Self-Love, Black Soap, n Shea Butter
Welcome to my new holistic beauty blog R E S I L I E N C E.
In 2013 I went on a holistic detox from everything in my life that was perpetuating impurities on a spiritual and physical level. From my diet, actions, thoughts, & speech, to the makeup and beauty products I would use on my body, I emptied myself of all. Since then I've slowly began restructuring my path, voting with my dollar, and seeking out new ways to allow myself to glow from the inside out.. From creating my own cleansing rituals, shifting my perception of beauty, and using products that were void of any ingredients I couldn't pronounce, I wanted to only use products that were made with natural earth components, minerals, and most importantly love.. The physical body is only a fractal of a reflection of your true beauty that resides within.. And the biggest component to accessing your full expression of beauty is Love.. For once you begin to purify and explore the various ways that you can love yourself in full acceptance, this divine love and humility will begin to expand in all areas of your life. And to truly exude this resilience is to return to your roots, to return to your true state of being.. Natural. Simple. Beautiful.
The day I discovered Black Soap & Raw Shea Butter, was the day I got rid of all of my artificially scented body butters, soaps, and various facial cleansers that I had been collecting since High School.. Cleansing your bathroom of old products and energetic buildup is imperative to renewing and activating this sacred space. Your bathroom is where you relieve, rejuvenate, restore, and rebirth your being. You must maintain the cleanliness of this space with sunlight, plants, and lots of airflow so that you can begin each day ready to beautify your body temple!
RAW BLACK SOAP
Ingredients: cocoa pod ashes, dried plantain skins, and palm oil
The authentic black soap that I recommend is imported from Ghana and made from locally harvested ingredients which has no artificial scents, preservatives or chemicals, and is 100% natural! Aside from it's pure ingredients, it is the BEST soap I've ever used in my life, that I actually use it as a facial cleanser as well. It is known to help relieve various skin issues such as eczema, rosacea, acne, clear blemishes, and leaves your skin with a purified glow. Because of this, black soap will cleanse out all the oils on your face, so it's best to use it with a natural toner, and moisturizer. When I go on tour, this is an absolute essential that helps ground me, and brings me back home wherever I go.
RAW SHEA BUTTER
Ingredients: Fat extracted from the nuts of the African Shea Tree
Shea butter is naturally rich in Vitamins A, E, and F, has SPF 6, and is one of the best healing moisturizers for your skin. It can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, sunburns, skin allergies, insect bites, and has been proven to promote and speed the healing of wounds. Shea butter is also gentle enough to be used as a facial moisturizer. It is an essential must have for me whenever I am traveling because it protects your skin from all kinds of weather conditions. I prefer the raw white form because it comes unscented, and has no added oils to it. That way, you can add your own essential oil blends to small amounts of the butter later on if you so desire.
Both of these items are extremely affordable, and have such amazing benefits for your skin, that you should bless yourself by giving em a try. Plus, you'll be able to support the hands that created the butter and soap instead of supporting a big corporation that doesn't care for your health or preserving Mother Earth. I recommend that you buy Raw Black Soap and Shea Butter online from a local shop that I go to called Shades of Africa. And if you're in Southern California, visit them in Long Beach!