I finally did it… 😁

Its been many nights and many days since I was here. Thanks to the three people who kept reminding me of the treasure I abandoned here…I appreciate you ladies.

So, my soapmaking journey has mainly been about bar soaps but every now again someone will ask me about liquid soap…specifically for something a certain American Dr has been selling for over 60 years 😉.

Well, after 4 years of searching for a specific ingredient I could trust and trying out a couple of batches I can now confidently add liquid soap to our menu 🎉🎉🎉

Introducing the Nini Junior Moisturising Castile Soap for babies and sensitive adults.

It’s a simple clean formula with no unnecessary ingredients.

For the sharp eyed ones among you 😁😁😁 you have also picked up on something significant. Nini Junior happened without much fanfare in december 2016 because Nini Body Treats has a lot going on and i didnt want the products in this babies-and-sensitive-adults range to get lost.

So if you are on Instagram kindly show us some 💕💕💕 @ninijunior.ng

Thank you for reading this far and I will be back soon.

Abiola

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Calendula and Camwood Baby Lotion

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Calendula and Camwood Baby lotion. Not a great picture... Couldn't get the light right!

This Camwood and Calendula lotion in my mind is a fusion of traditional healing herbs used often for babies. I have made oil infusions of both herbs in the past to use as body and hair oil, as well as in lip balm and other anhydrous body balms.

For this lotion I used a tea of both herbs with Calendula infused sweet almond oil. I like sweet almond oil for baby lotion because it’s a very light oil and it absorbs easily with no greasy feeling.  This lotion keeps skin looking and feeling moisturized with no residue left on the skin.  Of course I kept a small tub for my own use 😀

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I started making salves and lotion bars last year because I liked the ease of putting everything {oil, butter, beeswax} together and the many types that could be made by tweaking additives – bug repellent, intensive moisturizer, baby bum balm, lip balm, etc.

At Christmas I made body butters as part of gift sets but not everyone was a fan of thick emollient body butter mainly because they were used to thin store bought lotion. The people that liked it have been back for more repeatedly though.

I decided to take the plunge and made some lotion. If you make soap, it’s almost a natural progression 😉

20141031-155559.jpg I made this lotion mainly for my little ones but I’ve used up one of the smaller tubs on myself already. It sinks in very quick and leaves silky feeling lightly fragranced skin behind. This formulation has calendula infused olive oil and Shea butter as main ingredients.

Now I’m wondering why I waited this long to make lotion…and it’s no mystery what type of moisturizer will be going into my gift sets this Christmas… 😀

Herbal Tincture for Hair

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Herbal tinctures – also known as extracts – are used to harness the benefits of plant material in a fairly potent format. Used internally for all manner of concerns, topical applications are now becoming more and more common.

What’s in my jar? Consumable alcohol {vodka} Rosemary, thyme, basil {African blue and Thai}, calendula, orange peel. I’ve chosen these herbs because they are what I have available, and there’s loads of anecdotal evidence that they contain properties that clean and stimulate blood flow to the scalp, thereby boosting healthy hair growth, volume and shine.

When it’s ready in 4 weeks, I will be adding it in my ‘scalp rescue’ formula {which I already have some success with} for tackling heavy buildup and dandruff on the scalp, with the added bonus of making hair feeling loved 🙂

Aloe Vera ABS

Okay…I can’t get variations of liquid ABS out of my mind and one I’ve been meaning to try is with AV. I have several plants, some more than 3 years old and I remember reading somewhere that AV has skin benefits from 3 years on.

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I harvested 3 leaves and scooped out the gel inside.

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I then liquified the gel chunks with my immersion blender. Next I crumbled up my crumbly black soap and layered the AV and ABS alternatively in a mason jar.

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The mixture needed some heat to help it combine. I recommend a few hours in a crockpot on low, or a double boiler on very gentle heat so as not to compromise the AV. Just because I had some on hand, I added a good pinch of ground calendula petals.

After the mixture has combined, I plan to add honey and a little coconut oil (both wonderful for the skin).

This is the consistency I’m going for

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I’m excited to try this out soon, and will update this post with results.

*all the pictures in this post are borrowed from google image search as I was unable to photograph my process.*

Cocoa-mint lip balm

I really like lip balms. I really really like peppermint. I really really really like chocolate. So I don’t need to tell you how I feel about this cocoa-mint lip balm.

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As soon as I saw this heart shape tins, I knew what I wanted to put in them. To make them even more special, I used calendula infused olive and coconut oils.

I’m all set to smile with confidence this very dry season!

Herb profile: Calendula

Anecdotal evidence dating back many years claim Calendula flower is used to prevent muscle spasms, start menstrual periods, and reduce fever. It is also used for treating sore throat and mouth, menstrual cramps, cancer, and stomach and duodenal ulcers.

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Preparations {tinctures, infusions, hydrosols, succus, extractions, etc} of Calendula is applied to the skin to reduce pain and swelling (inflammation) and to treat poorly healing wounds and leg ulcers. It is also applied to the skin (used topically) for nosebleeds, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, inflammation of the rectum (proctitis), and inflammation of the lining of the eyelid (conjunctivitis). Source

I use calendula in my ‘baby’s bottom’ salve, hand/lip balms and body butters for its skin healing properties and currently have two batches infusing in olive oil and coconut oil.

Here’s another good article about calendula and its uses.