Make It Yourself

Make your own dark chocolates Natural Nigerian

Who loves chocolate? Yeah, that's what I thought. Almost everyone does.

​However, for those of us trying to pursue a healthy lifestyle, we find that we can't indulge guilt - free because of the ingredients in a chocolate bar. The ingredient list below is for a bar that is quite popular in Nigeria. Not terrible but definitely not  a healthy bar. 

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Store oils to last Nigeria

Oils are becoming more and more useful outside the kitchen. In Nigeria, coconut oil has been used as a cosmetic product for a long long time but is now proudly joined by oils like Hemp Seed Oil, Sweet almond e.t.c. 

A fairly common problem with oils is that they get spoilt or they go rancid. And we don't want that, so this post is about storing your oils to last.

It is fairly easy to tell when oils have gone rancid - they smell "off"

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Formula Botanica Training Natural Nigeria Skin Care Class

We had a good array of ingredients for our formulations

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…)

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One of our indigenous Nigerian products that seems to be getting a lot of face time is the humble black soap. Actually, this is something that is used in many many African countries although the recipes differ from country to country and even state to state within a country. I can tell you that the Igbo black soap is nothing like the Yoruba one. There is a distinct difference between the two from the feel to the smell. All the same, African Black Soap has several similarities. (more…)

NATURAL HAIR POMADE Pomade: /pəˈmād,pəˈmäd/Wikipedia describes Pomades as a scented ointment applied to the hair or scalp.

My friend asked me to make her a pomade recently (I make products on demand for friend and family – when I have time).  She wanted something that would help the hair on her temple grow. Something that would stimulate growth.

While I have never been of the school of thought that products are the no. 1 solution to hair growth, there are some ingredients that do help to stimulate hair growth and I made sure to include some.

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Hair Mayonnaise made in a blender

If you love a quick and easy DIY, this post is for you.

This takes all of 10minutes to make (including wash up time) so it requires very little planning on your part.

All the ingredients are easy to get and you can pretty much substitute if you don’t have a particular ingredient that I have mentioned. As an example, my acid was Lime juice. You can substitute with either Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice.

The Essential Oil used was Rosemary Essential Oil but you can use any you wish to use. I used Rosemary Essential Oil because it is THE hair essential oil. It is anti-viral, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-microbial and much more. It is used in treating dandruff and soothing an itchy scalp. Rosemary Essential Oil also increasing circulation which helps hair grow.

If you are hypertensive or pregnant, please use another essential oil like Peppermint or Lavender. 

It is really that easy to make your own Hair Mayonnaise. Recipe is below. (more…)

Healthy Salad Dressing Nigeria 2

I love salads of all kinds. I can eat veggies in pretty much any permutation.

  • Cabbage + Tomatoes + Cucumber
  • Carrots + Green Pepper + Cucumber + Tomatoes
  • Lettuce + Carrots + Cabbage + Green Pepper + Tomatoes
  • Carrots + Spinach + Avocado + Tomatoes

…you get the general idea.

I usually throw in some grilled chicken or some boiled eggs to make it a whole meal. Sometimes, I toss in some fruit like apples and eat it like that, sans dressing.

The one thing that wrecks a salad and transports it from a healthy meal to a non-healthy one is the salad dressing that is used.

Today, I am sharing an absolute favorite salad dressing. One that I have made over and over again.