[caption id="attachment_5548" align="aligncenter" width="648"] We had a good array of ingredients for our formulations[/caption] 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.
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.
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.
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. More pictures and recipe below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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If you follow us on twitter, you would have gotten the notice a few weeks ago that we have added a few new items to our Ahia. So many new things to tell you. Where to start from