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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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So after a slew of inquiries we're going to do a few post about different types of henna, henna how-to's, basic mixes, adding stuff in, some things that may happen, what henna does anyway, you know just some NEED- TO- KNOW good information type stuff coming your way.
So we'll start at the beginning what is henna powder? Lawsonia Inermis is it's botanical name and guess what- we'll keep this simple.
Henna is a plant, and the powder we use to color our hair is simply the dried leaves of that plant crushed into a powder. Henna contains what you may hear referred to as lawsone which is (keeping it simple here) is what gives the henna it's coloring ability and the higher the "lawsone content" the better more vibrant color you get! EZ RIGHT?!
Now you have probably run into a few names like Jamila which is actually a manufacturer brand name. Other manufacturer names you may hear are Reshma, Damask, Zinnia, Nikhar, and more but we have a few brands we know and trust and you can find them here
Then you have henna that is classified by geographic region Sudani, Rajisthani,  Yemeni, Moroccan, Egyptian, etc that are all named so because of the origin country...SIMPLE ENOUGH, RIGHT?
SOOOO moving right along what are some of the differences?
Like I said we have some trusted brands here and we trust them because they are always fresh and free from adulterants- they're our tried and true favorites and we'll do a comparison of our faves right here, right now

One of our all time favorites is Jamila Brand Henna powder.

 There is summercrop which is the "body art quality" henna which means it is sifted fine enough and has enough lawsone to give a stain on the skin when applied although this is just a reference term for us henna heads who use it to color and condition our hair, but it pays to know what kind of henna we're dealing with because NOONE wants to have to pick sticks and twigs out of your hair :-/
Just a side note- all the henna we carry is this "quality" finely sifted and pure.

There is also Jamila Henna for Hair which has the same fine sift with significanatly less lawsone so you get all the conditioning but less color. So if you're hennaing for color stick to "summercrop"
Typically lawsone for summercrop is between 2.3 and 2.9 % which is pretty awesome.
Jamila Henna originates in Lahore, Pakistan and the thing we love about it is that you get fiery red color when it's applied to hair similar to Red Egyptian Henna and we'll get to that now.

 Red Egyptian Henna Powder

Our Red Egyptian Henna has similar lawsone content and gives similar color like Jamila Henna. So it is another option for Firey Red color- hence the name. However Jamila does have a much finer sift. Red Egyptian is also certified organic by the USDA.

Rajisthani Henna Powder

MOVING RIGHT ALONG we have Rajisthani Henna Powder (that's shown above). It is a personal favorite. As the name indicates it's origin place is Rajisthan, India which is very close to Punjab (another henna country)
. Rajisthani henna typically has lawsone content of atleast 2.6% and we've had crops with lawsone as high as 3.2%! Our Rajisthani Henna just like all other hennas is harvested in the summer months (typically late June, early July) but unlike many other manufacturers our Rajisthani is not only cryogenically stored for maximum freshness, the henna is milled every quarter.

What does this mean? That means just like a coffee connoiseur you need to know that you get the best results from leaves that are ground more recently, so you get more vibrant color and a longer shelf life.
(Side note- henna powder can also be frozen for several years with no demise to the product whatsoever!!)
The color, Rajisthani lends warmer brownish red color and is best for people who don't like the bright red color of Jamila or Red Egyptian.

 Moroccan Henna Powder

 Typically Moroccan henna has a lawsone content closer to 2.9%. It is similar to Rajisthani in color and consistency. Unfortunately we've had difficulty sourcing our Organic Moroccan Henna Powder however we're working on it so hopefully in the near future this favorite will be available 

Damask Henna Powder

Last but not least there is Damask Henna which is similar to Rajisthani in both fine sift (like baby powder :-) and color. It is a less expensive option that gives equal results to Rajisthan and is a pure henna although it is not vertified organic like Rajisthani.
 It and all our henna powders are tested for purity and guaranteed to be free from chemicals, additives, or chemicals of any kind- only the best!


AND GUESS WHAT ELSE- SUMMER CROPS WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY JULY SO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR A HENNA SALE (and lots more info in the upcoming weeks!)
If you have any questions, just leave a comment. Next we'll talk a little about "how to"!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
TAKE A GOOOD LOOK...

Yep, that's an ant and I hope this unfortunate little guy and his companions enjoyed themselves trying to get to this butter because for him, it wasn't a very healthy meal choice.
BUT many ants will be much more lucky and go on to invade your luscious organic unrefined shea butter. I remember several years ago, one of my customers emailed me about my packaging and thanked me for the polybagging because it had saved her butter from an invasion. I also had a customer saying a renegade squirrel got into her cocoa butter! And I have quite a few funny stories about animals and our products but the most about ANTS

ANTS LOVE THIS STUFF!
So I wanted to share this with you all because it's summer and summer means insects- particularly ants and they will (or give it that old college try for sure!)get into your shea butter.

So a few things to remember

IF POSSIBLE DON'T LEAVE YOUR BUTTER SITTING IN LOW OPEN PLACES (like your front porch, or your back porch, or your car porch, or in between your doors, etc)

If you won't be at home, try to get someone to grab your package if it'll be left in an open place.
Because we take care to pack your butters in the most secure way, if those little guys attempt it simply rinse your bag or container off- then inspect it for any remaining hijackers. Your yellow gold will still be secure and intact safe from butter- and invaders

WE SELL FRESH, ALL NATURAL PRODUCTS

 ...so it's only natural that just like any consumable the animals and insects would want to get their little appendages in. No chemicals, no crud, just the best of the best and we wouldn't have it any other way :-D

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Sunday, May 29, 2016
  ......THIS WEEKS WINNERS ARE (in no particular order)


BIG CONGRATS

Poetic Lyricz  
Monica Smiley
Peggy Slater

Please email me at beauty4u@butters-n-bars.com put FREEBIEFRIDAY in the subject header and include your full shipping address and whether you'd like your fab new bag in Navy or Black!!!

  PLEASE KEEP SHARING THE LOVE AND DON'T FORGET FREEBIEFRIDAY ROLLS AROUND EVERY MONTH.

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Friday, May 27, 2016
Who doesn't love a good pancake? I mean really, who doesn't? Really?


Well I love pancakes, I love pancakes on mornings when I don't have anything to do , or I have tons to do, I love pancakes for dinner (see where I'm going here, lol)
Either way I also like things that enlist ingredients that I may have left over (like egg whites, from mousse or ice cream making) so my kiddos were requesting pancakes and with leftover egg whites in my fridge and a quest to "fancy" up my pancakes I came up with this recipe and I'm ready to share :)

Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons raw cane sugar
4 egg whites (room temperature)
3 tablespoons palm oil, softened (you can sub melted butter or sunflower oil)
1 to 1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 teaspon vanilla powder (or a teaspoon of extract)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 medium size orange zested 

Method
In a medium size mixing bowl put in your palm oil and sugar and mix well with a wooden spoon
Add half of the flour , slat, baking powder and mix well
Stir in 1 1/4 c milk just until mixed then the remaining flour.
in a small bowl wisk egg whites and remaining milk just until slightly frothy
Add the egg whites to your batter and stir just until mixed. If batter is too thick add a bit more milk
Stir in the orange zest.

 I use a griddle pre-heated to 400 degrees to cook these and I think you guys can swing it from here but here are a few tips.

Your batter should be a little lumpy,
 about the consistency of yogurt

















WHEN THEY LOOK LIKE THIS THEY'RE READY TO FLIP!!  


When you flip then they'll puff up a bit in the middle, let them puff up then just press down the middle a bit with your spatula

 

Top with whatever you like but they're delicious with fresh strawberry (or blueberry)syrup and whipped cream and now you can stay at home and enjoy yourself and give the guys at IHOP* a break :-)





*disclaimer Butters-N-Bars is in no way affiliated with IHOP, it's subsidiaries or employees- just had to put that out there :)

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THESE LITTLE GUYS MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY DON'T THEY :-)


IT'S FREEBIE FRIDAY!! and we've got a goodie for you. Three of you will win one of our classic sail signature tote bags

Huge beautiful bag great for carrying everything you need for those summer weekend getaways and it's your chance to win it. 

You know the rules JUST ADD A COMMENT to be entered to win and don't forget we're having a 15 hour flash sale SO YOU CAN GET YOUR shop ON!!


IT'S FREEBIE FRIDAY ALL :-D


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