Olive oil is a staple product found in most homes. Infact, 50% of all the homes in Africa use it for one purpose or the other.  In my home, it is a necessity. You can never come into my home and not find at least one bottle sitting on the shelf. Sometimes we have as much as three.
I don't use it on my skin because I have an oily skin and quite prone to breakouts. But for little sis and my mom, you can't take it from them as they have dry skin which turn flaky during the dry season.
But I still make use of it in different ways.

I use it as a conditioner for my hair.
I simply mix it with egg white and rub on my hair. I would wear a shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing off.
I do this because my hair breaks off easily, so I use the mask to strengthen my hair.

I also use it as a lip scrub.During the dry season, I do this every day. I simply mix a teaspoon of olive oil with a pinch of salt. I rub it on my lips. And voila! sexier and softer looking lips (Lol).
My cousin uses it on her baby, when asked why, she said - to prevent baby rash.

As a toner or complexion unifierRecently, a family member developed red marks or burns on her face and started seeing black marks on her feet due to a cream she was using. I suggested olive oil for the feet and an handmade cream for the face. It's over a month now, and she is seeing improvements. She has stopped using the cream and the olive oil has done wonders in fading those marks and unifying the skin tone. She still uses it and talks about it..

I also recommend olive oil facial scrub for those with dry skin.
Just mix a teaspoon of salt or brown sugar, olive oil and honey and use on face for a smoother and softer skin.

It is an awesome moisturizer, for those who need a super duper moisturizer, why don't you try the above recipe, or mix with your extreme lightening cream to tone and unify complexion (it gives a golden glow instead of whitish) when you use it that way.

Make up artists also recommend using it as a make up remover or brush cleanser. So if your cleanser isn't nearby or you end up looking for a quick fix for your make up brush, you can make do with olive oil.

How do you use olive oil? I would love to hear from you.
Have a great day
I never knew of this root plant until my supplier drew my attention to it. She made a body scrub with the powder and sent a sample to me. I immediately used it to prepare a body scrub for me and sis. We absolutely loved the feel on our skin. The results were amazing. I still make it for clients(The recipe is listed on my ebook, it's always a winner, so get a copy). 

Beetroot is good for health in general. It is being used in treatment of cancers but for the skin, it lightens, smoothens and make the complexion glow. 
I use it when making scrubs so as to get rid of spots, improve dull complexion, slough away dead skin cells and make the skin smoother and softer. 

Photo credit:Tresses and body organics

The recipe I use occasionally is listed below (Not the same as that in my book).This recipe would be able to make a small bowl of scrub that can be used immediately. 

DIY Beetroot Scrub
Brown sugar or Gram flour : 8 tbsps
 Vitamin E Capsules : 5
Beetroot powder:8 tbsp
Honey:3 tbsps
Sandalwood powder : 8 tbsps.
Pure lemon juice: 2 tbsps
Coconut milk :5 tbsps 
Puncture the vitamin capsules into a clean plate to get the oil. Mix all ingredients together to form a smooth paste. Apply on the skin in a circular motion and leave on for a total of 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
These scrub is a lightening scrub. It is meant to revive dull complexion, prevent acne, cleanse the skin to give it a luminous glow. Use twice a week to give your complexion a boost. 
I hope you love this. Until my next post... stay beautiful.... 
Finally, my ebook is out!  How to make body creams and butters. It is a book that would help you start a skincare business and aldo how to make your beauty products. 
Of course people who download it are automatically added to my mailing list which means they get firsthand updates on upcoming DIY recipes and they also have free access to upcoming videos and information on how to get their ingredients for their products. 

Also, they are entitled to one free never before seen on my blog recipe each month. 
And so much more...... 
All for one thousand Naira or 3 dollars. It's quite inexpensive when compared to the amount of creams you buy at the store and the benefits to be realized. You may say it's too good to be true but it is true. It's my way of saying thank you to my loyal visitors and saying welcome to new ones. 
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ATM, bank deposits and wire transfer are all accepted. Please use your email as the depositors name when paying. The ebook would be sent to the email address, once payment is confirmed. 
Sometimes, you get these reactions on your face looking like rashes. Sometimes, they happen as a result of clogged pores due to sweat and dirts. 
Your skin pores become enlarged due to the accumulated sweat, dirt and oil. It happens frequently on my face when I don't exfoliate or steam my face. Steaming helps to open and clear skin pores. 
There are so many products in the market that supposedly will tighten your skin and decrease the appearance of large pores. Still, there are natural remedies that you can prepare at your home and will help you to solve this problem.
Some are listed below and are extremely effective. They are quite affordable and can be gotten from your local market. 
Water and Baking Soda

Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda until you get nice paste. Apply on your face and leave it to dry about 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Egg White and Lemon juice

For the preparation of this natural face mask you will need few drops of lemon juice and 2 egg whites. Whisk the egg whites and the lemon juice together. Apply the resulted mixture on your face and leave it dry for 10 minutes and wash with cool water. This can be used for tightening of  skin pores and  help remove dead skin cells and oil.
Tomato and Lime Juice

One of my favorites, very affordable and easily gotten from my backyard. 
Blend or mash the tomatoes. Sieve to get the juice. Add 2 – 4 drops of lime juice to it. Apply the liquid on your face with cotton balls and leave it to stay on your face for 15 minutes. After that, rinse your face with cool water.
 The mixture tightens your skin, eradicates excess oil and closes your pores.
Almond,evaporated milk or yoghurt and Lime Juice

In a small bowl  of water add few almonds and leave them soak during the night. The next morning mash the almonds until you get nice paste. Add 1 teaspoon of lime juice and milk or yogurt . Apply on your face and leave for half 30 mins. Wash with cool water. This helps to clear dark spots, age spots and black heads. It also brightens the face and closes pores. 
I hope you love this. 
I have a very sensitive skin and get outbreaks when I sweat or eat junks. Also, when I am under stress, I found out my complexion becomes so dull and would have rashes and whiteheads all over my face. 
Well, the past few weeks have been very stressful for me due to the release of my book. I sleep late and wake up very early to continue working. Well, let me just say, the evidence was on my face but I wasn't bothered. I simply ordered for an anti acne soap from Tresses and body. She gave me an anti pollution silver cleansing cream from Vaadi Herbals. I was so delighted. Also, I made my own anti acne glow cream from argan oil, neem butter and some actives. 

I started using the cream on Wednesday while I picked up the soap on Saturday. 

When I applied the cleansing cream on my face, it felt as if an hundred ants were on my face. As for the soap,the feeling intensified but I noticed my skin pores became tighter, the whiteheads became less visible and my skin became clearer and brighter after washing off. 

I love my new regime and it's really working wonders. I no longer bother about funds for my beauty products. Most times I make mine or order for handmade soaps when I'm extremely busy. 
Honestly, I love organics. They work faster and are quite affordable to make. But around this region, they are usually more expensive than store brands. 
You can start making your own amazing and  affordable skincare products with the recipes from my book, so do not forget, it would be online from the 17th of September, 2016 for only 1,000 Naira or 3 dollars. You can't afford to miss this offer and opportunity. 

  I promised writing a recipe from my upcoming book, so that you can have an idea of what you would be spending your money on.  So here's a recipe from my book : HOW TO MAKE BODY CREAMS AND BUTTERS
I got this recipe from a blog about two years ago, when I started trying out cream making but I couldn't get some of the ingredients on the original recipe, hence I had to modify it and add some ingredients I found that suited my needs
It is one of my favorite recipes and can easily be adjusted to suit your needs. You can add or subtract the ingredients,depending on what you need.
With these recipe,you can make a cream that is luxurious, creamy, easily penetrable and has no greasy feel. You can use it for a flawless and smoother complexion. It lightens dark spots, nourishes, smoothens the skin and also prevents acne.  It is also one hell of a moisturizer. You can make this for yourself or your clients and wait for that happy feedback.  Enjoy!
All-Purpose Face Cream
1 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup avocado butter
1/4 cup mango butter
3 tablespoons beeswax
2 teaspoons strawberry or lemon glycerine (optional)
2 teaspoons of strawberry oil 
2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
2 teaspoons neem oil
2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
1/2 cup hydrosol (like rosewater,lavender, vanilla, jasmine etc.)
Cream base
(1). For the general face cream, combine the coconut oil, the butters and beeswax in bowl  on the top of a double boiler over low heat  or place in a microwave for 3 minutes.
(2). Cook, stirring constantly, until the beeswax has melted completely and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
(3). Once cooled, empty the mixture into a blender and remove the center hole from the cap, so that you can add ingredients while the blender is running. 
(4). Turn the blender on to medium speed and add the concentrated oils, glycerine( how to make lemon glycerine extract)  and vitamin E oil. 
(5). Then add the hydrosol in a thin, steady stream. Allow it to continue to blend, over time it will turn into a thick, pudding consistency which can take a few minutes.
 (6). Once it reached the right consistency, add the strawberry oil,neem oil, grapeseed oil and allow to blend for another 30 seconds.
(7). Turn the blender off and empty the mixture into glass jars . Allow to cool, before closing and refrigerating. 
This cream should be preserved in a refrigerator as it contains no preservative but it can last for up to 5 weeks. It should be made in small batches as it can be exhausted quickly in that way.
For the lightening or brightening cream version, repeat the above steps but do not use the beeswax . Once you get to step 7, pour the contents into the whitening cream base and mix before pouring into jars or bottles. Enjoy!
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A wonderful week to all my readers and visitors. I want to say a very big thank you to all my loyal readers and a big welcome to the visitors who make this blog their first stop when surfing the web. I have some goods news for you. Drumroll, please............

 My skincare book would be available for purchase online  from the 17th of September 2016. I am super duper excited about it. I have turned down offers to start an online training class due to this. The book is a detailed cream making and body butter making book.

It contains recipes that would help you start a flourishing skincare business and also have that glowing flawless skin. It include recipes on how to make body moisturizers, all purpose cream, Egyptian milk, black knuckles cream,quick fix cream,mango butter, Neem butter e.t.c.So bear in mind, this book is a must get, if you want to start your skincare business or simply make your creams at home.

The book contains a total of fifteen awesome handmade body creams and butters for every skin type, which would make your customers screaming for more. They are all very effective and the materials can be sourced from either the local market or online stores anywhere in the world especially Nigeria. 

When I was writing these recipes, I thought about the basic needs of the everyday woman,her skin problems and her skin desires. One woman wants to have a glowing flawless skin, another wants to lighten her skin in a natural and healthy way and another wants to maintain her complexion and produce her own skin care line. hence the recipes were carefully selected and written down bearing all these in mind.

They are written in clear simple language with illustrations. and as a bonus  for buying this book,every buyer gets a free perfume recipe and detailed addresses of where to source for these ingredients at low cost prices directly from my mailbox. The book is a pdf format and can be bought from Gumroad. This is to enable visitors from all over the world have access to the book.

Gumroad is a trusted  and very safe e-commerce platform that transacts payments from cards and Pay pal. You can also use wireless transfer to pay into my account and the pdf file would be sent immediately to your mailbox on confirmation of payment.
The book is not expensive as my desire is to make it affordable for everyone but it would only be out for a very limited time. It costs 1000 Naira or 3 dollars if paying through Gumroad and if you want to set a pre-order so as to get your copy immediately it is published, kindly contact me or set a pre-order on Gumroad.

I would be posting one of the recipes in my next post,so cross your arms,lean back and get a taste of my book.