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Vita Coco Coconut Oil – multipurpose saviour

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I am a huge fan of coconut oil as it is a true multi purpose product and is also an all natural product. I don’t always buy this brand but if I am shopping in Holland & Barratt then this is the brand they carry and it is a high quality, organic, extra virgin coconut oil so I am always happy to buy it.

I also love their coconut water to drink so some shopping trips are just to buy a supply of both these to keep me going.

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I buy mine from Holland & Barratt in the shop but you can also buy from them on line. I’ ve seen it in some grocery stores too. H&B sell four sizes: 50 ml which costs £2.99, 250 ml which at present is half price at £3.49 but is usually £6.99 s if you want to try it get it now. The next size up is 500 ml which is £11.99 and finally the big size which is 750ml and costs £15.99.

It depends of how much you use as to which is best value. I use a lot so tend to go for the big size. You will see why when I explain what I use it for.

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~~#*~~#*~~WHAT DOES VITA COCO OIL LOOK LIKE ? ~~#*~~#*~~

This is called coconut oil but at room temperature is solid. It isn’t hard solid but is certainly not an oil. It does however have a very low melting point and just skin temperate will melt this within seconds.

As a solid this is a whitish looking cloudy product but as it melts it turns clear and colourless.

When you open the jar the smell of fresh coconut really hits you and instantly I am taken to the tropics, I was brought up in the West Indies so the smell of coconut is something that has great memories for me.

This brand is cold pressed and organic so the best quality natural sort of coconut oil you can buy.

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The tag line for this coconut oil is “ Eat it… Wear it …. Swear by it!”

I use mine for frying as it really does help the food not stick to the pan. I cook a lot of Asian food and coconut oil helps the flavour in these dishes too.

Coconut oil was proclaimed as being the healthy alternative to other fats but now they are saying it is worse than butter for saturated fats Coconut oil has 90% saturated fats while butter has only around 64%. However half of virgin coconut oil’s saturated fat is lauric acid. This is a medium-chain triglyceride which they say has a number of health-promoting properties, including helping to improve levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.

A Harvard researcher states “ “ I don’t think coconut oil is as healthful as vegetable oils like olive oil and soybean oil, which are mainly unsaturated fat and therefore both lower LDL and increase HDL.”

So everything in moderation as sensible people would say and I use a combination of different oils including the coconut when I want the benefit of the flavour as well as the way it cooks.

Some claim is helps weight loss while others dispute this. Personally I wouldn’t use it in huge quantities until there is a bit more research as heart health is just as important and I can lose weight by eating less and doing more activity.

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If I have a squeaking door a little coconut oil will ease that

I use it to apply to my leather sofas as the sun is quite drying on the backs of these and I find coconut oil soaks in well and doesn’t leave a greasy feel once it has soaked in and really feeds the dry leather. It also makes them smell good too.

Anywhere you would use a light oil like on my sewing machine this oil works well as a lubricant.

I have used it to soften my leather shoes and even on leather handbags to keep them soft.

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I have used this as a massage oil and add my on essential oils. I find ones like orange and grapefruit work well with the scent of coconut oil and it is a great massage oil as it lasts well for a massage while some other oils just soak straight in. At at the same time it does soak into the skin during the massage leaving my skin feeling soft, smelling good and my muscles less aching.

Coconut oil is especially good on the feet as it is moisturising yet allows the skin to breath . I often apply this to my feet at bedtime and put on some light moisture retaining socks as this helps keep my feet nice and soft.

I don’t shave any parts of my body except under my arms and the legs below the knee. Sometimes I use my Lush shaving creams and sometimes conditioner but I find that coconut oil does a great job too. I use this especially when my under arms are a bit sore as it lubricates and also soothes the skin. In the bath or shower the coconut oil melts and being a natural oil it doesn’t harm the environment when it goes into the sewage system. Also because coconut oil has lauric acid which is a natural anti-microbial and anti-bacterial it also protects your skin if you do accidentally cut yourself.

I often apply a little melted coconut oil to the ends of my hair in between washes as my hair tends to be dry and frizzy. Even in damp weather this helps stop any frizzing. My hair time was the 80s when perms and curly hair was in fashion and I struggle with the sleek look these days.

I also use coconut oil as a deep conditioning hair mask before washing my hair and after this I do still use conditioner but t really does feed my hair and help to keep it softer and it actually looks shiny too. I always use a natural shampoos and conditioners as chemical ones are full of parabens and harsh chemicals that strip your hair of its natural oils.

IMG_4132I know many people swear by cleansing wipes and cleansing waters but I prefer using an oil based cleanser as it is gentler and doesn’t strip the skin of is natural oils. I particularly like oil based cleansers for around my eyes as it then easily wipes off all make up including mascara and doesn’t need scrubbing and rubbing. This coconut oil works a treat . I apply a little coconut oil which has melted on my finger tips and gently massage it in before using a damp warm cloth the remove all the make up and grime. I use the cloth rinsed out several times if I feel I need to. I find the bamboo clothes work best for me. Cleansing with oil works efficiently as coconut oil breaks up the water-resistant ingredients often mascara and shadow and so no scrubbing is needed just a gentle wipe.

Although the price of this coconut oil may seem expensive when you compare it to the price of some natural and other not so natural creams and potions you can buy for your skin it actually works out quite reasonable. You really do not need a lot to get great moisturising results on your skin. Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin E. Coconut oil, like other natural oils as opposed to petroleum based ones actually goes into the skin rather than lying on top. Because it is absorbed into the skin the coconut oil’s natural antioxidants help to combat the effects of ageing by preventing free radical damage. The Vitamin E also helps cell regeneration, helps fade dark spots and encourages the skin’s ability to produce collagen. This means that my skin feels much softer and smoother and looks healthier , especially hen I apply coconut oil after my bath and before bed. It really isn’t greasy at all as it soaks in really quickly.

When I m cooking I like the fact that when I push the excess off the spoon into the pan I then just massage the excess that is on my finger into my hands rather than having to wash them like I would with some cooking oils! If I run out of hand cream I just pop and get a small pea sized dollop out with a spoon and use coconut oil instead.

I make a great scrub with coconut oil as the base. One which helps with cellulite is just a mix of ground coffee beans finely ground and coconut oil which exfoliates my skin on my his and thighs and leaves my skin glowing and soft and smooth. Another scrub is coconut oil with salt and essential oils or you can use brown sugar instead of the salt and your choice of essential oils that enhance the aroma.
I wouldn’t suggest coconut oil as a sunscreen but if you have been in the sun then I find a mix of aloe vera gel to cool and coconut oil to soak in does help my skin feel soothed and less dry and stop it looking like dried up leather. I apply the aloe vera gel first then the coconut oil as thn thy both get absorbed to do their work.

I sometime apply a small amount of coconut oil under my eyes before bed as it is a great moisturiser and doesn’t sting or run into my eyes and it also helps my eye lashes and eye brows look better too.

I have also used a little coconut oil on my cheek bones and around my eyes to add a nice sheen or glow to my make up. It work well with Benetint on my cheekbones.

Coconut oil makes a great lip salve. I use Lush sample containers and keep some in my hand bag. It “tastes” lovely and is instantly softening and soothing and leave my lips with a subtle sheen. Once again I often apply Benetint first then coconut oil.

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Because coconut contains lauric acid which is not only antimicrobial but also anti bacterial it is perfect for cleansing make up brushes. I clean mine bout once a month using a mixture of coconut oil and an anti bacterial soap. I use a natural one from Lush as it smells great. The brushes I then dry in the airing cupboard if it is wet or in the sunshine when we have any. Keeping your brushes clean means that you will help prevent blemishes from bacteria on a dirty brush. The brushes feel soft and smell great too.

Apart from being great as a hand cream and for softening cuticles you can also use coconut oil around the nail skin when applying polish as then you wont get any polish on your skin. This is best done with a cotton bud as it you get it on your nail the polish will come off your nail too.

I bought some oil pulling oil at great expense last year and when I read what it contained it was actually basically coconut oil. Apparently they have proven with research that coconut oil can kill the Streptococcus bacteria which is what makes your breath smell. So before brushing you teeth just rinse a little coconut oil around your mouth and that should help reduce bad breath. It is also supposed to help whiten teeth. This is based on Ayurvedic medicine, known as gandusha in Ayurveda .
You are supposed to swill the oil around in your mouth for around 20 minutes. It is also supposed to help educe plaque and prevent or cure ulcers and so much more. Check out articles on line to find out more. I was skeptical but I don’t find it unpleasant and if I am home I just keep swilling it around in my mouth while getting on with other things around the house. Anything that might help with my awful teeth I am happy to try. Coconut oil works out much cheaper than the expensive oil pulling sachets which were just a combination of oils. I add a tiny amount of peppermint essential oil as it tastes better and of course I spit out the oil as it is full of toxins and yuk from in between my teeth etc. I spit into a tissue and throw it away as I try not to put too much oil down the plug holes as unblocking is expensive.

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A whole hearted YES! Even if you don’t want to use it for cooking this has to be one of natures best multi purpose products. I love coconut and use this, coconut water from Vita Coca and also use shredded coconut fried in my rice, I bake with coconut both shredded and dessicated and also use a lot of coconut cream in Asian cooking . It is a wonderful natural product with so many uses . Coconut water from a natural coconut is sterile and has even been used for intravenous rehydration.

I wouldn’t be without my coconut oil and always have at least one jar in my cupboard. We used to use it for cooking in the West Indie when I was a child and I am so pleased it has become a commercial success as it is a fabulous product.

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WELEDA FIRMING POMEGRANATE DAY CREAM

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I have just finished this sample sized tube of Weleda Pomegranate Firming Day Cream so thought I had better write my views before I throw out the empty tube and forget how my skin felt after using this. It is no secret to anyone who regularly reads my views that I rate Weleda very highly and admire their ethics and honest approach towards their customers.

This pomegranate range is designed for those in the 40s to 50s age range and until the Evening Primrose range was brought out this was Weleda’s range that catered for the oldest age group. Personally I am happy with both ranges as they are both full of great natural ingredients to help ageing skin.

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If you would like to know more about Weleda and their ethics and how they were founded check out my other blog posts with Weleda products

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Pomegranate is an expert in balancing extremes, stimulating and regenerating life and some of the pomegranate trees have been found to be over 200 years old.

Pomegranate seed oil is a powerful anti oxidant and has regenerative properties as it has a high polyphenols content. Pomegranate seed oil helps to revitalise skin cells. Skin appears tighter and smoother and is fresher and moisturised as well.

Weleda say :

From the age of 40 we benefit most from the positive properties of the pomegranate. At this life stage….as we grow older our skin changes – its vitality diminishes, the regeneration processes slow down and hardening tendencies can no longer be automatically counter-balanced overnight.

Pomegranate mediates between the young and mature opposites, allowing them to flow into one another, developing a framework for dynamic and regenerative effects on the individual. So the pomegranate’s seed oil stabilises and relaxes the skin in times of transition, bringing inner and outer beauty into harmony and encouraging us to look towards the future with serenity.”

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You can buy Weleda products from a number on natural on line stores as well as from their shop in Derbyshire or from Weleda on line. You can also buy from one of Weleda’s Well being advisors around the country.

You get 30 ml of this firming day moisturiser for £25.95 which for an 100% natural product is actually a very decent price.

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This is one of a number of pomegranate based products that Weleda make.This is the range and prices of the products from the Weleda wbsite.

Pomegranate Firming Day Cream 30ml -£25.95

Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream 10ml – £25.95

Pomegranate Firming Face Serum 30ml – £35.95

omegranate Firming Night Cream 30ml – £25.95

Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion 200ml – £22.95

Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil 100ml – £22.95

Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream 50ml – £12.50

Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash 200ml – £7.95

Finally their late product in the range the wonderful body spray – Grenade Jardin de Vie 50ml – £19.95

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I am bit older than the age range this product is aimed at but I have had a number of these small sample tubes over the years and even bought couple of the full sized ones. I tend to go for the Evening primrose range now though as that range is for the more mature lady which sadly is the age range I fit into.

I do love the smell of this product, which comes from the essential oils in the cream which Weleda describe in this way :

“ “The natural fragrance has been designed to hit a sophisticated note, subtly sensual, feminine and warming. Essential oil of davana lends an exotic, oriental character together with mellow base notes of sandal wood and neroli”.

It is fresh and uplifting yet also really exotic. It is so great that Weleda have made a lovely scent from this, a light EDT which I wear frequently these days.

The cream is a creamy colour and feel quite light on application. It soaks in very fast n leaves my skin feeling matt and not greasy at all at the same time it feels well nourished.

I always apply my day cream after cleaning, toning and applying a good quality natural serum. I eave ths to soak in before applying any make up if I choose to wear any that day.

According to Weleda this day cream has been created to:

  1. Reduces wrinkles and tautens.
    2) Protects from oxidative stress.
    3) Improves elasticity and resilience

I have found it does a great job of making my skin feel nourished and it never feels tight or sensitive and itchy when using this which some products do seem to do. We are lucky in that the area we live is not too heavily polluted with traffic fumes or industrial pollution bt I hope this is helping fight all the nsties in the environmant for me with its antioxidants.

My skin feels tauter and looks fresher but the lines and wrinkles are still there though they don’t seem to look any worse!

I love that it smells so fresh and uplifting as it cheers em up each morning when I apply this.

Apart from the lovely pomegranate oil this is carefully blended with golden millet, argan and macadamia oils which create this lovely light cream to nourishes and regenerate the skin.

This is all natural as I have mentioned but it is also suitable for vegans as all ingredients are plant based. This product has not been tested on animals and has no petrochemicals or GM ingredients and has no filler ingredients or parabens either.

Even though Weleda use all natural ingredients they are quite powerful and they suggest that you do a test on a small area for a few days when using something new. I have not had any issues with any of their products and I have skin that is prone to allergies and eczema but best be on the safe side.

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I have found this an excellent day cream and would certainly recommend it to the 40s plus age range. For those in the menopausal age range then the Evening Primrose might be more suitable. There are other ranges for the younger ladies ( and men) too so check out their website.

INNARAH® VenoDefense™ Treatment Crème

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I was very lucky and received a small 15 ml size version of this product through Beautyontrial.co.uk. I have just finished this so thought I would share my thought.

Firstly I have never heard of this brand before trying this product and having seen the price I doubt I will be enjoying any of their other products.

This small pot costs $90 – it is an AMERICAN company and the full sized 50 ml pot costs $300.

“This all natural range of products is free of synthetic ingredients and will keep your skin glowing from within.” Manzoor H. Jaffery, Founder and CEO.

This product came beautifully presented in a white box with a magnetic closure lid. The small pot sat inside this on a bed of satin padding.It did look classy and at tat price I would expect it to.IMG_0124[1]

The product was in a small black plastic screw top pot which I liked as I could see exactly how much was left and could get every lat tiny bit out easily.

The cream felt light and soft and was absorbed into my skin very fast, didn’t feel tight or greasy but also didn’t really feel like it was doing anything much either.

According to the company :
“INNARAH® formulated the unique technology known as bio-fermentation to perfect its fermented anti-ageing formulas and signature VenoDefense™ collection using cutting edge ingredients such as Elk Antler Velvet, Ormus Gold, plant stem cells and Marine Phytoplankton.”

The ingredients are all natural and I list them here from their website:

“VenoDefenseTM: Propritary complex of anti-inflammatory ingredients that mimic the effects of snake venim and smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles instantly and helps repair damage over time.
Magnolia Tree Bark: Powerful anti-inflammatory.
Chamae Rose: A rich source of Proanthocyanidins beneficial for skin purification, color, tone and elasticity. They are known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Elk Antler Velvet: Power cell growth factors which aid in cell development and cell regeneration. EVA contains essential amino acids which are the building blocks of protien. Shields your skin from damaging effects of environmental aggressors and UV rays.
Sea Buckthorn Oil: Powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Marine Phytoplankton: Provides essential oxygen to skin cells. A powerful immunostimulant, obtained through the combination of unique marine algae (red and brown algae) harvested on the unspoiled beaches of Brazil. Stimulates collagen production while it strengthens the connective tissues for firmer looking skin.
Alpine Rose Extract: Plant stem cells. Delays the senescence of skin cells.
Snow Algae Extract: Anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Apolactoferrin: Increases natural hyaluronic acid production for immediate and long lasting hydration. Helps to eliminate dark spots.
Plant stem cells: Brightens skin instantly while it evens out skin tone.
Kuku Nut Oil: Long lasting hydration.”

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You can use this cream night and day and it is created with these ingredients to help delay the skin ageing, reduce redness, smooth lies and wrinkles and protect the skin from UV damage and other damaging environmental effects. It i also supposed to be anti inflammatory and help to brighten the skin.

I have used it now for a month solidly after my original short test for beautyontrial and I am happy wit how it feels but I cannot honestly say it has done anything more tan any other skin care product I have used recently.

Although it seems to be a nice enough product the price tag would make repurchasing

Naturology Cellulite -Stretch Marks – Scar Removal Cream

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Sadly many of us ladies do have a few stretch marks either from weight gain or child bearing and they are not the prettiest looking things.

This cream is a three in one product to help reduce cellulite, stretch marks and scars so perfect for anyone who has given birth or is trying to lose weight. It also helps reduce scars from acne and operations of tattoo removal as well.

This is another all natural product with no nasty chemicals or preservatives just lots of lovely natural oils and butters to help repair skin.This product is 98% natural & organic .

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This cream helps to firms & tighten skin. This is an intensively, hydrating organic  cream with  collagen boosting retinol, vitamin c, green tea, horsetail & devils claw .

It also helps reduce the appearance of existing scars & scar tissue and helps restore & repair damage caused by spots, acne and rosacea .

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This is a nice light white cream that is quickly absorbed into the skin when I massage this into my thighs and hips. It moisturises the skin well and leaves it feeling soft and smooth.

I can’t say my thighs are dimple free but I do think it has helped make them look less crepe like in texture.  

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For stretch marks you can use this during and after pregnancy to help reduce these marks and keep your skin supple and moisturised.

I also find this cream helps when I get my very dry itchy skin rash which appears out of nowhere at times.

As I mentioned this is cruelty free and all natural and has no nasty, harmful parabens, sulphates or chemicals .This is full of lovely active natural things such as  vitamin C & E, Retinol, olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, macadamia oil, devils claw extract, ginger essential oil, green tea extract, horsetail, grapefruit, mandarin, lime & lemon extract and is suitable for vegans!

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The cream doesn’t have much of  scent but is pleasant to use and certainly makes my skin feel well moisturised and nourished. as well as tightening up the crepe looking skin on my thighs.

This comes in an outer box and the plastic screw top pot holds 100 ml and with this jar you get every last bit from the pot. It costs £15 on amazon and mine lasted me around four to six weeks.

 

Remember massage also helps with cellulite and massage towards you body not downwards. I also use a coffee body scrub and massage that into my thighs as well. Exercise is also beneficial as it tightens up the thigh muscles.

 

L’Oreal Age Perfect Golden Age Night Cream

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This product comes very nicely packaged in a rose gold coloured cardboard box sealed in clear plastic. Once you open the box the product is contained in a classy looking glass jar with a gold tinge and the lid is plastic and gold and screws off easily. Under the lid is a plastic protection cover.

The cream itself is a light textured but rich feel and is white in colour.

I use this after cleansing and toning my face and applying my usual serum. Once the serum has dried I apply a little of this cream to my face and neck area using my fingers.

 

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I find that I don’t need a lot as it spreads quite well without me needing to pull at my skin at all.

It feels quite rich and slightly bit greasy initially but after a few minutes I find it has soaked into my skin quite well.

I can’t say my skin looks any better than it usually does but I do always use good quality face products on my skin. I have had no adverse reaction from using this cream despite it not being that natural in the ingredients.img_6282

I have to be honest and say I prefer using more natural products and ones I know have not been tested on animals and this product does not claim either of those.I am not the biggest fan of L’Oreal as i do know that their parent company does test on animals and because of that I do not buy their products. this was a trial I was given by BzzAgent and was free so it would be rude to say no to a freebie.

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For someone who is not bothered by either of those things this is a nice quality and effective night cream that doesn’t feel too heavy or greasy on my skin.

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