Hair Garden teams with AfroSimplicity at The Augusta Market 7/30!!

Hello out there! This Saturday, July 30, The Hair Garden is teaming up with AfroSimplicity at the Augusta Market at the Riverwalk! This is something I have always wanted to take part in and am excited to be doing! At our booth you can find everything from Hair Garden natural hair products to some nice fashionable pieces!

This is just a preview of what she's got in store!

This is just a preview of what she’s got in store!

AfroSimplicity is a clothing and jewelry company started by my good friend Arlysa Ford. She has many styles of West African themed clothing and jewelry. These photos about are only a small example of the types of things she offers! The jewelry is all hand designed and she also does custom orders. She offers everything from dresses and dashikis to wrap skirts. Even if you can’t make it out to the market, you can check her out at http://www.afrosimplicity.etsy.com!

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Hair Juice and Cleanser

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Avocado Shea Moisturizer

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Mango Punch Conditioner

As for me, I will have many of my cleansers, conditioners and moisturizers available. I will offer 8 oz and 2 oz sizes. I hope to debut my new Mango Punch Cleanser, Euca-Mint Conditioner, and Cocoa Nut Butter at the market as well! Be the first to give it a try! If you can’t make it out to the market or want to see the products I offer ahead of time, you can visit my Etsy shop at http://www.thehairgardennursery.etsy.com! Use the promo code 15SALE to get 15% off any purchase of $15 or more!

I look forward to meeting you at The Augusta Market! 🙂

Hair Garden in Ghana

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Greetings from Ghana my lovely blossoms! I miss you all and can’t wait to get back and share some of my experiences with you all! I will try to update when I can. Follow me on Instagram (Hair Garden/aphropuphs) or twitter (@Aphropuphs) where I will be uploading pics and videos when I can!

Natural Perfumes by InScents121!

Hi there, beautiful people! As you know, I am always looking for a natural alternative to the commercial products out there and I want to share my latest find with you all!

I love to smell good and especially like scented oils. I met an awesome natural perfume maker on Etsy and just had to share her product with you all!

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Her Etsy shop is called InScents121 and she has a wide variety of wonderful perfume oils and even makes custom orders! First and foremost, I like the fact that she uses quality natural oils and not some cheap filler stuff. Her carrier base is coconut oil and we all know how much I love coconut oil! That and her premium fragrance are the only ingredients and simple is always better for me!

I ordered the Brown Sugar & Fig scent and it was exactly what I wanted. I love sweet musky smells and it got the best of both worlds with this! It reminds me of a slightly softer smelling version of Prada Candy!

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I love this oil so much and even have some on now! I put it on every evening when I get out of the shower! Pictured above is my own personal bottle! It was packaged nicely when I received it and even got a coupon code for my next order! She is always running specials and promotions so check her out!

Etsy shop: www.InScents121.etsy.com

Thanks for stopping by!

“Why Are You Rubbing Fruit On Your Face?”

Greetings, lovelies!! About a month my husband walked into the bathroom and watched me slathering my face down with a piece of lemon for a moment and with a perplexed look on his face asked, “Why are you rubbing fruit all over your face?” Ha ha!!

Well this is how it happened: My mom and I went to visit my Aunt a little while back and we couldn’t help but notice how great her complexion looked. My mom asked her if it was a new foundation and she let us in on her secret: Lemons!!!

She told us that she read that lemon juice was great for evening the complexion. I wasn’t to concerned about my complexion but rather what it could do about the oiliness in my skin and blackheads. I have always had oily skin. It is hereditary! I got home and cut up a lemon into about a dozen little slices. I rub a wedge on my face after cleansing with my sulfur based face soap (more details on that in another post) but before exfoliating.

Here is my process:

I hand-wash my face gently to clear any make-up, oils or anything on my skin so the lemon juice can properly penetrate. After blotting my face lightly with a towel, I follow by rubbing the lemon wedge all over my face starting with my t-zone (nose, around the nose, forehead) and eventually cover my entire face. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and then I rinse off with water and exfoliate my skin with my facial puff and my sulfur soap again. I wouldn’t recommend exceeding 15 minutes with the lemon juice on your face due to its high acidity (low pH). You don’t want to break down skin or completely dry out your natural oils. If your skin is sensitive, I would recommend diluting the lemon juice with aloe vera juice!

The first time I tried this, I exfoliated after the lemon juice with sugar. It was okay but I preferred my facial puff or a face towel.

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The first day I did this I could tell a big difference in my pores! They were barely visible and my skin didn’t feel as oily as usual the rest of the night. I kept this up every other night for about 2 weeks and love the results! My skin felt tighter, not as oily, and saw a reduction in blackheads and breakouts! I gave myself a break after 2 weeks because I did not want to overdo it. This is a great remedy for me to use when I am having a skin crisis!

I always did this at night before bed because I knew the sun coming in contact with the acid from the lemon juice on my skin could cause burning!

I do recommend this for people with:

  • oily and/or acne prone skin

I DO NOT recommend this for people:

  • with dry skin
  • with sensitive skin
  • with thin skin
  • who spend a lot of time in the sun

Have you tried lemon on your skin before? Do you think you will try it now? Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

8 Reasons You Should Be Using Lavender Oil!!!

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After I did my  8 Reasons You Should Be Using Peppermint Oil post, I intended on continuing going through my favorite essential oils. This now brings us to lavender!!

There are certain essential oils that I always keep on and lavender is one of them! It is great for so many different things and I think it is something you may want to try as well! First let’s learn a little more about what it is!

Lavender stems from the Latin word “lavare” which means “to wash” due to its clean aroma. Its early uses included being added to laundry and bath water.

Lavender oil has a soothing and balancing effect and is one of the most popular essential oils used.

Lavender is a natural antiseptic, antimicrobial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, decongestant and sedative! In other words it naturally kills bacteria and fungus, reduces swelling, helps relieve excess water, reduces mucus production and is a mood enhancer. Its calming properties is why it has been used for a long time to help people relax, sooth small children to sleep and even used to treat migraines.

One of my favorite things about lavender oils is its efficacy when used to treat certain types of alopecia. It is best for alopecia areata which is a form of hair loss in which hair is lost in small patches on the body. It promotes cell regeneration and growth and healing which makes it a great option.

This oil is great for both oily and dry scalp meaning its sebum regulating properties benefit overactive or underactive sebaceous glands. It also relieves itchiness from dandruff, dry scalp and many other scalp irritations.

I’ve given you a few facts about the oil. Here are a few ways that I personally use it!

  1. Joint pain relief – Some days after braiding hair or just because of the weather, I have pain in my 2nd knuckle joint on my right hand. I blend lavender with either eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil in a light carrier like almond or grape seed oil and massage it on my hand. The pain and inflammation disappears in moments.
  2. Muscle pain relief – I may over-exert myself while working out or lifting and moving something and may have some muscle pain. I remedy this with a light carrier oil and some drops of lavender oil and rosemary oil. Rosemary aids in improving circulation bringing blood flow to the area as the lavender reduces pain and swelling.
  3. Stomach cramping – Whether I am having stomach pain due to menses or digestion issues a light carrier with lavender and peppermint oil always does the trick for me! Stomach muscles are soothed and any gas or pain present is relived!
  4. Headaches – I apply a few drops of lavender with a carrier to my temple areas when I am having a headache. This is when its sedative properties get to kick in. It provides pain relief and relaxes me as well!
  5. Sore scalp -My scalp can get a little sore from a lot of manipulation of my hair especially around the edges. When my scalp is tender from getting a new style or from taking one down, I apply lavender oil often mixed with coconut oil. I apply it before getting my hair styled in anticipation of a high manipulation and to soothe and discomfort afterwards. Peppermint oil or eucalyptus is a good addition for their pain relieving and soothing effects.
  6. Scalp care – This oil has amazing antimicrobial properties that fight bacterial and fungal infections. These are often things that can affect the scalp and can hair loss. I always add it to my shampoo and any products I plan on placing directly on my scalp
  7. Sleep aid – On nights when I am feeling restless, I may place a few drops of lavender in my burner. The lavender is relaxing and calming. If you shower/bathe before bed this is excellent to add to your soaps and bath gels!
  8. Cuts, scrapes and bruises – I admit that I can get a little clumsy and I end up with all types abrasions and scrapes! Lavender and coconut oil is my #1 go to! Apply it to your minor cuts, scrapes, bruises, insect bites and irritations for natural relief.

Now you see why I always keep lavender oil around! There are so many more ways that this oil can benefit you.

How do you use it? Do you think you will add lavender oil to your essential oil collection if you haven’t already?

Thanks for stopping by!

My Easy Apple Pie! Kinda from scratch!

Greetings, everyone! If you haven’t noticed, lately I have been deep into baking from scratch due to inspiration from @Kurlfriend! My latest experiment was homemade apple pie! YUM!!! I saw a recipe for a cream cheese apple pie that I wanted to try on pinterest and here is my attempt!

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I started with the apples because I intended on cheating on the crust part this time around. The main part I was concerned about was properly stewing the apples. I picked up 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled them and cut them up. All was going good. I was playing my music, singing and doing the Carlton in the kitchen.

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Things were going well until I nearly sliced the tip of my thumb off. By then, I figured it was time to call it a night.

Ouch!!!

Ouch!!!

I used a few squirts of lemon juice and sprinkled about ½ teaspoon of salt on the apples and filled the plastic bowl with water. The salt water solution keeps the apples from browning! Plus the apples are already perfectly salted for the rest of the recipe!

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The next day with a fresh bandage on, I started on the stewing!! I started with:

  • 1 ½ cup of water
  • ¼ cup of cornstarch
  • ½ cup regular sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of ginger power

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I mixed all of the dry ingredients in the pot and then placed it on the stove burner and slowly stirred in the water. I messed up the first mixture because I just poured the water in on top of the unmixed ingredients while it was on the stove and it was just a big clumpy mess. I had to mix frequently when stirring in the water and continued mixing for about 2-4 minutes until the sauce thickened then I poured in the apples.

Cinnamon sauce is ready for apples!!

Cinnamon sauce is ready for apples!!

I let the apples simmer on low to medium heat for about 30 minutes until the apples were the texture I wanted.

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The rest of the recipe is where I cheated. I was ashamed so I didn’t take pictures. Instead of making the crust from scratch, I picked up some Pillsbury croissant dough. I got the buttery kind and laid half (4 triangles) on the bottom of the pie pan and covered that layer with the cream cheese icing. I had some left over from my homemade cupcake experiment the week before. The ingredients were simply cream cheese, butter, a little powdered sugar and a little vanilla.

Then, I layered the apple filling I made on top and followed with the other half of the croissant dough. Once that was done, I microwaved 2 tablespoons of butter and drizzled it over the top of the pie and then sprinkled some cinnamon sugar on top! I popped it in the oven at 350° and let it bake for about 40 minutes. I tried letting it bake for the cooking time the croissants required but it wasn’t done yet, I’m assuming due to the pie filling keeping it moist and the butter I poured across the top.

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This was the finished result and I have to say I was proud of myself! I sent over ½ of the pie and a container of my butter pecan ice cream to my parents to try! I have been out of town so I have to give them a call and find out how they liked it! My whole family are big fans of dessert!

Next time I am going to attempt the entire recipe from scratch so I can take 100% of the credit!

I hope you enjoyed! If you try this, I would love to hear how it turned out for you! Thanks for stopping in!