Hair Regimen and Styles, Products, Skin Care

5 non-traditional ways to use argon oil

One of my favorite oils to use is argon oil. It may be on the pricier side, but it’s worth the cost. It absorbs wonderfully into my hair without leaving residue, it maintains my ends and keeps them from breaking, it keeps my skin looking and feeling like silk, and it smells amazing.

There are, however, other uses that I’ve discovered argon oil can fulfill that I wanted to share.

  1. Make up primer Before I apply make up, I apply just a couple drops of argon oil all over my skin. It makes my make up last so much longer and gives it a better finish. For me, my skin can sometimes look a bit dry when I use a powder foundation, and using the oil as a primer takes care of that issue completely and keeps my skin in good condition no matter how long I have make up on.
  2. Moisturizer This is probably more familiar way that argon oil can be used, but what I like to do is rub down with my home made mango butter, then go to some tough areas like my elbows, knees, and hands and apply a little argon oil. It’s wonderful way to avoid dry skin and get a little glow.
  3. Nails I’m not huge on getting my nails done, but I do like to keep them filed and free of hang nails. After giving myself  a mini-mani-peti I like to apply argon oil over the beds of my nails to keep them strong and shiny.
  4. Lips Before going to bed, I apply a little bit of argon oil on my lips so that they don’t dry out over night. It’s also great to use right before applying lipstick for a perfect long lasting application.
  5. Skin highlighter I like to apply a couple drops of argon oil on your collar bone, cheek bones, shoulders, the center of your legs (if you’re wearing a shorts or a shorter dress/skirt), mainly where the light naturally shines on your skin for that effervescent glow.

There you have it! all new ways to use this amazing gold-like oil. If you liked this article, ‘like’ NaturalsUnited on facebook, follow us on tumblr, and instagram 🙂

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Hair Regimen and Styles, Skin Care

6 Ways to Use Shea Butter

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We all know how expensive beauty products can be. Everything is sold separately and with a different purpose. They have anti-aging creams, moisturizers, exfoliants, lotions, scrubs, mousses, souffles, the list goes on. Well, with the use of shea butter, you can skip all of that drama. Of course it has a multitude of benefits, but here is a short list of 6 ways you can use raw shea butter!

1) Heal severely dry or cracked skin:

Tip: apply raw shea butter on the heels of your feet to prevent your skin from cracking. It’s great for combating the cold and dry conditions in the winter.

2) Moisturizer/sealant for hair.

Tip: apply a small amount of shea butter as a styling product to keep a soft hold. Apply a little to your ends as a sealant to prevent  breakage and split ends.

3) Facial scrub.

Tip: try blending raw shea butter with ground coffee for a moisturizing facial scrub. You can remove dead skin cells while keeping your skin soft to the touch.

4) Overall body butter

Tip: blend shea butter with essential oils in a food processor to make your very own moisturizing and anti-aging body butter. You’ll never go back to buying mainstream lotion! 

5) Sunscreen

Tip: apply a thin layer of shea butter before you go out for some fun in the sun and protect your skin from aging UV rays. 

6) Lip Balm

Tip: don’t go another day with chapped lips! Blend some raw shea butter with your favorite organic oil (ex: coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil) and use it as a lip balm. Your lips will stay plump and supple all day long. 

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Products, Skin Care

Say “Good-bye!” to Wintery Dry Skin

This time of year is full of holidays and gatherings with friends and family. It’s also a time of dry air both indoors and out which is not good news for our skin. So if you’re in need of a cure for dry skin, cracked heels, and chapped lips, look no further!
Try my mango body butter recipe 😀

All you need is this:

Raw mango butter
Raw shea butter
Tangerine essential oil
Rosemary essential oil

Step 1: using a food processor, blend 2 parts mango butter until consistency is smooth and one part shae butter.
mango butter has a rougher texture so it will take longer to blend, while shea butter is easier to work with

Step 2: add 5 drops of rosemary essential oil and 5 drops of tangerine essential oil.

Step 3: give it one last run in the food processor to blend everything together nicely.

And that’s it! You’re very own home made body butter!

if you guys would rather buy this stuff than make it, let us know on facebook and we’ll add it on etsy!

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Skin Care

Coffee Facial:: Transform your Skin

We all know and love coffee for it’s abilities to give us a much needed energy boost throughout the day.  Some like to enjoy a perfectly brewed french press or perhaps a well crafted latte. Others are simply addicted to it and will drink any cup so long as it has caffeine. What if I told you there was, yet, another reason to be hooked on coffee? -A non-traditional way to utilize the benefits that coffee has to offer: A coffee facial.

First, let’s talk about the benefits. This facial brightens your skin, exfoliates your skin, and over time can reduce fine lines and early signs of aging.

How does it work? The rough texture of the coffee removes dead skin cells while the caffeine encourages blood circulation to brighten your overall appearance. By adding skin loving oils, this creates moisture content in the product. This way, you don’t have to moisturize your skin after the facial.

Now, this is how you mix it together:

You’ll need:

  • ground coffee (in this case, I used Colombian grinds from Octane West Side)
  • paper towel
  • a mug
  • rosemary essential oil
  • tangerine essential oil
  • castor oil
  • a bowl
  • a cup of water

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Step 1: place your mug on a counter or flat surface.

Step 2: Place 2 sheets of paper towel over the mug allowing it to concave just a bit

Step 3: put a couple of tablespoons of coffee onto the paper towel

Step 4: slowly add water to the coffee and allow it to filter through the paper towel

Step 5: once the coffee grinds are reduced to a paste remove it (be sure all of the water is drained) and place them into a small bowl

Step 6: Add 5 drops of rosemary essential oil and 5 drops of tangerine essential oil

Step 7: Add a teaspoon of castor oil

Step 8: Mix the contents together

You now have a month’s supply of coffee facial!

Tip: Since you essentially brewed coffee that probably wouldn’t make the best morning pick-me-up. Put it in a spray bottle, and use it as an after wash cleanse on your scalp! This will encourage blood circulation towards your scalp and slowly increase hair growth over time when used regularly.

Enjoy your new coffee facial! Since there are oils in the paste, you won’t need to moisturize afterwards.

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