All Natural Beauty
I always get comments in the streets about how good I smell, how smooth my skin looks, and how I have such shiny, healthy hair. Those of you who know me know about the whole organic health food regime on my Mom's side of the family, it's been going on for four generations now. My homegirls know a few of my beauty secrets, and some of them are hip to a few of the products I use. But today, in an unprecedented act, I'm going to share all my secrets right here on Pyramids 2 Projects. Check it out... And to all my gentlemen readers, don't leave yet, read ahead and click on these links - your grandmother, mother, aunties, sisters, daughters, and Queens will thank you for it!
It's Da Balm! For real, that's what it's called. Perfect for dancers, skaters, walkers, runners, bikers, or anyone who has owie feet.
I'm the third generation of women in my family to use this pure Olive Oil soap. The best face soap, period.
Jasmine Petal Sea Salt Soak...relax in a hot bath and smell good doin' it.
The true test of a righteous person - do they wash up with Dr. Bronner's? Peppermint, Lavender, or Almond are the best!
For the teeth, I like Tom's of Maine flouride-free toothpaste in Cinnamint. To keep my teeth white I sometimes brush with a paste of pure baking soda and just enough water to make it stick to the toothbrush.
www.lifesvigor.com (Tom's of Maine no longer sells direct from their site, www.tomsofmaine.com)
Another wonderful bar soap, Dudu Osun, the best of the Black soaps I've found.
Try the Aloe Herbal Hair Wash with Ylang-Ylang & Vanilla scent.
Alba deep conditioner is thick, rich and leaves a delicious scent in your hair. I use a teeny, tiny bit as a leave-in.
www.houseofnutrition.com (don't know if Alba has a website of their own, also available at Whole Foods markets!)
I can't live without the Beeswax and Banana hand creme...it smells like yummy banana bread fresh from the oven
www.burtsbees.com (Also try the complexion soaps and the amazing citrus facial scrub)
The "Aries" scented butter smells SOOO good...but my favorite is the CitrousCin.
www.myemagine.com (I met this Sister at a street fair in Eagle Rock, and her products are TO DIE FOR. Try the Milk bar soap, which doubles as a shampoo!)
Anahita's Hair Butter is divine, Heavenly Spirit Body Butter works every time!
Khoret Amen Shea Butter Hair Smoothie! Sweet Almond Cookie Oil! Mmmmm...yummy
Delicious body scrubs in Ginger Sweet Coconut or Peppermint Dark Chocolate
I suggest Aura, Honeydew Melon, or Hibiscus. My signature blend is Chocolate Kiss, Orange Blossom, and Peppermint (Essential Oil) mixed together - three parts chocolate, two parts orange, to one part peppermint.
www.bodytimeproducts.com (this is the original Body Shop, however when the company in the UK started they got richer faster and so they changed the name to Body Time, located on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA)
Hella Good! What more can I say?
Shea Butter is the best moisturizer I've found for hands, feet, lips, even hair. I custom-scent this butter with an oil or two from Body Time, and keep it moving...
Before I cut off all my hair, I used this oil during the summer to prevent my hair from drying out. The scent is Tiare (Tahitian Gardenia) and it smells amazingly good. If you really want to go for the gusto, wear this scent along with the hair oil.
Monoi Tiare hair oil from http://mailorderhawaii.com and fabulous Hawaiin solid perfume from www.maliekauai.com
Try the CitrousCin (Orange and Cinnamon) in the sugar scrub. Um, er, uhh...it's "lickable" literally, edible. Now that's all natural!
Now ladies, if someone sent you a gift basket with all of the above items inside, not on a special occasion or "holiday" but just because...how pampered would you be?!!
I almost forgot! Jane Carter Solution leave-in conditioning spray. It brings out the curls in my hair and it's not greasy at all. Thank you Jane!
I've made my own sugar scrub with great success, the recipe is
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup Bustelo fine-ground coffee (or other "Spanish" espresso)
1 tablespoon madagascar vanilla
1 orange (juice, pulp and outer peel)
1 1/2 cups Sugar in the Raw
1/2 cup Sage Honey
3 cinnamon sticks, crumbled
1/4 cup rock salt
Mix into a paste and use as a body scrub in the bath or shower. Keeps in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Add an essential oil such as Rosemary or Peppermint, or some grated fresh Ginger root, for a more invigorating scrub. I made that up when I was living in Brooklyn, but it worked wonders, and people say if you take a bath in coffee you'll come in to money.
I guess this all started with my Mother who made her own candles from scratch in different colors, scents, shapes and sizes. Check out this site for candle-making supplies, and this message board with tips on making homemade candles (and soap).
Check these techniques and tips from other women who get down the All Natural Way:
Funk Creative Diva
Yetunde Taiwo Rodriguez
Stephanie Rose Bird
Susie Parker Goins
P.S. If you have any favorites to add on, post up in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
P.P.S. If you're reading this, and I shouted out your product, send me a lil gift basket or something, Please? Thank you.