Changing the World with Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny and CoWhen I look at new brands to try, one ingredient that always captures my attention is coconut oil. I honestly think it’s the best overall skin care ingredient out there. It heals from the inside out. No one does coconut oil like the skin care line Skinny & Co. They have a unique system called the Nutralock System that keeps raw nutrients intact, so the coconut oil is more fully absorbed by the body inside and out.

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Skinny & Co.Skinny and Co. says, “Skinny is the only coconut oil on the market that is wild harvested, hand pressed, small batched, never heated, 100% raw, 100% virgin, and 100% without chemicals and solvents. You can actually smell, feel, taste and see the difference. At Skinny we believe in the power of a tight knit community centered on only the highest quality, chemical free products made with a higher purpose at heart. Each one of our nurturing products contains 5 edible ingredients or less and is made with our patented coconut oil process that ensures nutrients stay intact which enhances effectiveness both inside and out.

Skinny & Co.I have been testing five 2 oz. samples of their products, and all I can say is yum and wow!  This really is coconut oil at its finest.

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

First up is the pure Coconut Oil. This is 100% pure, raw coconut oil. You can use this for so many things: as a face and skin moisturizer, a hair conditioner or in food – it takes the place of butter or oil and tastes fantastic in coffee and smoothies.

  • The only raw 100% alkaline coconut oil in the world
  • Wild-Harvested, not plantation grown
  • Handpicked
  • No chemicals, fillers, or preservatives
  • Cold-Processed; Not Just Cold Pressed
  • Skinny and Co. is a brand that owns and manufactures our coconut oil (they do not buy from contract manufacturers). They are Tree To Table

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Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Another very interesting product is the Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouth Wash. I have tried oil pulling before but boy, it tastes so weird I just couldn’t stick with it. This, however, is oil pulling mouth wash and the addition of organic peppermint essential oil makes all the difference. If you are new to oil pulling, here is how Skinny & Co. describe it:  Oil Pulling is an ancient practice that is receiving recent interest due to it becoming an adjunct in people’s oral hygiene routine. Coconut oil has been found to be an ideal choice due to the lauric acid binding with the bacteria in the mouth during the “pulling” process. We recommend starting pulling for five minutes, then increase the time gradually. Move the oil around your mouth as if it were mouthwash, but do not gargle or swallow.

I am loving it and I definitely plan to purchase a full size bottle. It’s totally safe for teeth and all dental work and with only two ingredients – the peppermint essential oil and the 100% Raw Coconut Oil, it’s a fantastic organic, natural find.

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

The Whipped Body Butter is a true coconut oil delight. This has a light, airy texture and it soothes and hydrates skin like crazy. I’ve used it as a body moisturizer, hair conditioner, and shaving cream with terrific results. I also tried it as a pre-treatment for my hair, applying it to dry hair and letting it sit for a half hour before showering and washing my hair as usual. It gave me incredibly soft floaty hair…amazing! I am sure it would be fantastic for expecting moms to help prevent stretch marks. The ingredients include 100% Raw Coconut Oil, Organic Almond Oil to promote collagen renewal, Vitamin E to protect skin from free radicals, and blend of essential oils. Protects against free radical damage

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

I’m not usually a big fan of body scrubs but the Exfoliating Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub is excellent. The scrub is a combination of coconut sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla. The scrub is gentle but effective, exfoliating skin while also hydrating at the same time. It’s a perfect way to prep skin for self tanner and it also works as a terrific lip scrub. It smells divine as well…like a combination of a bonfire and vanilla.

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

The last product I tested is the Calming Lavendar and Coconut Facial Oil. I love multi-taskers, and this does triple duty as a makeup remover, cleanser and moisturizer all in one. This is one of Skinny and Co.’s top sellers and I can see why. The coconut oil base gives it a perfect pH balance, and it soothes skin while cleansing it. You apply this to a dry face and wipe it off with a warm damp washcloth. I also use it with my Luna and love it. You can apply a little extra after cleansing for more hydration, and it also works as an overnight mask. The ingredients include 100% Raw Coconut Oil, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, and Holy Basil. Now, I have to admit, with those ingredients I was hesitant to use this on my eyes…but it dissolved even waterproof mascara with no problem! No stinging at all. Great stuff!!

I am very impressed with Skinny and Co.’s coconut oil-based products.  They certainly changed my world, and I think they will change yours too. You can find them online at skinnyandcompany.com.  – Lisa
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Don’t worry, it’s ALL GOOD! Take care of your skin and lips the organic way with All Good by Elemental Herbs

eh_ag_logo_stacked_180x180_1399942030__91020Holidays can be stressful, but don’t worry – it’s All Good!! All Good by Elemental Herbs is a wonderful organic line of all-natural skin care. They have lots of great stuff from chemical-free zinc sunscreens to sore muscle recovery spray, all to help support a healthy lifestyle with organic formulas and products.

Made with organic & sustainably sourced ingredients 
• 100% GMO & petroleum Free 
• Hypo-Allergenic 
• Gluten Free 
• Vegan / Vegetarian  
• Only tested on humans 
• Member of 1% for the Planet 
• Biodegradable packaging 
• Certified B Corporation 
Today we have a Side by Side for keeping your skin and your lips ‘all good’ even through cold winter weather and dry indoor heat.

LISA’S SIDE:  ORGANIC COCONUT OIL SKIN FOOD ($14.99)

All Good Organic Coconut Oil Skin FoodI have such a hard time with dry skin and cuticles in the winter. Hangnails are the bane of my existence and I am a picker so I just can’t stay away from making them even worse. The All Good by Elemental Herbs Organic Coconut Oil Skin Food has absolutely saved my poor cuticles so far this season. Coconut oil skin care products are interesting – the oil actually hardens, but it melts immediately with body temperature, so I just rub my fingertips along the top of the hardened oil to get enough product for rubbing on my cuticles.

All Good Organic Coconut Oil Skin Food

It’s also a great multi-tasker, working as an eye cream, soothing dry patches on my arms, and smoothing fly-away and static-filled hair. This is completely all natural – you can even eat it if you want! It’s also great for babies, so if you have any little ones or grandbabies you will definitely want to consider this. It’s made from organic and sustainably sourced raw pressed, unrefined virgin coconut oil and is cruelty-free. It also comes scented – if you love essential oils you might want to consider the Lemongrass or Lavender scents. I am happy to be on the coconut oil bandwagon and even more happy to have found this great multi-tasking organic product!

MARCIA’S SIDE:  COCONUT CERTIFIED ORGANIC LIP BALM

My morning and night routine

My morning and night routine

There are certain things I do every single morning and evening without fail. Brush, floss, gargle and apply lip balm. With All Good Coconut Certified Organic Lip Balm my day is started and ended perfectly.

All Good Coconut Certified Organic Lip Balm

All Good Coconut Certified Organic Lip Balm

All Good by Elemental Herbs is a great company to turn to for your lip balm needs. Like our intro told you it’s an organic vegan brand that uses all natural ingredients. Beside the delicious Coconut Lip Balm this comes in several varieties. All Good not only has this lip balm in Coconut and Original but they also have balms with SPF 18 and SPF 20. The balms with sunscreen come in more flavors like Chai, Tangerine and Spearmint. All SPF flavors are oxybenzone free. A single lip balm only costs $3.50 plus they have a variety of sets.

All Good Coconut Lip Balm

All Good Coconut Lip Balm

What I love about this balm is it’s just soft enough to do the job without melting away. I prefer a lip balm in a wind up tube like this since it’s so easy to apply. The coconut is a wonderful scent that reminds me of a Mounds Bar. It is a pleasure to apply this. It lasts a good amount of time and it smells so good that I don’t mind reapplying when needed.

All Good Tinted Lip Balms

All Good Tinted Lip Balms

All Good also has Tinted Lip Balms in 6 different shades ($4.99 each). I’d love a little Alpine Pink in my life. The tinted balms are also gluten free, carmine free and use the safest sun production ingredient: pure, non-nano Zinc Oxide.  There’s obviously a lot to like about All Good’s Lip Balms and enough varieties to keep you from getting bored over the long winter.

We’re glad to have discovered this brand think you will be too. Check out the ALL GOOD by ELEMENTAL HERBS website to see what great, well priced items they have created.

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Top 5 homemade skin care treatments with coconut oil

Nutiva collageSince I write about beauty for a living, I spend a lot of time researching skin care ingredients and how they affect the skin and body. I am also fascinated with ingredients that work from the inside out, like vitamins and foods that help create a strong body and a beautiful complexion.  I’ve started incorporating coconut oil into my diet in place of butter, shortening, and vegetable oil because it does three things:  1.  is easily processed by the liver into lots of energy; 2.  protects the body from infections, heart disease, and illness; and 3.  helps you lose weight.  Not only that, it tastes terrific.  So when Nutiva sent us their Coconut Oil (15 fl. oz $11.99), I was already happy – but not as happy as I became when I realized what a great ingredient it is for topical skin care.

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Nutiva Coconut Oil - organic and sustainable

Nutiva Coconut Oil – organic and sustainable

Coconut oil is solid at lower temperatures, and liquefies at temps above 76 degrees farenheit.  I find it’s best for skin care recipes when it is at that ‘almost about to melt’ stage.  I’ve tried tons of recipes for face masks, body scrubs, face cleansers, and hair treatments, and these are my top five favorites. Be sure to use organic and raw ingredients when you can!

1.  Coconut oil hand and body scrub

1 tablespoon coconut oil, 2 tablespoons honey, 1/4 cup sea salt, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix together and use this in the shower or just leave it next to the sink for a quick hand scrub.  It leaves hands super soft and moisturized.

2.  Moisturizing coconut oil facial mask

2 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 tablespoon honey, 1/2 mashed avocado

Mix together and apply immediately.  Leave it on for 20 – 30 minutes then rinse off.  This gives skin a great glow!

3.  Coconut oil facial cleanser

1 tablespoon coconut oil, 2 drops tea tree oil, 2 drops lavender oil – add some lemon juice if your skin is oily or prone to blackheads

This mixture dissolves even the most tenacious makeup and leaves skin hydrated.  Be sure to avoid the eye area – use straight coconut oil to remove eye makeup.  It’s the best.

4.  Coconut oil foot scrub

3 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 tablespoon brown sugar.

After scrubbing and rinsing off this scrub, apply straight coconut oil to feet then cover with socks – in the morning your feet will be amazingly soft.

5.  Coconut oil hair mask

1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon honey – double the recipe for long hair.  Heat the mixture up on the stove for a great hot oil treatment.  Apply to dry hair from roots to ends, cover with a shower cap and let soak in for a half hour.  Then, shampoo and condition like normal and you will be astounded at how soft and shiny your hair has become.

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Coconut oil by itself makes a great eye cream, lip moisturizer, and makeup remover!  I particularly like Nutiva Coconut Oil because it is:

  • Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Virgin
  • Non-hydrogenated
  • No cholesterol
  • Made from fresh coconuts

Give homemade skin care treatments a try.  It’s a lot of fun, and the results are fabulous.  With the holidays coming up, homemade skin care treatments in cute little jars make great gifts (except for the one with avocado – that has to be used immediately).  Believe me, coconut oil is going to become your best friend, both in recipes for food and in recipes for skin care.  – Lisa

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