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March 22, 2013

Peppermint Hair & Body Pudding- Natural Hair Care



by Alex of The Good Hair Blog

Yesterday, I decided to whip up some hair and body butter for me and CharBaby. Lately, peppermint has been my favorite essential oil to use in my spray bottles, butters and even by itself on the inside of my wrists as a "perfume," It smells so yummy to me!



In this pudding I used:
5 big chunks of Shea Butter
1 ounce Cocoa Butter
1 teaspoon Manuka Honey
2 teaspoons of coconut oil (optional, you can replace this with something else.)
8 drops of vegetable glycerin
3 drops of jojoba oil
Essential peppermint oil (add to your liking or replace with a different EO.)

Fun fact about peppermint oil: This oil is antiseptic in nature. When massaged on the scalp it helps to remove dandruff and lice in addition to its usual cooling effect. When applied on the skin, peppermint oil keeps pimples at bay and keeps the skin healthy and blemish-free.(source)

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What I did:

1. Melt cocoa butter and Manuka honey together in a glass bowl over boiling hot water. Melting this way takes a bit longer but it helps save the benefits of the honey and butter from being scorched away in a hot pan or microwave.



Fun Fact about Manuka Honey: The benefits of Manuka honey come from it’s increased antibacterial potency. Since honey is has a low pH of around 4.5 it is said to be pH balanced and helps to maintain the optimum pH of the skin. (source)



2. When the two ingredients are melted down (stir to encourage melting) add the shea butter and jojoba oil. Stir until melted, turn the fire off and let cool for 10 minutes.





3. Remove bowl from the hot water and place into the freezer until you notice the oil is solidifying (this may take 30 minutes to an hour). Don't let the oil freeze all the way just allow the shell to harden, the middle should be soft and even a bit "liqudy." Remove from the freezer, scrap the sides of the bowl with a baking scraper and then use your hand mixer to whip up the butter. You will have to stop and scrap in between mixing, it helps with the process.



4. Once you start to see the texture change, add your peppermint EO, vegetable glycerin and coconut oil. Continue mixing until smooth and fluffy! Once you are done use a jar to store your pudding and enjoy when ready.



xoxo,
Alex

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