Tuesday, 28 February 2012

banana scientist

So I know my posts haven't been their usual hard hitting, gritty, informative, penetrative flap in the past few days and I was lazy on Sunday and did a very heavy, picture heavy post but I have been up to my armpits all in the name of scientific discovery....and bananas.... 

When the beau got some coconut conditioning shampoo from Lush it got me thinking of the merits of natural products and DIY products. The downside of all these products that are so so good for you is that they are sometimes not so so good for your purse. Anytime that something says "Organic" or "Free From" it seems like they wack another couple of quid on the price..major big bumder... So when I had some bananas that looked older than Ghandi's face I had a bit of a science/beauty experiment day. Bananas are famously great for hydrating so I thought I would attempt to make some products and after some research and a bit of help from beautylish.com for the basics, I came up with my exfoliator, conditioner and face pack.

First up- Moisturising Exfoliator.

1/2 cup soft brown sugar
1/2 desiccated coconut (which I spelled wrong in the picture but can't be flapped to change- my illiteracy is endearing..) 
1 very ripe banana with those nobbly end bits cut off
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Smash them all together with a fork so its as lump free ass you can get it and then DEFINITELY get in the shower for the next bit. Rub it all over your thighs, arse, hips etc- anywhere that you would normally rub an exfoliator with the same circular motions..... then leave it on there for 3 or 4 minutes to let the banana, honey and olive oil do their thing... Then rinse rinse rinse really well!!! 

Afterwards my skin felt so soft! and for pence!!! I think this might have cost me maybe 50p to whip up a batch and you get an absolute ton of the stuff. Soooooooo using this bad boy again.... Next up- 

Moisturising face pack:

I had a very unwilling, and now thoroughly anonymous guinea pig to aid me in this. My anonymous man gets dry skin on his cheeks from his grufty beard so he was the perfect test subject.

The recipe is-
1 small, too ripe banana with those knobbly end bits gone
1/4 cup of blueberries
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of edible lavender
1/4 of oat bran

(the snotty looking hair is his banana conditioner..how fit!!!It's like looking at Clooney isn't it?!?! Who could this be?? Hmmmmm..) 

My logic behind this one is that 'nanas and honey are moisturising, oat bran is famously very soothing and blueberries are full of antioxidants- the more good things the merrier surely?? Slap this paste on- make sure your wearing something old that you don't mind getting crap all over, and sit with it on have a little chill and maybe a cuppa for 20 minutes to let the ingredients go about their business. Again, rinse, rinse, rinse...

Afterwards his skin looked brighter, it was less flaky around his beard line, smoother and a little softer. 

Last but my no means least, the snotty banana conditioner:

Please don't let the look put you off, it worked a treat!!!

In a bowl you want to mash together:

1 very ripe banana with no ends
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of natural yoghurt

(how much does he look like he's weeping in these pictures? I think he was close..poor little toad...) 

These pictures don't show the hair brilliantly but I hope you can see that theres a little bit of dandruff up in there and it ends get quite dry and flyaway...

Again, just smush everything together. It feels beyond wrong when you touch it but just bare with- its worth it in the end... get it on the hair, more towards the mid lengths and tips and less at the roots as that olive oils just gonna get straight at the roots and could be greasy if you let it build up- a little won't do much though....

Leave this on your wig about half an hour and then try and rinse it out as best you can, then get a wide tooth comb in there and give it a good going over to help get out any more banana. Then give it a shampoo with a nice light shampoo to get all the banana-ey oily residue out et voila!!! 

(How awkward does he look??? - christ....) 

I hope that you can see that a lot of the dandruff has gone and that his curls look tighter and more nourished. Subject T even said that it was worth all the flapping about and that his hair smelt great afterwards. Also price wise, what did I spend, maybe £1.50 on the whole lot?! Hello winning!! 

I'd love it if any of you guys decide to give them a go and let me know what you think and if you have any success with them!! I definitely trying that face pack when I get hold of another manky banana, his skin looked great! 


  1. Great post and looks like fun. I strongly believe that natural is better, yes sometimes it means paying a higher price but there are some great budget brands out there, you just need to shop around (or check out my blog) :) x

  2. haha It was so much fun and I have to say even though he was grumbling I think he was into it by the end. I figure, I drink soya, eat so much fruit and veg, dont eat meat etc, Im looking after my insides so I should look after my outsides.... I have this great Avalon organic lavender shampoo and conditioner that you should check out!! I love it!! and I always pop over to the blog for a gander, its good stuff!! x

  3. Great post! I'm not a big fan of banana's so will have to Google some natural and homemade bath and body products with a different fruit/main ingredient. You have inspired me to create my own (although sometimes I prefer to leave it to the pros aka being lazy) =D

    1. Do you like avacados lovely because they would be a great substitute if you do!? It's so much fun definitely go give it a go, and let me know how you got on!!!!!! Xx

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