shea butter

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 […]

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Simply Elegant Body Cream

by Andrea Butje on May 6, 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 […]

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Bead For Life’s Shea Butter Project

by Andrea Butje on 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 […]

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Soothing Skin Recipe: Three Carrier Oils for Burns

by Andrea Butje on 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. Baobab: The oil is made by cold-pressing the seeds of the fruit of the baobab tree (Adansonia digitata). Baobab oil is highly penetrating, deeply nourishing and […]

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Lip Balm – A Love Story

by Maria on July 7, 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 […]

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