A few weeks ago, I had to tell myself the truth about my facial skin. It was congested, I had acne and rashes – two things I rarely ever experience. And lastly, my skin was not as bright as it used to be. (more…)
I’m bringing this series back, because in this Made in Nigeria dispensation, there is a lot to love and share. (more…)
I have always been pretty reluctant to answer any questions regarding hair growth, hair conditions e.t.c. If you have ever DM’d me or sent me an email, you may have noted either my reluctance or been the recipient of a delicious new option that opened up to me: I refer you to an actual professional whose business is everything hair. Someone who has taken several courses specifically detailing hair and scalp diseases and who has even done an internship with a reputable “senior” in the business. (more…)
I have been a long time fan of addingto my bathwater, depending on my mood. Peppermint, to wake me up. Lavender and or Tea Tree oil to help me sleep, lemongrass and eucalyptus – well, because I love the smell. I did all this for years but a few weeks ago, something happened that means that I never will. Made me realize how unsafe it is to do this. (more…)
On the 14th of March, we held the first ever Formula Botanica training in Nigeria. The tutor was Nkechi Ofoegbu. We had an amazing crowd of women – everyone got along really well and were really open about their businesses. This is something we need more of, frankly! Collaborations get us farther ahead as an industry. Anyhoo, we had a lovely group of women. I loved the fact that some of them literally travelled out of their comfort zone to come for this class. We had people come in from Ife, Kano and Calabar. (more…)
Since announcing the Formula Botanica Skincare class in Nigeria, I have received several mails about the training in March and I would like to take a minute to do a post about it, that way most people can get their answers right off the blog. (more…)
I have been remiss in my duty about talking about the products that we carry in our Ahia Natural Nigerian. That will change from now on!
To begin with, I thought I should let you all know that we listened to all the feedback we got about being in stores so we have worked with a few stores to stock our items! Yay!
Now, this is by no means a finished list. It is going to grow over the next few months as we add on new stockists. We will ultimately move the list to a page of its own so that you can tell the exact items you can get at any store that we have listed.
- Ebeano Supermarket, Lekki Phase One and Chevron
- Quintessence, 1, Gerard Road, Ikoyi (just after the Parkview Estate Gate)
- KL’s Natural Bar. 29C Ikorodu Crescent, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi.
- Sizzelle Stores. Bounty Brooks Ltd Sizzelle Online Store
Suite B7, Cherub Mall, Km 18, Lekki Expressway (opposite New Road bus stop), Lekki,
- Natural Mane of Deepbrown & Kinks delivers!
- Keeks Pharmacy, Bright Star Plaza, Jabi, Abuja
- Lumos Naturals & Shop, Suite G8, Mbouty plaza, Marcus Garvey street, behind Emirates Hotel, off 5th Avenue, Gwarinpa.
If you are interested in being a stockist, please write firstname.lastname@example.org for our terms!
Thanks guys, every bottle of product makes it possible for us to do this on a sustained basis!
This month, I am loving the things that make me clean.
Let’s start with my feet. I have very very dry skin. My heels are dry and even have cracks in them. To slough off dead, dry skin, nothing works better than my local pumice stone. I have tried a lot of the imported variations but they can’t hold a candle to this stone. They are typically not sold in stores, so imagine my joy when I walked into Fig Health Store, Lekki and saw them displayed beautifully in a basket. I bought 3 of them. At N350 each, I consider that a good deal.
I typically use the pumice stones once a week and follow up with a deep moisturizing treatment. if I feel like my feet need more TLC, I slather cream on them and sleep in socks. Works every time.
I have spoken about my Clarisonic before. After years of using my hands, wash cloths, soft sponges, medium sponges et al without much satisfaction, I came across the Clarisonic Aria about a year ago. I use it once a day – typically at night. Let’s just say that my facial skin has never been the same. I now spend less on facial products because my face is so clean, my products sink in faster. Also, that elusive glow girls chase after? With the truly clean skin the Clarisonic gives, you will come closer to having it.
While my skin is actually quite good and acne free, it has gotten even better with the Clarisonic. It is a product I would advice everyone to get.
I bought mine straight off the Clarisonic website. They don’t ship to Nigeria, unfortunately.
The first time I had these used on me were at a Hammam treatment. I have been to more Hammam treatments since that initial one but never thought to use the gloves on myself. On a whim, I bought a pair about 2 months ago and I do not know why I didn’t do so sooner. Anyone that has had a Hammam knows that those ladies don’t play with these gloves. By the time you are done with the treatment, a whole lotta dead skin and dirt is left behind – I figured that I could get a similar effect. The first time I used them on myself, Chile! lemme tell you that I was puzzled at the brown water pooling at my feet in the shower when I rinsed off.
These babies rid the skin of dead cells and reveal smoother, skin. I do not hurt myself by rubbing myself raw. A sensible pressure will still give you the desired effect. I get a lot of questions about what products can give glowing skin. Yes, I used the word “give” and not “reveal”, intentionally. Apart from good make-up, which gives only a temporary glow, I don’t believe that there is a product that can give it to you. Wash your body and face properly and you may be able to reveal that glow.
I bought these for between N850 – N1000 at Ebeano Supermarket.
Have you used any of these products before?
I keep getting asked about skin care tips, especially for glowing skin, brighter skin and even….gasp….lighter skin. As we all know, I am not a dermatologist so my knowledge of these things are limited. However, I am fair complexioned and when you are fair complexioned and live in the tropics, it is doubly essential to take extra care of your skin. Dark complexioned as well, of course.
So I have compiled a few tips to getting clearer skin. Naturally, topical applications can only do so much. To get good results one needs to have a good diet, drink lots of water and stay out of the sun (after 10p.m, there is no more Vitamin D to be had). Exercising is also quite beneficial as the sweat that ensues helps to flush pores.
Here are my tips. The natural ingredients are easy to find in any market/shop around you. You can use limes or lemons. I used limes as lemons can be challenging to find in Nigeria. I have deliberately left to your discretion your choice of moisturizer and sunscreen. Sunscreen is a must by the way, not just because using limes will leave skin photosensitive but also because I consider it good practice.
Try this for at least a month. I hope that you can benefit one way or another but please do not expect any miracles. Your spots will not disappear, for example. Let me know how it goes.
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As you may have guessed by my throwing it in your face so very often :), I am a big proponent of all things Natural. How much so, I haven’t even begun to share on this blog. I am also quite sensible about most things including my inclination for all things natural. I do not ever assume that an item is good for me just because it is natural.
As an example, we know that it is not all plants that are fit for human consumption – even for touching – as it may lead to a severe reaction. Good examples are poison ivy and inedible mushroom. Another point is that what works for one will not necessarily work for all. With factors like
- different body chemistry
- pre-existing illnesses
- levels of activity
and much more, it stands to reason that this theory is correct.
Also, I find that there sometimes appears to be no restraint in terms of quantity in consumption or use of Natural products. Even if something is good for you, a lot of it will certainly be bad for you. A book I once read said that water is good for our consumption but even drinking too much of it is bad for us.
So what am I trying to say here?
- Be Natural, try things with an open mind but always keep a log of how you react to things (especially if this reaction is adverse) so that you do not endanger your health, skin or hair.
- Start small and then scale up when using a new natural product. Don’t be shy to scale down or completely stop using the product if you feel uncomfortable.
- Read the experiences of others that have used these natural products but do not assume that your experience will be definitely be the same.
- If you have any health issue, you will still need to get advice from your doctor before you ingest or use natural products.
In case you are confused as to why I am dedicating a post to this, the answer is simple: I have heard way too many stories. I will share the highlights of a few with you.
- Folks drinking Apple Cider Vinegar neat or barely diluted because they want to get the full effect ( I won’t even comment on this one).
- A reader wanted to get the full effect of her essential oil (to guard against hair breakage) and used it barely diluted in a carrier oil and at a point, neat. Her hair has fallen off, the poor dear. Essential oils are potent – to be used sparingly.
- Reader reading/hearing that Henna was a good “conditioner” and doing a Henna treatment without following it up with a deep conditioning treatment. This led to dry hair and ultimately hair breakage.
- Using a preservative free skin care product which unfortunately was hosting microbial growth. This led to skin irritation. ( I would advice if it is a DIY, make and use small batches at a time and if the recipe calls for water, use purified water)
Natural products are generally good for you but do not automatically assume that they are benign products that cannot do you harm.