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Monday, 14 May 2012

Banana Beauty Products?

Why? Because bananas are awesome. Did you know that the banana is a rich source of potassium and Vitamin A? It is moisturizing to the skin and can even help some skin conditions. For a moisturizing scrub mash two over ripe bananas in a bowl. Add 1/2 c. sugar---no we are not making banana bread! Use this Banana Sugar Scrub all over the body while in the shower. Rinse well. This treatment will moisturize and gently exfoliate the skin leaving it softer and moisturized. You can also use this as a hair mask for treatment of dandruff and some also believe hair loss. Give it a try---what have you got to lose?

Banana's are also thought to be antibacterial. Here is a great face mask to try...

Banana Face Mask
1 T. ground oatmeal
1/2 tsp. honey
1/2 a banana (mashed)
1 tsp cream (dry skin---normal use milk---oily use water)

Mix it all together. Apply liberally to face or other 'problem' areas. This should help those suffering from acne and other skin blemishes.

For Mother's Day this year I taught a group of Cub Scouts how to make soap. We made soap with fresh and dried bananas. Melt and Pour soap base is the best type to use for younger kids. You can get it from any soap supplier online and sometimes at craft stores such as Michaels.

For a class of 20 I used the following supplies:

Banana Mother's Day Soap
4 lbs melt and pour soap base clear
1 oz banana fragrance oil
20 banana chips
2 mini bananas

For the class I used disposable 1 oz containers with lids. I gave each boy 2 containers and a spoon to stir with. I wanted each child to feel he actually made the soap so I measured out each cup with a few drops of banana fragrance oil, poured the melt and pour into each container--the boys mixed it up and floated a banana chip in the 1st soap.

The second soap was made by having the boys each mash at the two bananas. I gave them each 3 drops of fragrance and about 1/8 tsp of banana puree and added soap base per 1 oz cup. They had to stir this one a bit more so I instructed them to use the pointed end of the spoon rather than the bowl.

Here is the label I designed. Each child signed their names and I packed them up in clear self sealing bags.

Happy Mother's Day!

As with all preparations for the skin, allergy test it on a small portion of skin before applying it to large areas of the body such as the entire face. Inside of the wrist application for 15 min then checking for redness or itch is an easy test to perform before using a new product.