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…)


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.


  • Anchovies                                                                 1 Tin
  • Juice of two ripe limes
  • Honey                                                                        To Taste
  • Whole grain Mustard Seeds                                Teaspoon

You can substitute the limes with half a lemon if you prefer. I like limes because they are cheap and cheerful.

Healthy Salad Dressing Nigeria

To prepare

Open the can. That’s the hard work done and now it gets really easy, lol. Break up the anchovies to smaller pieces. The fish comes with some oil and we use that as well. Combine with the lime juice and mustard seeds. Add some honey to taste. Voila it is ready! Drizzle over your salad.

I like this particular dressing because it balances the sweet, sour and salty. At the last minute, I added some black pepper. There are no hard and fast rules. Just anything that floats your boat.

Let me know if you like it!

For more inspiration on healthy salad dressings, here’s a handy picture:

Salad Dressing Healthy home made


My daughter has developed a liking for peanut butter. Since I am not big on buying things from the supermarket when I can make it myself……I made it myself. If you would like to know the other reason why I hesitate to pull things off the shelf and into my shopping trolley, read all the way to the end.

There is nothing difficult about making peanut butter. My people (Igbo Kwenu!) have been making a peppery version for years as an accompaniment to garden eggs. Off course they started out using their grinding stones to do this. I left out all the grunt work and simply pressed a button on my blender and Voila!, creamy, smooth peanut butter.

Natural Nigerian Peanut Butter All Natural, Home Made Peanut Butter

I used only one ingredient and that was  – peanut, more popularly known as groundnut around these parts. My groundnut is salted and of the dark, well roasted variety which I much prefer for its full bodied flavor. The type that is lightly roasted and looks a lot lighter, has a different flavor. Whichever one you want your groundnut butter to taste like is the one you should use.

Natural Nigerian Peanut Butter Ingredient

The tools I used were: My Vitamix with a tamper to press the groundnut down. A spoon for transferring the peanut butter into a container and a glass jar for storage. Very easy.

Natural Nigerian Peanut Butter Tools for making

Place your groundnut ONLY in your blender and blend. I used the tamper in the Vitamix to press the groundnut down onto the blade. You will need to do this as well as the groundnut gets ‘stuck” and will be unable to move without your help.
Natural Nigerian Peanut Butter Blending

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