Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars

Who has two thumbs and hates a heatwave? ALL OF US! The heat at the moment is unbearable and it causes profuse sweating on our face, which attracts pollutants in the air, germs, and other horrible microscopic things just like a magnet. The dirt and grime clog our pores which means… you guessed… acne for a longer period of time. Ugh, none of us want that!

Thankfully, Nature’s Flavors is here to save your day from boredom and pimples with these Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars recipe we just made! 

They’re made from natural and organic ingredients, and they’re amazing for your skin. 

Here are the many benefits of coffee beans for your skincare:

Coffee is full of antioxidants, polyphenols, stimulants, and chlorogenic acids (the caffeine). Antioxidants protect your skin by reducing pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles to help keep you looking younger and radiant. Polyphenols can act as a sunscreen and protect your skin from UV rays. These two ingredients combined will exfoliate your skin, serve as an acne treatment, and protect you from UV rays (please continue to wear sunscreen; the intake of polyphenols will not replace sunscreen).

LET’S MAKE SOME LOTION BARS!

Start by setting the stove or hot plate to a low heat and place the bowl on the appliance (the bowl should be empty). In separate small bowls, put the beeswax and cocoa butter in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Pour the beeswax and cocoa butter into the medium bowl on the appliance. Add the sunflower oil, vanilla fragrance oil, and golden jojoba oil. The liquid in the bowl will look a dark yellow.

Use a spoon to stir and mix all of the ingredients together. The liquid should be ready after a couple of minutes.

Use a towel or mitten to carefully remove the bowl from the appliance. Pour the liquid into the silicone molds. Fill a quarter of the molds and put in as many coffee beans as you would like. Place the silicone molds in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to cool them off. This is the first layer of the lotion bars.

After the 10 minutes, take the molds out of the refrigerator. Pour the rest of the liquid into the molds and add more coffee beans. Put the molds back into the refrigerator and wait 1 hour.

Take the molds out of the refrigerator and voilà! You just made yourself some DIY Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars!


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Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars

This nourishing Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bar will have your skin feeling baby soft! It not only nourishes but the coffee beans help exfoliate too! 
Prep Time30 mins
Passive Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Keyword: all natural, bar, beans, beeswax, butter, clean, cocoa, coffee, diy, exfoliate, exfoliating, fresh, grounds, hyrdating, lotion, natural, oil, organic, scrub, skin, skincare, sunflower, whole
Yield: 6 lotion bars

Equipment

  • Glass/Stainless Steel Bowl (Medium)
  • Spoon
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • Silicone Molds
  • Stove or Hot Plate

Materials

Instructions

  • Place the beeswax, sunflower oil, cocoa butter, and the vanilla fragrance oil in a bowl. 
  • Place the bowl on a hot plate or stove and set it to a low heat.
  • Mix until all of your ingredients are well combined.
  • Next, fill your silicone molds about a quarter of the way and add some coffee beans. You’ll have to allow it to set before you add more of your mixture in. We want to avoid your coffee beans from floating to the top. 
  • Once each mold is ¼ filled, place them in the fridge for 10 minutes. Continue to heat the bowl with the remaining mixture on low.
  • After the 10 minutes, remove the silicone molds from the refrigerator and finish filling each mold with the remaining mixture and coffee beans. Then, place them back in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Once your lotion bars have set, pop them out and moisturize! We hope you enjoyed!

Notes

  • You can swap out the vanilla fragrance oil for any fragrance oil you’d like! Find more fragrance oils here!
  • Our fragrances are natural or organic, and because of that their scent won’t be as strong as synthetic fragrances. Synthetic fragrances include harsh chemicals that can negatively affect your skin. If the fragrance isn’t strong enough, feel free to add more. 
  • Store your lotion bars in a cool place to keep them from melting. 

Buddha’s Hand – Citrus Fruit

front view of Buddha's Hand

What is it and what does it taste like?

You may be wondering what the heck you’re looking at. What exactly is it and why does it look like it has fingers!? This here folks, is Buddha’s Hand, a citrus fruit! Buddha’s hand is from the citron family and they often look like small distorted lemons. Each fruit can range between 5-20 fingers!

Although every fruit is unique, they can range in size. For example, mature buddha’s hands can attain sizes of 6-12 inches long. It varies! Even though it comes from the citron family, it contains no juice on the inside! Crazy, right? When the fruit is used, it’s mainly used for zest and peel. You can make delicious baked goods, alcoholic drinks, jams and marmalades, and salad dressings!

sliced Buddha's Hand

Origin and history

Buddha’s hand trees are thought to have originated in northeastern India. Then, brought to China during the fourth century A.D. by buddhist monks. However, there is no specific answer because many aspects are still unknown. In Chinese culture, buddha’s hand is known as “Fo Shou”. Fo = Fortune and Shou = Longevity. Buddha’s hand has always been known as a symbol of happiness and longevity. It was given as offerings in temples and given to friends on New Year’s Day.

The benefits

Pain Reliever

  • There are compounds found in buddha’s hand like coumarin, limonin, diosmin and bergapten that work as pain relieving agents.
  • It helps reduce swelling and pain because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It even has the ability to speed the process of healing and fading bruises!

Boosts Immunity

  • There is a polysaccharide found in the fruit that helps improve body immunity.
  • The vitamin c found in buddha’s hand helps prevent and fight off flu’s and colds.
whole Buddha's Hand

Alleviates Menstrual Pain

  • It’s been used as an ancient remedy to treat menstrual cramps, mood swings, and bleeding.
  • It’s anti-inflammatory properties are beneficial to the lower abdomen which help reduce pain.

Antioxidant Rich

  • Since buddha’s hand is rich in vitamin c, it acts as an antioxidant.
  • Antioxidants help clear the body of all the free-radicals in the air.
    • “Free radicals are associated with human disease, including cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and many others” – Live Science

Helps with Respiratory Diseases

  • Buddha’s hand contain a mild alcoholic compound that promotes the secretion of sputum in the air passages.
  • It can help clear phlegm and coughs!

All in all, we hope this information regarding the beautiful buddha’s hand was interesting! Our goal is to help you find the beauty in nature! Happy Wednesday!

sliced Buddha's Hand

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Benefits of Sesame Oil + DIY Hair Mask

What is Sesame Oil?

Sesame oil is derived from the drought resistant crop that’s been India’s staple oilseed since 800 BC. You read that right folks! Sesame oil has been around for thousands of years. The oil is extracted from sesame seeds, a long and meticulous process. The crop is usually cut by hand and it is stored upright to allow the seeds to fully ripen. If the seeds burst during the process, the crop is no longer useful. Therefore, the oil extraction must be performed when the seeds are ripe and intact.

What are the benefits?

Sesame oil is mainly used in the kitchen but it’s benefits go way beyond that. It’s rich in natural antioxidants that help fight free radicals! Some free radicals are the toxins in smoke, air pollution, alcohol, and too much sunlight. Too many free radicals can lead to a wide variety of human diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. Antioxidants have the power to clean up those free radicals and cleanse our systems! You can read a more in depth article about the importance of antioxidants here.

Top 5 benefits

  • Fatty acids like, Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty can be found in sesame oil
  • Studies have shown that these essential fats may help in hair growth
  • A lack in fatty acids has shown hair loss in some people
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  • Too much sun can cause harm to the scalp and to the hair follicles
  • Sesame oil can act as a natural hair protector from UV rays
  • Massaging the scalp and applying it to the hair creates a protective coating that may aid in fighting off rays from the sun
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  • Sesame oil contains antifungal and antibacterial properties
  • These properties help maintain a clean and healthy scalp free of dandruff
  • Since sesame oil contains moisturizing properties, the moisture can help fight the itching sensation that dandruff usually causes
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  • The fatty acids found in sesame oil can help combat dry hair
  • It’s emollient properties get deep into the roots of the scalp which then aid in hydrating the hair
  • It not only treats the hair from the root but it also makes your hair appear healthier and shinier
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  • Graying of the hair is mainly due to age, however, environmental stressors can add to the process by causing build-ups of toxic chemicals in the hair
  • Since sesame oil is packed with antioxidants, the antioxidants help fight off the buildup which then prevents premature hair graying
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DIY organic sesame oil hair mask

What you’ll need

Steps

  1. Combine all of your ingredients together in a sterile bowl. Use a spoon to make sure that your ingredients are well combined.
  2. Apply the mask onto your hair for about 30 to 40 minutes. This will allow the mask to really penetrate the scalp and the hair.
  3. Rinse the mask off with a mild cleanser.

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Rambutan – An Exotic Fruit

What is it?

This spiky red skinned fruit is a Rambutan! It is an exotic fruit that’s native to Southeast Asia. It grows in clusters and in trees that can reach up to 80 feet! Crazy right? The rambutan fruit thrives best under tropical environments like Indonesia and Malaysia. Its name is derived from the Malaysian word, ‘rambut’, which means hair. Rambutan is often compared to lychee because of its glassy white flesh. However, don’t let its spikey exterior fool you, its spikes aren’t sharp in fact, they’re pliable.

Rambutan

Benefits

Rich in nutrients and antioxidants

Rambutans are rich in several types of vitamins and minerals.

  • Rambutans are a great source of fiber. A healthy fiber intake is crucial for gut health.
  • They are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin C is responsible for protecting your body against cell damage.
  • You can also find copper in rambutans. Copper aids in the growth and maintenance of cells throughout your body, like your brain, bones, and your heart.

Aids in healthy digestion

Since rambutans are a good source of fiber, they promote a healthy digestive system.

  • Research shows that about half of the fiber that is found in Rambutan is considered insoluble fiber.
    • Insoluble fiber helps speed up the intestinal transit of your stool which then reduces the chance of constipation.
Rambutan

May aid in weight loss

Rambutans are usually only about 75 calories!

  • Since rambutans contain fiber, it may help you feel fuller for longer periods of time.
    • Feeling fuller will reduce the chance of overeating which may then cause weight loss over time.
  • The soluble fiber that’s within the fruit dissolves in water and it creates a gel-like substance in your gut.
    • This slows down your digestion and the absorption of nutrients.
    • It can also lead to you feeling fuller and not having a large appetite.
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What Are The Healthiest Milk Alternatives?

Do you love milk but can’t consume it due to dietary restrictions? Here is a rundown of the key points of the most popular non-dairy milk alternatives. Based on your needs and preferences, you can decide for yourself which milk alternatives will best suit your healthy lifestyle.

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How are milk alternatives made?

Most non-dairy milk alternatives are created by blending the primary ingredient with water. The mixture of these two ingredients are strained to create the milk. Additives may be combined in order to aid flavor, create texture, or prevent separation from occurring in these milk alternatives. Several store bought varieties contain added nutrients and fortified minerals as well.

What are the most popular milk alternatives?

You can find banana, cashew, rice, walnut and wide variety of other milk alternatives in the market. However, here is a list of some of the most popular milk alternatives.

Almond Milk

Almond milk is low in calories, fat and cholesterol compared to dairy milk. It also is enriched with vitamin A, D and calcium. However, almond milk consists of very little protein, people with a nut allergy can’t utilize this milk substitute, and it doesn’t blend well with hot beverages. Lastly, it takes about a gallon of water to produce a single almond, therefore it causes an environmental concern.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk has become very popular amongst consumers. It is loaded with healthy fat and may be fortified with vitamin A, D and calcium. Coconut milk works great with sweets including beverages such as smoothies. Negative aspects include being high in saturated fat and the lack of protein content.

Hemp Milk

Hemp milk naturally contains more calcium than dairy milk! Additionally, it has the health benefits of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which promotes heart and brain health. Hemp milk is low in saturated fats, free from cholesterol and allergen free which makes it a great milk alternative. However, a glass of hemp milk contains a low amount of protein compared to others.

Oat Milk

Oat milk is a good source of fiber and contains no saturated fat or cholesterol. Compared to dairy milk and milk alternatives, oat milk tends to be higher in calories. It has a pleasant taste and good consistency. Oats are naturally gluten-free. However, they may not suitable for people for who have a gluten sensitivity because they may become cross contaminated in a facility that processes other grains that contain gluten.

Soy Milk

Soy milk has a high protein content that can compare to cow’s milk. It contains a good source of vitamin A, B-12, and D. Soy milk is very low in saturated fat and is a good source of calcium. On the other hand, soy milk can be heavily processed and genetically modified. Some people aren’t fond of the taste or they have an allergy to it.

Which milk alternative is the healthiest?

The healthiest non-dairy milk alternative ultimately comes down to which one you like the best! Depending on your preferences and health goals, you don’t have to stick to just one milk alternative. Feel free to choose a variety based on the application it’ll be used for. For instance, some are great for baking or to generate milk froth for coffee, while others completely change the flavor profile of your favorite foods. Regardless of which milk alternative you favor, you can count on the fact that plant-based milks are on the rise.

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Food Trends 2020

At the start of every new year, we strive to improve ourselves with resolutions and new opportunities. We aim to eat healthier, get into more sustainable habits, and be a bit more adventurous when it comes to food. Here are a few food trends that will be definitely changing the way we eat and drink this year.

Meat-Plant Blends

Meat-plant blends are beginning to gain a lot more traction these days. Companies are acknowledging the fact that consumers are searching for new ways to boost their protein intake as well as increase their vegetable consumption. Welcome in meat-plant blends where these two proteins are combined to create foods that are flavorful and nutritious! Companies offer items such as chicken nuggets that include cauliflower and chickpeas, and beef patties with mushrooms mixed into it. You probably would not be able to tell the difference between the new blended flavor and texture! Give these new products a try the next time you are browsing for healthier alternatives at your local grocery store.

Plant-Based, Beyond Soy

Soy milk used to be the latest craze for plant-based dairy alternatives. Nowadays you’ll run into a variety of different plant-based milks at your local markets such as almond, coconut, oat, pea, and rice. Oat milk currently appears to be the most popular plant-based and dairy-free milk substitute. Additionally, it is vegan, naturally gluten free, and is packed with nutrients. You can find oat milk at grocery stores as well as specialty coffee shops near you.

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Healthy and Convenient

It can be challenging to incorporate healthy and convenient foods into your busy schedule. Thanks to the rise of freshly prepared and grab-and-go options, the only issue you will run into is deciding which tasty items you want be eating throughout the day. Nutrient rich and non-processed foods are now easier to find a local markets. Look out for pre-portioned fruits and snacks, smoothies, and meal kits.

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Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative agriculture is a farming process that practices to restore soil health without the use of harsh chemicals or disruptive methods. Paying special attention to water management and fertilizer use are a couple examples of how regenerative agriculture works. Other benefits of regenerative agriculture includes the increase of the soils water holding capacity, prevention of soil erosion, and the creation of ideal conditions for crop to become more resilient against bugs and diseases. The goal is to create long-lasting environmental benefits and positively impacts climate change.

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