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Friday, September 9, 2016
WE ALL LOVE THESE GUYS...I KNOW, I KNOW

And this week we've got a goodie for you all, this week we're giving away to not 3 but SIX- YES 6 of you 2 boxes of Jamila Summercrop and your choice of add-on. Either 100 grams of hibiscus flowers, 100 grams of organic indigo powder or 100 grams of organic cocoa powder- YOU CHOOSE!! 

So you know the rules- get posting for your chance to win it!!

AND WE'RE ALSO BRINGING BACK THE BOGO ON SUMMERCROP 2014
BUY ANY HENNA POWDER AND GET 100 GRAMS OF JAMILA SUMMERCROP ABSOLUTELY FREE JUST PUT BOGO2014 in your order comments.

AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT WE'RE OFFERING 25% OFF YOUR PURCHASES FROM NOW UNTIL MIDNIGHT TOMORROW- SO LETS GET POSTING (and do a little shopping while you're at it)

COUPON CODE FFBOGO


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Thursday, July 21, 2016
You've waited long enough so here it is.
I know some of you may be familiar with hibiscus in one way or another.
 Most commonly used to make tea hibiscus flowers have immense health benefits and make a delicious refreshing drink,

Hibiscus tea with Mint!

 but did you know that hibiscus tea is also good for the hair???
 Hibiscus strengthens the hair strands and actually "piggy backs" when used along with henna to (with multiple applications) give the hair a gorgeous purple hue as opposed to the typical red.

I know you wanna know what to do so here we go.


You'll need about 50 grams of dried hibiscus flowers, to 100 grams of henna
1/4 c lemon juice and water.
First make the tea in a saucepan put about 2- 2 1/2 c water and the hibiscus and bring it to a full rolling boil. Boil for about 2 minutes then turn it off and allow it to cool slightly about 5 minutes.
Strain it and set aside.
In a non reactive bowl put your henna powder and add the lemon juice. Slowly add your hibiscus tea until you get a nice consistency. Remember a few lumps is just fine. Should be about the consistency of yogurt. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place and wait for dye release.
It's just that simple!
If you have tea left over simply put it in a spritzer bottle and sit it in the fridge to use later.

That's the burgundy mix ya'll . You can purchase these items separately or together in our BURGUNDY BUNDLE right here at Butters-N-Bars

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Friday, July 15, 2016



So this recipe is a nod to my big brother who was the first one to reach me how to make caramel icing and while that has been ions ago and I don't use yellow cake mix anymore lol it still stirs up memories of home and warmer greener pastures, I make this cake with palm oil no butter and it makes for a wonderfully light cake



and could be really adapted for vegans by using almond milk and subbing the eggs it for a couple teaspoons of vinegar...enjoy!





My Caramel Cake

The cake:
1 cup organic palm oil softened to room temp
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour (all purpose)
About 1 1/2 c milk
4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs slightly whisked
Prepare either 1 13x9" pan or 2 9" cake pans
Put all dry ingredients
 In large mixing bowl, mix on low to combine
Add palm and continue to beat on low until the mixture is in coarse crumb then add one cup of the milk. Beat  well then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add the vanilla and remaining milk. If your batter is too thick add more milk one tablespoon at a time until it's the correct consistency. 
SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS

Bake at 350° until cake is LIGHTLY golden brown or cake springs back
When touched.
Run a knife around the outside of the pan to loosen and turn onto cooking rack it continue to cool in pan(for rectangle pans)

Caramel frosting

12 oz evaporated milk
1 1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter
Vanilla
A pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, once boiling you must stir almost constantly to avoid scorching. 

Keep on stirring!


Turn down to medium high and continue to stir until the mixture has reduced and your drop is suspended. Remove mixture from heat and allow it to cool completely. Once cooked whip on high until is spreadable consistency.


 If after about 5 minutes it didn't make peaks add about a quarter cup of powdered sugar and beat on high until desired consistency is reached. Spread on completely cooled cake and enjoy with a big glass of milk :-D


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

IT'S TIME AND WE'RE GIVING YOU A HEAD START THIS WEEK BECAUSE THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES SO FAR!!

WHHHYYYYYY??!!!

Because as some of you know I enjoy baking and so this week I'd like to share a few of the oils that multi-task in the kitchen AND as beauty staples. So 3 of you will get a chance to score 3 of my favorite double duty oils

1/2 lb organic palm oil, 8 oz organic sunflower oil and 8 oz organic virgin olive oil!!!

I'm also going to post some of my favorite recipes to give you some inspiration as well. Like my caramel cake recipe and my pita bread and pizza dough recipes in addition to how to use these oils for your skin and hair as well!!!

Three winners will be randomly chosen but you have to post a comment to be entered, So post, POST, post to be entered to win and stay tuned for more from us

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Welcome back :-)
So here's the deal in order to get henna to 'stain' or achieve 'dye release' you need an acid and you have TONS of options here.
A few commonplace acids are outlined below

Lemon Juice- use lemon juice in the following ratio 1/4 c to 100 grams of henna and enough warm water to make a paste (warm water just makes mixing easier :-)

Honey- 2-4 tablespoons of honey to 100 grams of henna and enough water to make a paste

Coconut Milk or Whole Milk Yogurt- 1/4- 1/2 cup to 100 grams of henna and, you guessed it, enough water to make a paste

Cocoa Powder-2 tablespoons to 100 grams will get you dye release but if you want the henna to be more brown in color then use up to a 1:1 ratio of cocoa powder to henna and water to make a paste

Green Tea- this one you have to steep a strong cup of green tea (8 ounces steeped atleast 10-15 minutes) add to 100 grams of henna and if additional water is needed for consistency then just add enough to make a paste

Amla Powder- 4 tablespoons to 100 grams of henna powder add enough water to make a paste


Now these are some of the basics for your mix and we'll get into other add ins that we use like hibiscus or herbal powders next.
 A few things to remember DO NOT USE COFFEE IN YOUR HENNA PASTE. I'm not exactly sure what the origin is but black coffee shouldn't be your go to for dye release and it makes your henna smelly :-(
ALWAYS USE NON REACTIVE UTENSILS for mixing like plastic forks and bowls or wooden never metals
IF YOU ARE HENNA'ING FOR COLOR the best choices are lemon juice, cocoa powder, honey and amla.
If you are henna'ing more for conditioning then honey is also a good choice, coconut milk and yogurt being the best for moisture, and of course amla is best if your hair is weak, brittle, and/or damaged.

This is the beginnings of the beginning, once you have mixed your henna don't be alarmed if your "paste" is a little lumpy they kinda dissolve as the dye releases
Henna paste before dye release


Mix and cover with plastic wrap as seen below
and put in a warm place like atop the fridge.
Start checking for dye release in about 2-4 hours and use as soon as possible once you have it.
A big mistake we make is letting the henna sit over night. Applying the henna paste at it's peak is best for achieving optimum color and do not leave henna on for more than 4 hours. This is another common mistake but we'll get into those in a trouble-shooting post very soon





 check for dye release by putting a small amount of henna on the heel of your hand. Leave it on for about a minute then wipe of with a paper towel.









 You should see a brownish or orangish spot
- that means you're all set!!







If for some reason you can't use your henna right away stick it in the fridge for later or next day or in the freezer if you can't get to it in the next 24 hours. The longer henna is left out the more dye content it loses so if you want to use it in a week or if you have leftover paste FREEZE IT! That way it remains potent. Henna powder can also be frozen for years at a time.

So this is the beginning of the journey, more to come!!!













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Saturday, June 25, 2016

THANKS ONCE AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR AWESOME COMMENTS AND MAKING FREEBIEFRIDAY SUCH A WONDERFUL FANTABULOUS THING! 


BIG CONGRATS THE WINNERS ARE

(IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER) 
Blogger KenKen
Victoria Wade
Cassia Nelson


Please email me at beauty4u@butters-n-bars.com putting FREEBIEFRIDAY in the subject header.
Please include your full name and shipping address in order to claim your prize
 (this is just so we can ship your goodies :-)

LOOK OUT FOR NEW BLOG POSTS COMING YOUR WAY AND FREEBIE FRIDAY WILL BE AROUND AGAIN BEFORE YOU KNOW IT!!!
Be Beautiful, Because You Are ;-)


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Friday, June 24, 2016

THEY'RE BAAAACK!

....and you know this means it's FREEBIE FRIDAY YAAAYYYY!!!
This week we're taking it back to the roots, we're going to give 3 of you an original combo.
WHAT'S THAT??
From the early beginnings our unrefined shea butter and raw black soap have been customer favorites across the board and are still your favorites today!
 So we combined them into a combo and it was originally called the "original combo" because they are two essential staples.
Since renamed "Gifts of Africa Combo" we still have it.. 8 oz of our organic unrefined shea butter and 8 oz of our raw African black soap together in a combo!
 The Gifts of Africa Shea & Black Soap Combo

             AND IF YOU WANT A CHANCE TO WIN IT YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO!
Post a comment here and you'll be entered to win. Three winners will be chosen and winners will be announced Saturday June 25, 2016
SO MAKE IT HAPPEN , LEAVE A COMMENT BECAUSE YOU WANT THIS- 
correction you need this one :-)

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