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Students & Self Care Lovers, This One Is For You…

Students & Self Care Lovers, This One Is For You…

September’s here and we’re here to help you find the perfect ‘Back to Uni’ bundle. We want to offer you some of our best university tips and tricks to make sure you feel at home in your new student abode.

Our first tip when it comes to tackling university is to always remember to be kind to yourself. Whether this means turning a night out down, spending a little time by yourself or taking a break from overworking, remember to always put yourself first! Be kind to your skin, mind and body and we promise you you’ll feel more positive about everything else.

Following on from this, we all know that sleep at uni is like gold dust. To ensure you are sleeping the best when you get chance to, invest in products with ingredients like chamomile in – such as our Oat and Chamomile Body Lotion. Chamomile has natural calming effects and is great to reduce anxiety and initiate sleep – two things that might be on your mind whilst at university…

We’d also recommend sticking to a budget at university – but don’t forget to put a little aside to enjoy yourself! At the end of the day, you’re only there once and it’s an experience of a lifetime so stick to your budget as much as possible and save some money to put towards social events.

Homesickness can hit you like a train at uni, especially in the first few weeks. We suggest taking sentimental items that remind you of home or incorporating familiar homely scents into your new accommodation. We have a total of 12 candle scents at Okiki and most are ideal to indulge in when you’re feeling a little low.

Lastly, we recommend staying true to yourself. It’s hard to know if the course at university is going to be for you or not, so if you end up hating it once you get there, there is no shame in that – it’s not your fault! Speak up – talk to friends, family, and tutors to ensure you find the right course and path for you. I, myself, dropped out of university the first time around, and thank goodness I did because I am now on my dream course, and I couldn’t be happier. Always listen to your gut!

As the next few months are full of new opportunities for a lot of us, we want to ensure that everyone is looking after themselves – therefore, we are offering an exclusive ‘Back to Uni’ self-care bundle for just £40! The bundle is completely unique and individual as you are able to choose all of your own scents, but the deal itself includes one 150ml body lotion, a face mask powder and one of our delightful Okiki candles – meaning you’re getting a £5 discount - yay! Of course, this offer is not just exclusive to students so if you’re a lover of self-care and pamper nights, why not treat yourself to this bundle in time for the colder months ahead?

For those that are heading off to university in September, remember to keep checking up on yourself and have a great time! If you would like to purchase our ‘Back to Uni’ self-care bundle, then all you have to do is add your favourite lotion, face mask and candle to your cart and voila!

Here’s to new opportunities and a whole lot of self-care!

 

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The Benefits of Using Face Mask Powders

The Benefits of Using Face Mask Powders
Running a bath, pouring a glass of wine and relaxing whilst reading one of your favourite books sounds like a pretty good night, right? Now imagine it with a cooling face mask on… even better? The thing we love most about our face mask powders that Ade (founder of Okiki) formulates is that you have complete control of how you would like to use them. The powders are so versatile and easy to use, plus they’re all palm oil free. There is an Okiki face mask powder for everyone regardless of your skin type, and they are all unisex too, of course!... Continue reading

Our Top 5 Okiki Products to Help You Relax This Summer

Our Top 5 Okiki Products to Help You Relax This Summer
After a strange and unpredictable year, we all deserve a little self-care in our lives. The phrases self-care and wellness, however, can often be thrown around and their original meaning in the past have sometimes become opaque. The world in which we now live in, constantly expects you to be plugged in, so being able to find moments of comfort and calm amongst chaos, could well and truly be counted as one of life’s little luxuries. We hope that all our customers take time to protect their peace and learn to embrace solitude this summer, and we want you to know that we are here with you every step of the way. Continue reading

5 Reasons Why You Should Swap Your Shower Gel for Okiki Soap Bars

5 Reasons Why You Should Swap Your Shower Gel for Okiki Soap Bars

Solid soap bars are staging a comeback, and we’re making them cool again.

At Okiki, we have been making our luxurious soap bars ever since selling our collection at the first Farmer’s Market that we attended back in 2016. From then on, we knew we wanted to carry on producing opulent, sustainable alternatives to soap wash for our lovely customers, that also use no plastic, and less water in the process of manufacturing. For those who don’t know, most shower gels are often made from synthetic detergents, whereas the base of our Okiki soaps are solely made up of shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut, or olive oil. In this blog post, we are going to tell you exactly why soap bars are the next BIG thing in skincare, and why you should consider switching to them from your unsustainable soap wash.

1. Soap bars usually last much longer than ordinary liquid soap wash

Our Okiki studies show that we use liquid soap much quicker compared to a simple soap bar when washing in the shower, meaning the number of times you must replace your soap wash is much higher. Our Okiki soap bars are designed to aid the skins elasticity for a younger looking complexion and leave the skin feeling completely hydrated. Their rich ingredients mean the bar is able to penetrate deep into the skin and so dry skin will never be an issue again.

2. Soap bars help you reduce your plastic waste

Overall, soap bars are much better for our environment. Soap bars have a much smaller carbon footprint than bottles of liquid soap, and at Okiki, we package all of our soap bars in our recyclable cardboard boxes meaning there is a zero-plastic waste, or zero waste at all should I say! Hooray! As our planet continues to struggle with human demands, every little difference helps so why not change to soap bars today

3. There are so many different formulas

At Okiki, we have created a total of 18 different soap bars, you can check them all out here. Whilst soap bars are traditionally assumed to be drying or overly harsh, our array of different recipes will ensure they are anything but drying or overly harsh on your precious skin. For example, our Jade Olive Soap is made from a combination of olive and coconut oils, meaning it is extremely moisturising and gentle to help maximise your skins hydration and to give you a beautiful glow every day!

4. They’re easy to travel with

Now we are allowed to travel further than out of our living room, we all know that feeling of not being able to fit in all our toiletries into one bag (I am a notorious over packer). Not to worry – simply pop your soap bar into a travel soap container and you’re good to go. Since the soap isn’t a liquid, you won’t have to include it in your clear bag that houses your sample-sized shampoo and mini perfume bottle.

5. No preservatives needed

Our Okiki soap bars do not require preservatives of any kind to stay fresh, safe, and effective. Most liquid soaps/hand wash that contain water usually need preservatives in order to last longer – and although not all preservatives are harmful, your skin will thank you massively when indulging in our natural oils within the Okiki soap bars.

Happy washing!

 

 

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Did Someone Say Brand Refresh?!

Did Someone Say Brand Refresh?!
So, you may be wondering – when is the brand relaunch coming?! Well, the simple answer is: at the beginning of next month! It has all come around so quick, but we couldn’t be more excited to share the news and for you to see our new products and branding. Continue reading

Let's Talk About Dry & Damaged Hair

Let's Talk About Dry & Damaged Hair
I stopped relaxing my hair in my second year and experimented with everything to stop the dryness. The popular sulphate-free shampoo, deep conditioning, products targeted at helping me retain moisture, and some things work for a while, some did nothing. Continue reading

Why we don't use palm oil

Why we don't use palm oil
I have fond memories of my late Grandma, giving me a thorough wash using palm oil as a little toddler. Palm oil for me does not bring up contention of environmental decline and devastation, rather it was a product that wove its way through my upbringing. I recall the palm oil soup, the palm oil soap and let’s forget palm oil itself. We always used to have a bottle of palm oil in the kitchen that mum would use on occasion. Continue reading

VALENTINE IS HERE

VALENTINE IS HERE

Here comes VALENTINE! It's that time of the month when we all feel the rhythm of love in the air! It is a celebration of love, for your friends, significant other, family or yourself. 

We have come up with a list of 4 Okiki products to gift for Valentine's Day, as nothing says I love you like some handmade products! 

 Morenikeji Scented Candle

“I have found my second half – I’m no longer alone” Another beautiful word native to the Yoruba language. Hearts and minds have been poured out in this to create these flawless scented candles that possess a rich blend mixture of spices such as clove, clementine, and nutmeg, on a base of amber and rose petals for the celebration of love. Its floral and fruit scent, is a marriage of two beautiful scent families, created to submerge you into a state of bliss as you unwind. Enjoying every moment with your dearest is something we will want you to have. It is wonderful to not be alone. If you can't be with your special someone or a loved one this Valentine's Day, gift them this beautiful, fragranced and unique candle.

 Bamidele Scented Candle

A native Yoruba name that interprets to mean 'Follow Me Home', or a loving way to say ' Come home with me'. In this Valentine, we want you to add to your tender and deepest moments with the one you love, dazzling with melodic rhythm and soft lights. What better way is there than our Bamidele Scented candles that give you the perfect atmosphere infused with natural ingredients possessing aroma therapeutic properties. This candle lasts sixty hours and is a great way to tell your special someone or friend that you cherish them. The crackling wood wick is great for putting your mind in a state of calmness and tranquillity. Its luxury scent is a great addition while taking a bath.

Lolu Bath Salt

As one of our best seller with amazing reviews, our Lolu Balt salts offers you a blend of unique premium ingredients such as Himalayan and Red Sea Salt and organic Dead Sea Salt which removes dead skin cells and toxins revealing the healthier skin beneath. Essential oils Lavender, and Ylang-ylang to keep your skin moisturised, revitalised, rejuvenated, and clean. A soak in this is perfect to relieve you during stressful periods and excellent while taking warm baths during the colder months.

Serenity Bath Salt

Also, a great present for that wonderful friend is our Serenity Bath Salt. Immersing yourself in this, will be the perfect substitute for a spa with real rose and blue mallow flowers. Cast off those worries and enjoy the best especially during this period with the Serenity Bath Salt. This bath salt is formulated to not just protect your skin but also to help your skin stay radiant, younger, and healthy. Containing Epsom salt, Blue Mallow petal, Rose oil, and Frankincense oil, you can be sure that you are soaking into nature's goodness feeling relaxed and lighter.

We at Okiki skincare want you to have an amazing and unforgettable experience this Valentine. Also, we want you to know that you can be your Valentine, you can enjoy these goodies with yourself and have that self-care to unleash your radiant self.

 

 

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OUR SELF-CARE TIPS FOR WINTER

OUR SELF-CARE TIPS FOR WINTER

Winter is here! You know how snowflakes cover the streets and trees; how we have colder and darker evenings even though it's not 4 pm. It's at that time. Many things come in winter, like anxiety, low productivity, fatigue, and even stress. We want you to nourish your body and be motivated in this season.

 Self-care is essential for our emotional,  physical, and mental well-being. This is the reason we've compiled seven ways to make you feel relaxed and have positive feelings for yourself and others.

  • Light a scented candle

It would brighten up the room and make it all cosy and warm while you watch your favourite Netflix show with your loved ones. Some scented candles are also used for aromatherapy, i.e., they have healing properties. Our Nana Efua Neneh Candle, which contains bergamot essential oil to alleviate stress Jasmine oil to calm the mind. Our Adeola Candle creates a warm and cosy atmosphere with its fruity scents to soothe the mind and spirit. I keep a candle lit all day since the weather is so dreary

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  •   Get a Journal

Write your thoughts and worries in a journal. This will help you to clear your head. I use my journal to track the highs and lows of my day, I also sometime plan out things like my meals for the week too

 

  • Moisturize and stay hydrated

It's winter, and the skin gets dry and flaky because of the low humidity and cold. Moisturize your skin regularly and drink enough water. Our  Oat & Chamomile Body Lotion is an excellent moisturizer that will leave your beautiful skin soft and silky. Also, use our Oat & Honey Intensive Hand Balm is a deeply hydrating mix that nourishes and prevent cracked hands. A portable balm is great for when your on the move and need to hydrate your hands

  •   Spend time with your loved ones

It is the perfect time to connect with your loved ones. Do an activity together, and if they're not around you, call them or have a video chat with them. W

  •   Exercise

Self-care does not only involve mental health. It also affects physical health. Sign up for the gym, take walks, do yoga, or you could work out at home.  Staying fit is very important to our health. I for one enjoy going on a walk, I sometimes call my friend whilst going on walk. Listen to some music - given that we are at home 24/7 with little change of scenery a walk can do a world of good

  •  Enjoy the Festive Season

Do things you enjoy doing– read a book, learn a skill, go out for events, go shopping, visit loved ones, play games, take pictures – to make this season memorable.

  • Don't overspend

As much as we want you to enjoy this season, we don't want you breaking the banks because this self-care ensures that you're happy during winter and more joyful after. Stay within your budget and enjoy this beautiful season.

 

We at Okiki Skincare want you to radiate positivity and have that self-care to uncover your radiant self.

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