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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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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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