I was so excited when my order came yesterday – I made this recipe straight from the box!
I’ve been simplifying my natural beauty regime over the past few weeks to make room for my new clients (Lavish is coaching again – YAY) and to completely update my entire look.
As I rebuild my natural beauty pantry and refresh my products, I’ve also minimized most of the ingredients I use for my homemade goods.
Today’s recipe comes from this new plan!
Coconut Shea Butter is soft, silky, and will leave your skin indulgently moisturized and glowing. If you love using shea butter in your hair, and haven’t combined these 2, stop what you’re doing — go get the ingredients — and start making it NOW…as you read this!!!
Any Oil Will Work — So Use Your Favorite!
I have a gang of coconut oil and olive oil in my pantry, but olive oil kinda sits on top of my hair. It seems to work better when mixed in with a conditioner or even my yogurt, apple cider vinegar, olive oil deep condish (with sweet orange essential oil).
I ordered my shea butter (1lb $7.50) from Butters-N-Bars, along with some organic amla powder, bentonite clay (how’d you guess) and 8oz & 16oz containers. Hers are sturdy and last forever!
The coconut oil I bought from Costco ($15.99). It lasts us about 2 months.
The shea butter is so fresh you can spoon it.
Coconut Oil Benefits
You don’t have to buy organic products to make wonderful natural goods. I’ve made many things with what I could afford, what was on sale, and what was actually working for me.
Since our skin is our largest organ, and whatever you put on it goes directly into your system, organic foods and products tend to have fewer toxins and pesticides. Keep checking those labels though, and make sure they are certified organic…as you know, everything marked natural and organic — isn’t.
Coconut oil is packed with Vitamin E, which makes it a wonderful moisturizer for your hair and skin.
There’s a long list of coconut oil benefits like:
- it reduces frizz
- a natural emollient
- great deep conditioner
- softens hair and skin
- a conditioning moisturizer for hair and skin
- gentle enough to be used on baby’s skin (and their cute bottoms)
- adds natural shine to hair
- helps hair retain moisture
- can penetrate the hair shaft (although I haven’t found any clinical evidence of this yet)
- can be used as a lip and body scrub when combined with sugar
If you like to cook it up in the kitchen, coconut oil can be used as a tasty replacement for real butter. You won’t even tell a difference.
Shea Butter Benefits
Shea butter is also rich in Vitamins A, E, D, essential fatty acids, and allatonin (a product of uric acid that promotes the healing of skin wounds and infections). It’s a little heavier than a lot of butters so I like to combine it with lighter oils and butters when I can.
Shea butter has been used for chemo-prevention because of it’s many anti-tumor promoting compounds. One study done in 2012, proved it’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects specifically in the treatment of severe dermatitis. It’s truly a healing butter.
In addition to your body, use this to seal in moisture after a wash and for styles that need a slick look. I like to use it to keep frizz away on ponytail days…
Make some this weekend and write a review (click the‘Write A Review’ link at the top right of the recipe card)
- 2 tablespoons fresh or dried hibiscus flowers
- 2 tablespoons dandelion root
- 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
- 3 sprigs of rosemary leaves (or 10 drops of rosemary essential oil)
- 2 tablespoons catnip flower
- 1 tablespoon comfrey root
- 8 cups water
- (2) 16 oz bottles or a 32 ounce jar with top
- Add hibiscus, dandelion root, flaxseeds, and rosemary leaves to water.
- Bring to a boil.
- Turn heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Add catnip and comfrey root to warm water and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Strain leaves, flowers, and seeds from water.
- Pour into bottles.
- Keep in refrigerator for up to 2 months.
BTW, have you seen this 5 Minute Updo? MUST. DO. THIS.