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..

If you're interested in finding out how to make your formulations better or acquiring the right knowledge for your brandClick here 

I love exfoliating!!! This is because my environment is dry and dusty, so my skin tends to get clogged and dull in some few days. Some people do not share the same sentiments because they have used exfoliants but they tend to break out. This is because some people simply pick an exfoliant without looking at the ingredients and checking if that scrub would suit their skin.There are two types of exfoliating products available in the market today: 
Abrasive 
Nonabrasive. 


Abrasive exfoliating products remove dead skin cells by physical friction, using synthetic or natural particles, such as jojoba beads, crushed fruit kernel, seeds, salt, or sugar. 

Nonabrasive exfoliating products use alpha and beta hydroxy acids to dissolve the top layer of dead skin cells. Alpha and beta hydroxy acids exfoliate by dissolving the very top layer of dead skin cells with glycolic acid from sugarcane, lactic acid from sour milk, tartaric acid from grapes, malic acid from apples, and pyruvic acid from citrus fruits. Malic and tartaric acids are more commonly used in exfoliating body products, as they are more potent.

 Many exfoliating products combine both offering a double action against dead skin cells, but such products can be irritating if you have fair, delicate, or easily irritated skin.

If you have inflamed acne lesions, an irritation, or a sunburn on your face or body, you should never use abrasive scrubs, no matter how natural or gentle they feel. This is because these scrubs will further damage the fragile skin in the area of inflammation, so the irritation gets worse and all your efforts to speed up the healing process will go down the drain along with the scrub. You can use abrasive scrubs in your weekly home spa regimen before applying a nourishing, whitening, or deep-cleansing mask.

This is one of my favourite exfoliants. It keeps my glow on point!!!Enjoy!!!

WHITENING BODY SCRUB
Half Cup of Hamalayan Salt, 
Half Cup of Black India Salt, 
2 Tbsp of Alum Powder, 
3 Tbsp of Licorice, 
1 Style Claire serum
Mix Very Well.
Note: For stubborn skin, add little more of hamalayan salt if you feel it’s too strong and grind it. 

To use, wet your body and apply in a circular motion. Leave on for 10-20 mins to allow it penetrate into your skin. You can package this scrub and use at home or sell it. It helps to exfoliate and lighten the skin. It is easy to make and very effective...Enjoy and pamper your skin!!!


I chose this topic today because I've seen so many people argue in favour and against it. Well,this is my opinion.

They are meant to help treat skin conditions and restore the skin to its normal balance. But it is being used more for skin whitening than treating skin conditions.

 Infact people use more than 5 tubes in a 500ml bottle and yes,it does whiten rapidly but it also weakens the skin and makes it prone to stretchmarks, uneven skin tone,white spots and blemishes. Some mothers even go as far as mixing the popular Funbact-A with Shea Butter because it lightens the babies skin and keeps it smoother. But that is so wrong. It does more harm than good. It's better you formulate your own body butter and use on the baby.

There is a popular and quite better way to use it as gathered from some formulators. Use one or two tubes only for clients who specifically asked for rapid whitening. If she's a returning client,then skip it and use whitening glycerine to maintain the complexion.

We should also understand that different clobetasol tubes  and gels  have different functions.They also vary in price and effectiveness. Some react very fast and do not do much damage if used rightly, but some react very fast and the effect would take a long time for it to be reversed.

Conclusion: Use sparinginly and accordingly.



I make it a point of duty to ask some of my students what kind of brand do they want to build?  Natural or Organics? It's a tricky question but I use it to highlight one of the less discussed topics in skincare. Most of them usually think since they are using basically natural ingredients for their formulations, then it equally means their brands can be labelled 'organics'.

Now come these questions:
What is the difference between organic and natural skincare? What exactly classifies your product as organic and natural? Can they be used interchangeably? 

From what I have read, these are my findings

Based on the dictionary definitions,

Nat·u·ral means:
existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.
Or·gan·ic means:
relating to, or derived from living matter.


You can see that there seems to be no much difference between the terms. However, I have come to find out that ‘organic’ is a strictly regulated term by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other regulatory boards all over the world. 

According to the USDA website , “organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances.”

Therefore, for a product to be recognised as an ‘organic’ product, it must meet strict standards set and approved by the National Organic Programs around the world. This means that an organic final product has undergone rigorous testing processes and has been approved/endorsed by a regulatory board before it can be labelled. 

Hence when buying anything labelled and certified as organic, you can be assured that no synthethic ingredient or additives has been used in the manufacturing process.

 ‘Natural’, on the other hand is a term that can be applied to almost anything that comes from nature. Unlike ‘organic,’ there is no legal procedure  when using the term ‘natural’. It can be used for any product which has been formulated with natural ingredients but has not been certified.
 
In Nigeria, the term organic is widely used on so many products. Infact, the term has been abused to a large extent that there have been reports of formulators using synthetic ingredients and claiming theirs is an organic brand. I tell my students, there is absolutely nothing wrong with starting with a natural brand, then graduating to being certified an organic brand if that's the goal. If not, there are also synthetic products which have been derived from natural products such as whitening powders, gels and serums which help solve skincare issues and can be a blessing to your formulation. I use both and recommend organic, natural and synthetic products as long as they are safe and help solve skin issues.

In summary, ensure your brand is safe for use on the skin no matter the type of product you choose to make.

Until my next post, remain beautiful😉
Let's talk about rice😍😍😍



Rice is one of the staple foods in this part of the world.Infact,one of my favourites.But I don't just eat it...I use it for a whole lot of other things, of which includes skincare. And it's milk has recently become one of the staple ingredients in my formulations because of it's  amazing benefits to the skin which include :  

Mosturizes the skin.
Makes the skin softer and smoother.
Is an excellent natural toner and astrigent.
Reduces and shrinks the appearance of pores.
Soothes skin irritations.
Promotes skin repair.
Can be used on hair to add shine and silkiness.
Makes the skin brighter because it slows down melanin formation
Protects the skin from sunburns


How to make rice milk

Many people have the misconception that rice milk is what remains after you wash the grains of rice prior to cooking them, but that’s not the case. You can in fact use that water for some purposes, but it doesn’t pack the same benefits that true rice milk does – and to make it you have to boil your rice in water.

Ingredients

½ cup white rice.
4 cups water.
What do you do?



To make my rice milk, I usually parboil my rice for 10 minutes to soften it or you can soak it overnight if you have the time.
 
After the rice has softened, I pour into my blender and blend to get a pasty texture.

Then you get a strainer or clean white cloth.

Pour the blended rice into the cloth and squeeze or strain.

You would notice the milk coming out and dropping into the bowl underneath.

Now you've gotten the milk, it's time to make some formulations with it!

You can use it for your handmade soap formulations, black soap, face masks, body scrubs...

Let's see some recipes...

Rice milk facial



Ingredients:
Rice milk

Directions
To apply the toner just moisten a cotton ball in the rice milk and apply it liberally to your face and neck if you want. It will provide long-lasting benefits to your skin and you’ll notice that it’s smoother and oil-free

Rice milk cleanser
author: daria patrunjel

Ingredients
1/2 cup brown rice flour
2-3 tablespoons pure organic rice milk.

Instructions
1. Mix the flour and milk together to form a paste, rub gently onto skin, then rinse with warm water.
To keep the skin in perfect condition and prevent premature skin aging.

Japanese Rice Mask
Ingredients
Rice
Honey
Milk
1. You need 2-3 tablespoons of raw rice of your choice and cook until it softens (put raw rice in cold water, gradually heat up until soft). Strain and put the rice water in a separate bowl.
2. Rinse your rice and add a tablespoon of warm milk. Stir until it is well combined and add a tablespoon of honey.
3. Apply a generous amount of the mask on your face. Remember to clean it thoroughly before the application.
4. Carefully remove the mask after half an hour and rinse with rice water.

There you have it, so next time you have some rice to spare,don't throw away. . Use it to pamper your skin...To see some of my formulations with rice milk, follow my instagram page @SoZayaofficial...

Until my next post....remain beautiful....







Leg veins are usually hereditary or can result from use of strong corticosteroid creams  on the skin, especially those used for whitening the skin. We all have veins naturally but these creams  thin the skin, thus increasing the appearance of blood vessels. A lightening cream which rapidly whitens the skin in a short time can cause your veins to be visible.  

But there are treatments which can help reduce the appearance of the veins.
Some of them include
1. Laser treatment
2. Sclerotherapy (injections)
3. Retin A- These should be applied on the skin for nothing less than six months everyday 


 Other natural treatments include:
1. Exercise
2. Shea Butter or any stretchmark ointment which can help thicken the skin
3. Vitamin C- helps to strengthen and nourish the skin, thus diminishing the appearance of these veins.
4.Apple Cedar Vinegar and Witch Hazel- These two combination should be applied directly on the skin everyday until noticeable improvements 
5. Good diet rich in antioxidants and vitamins to help strenthen the skin from within.

Most importantly- stay away from products containing steriods and mercury. Also if you're trying to treat these veins, stay away from whitening creams especially those not formulated with natural ingredients. They would not reverse the damage but would only worsen the conditions. Do not forget to see a registered dermatologist to help recommend some products for you.

Until my next post, remain beautiful.




Stretch marks can be annoying and discomforting. It can be caused by thinning of the skin, use of harsh whitening creams,weight loss, weight gain or pregnancy. It can be really difficult to get rid of stretchmarks but they can be avoided to a large extent by the use of some natural ingredients. These include:




There are also some products and stuff you can use to fade the marks...Enjoy!!


STRETCH MARKS CREAM



1 Bravia Baba De Carocol Cream

2 Miracle Powder

2 Spoons Schenic Oil

1 Miracle Derm Cream

Works like Magic


ANTI STRETCH MARKS SOAP

1/2 Wrap Ghana Soap

3 Tsp of Vit E

3 Tbsp of Aloe Vera Juice

1 Tbsp of Original Honey

3 Or More Tbsp of Lemon Juice

2 Tsp of Cocoa Butter (Optional)

*Method*
Mix the Ghana soap together with other ingredients, add more lemon juice if needed, add the juice little by little so that your soap will not be watery. Mix well and use.

Lemon juice contains citric acid which can be used to treat different skin problems and help fades marks.Cocoa helps the skin retain it's elasticity, makes it firm, heals the skin and helps fade stretch marks.



STRETCH MARK SCRUB

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Coffee Grounds

1 Tablespoon Almond Oil

3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons Sea Salt

4 Drops Carrot Oil

Procedure

Get a bowl pour in your coffee; add almond oil, lemon juice, sea salt and carrot oil.

Stir well & ready for use after one hour.


COCOA BUTTER SRETCH MARK CREAM

1 Cup Cocoa Butter

¼ Cup of Avocado Oil

30 Drops of Lavender Oil

Few drops of apricot oil

Method

Melt your cocoa butter on a double boiler; add the avocado oil, lavender oil and apricot oil then pour in a container.


 STRETCH MARKS REMOVER OIL

3 Drops of Lavender Oil

3 Drops of Frankincense Essential Oil

3 Drops Sandalwood Essential  

6 tsp of Sesame Seed Oil

Method

Add all the oil together in a double boiler, heat for 3mins (just to warm).

Pour in a container and store. Ready for use.

I usually recommend the body butter and oil for those who are pregnant. The body butter can help prevent stretch marks and make the skin firm.The cream and scrub can be used by everyone who seek to fade the stretchmarks. They might not work over night but with consistent use, these recipes would help fade the marks gradually. What do you use to treat your stretchmarks? 


Acne can really be daunting especially to those of us who cherish having our skin blemish free. Hence when they pop up we resort to finding quick treatments to getting rid of them. 

There are many easy, natural, and inexpensive ways to treat acne. 
To successfully battle acne, you need a consistent and effective skin care routine. Here are some general guidelines for taking care of acne-prone skin naturally:


Cleanse gently
 Wash your face with a nonfoaming or lightly foaming water-soluble cleanser that does not sting or leave the skin feeling dry in the morning, and double-cleanse with a cleansing oil and a foaming cleanser at night. 

Choose a toner that contains witch hazel, tea tree oil, chamomile, aloe, cucumber, calendula, and fruit acids to gently exfoliate the skin. For fast relief, you can apply milk of magnesia for a few minutes before going to bed. Apply it with fingertips or a cotton ball, leave it to dry, and wash off with tepid water.

Wear a daily moisturizer with antioxidants and botanical anti-inflammatory agents such as chamomile, green tea, panthenol, provitamin B5, tocopherol (vitamin E), licorice, calendula, raspberry, rice and oats, seaweed (algae), evening primrose oil, arnica, and echinacea. 

Use topical treatments. Tea tree oil is a traditional acne remedy that can be used directly or diluted with a toner or a mask. Apply a vitamin C powder directly onto blemishes. 

 Make sure you wear sunscreen especially in the summer and anytime you have active breakouts. Mineral sunscreen is perfect for acne-prone skin: you can wear it on top of your acne treatment of choice. Skipping sunscreen can result in dark postacne marks that are hard to get rid of.


Herbs that help treat acne

Some herbs help in controlling acne and they include:
Tea tree
Chamomile
Calendula
Cucumber
Fruit acids

Other ingredients are suprisingly effective include:

Alum powder-Mix with water to make a paste and apply over night.
Colgate toothpaste(white coloured type)..
Omi Aro(Herbal water)-Mix with your black soap.

For an effective acne treatment, you can try making this treatment recipe:

*DIY ACNE TREATMENTS*
For problem skin, nothing beats tea tree oil. You can apply it directly on blemishes, dilute it in your favorite toner, and add a few drops to your masks and scrubs.

*Sweet Tea Balm*
1 tablespoon runny honey
1 tablespoon aloe vera juice (bottled or freshly squeezed from the plant) 
10 drops tea tree oil
500 mg vitamin C (to act as a preservative)

Yield: 5 ounces

Combine all the ingredients in a shallow bowl and blend until smooth. Transfer into an empty lip balm jar. This blend can be stored in the fridge for up to six months and used on all sorts of blemishes and minor cuts.

I have used some of the above treatments and they have worked perfectly for me.Have you used any of the above ingredients? Did they work for you?



It's the season of carrots and you can practically see them everywhere.They are also cheaper during this period and are very much affordable.We all know that carrot is a vegetable that is rich in beta-carotene but I love them for the five good reasons:




1. Repairs skin tissues.
2.Gets rid of scars and blemishes.
3.Prevents wrinkles and slows down the aging process of the skin.
4.Protects against harmful skin rays.
5. Hydrates and moisturizes the skin.

Looking good, right?

I included them into a lotion I made recently and the result was awesome. I made a moisturizing lotion which was not greasy but light enough to penetrate easily into the skin.It smelt like bananas because I used banana fragrance-I love bananas.I included a lightening serum into it-nothing harmful,no hydroquinone or steriods.The serum contains carotene and whitening fruit acids which enhances and clarifies the skin complexion. The ingredients are inexpensive and can be easily gotten from your local organic store.

Enjoy!

You'll need 

* 1 bottle of 7 days carrot serum
* 2 tbsps carrot seed oil
* 10 grams mango buttet
* 25 grams ewax
*180 grams warm water
*10g carrot puree
*1tablespoon fragrance oil of choice
*1teaspoon of preservative

*Method*
 1. Pour ur ewax, mango butter and carrot seed oil in a bowl.Using a double boiler or microwave melt the oils and wax.
2. Rinse the carrots and scrape out the back if it's too dirty.
3. Boil the carrots in a saucepan.
4. Leave for 10 minutes.Bring it down and blend it.Set the puree and the boiled water from the carrots aside.
5. Now slowly add ur boiled carrot water into the oil and stick blend it. Add your preservative, carrot puree and serum.
6.Stick blend again.
7.Add fragrance or essential oils of choice.
8.Pour into ur containers.


     
Isn't it easy? I love this lotion...no harmful chemicals...it can lighten your skin and give you that glow that you seek...You can swap with any puree of your choice..You can also skip the mango butter and ewax and simply swap with a base cream. Or you can use an already made whitening cream such as Abonne, Magic Arbutin lotion or Gluta wink white..... These are plain whitening lotions with no harmful additives and can help make your skin glow.

Like I said earlier, you don't need to break the bank with this lotion and it is very good for people who want to have a blemish free and lighter complexion...Have you tried a lotion like this before? I would love to hear from you..Until my next post, remain beautiful...
One of my projects last week was to make a scrub that had minuscle particles which would be very good for someone with a sensitive skin like mine. I wanted something that would serve as a mask, scrub, moisturizer and cleanser all in one bottle. I wanted something that would do all that and still be able to fade spots and prevent darkening of my skin.

So I used the following ingredients: ingredients like;
1).  kojic acid, sandalwood powder, azeliac acid and strawberry extracts for their whitening properties
2). activated charcoal, camwood and neem powder for their healing and cleansing properies
3). honey, castor oil and morroccan argan oil for their healing and moisturizing properies.



 After stirring ,this beauty was formed💖💖...I ended up making three batches🤣..If you're looking for a product that would soothe, moisturize, cleanse,exfoliate, lighten and repair your skin,then you can use the ingredients above to formulate your own bathwash. They can do wonders to your skin.


They contain properties which would put a glow to your skin, remove dead skin cells, making it blemish free and clean.And if you're like me that is always busy and do not have time to follow a skincare routine, then this bathwash would help you out.
I would love to see your creations and formulations.
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Making your own soap at home is indeed an exciting and fun-filled task! The many formulations that can be derived from the wide range of raw ingredients are endless. Apart from the fact that soap making gives you the opportunity to get creative and experiment with new combinations and shapes, it also offers various other benefits. 

Benefits of homemade soaps:
By making your own soap, you are aware of the constituents and get the chance to use ingredients that best work for your skin. You can make use of products that are pure and good for your skin like essential oils. Packed with natural goodness, essential oils make the perfect ingredient for soaps with their amazing benefits and refreshing fragrance.It is best to avoid store-bought soap as they are laden with synthetic dyes and chemicals. They are harsh on your skin and can hamper the natural oil balance. Homemade soaps make a healthier alternative and you get to nourish your skin with natural ingredients.

Whether you are new to the art of soap making or are a seasoned soap maker, the following guide is sure to make your experience an extremely delightful one. There are a number of ways in which the process of soap making can be taken up. You can either go for the extremely simple ‘melt and pour method’ or try the ‘cold process’ method. 
The melt and pour method typically involves melting pre-manufactured soap bases,and then ultimately pouring the liquid into new moulds to set. Before pouring into the moulds though, you can add in your favourite scents, colours and other additives to make your own signature bar of soap! 
The cold process method involves making soaps from scratch. However, it is a lengthy process and you need to leave the soap for a month to cure. If you wish to make soap from scratch but in a simpler way, the ‘hot process’ recipe is a good one to start with. 

The following guide can help you through the process of soap making from start to finish. You get to have an understanding of the ingredients and equipment as well as essential oils that you can add.
Resources required to make soap at home:
The supplies that you will need to make your soap primarily depends upon the type of soap that you wish to make. From soap with a rich lather to those that can also be used as a shampoo, there are many options to explore.

Base fats and oils:
They serve as the base for the soap that you will make. You can even use ingredients that you already have at home as a base like olive oil or other vegetable oil. If you wish to make a glycerin soap, you will require a chunk of glycerin as a base. 

Lye:
After you have figured out the oils that you will use, you will need to buy lye. This is basically sodium hydroxide or caustic soda and results in the chemical reaction that causes the fats and oils to change to soap.

Essential or Fragrance Oils:
With their wide array of benefits, essential oils can add character and a fabulous aroma to your soap. You can add any essential oil according to your preference. Lavender, rosemary and bergamot are popular essential oils that are being used. 

Ways to stay safe with Lye:
If you have decided to use lye, there are a few precautions and safety measures that you need to take to ensure that you use this chemical safely. Make sure to remember the following points:

Use safety goggles
Wear gloves
Use a stove with a proper extraction fan
Make sure there is no direct contact with the skin
Use stainless steel vessel. Avoid aluminium or vessels with a non-stick surface.
Tools required:
Safety gear
Scales
Two Steel pots
Two thermometers
Stick blenders
Plastic Moulds

Method:
The ratio of the oils and fats to lye is determined by the ingredients that you choose to use. For a flawless outcome, it is best to look for a recipe and stick to it. The saponification index for every combination of lye and oils is different. You can make use of the ‘lye calculators’ online for accurate results.
Well, excited about making your own soap at home? Here is an easy recipe that you can try.

You will need the following ingredients, most of which are easily available. 
Almond oil – 110.5g – 8%
Olive oil – 388g – 28%
Lard/butter – 332g – 24%
Cocoa butter – 69g – 5%
Castor oil – 68g – 5%
Coconut oil – 414g – 30%
Lye – 193g – 6%
Water – 482g
Fragrance/essential oil- 56g

Process:
Place the two pots on the stove.
Use one for the lye & water and the other to melt the oils and fats
Measure the oils and fats and after they melt add the liquid oil to the pot
Gradually pour the lye solution into the melted oils and fats 
Use the stick blender to give it a few bursts
Cook the mixture and stir every few minutes
In about 30 minutes you will notice that it has reached a gel stage. You will notice the oils separating towards the edges of the pot. Keep mixing and cooking.
After it feels uniformly light, you can take it off the heat. 
You can now add the essential oils and colourants. 
If you are using a non-liquid colourant, mix a little olive oil first to make it easier. 
With a spatula, add the mixture to your mould and press to ensure that there are no air pockets. 
Leave it for 1-2 days until it turns hard.
You can now cut the soap and it is ready for use. 

Isn’t the process a simple one? Why not go ahead and give it a try then!
However, make sure to check the exact recipe percentages and saponification index. Avoid guessing the equation to make the process a smooth one. With every batch, you will notice that the process of soap-making becomes simpler for you. 

Are you looking for natural ingredients to make soaps at home? 
N-Essentials brings to you a wide range of pure, natural and/or organic cosmetics and essential oils. In case you are looking for more information about pure ingredients and essential oils for your soaps, feel free to call us today. 
Alternatively, you can also email us at info@n-essentials.com.au.

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Making black soap is a delight at anytime but you need to be careful of the ingredients you intend using. It is not important to follow recipes but you need to have a basic idea about the functions of the ingredients you are using. When you have a good knowledge about the ingredients in your products,then you would be able to decipher the problem with any product...

1. Liquid in black soaps
I have been making soaps for over a year now and I have encountered perfection and problems with some of my formulations.One thing I have learnt over time is that when applying watery substances to your black soap, you need a preservative, if you want to use the product for more than a month else it would ferment and get spoilt...I have used purees, juices,waters-any type and have gotten the same results...They all get bad within two weeks, max-3weeks

2. Stick to oils and butters
Oils and butters would ensure that your black soap have a longer shelf life. Also you need to be certain of the type of oil which would suit your skin. I steer clear of olive and coconut oil. I have an oily and sensitive skin hence I limit myself to oils with little fatty substances.I prefer soothing oils such as peppermint,mint and tea tree.I also go for anti-oxidant and fungal oils due to the sensitive nature of my skin. As for butters, tamanu and mango are my favourites.I am not a fan of shea butter. Different things for different folks.

3. Herbs  go a long way
I love powders and herbs because they help in exfoliating as well as moisturizing the skin. Camwood,turmeric and neem top the list for me but if you are looking for whitening powders,then turmeric,sandalwood ,gram flour, mulberry, bear berry, tomato powder and carrot powder should be on your list.

4. Additives
Adfitives are a must if you're thinking of making a whitening black soap.Serums, lightening oils such as pure gluthathione oil, zaya oil, kojic dip, over white,toujour whitening serum can lighten/whiten your skin depending on the shade you're aiming for. Acids such as lactic, glycolic,salicylic, kojic can do wonders. Lightening powders such as Alpha Arbutin,gigawhite, snow white is also necessary..If you're thinking of a whitening black soap,then one of these should be in your soap.

Also, if you want a perfect black soap with a longer shelf life,then your soap should contain no liquid.If you want purees or floral waters in your formulation,please use a preservative or use within two weeks.A perfect black soap should also contain oils that is suitable for a particular skin type.The herbs or powders should also be selected for their properties.And of course,if you want a whitening soap, endeavour to include a whitening powder, acid and serum to your formulation.

Now you know what your black soap should contain. I would be posting a favorite recipe in my next post,so keep in touch until then.
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In this month of February,we bring you our list of oils(essential and carrier oils) in stock with love💞💖💖.So all my body and skin care lovers out there..this is for you.All oils are 100% undiluted👌...unadulterated.👌...Retail and wholesale for those interested in bulk purchases. If you've got  sensitive skin or battling from skin issues, trust me..some of these oils would be your best bet..Tag someone you know who need any of these👫..who knows, it might be the best valentine gift they've ever received🤷.Here they are... Tree Tea Oil 
Carrot seed oil 
Peppermint oil 
Lemon Oil 
Lavender oil 
Mint oil 
Ylang Ylang 
Geranium 
Sandalwood oil 
Fenugreek oil 
Eucalyptus oil 
Neem oil 
Jasmine oil 
Cypress oil 
Camwood oil 
Ginger flower oil 
Ocean breeze oil 
Lemongrass oil 
Rose oil 
Orange oil 
Neroli  oil 
Chamomile oil 
Frankincense oil 
Myrrh oil 
Rosemary oil 
Turmeric oil 
Cinnamon oil 
Fennel oil 
Clove oil 
Oregano oil 
Bergamot oil 
Saffron oil 
Lemongrass oil 
Helichrysum (anti-scar oil) @ pre-order only
Jojoba Oil 
Joboba oil (golden) 
Sweet Almond 
Rose Hip oil 
Wheat Germ Oil 
Ginger oil 
Coconut oil 
Virgin coconut oil (Cold-pressed) 
Palm Kernel Oil 
Argan oil 
Rice bran oil 
Sunflower oil 
Safflower oil 
Olive oil 
Shea oil 
Castor oil 
Jamaican black castor oil 
Hazel nut oil 
Hemp seed oil 
Mustard oil 
Meadow foam oil 
Grape seed oil 
Papaya oil 
Cucumber oil 
Apricot oil 
Avocado Oil 
Evening primrose oil 
Macadamia oil 
Black seed oil 
Sesame seed oil 
Calendula oil 
Emu oil 
Tamanu oil 
Tahiti monoi 
Sea buckthorn
Crocodile oil
Ant oil
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Yay! My first post for 2018!
I get to deal with rashes on my face quite often especially when I'm stressed out, sweating or due to the dust from dearest Lagos roads and traffic. But then they usually disappear within a few days after using some stuff,which I would be telling you about. These products have been my saving grace anytime I develop these rashes. I've also recommended them for some people and have received positive feedbacks from them..

So the first thing I usually do is use this black soap cleansing bar I got from a local store. It lathers well, cleanses and tightens the skin pores after use. It also helps tone and maintain my complexion, hence it has now become a favorite product.


The second thing I do is make a scrub or a mask containing activated charcoal, camwood, tea tree oil and honey.
I let it sit on my face for 10-20minutes to allow the herbs work.This mask helps in eradicating acne and soothing the face.It also helps in cleansing, opening the skin pores and eradicating dead skin cells.


The third thing I use is a toner.Nowadays,I'm falling in love with Skin Doctor's witch hazel and papaya toner. It really helps with the rashes.I usually notice a difference when I look at the mirror in the morning.My face becomes smoother and better the next morning.



The final thing I use is this chinese face cream and tea tree oil. I take a little of both products into my palm and apply on my face before going to bed.Both products perform magic!!!! When I gave them to my sister, she was very pessimistic about it because the cream has this incense odour but after seeing the results, she had to get a second jar. Haha!


These products have really worked for me and has become my go-to whenever these rashes pop up. These products can also be used for treating and controlling acne.Those with sensitive skin can also use this and would definitely see their skin improve..What do you use in eradicating rashes? Do you have any favorite herbs or products that work wonders? I would love to hear from you. Until my next post, remain beautiful