Friday, August 31, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Sale!!

Come take the day off and visit our website for some savings!!

To launch our reopening of our website, come save this weekend with 15% off every item. That's right! Plus get Free Shipping of orders of $50.00 or more. (US Customers only) 

Save on our best selling Hemp Omgea 3 Body Wash, Shea Butter Lotions, Shampoos and Conditioners,  Cocoa Butter Creams, our Cold and Hot process soaps and so much more. 

All items are marked down so no coupon codes are needed. Easy peasy!!!

Have a great weekend and I hope you have a happy and safe fun Labor Day!

Pegasus Soaps

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Healthy Hair

 Us women use so much stuff in our hair to keep it looking nice. We use chemicals such as relaxers (for women of color) which over time can really damage the hair, hair colors, perms, and heat. Heat is one of the main causes of damaged hair. I know I have put my hair through so much hair color that it just won't take color anymore so I have had it with hair colors. No more. I am going to treat my hair like gold from now on. Us women put so much stress on our hair and we don't realize that with all the things we do it that we think is making it look nice, it's really destroying . Here are some tips I think you will find helpful that will help repair or keep your hair looking fabulous.

To maintain proper body functions your body needs variety of vitamins and minerals.
In the same way, good nutrition is required not only for your body but for your hair also.

Good nutrition plays a vital role in healthy hair growth.  There are several vitamins that are used for hair growth.
If you start to take vitamins for your hair growth, then it takes two to three months to see the results in your hair’s condition.
That means you should have lot of consistency and patience. Before starting usage of vitamins for your hair, you should get it checked with your doctor if you have any health concerns.

The hair growth vitamins that will help in producing healthy hair are as follows:

Vitamin A is an antioxidant that will help you to produce healthy sebum in the scalp. The various food sources that will provide vitamin A are meat, eggs, cabbage, fish liver oil, carrots, peaches, spinach, broccoli and apricots.

The daily dose of vitamin A should be 5000 IU. Be careful while taking the dose. Heavy dose can cause several side effects. For example: if you take more than 25000IU then it will be toxic and will cause hair loss and other serious health problems.

Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that will help in the maintenance of skin and hair health. Vitamin C will be found mostly in strawberries, green peppers, dark green vegetables, potatoes, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, kiwi and pine apple. The daily dose of vitamin C should be 60mg.

Vitamin E is also an antioxidant that will enhance the scalp circulation. The best food sources for vitamin E are wheat germ oil, raw seeds, cold-pressed vegetable oils, soybeans, nuts, leafy green vegetables and dried beans.

The daily dose for vitamin E is 400IU.  Be careful while taking Vitamin E because it will raise the blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. People who have high blood pressure should check with their doctors before taking vitamin E supplement.

Biotin is the vitamin that helps to produce keratin. Keratin will prevent hair loss and graying. The best food sources for this biotin are whole grains, rice, liver, milk, brewer’s yeast and egg yolks. The daily dose of this biotin should be 150 to 300mcg.

Inositol is used to keep hair follicles healthy at cellular level. The best food sources for this inositol are brewer’s yeast, citrus fruits, whole grains and liver. The daily dose of this inositol should be 600mg.

Niacin is also known as vitamin B3. It promotes scalp circulation. The best food sources for niacin are fish, brewer’s yeast, chicken and wheat germ. The daily dose of this niacin should be 15mg.

Vitamin B5 is also known as pantothenic acid. It is used to prevent graying and hair loss. The best food sources for this vitamin B5 are brewer’s yeast, egg yolks, whole grain cereals and organ meat. The daily dose of this vitamin B5 should be 7mg.

Vitamin B6 helps in creating melanin, prevents hair loss and gives hair its color. The best food sources for this vitamin B6 are whole grain cereals, organ meat, egg yolk, vegetables, liver and brewer’s yeast. The daily dose of this should be 1.6mg.

Vitamin B12 helps in preventing hair loss. The best food sources for this vitamin B12 are fish, eggs, milk and chicken. The daily dose of this vitamin B12 should be 2mg.

Never use a brush on wet or damp hair as this may cause breakage, Use a comb and start at the ends first and work your way to the roots. It also helps to leave just a little bit of hair conditioner in the hair or use a detangler for really long or tangled hair.

Use a good conditioner after you shampoo and try a hot oil treatment at least once a week.

Another great thing to use on your hair is Mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is great for the hair. It has a lot of protein because most mayonnaise is made with eggs. And yes it does work. I have tried it myself.  This is low-cost and will work miracles on your hair.

Mayonnaise Tea Tree Hair Masque
1 cup Organic Mayonnaise
1 tsp  Tea Tree essential oil

  1. Purchase some mayonnaise at your local grocery store. It doesn’t matter which brand you choose, just as long as it is regular mayonnaise. (No need to get the low-fat stuff—it’s going in your hair not in your body!)
  2. Prep your hair  using warm water to get it nice and damp, but not soaking wet.
  3. Scoop some mayonnaise out of the jar and start rubbing it through your hair like you would a conditioner. The amount that you are going to use really depends on the length and thickness of your hair. Feel free to lather on the amount that you feel most comfortable with.
  4. Wrap your head of hair with a plastic wrap, a plastic bag, or shower cap to trap the heat inside. Heat opens the pores and allows the treatment to penetrate strands further and thus work better.
  5. Let the treatment sit on the hair for at least 20 minutes. You can let it sit longer depending on how damaged your hair already is.
  6. Wash the mayonnaise out. This is most easily done in the shower using a diluted shampoo. You may need to shampoo a few times before you are able to get all of the mayonnaise out. Be sure to use the shampoo gently, not tangling the hair
Mayonnaise treatment will restore moisture and vitality to your strands. This is a great treatment to use on a monthly basis

These are the various vitamins that help hair growth. You should be careful regarding dose of each vitamin. Heavy dose of these vitamins can cause severe health problems.

* This is for information purpose only. It is best to always check with you doctor if you are on any medicines before taking any type of supplements as they may interact with some medications*

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

It's Been A Long And Hot Summer

It's has been a long time since I last posted. A lot of things going on with my personal life and busy busy busy. Every time I go to sit down and write, I get distracted and something else comes up. So now I am able to sit down and update my blog.

My mom and my son came to visit us this Summer. It was a short visit but we were thrilled to have them here finally. Getting my mom out of the city is like pulling teeth.  I don't think she likes to travel much anymore but since my son stays with her to keep an eye on her, she only really came because he was able to. My son was laid off recently so he has a little more free time to do things. He worked weekends and days and nights so it was hard for him to set time aside to come and visit, which I completely understand. I am glad they only live 2 1/2 hours away up I-95 in Philadelphia. My mom hasn't been here since we first moved to our new home which was back in 2009 so a lot has changed in our neighborhood. It is not as empty as it was before as they have completed our phase with more new homes behind us and on the other side so the neighborhood is completed. New malls and shopping centers have gone up since the last time she has been here so a lot has change in that short amount of time. LOL But overall I am glad they finally did come and visit. We don't get visitors to home so trying to get our families to come visit is like pulling teeth. We are usually the ones that make the effort to come visit family but we said no more visits till they make the effort to come visit us for a change.

This has been a really hot and humid Summer here in Northern VA/DC area. Mostly for June and July. August so far has been very pleasant considering August is usually the hots month of the year but mid 80's have been great. There were some nights where it went down to a cool 65 degrees. I'll take it.  I have never much for Summer hot weather. I get cranky and irritable when I am hot and sweaty so I don't prefer the Summer as much as I did when I was a little girl. Being outside when I was a child during the Summer months was a joy.  I really liked my Summer vacations when I was a kid. I lived about 5 blocks (long blocks) from the beach so we use to walk to the beach and spend all day there. And we participated in a Drum and Bugle Corp which was so much fun because we got to travel to different cities to compete and march in the Miss America Parade in September, playing outside with my friends, jumping rope, eating a lot of junk food. Nowadays parents are afraid to leave your kids outside for fear some pervert will stalk or even take them. The world hasn't change it's the people in it that has changed.

 So I have fond memories of my childhood Summers. Now I am so looking forward to the Fall. My favorite time of the year. The air is crisp, fresh and dry and I love how the leaves know exactly when to change colors. Unfortunately in our home development, they didn't add too many tress around our neighborhood so I sort of missed the trees.  Our previous home had a beautiful full tree in front of our home that gave us so much shade as we got alot of sun in the afternoons.  But that tree met his doom when a huge storm knocked it down and onto our neighbors house.  No one was hurt thank goodness but the tree had to be cut down. Now that we have moved, no trees to be seen in our current neighborhood. :-( But that can be a good thing because no leaves to rake and no leaves falling in our gutters for us to retrieve. That was a pain in the butt to do. So that is a plus.

I have been working on a few new items. Some will arrive next month and some have already been listed.

New to our line of soaps

Mystic Mint Cold Process Soap. I love the combination of wonderful essential oils makes this soap fantastic. This has a great lather and made with all vegetable oils. I never use animals fats in my soaps so this is great for vegans.

Cucumber Melon Hot Process Soap. I have had many request for this soap so I decided to make using the hot process soap making method. As you can see it has a more rustic appearance than the cold process soap above. Cucumber Melon is one of my all time favorite scents. This is timeless fragrance that just about everyone is familiar with. But I have to say that this fragrance is more melon than cucumber as this fragrance was purchased from a different supplier but still a great smelling soap and I think kids will love using it as well.

The last soap that I finished is the Pumpkin Vanilla. I have been wanting to make this soap for the longest time but any fragrance oil that contains vanilla tend to make soap turn a dark brown color over time so I have hesitant in making this soap. I have a vanilla stabilizer that I can use in my soaps but never really tried it until now.  Here is the batch that I just completed. The top part of the soap I used the vanilla stabilizer in as this is the part of the soaps that  DON"T  want to turn brown so I added it to this section of the soap. The bottom and the brown top I did not add because as you can see it is already brown so making it darker won't matte much. But it smells AWESOME and I can't wait til this is finish curing. This should be ready for sale around the Sept 15th right in time for my birthday. whohooo.

I am not that great in the design department when it comes to my soaps and I don't strive to make them fancy looking soaps either as I want my soaps to be used not admired about how beautiful they are. The more beautiful they are the less chance of anyone wanting to use them. I want my soaps to be good to use and good for your skin not so much fancy.  My husband and I use my soaps every single day and our skin has never looked good.

With that being said, lets move on to what will be returning in Sept.  Our Body Butter Lotion bars will be returning with new labels. I have been working on new labels lately since I have new better waterproof  labels to go with my new laser printer that prints fabulous labels. :-)

I will also bring back our Cocoa Butter Bath Fizzy Melts. This is not a great photo of them but you get the idea. These will return next month in the set of 12 and 20. I really love these especially since we have a really large and deep bath tub in our new home, Taking baths is such a joy.  These melt during the Summer and they will go off if any moisture gets to them so that is why I don't sell them during the summer. Some of our products have held up well during the Summer months especially our lip balms. That is why I continue to sell them during the Summer months.

So in closing, I will continue to update you on upcoming items and I hope you had a great Summer and come and visit us at our Etsy shop and our new shop. Our website will be closing soon. Yeah I am sorry to say but I do better at Etsy and Luulla. I can't say that I have tried so I have to try other things that will work so I don't feel bad about it. My customers just prefer to shop at Etsy

Thanks again for stopping by
Michelle :-)