly with a spoon (non-metallic).
-Pour mixture into tart or dessert mold (non-metallic).
-Place in freezer to set for 2 hours.
They leave my hair feeling divine, but they’re cute too. Pic here-> http://ow.ly/7e6Ps
Leave in I learned from kimmaytube on youtube
2tablespoons kinky curly knot today
2 tablespoons aloe vera juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons castor oil
(use any oils u prefer)
This is great for sealing in moisture by closing ur hair cuticles!
Almond Scented Creamy Hair Lotion
(This is what I use in the winter in place of a daily spritz. A water based hair lotion works well. Use the herbal infused oil to seal in the moisture.)
6 oz distilled water
1/2 oz shea butter
1/2 oz cocoa butter
1/2 oz olive oil
1/2 oz avocado oil
1/2 oz jojoba
1/2 oz emulsifying wax (Can be purchased from “From Nature With Love” – http://fromnaturewithlove.com/product.asp?product_id=WAXEMUL&searchflag=1)
1/2 tsp Vitamin E
Few drops of Almond Extract. Use as much or as little as you’d like. it all depends on how strongly scented you’d like it to be.
Note: Alternative to using a double boiler is to use a clean and empty Spaghetti Jar (on any jar that you may have on hand) and a pot of Water.
Melt butters and emulsifying wax in a double boiler or in spaghetti jar and place the jar in a pot of water. When melted completely for 20 minutes at 175 degrees, add oils and Vitamin E. In a separate container boil water. When both oils and water are about the same temperature, slowly add water to oils mixng with a stick blender.
Blend 2 minutes, wait 5 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Wait until cool to add extract. Blend once more before placing in containers. Store in a cool place or refrigerate if necessary.
Use within 1 month.
Have any of you tried using extracts from the gorcery store to scent your products? I like to use almond, lemon and strawberry. They smell great.
Note: Strawberry extract has a red tint to it. The grocery stores typically run specials on extracts during the holiday season.
I tried the almond after seeing your recipe using it. I’ve never tried strawberry or lemon. I definitely want to try the lemon. I love citrus scents. Thanks for the tip about the specials.
I’m rather partial to my two shampoos, and SheaCoco Whip.
My clarifying shampoo is liquid castille soap, aloe vera water, JBCO, veggie glycerin, avocado oil, Amla and vatika oils.
My other shampoo is raw African black soap, JBCO, moringa oil, veggie glycerin, and neem oil.
My Sheacoco Whip is shea butter, virgin coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil and veggie glycerin.
I LOVE my black soap shampoo because it leaves my hair amazingly soft. I almost hate to condition afterwards.
Thanks for the recipes. There are so many good ones to try. I need to stock up on some ingredients.
@ Celeste – you are right; adding coconut oil to the shea butter makes the hair shine much better.
@Tiffiney – 3 different leave ins!! Wow! Your recipes all sound divine – now the problem of which one of them to pick
@ Mesha – love the idea of herbal infused oil. am trying to get into that.
@ Gigi – love the coconut milk recipe. I use coconut milk in my deep conditions, and it really does make the curls pop!
- 1/3 can coconut milk
-2 tbsp honey
-1 tbsp EVCO
-1 tbsp EVOO
Mix together, apply to hair and don a plastic cap. DC for as long as you like. Rinse and enjoy soft, well-moisturized hair.
-1 part water
-1 part aloe vera gel
-1 squirt honey
Mix together in spray bottle. Apply to hair as needed.
-1 part shea butter
-3/4 part aloe vera gel
-1 tbsp honey
Soften shea butter in microwave(Don’t melt it!). Whip with aloe vea gel and then honey. Use to seal in moisture or to style.
Thanks for all of the great recipes!
These recipes are great!! Thanks for sharing.
I like to mix raw shea butter with tea tree oil and/or olive oil.
When using honey, is it best to use raw, organic honey?
You can use either kind.
Coconut milk, honey, and lime juice. I use it as a deep conditioner. My hair gets really dry. Also this really makes my curls pop when I do it. I get my the organic coconut milk from a health food store. I put it in the fridge first to get it a little more solid. When I am ready to use it, I mix it with the lime juice and honey.
This is something I’d love to try too but how much of each?
I like to mix coconut oil with shea butter. It makes the shea butter smoother. I use it for braids and twists. The coconut oil makes the hair look a little shinier than the shea butter alone.
Herbal Infused Hair/ Body Oil
2 oz Olive Oil
2 oz Combination of Coconut Oil, Vitamin E Oil and Sweet Almond Oil
Herbs – Burdock Root, Horsetail and Nettle
Few Drops of Essential Oil
Place ingredients in crock pot and let steep overnight at a low or warm temp. Let cool. Remove herbs. Pour into clean and empty container. Add essential or fragrance oil. I like Rose, Lemongrass or Citrus.
Mesha, thank you so much. I have been wanting to make black soap shampoo. I look forward to trying the others as well.
You’re welcome. Thanks for inboxing me on this topic. I will be keeping an eye on it so I can build my recipe book. I’m working on a cookbook and a hair recipe book to pass down to my children.
Natural Detangler for Children
Equal Parts Water and Aloe Vera Juice
1 tsp or so of honey for shine
Few drops of an EO of your choice
I dont add oil to this because the oil and water mixture seperates. Instead I make a herbal infused oil.
Whipped Almond Shealoe
1 tbsp Unrefined Shea Butter
1 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tbsp Almond Extract (Yes the kind that you buy at the grocery store)
1 tsp Glycerin
1 tsp Honey
Few drops of Vanilla Essential Oil
Melt Shea Butter in double boiler or place shea butter in a mason jar and place the jar in a pot of water. Heat shea butter at 175D for 20 minutes. This will keep the shea butter from crystallizing (gritty feeling). Pour shea butter into a container and place in freezer for 10 minutes. Take out whip. Place back into freezer. Continue doing this until shea butter resembles buttercreme frosting. Pour in all ingredients and whip together.
I have made 3 spritzes/leave ins. For night I have a spray bottle with maybe 2 teaspoons of conditioner HEHH, castor oil & water. This is like a little dc everynight. Lol. I alternate that with my other “heavier” leave in of Yes to tomatoes & carrots condish & water. It isn’t really heavy but it’s creamier than my daytime bottle.
For the morning (after my shower) I have a spray bottle *half filled* with a squirt (less than a teaspoon) of condish, glycerin & aloe vera juice. During the day I want the shine from the aloe vera juice and to retain moisture with the glycerin.
Since my hair is so short, for a little thirst quench, I wet my hands and rub water on it or drench my hairbrush under a faucet and brush lightly.
My hair is in water everyday before I spray anything in it.
Thanks for sharing Tiffiney!
Basic Black Soap Recipe
Can be used as a shampoo, body wash and facial cleanser.
Pure black soap can be kind of drying so I add a carrier oil and glycerin to combat that.
1 cup of Distilled/ Purified Water
1 cup Pure Black Soap
1 tpsn Olive Oil or any other carrier oil
1 tpsn Vegetable Glycerin
1 tspn Honey
Few Drops Rosemary Essential Oil (you can add whatever eo works best for you or a combination of any)
Note: This is runny, but it provides a good lather.
Heat distilled water. Note: Water does not have to reach boiling point. Fill container with crumbled black soap. Pour water over crumbled black soap and let cool. Blend or stir the mixture. Strain the mixture to remove any debris from black soap. Pour mixture into empty and clean shampoo bottle. Add oils, glycerin can essential oils to mixture. Shake well.
Note: You can increase or decrease in measurements to tailor shampoo mixture to your needs. You can also add other essential oils, carrier oils, and/ or even fragrance oil.
I’m definitely gonna try this, I use this product already and yeah it can be drying. Thanks!
Thank you, it sounds wonderful! I’m going to order myself some black soap tomorrow and try this out. Do you have any sugar scrubs for facial cleansing?
Here is a brown sugar facial scrub recipe. I’ll have more coming soon. http://www.natreview.com/2010/06/23/brown-sugar-facial-scrub/