The cosmetic industry is always coming up with new products to solve beauty issues. From dry scared skin to flawless supple radiant skin, magic products make lofty promises. Statista reports indicate that the cosmetics industry brings in over $55 billion annually, as of 2014. Yes, you read that right $55 BILLION annually. How often do they work? Occasionally, at best. Have you looked at the ingredients? I cannot even pronounce most of them let alone tell you what they are.
Over the past three years I have suffered from extreme allergies, which led to being diagnosed with asthma. To ‘help’ my conditions I was put on a cocktail of medications only to find the side effects of those are more difficult to live with than the actual ailments. One persistent result of my prescription medications and allergy shots has been dray flaky and dull skin. (Caused by repeated skin rashes, and inflammation from allergic reactions).In a desperate attempt to self heal I turned to natural medicine and found experts talking about things my grandmother had taught me as a child.
In a desperate attempt to self heal I turned to natural medicine and found experts talking about things my grandmother had taught me as a child. Using turmeric in food isn’t just for the yellow color but contains powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. I remembered using turmeric on acne helped clear the infection and prevent scaring.
Intrigued, I began researching other ‘totkas’ (tips) from the wise people in my life and it eventually led to a gradual lifestyle change. Back to the dry skin; naturally I couldn’t smear my face with turmeric without looking like a sick oompah loompah. So I turned to coconut oil. A friend introduced me to shea butter and the combination was so luxurious that my body felt like it was being pampered. Soon after I began experimenting with different essential oil blends to make my own body products. A little bit of tea tree, a little bit of peppermint a little bit of sweet orange and the results were just delicious. (I do not recommend eating though).
The past year I have spent time testing and trying different recipes of lotions, lotions bars, sugar scrubs and hair balm that has made a significant difference in my skin. It stayed soft longer, there was less inflammation, rashes disappeared quicker and scars faded. I started sharing these products with friends and they found their eczema and psoriasis patches began to heal. Encouraged, I decided to make more and share with more friends. One of them came back and urged me to start sharing these products at a larger scale. She explained her severe allergies prevent her from using body products because of the chemicals and odors. But with my luxury butter whip she feels soft as a baby, something she has not felt in several decades. SO this spring, under the Master of Henna umbrella I am introducing limited edition homemade products using only natural oils and butters. That means no chemicals of any sort and you can actually pronounce the ingredients. I am not a manufacturer and never plan to be, so products availability will vary. (On my mood, and what I am whipping up). You can count on two things though, they will be 100 perfect natural and will always be made with love.