Monday, 30 September 2013

A Great Homemade Mosquito Repellent!

Yesterday, I was having my usual Sunday evening gossip with my sister, so we sat outside on the veranda. While we were in the middle of one particularly CSI:Miami -ish amebo, I couldn't help but notice one biiiiig mosquito perched rather comfortably on her shoulder. This really put me in a dilemma of sorts: Should I kill the mosquito and in the process dislocate my sister's shoulder OR should I ignore the mosquito and increase her chances of having malaria?......Guess what? I did neither. I just quietly told her, " There's a mosquito on your shoulder," If you see the way she murdered the mosquito, eh???.....#lipsealed.

Moving on.....

Here is a very easy recipe for a mosquito repellent, This is my most used repellent treatment simply because it works for me every single time.

You'll need:
8 tablespoons of olive oil 
10 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil. 


  • Mix the oils. 
  • (I put it in a spray bottle), spray it on and rub in. 
It has a pleasant smell, keeps mosquitoes at bay – plus the olive oil moisturizes the skin. 
So, it;s a win-win!!

Good luck!

~ Neni ~


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

DIY: Make Your Own Deodorant!!

The moment when you reach for your deodorant and you realise it's finished... not a drop, particle or even a molecule?? (Sigh) Those were the days...*bites finger*

Oh, I've been there too many times to remember. So,do you know what I did? I decided to make my own deodarant and have it on standby for such moments...

I think you should try it out. The ingredients are very easy to find so I believe you should have no problem at all... I hope.

What you Need
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons  baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
What to Do:
  1. Mix baking soda and corn together in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Mash in coconut with a fork until well mixed.
  3. Store in a glass container or old deodorant bottle

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Good luck!!

~ Neni ~

Monday, 23 September 2013

How To Make Carrot Oil

Hello everyone!
I hope you all had a good weekend. Mine was great. I'm sure yours was too.:)
Some months back, I got a mail from a lovely blog visitor (yes, you all are lovely!!) asking me to post a recipe on how to make carrot oil. I promised her and just dumped it on the back burner.

So today, I'm here to tell how to do just that: make carrot oil.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

A Vitamin-Packed Slimming Smoothie

Now that's some title! Quite a mouthful (pun intended), don't you think?
Okay, so I've been a little lax on my posting, I'm sorry. It's been so crazy lately... you know, so much to do in very, very little time. Please vex not.:) Moving on...

This smoothie is just the perfect addition to your diet. Why? Because if you feel like you are not getting enough vitamins from your diet, this smoothie packs a powerful antioxidant punch and helps you absorb nutrients from your diet.

So what exactly is in this smoothie anyway? The papaya/pawpaw gives you more than your daily recommended value of vitamin C to keep your immune system strong and ward off disease. The lettuce and spinach give you a healthy dose of magnesium and calcium, and the apple and banana give you a dose of antioxidants! 

Now, you're interested...very interested! lol

1 cup papaya/pawpaw
1/2 cup lettuce
1/2 cup spinach
1/2 banana
1/2 green apple

Put all ingredients into blender. Blend until smooth. 



~ Neni ~

Image courtesy Dr. Oz


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

A Sunburn Soothing Yoghurt Mask

Yoghurt is not just for consumption, it does wonders for your skin. It heals the skin naturally by re-establishing the acid/alkaline balance of the skin to help heal a sunburn. I like to blend it with one of my favorite ingredients—green tea, which is so soothing. 

Green tea is also rich in antioxidants, which help protect the skin from free radicals, as well as calm and soothe irritation. I like finish with a light oil like grapeseed oil oil. It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids and has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. 

Okay, enough of the gushing already!! 

Want to try it out? Here's how:

½ cup plain yoghurt
1 bag green tea
One to three drops grapeseed oil or Bio oil (depending on skin type)
  1. Steep and cool the tea bag hot water. Empty the yoghurt into a bowl through cheesecloth or paper towel for a few minutes. 
  2. Add contents of cooled tea bag to strained yoghurt and mix well.
  3.  Wash sunburned skin with cool water and pat dry.
  4.  Apply yoghurt mixture to affected area. Leave to dry for 15 minutes and do not rinse. 
  5. Reapply another layer.  Repeat three to five times. Rinse with cool water and apply the oil.  
  6. The oil may be reapplied throughout the day.
  7. This mask may be applied twice daily until your burn fades.

So, why don't you try it out and see how it goes! Whatever happens, let me know...:)

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

A Lightening Cornmeal Scrub and Mask for Oily Skin


Cornmeal is very easy to find at any market near you. So, why not try this simple scrub 3 to 4 times a week  and see your skin begin to glow.


  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal (known as Nni Oka in Igbo)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon or lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt or milk


  1. Make a paste by mixing the cornmeal with the yoghurt and lemon juice.
  2. Massage into the skin and leave for 20 minutes.
  3.  Rinse off with warm water.
Easy peasy!

Good luck!

~ Neni ~

Friday, 6 September 2013

Mummy Alert: Homemade Baby Wipes!

Calling all mummies, aunties and nannies!! I don't know what category you fall into but I am an aunt and sometime nanny to my lovely nieces and nephews.

For those days when you want to clean up some baby "business", and the container of baby wipes is very, very empty, here's a recipe to make some homemade wipes that works just as well.


  • 1/4 cup baby body wash
  • 1/4 cup baby oil
  • 1/4 cup baby lotion
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 roll of absorbent paper towels
  • An air-tight plastic container


  1. Mix all the ingredients together well in a large jug or pitcher.  
  2. Stir the mixture for a few minutes until it’s all blended together nicely.
  3. Unroll the paper towels from the roll and layer them into the plastic container. Pour half of your mixture over the top of the towels. 
  4. Turn the entire stack of towels upside down and then pour the other half of the mixture over the other side of the towels and into the container.

The absorbent towels will soak up the mixture and remain soft on your baby’s body all the way to the last towel. Be sure to keep the container tightly sealed at all times.

It also works as an excellent makeup remover!! 
As a makeup artist/junkie, I say Amen to that!
~ Neni ~

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Beauty SOS: How to Fix Your Broken Lipstick

 Have you ever opened your lipstick only to find it broken or melted in half!  Chances are, a good number of you have experienced this – I know I have.

Or, the moment when your most treasured lipstick falls out of your grasp and breaks into (insert number here) pieces. Aaaaaargh!! I have notoriously slippery fingers because everything and anything is likely to fall from my hands. Yep...story of my life.

Do you know how many lipsticks I have 'repaired'? Fuggedaboudit!

Moving on...

You'll need:
  • A box of matches or lighter

  • Using a burning match or lighter, gently melt the top layer of lipstick that is still attached to the tube

  • Place the broken end on top of the melted base
  • Use a match or lighter to melt the outer edge for a seamless hold.
  • Place in the refrigerator to cool down and set for 15-30 minutes. 
  • Remove the lipstick and smooth out any lumps with your fingers

Good luck!

~ Neni ~

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

An Effective Homemade Hair Grow

This is a great little hair loss remedy for anyone troubled with having weak hair that seems to take ages to grow. (Read: ME!)
The rosemary essential oil in this tonic will help to simulate and strengthen slow-growing hair; when used with good strong stout or ale, this mix will also leave your hair feeling soft and full, and with a remarkable shine, especially to dark hair.

Ingredients You Will Need

  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 bottle Guinness stout or any dark ale

  1. Add the rosemary essential oil to the beer and leave it to infuse overnight.
  2. After shampooing, rub the mixture into your hair and leave for 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse your hair and then condition it normally.
Note: If you haven't got rosemary essential oil, that's okay. Substitute with fresh rosemary and you're good to go!

Hope it works for you like it does for me!

Good luck!

~ Neni ~
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