Afrofit African Virgin Coconut Oil – A Review

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Hello My Cakers Bakers and Beauties!

This is a long overdue review, I was given a jar of Afrofit virgin coconut oil to review a good while ago …but then life happened. I won’t go into all the reasons and excuses it has taken me so long to post my review but I did use the coconut oil when it was first given to me, in fact I finished the whole jar which is why I can give an honest and full review of the product now. Before I get into the review properly I owe Damola Ojo the general manager of Afrofit a huge apology.

Mr Ojo – I’m truly and sincerely sorry, for not posting my review sooner.

So as a natural hair/baking blogger I was already using coconut oil in the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. I’ll try not to bore you by writing about all of the uses for coconut oil, but I will share a few of my favourite ways to use coconut oil at the end of my review.

If you are in the UK like me, one of the best reasons for you to buy Afrofit V.C.O is because it is sold and distributed by a Black owned U.K business, no crazy shipping prices or waiting time. Afrofit support local economy in West Africa by sourcing their coconut oil from small-scale farmers in Ghana who use traditional methods to process the coconut oil, they also pay the farmers a fair price for their hard work.

Afrofit V.C.O has a nice fresh coconutty scent and does not have the tendency to smell like baby sweat (shout out to Evelyn from the internets!) like some other brands do, the consistency is solid (because U.K is cold) but it melts upon contact with my hands. This coconut oil is not very grainy which can be annoying sometimes when I’m using it for my hair.

As well as applying the oil topically, I also use it for oil pulling (explanation below), I drop a tablespoon into my green smoothies for an energy and nutrient boost and of course I use it for cooking.

Afrofit V.C.O is a good alternative to butter in vegan cakes –  I don’t really use margarine unless it’s specially requested because margarine is a highly processed synthetic food and full of chemicals.

Afrofit V.C.O does taste of coconut but the flavour is not overpowering, for example in baked goods you can’t really discern a coconut flavour but if you use it to make scrambled eggs you can taste the coconut. It depends on what you are cooking with it or combining it with because shallow fried plantain or fish does not taste of coconut but I can taste it in a smoothie that does not have a strong tasting fruit/vegetable in it. I like the taste of coconut so for me I don’t mind that I can taste it sometimes, plus Afrofit coconut oil is the best tasting coconut oil i’ve ever used.

Obviously Afrofit V.C.O is suitable for vegans,vegetarians, people with a gluten intolerance and most people with treenut allergies because coconut is a fruit and even then the oil contains hardly any protein.

Lastly the Afrofit team are basically hotties, I’m not ashamed to admit that they are a bunch of beautiful black men with nice bodies, so ladies if you hear that Afrofit are going to be at an event near you, I highly suggest you book your ticket quickly!!! Not to leave the Afrofit ladies out of the mix because they are reppin fitness,faces and curves in the workout videos and in the promotional material.

As promised here a just a few of my favourite uses for Afrofit Virgin  coconut oil:

  • As a pre-poo (natural, transitioning or relaxed) to help with detangling and to help minimise hygral fatigue – hair damage resulting from the constant swelling and contracting of the hair during the uptake and loss of water. It’s important to do your pre-poo overnight if you can because although coconut oil is one of the very few oils that can penetrate into the hair strand it takes several hours for this happen.
  •  To remove make up.
  •  Added to shea butter to make a softer, multi purpose shea butter whip.
  • Oil pulling – you use the oil like mouthwash to help with oral health and hygiene.
  • Massage oil 😉
  • Used like body lotion on damp skin after a shower to lock in moisture and give my skin a sexy glow.
  • Mixed with demerara sugar for a lip/body scrub.

Afrofit do ship internationally so head over for their website to order and for more information.

Thanks for reading

Luv

Sian

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Natural Deodorants?

Hello My Cakers Bakers and Beauties!!

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Before you carry on reading this post please be aware that I’m going to be writing honestly about my armpits and body odour, so please skip this post if it’s a topic that may offend you.

Because of the health concerns about Aluminium and Zirconium in traditional antiperspirant deodorants, I have decided to stop using regular deodorants and switch to natural alternatives.

I have always used roll on deodorants because the aerosols make me wheeze.

I have heard that several natural oils have deodorant properties so I decided to try them out, I have also recently started a new workout regime so it is the perfect time to “road-test”  these natural deodorants. I am not worried about antiperspirant qualities because I don’t sweat that much and I believe that sweat helps carry toxins out of the body so I don’t want to trap the sweat inside my body.

Being a fabulous natural-haired baker I have several natural oils and other handy ingredients lying around my house.

I applied all my “deodorants” to freshly washed and dried hairless armpits at the beginning of each day.

At first I tried Castor Oil and Coconut Oil -each on their own, they are both supposed to have anti-bacterial properties and as you know it’s the bacteria in (old) sweat that causes the odour, not the sweat itself.

These oils were a huge FAIL, on their own and mixed together.

Next I tried Fresh Lemon Juice another fail, but it worked better than the oils and was easier on my clothes.

I tried Bicarbonate of Soda on it’s own but it was to0 gritty and couldn’t really “stick” to my skin so it was another fail.

Then I had the bright idea to mix the Bicarb and Lemon Juice together! I put around a teaspoon of bicarb into an old glass ramekin and added a few drops of lemon juice, of course it fizzed up but I applied this foam to my underarms with a cotton wool ball and it worked!  At the end of each day even on workout days there was literally no odour and even though I wasn’t bothered by this my pits were practically dry! It was a bit of a bother making this mix every day but it was worth it, or so I thought …

After about 2 weeks of using my Lemon/Bicarb foam as deodorant I noticed my underarms were really sore, this is probably because I was mixing an Acid (lemon juice) and an Alkaline (Bicarb) together in random quantities and didn’t get the pH Balance right, I would revisit this mixture again but I needed to use something else in the meantime so I went on-line about bought this:

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I tried this one first because I use their Shampoo and I really like it, plus the Aloe Vera is soothing and helps with skin problems. This deodorant did soothe my underarms but that’s pretty much all it did, I’m so disappointed.

This deodorant smells quite earthy on it’s own, not a horrible fragrance but not a nice one either, the roll-on is easy to use and a really good size, I bought it for £7.00 on Amazon it had quite good reviews but sadly it didn’t work for me.  It works for a few hours but by the end of the day it’s like I haven’t used deodorant at all and that “earthy” smell…well um it’s not great.

I hate to waste money so I’m going to use the whole roll-on until it’s finished. I’m not an overly stinky lady and it’s winter so I think I’ll get away with it. My search is not over yet and I’ll also be trying a new recipe to mix up my own deodorant very soon.

Thanks for Reading

Luv

Sian

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Darren Scott Salon, Visit 2 “Birthday Hair”- Perm Rod Set

Hello my Cakers Bakers and Beauties!

Sorry This post is late, I had a busy weekend! This Salon visit was actually before my birthday, in future I will try to make sure I post about events in chronological order.Image

On May 23rd I went back to Darren Scott Salon for a perm rod set, I wanted to have a lot of curls and volume since my own curl pattern is currently “lost”…

I had Kerri for my stylist again which was good but we didn’t do a treatment this time as I’d     pre-pooed with organic raw coconut oil the night before.

The treatment I would have had, is put on  before the hair is washed but it would have been a waste of time (and money) because my hair had soaked up the coconut oil over the preceding 20 hours or so and wouldn’t be able to take in much more product, if any at all  – and yes I went to work with the greasy coconut bun!

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“Greasy Coconut Bun”

The whole process was pretty straight forward but LONG… 

Kerri washed and conditioned my hair with Mizani products, she was very gentle and gives an amazing scalp massage!

My hair was detangled with the conditioner in and a wide-toothed comb, I had minimal tangles and hardly any breakage.

Then my hair was blotted with a (regular) towel a light moisturiser was put in then a light holding product I’m sorry I don’t have the names of these products, I will do better next time!

Next the perm rods were put in, they used a mixture of small and very small rods, most of them were put in on a slight angle, except the ones in my nape.

Kerri had help putting the rods in from another stylist I’ll call her Ms X, but after a little while Ms X had to finish work, once she had left, I told Kerri that the rods Ms X had put in were not tight enough and Kerri was happy to re do them, after about an hour Darren came back to the salon and helped Kerri finish putting the rods in, as they went along they re-moistened my hair as it had begun drying out.

I had mentioned to Ms X  that the rods were too loose but she explained that she couldn’t get them any tighter, I’m not holding it against her as she is a lovely person but I knew that on one side the roots would be puffy once we unrolled them, as I’ve done rod sets on my hair before and  the whole reason I was going to the salon to have it done, is because at home I can’t get the rods tight enough in the area just behind my crown.

However I’m not a professional stylist and everyone knows it is easier to work on the back of someone else’s head than your own. It doesn’t matter that much though because as I said Kerri was happy to re roll the loose ones and Darren helped.

Once all the rollers were in, I was put under the dryer.

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Head full of rollers!

I had prepared myself for the torture of being put under the dryer by bringing water and snacks and making sure my phone was fully charged to I could read my novel on my kindle app.

However all my preparation was still not enough! I do not have the patience and it was entirely too hot under there! It was a catch 22 situation I could have the dryer on a higher temperature and it will dry quicker but I will be uncomfortable or have the dryer on a lower temperature and stay under there longer, I actually tried a combination of both of these techniques but after about 2 hours it was all too much for me and I couldn’t bear it any longer!

The reasons why I went natural and why I stopped going to hairdressers all came back to me…

*At this point I’d like to mention that, Darren Scott Salon is in no way responsible for my lack of patience and no one forced me to have this done*

BUT still.. I was feeling awful, my back and neck were killing me as I was sitting in a kind of hunched position but leaning back at the same time. I know that sounds odd but imagine the salon chair is a stylish leather chair with a straight upright and chunky back section, and the dryer is positioned just slightly too far back from the back of the chair for you to sit upright in the chair with good posture and be under the dryer at the same time.

Couple that with the fact that the dryer was too low, or you could say I am too tall (5ft6″) or the chair was too high (but it couldn’t be lowered any further). I did let Kerri know that my body was in pain but due to the issues I just described nothing could be done physically about my position under the dryer.

The salon was empty except for Kerri and Me soI couldn’t even look around at what every one was having done. I was also under partial sensory deprivation as I couldn’t see hear anything except the incessant blowing of the dryer. I had lost interest in my novel (The Great Gatsby in case you were wondering) and the dogs were making friends with me…

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I’m not sure why they chose to sit and then later frolic so close to me. As I said before, the salon was empty so they had plenty of empty space in which to play and sniff around and engage in general doggy behaviour but maybe they came over to me because it was so warm over by me.

At one point the brown one decided to take a nap under my chair so my legs were also restricted as well as my back and neck. I also have a very sensitive sense of smell…                 I’m not saying they did their business in the salon at all, the salon is scrupulously clean I just happen to have a very sensitive nose and every living thing has a smell, even plants and animals and yes even me!

After 2 hours some of the middle rods were not dry but Kerri took pity on me and used a blow dryer to finish them off, at this time possible heat damage was not in my mind at all, I just wanted it to be finished!

The rods were unravelled once they were finally dry and then the separating and twirling began, they were only separated a little bit as the idea was for me to preserve the curls and fluff it out fully on the morning of my birthday. By this time Darren had come back to the salon and helped Kerri finish off the style.

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After I unrolled my spine and decompressed my vertebrae , my first thought was SHRINKAGE! Yes of course I was expecting shrinkage but maybe not this much… However I knew I was not in a fit state of mind at that point, to put it simply I was VEX!  But due to my good bringupsie (upbringing) I thanked them both politely, smiled, paid my money and bounced!

Well of course I didn’t bounce more like skulked off but you get the idea that basically I made my exit from the salon.

Once again I’m not holding the salon responsible for my lack of patience, Kerri even told me that another UK hair blogger (I won’t name her as she might not like me telling her business) sits under the dryer for this style for upwards of 3 hours!

Ms Anonymous UK Hair Blogger, I SALUTE YOU! From your photos you look even taller than me!

I also salute Kerri because it must have been a long and boring process for her too.

I paid £50.00 for the perm rod set and considering the time and work that goes into the whole process I think that’s very reasonable.

Would I do it again?

Well the short answer is Yes, but I would use a different curling method such as bendy rollers (flexi rods) or Curlformers and I would make the sections larger so more air could circulate around the curling tool and it would dry quicker, in fact maybe I would ask for my hair to be only damp before rolling it.

Would I go back to Darren Scott Salon again? 

ABSOLUTELY!

I’d had a long hard week at my day job so that also contributed to my general Vexosity (yes I’m making up words). Darren Scott Salon is the most professional salon I’ve been to, since I’ve been natural plus Darren and his staff are very friendly knowledgeable and well trained. Even though the Salon is on the other side of London I will be going back!

Thanks for reading!

Luv

Sian

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