The Nappy Mixtress' Experiments..

I was browsing the natural hair section on Youtube earlier today, as you do, and I came across Jemy1415’s Natural Hair D.I.Y: Creamy and Whipped Shea butter.

Like honestly, go and watch the video here, it looks like whipped cream! Delicious. I had most of the ingredients so I figured why the hell not! My mum wanted me to make her a batch for her locs so why not make it look good enough to eat!

I followed the instructions exactly, except exchanging the grape-seed oil with glycerin, and not adding the tea tree oil as I didn’t have any. :(

A whole 40 minutes of mixing (thank gosh I have a stand mixer) and it was still looking like oily goop :(

What did I do wrong?!

After consulting my scientist boyfriend, we (he) figured out that the grapeseed oil was vital in creating the fluffy consistency as it contained a high percentage of a special acid (linoleic acid) which causes the desired chemical reaction to take place. (Seriously I love this guy. If he wasn’t around, I’d probably be sobbing miserably on the kitchen floor by now.)

So he pops off to the shops to get a natural emulsifier, corn oil, and we (I) also added about 25g more of shea butter, and tablespoon more of glycerin. I was desperate for this to work…

FINALLY! It started to fluff and look delicious, and I did several little jigs whilst simultaneously cooking dinner.

Lo and behold, the end result!

Doesn’t it look good enough to eat?! Unfortunately I didn’t put enough lavender fragrance to cover the nutty smell, but next time I can experiment more! It’s very oily but I figured it’s because I added more to it in desperation. If I followed the recipe to the T, I figured it’d be much better.

If you have the ingredients, try it out. Being a mixtress is fun, cheaper and a lot more satisfying if you know that everything that goes on your body is natural!

3 Easy To Make Homemade Deep Conditioners For Natural Hair

BGLH writes:

For some of us, going natural did not stop with our hair.  It continued with a move towards mixing our own “natural” products.  While numerous recipes exist on the internet, few are actually both simple AND effective in meeting the needs of our natural hair.  If you are new to making your own products or are a current mixtress searching for an easy-to-make recipe that actually works, you can start with these homemade conditioners, which are my three favorites.

My spin on the Harvey Wallbanger
2oz Belvedere Vodka
5oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
1oz Galliano
¼ oz Cointreau
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange wheel.

These drinks were really trendy in the 60’s but have since gone out of style. The bottle of Galliano is so gorgeous though I had to have it in my bar. I’m sure I will be experimenting with it some more before too long lol
#mixtress #mixology #cocktails #cocktailgirl

Made with Instagram

I tend to go HAM when making products at home, and tonight was no exception. My current hair spritz includes; Deionised Water, Rose Water, Glycerine, Shea Oil, a half (ish) teaspoon of MSM Powder, and a splodge of TLC Naturals Hibiscus Rose Moisturising Leave In Conditioner. #NaturalHair, #Mixtress, #TeamNaturalUK, (Taken with Instagram)

Made with Instagram

My Sazerac

2oz Black Maple Hills Premium Small Batch Bourbon
½ oz Simple Syrup
½ oz Vieux Carre Absinthe (discarded)
Several Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

This is my version of the classic cocktail. Originally people used cognac then more often used rye whiskey and sugar cubes. I really like a high quality bourbon paired with simple syrup. This really gives the drink a great clarity. In addition, instead of just swirling the absinthe I like to fill my glass with it plus ice and water. I let it sit like this while I mix my cocktail then I discard it.

Enjoy! #cocktail #sazerac #mixology #cocktailgirl #Mixtress #Blackmaplehills #transgirl

Made with Instagram
Where Have You Been All My Life?

Oh that’s right…in my drawer under the sink. Seems as though I forgot about you and your wonderfulness that I ended up buying on a whim when my product junkiness was at it’s peak. So I spent $22 on you. It’s been a few months and I still have you. Plus…you make my hair feel marvelous. Now if only I can recreate you for A LOT less.

I revisted my love of Jane Carter Nourish and Shine today to give my hair a little ummph. I’ve been wearing it in a slicked back bun with a puffy side bang and as soon as I put it on my hair, I could feel it smiling. I guess I’ve really found my staple product. No problems with it…besides the hefty price tag. So now I must go and try to recreate it without the price. Until then I will savor the tiny bit I have left.

Wish me luck. Of course I’ll be keeping you updated :)

Citrus Nectarine Body Scrub.

Here’s how it goes down in the Diamond household: I get home after a long day of running around LA; I look in my fridge; I consider what I can slather on my body in the form of a DIY spa treatment. I peruse the wilted kale, the dangling carrots, the tired parsley, and my eyes linger on the bag of bruised fruit I got for pie and jam on Monday at the farmers market.

That? Should I slather my body with that?! Why not?! I hear my inner apothecary mixtress reply—the fruit acids will condition your skin and the pectin will act as an antioxidant!

The textures here are everything: Granular sugar, silky coconut oil, piquant orange zest, and tender nectarine pulp. Together, they’re guaranteed to scrub away the detritus of even the roughest of days.

Enjoy the ultimate summer glow! Recipe here.

Hail Nicki, conspicuous witch, most emphatically unfake motherfucking monster, potion-mixtress, channeler of the feared dragon of the dungeon, serpent-enchantrix.

Nicki, Mirage-Maker, a hundred Sightless dunces can’t tell you nothing.  May all those who see fit to offer you only the brine of the pickled cucumber find their arrogance turns to acid in their veins. 

For it is true.  We have heard about Nicki Minaj.  When you are assertive, you are a witch.