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Shea Butter

Yokasta Schneider

Tags deodorant, natural personal care

Shea Butter

Shea butter (karite) is should be staple in your DIY beauty kit.  Along with coconut and jojoba oil, it's an ingredient that finds its way into my daily skin and body routine.  This popular and extremely versatile butter contains vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.  Shea butter is fat extracted from the karite sheatree, which is native to Africa.  Its color varies from ivory (raw state) to white in color refined.  This amazing butter's melting point is between 89 and 100F.  This means it will be solid at room temperature.  But will melt nicely into the skin.   Shea butter has been...


Go. To. Sleep!

Yokasta Schneider

Tags fitness, health, selfcare sunday, sleep

Go. To. Sleep!

Sleep is an issue that always appears on the countless lists of 'ways to stay healthy'.  The questions surrounding quality sleep are endless. What kind of bed do you have?  Do you have a bedtime routine?  Are you getting enough?  How much do you really need?  Are you getting quality sleep?  What temperature should your room be?   In addition to fitnessand proper nutrition, getting adequate sleep plays a crucial role in our health.  Due to today's daily demands, busy schedules, and constant connectivity, sleep can be elusive.  Whether the result is immediate, or gradual, lack of proper sleep can...


Jojoba Oil

Yokasta Schneider

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is the liquid produced in the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) plant, a shrub, which is native to southern Arizona and California, and to Mexico.  We call this liquid an "oil", but it's actually a wax.  It's very similar to the oil produced by our skin.  It's an emollient, which means it softens and soothes the skin.  Use jojoba oil by applying directly to the hair, skin, or nails.  Or blend it with essentials oil make it even more useful. Since jojoba oil's properties are similar to that of the oil naturally produced by our skin, it...


Coconut Oil

Yokasta Schneider

Coconut Oil

Last week we talked about the best oils to have in your arsenal, both essential and carrier oils.  Coconut oil is one that should make an appearance both in your kitchen, and bathroom cabinets.  This "cure-all"oil makes an appearance in many kitchen recipes and personal care products.  It can be used for frying, moisturizer, oil pulling, pretty much anything.  If we were to write down its uses, the list would be endless. When it comes to cooking, coconut oil is great alternative to vegetable or canola oils.  It has a high oxidation (smoke) point, which makes it great for high-heat cooking,...


Must Have Essential and Carrier Oils

Yokasta Schneider

Must Have Essential and Carrier Oils

Oils (essential or carrier) are a big thing now.  Actually, they've always been a big deal.  They hit the mainstream a few years ago.  Cave paintings suggest essentials oils were used as far back as 4500 B.C.  However, the use of the term aromatherapydates back to the early 1900s. If you're familiar with essential oils, you're probably also familiar with the term carrier oils.  These two terms usually go hand in hand.  So you're wondering, "What's the difference?"  Carrier oils come from the fatty part of the plant and do not carry a strong aroma.  Think of olive, coconut, jojoba,...