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    How To Melt Shea Butter and Natural Oils for Body Care

    by Andrea Butje on April 20, 2015

    Learn how to melt shea butter and natural oils so you can make your own body products.

    It’s one thing to follow a recipe—and that’s important when you’re creating a product that you want to replicate—but by understanding how to melt natural oils and butters, you’ll be able to get creative. There's no end to the variety of body products you can make!

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    Simply Elegant Body Cream

    by Andrea Butje on May 06, 2013

    Simply Elegant Body Cream is quick to make and doesn't require any melting on the stove.

    This body cream has a lovely thick texture, and coats dry skin beautifully. Even a small amount of this cream is deeply moisturizing--and it lasts for hours!

    If you love the aromas of shea butter, coconut oil and Neroli, you just might fall in love with this easy to make homemade body cream. Shea butter is famous for its moisturizing abilities--and is used for healing and cooking by women in Africa. Coconut oil is perfect for addressing dry, irritated skin (and even conditions like inflammation).

    Neroli is a gentle citrusy, floral scent, and the oil is known to support skin healing and soothe pain. The addition of the German Chamomile hydrosol to this body cream brings a surprisingly sweet and fruity aroma.

    Some uses for your body cream:

    • take care of your skin after sun exposure
    • preventing stretch marks during pregnancy
    • for dry skin, hair and nails
    • as a nighttime moisturizer
    • to soothe itchy,  irritated skin
    • to heal babies skin from diaper rash

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    Bead For Life's Shea Butter Project

    April 13, 2012

    About a month ago, I got an email from Erin and Heather, two women who work for the non-profit organization, Bead For Life. Bead for Life's goal is to eradicate extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and the world’s concerned citizens. Erin and Heather were hoping I could connect them with an African distiller to purchase high quality essential oils for their shea butter products. […]

    Soothing Skin Recipe: Three Carrier Oils for Burns

    July 26, 2010

    There are many wonderful carrier oils for burns that nourish the skin and speed its healing. Baobab oil, shea butter and tamanu oil are three of my current favorites.   […]

    Lip Balm - A Love Story

    July 07, 2008

    I've never enjoyed the waxy feel of over-the-counter lip balm. When people talk about their lip balm addictions, or my girl friends reach into their purses for gloss several times in the course of a few hours, I'm the one scratching my head. I just don't get it. To me, chapstick feels like rubbing a warm candle on my mouth and gloss feels like wearing a thin layer of glue. […]

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