Scummy scum

If you have made the switch to traditional handcrafted soap, you may find that you need to clean out your tub/shower more often than you used to.

This is due to two things:

Handcrafted soap usually contains a small portion of oil/butters that don’t turn into soap during the process. This is deliberate, to help nourish skin. Unfortunately, it also leaves a scummy coating behind in the bath/shower. This is the good reason.

Most commercial soaps (if not all) contain a synthetic detergent responsible for the foam and there’s hardly any excess oil left behind. Its the same type of detergent that goes in your household cleaning products so the foam from your bath also ‘cleans’ the bath/shower as it does. This is the not-so-good reason.

I find that my skin is much healthier after making the switch and the extra work is worth it {at least that’s what I tell myself to get me through it!}.

I thought to include a picture with this post but….ugh!!!

Soooo worth the fuss: lip scrub

I’ve been meaning to try out a lip scrub recipe. I’ve never used one and I often wondered what the fuss was. Now I KNOW!


Here’s the recipe I used:
4cubes of sugar {crushed, makes about a tablespoon and a little}
1teaspoon dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1tablespoon neem-infused olive oil {you can use regular olive oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil…}
1drop of Peppermint essential oil {optional, but it smells AMAZING with the rich cocoa fragrance…especially if you like chocolate mints}

To use, just scoop a little out and rub directly on your lips in a circular motion for about 1 minute. Then wipe off for the softest, smoothest lips ever. Apply lip balm and feel it sink in. I used it around the outer rim of my lips as well just to make sure I got all the dead skin sloughed off 😀

I would use this once a week for starters, but I know of people who use it up to three times a week because of the weather conditions where they live.

Just a word of caution…this scrub smells and tastes so good, you might be tempted to eat it!!!

Mosquito repellent cream

We’ve been trying out a homemade version of a bug/mosquito repellent cream and after one week of nightly use, I think I may be on to something.


This dark grainy picture is of my little one helping herself to the cream just before bedtime. It’s made up of equal parts cocobutter and olive oil {from my calendula infused batch} with about 4ml {i think} of citronella essential oil. The mixture took a few days to come together enough to a spreadable butter consistency but it melts on skin contact. same thing happened with the Shea-olive oil mix I tried previously.

I prefer this to bug spray {the type meant for the body} because the cream leaves a protective layer and nourishes the skin while we sleep.

I don’t quite know how to describe what citronella smells like. Herby/citrusy/repellenty 😀
It does remind me of a brand of commercial insect spray but in a much more pleasant way. That’s saying a lot because I HATE the smell of commercial insecticides even though they are necessary evil in the tropics.

When we run out of this batch, I’ll be trying out other essential oils that are touted as mosquito/bug repellents, or even a blend. Exciting times…lol

Herb profile: Neem

I recently came back from a short-turned-long trip to a neem/olive oil infusion I started just before my trip. I was quite nervous that I would come back to a rancid spoiled conduction. Thankfully it’s maintained it’s integrity! Phew. It’s now ready to go into healing and soothing balms in time for harmattan season.


Neem products have been observed to be anthelmintic, antifungal, antidiabetic, antibacterial, antiviral, contraceptive and sedative. Neem products are also used in selectively controlling pests in plants.

Neem is so common in my area, a little plant just started itself in my mum’s vegetable patch! Unfortunately it needs to be removed because it took root at the edge of a fence and it will damage the fence as it grows 😦

If you’ve never heard about neem, here’s a link to read about its amazing benefits what wikipedia says about neem