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Hi! My name is Beth Graves. I am a christian wife, mother of 2 and proud grandmother of 5 beautiful grandchildren. I am a self-proclaimed beauty enthusiast! I am in no way saying I am an expert but I am having a blast learning and sharing with all of you on my beauty journey. Come join me, find and feed your passion for anything beauty with me.

Let’s Talk Shea Butter!

The African Shea Tree Hello Beauties! I was asked by a friend, and fellow blogger, Rhonda Wylie of Cleaning out the Clutter, to research and write this article about Shea Butter. I have done some research on the internet and I have found out some interesting things about this – it seems to be a multipurpose product. At the end of  this article, I will be supplying you with the internet sites I used for my research.

We will start from where this butter/cream originates. Shea butter is an off-white or ivory colored fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa). I found that it is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer, salve or lotion. Shea butter is also edible and is used in food preparation in Africa; and also as a Prophylactic.  Occasionally, the chocolate industry uses shea butter mixed with other oils as a substitute for cocoa butter;  although the taste is noticeably different. I know, right! I never knew there were so many different uses for Shea butter.

Shea butter sold as cosmetics in France                                                                        Shea butter soap

Shea butter melts at body temperature. Proponents of its use for skin care maintain that it absorbs rapidly into the skin. I can personally say I agree with this. I have been using an organic Shea body butter and it really does absorb fast and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. I got the Tree Hut brand at my local Wal Mart  for around $5.00. It comes in different scents, I have the coconut/lime scent and I love using it. They also make hair conditioners using Shea butter for dry and brittle hair. It is also reported to have anti-inflammatory properties. Shea butter has been used as a sun blocking lotion, and has a limited capacity to absorb ultraviolet radiation. Check your sunblock ladies; there is a good possibility it contains Shea butter.

I did find out there are different grades of Shea butter, and it does make a difference in which grade you choose. The different grades come from how the butter is derived from its original form(nut). The United States Agency for International Development, Gassel Consulting, and many other companies have suggested a classification system for Shea butter, separating it into five grades: A (raw or unrefined, extracted using water), B (refined), C (highly refined and extracted with solvents such as hexane, D (lowest uncontaminated grade), and E (with contaminants). Commercial grades are A, B, C. The color of raw (grade A) butter ranges from cream (like whipped butter) to grayish yellow, and it has a nutty aroma which is removed in the other grades. Grade C is pure white. While the level of vitamin content can be affected by refining, up to 95% of vitamin content can remain in refined grades (i.e. grade C) of Shea butter, while reducing contamination levels to non-detectable levels.

To sum up, what I learned while doing my research is this:

  1. The traditional use of the butter is to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and stretch marks, and to ease a variety of skin irritations, such as psoriasis, eczema and sunburn.
  2. Shea butter is used all over the world.
  3. Purchase Shea butter only if it has the Seal of the American Shea Butter Institute (ASBI) on the container.
  4. Studies have shown that Shea butter is most effective in its natural state, without added preservatives, fragrances or ingredients.
  5. When Shea butter ages, it begins to lose its healing qualities and overall effectiveness.
  6. High-quality Shea butter is approved by the ASBI and certified by a marking on the container.
  7. If you have a known allergy to other tree nuts, you may experience a reaction to Shea butter. Consult your physician or allergist before using this product, if this is the case.

I really hope all of you found this article helpful. Please don’t forget to subscribe, so you will not miss any future articles! Also, lets connect through social media, just click on the social media icon you wish to connect with. Please leave me a comment, question or future blog post request below!

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References:

http://en.wikipedia.org

http://homeguides.sfgate.com

http://www.ehow.com

http://bluemountainsoapworks.com

 

Hello Beauty World!

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Hello Beauty World!  I hope you will join me on my journey to discover beauty/health tips for real women. I thought I would do this article a little different. I am going to be doing it in a question and answer format. I am asking myself the questions that I would ask someone, if I was going to follow them on their journeys.

Who am I?

My name is Beth Graves. I am a wife, mother of 2, grandmother of 5 beautiful grand babies,  a Christian and a self-proclaimed beauty enthusiast. For my family and friends that have known me, that are reading this right now, I know you are probably in a state of shock, because I have always been known as a shy introvert type of person. Please keep reading and you all will learn more about me. Also you will hopefully understand why and will want to come along with me in this new adventure.

Hobbies?

I love communicating with my Facebook friends and with other social media, as well. I also watch fellow beauty enthusiasts’ you tube videos and will soon be making my own. My FAVORITE hobby has to be shopping to build my make-up/fashion collections!! I, of course, do this staying within my budget by shopping around for the best deals, price matching and using coupons.

Why am I taking this plunge into the blogging/you tube world?

Over the last 2 years, I have not only lost 120 pounds(how I did this will be in another article) I have also found I have a passion for make-up, skin care and fashion. Well I guess you could say my passion is for anything beauty related for a real woman; not this fantasy woman our society has created. I want to gain more self-confidence; and one of the most important things I have learned is that you don’t have to be perfect or younger to feel beautiful. I want to share with you the beauty/health tips I have learned from research and  trial and error. I would also like to learn from you, my subscribers (fellow beauty enthusiasts), your beauty/health tips. I have also found you can obtain beauty products now on any budget!  Our drug/department stores have a wide range of great beauty products that are of good quality. In addition, you can order almost any beauty/health product you want online; for some examples, there is Amazon, Sephora, Macy’s and, yes, even Wal-Mart; so for you that can’t go to the product, the product can come to you. Yes, I admit I love to splurge on a high-end product here and there, but what beauty enthusiast doesn’t…..LOL! Seriously, I have found there are great drugstore options out there.

What do I hope to accomplish with this blog?

  • Give and obtain beauty/health/fashion tips
  • Give reviews on both high end and drugstore products I am trying
  • Share weight loss tips, along with recipes
  • Share with you the great deals I find in stores and online
  • My goal is to reach both the mature 40+ and younger subscribers, and to show you that anyone, no matter what age or budget, you can learn and love new beauty tricks, trends  and tips. It is never too early, nor too late, to start!

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