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Raw Food Avocado Cacao Mask for Your Face

I love winter, which is a good thing, living in Minnesota. I love the snow and the cold. When the temperature starts to drop, I am like a kid in a candy shop. It means sweaters, fires and snow! I find the winter light breath taking and the air invigorating. Because of that, I am always shocked each March when I hit the wall.



Two days ago I woke to below zero temps and a ton of snow forecasted. The thought, “enough already” briefly flitted through my brain. I spun around…was that my thought? The winter lover’s though? Sigh. Yes. What to do? Have a spa evening!

We talk so much about all of the chemicals and preservatives that we put in our bodies, and how we are working so hard to eliminate them to be healthy. But what about the chemicals we are putting on our skin, via lotions and cosmetics? Your skin is your bodies largest organ and needs to be treated with the same respect as your internal organs. And after a long, dry, cold winter, our outsides really deserve some pampering. Whip up a face mask, and a deep hair conditioner, fill your bath with a great bath soak and to finish off, slather your skin with a skin softening, moisturizing oil. Bon Appetit to your body!

The cacao avocado mask is amazing for your face. Cacao actually has tons of anti-oxidants in it and is toning. The honey is a natural moisturizer and the avocado is rich in minerals and vitamin A. Your skin will just love it.

Banana Olive Oil Hair Mask. Did you know that bananas are great for your hair? The potassium helps strengthen hair and undo damage from chemicals and heat treatment. For extra shiny, and deep conditioning, a little olive oil added in makes this a super conditioner that will leave your hair soft and shiny!


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  1. JK wrote on March 7, 2011

    Tried the banana/olive oil hair mask & it was a disaster: banana pieces stuck in my long hair & it took me an hour to get all the pieces out! Had to dry my hair & to brush out the remaining banana.

    • Susan wrote on March 7, 2011

      If the mask was blended properly, there shouldn’t have been banana pieces. It should be a smooth masque. Banana masques are very popular for hair repair. Did you wash your hair after? And also, you should be using ripe bananas.

  2. Blanka wrote on March 7, 2011

    Oh, this sounds fabulous. I make my body care butters and oils, but this is even better! Thank you for being such an inspiration, Susan!

  3. Jo wrote on March 7, 2011

    you can substitute olive oil with coconut oil which has been used for hair in ayurvedic medicine for ages. also great for skin – mustard oil. indian women use it daily…well, at least they used to until chemicals took over the market!

  4. Amy wrote on March 6, 2011

    These are great! I recently was lucky enough to do the graphic design for an ebook (Naked Beauty, by Shakaya Leone) on this topic with tons of great recipes to eat and to wear. =) Seriously, one of the most gorgeous ebooks I’ve ever worked on content-wise. Did you create your recipes yourself, or are they inspired from another source? They sound good enough to eat! =D

    • Susan wrote on March 6, 2011

      I create all my own recipes but of course I get inspiration from all kinds of sources. I eat an orange and think…what else would this taste good with. I open my fridge and think…what can I make with all the ingredients I have available. Often I am inspired by traditional SAD dishes that I want to make healthy. Sometimes, it’s just what’s in season. I have not seen the book but I will look it up.

  5. Elizabeth wrote on March 6, 2011

    I would eat these before they made it onto my face!!
    Peace and Raw Health,

  6. septi wrote on March 6, 2011

    Love it. I hope I can practice it n it suitable for me. I hope I can get informaion from you if there are something I don’t understand in your article? Thx U Mrs. Susan

  7. Elena Lipson wrote on March 5, 2011

    I love the simplicity of these recipes…and the yummy factor. I can see it already 😉

    Thank you for your amazing tips and raw life inspiration, even in the thick of winter.


  8. Pamela Rose wrote on March 5, 2011

    I agree with Jackie Briere! Sounds like a raw avocado cacao mousse that I make sometimes

  9. Jane wrote on March 5, 2011

    I am having a girls weekend and this will be fantastic to do while we soak our feet, .. the ultimate in pampering. then we get to try it on the guys.



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