Product Review: CeCees Curls Pineapple Whipped Shea Butter

CeCees Curls is a young Nigerian small business, based in Abuja. Today, I’m reviewing their Pineapple Whipped Shea Butter.

I know the tub says "guava", but I got a pineapple sample.

I know the tub says “guava”, but my Pineapple sample (which matters) was inside.

First Impressions:

The smell? Yummy. And it’s good to know that with the exception of the pineapple fragrance, all the ingredients are natural and edible. I was one of those kids who tried chalk, powder and soap so I wouldn’t entirely put tasting it past me. O_o Just kidding. I’m a growwwn woman now. ( ._.)

The card it came with was also a pretty nice touch! 🙂

Ingredients:

Shea butter, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Pineapple Fragrance.

I got to know this in a note.

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In future, it’d be nice for CeCees Curls to have the ingredients listed on the tub, or at least a broad description- “Shea butter enriched with penetrating oils and humectants…” Something like that.

Let’s Get To It

I’ve only tried one other whipped butter in my life and it was a little too light for me. I like to use shea on my lips and sometimes body. I even mixed a little of this one day with some castor oil to give myself a much needed massage so you can understand why I prefer the heavier texture of CeCees Curls.

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This butter is not as thick as raw shea (duh, because its been whipped!) but it isn’t too light. I don’t know if you can see what I’m saying here.

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I used this alone for my 3 strand twist out which you saw or you can see in this post, and my hair was soft for a week, from Friday to Thursday! I didn’t need to spritz my hair with water to refresh. And note that I didn’t use any leave-in conditioner. I just used the whipped butter to twist on damp freshly washed hair. I honestly don’t know if this is because my hair is in such a good place right now, or because of the humectants in the whipped butter. I’m thinking it’s more of the latter, but maybe I’ll try again with raw shea later, when I take my kinky twists out, to definitively compare results.

I’m not one of those naturals who praise shea butter like it’s the ultimate hair elixir. No shade! It’s just my low po-ro-si-ty! From past experiences, (raw) shea butter is an okay sealant, that’s all; Which is why I’m inclined to believe the humectants in this whipped butter kept my low-porosity hair moisturised.

Would I buy this?

I aspire to be a mixtress someday. Till I gather myself to make my own whipped butter, yes, I’d be happy to buy me some CeCees Curls!

A Little Story

One month after my re-chop, I met Neku, the madam behind CeCees Curls at Capital Naturals 1 (November 2012). CeCees Curls was still a dream. Everyone was making small talk outside at the product stands, and she told me she was thinking about starting a shea butter business, and wanted to know if I’d be interested in that kind of thing. And I was like yes, if it’s good, why not?

More than a year later, I got an email from CeCees Curls asking if I’d like to try their whipped butter. I said Yes. It was only after days of going back & forth to choose the flavour I wanted to try/ arrange delivery that I looked at the Google+ profile and it occurred to me that she was the one I’d talked to at the meetup!

It made me very happy to know she followed her plans through, and it’s even better that I’ve tried it, and I actually like it!

When was the last time you thought about your dreams? The last time you took a step in their direction? Let this inspire you in a small or big way today, to get going!

WHERE TO FIND

You can get CeCees Curls in Abuja, in a variety of other flavours. I also got a whiff of some of them and I think the Hazelnut may be my fave!

Connect with them on Twitter @ceceescurls and Instagram @ceceecurls, and to order, you can:

1. Call 07052809468 

2. Email- ceceescurls@gmail.com or

3. BBM: 332E7A1A

If you’ve tried any of CeCees Curls butters, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

Love,

AB,

Xx

Product Review: Curls Unleashed Lavish in Lather Sulfate-Free Shampoo

In November, I got this shampoo from Perfect Trust Cosmetics, ASG Shopping Complex (opposite Ascon Filling Station), Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja. It cost 2000 Naira. Not bad at all, considering it retails for about $10 in the obodos.

I’m halfway through my bottle now, so it’s safe to say, it’s time for a review!

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Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Disodium Cocoamphodiporopionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polyquaternium-7, Cocoamide MEA, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-10, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Yarrow, Hops, Rosemary, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, PPG-5-Ceteth-10-Phosphate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lilial, Methylionone.

Okay, so this is a lot of chemicals. ( ._.)

But have you noticed? This is a Sulfate Free Shampoo! It is also free of Parabens, and Mineral oil.

Product Description:

Perfect for all textures: Wavy, Curly and Kinky.

Lavish in the ultimate shampoo experience as your hair is gently cleansed, moisturised and detangled with lemon balm, rosemary and hops.

How I Use:

As usual. I Pre-poo. Get hair wet, then work shampoo through hair, focusing on the scalp. When I’m satisfied, I rinse clean. (I like to use warm water to wash my hair, same applies for co-washing)

Smell: like Baby Shampoo. Good enough for me.

Consistency: It is kind of thick- not as light as other shampoos I’ve used.

The Bottle: It’s okay, but over the last three months, I’ve done a bit of traveling with it in tow. I swear I close it tight, but it manages to open somehow. So be sure to tie it up!

Cleansing & Moisturising: One wash is enough to get my hair and scalp clean, but when I washed my hair after NYSC camp- the dirt was unbelievable. I didn’t realise Obubra was that dusty! Beige lather yo. I washed, rinsed, and I just had to wash again. I was impressed that my hair did not feel stripped at all.

Detangling: I normally don’t bother to detangle my hair at the Shampoo stage, but as this product claimed to have detangling properties, I put it to the test. Yes it has some slip.For a quick note about Slip, please go here. I was able to gently finger detangle as easily as I would with an average conditioner. However, its slip definitely cannot compare to a very good conditioner- so you may still want to skip the detangling tip at this point.

Anyhoo, this product definitely does as it says. It washes clean, it is non-stripping, and it can detangle too!

Would I Buy This Again?

Yes! Apart from my little reservation about the bottle and the opening thing, I’m pretty happy with this shampoo! 🙂

If you’re in Abuja, you could check Perfect Trust Cosmetics, and if you’re based anywhere else in Nigeria, you can get this on Olori.com. For more deets about both stores, look them up in the Where to Find Directory.

Did You Know?

‘Curls Unleashed’ is the Natural Hair Line from ORS (former Organic Root Stimulator)

Do you Shampoo? Have you tried this Shampoo? Do you like it? Would you try it? What’s your favourite Sulfate Free Shampoo?

Love,

AB,

Xx

The Month That Was

Hey guys,

How is the going going?

I know it has been a while since I did a proper post.

My Novembers are usually pretty unremarkable, but this year, November was FULL. Yep, that’s why I was M.I.A.

There’s a lot coming up on the blog, we’ll get to everything pretty soon. 😉

I woke up November 1 to hear that results were out! We had been waiting 2 months! It was a great way to start the month, to learn that I had passed the Bar, on my own terms!! I went back to stare at the result page like 20 times after the first time I checked because I somehow couldn’t believe it! Of course, that was the aim- but when it happened, I found myself wanting to keep looking, to keep checking just to be sure.

Shortly after that, I found my way to NYSC Camp. I took out my Havana twists two days before camp, washed & deep conditioned my hair and had the twists re-done. Camp was quite an experience. I had never been in such a huge disorganised mess in my life! To welcome us to camp, they made us hoist our luggage onto our heads and do frog jumps! Just imagine. I have a picture of this that may not see the light of day for years after I put it away! LOL.

I was so angry about everything at first, but after a few days, I decided to embrace the struggle and life got so much better after that. I fell madly in love with the military marching drills (THE BEST!!!) and I met many new people. At the end of the day, I had to admit that it was a good way to begin the service year in a foreign state 🙂

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dead ( ._.)

the sun was a ghen-ghen

the sun was a ghen-ghen

during lectures. I was a little jealous of this guy yo.

during lectures. I was a little jealous of this guy yo.

why are they squatting in a circle?

why are they squatting in a circle?

still during lectures. The seats could barely take 20% of us. I was jealous of this guy too.

still during lectures. The seats could barely take 20% of us. I was jealous of this guy too.

Obubra winchhh. Skirt & blouse bite.

Obubra winchhh. Skirt & blouse bite. Thankfully, it was a small one!

beautiful :)

Simon tried his best, but he couldn’t really do this view justice. Beautiful 🙂

After camp came preparation for the Call ceremony and it was unexpectedly hectic. Between all that admin business and trying to find a suit and the right pair of Law school approved ugly court shoes, I felt drained. But all was forgotten on the D-day, last Friday!

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5 years after I started the journey to the wig, I finally got to wear it! In Nigeria, lawyers wear black robes and special wigs in court. On another day, I may look into how the hairs are obtained from the horses, but not that day. I was too excited! All my girls passed the Bar too so imagine how happy I was! My uncles and aunts came all the way to celebrate with me and my parents, I was walking on sunshine *slide* 🙂

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Iby, Abi mama, Me

my mommy and my girl, Deeva!

Mom and my girl, Deeva!

Later at lunch: Lu, F, me, Iby & Dilys. Lu isn't a learned friend though :p

Later at lunch: Lu, F, me, Iby & Dilys. Lu isn’t a learned friend though :p

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Glowing: Lu & F

Iby's surprise at dinner :)

Iby’s surprise at dinner 🙂

It was a perfect day in every way. I felt very special and much loved! A few months ago, I’d think to myself wondering about the last time I felt truly happy, but lately, its been the very opposite.

Another phase is now beginning, and I’m so grateful to God, my wonderful family (near and far) and my awesome awesome friends for helping me pull through in the journey so far!

Did anyone else make it to Le Revitalize Rendezvous? The sun was so hot on Saturday, I kept waiting for it to go down. When it became clear that the sun had no plans of going anywhere till sunset, I headed out to the event at about 4:30, I think I was one of the last to get there.

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Cheesin': Farida of Lumo Naturals & I

Cheesin’: Farida of Lumo Naturals & I 🙂

Last month, I think I clocked more time on my feet than I have throughout the year or maybe the year before that! Thank you, NYSC! Mscheew. My poor feet were in dire need of a pedicure, so I got one! I also had my big toenail taken out lol TMI? Please learn from me. Don’t commit yourself to long hours wearing a new pair of shoes that you haven’t broken into.

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And the next day, I got to see the baby brother! ^_^

Shout out to NatMane and Lumo Naturals for my special hairrrrr! You need to see it properly- you will soon, in a post of its own! ^_^

November was great, December is definitely going to be better! May the Lord bless and keep us all!

I’ll be back to regular posting tomorrow. I just thought I’d check-in with you guys, share a little, let you know what’s been going on! Maybe I should do this more often?

Love,

A very happy bunny

xx

The Quarter Café

Hello people!

My hair is still in Havana Twists, and true to its wriggly nature, it’s sticking out in various places, this is not a problem though because it blends in nicely. Kinky extensions for the win!

I was in Abuja for a few days. On Monday, my home girl Iby and I made our way to The Quarter Café. It was a really hot sunny afternoon and I didn’t feel like packing my hair in a ponytail or a bun, so I decided I’d do two rolls. To achieve this, all I needed were my good old two hands and a rubberband. Nothing fancy. I may try it again in the future, refine it & make it pretty, but it did the job. My hair was up to spare me the heat and it stayed up till bedtime.

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It has been a while since I did a food post on the blog, so here’s a quick one! 🙂

The Quarter Café is a new place, just opened in September.

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It is a “bourgeois boutique café” hidden away in a very quiet corner of Wuse 2.

There is no big or small sign outside the gate and though I didn’t ask, I have a feeling this is deliberate.

It’s a really small, cosy intimate place. Iby & I counted the seats there and they were 19 or 20 in total. I LOVE small spaces.

We really liked the simple white & black décor, with windows letting in lots of natural light.

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The feel was so intimate that I felt a little odd taking photos. Do you ever get this feeling when you’re out? Anyway I liked it from the moment I stepped in and as it’s new, I thought more people should get to know it, so I had to take a few photos for this post.

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Iby had a Mocha Frappé with a Beef, Ham and Cheese Sandwich grilled Panini style. At first, the sandwich wasn’t cheesy enough, but once she made this known, more cheese was added, at no extra cost.

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I had 2 of their Signature pancakes topped with Whipped cream, Orange-mango juice and White Chocolate Mousse.

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We both loved my pancakes, they were so light and fluffy!

I could have just stopped there, but it’s almost impossible for me to resist anything white chocolate.

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I loved the mousse, and I thought the milk chocolate crown thingy was a nice touch.

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We were served by a waiter and the owner herself, Kadijah Mohammed. She was nice and when we were done, she wanted to know if we enjoyed our food 🙂

Here’s what Iby had to say about The Quarter Café:

I liked the ambience, the privacy and the size of it. The food was great, it had a really personal homely touch, like some thought went into preparation, not commercial at all! And the Café smelled really comforting, like coffee and baked goods. 🙂

Lovely food, good vibes, great service. Did I already mention there’s free candy? 

Altogether we spent 4,950 naira (inclusive of 10% VAT). So, I leave it up to you to rate the pricing!

Though our main food choices were Breakfast/brunch-y, (which is served at all open hours by the way- we had our “Breakfast” at 3pm!) Lunch & Dinner are also on the menu at the café! You just want Tea or Coffee? A salad? Steak? They’ve got you!

If you want to go somewhere new, somewhere quiet for breakfast or lunch or brunch or dinner with the girls or family or significant other or even first date, anyone really, or you just want some quiet time with good nibbles and your favourite book, I WE suggest you visit The Quarter Café! 🙂

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The Quarter Café

6 Tapeta Street

Off Thaba Tseka Street

Off IBB Way

British Village

Wuse 2,

Abuja.

(Black gate, white fence 😉 )

Phone: 08184144444 email: thequartercafe [at] gmail [dot] com. Website: www.theqcafe.com

They deliver, and they also offer exclusive catering services.

They’re on twitter: @qcafeabuja, facebook: facebook.com/thequarter14 and on Instagram: @qcafeabuja.

I’ll be back the next time I’m around. The Gourmet mini burgers and Belgian waffles looked very interesting!

Over to you! Have you been to the Quarter Café? What are your thoughts? The next time I’m in Abuja, where should I go?

Share! 🙂

Till next post,

Love,

AB

xx

photos by AB & Iby.

I almost went to Sokoto

“Going to Sokoto to look for what’s inside your sokoto”

How often does it happen to you that you stress yourself, go all out trying to get something and then you realise that it was kind of right there in front of you- SO within your reach? That’s what it means to go to Sokoto (a state up North in Nigeria) in search of what’s right there in your pants (sokoto in Yoruba)

I was home in Lagos for Christmas and I knew I was low on coconut oil but I just told myself I’d sort myself out somehow in Abuja. Not a great idea. I’m not saying that there’s one Natural Hair shop on every street in Lagos. There are a few shops I know I could turn to for stuff. More are welcome 🙂 but let me just say, it seems to me that Abuja has got even less. I emailed one store and they didn’t have coconut oil. I emailed an Abuja naturalista and she told me that Bibi’s Naturals stock their coconut oil and other products at Ritemed Pharmacy in Wuse 2, but I got there and they were out. I looked at the label on another product and only the name of the brand was on it. No number, no e-mail nothing. Sigh. That was a very frustrating day for me, and a waste of cab money. Coconut oil wasn’t the only thing I went in search of (in vain) that afternoon but on the bright side, I was able to get new satin bonnets at Barbie’s Supermarket, Gudu. (I was directed here by same Naturalista 🙂 )

That was a week ago.

Yesterday, I was at SPAR (Park and Shop) because my friends wanted to get batteries and a drink. I walked past one of the shelves in the food aisle and I spied with my four eyes, COCONUT OIL! Balanced on the shelf with olive oil and soya bean oil and other cooking oil. I was so excited because 1. I’m not usually very aware of my surroundings- my eyes go over a lot of things yet I was able to notice this though I wasn’t looking. 2. It smells goooood, like coconut candy (the Parachute brand). 3. A 175ml bottle costs 375 naira at SPAR which is great because if I were ordering from Lagos (like I was going to do), a 100ml bottle (of fractionated coconut oil) would be 1,500 naira (excluding the cost of delivery) So I got two bottles- 350ml for 750 naira. Score! 😀

Lesson learnt:

Before you start being frantic clicking on that blog or online shop, try looking in the food section at any store near you. You might just save yourself some time, stress and money. This isn’t to knock any of the kinky stores though. Brands on the shelf are probably cheaper because they’re produced on a larger scale, with time saving equipment- enjoying economies of scale- basic basic, sha translating to lower prices, as against a small business. You get my point?

P.S. Coconut oil isn’t great for just hair, it’s also useful in the kitchen, and as a nice light body moisturiser.