Hope you all enjoyed the little holiday we got yesterday, I know I did. Maybe a little too much, because I am currently nursing the worst cold :(.
Anyway, today’s post is all about introducing you guys to an all-natural skincare company based here in Lagos. Personally when it comes to my all-over-body skincare (sans the face), I LOVE all-natural products, especially body-scrubs and lotions. So when I was contacted by Ifeyinwa, of ‘Ajali’, I was immediately interested.
Ajali* is an all-natural handmade cosmetics company which was launched recently and they create 100% natural handmade products using ingredients indigenous to West Africa, suchs as: Shea & Cocoa Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil, EVOO and Aloe Vera gel. Currently they stock 3 different products Whipped Shea & Coconut Butter Body Souffle, Sea Salt Body Scrub & Raw Sugar Polish. And all these products come in 4 scents: Original (unscented), Peppermint, Grapefruit & Lavender.
|Sea Salt Body Scrub in Grapefruit & Butter Body Souffle in Peppermint|
Ifeyinwa kindly sent me two out of their three products to try out: The Butter Body Souffle and Sea Salt Body Scrub
I broke the bloggers cardinal rule which is ‘Always photograph before you try!!’. I just could not wait to try these out I completely forgot. So these images will have to do.
|Sea Salt Body Scrub in Grapefruit|
This was my favourite of the two I was sent. First time I used it I think I was a little overzealous with my application. As it was my first time I did not know how coarse the grains were so I did scrub a little too hard, and that proved quite uncomfortable. I eased up on the pressure immediately, although it did take me some time to get used to the grains. But when I used it the 2nd time around, I was a pro at it.
So my method of exfoliation is I first apply the product using the palms of my hand and working it in with circular motions and then I go over again with my exfoliating mitts. With this, I did not need to go over my skin a second time with the mitts. From the first application, I absolutely felt the difference, my skin felt AMAZING, even my palms were super soft. I have to say, none of the scrubs I have used so far had left my skin feeling that smooth. I typically exfoliate twice a week, but with my weekend exfoliation I tend to spend a lot more time getting all that dead skin off. This scrub has got oils in it, so there will be that pesky ‘film’ left on your skin afterwards, and since I always shave my legs right after I exfoliate, I find that this film really gets in the way. So my ‘workaround’ is to then go over my skin again with my regular mesh sponge and a bar of soap (or shower gel). This gets rid of most of the oil-residue from the scrub and allows for me to get a nice close shave.
All in all really really loved using this scrub, I got three full uses out the tub I was sent. If you love to exfoliate your skin like I do, then I definitely recommend you try this out. But please go easy on your application, my skin is sensitive so the grains did take some time to get used to. But as with all things skincare, everyone’s skin is different. But go cautiously at first, then increase the pressure as you like.
Right after exfoliating with the scrub, I followed with this Body Butter. It’s got peppermint in it and this really helped to soothe my skin. It sank fairly quickly into the skin and kept it moisturised all day long. But I did have a couple gripes with this one. First off, the scent, didn’t really like this. I would describe the scent as a little ‘medicinal’..lol. You might pick this up and be like “What the hell was Ez talking about”, but that’s the best word I can use to describe the scent. I was suffering from a random bout of nausea at the time and this did not help one bit.
Also I wasn’t too fond of the texture either, it was a bit ‘paste-y’. But once you warm it up by rubbing it between your palms it just melts and applies like any other 100% raw sheabutter product.
But all this didn’t deter me from using the body butter, I loved how it soothed and moisturized my skin right after I exfoliated. So I always reached for it right after exfoliating and it really worked a treat! They do offer other scents in this, so might be worth a try looking into those and if you don’t mind the smell of peppermint, then this one’s your guy!
From the picture above, I CLEARLY enjoyed one more than the other! I completely finished the scrub (left) and will be repurchasing it. While the Peppermint Body-Butter will be used every time I exfoliate my skin, which is twice a week! Oh and another thing I loved about the scrub is that it did not dry up. I forgot this one time on my window-sill in the bathroom and with direct sunlight hitting it, it did not dry up! I was very impressed.
All in all, I will definitely recommend Ajali products. There is nothing like using 100% natural organic products for your skin. And sheabutter has got a smidge of SPF in it, so even if you ever forget to apply sunscreen, you’ll always have some on.
Butter Body Souffle: N2000 for 100ml & N4500 for 500ml
Body Scrubs: N1500 for 100ml & N3500 for 500ml
I was discussing with a friend recently about exfoliating the skin and she said that exfoliating twice a week is a bit too much? I don’t think it is! Do you??
Always remember to follow-up with a moisturizer and sunscreen right after exfoliating, VERY important!!