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Lemon oil

Lemon essential oil is one of the favourite ingredients in the natural skincare products made by Ene Naturals because of its amazing properties. It is an antiseptic as such treats infections and it’s vitamin C rich content makes it a powerful tool for combating free radicals, acne and dark spots. Lemon oil is a great disinfectant and also a good repellent against insects.

Its energetic and invigorating scent makes it a great mood enhancer while its disinfecting and antiseptic property makes it ideal for treating dandruffs.

It’s ability to clear dark spots is what makes it ideal for skin brightening as when added to lotions, enhances their ability for an even skin tone.

Lemon oil helps to reduce excess oil from the skin. However, it is not advised to be applied topically to the skin as it makes the skin sensitive or photo-sensitive when exposed to sunlight. It is therefore recommended that lemon oil be diluted in carrier oils before being applied to the skin.

Lemon oil is also not ideal for children under five years of age because of its sensitivity. Little kids have very delicate, sensitive skin that is not ideal for lemon oil to be applied on. So please when buying natural skincare products for your kids, look out for lemon oil and make sure it is not listed on the ingredients list.

For natural skincare products for kids that are free of lemon oil, please visit SHOP




How to achieve brighter complexion naturally

Hi guys,

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To achieve a brighter complexion naturally, you would have to get rid of the dull complexion caused by dead skin cells which have been left deposited on your skin and other causes like exposure of the skin to harmful sun rays, poor beauty regime and lifestyle due to stress or inadequate sleep and poor nutrition. The foods we eat go a long way in improving the appearance of our skin as such, one must eat colorful and green foods like fruits and vegetables and fibers.

The first step in achieving a brighter complexion is by exfoliating your skin as exfoliation is the only way to get rid of dead skin cells so as to make room for beauty products to work.


To make a brightening scrub which you can use to exfoliate your face and body, you will need:

Dry orange peels powder and brown sugar.


Get some fresh oranges and peel the skin after washing them. You can grate the peel or use a knife to remove the peel. The zest on the orange is as important as the orange peel as they both work together to brighten your complexion as well as remove acne and dark spots. I use orange because orange is a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidant; it is also mild and gentle, which removes free radicals and brightens the complexion. Once you have the orange peels, place them in a strainer or dish by the window where it gets direct sun light. Allow to dry for a day or two until completely dry. Once done, mill the dry orange peels into powder. Next, buy soft, fine brown sugar granules, which are better and kinder to the skin than the bigger granules.


For the face, you only need a quarter teaspoon of dry orange peel powder and a teaspoon of brown sugar. You can always adjust the measurements to use on more areas of the body.

It is recommended you exfoliate once or twice weekly so you can gently massage the scrub unto your face in a circular motion for about 20 seconds and rinse off with warm water.


To make a moisturizing creamy cleanser, you will need:

2 table spoon of fresh orange juice and

1 teaspoon of skimmed milk.

Skimmed milk is fat free and serves as a natural skin brightener and firms the skin as well. Combine the milk and orange juice and use cotton pad to cleanse your face. Once done, rinse your face with warm water. Do this every morning and night.


You can also use the orange juice and milk to mask, which is recommended to be done once weekly. The recipe for the moisturizing brightening creamy mask is as follows:

2 table spoon of fresh orange juice and

1 table spoon (that is 2 teaspoons) of skimmed milk.

Apply the paste all over your face and leave on your face for twenty minutes, afterwards you rinse off with warm water.

You can expect results in a week! Because I did see the results.

I do appreciate your feedbacks so please leave a comment. Share with us your own tips and if you tried this, how did your skin feel?


Here's my debut E-Zine "The Beautiful Skin Issue"

Nigerian beauty and makeup online magazine

Hey guys, this is the maiden edition of my new pet project – The Bronze Goddess blog’s online magazine. Yippee! You might wonder why do this when I am already blogging right? Oh well, I have many reasons why I have decided to dedicate myself to publishing theme-focused post contents monthly.

For one, I realized that for most of we bloggers, blogging is mostly spur of the moment- you get an idea from just about any where, put your words in coherent form and go viral. I realized that because this happens to me a lot, I could go months without uploading new posts, which is not great for blogging. So, I decided that though I would go on with my spur of the moment blogging, I also wanted to be organized, to have a theme-focused project to write about monthly, which gives me a more professional approach. I am excited and I hope you enjoy the contents of my first online magazine.

The tag I have chosen for this maiden edition is “The Beautiful Skin” because I have realized that women focus much on makeup to fix imperfections that they neglect their skin or forget that beauty is in deeded, skin deep. If we can spend time nourishing our skin, then we would not need this much amount of makeup.

My posts for this edition provides an understanding of the nutrients our skin need and how good nutrition can solve such skin problems as acne, pimples, aging, uneven skin tone, among others.

Check out the posts:

GLOWING SKIN NATURALLY: Lighter, fairer, You at:











For each of these topics and skin problems addressed in the different posts, you will find DIY facials and therapy you could try.


Happy reading!




Beautiful skin: can makeup alone cause breakouts?

I want beautiful skin, as such, I try to take care of my skin and my body in the best possible way because I have come to appreciate the saying that beauty is skin deep. By adopting a healthy, clean lifestyle, which is a combination of good, healthy balanced diet and lifestyle, I have seen that beautiful skin is not bleaching our skin and looking whiter or fairer – as most African – or – black women think but having a radiant skin.


Question though is, can one have a flawless skin? I think not.

But having a beautiful, radiant skin or complexion is not unattainable either. However, standing in the way of our dream is the number one culprit – breakouts – or – acne.

So, here is the crust of our topic for today: can makeup alone cause breakouts on our skin? And the answer – not really- and this is because a host of things are responsible for all the problems we face with our skin. For a start, let’s talk about the effect of makeup on our skin.

Makeup and breakouts:

When makeup or cosmetics products begin to cause breakouts on your skin, then you are experiencing acne cosmetica. Usually, certain ingredients found in cosmetic products may cause such acne but the chief cause of breakouts or acne are oil-based or oily cosmetics which pounds on excessive oil that clog our skin, prevents our skin from “breathing” and leading to breakouts.

What role do you play?

While oil based cosmetics products may be culprit number one, you come next as an “accessory” in the sense that many ladies do not cleanse their skin enough. Due to the stressful nature of modern society, many ladies do not bathe before bedtime and even when they cleanse, they usually use makeup remover wipes which do not deep cleanse. Another thing aiding breakouts are the makeup tools you use like makeup brushes and sponges which go weeks and months without washing. If you can afford it, use disposables, if not wash regularly.

Solutions to acne cosmetica:

> Only buy oil free makeup products.
> Only buy products labelled “hypoallergenic” meaning it has been tested to prevent allergy; “noncomedogenic” meaning it won’t clog pores and “nonacnegenic” meaning it won’t cause acne.
> Avoid products made with wheat germ oil or algae extract.
> Cleanse and tone your face and neck twice daily even if you cannot bathe before bedtime.
> Wash your makeup tools regularly, like on weekends when you are at home.

Sometimes, you may not be sure what exactly is causing the breakouts, so please keep a journal of cosmetics you use, when you changed them, when you changed supplier and what reactions you noticed afterwards. Reason being that cosmetics alone cannot cause breakouts.


Inactivity: Perhaps, you do not exercise, or live an active lifestyle; unfortunately, your skin suffers because exercise improves blood flow, which in turn, releases more oxygen to the skin and cleanses impurities from the blood through sweat.

Stress and insufficient sleep
When you sleep, your skin repairs itself and rejuvenates; so stress and its attendant factors cause hormonal imbalance which causes your skin to breakout while insufficient sleep makes it impossible for your skin to repair itself, as such, you breakout.

Alcohol and Smoking: These make good culprits in causing breakouts or acne as it prevents the flow of oxygen which is meant to rid the skin of impurities.

Did you know that things like:
Drugs, hormonal imbalance, hair products like hair sprays and hair creams or gels; including weather change, sugar and dairy products can cause acne?
Yes, if your intake of sugar and dairy becomes too high for your blood, your body revolts.

Picky fingers: Yes, many ladies just will not leave their faces alone! Stop picking at your face because your nails are not as clean as you think. You are simply transferring germs with your nails!

Best Solutions to acne or breakouts:

1. Please, remember to follow the solution provided above in our solution to acne cosmetica.
2. Take foods rich in Vitamin C as it contains antioxidants that get rid of free radicals.
3. Lifestyle must change for the positive.
4. Go easy on makeup. You really do not need foundation during the day. You need to allow your skin to breathe.
5. If you are acne prone, please do not allow your hair to touch your face so you might want to adopt side swept hair styles that full on fringes or styles that touch your face.
6. Lastly, buy products based on recommendation from an expert that treat targeted condition and your skin type. Do not use products for the wrong skin type.


I have a regimen that works for me. I love my skin and go without foundation for the most part, so I am happy to share my nature’s cure with you.

Personal rule: when I breakout, I go off cosmetics products and go all out natural. So, here is my nature’s beauty regimen:

1. Exfoliation: Oats: take a handful of raw oats, add a tablespoon of honey to use as facial scrub daily.
2. Cleanse with tomato juice. Cut a slice of tomato and apply directly to your skin after washing it.
3. Tone: As toner, use cucumber juice or green tea extract for the face and neck. Use cotton wool soaked in cucumber juice or green tea to clean your face.

At the weekend, make a mask of pure honey or egg white.

Monthly detox:
It is recommended that you detoxify your system monthly and you do not need any excessive detoxifying shakes or drinks.



A. Brew green tea in a cup. Allow to cool.
B. Squeeze a tablespoon lemon juice into tea.
C. Add a tablespoon garlic juice or teaspoon garlic paste to the mix.
Drink for a week. Garlic is nature’s antibiotics and purifies our system inside out. It opens up our pores as well.

My very healthy spinach juice
Greens are great sources of vitamins B,C,D which promotes exfoliation, firmness, tone and elasticity as well as antioxidants that maintains healthy skin. On monthly basis, I also drink spinach juice.


Smoothies and your skin:
Smoothies are great sources of antioxidants and other necessary nutrients great for the skin.


In conclusion, your lifestyle affects your skin as much as cosmetics. So, take time to nurture and nourish your skin.

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