Vegetable hair dyes: curiosities

History deilla hair coloring herbal

Vegetable-based hair colors have been used by man for thousands of years; for example, some mummies show that ancient Egyptians had colored hair, and we are talking about the year 1400 BC! In particular, it was discovered that the hair of an Egyptian princess had been dyed with henna. In addition to henna, indigo was used to revitalize the color or change it completely.

Chemical dyes were born in the twentieth century and the demand for natural dyes, decreases. With the new dyes all shades of colour became possible and for this reason the population began to orient itself to the chemical, without thinking about health…

Only at the beginning of the new millennium, finally, the colors of herbal hair become popular again, as the world begins to regain awareness of their health.

What are the herbal colours?

As the name suggests, all the ingredients of natural tinctures are herbal. In addition to the already mentioned indigo and henna, amla, neem and other purely vegetable substances are now available.

How do plant colours work?

Natural herbal hair colours are fixed with the outer coating of the hair (cuticle). The longer the exposure, the more intense the colour (even after rinsing) will be. Only after the first shampoo will the process of color intensification be interrupted.

Advantages and benefits of natural colouring

Natural colors offer some advantages over chemical dyes. Here are a few:

  • Completely natural result
  • Hair and scalp care
  • Long life
  • Beautiful shades
  • Lucidity
  • Reinforced hair
  • Excellent coverage of gray hair
  • Healthy hair regrowth
  • Disadvantages

There are only two real disadvantages to herbal hair coloring. Firstly, it is not possible to lighten them and secondly, the application time can be very long, depending on the structure of the hair or the proportion of grey hair. (The shorter the exposure time, the lower the colour intensity)

A well-known brand of natural cosmetics that also offers natural-based hair colors, is Khadi, whose dyes have some special features:

  • 100% vegetable
  • BDIH Certification
  • Without chemical additives
  • Without preservatives and perfumes
  • Easy to use
  • Khadi offers different bright colours, from light blonde to black, perfect grey hair coverage and permanent colouring.

The perfect colouring power of Khadi brand hair dyes comes from the careful choice of raw materials, quick on-site processing and the exclusive use of herbs and colouring plants.

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DIY cosmetics with coconut oil: 6 natural beauty treatments

With coconut oil you can prepare some effective DIY cosmetics: simple preparations to make at home, ideal for the beauty of skin and hair. With coconut oil you can prepare scrubs, creams, lotions, masks, thanks to the nourishing and emollient properties of this precious oil: all natural treatments to be prepared in a short time.

Thanks to its nourishing and emollient properties, coconut oil is one of the most versatile natural substances: it lends itself to the preparation of natural cosmetics suitable for face and body skin and is excellent for the care and beauty of hair. It is an oil obtained from coconut pulp: when you buy it in the herbalist’s shop for your preparations, make sure that it is pure, cold pressed and free of additives and synthetic fragrances, important then that it is certified organic. So you can prepare DIY cosmetics with coconut oil, suitable for daily care of the skin of the face and body, especially in case of skin that tends to crack due to cold or sun exposure, but also useful for the care and beauty of the hair.

Cosmetic properties of coconut oil

From a cosmetic point of view, coconut oil is really very precious for the beauty of our skin and hair because it is rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that helps to keep the skin hydrated and supple, preventing wrinkles, and makes the hair strong and shiny. It is also used in the treatment of skin disorders such as eczema or psoriasis, as it has an antibacterial and protective action on the skin. Coconut oil can be used as a basic ingredient for the preparation of scrubs, lotions and creams for face, hands and body, for the realization of natural makeup and even as a toothpaste.

Softening scrub for hands

The first home made cosmetic that we can make with coconut oil is a scrub. We will see two different recipes: one for the hands and the other for the body, both with a softening action and, in the case of the one for the body, also elasticising. For the hand scrub, mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 30 g of honey in a bowl. In a separate bowl put 30 g of fine salt, 30 g of sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and mix. Now pour the coconut and honey oil mixture into the sugar and salt mixture and mix well. Spread a knob of scrub on dry hands, rubbing lightly and then rinse. Keep the scrub in an airtight container.

Elasticizing body scrub and lotion
To make the body scrub, mix in a bowl 1/2 glass of coconut oil, 1 glass of brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of fine salt, 3 tablespoons of almond oil, 1 tablespoon of pure vitamin E oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil. Once all the ingredients are well mixed with a wooden spoon, apply it to the skin before showering. Store in a sterilized glass jar with a hermetic seal. If you want to use coconut oil as a body lotion, just massage a small amount onto the moist skin: it will be soft, supple and fragrant.

Soothing face cream
Coconut oil, in its creamy state, can be an excellent substitute for normal moisturizing and nourishing face creams, especially in case of irritated and delicate skin. Thanks to its antibacterial properties, coconut oil will help the skin heal more quickly, while its emollient properties will make it soft and supple.

Gentle make-up remover
With coconut oil you can also create a natural and gentle make-up remover for the face. For a quick and easy use, pour a little of it on a dampened sponge, pass it on the face gently and in a few minutes you will remove all traces of makeup. Alternatively, you can make real make-up removal discs: cut a roll of toilet paper, including the inner carton, in half and put it in a container of the same size. Now pour 1 litre of water, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 drops of tea tree essential oil into the container so that the half roll gets wet. As soon as it has absorbed all the liquid, you can use it as a make-up removal disc.

Hair lotion and mask
Coconut oil is also great for hair care. You can use it as a split-point lotion: apply a few drops to the ends of the hair and massage after drying. It will help combat dryness, making the ends shiny: ideal for those who often use hair dryers and straighteners. Alternatively, you can also use it as a lotion before shampooing to make your hair vital and shiny, especially after summer or after dyeing. Brighten your hair and apply the oil to your entire hair, wrap your head in a towel for about an hour and then do your usual shampoo.

Before shampooing you can also apply a nourishing mask made by mixing 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 3 teaspoons of honey and 2 egg yolks. Apply to damp hair and leave to work for 30 minutes before shampooing.

Natural toothpaste
With coconut oil you can also make a natural toothpaste. The simplest recipe is to mix coconut oil and bicarbonate in equal parts, until you get a cream like toothpaste: you can keep it in a closed jar. If you want to make a purifying and refreshing toothpaste, then mix together 60 ml of coconut oil, 60 ml of white clay, 40 ml of mineral water, 2.5 ml of salt, add a little water at a time and mix. As soon as it has reached the consistency of a cream, add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and use it as a normal toothpaste.

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Curly-Girl method and ecobio cosmetics

With the Curly Girl method you can bring out your curls perfectly and make them a real eye-catcher. Of course, there are ecobio cosmetics that are perfect for this purpose!

Beautiful, strong and healthy curls are not easy to obtain. Unfortunately, curls tend to dry out and have a frizzy appearance similar to straw. The Curly Girl method is one of the best ways to solve this problem. It consists of an optimal treatment on natural curls, so that they become strong and remain so.

The goal is to get a natural curly hair, without using products with harmful ingredients. A real cure with natural cosmetics!


The Curly Girl method was developed by hairstylist Lorraine Massey in 2001 in her book Curly Girl: “The Handbook”, (although there have been variations before). The book quickly became a bestseller since in the early 2000s the straight hair was dominant.

Who is this method suitable for?

The Curly Girl method is suitable for all people with very thick curls. This type of hair is very sensitive and requires special treatment, but it can also help people with normal hair.

If you adhere to the method (or changes made, which have been adapted to the type of hair and hairstyles), it ensures natural curls with a healthy and natural appearance.

Why stick to this method?

Each person develops a specific routine for their hair over time. But most people don’t think much about caring for their hair. It may happen that the hair care routine used for years unknowingly damages our hair. For people with hedgehogs, this method is a good guide to doing something useful.

Things to avoid

In order for the curls to be really strong and healthy, some things must be avoided, namely:

  • shampoo
  • heat
  • combs and brushes used on dry hair
  • scents
  • sulphates
  • silicones
  • alcohol

5 steps for perfectly defined curls

The Curly Girl method is about taking care of one’s natural curls. In the first place it is necessary to bring back the hair to its natural state and therefore eliminate all the residues of silicones and other chemical products. Don’t worry: at first the hair can be even more fragile and break, because it takes time and patience to build a natural protective layer.

In practice, only three steps must be followed.

  • Washing
    Originally, the shampoo should be completely eliminated and the hair washed only with conditioner so that they can be well hydrated. The conditioner should be gently massaged on the scalp and hair and then rinsed with cold water.
  • Maintenance
    In the next step, a nourishing balm should be used to supply the hair with nutrients. Now the hair can be easily untangled. Important: this step should never be performed on dry hair. Afterwards the conditioner must be rinsed again with cold water.
  • Drying and styling
    As long as the hair is still damp, you can use styling and care products for the scalp, such as smoothing balms, simply by applying them on the hair. 
    To dry, wrap the hair in a shirt, a towel, (if you have dyed hair, use an old towel), or a microfibre cloth. Then let it dry. Alternatively, it is possible to use air-drying items such as hair dryers. Two things are important: never run your fingers through your hair or use the hairdryer on dry hair.

Which products are suitable for the Curly Girl method?

We present below some natural cosmetic products for hair care that are perfectly suited to this method:

Biofficina Toscana Restructuring repairing mask : unique combination of olive oil and extracts of sage, nettle, ivy and co., Perfectly suited for the care of curly hair.

Being a CoW balm with cane sugar and cornflower : this product cleanses the hair without foaming and also acts as a nourishing balm.

Urtekram Nordic Berry balm: this balm moisturizes damaged hair and has a regenerating effect.

UNDICI hair mask 3in1 Domus Olea Toscana : this 3 in 1 hair mask moisturizes the hair, protects it from dehydration and tames unruly hair.

Khadi Alma in powder : perfect as a balm, this powder gives strong and shiny hair.

Styling cream for curly hair Gyada Cosmetics : this styling cream was developed especially for curls and is a really useful product.

Biofficina Toscana lotion for curly hair: it helps in styling and, at the same time, protects the hair from oxidative stress and ambitious damage.

Hands On Veggies Balm for curly hair : for a shine like silk, this organic balm with bamboo extract is the perfect choice.

Urterkram aloe vera spray balm: this balm nourishes and protects the hair in a natural way thanks to the extract of sugar beet and corn starch.

Modeling gel for curly hair : this gel tames the most rebellious curls, gives shine and has an anti-frizz effect.

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Shea butter – gold for the skin

Shea butter is present in many cosmetic products as it has beneficial properties for skin care. Most of the one on the market is still produced by hand in Africa and is much more than just a skin care product.

Shea butter is one of the most effective skin care products. Almost all of us know it but few know its origin. The butter is extracted from the fruit of the vitellaria parodoxa, a plant that grows in the savannas, and worked manually through very laborious processes.

The shea tree grows in tropical Africa, from Senegal to Uganda, which is why this area is called “the belt of butter”. The trees are still part of the wild fauna and the butter obtained, called “women’s gold”, is worked by hand. Considerable effort is required for processing.

How is shea butter produced?

The process is very long. First of all, the fruits are harvested by hand and they are deprived of the stones that are subsequently dried in the sun after roasting or fumigation. Later they will be crushed, ground and water will be added until a sort of thick paste is obtained.

The stones, depending on the roasting time, can give the butter a color ranging from white to yellow to black.

The paste obtained is boiled so that the water present evaporates. This mixture is filtered in cotton cloths, cooled and followed by a refined, bleached and deprived of the smell before being exported.

Effects of shea butter

The characteristics and therapeutic properties of shea butter have been known for millennia. They include:

  • ideal hydration for irritated and reddened skin
  • soothing effect
  • smoothing effect on the skin
  • ideal for allergic skin

In Africa, shea butter is not only used for skin care. The tree and its products accompany the African people from birth to death. All parts of the tree are used: leaves, fruits, resin, bark, etc. For example, the resin is used as a natural adhesive or for repairing cracks in walls, like chewing gum and in traditional African medicine. It is therefore a very versatile plant that still represents a sustenance for African populations.

Regional support

Today, many manufacturers of natural cosmetics that support women’s cooperatives in Shea Belt. One of them is Butterfly, for example . The Swiss company supports cooperatives in Burkina Faso, donating part of its revenues to projects aimed at improving the living conditions of local populations, such as the construction of wells or grain mills.

Lip balm

Pure shea butter is a real boon for all those who appreciate homemade natural cosmetics. Butter is an ideal base for a variety of ointments and conditioners for cracked and dry skin care.

In winter, the lips are exposed to adverse conditions and therefore a rich treatment is very important. Below we offer a recipe to produce a 100% natural lip balm!


  • 7 g shea butter
  • 3 g jojoba oil
  • 2 g of sea buckthorn oil
  • 1 drops of essential lemon balm oil (10%)


  1. Place the jojoba oil in a glass and gently heat in a bain-marie.
  2. Add the shea butter and let it melt. Note: the butter should not be too hot. If necessary, mix regularly.
  3. When everything is well mixed, let it cool
  4. Add the sea buckthorn oil and a drop of Melissa essential oil. Mix well.
  5. Pour the mixture into a crucible and leave to cool.
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Essential oils in DIY cosmetics

Essential oils are not used exclusively in the production of perfumes. Highly effective essences can also be used in cosmetics, where they guarantee precious nutrients to the skin. But be careful: pure oils should never be applied directly to the skin and not all essential oils are suitable for this purpose!

Why use essential oils in cosmetics?

Essential oils are mainly used in natural cosmetics because they have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and are therefore perfect natural preservatives. They are also beneficial for the human body. If you want to produce “do-it-yourself” cosmetics with the use of essential oils, be sure to pay close attention to their quality. Only completely pure oils have the effects described above. Some, instead, could cause allergies or irritate the skin.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are highly active substances that should always be used with caution. There are different oils on the market with different effects. The scent of essences acts on the limbic system of the brain, where emotions are processed. As a result, some oils also affect mood.

Single molecules pass through the skin and penetrate into the bloodstream, where they integrate into cell membranes and interfere with certain processes in the body. Therefore, some molecules can promote the formation of new cells and metabolic processes.

How to mix them?

Never let essential oils come into contact with mucous membranes or eyes, the application of pure oils on the skin should always be avoided. If you are preparing cosmetics, always use gloves and glasses and remember that the concentration of essential oils in the creams should not exceed 0.5%.

In some cases, pure oils may cause strong reactions. For example, the subjects mentioned below should avoid using them:

  • epileptics
  • pregnant women
  • babies and children
  • elderly and / or debilitated people
  • hypertensive
  • allergic subjects

If you want to use essential oils, you should always consult your doctor.

Which oils are suitable and for what?

Here is a (not completely exhaustive) list of essential oils, which are generally well tolerated and have a low potential for irritation. However, individual allergic reactions are possible. Please always ask a doctor or the manufacturer for information before using the oils in cosmetic products.

applicationsuitable oils
normal skinlavender
geranium rose
oily and mixed skincistus
geranium rose
impure and acneic skinmanuka
tea tree
dry or mature skincarrot seeds
geranium rose
irritated skinbenzoin of Siam
geranium rose
a thousand leaves
celluliteblood orange
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Why organic beauty products are better?

Why choose ecobio cosmetics?
You’re 100% natural. Why “nourish” your skin with silicones and parabens?

The truth is that choosing bio cosmetics is not a fashion. Not for those who have experienced the difference

Choosing natural cosmetics means becoming aware of what is really good for the skin. But not only that.

In our opinion, there are at least 5 reasons for using organic products. Ready to discover them?

1 – Skin absorbs kilograms of cosmetics per year

Our skin is waterproof. However, it allows up to 60% of the substances we put on the surface to penetrate. Do you know that it absorbs over two kilos of cosmetics per year? That’s why choosing non-threatening products is crucial.

The dangers to health, linked to the use of emulsifiers or preservatives derived from petrochemicals, are proven by scientific studies. For example, some compounds such as paraffin, vaseline or dimethicone are accused of being carcinogenic.

They can also interfere with endocrine function. In addition to not bringing any benefit to our skin, except to plug the pores, preventing it from breathing and generating blackheads.

2 – Natural cosmetics are safe and more effective

Organic cosmetics have (at least) a certification. Formulas are subject to strict controls to assess the concentration of active ingredients and the nature of the preservatives.

The certification bodies impose serious and strict protocols to protect our safety. An organic product, depending on the certification it obtains, contains at least 95% natural ingredients. Of these, at least 20% from organic farming.

Of course, no GMOs, silicones, petrolatum, etc. are allowed. If a product is certified you can trust it. There are also many brands. But if a cosmetic is certified, it has certainly reached high standards.

3 – Organic products are not aggressive and let the skin breathe

Rarely does an organic cosmetic cause allergies. But if it does cause allergies, you may be allergic to a natural substance it contains.

For example, in the Smart line of Màdara Cosmetics there is musk; used to retain moisture in the skin. But if you have any sensitivity to this element, the whole Smart line is not for you.

Organic cosmetics don’t hurt. Aggressive chemicals, on the other hand, can cause annoying irritation. Not to mention problems such as enlarged pores and blackheads, which come precisely because the skin does not breathe. If you want to know more, read: What does a cosmetic contain?

4 – Ecobio cosmetics are biodegradable and recyclable packaging

We can no longer neglect the environmental impact of our choices. In organic cosmetic products, the fat and active phases are composed of vegetable oils and natural extracts. All of them are biodegradable.

The packaging is also entirely recycled or recyclable. Once a substance ends up in the drain, we stop worrying about it. Purifiers do what they can, but what is not biodegradable will sooner or later return to what we consume.

5 – The choice of cosmetics is not just a matter of skin

Let’s face it. A cosmetic does not only take care of the aesthetic aspect. It also takes care of our self-esteem, as well as the image we give of ourselves.

It makes us feel better, more tidy, cared for and beautiful. We do not only take care of our beauty, but also of our well-being.

Being aware that we are doing this in a conscientious way makes us feel better and makes our gestures even more special.

Why choose organic cosmetics: your experience

I’ve been using organic cosmetics for about a couple of years. I am amazed by the change I noticed on my skin. Plus, I’m more aware of what I buy. And you, do you use bio cosmetics? What do you think of this choice? Write your experience to me in the comments!

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Homemade facial cleaning

As much as you can have a daily facial care routine, made of cleanser, toner and cream, using products that suit your skin type, time of day and season, sometimes the skin needs something extra. A more thorough wash, a mask, a deeper cleansing. You can rely on experts or you can do it yourself at home. With one exception: if you are going to remove blackheads and blackheads, rely only on professionals (unless you are yourself), because otherwise, you run the risk of creating infections, spots and unsightly scars.

Returning to the home-made facial cleansing, here are the necessary steps, which we will see in detail, to obtain a smooth, soft and deeply clean skin:

  • steam treatment
  • deep cleansing
  • oil treatment with massage
  • scrub
  • guise
  • tonic and cream

To make sure that the homemade facial cleansing is a moment of pampering for yourself, make sure you have plenty of time and do not have to leave the house immediately finished everything: the skin will remain for a while ‘very delicate and reactive.

Start with the steam treatment. Simply boil some water (use a kettle if you want to do it first), place the pot on a pot holder and bend over it with your head covered with a large towel. If you wish, you can add some essential oil and thus add a little aromatherapy. To ensure that the skin softens sufficiently and the pores really dilate, stay at least 15 minutes under the towel, 20 is ideal. You might find it useful to keep some paper towels handy, the steam could also help you to uncork the nose!

After this treatment you can wash your face with warm water so as not to lose the benefits of steam, using your usual favorite products and insisting especially in areas with more imperfections and impurities. If your skin is particularly oily or you think it needs it and can withstand it, you could wash your face normally before the steam, and then deeper after, in this way the first wash will take away the usual amount of impurities, while the second will clean more deeply exploiting the dilating effect of the steam.

At this point you can switch to a massage with oil. Choose an oil that is suitable for your skin, such as grape seed, coconut or jojoba oil. Almond oil may also be good, but it is heavier than other oils. Or you might want to use Indian oil, particularly suitable for removing blackheads.

In the first case, with circular movements and using only your fingertips, massage an amount of oil equal to a teaspoonful of coffee, until you feel the skin tickle, or until you feel warm. The movement goes from the bottom to the top, then from the neck to the forehead, and from the center to the outside, then from the nose to the temples. Try to avoid the eye area, as it is more delicate and sensitive.

When you are finished, remove the excess oil with a cotton pad or wash basin (microfibre or bamboo) and wash your face quickly to remove the excess oil. In the second case, if you want to use Indian oil, here is how to proceed: massage the oil as described above, remove the excess with a cotton pad. Repeat this procedure until the cotton pad is clean (usually 3 to 5 applications).

After each treatment with oil, even if you have removed the excess with cotton or other, it is still important to wash the face again: the oil could clog the pores and generate new blackheads and blackheads, in the long run, and this is the opposite of what you want to achieve with a facial cleansing!

At this point you can switch to a scrub, whether you bought it at the store or decided to do it at home. The recipes are many depending on the skin types.
One of my favorites, to use in these cases where the skin is subjected to many treatments all together, is a simple scrub of rosewater and sugar.
The quantities go “by the eye”: mix a teaspoon of each ingredient until you have a grainy batter, always to be passed in circular movements on the face, always avoiding the eye area.

Rinse with warm water and now you are ready for a face mask. Here, too, there are many possibilities, both those on the market and the DIY recipes to meet every skin type and every need. A simple, moisturizing, purifying and restorative, to do at home is based on kaolin (or white clay, more delicate than green clay) as a purifying ingredient, honey as an antibacterial and emollient ingredient, yogurt as a moisturizing and restorative ingredient. Mix all together, one teaspoon per ingredient should be enough.
With the back of the teaspoon you can spread the mixture over the entire face, hold on for 15/20 minutes and then rinse with fresh water.

Finish it all with your usual tonic, in this way you will have respected, although lengthening and widening them a lot, the so-called “three biophases”, or a way of treating the face using first a vegetable oil, able to dissolve sebum and impurities in a gentle way (with the added benefits of a vegetable oil, This is followed by soap to remove the oil and what it has incorporated, without being too aggressive on the skin, and finally a tonic that has the important task of closing the pores and restoring the acidic pH of the skin. Finally, if you feel the need, you can apply your favorite face cream.

And that’s it, at this point, your skin should be smooth, soft and thoroughly cleansed. A little redness is normal, but only you really know your skin so try to use the products best suited to your skin type and if during any of the treatments you feel uncomfortable, stop and let the skin rest.

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