BacuriBFF

BacuriBFF

Leslie Vallery

BacuriBFF 

 

Bacuri Butter is officially my new best friend. I love not only the rich aroma and color of this butter, I love how good it feels on my skin. It’s dark color leaves a golden glow on your skin that absorbs quickly but creates almost a barrier that leaving your skin super soft and velvety smooth.

 

Bacuri is from the Brazilian Amazon Forest  and has both the color and consistency of fudge. After using it one time, Bacuri butter was instantly promoted to the most magical of all butters in my buttercream recipes. 

 

It’s excellent for all skin types, including oily and sensitive skin and has firming, moisturizing, astringent, soothing and cell renewal properties. 

 

Even with all these benefits, my favorite thing about Bacuri Butter is that it can be used to reduce the appearance of blemishes. It’s effective at reducing rashes, acne, hyper-pigmentation and scarring, which leads me to the reason why I initially sought out this magical butter. 

 

My husband works outdoors and is pretty hard on his body. One thing in particular that’s important part of his uniform are his work boots. After going through 3 pair in the last year, he finally found a pair that fit well, look good and are durable. So what could be the problem? 

 

The boots are 8 inch lace up so they stop right under his calf muscle. The boots rub against his leg and overtime have left a line around his leg on both legs, almost like a boot print? It doesn’t rub off and looks like a scar although it’s not raised. 

 

As most of us know, skin of color is prone to dark marks because if it’s cellular makeup. The melanocytes which are the pigment cells that give your skin its color are very active in dark skin. Any irritation or trauma even in the slightest way can cause the melanocytes in that particular area to accelerate. This causes the cells to react and create more melanin. End result? Dark marks, blotches or spots. 

 

As I was looking for ways to diminish the lines and a couple other scars he has I found Bacuri Butter. Now that I’ve perfected my recipe which will be available on Monday, I took a Day 1 pic of my husband’s legs and plan to update the scar diminishing progress. 

 

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

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What is Buttercream?

What is Buttercream?

Leslie Vallery

I get asked a lot, what exactly is buttercream? Is it a body butter or is it just lotion? 

 

Although technically it could be a combination of the two, it’s actually neither.

 

Our Buttercream is basically a rich body cream, but it looks and feels as light as buttercream on a cupcake. 

 

While it’s not a true body butter because it’s made with water, it does have a high content of butter. I consider it more than just a lotion because many lotions are made with just water and oil. 

 

We’ve created 9 different buttercreams with combinations of Shea, Cocoa, Cupacao, Illipe and Tucuma butters. Each buttercream leaves your skin moisturized ALL day with no need to reappply, because who wants to reapply body cream 50 million times a day? 

 

Not I, but that’s what I found myself doing when I used to use another major brand. Although I smelled great, my skin was dry and didn’t feel soft. 

 

That’s when I set out to make something heavier so I started with mixing butters with oils. Although I liked that my skin felt soft and moisturized especially when I used it after a shower and it mixed with the dampness of my skin, what I didn’t like was that it was heavier than I wanted it to be and I felt greasy. 

 

So I thought how can I make this thick enough in texture to slather on, but light enough in feel that I wasn’t greasy and my skin stayed moisturized. 

 

Hmmm 🤔, water! But when and how do I add water to body butter? I bought a few books with recipes and tried a few, but they weren’t quite what I wanted. So I tweaked and tweaked and tweaked some more until I came up with my 1st buttercream recipe. At least 20 batches later, my signature Shea Buttercream that’s made with 25% Shea butter was perfect. 

 

A couple years later, I got a special request for an even heavier cream for extremely dry skin so I worked on my 2nd buttercream by adding Cocoa Butter. That became our Cocoa Whipped that literally feels like whipped frosting. Aloe Milk became our 3rd buttercream after a customer suggestion for a lighter cream. 

 

Over this last year I’ve added 6 more bases and who knows there could be more in the future. Stay tuned! 

 

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Why we 💛 Honey...

Why we 💛 Honey...

Leslie Vallery

Why we 💛 Honey 🍯

There are several benefits to honey in skincare. The first one being that it’s a natural ingredient.

Honey is also naturally antibacterial so it's great for acne treatment and prevention. Honey is great for aging because it’s full of antioxidants, which is believed to slow down the aging process.

As a natural humectant, honey moisturizes the top layers of the skin. This extra moisture can help improve wrinkles and create a glow. Honey also works to soothe dry, irritated, and sensitive areas.

So what makes honey a great ingredient? Honey contains more than 180 unique compounds, is produced by honeybees from flower nectar and contains acids, enzymes and proteins that are good for your skin.

As if all the these benefits weren’t enough, honey also works double time to absorb impurities from the pores in your skin and acts as a cleansing agent.


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Did you know...

Did you know...

Leslie Vallery
Did you know...

Illipe butter protects against UV-A and UV-B rays?

Illipe Butter promotes sun protection and relieves sunburn while it softens the skin. Illipe Butter also has long-lasting moisturizing properties and helps repair chronically dry, cracked skin. 

With the weather warming and summer being around the corner, we’re adding a new buttercream blend featuring Illipe Butter!

Our new Honey Oat blend is a soothing blend that’s made with oatmeal, honey, goat milk and chamomile extract. We add Sweet Almond and Sunflower which are excellent for skin conditions like eczema and create an extra layer of protection against the sun.

Stay tuned...

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Relax with Lavender Cocoa

Relax with Lavender Cocoa

Leslie Vallery

Our new Lavender Cocoa is a relaxing & moisturizing blend of buttercream that calms your senses. This blend is made with Lavender water, Lavender & Cocoa butters, coconut milk, chamomile extract and Sunflower oil.

Lavender helps relax and soothe the senses so apply before bedtime for a restful sleep.

In addition to relaxing your senses, lavender:

* Reduces anxiety and emotional stress.
* Protects against diabetes symptoms.
* Improves brain function.
* Helps to heal burns and wounds.
* Improve sleep.
* Restores skin complexion + reduce acne.
* Slows aging with powerful antioxidants.
* Relieves pain.

Our buttercream is always sulfate, paraben and phthalate free. So rest easy knowing our Buttercream not only feels good on your skin, but is good to your skin.

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New additions to the Buttercream Bistro!

New additions to the Buttercream Bistro!

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We are so excited about all the new additions to our Buttercream Bistro! We recently added Banana Smoothie, an indulgent blend of Shea, Cocoa & Tucuma butters with skin loving Sunflower and Sweet almond oil.

This new blend has soothing ingredients and make it a great addition for those with sensitive skin.

Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin A and has proven to be great for dry skin. Bananas will hydrate and moisturizes dry skin, making it soft and supple.

This month, we’re also working on a new Lavender Chamomile blend as well as Pomegranate and Blueberry blend.

Stay tuned...you won’t want to miss out.

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Welcome to the Buttercream Bistro!

Welcome to the Buttercream Bistro!

Leslie Vallery
What’s your flavor?

At the Buttercream Bistro, you choose your Buttercream base and scent.

We have 4 Buttercream Bases to choose from along with your favorite dessert themed fragrance.

Aloe Milk: Our lightest Buttercream blend made with Goat Milk, Aloe oil and Silk. This blend is has a light fluffy texture yet keeps your skin feeling smooth and soft.

Cocoa Whipped Buttercream is a decadent blend of Cocoa and Shea Butters with Sweet Almond Oil. This Buttercream is rich but does not leave your skin greasy or tacky.

Shea Buttercream is our signature Buttercream made with 25% Shea Butter and rejuvenating Grape Seed oil. This blend is the perfect all day moisturizer.

Cranberry Butter is an intensive blend of Tucuma and Shea Butters with Cranberry extract and Sunflower oil is our creamiest moisturizer. Cranberry Butter restores and rejuvenates dry skin, improves elasticity and hydration.

This buttercream has a natural pink hue.

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Are you ready?

Are you ready?

Leslie Vallery
Are you ready for Daylight Savings, candles, fuzzy socks and coffee? I am, I love everything about this time of year. What’s your favorite?

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What's in your lip balm?

What's in your lip balm?

Leslie Vallery
What's in your lip balm?

Your lips need extra care all year long, but especially in the summer months that's why applying a moisturizer for your lips everyday is important for overall lip health. The main reason is because the skin on the your lips is different from the skin on your body. Your lips have no oil glands, which means that your lips cannot make its own oils to keep moisturized. Your lips also do not have melanin, which means there is no natural protection from the sun. As the temperatures rise, your lips are more exposed to harmful UV rays. Without protection from the sun and the inability to produce oil, your lips will become dehydrated and chapped.

Most of us who have experienced dry lips automatically think licking them to add moisture solves the problem. Ironically, licking your lips makes the problem worse because once saliva dries it takes away any natural moisturizer on your lips making them even drier.

I take lip butter pretty seriously, I must say I'm pretty picky. Not only does it have to have the right consistency ( I really hate super hard lip balm) even worse is lip balm I have to reapply 50 million times a day.

When I was in Corporate America, I wore lipstick or colored lip gloss everyday, but nowadays I usually reserve lipstick or colored lipgloss for occasions that are a step up from the grocery store. In the meantime though, I still need to keep my lips moisturized. After being disappointed in a few selections or loving a couple others but unwilling to pay for them because I was running out too fast, I decided to make my own. I tweaked and re-tweaking my recipe until finally I came up with the perfect blend of butters and oils to create our Chocolate Lip Butter. I turned my husband who could've had stock in Carmex into a faithful non paying customer.

What makes a good lip balm that feels good enough to be called a butter is rich quality ingredients. We only use ingredients that not only provide protection to your lips, but also make your lips happy. We use a rich blend of Cocoa and Shea Butters along with sweet almond and coconut oils with Vitamin E.

Sweet Almond oil is naturally rich in vitamin A, B and E, which are great for skin health. In fact, most skin care products are loaded with these vitamins. Sweet almond oil also helps in maintaining moisture levels. The minerals in Coconut oil cure dryness and make your lips soft.

Shea Butter which I call skin's BFF strengthens skin, helps repair damage and reduces inflammation. As a moisturizer, Shea Butter heals the skin and lips from irritation.
Cocoa Butter is high in antioxidants and protects your skin from free radicals that cause dark patches and dull skin and soothes dry cracked skin.

Avocado oil speeds cell regeneration and nourishes your skin with skin feeding nutrients potassium and Vitamin E while certified organic beeswax provides sunscreen.

So as we enjoy Spring and head into the hot Summer months especially in the South make sure your lips are moisturized and protected.

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How do you choose your skin moisturizer?

How do you choose your skin moisturizer?

Leslie Vallery

I've been lucky enough to not have any real skin problems. Occasionally as a teen and young adult, I would get a terrible pimple or two. They were pretty rare, but when I got them, they weren't regular irritating pimples. These were "super pimples" that managed to stick around for days on end, extra large and we're always in the most conspicuous places. In the middle of my forehead, in the crease between my nose and cheek, on my chin...you get the idea.

Although I didn't eat really fast food everyday, I'd had my fair share of fast food between classes especially when I was in college. Back in the early 90's on Howard U's campus, my favorite food spot was a hotdog stand in front of The Wiz (...nobody beats the Wiz). I could get 2 hot dogs for $.60 and as a poor college student, I couldn't get much better than that. I was hotel management major so I worked at a hotel. On the nights I worked, I used my employee discount to get a hamburger or whatever the special was in the restaurant.

Over the next couple of years, I did figure out that soda was wrecking havoc on my skin. So when the choice came down to the "super pimples" and soda, as a young lady, on a HBCU campus and kinda into her looks, you already know which one I picked.

Skin care didn't become an issue again until years later I found my oldest daughter only 3 weeks old in her bassinet rubbing her face with her little baby mittens. You know the ones we put on them to avoid scratches? I picked her up only to find her face looked like a bright red little tomato. She wasn't crying, but I knew she was uncomfortable. Her skin was so red I panicked and called her pediatrician on his emergency line. I was probably so incoherent and inconsolable he agreed to meet me in his office on a Sunday. He diagnosed her with seborrhea. As she grew older, seborrhea was just the beginning of her skin and respiratory issues. She was later diagnosed with eczema, severe asthma and allergies all of which seemed to come together to create the perfect storm at least once a year, usually resulting in hospitalization.

I learned to be very careful with her skin which was a lot of trial and error, even acidic foods affected her skin. Orange juice, tomato sauce, it was amazing to learn how many things she could not have because the acid level affected her skin. I had to put her on a new formula that would break my bank because dairy was also a no-no. On top of that, we learned she had a peanut allergy. Mind you, I found these things out the hard way, usually after another bad reaction. It was so stressful as a new young mom, I was completed unprepared and ill equipped. Remember, all I had to do was stop drinking sodas to clear up my skin.

As she grew, so did my knowledge and experience of what would and would not work for her skin and how to take care of it. After numerous trial and error and recovery episodes, I had to really research ingredients and what about them helped or hurt her skin. Imagine my surprise when she couldn't even wear the best smelling, best selling lotion from the #1 big box store for bath and body? Of course I could, but I always felt bad because although she loved the scents, her skin was not worth the risk.

So I started thinking and when I discovered I could make my own lotion because it wasn't so complicated, the heavens opened up. After writing down the ingredients from the back of a few bottles at the store, I researched what the ingredients were for and what they did. Then I found some recipes I found online and from a book I bought, but there was always something I wasn't quite satisfied with. Either the lotion was too greasy or my skin still felt dry. For me, there's nothing worse than lotion that wears off or lotion that doesn't penetrate my skin so it's still not moisturized. After tweaking, adding and subtracting and making my family body cream Guinea pigs, I finally fell in love with what I created. The best part was my daughter could use it and her skin loved it. Better than that, she could stop being self conscious about scaly looking skin especially around her neckline and along the insides of her arms and legs. Her skin was moisturized and soft again. I was also able to find some fragrance and essential oils that were safe for her skin and she hasn't had a care in the world when it comes to her skin.

As a result, I literally haven't purchased lotion in years for myself or my family after being amazing by how different my skin looks and feels when it's fed natural and organic ingredients.

I'd love to know, what's more important to you when it comes to skin food, smell or ingredients?



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