You don't get to hear about some amazing  beauty products that are wonder personified (permit my grammar), in this part of the world. Truth is,there are basic organic products that you might just be obsessed with,if not careful due to their effectiveness.
I have always loved organics and have been quite curious about what I apply on my skin.  I have seen people that do not age quickly and I'm like, 'yea, I  want to look like that when I'm forty, fifty' ....
Some might say, plastic surgery at work, I agree but I've also seen people who look ten years younger, and I don't think they understand the word 'plastic surgery'  and when you ask them, you end up surprised, when you hear, 'ori'  (Shea Butter), 'Ude akin' (palm kennel oil), olive oil, Pears Baby Oil and you are like..... WTH!!!!!!  And for the wealthy peeps, you would end up surprised that most use organics or moisturizers.
In this harmattan weather, nothing feels much better or more suitable, than body butter for your skin. In case you might be wondering, body butter is actually made from whipped essential oils, and of course,  if you are members of , #team organic#, like me, you would know the functions of some of these oils. Right now, I'm a fan of citrus oil, add a dash of turmeric, rose and lavender oil or sandalwood, then you've  made my day.
It is nutritious, protects your skin, evens out skin tone, some lightens (depending on the ingredients), but they properly,  make the best home made moisturizers.

Here's a basic body butter recipe.

Ingredients :
1 cup shea butter (optional) 
2 tbsp.fresh lemon juice or citric acid (optiohal) 
1 tbsp. honey
1/4 cup milk
1/2 turmeric oil
1/3 cup almond powder 
 1/2 cup of coconut oil(solidified) 
1 oz. cocoa butter(optional) 

1. Heat the milk in a pot. Do not boil. Allow to cool and mix with turmeric powder.
2. In different pot, over medium temperature, melt the cocoa butter, shea butter and honey with the choice of your oil,  until fully dissolved, stirring continuously. Do not allow to boil. 
3. Add other oils of your choice(turmeric or lemon oil) . 
4.Pour the melted oil mixture slowly into the glass jar with milk, stirring constantly until the two mixture are combined. Add the citric acid.
5.Allow to rest in a cool place until the mixture is set, preferably in a refrigerator. (It makes it  faster). Take out of refrigerator, once chilled. 

6. Using a hand or electric mixer, start from a low, gradually to a high speed, mix until you get a fluffy consistency (like what you get when whipping eggs).

7.Scoop out and place in a jar in a cool place for a while. (preferably far from heat, so as not to melt).
All set!!! Your body butter is ready. 
You can easily whip it again, if it solidifies. 
Only use citric acid or lemon juice, if you want to use it as night creams, as it reacts with the sun uv rays which might cause burns. Add them,  if you want it to lighten your skin.
For more of this, kindly purchase my ebook, HOW TO MAKE BODY CREAMS AND BUTTERS
Remember, all ingredients can be bought, here in Nigeria. It is available and affordable. If you can't make yours, you can order Tresses and Body Organics body butter,from this blog,  I am sure, you would love it, I and so many others use their products and love it. 
For a couple of months,  due to my busy and stressful schedule, I totally forgot about exfoliating and the result was chapped, dark circles, under my eyes and rough skin. My complexion was dull and I had breakouts. I knew I had to do something, as soon as possible. 
So, some couple of days ago, after washing my hair, I proceeded to use my homemade conditioner consisting of just egg whites and honey. I applied it to avoid breakage as well as to protect my scalp and I used the remaining to make a richer face scrub. 

I mixed 'Yoko'  papaya sea salt with the egg whites and honey, applied it all over my face in a circular motion. I washed it after 20 minutes,after which I applied my Tresses and Organics citrus oil over my face and went to bed. 
And the result..... a smoother face, clearer and younger looking skin. Though the dark circles remained, it wasn't as prominent as before, so it's definitely an improvement. I keep touching my face, quite often(I know it's wrong) but I can't help it.  I love how it feels and I would try to do it over and over again (once a week, at least). This is one thing that is completely inexpensive, stress free and very effective. 
And for those complaining about products not working,do you exfoliate at least once a week? This might be the cause. You can try it and thank me later. 
I saw an update of one of my favourite product dealers. She mentioned activated charcoal and that got my attention. I could remember when I was about 14, I had a bad acne case and my mum gave me this blackish substance to use on it. Alas!, when I  read the ingredients, I saw charcoal! I was bit skeptical and reluctant to use it.But about a week later, my face start getting clearer. 
Activated charcoal is not popular in this part of the world, probably because of its colour but its something, one can learn to appreciate. Charcoal is the common name for carbon and it has been used for thousands of years for various purposes. In Nigeria, one of its most popular uses, is for domestic purposes such as cooking and the ash is used for scrubbing pots as well as getting rid of germs. 
Activated charcoal is produced from materials such as coal,wood,coconut shell being exposed to air at high temperatures.This process creates very fine pores in the charcoal help the charcoal to trap toxins and other harmful chemicals. Activated charcoal is like your normal charcoal, but, is activated to purify your skin. 
Activated charcoal is also popular for use in oral and dental hygiene. I could also remember, as a kid, when some kids show up in school without brushing their teeth, they were coerced into using charcoal to brush their teeth. The idea was 'charcoal would whiten your teeth'. 
For skin use,activated charcoal helps to clear impurities leaving your skin clear and bright.It can also be used for treating acne problems.

DIY Activated Charcoal Anti-Acne Face Mask

Half a of teaspoon  of activated charcoal powder
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon water
5 drops of tea tree oil
Pinch of sea salt
Mix all the ingredients together until smooth.  Be sure to protect your clothing, as it might stain you. Apply to skin and allow to dry for about 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry. Repeat 2-3 times a  week . 

DIY activated charcoal peel off mask
 I teaspoon of activated charcoal
 I teaspoon of Bentonite Clay
I teaspoon of gelatin
Mix together to form a smooth paste(not too watery or dry)  and allow to rest on face for  10 minutes. Peel carefully from the side till you everything comes off. If the mixture leaves a black stain on you face, you can use baby wipes or cleanser to get it off. Apply moisturizer to leave the skin supple and smooth 
There are so many activated charcoal based products from cleansers to masks and can be gotten from local stressed, or you can order these two products from Amazon. 
People with sensitive skin should be careful when using these products, as can cause a drying effect on the skin. Charcoal products are best suited for those with oily skin.
For people in Nigeria, these DIY ingredients can be gotten through this blog, if you are interested in making your own mask, so how to get it shouldn't be a problem. Get yours and make there at home. All products are very affordable. 
I'm a year older today, and to celebrate today, I would be uploading two DIY skin care recipes this week. It has been a long time since I did anything like this, so after scrolling through the web, getting reviews as well as compiling these posts from some of my favourite blogs and yes, I have tried some at home and its something I would continue doing. So here are five fruits which can be very beneficial to you. These recipes are cheap, easy to get and use. Here, they are:

Contains bleaching agents that help in cleansing the skin, removing dead skin cells and impurities. It also helps in getting rid of blemishes and dull complexion effectively. A combination of lemon and potato juice, honey or tomato paste helps make the best natural skin treating for fairness,blemish removal and is simple to make. Using one potato and one lemon, peel and grate the potatoes to turn it into a smooth pulp. Squeeze out juice from lemon and add it to the pulp mix well and apply on clean face. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then wash off with water. Do the same with the tomatoes and honey.

This fruit is rich in vitamin C and B6, which helps in maintaining skin suppleness and improving skin complexion. Banana can be used with milk or almond oil which helps in lightening the dull skin and protects it against harmful UV rays of the sun and improves blog circulation throughout the skin. Mash the bananas into a smooth paste and mix with either milk or almond oil. Apply the mixture and wash after 20 minutes. 3. CUCUMBER The cucumber juice and pulp act as an effective natural remedy for improving the complexion, removing pigmentation, blemishes and scars.
It can also be used to lighten dark circles around the eyes. Apply the juice over the face, reaching under the eyes, before going to bed. Rinse with water.

Ripe papaya is rich in the enzyme papain that helps to renew skin cells. It is loaded with vitamins A, C and E that helps in moisturizing dull skin, lightening and protecting it against infections. Mash ripe papaya to a smooth paste, mix with honey and apply all over the face. It can be used as a natural sunscreen and reduces signs of aging such as freckles and spots.

Mangos are loaded with powerful antioxidants that help to improve skin luminosity. Mangoes when mashed with milk and mud clay, helps prevent over-production of melanin in the skin, lightens hyper pigmentation, and evens skin tone. Well, these DIY recipes are not expensive and easy to get. For all other ingredients that are hard to get,they can be gotten from this blog. I hope you like this post. The next post would be posted very soon. Keep your arms closed.  Happy celebration to all my fellow Capricorns, love you all.