Natural Herbal Hair Gel

The past few months have been horrible to my natural hair as the dryness licked every drop of moisture from my hair and roots. No matter what I did to it, it still felt like bad hair day everyday!

Hair gel is one of those styling products that I’ve used to tame my tresses in the past but I really didn’t need another hair product stealing something from my already dry hair. And it does take A.LOT of gel to get a decent look. So of course I set to researching natural hair gel.

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Trying to capture the viscosity of the gel in a still picture

After lots of experimenting, I found the right thickening agent for me and instead of just making ordinary gel, I decided on an aqueous extract of a mix of herbs to target scalp health (very important to me), shine and growth.

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My hair 12 hours after using the gel to get my hair into a low bun

The result was a wonderfully herbal smelling gel that went on smoothly and didn’t dry in a crunchy way. I’ve also used this gel to style my little girls hair excellent results. The feel of the gel is more slick than commercial gel but that’s a very minor minus considering the good things its doing to our hair and scalp šŸ˜€

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NiniBodyTreats is on Instagram…

…and how’s that a big deal? Well, I ‘swore’ off social media a couple of years ago and I didn’t want to get sucked in again.

A lady I met at the plastics market convinced me to give it a shot and its been fun and wearying as well…I mean how many hastags does one really need to get a picture noticed? For someone who has been content with people just stumbling on this blog (0 points for business sense), being on a platform where I have to say “#hey #please #please #look #at #my #photo…” gets a little too much šŸ˜€

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My reason for starting this soap making journey. She's always ready to help me any way she can. ā¤ ā¤

That said, if you would like to know what this beautiful little lady is holding in her hand, head on over to instagram and find me @ninibodytreats or #ninibodytreats šŸ˜€

Whipped Hair and Body Butter

I don’t often get the chance to make whipped body butter because I really don’t have any patience for the cleanup. If you have never heard of a whipped body butter, you are not alone šŸ™‚ I’m surprised how often I’m asked to explain what it is.

Hard and soft oils are combined and whipped till its the consistency of frosting (depending on how hot it is where you are, in my experience)

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Whipping in progress. Picture courtest holosticsquid via Google

Its best to start whipping when the mixture is firm and cold but if that’s not possible, you can still impart beautiful fluffy melty texture to your whipped butter. It can be used all ovev the body and also in the hair based on the oils you add to the butters.

Here’s half of a very recent custom order I made. I can’t tell you exactly what’s in it because the client supplied the recipe. But I can tell you its goooooood.

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Custom order of whipped butter. Melty goodness ā¤

Would you believe you are looking at just under 4kg of whipped butter?!! Thank you beautiful lady customer šŸ˜‰ for the opportunity to serve your business.

On Soap and Skin Lightening

Hands down, the most popular question I get asked about soap is related to natural skin lightening.

My answer is usually no. The essence of what I do is to create soap and other body products that are free of unnecessary chemicals. Even the fragrance oils I use pass strict standards and I can provide their MSDS.

However, some customers have reported that since they switched to using real soap, they have noticed their skin getting lighter and more glowy (I don’t even know what that really means šŸ˜€ ) to the point that people they live and work with notice. Co/incidentally these soaps have milk and or yogurt included.

I’m not a dermatologist but from my research, I can conclude that using products that nourish skin and are not chemical laden DO help the skin to regenerate and reverses the effects of sun exposure, which automatically leaves you one or two shades lighter than before!

Of course you need to follow up with a moisturiser with sun protection and stay out of the sun (10am to 4pm) as much as you can to prevent further sun damage to your skin. Soap is a wash off product but it sets a good foundation for what you put on it.

So based purely on anecdotal evidence and customer reviews, it appears I DO make all-natural skin lightening soap šŸ˜‰

Avocado Goatsmilk Soap

My mum returned from her trip home with a basket full of organic avocado from her compound. They were delicious and creamy. And I just had to soap with it šŸ˜€

I was already prepping for a regular milk soap for a lady with an atopic skin condition and decided to take the luxury and skin benefits to another level. I replaced half of the water with fresh avocado puree (that’s a lot) and the other half was the milk.

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I tried the pH of this soap as soon as I cut it less than 24 hours after it was made and it was 8 (the pH of water is 7). This will be a very mild and very creamy soap once its fully cured.

Herbal Infusion Soap

A few months ago, I learned a technique to extract components from herbs more effectively and I set to experimenting with African violet, camwood and neem leaves.

I made 2 batches of soap, one with the camwood infused oil and the other with the neem.

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Camwood soap. This was the soap in the giveaway BTW

The camwood soap was made with goats milk and dark cocoa powder, in addition to kaolin clay and honey. The milk and sugars really made this soap’s lather dense and luxe.

The neem oil infusion was a very dark green with a very herbal smell – strong but not as strong as neem oil. I decided to add a heaping tablespoon of the infused neem leaves into the soap batter for some interest.

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Neem soap. The color is entirely from the infused oil which was 50% of the recipe

What surprised me about this soap is the fragrance. I left this soap fragrance free and the final bar smells nothing like neem! Im not sure I can describe the fragrance – its soft and quite pleasant. Time permitting, I’m going to pay more attention to how different combinations of my soaping oils smell without extra fragrance.

And in case you were wonderimg…The African violet initially gave up its vibrant but delicate purple colour but turned brown within an hour so I didn’t use it in the lotion I was planning to use it in.

Calendula and chamomile are my next infusions, in preparation for a gentle and soothing castile baby/ultra sensitive skin soap. And lavender…if I can get my hands on some quality dreid buds in time ā¤