I've been seeing this product everywhere and I really wanted to use it. I already had two reviews from different persons. The first person said it really worked so nice on her and made her whiter without any discolorations or blemishes. The second person however said it gave her stretchmarks and she had to stop. I recommended it to my sister and she asked me to get her a bottle of which I did. I monitored her progress from day one. She started using it with a moisturizing soap as she was already light skinned. I didn't want it to be too harsh on her skin and did not mix it with the serum.
First week,she said she liked the product on her body and had to complaints whatsoever.
Second week,the going was still good but by the third week,the complains began. She had breakouts on her face and body, her skin started becoming red and she started noticing black knuckles.To say I didn't get an earful of complaints is an understatement. She still blames me for recommending such a product to her. She ended up using just half and gave it back to me. In her words, 'Sophie, coman carry your cream and use before you destroy my skin.
My conclusion: The product is very strong and is likely not suitable for those with sensitive or fragile skin. It also lightens, I must say that. So if you have 'agidigba'skin, you can use it but you can still mix it with serums and anti stretchmark ampoules if you want to get whiter within a month.  Most importantly,get the original version and try getting the whole set. The first person got hers directly from the company, mixed it with some serums and also used the soap. She said she was glowing without any stains on her knuckles. I don't know how you can identify the original product but my best bet is to identify an original dealer and find out if it comes sealed or not. Have a lovely week everyone.




A happy holidays to everyone. It is my delight to announce this year's general group class in conjunction with HONE YOUR SKILLS STUDIOS who would be in charge of certification. All course outlines have been duly revised and updated as this has taken us over a year to perfect. This is also a one time opportunity as there are no plans for a batch B class until late next year. Also first 10 persons get a 15% discount off fees and all interested participants gets to go with our team on a 3days marketing survey. It promises to be exciting and entertaining

PART 1

UNDERSTAND HOW A BASIC FORMULATION IS CREATED AND STRUCTURED(PHASES AND CO.) BASIC EMULSIONS (EMULSIONS) AHYDROUS
CALCULATIONS, MEASUREMENTS AND PEECENTAGING (BROKEN DOWN TO PIECES)
*BASIC SKINCARE. CLEANSING - Principles CLEANSING METHODS.
*BASIC NORMAL CLEANSING
*OIL CLEANSING
*HERBAL SKIN CLEANSING TREATMENT
*DOUBLE CLEANSING
*TRIPLE CLEANSING
*THE BUBIE PORELESS FACE CLEANSING METHOD

PART 2
EXFOLIATION
*Principles of exfoliation Types
*mechanical
*chemical
*enzymatic
*The combo method.
HYDRATION &MOISTURIZATION.
*Hydration
*Moisturization
*Moisture treatments. Based on skin types Based on skin concerns
*Healing moisture treatments
*Moisture and the skin barrier
*Healing a damaged barrier.
PROTECTION.
*From The elements. Sunscreen 101
*Sunscreen supplementation and the sunscreen diet!
*Antioxidant protection
*Ancient protection methods

PART 3
*SKIN 302. FORMULATION PROPER*.
FORMULATION PRACTICAL.
*CREATION OF PRODUCTS. (Each explained in detail)
What they are and How to make them.

 (Basic & complex sample formula's)
*SOLUTIONS (simple & Complex)
*TONERS
*CLEANSERS
*FACIAL PRODUCTS.
*OIL BLENDS
*LOTIONS
*CREMES
*MILKS-Whitening, Brightening, Golden glow, Brown Skin
*BALMS
*SERUMS
*BUTTER BLENDS.
*POLISHES
*SCRUBS
*MASKS (leave-on)
*MASQUE'S
*SOAPS
--Organic soap production and Promixing
How to formulate handmade soaps using
Purees
Honey
Milk
Vegetables
Herbs
Oil Chart for formulating soaps
*Making liquid soap from scratch*
Using fruits
Veggies and Purees
Herbs
Soap design and artistry

*Oil Formulation*
Organic-Glow and lightening serums
Promixing-Whitening and Super Whitening oils and serums

PART 4
TREATMENT FORMULA'S. (From scratch)
ACNE
SUNBURN
STRETCH MARKS
 HYPERPIGMENTATION DULLNESS
THE BLACKIES (BLACK KNUCKLES,KNEES, FEET, & ELBOWS)


 (SECTION B)
PROFESSIONAL MIXING A.K.A PRO-MIXING.
*SAFE PRO-MIXING PRINCIPLES
*BASES.
*BASIC BASES
*UNIQUE BASES
√UNIVERSAL BASE CREAM. √WHITENING BASE CREAM. √GLOW MILK BASE CREAM √REPAIR BASE CREAM.
*MAKING PRO-MIXING CONCENTRATES.
√KOJIC ACID LACTIC SOLUTION √SALICYLIC ACID SOLUTION √ADVANCED TREATMENT
√WHITENING OIL BLEND
√TREATMENT OIL CONCENTRATE
- *SPA FACIALS AND TREATMENT
- SPA FACIALS AND TREATMENTS


PART 5 -SUPPLEMENTATION
SUPPLEMENTATION.
*Skin Enhancing suppKlements plan
*Skin whitening supplements plan.
*Intense skin whitening supplement planning.
*How to use supplements for outstanding results
*Medical information
*Safety & Usage instructions
*Personal Tips for Best results.


PART 6-LOGISTICS AND MARKETING*.
Getting a lab.
 Setting up Funding
PACKAGING. ( FUNCTION AESTHETHICS)
 ADVERTISEMENTS
SOCIAL MEDIA WORD OF MOUTH
PRICING
MARKETING 101 AND 102.
SALES PITCHING BRANDING FINDING OUT AND CONQUERING YOUR NICHE. STANDING OUT AND CONQUERING YOUR NICHE

PART 7:*SOURCING*.
EQUIPMENTS INGREDIENTS EXOTIC RARE ACTIVES
*NIGERIA.
*U.s.a
*China
*Philippines
*Thailand
*Malaysia

Course Fee:10,500 Naira.(only 20 spots available. First 10 persons pay 8,500....
Please enroll here to join class and market survey team.



What's your greatest challenge and fear when formulating skincare products. Mine-Age spots,stretchmarks, dark knuckles. I got this message yesterday and I became worried as well cos I know how she was feeling.

Sometimes,you get perplexed when the complaints come, you get confused. What are others doing that you ain't doing right? The organic formulators usually gets less of these complaints because they don't deal with serums or gels which are usually the problems. Some serums contain hydroquinone but do not state it. 

 
INGREDIENTS TO HELP YOU STOP GREEN VEIN, STRETCH MARKS, AND OTHER REACTION IN CREAM


BASES
 If you use a good base cream, then you wouldn't have to add james and john into it. 

NATURAL PRODUCTS
One thing I have learnt though is that one should use always organic and natural products to any formulation. They help in controlling adverse effects, toning the skin, preventing reactions or stretchmarks and help make the skin glow.


Add pharmaderm or hydrocortisone cream to treat or prevent reaction in cream.

You can add dermaclair too for the same purpose.

Use rose water, glycerine for fresh result.

Use tocophenol liquid to prevent stretch mark.

Add bravia anti-stretch marks gel or anti stretchmarks ampoules to your cream to prevent stretch mark.


These are some of my favorite additives in my skincare formulations. Use them and thank me later.


Cc:@allureempireskincare

Some people have a preference for body washes and liquid soaps. Some simply do not like the idea of using their hands to scoop soap from jars or using bar soaps, hence the love for liquid soap. If you're a fan of black soap and intend making your own, here are different recipes to help you. You can pick a method depending on your preference. Here are some of my favorite methods.

1st Method
I call this method the overnight soaking method. I usually soak my black soap in floral waters or rice milk with glycerine and honey, over night when using this method.



Here is a basic recipe I use:

*Ingredients*

100g of Ghana black soap

50grams of herbs (preferred choice)

2 tbsp honey

2 tbsp whitening glycerine

4 oz sweet Almond oil

5  oz Jojoba Oil

2 Tbsps of Chamomile Flower 

2 Tbsps of Lavender Flower

1 tbsp shea butter

1 tbsp cocoa butter

Whitening Additives (optional)


Method

Boil the water and make a tea with the flowers.

 Let it steep for 2-3hrs, then strain twice. Add the black soap and let it sit overnight. 

Then add the shea butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil,  jojoba oil, honey and glycerine to it. 

Mix well and store in a container. If mixing for a light skin person, add your preferred lightening/whitening agents. 



METHOD 2

cc:@sozayaofficial

African Black Soap

Distilled Water/Aloe Vera
 Juice  NOT Gel (Blended With Water)

Large Bottle

1 Tsp of Vit E Oil

Method

Crumble soap into a large bowl. 

Add aloe vera juice or boiling water into a bowl, add moisturizing properties (vit E oil). 

Mix together well and let it sit for few hours to allow it dissolve. 

Drive into a large bottle or containers of choice. Your liquid ABS is ready.


METHOD 3

This method gives a pasty like texture


8 oz Avocado oil 

6 oz Castor oil 

8 oz Safflower oil 

10 oz Coconut oil 

10 oz Olive oil 

2 oz African black soap

9.4 oz Potassium Hydroxide 

27  oz Initial water for paste 

80 oz Water for dilution 

*Method*

1) Make a solution with the water and potassium hydroxide

2) Add all oils to the cook pot along with ABS and melt. The ABS will not melt well, stick blend it until it gets as smooth as you can.

3) Add the solution and stick blend until you get a thick trace then stick blend a bit more

4) Turn the Crock pot onto medium heat and let it cook, if it separate while cooking, stick blend it back into submission

5) Stir and let it cook more for about 30mins more. Then starts adding your 40 oz of water gently. You can always add more water but you can't add all so that it will not be too watery (Boil your water before adding it will be nice and doesn't crock your soap)

After having the soap on warm for a couple of hours and stirring occassionally, add more time to cooking then strain it just invade it had any sediment from the ABS. 

Then add 2% lavender essential oil for scent. Lavender EO makes it thick, citrus EO act as solvents and makes it thin. Add 2.5% in total. Your liquid ABS is ready for use. 

Store in a container of choice.


Note: African Black Soap is different from Ghana Black Soap. It usually comes in a powdery form.

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So you've been having problems with your formulations,right? You keep asking, 'What are others doing. that I am doing wrong? 'Why do my clients keep complaining'..

Let me answer those questions

1.Lack of expertise- In all thy getting,get wisdom. It might be just the right time to go for further classes to hone your craft.New skincare ideas and technology are being introduced everyday. That your method might be outdated. Learn the new juice and scoop. Don't start using ten clobetasol tubes to achieve a whiter complexion.That's so old school. Learn the new mixes. There are some formulas that only top formulators in the country know about and the classes are really expensive. If you're within their locality, they won't teach you so as to limit their competition. But if you know what you want, then it isn't a bad idea to enroll for one.

2. The recipes are so wrong
Again,get the right knowledge. Don't rely on recipes.There are some classes you would take and you would end up knowing that there is a difference with chaff and shaft 😀. You would see some recipes telling you to add relaxers and all sorts. Please run for your life.Then you would see those telling you to add potash to Carowhite cream and all those Ajashe mixes.

 Get the pro stuff. However be careful. This is Naija. And charlatans abound. They will mix G & G in their backyard with God knows what, scoop up and call it Italian milk. And slap high prices on it. 

3 Lack of patience.
Good products cannot turn someone from black to white in one week. If someone tells you her products are safe from steroids and would change your colour from black to white in one week, the person is lying.  Some of you, buy so called organic soaps that have been mixed with Jik, bleach, relaxer , Tubes filled with steroids. And a lot. They tell you its 100% natural. But even you have to know its not. If not, why is it making you red??? Why are your customers complaining of redness?

When something whitens you that fast, your skin becomes prone to stretchmarks and green veins which I guess you don't want. Please, 2 weeks is not too long a time to wait for healthy skin. You can have that perfect milk white, that beautiful yellow, that gorgeous golden and the perfect cafe au lait brown. But you will need to give it more than 3 days.

4. Poor Quality Of Ingredients
Some people would come to me and start pricing powders as if I am selling pepper. Then they would start telling me about someone who sells at reduced prices at one popular market like that in Lagos State. My response- 'Please buy from her' 


Its so sad but a disturbing number of people that sell actives here in Nigeria are selling fake actives. Or actives with very low purity. You can use them, but they WILL NEVER EVER give you the same results as someone who's using high purity top grade actives. 99.9% Alpha arbutin (Highest purity) and 60% arbutin (low grade) will NOT give the same results. Use original and highest grade of everything. Period.

Now you know it, work on these steps and watch your clients bring back positive feedbacks. Do you have any contribution? Please comment below..

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