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Mandolin

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hello there! 

So very excited about the butters as a whole and a forum interested in my feedback! 
 
I have been experimenting with the Brazilian Butters bacuri, ucuuba and murumuru on my skin over the last few weeks before hair test group started.  I wanted to get a sense of the feel and how they mix with each other and avocado oil, coconut oil and shea butter for products I make.

The goal I am after is to find fair-trade good for you oils that I can wear in my hair, sleep in, get close to people with and then go to the office without frizz nor leaving finger prints all over my desk!

Saturday I started with clean dry hair.  I mixed 1 part each of bacuri, ucuuba and coconut oil.  Yes bacuri has a strong smell. Not my favorite scent, but I have gotten used to it. Also, yes it does have dark color and could stain, this was no problem for me and my dark curls and the pre-treat activity. Ucuuba is hard, but with the other two very soft butter and oil I was working with a very soft end product that spread on my scalp and through my hair very well.  I worked this into my scalp, and combed through. Sectioning off my hair to get oils fully concentrated through scalp and hair. I styled my hair in braids, pony tail and bun again to get a sense of the feel, were my hands greasy after, did I smell weird, would it feel the same way at the end of the day, the next day?!? Overall my hair felt good! Moisturized, manageable, not heavy.  But this is not how I typically wear my fair. 
I should say here I made a few other recipes during the day, which I will share at a later time.

So, Sunday I checked my pillow case, no hair grease circle where I slept!  This is a huge deal that I am very grateful for.  My hair likes a lot of oils, I've never been good about keeping wrapped while I sleep so I need to watch where I lay my head to not leave a trail behind.  I showered and did a light wash with a castile soap. No conditioner. Towel dried my hair then added a mixture of babassu and murumuru.  I'll explain why I chose these two on the oil comments pages. I styled as usual and wore comfortably throughout day. I was also able to touch it, move it around and tie it up without creating frizz.

Monday, I did mostly the same thing.  Wet hair in the shower, no wash, no condition. Towel dry and added babassu and murumuru mixture.  I didn't add any other oils or products. Styled and wore as usual and went to work.   I lasted all day. I didn't tie it up, My neck and ears did not feel greasy.  I could touch and move my hair.  My hands did leave finger prints.  This I can work with. I would call this a good hair day!

Tuesday, I showered and did no wetting, so no wash, no condition. no added oil mixture.  I wet my hands a little and tied up with a shoe string.  I admit, this is my favorite beauty routine, so I am elated to know I can do this 4 DAYS after pre-treatment AND I do not look like a wild woman!!!  A few fly aways, but no self proclaimed dreads! Curls still have coils, I can touch it without ruin! No finger prints on  my desk today, so I can probably change up the formula for the next round. 

Well that was a lot, and there are many more things I will try.  I wanted to give a good description of the entire cycle and let you all know I am committed to moving off of style products with yucky ingredients entirely.  I am four days into mostly Brazil oils and loving it! 

until later
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Thanks for sharing. I haven't received my butters as yet, but I'm excited to see how they work for my very kinky 4b/4c hair.
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Hello,

I have also been using oils and butters from Chrys on my skin and hair. I have been mixing the bacuri butter along with the capuacu butter and brazil nut oil and it has worked wonders for my naturally dry curly, coily hair. The bacuri butter has a distinctive earthy smell that I can't really describe but it is a very soft, pliable butter which I absolutely love since it has moisturized my hair very well. I also use this butter on my skin mixed with buruti oil and it moisturizes my face and body all day. 

As a test, I have taken Chrys' suggestion of using each butter one by one to get a feel for it on my skin and hair. I started by applying the bacuri butter alone to my scalp and the ends of my hair and I have to say that I got the same wonderful results. My hair was happy and when she's happy, I'm happy. This is one of my absolute favorite butters.

I have to say that the butter actually stained my pillow slip, but maybe I'm just heavy handed when it comes to applying products on my hair. After using these butters, I have found that a little goes a long way so I need to ease up a little. other than that, I am loving these wonderful products. I can't wait to try the ucuuba butter next as a test.

I am so grateful to Chrys for selling sustainable, fair trade, 100% natural products for skin and hair and for allowing me to take part in this test to try new butters and a new oil. Who knows? I might find a new favorite [smile]


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I normally make a mixture of butters with coconut oil, but I don't really have a great system for my mixture, and lately have been wondering how to decrease the greasiness of it a bit.    The mixture I currently am using contains:  Murumuru Butter, Shea Butter, Cupuacu Butter, Bacuri Butter, Coconut Oil, and Vitamin E Oil.  

I decided to take Chrys's advice and try the butters one by one to really get to know them.  When they arrived to me after a hot trip, they looked like this:
butters on arrival 2.jpg 
This really demonstrates their various melting points.  The Ucuuba Butter was still hard, like chunks of beeswax.  The Murumuru and the Tucuma Butters had melted along the way but were starting to resolidify, and the Bacuri and Cupuacu Butters were still fairly liquid.

I decided to start with the hardest of them all, the Ucuuba Butter.  I melted it down using a hot water bath, and it turned into a beautiful glowing golden liquid with a slight musky waxy (or fleshy) smell:
ucuuba melting 2.jpg 

My hair was slightly damp (I had also just shampooed with a castille mixture and towel dried!) when I started to apply the Ucuuba Butter.  It immediately cooled back into its hard form when it hit my hair, becoming a very stiff and opaque coating of wax.  I then worked some of my softer butter combination (listed above) back into my hair just in order to loosen it back up and soften the Ucuuba Butter.  Before doing so, I would have to say that the Ucuuba Butter was doing a great job at straightening out some of my curls.  That could be a useful feature, if the proper combination of other butters could be used to soften it just a little bit.  Here are images of, from left to right:  untreated hair, Ucuuba Butter on the hair, and Combination Butters worked into the hair with the Ucuuba:
before and after ucuuba 2.jpg 

So just as Chrys notes on the website, Ucuuba Butter is better mixed with other butters for application.  I was glad I took the time to feel the butter on its own, though, because now I have a better sense for what it will do when mixed with others.  What else have you all mixed with Ucuuba?  And how do you build your combinations of butters and oils?  

Thanks for reading!

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I have 2C/3A coarse waves and loose curls, normal porosity, medium density. After some experimenting, my favorite butters are Bacuri, Cupuacu and Murumuru. I'm also a fan of Brazil Nut oil and Caiaue Oil for my hair.

Bacuri butter is my favorite. The smell is intense, but you get used to it. Because of the smell, I only use it as a pre-poo treatment, but it's the best emollient pre-poo ingredient I've ever used. I combine Bacuri butter with coconut oil (you could also use babassu oil or ucuuba butter, both of which are highly penetrative and are good substitutes for coconut oil in a pre-poo) a ceramide (safflower oil is my favorite) and some essential oils for dry hair. I massage my scalp with it and then apply it in small sections while dry detangling my hair using enough oil mix to saturate the hair. I two-strand twist each section to give it some structure and so I know where I've been. I throw a plastic processing cap on over it (way too greasy to even dream of putting my head down a pillow without covering my hair in plastic) and secure it with a snug-fitting soft headband by pulling the edges of the plastic cap out from under the headband. Over that, I put on a satin hair bonnet so that it slides across the pillow and I'm in no danger of this coming off while I'm asleep and ruining my pillow, and then I go to sleep. The heat from my head under the plastic cap and bonnet causes the oils to absorb into my hair and deeply condition while I sleep. Best conditioning treatment EVER. I shampoo it out the next day.

I also add Bacuri butter to henna gloss treatments to keep the henna from being excessively drying.

Murumuru butter is a great hairdressing butter for smoothing frizzy hair and flyaways. I rub some into my hands, melting it, and apply in small to medium sections. I also use it after my hair has dried to separate my curls, creating more volume, without causing frizz.

Cupuacu butter is my second favorite. It smells like chocolate! I love it! It's extremely hydrophillic and absorbs water. I live in a wash-n-go. I also use this one as a hairdressing butter. I like to smooth it on to my dry hair after the third or fourth day after shampooing and then jump into the shower with my hair uncovered so the butter can absorb the moisture from the steam and rehydrate my hair. I find I can get another day or two or three out of the hairstyle before I have to shampoo again. I also like to gently melt Cupuacu butter in a glass measuring cup submerged in hot water and then add my deep conditioner and Manuka honey to create a SUPER hydrating hair masque when used with a hair steamer.

Brazil nut oil is wonderful with great-smelling essential oils that are amazing for hair like lavender, geranium, Ylang Ylang, and myrrh to just add gloss and shine to the hair in between washes.

I like to combine Murumuru, Cupuacu, Brazil Nut and Caiaue oil and use as deep conditioning hair masque, much like a pre-poo. Extremely conditioning.

I cut over 12 inches of hair off in October 2015. Using oils and butters religiously, particularly pre-pooing, I've been able to retain more length. As a result my hair has grown over 12 inches in less than a year and is back to the length it was before I cut it.

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I love Murumuru butter, too.  Its such a beautiful, porcelain-like color when solid.  It has a sweet, mild smell that is noticeable but not overpowering.

I am still trying each butter one by one, using the same techniques as in my first post above.  Here is Murumuru butter before and after its hot water bath to melt it down:

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When I applied it to my hair, it felt smooth and soft.  It tames frizziness without straightening or stiffening the curls.  On the skin, it feels super moisturizing, but does feel slightly greasy.  I noticed that if I touched my hair during the day after applying the butter, my fingers would get greasy, too.  But I love what it does for the hair, and how it smells.  Here is how Murumuru looked right after application (left), and then 24 hours later (right).

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The next butter I tried was Tucuma.  When solid, it is more of an ivory or yellow-white color.  It has a stronger smell that to me was less sweet and in fact slightly harsh.  Its smell was insistent for hours after application.  Here is Tucuma in its hot water bath and after:

tucuma melting.jpg 
Tucuma does feel less greasy on the skin and hair than Murumuru.  It doesn't feel as smooth going on, either.  On the skin, it felt hydrating but didn't provide the soft feel that Murumuru had.  Once in my hair, it initially tended to straighten out the curls, and to stiffen the hair.  You can see that stage on the left in the image below.  If I kept working it, it did relax slightly (middle image below), but some parts of the hair were still stiff.  The right image shows the hair 24 hours after application.

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I guess in terms of my hair getting back to being slightly frizzy and dry looking, either butter needed reapplication 24 hours later in order to pull the curls back together.

I hope to test the final two butters this weekend, after which I will be able to choose how to blend them all with a more informed intention as to which qualities I am hoping to focus on.

Thanks for reading!

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Thank YOU for supporting this amazing market of ethically harvested products! A lot of people don't care where or how their products are acquired, they forget if the environment goes so will we.
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1 - Yes, please start with just a little tiny bit of my products and increase amount as needed. Most of us (yes including me) get too excited and overdo it!

2 - When bacuri is totally absorbed and dry it may not stain but BE SAFE, better safe than sorry! It will wash off if you pre-treat the fabric though.


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I have to say that the butter actually stained my pillow slip, but maybe I'm just heavy handed when it comes to applying products on my hair. After using these butters, I have found that a little goes a long way so I need to ease up a little. other than that, I am loving these wonderful products. I can't wait to try the ucuuba butter next as a test.

I am so grateful to Chrys for selling sustainable, fair trade, 100% natural products for skin and hair and for allowing me to take part in this test to try new butters and a new oil. Who knows? I might find a new favorite [smile]



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I am mildly jealous of your discipline and hair growth. I definitely need to be better to my hair. Since I try to work out everyday and jump in the ocean for a quick swim I end up washing my hair a lot, and even pre-pooing or using my own shampoo bars it still takes its tool.
And since I work from home or my own office I don't have that daily obligation to look presentable so I tie my hair a lot which insn't good.

I guess the proverb "The shoemaker's son always goes barefoot." is true at my house.

BTW, your curls look phenomenal!

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Using oils and butters religiously, particularly pre-pooing, I've been able to retain more length. As a result my hair has grown over 12 inches in less than a year and is back to the length it was before I cut it.

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And since I work from home or my own office I don't have that daily obligation to look presentable so I tie my hair a lot which insn't good.

I guess the proverb "The shoemaker's son always goes barefoot." is true at my house.

BTW, your curls look phenomenal!



Thank you, I totally have your oils and butters to thank for that! I feel you on working from home. I used to do consulting and you don't realize when you don't have to get up in the morning, every morning, to leave the house how easily hair maintenance becomes a lower priority. I was tying my hair back in a bun regularly and not doing a very good job of detangling it and so when I had to detangle, I was pulling out so much hair. I really felt like my hair started thinning and it was one of the reasons why I started researching oils, to get my thickness back and to get into a routine that involved caring for my hair again. Because the neglect was showing. Thank you so much for offering these amazing products. I love my hair more now than I ever have before and I love playing with the oils and butters and finding the right combinations. I trust what you offer and I'm just glad that I have a source for these butters, particularly the Bacuri butter which I have a hard time finding anywhere or finding from reputable sources.
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