Just take a look at some of our decor - this coconut loving cushion for one - and you'll know we are summer girls at heart here at the bb office...
So it's no surprise that ever since we trialled the Coconut Revolution Body Cream, we were hooked... and so were you! One of our best sellers over the past few months, we decided we had to show you more from the delish Coconut Revolution brand.
Here's the low down on coconut oil, why your beauty routine could do with a hit of it, and which products you should look out for...
Coconut oil is not only amazing because it smells so good - it's also one of the most lightweight oils, that sinks in fast, making it multipurpose and perfect for easy, everyday beauty use. As Coconut Revolution know, it's namesake's oil has also been used as traditional medicine to treat a diverse range of health problems including influenza, sore throats, colds, skin infections, rashes, wounds, and burns... even gingivitis, lice, constipation, weight management, irregular or painful menstruation and baldness to boot!
But we are more concerned with the beauty benefits here at bb - these are some of our favourites...
Coconut oil in incredibly hydrating - and as mentioned - best of all, it sinks into skin fast. It's also great for your skin on a molecular level - it contains Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA’s), which are also found in your skin's natural oils. And as MCFA’S are naturally anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti fungal, your skin not only gets a hydration boost, it's also protected and nourished from the elements.
Try it as a part of the best selling Coconut Revolution Body Cream. It's formulated with cold-pressed Virgin Coconut Oil that has been filtered three times to ensure that the it's clear of impurities.
To remove makeup
Yes! You can remove your makeup with coconut oil - it really works a treat to target mascara and eyeshadow! Simply dab a little coconut oil or 'butter' onto fingers and rub over your eyes in circles until you can feel your mascara dissolving away. Then, use a damp cotton pad to wipe of excess. Ta daaaa!
To shave with
Think you should only be shaving with your plain ol' bar o soap? Think again. Try shaving once out of the shower (really) by quickly towel drying the skin, then slathering on coconut oil, or coconut body lotion and shaving away. Then rinse off, or wipe legs with a damp washcloth. Shaving with an oil, or lotion containing a coconut oil will not only help achieve a smoother shave - no nicking your poor skin - in a natural formaulation it'll also help to ease any dryness or post-shaving irriation. Try the Coconut Revolution Body Lotion.
As a hair mask
You can even use cocout oil as a hair mask! On damp hair (not dripping wet) apply coconut oil to the bottom 2/3rds of your hair and let sit for 30mins. Then, rinse out with warm water (not too hot) for silky, smooth and best of all, mega-watt shinny hair! For an extra dose of shine, rinse your hair with a shot of cold water before stepping out of the shower, and don't scrub hair dry with your towel - pat it dry instead.
A little bit more coco love...
So, why is Coconut oil so beneficial? A large percentage of coconut oil is lauric acid (aorund 45 to 52 percent). This is a substance with antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. In fact, it's also found in milk, but in much smaller portions. For example, human milk contains 6.2 percent and cow’s milk 2.9 percent. Known to boost the immune system and help protect the skin against irritation and infection, coconut oil is the perfect place to get your fix.
Another intresting fact straight from Coconut Revolution, is that lauric acid is categorised as a solid but becomes liquid in tropical climates or when the temperature reaches more than 30 degrees celsius. If your coconut oil solidifys, it's jsut because the temp has gotten a little chilly. So, don't fret if you see some solids in your coconut oil products - they'll simply warm on touch/application or you can rest the container in warm water to disperse if desired.
You can also eat your way to beauty with coconut oil. The MCFA fats in coconut oil mean are the 'good fats' that are metabolised in the liver, immediately coverting it into energy; fuel for the brain and muscle function. Eating coconut oil can also help to deter those nasty free radicals. As coconut oil is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid, it gives it a higher smoking temperature than polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils. So, if you are cooking up recipes that require high temperatures, try coconut oil instead of olive oil, which will oxidise at high temperatures, and creates free radicals. Best of all Coconut Revolution also have a range of Dietary Revolution products for your consumption.
But, if you want to stick to beauty, don't forget their Lip Balm Sticks either. Available in 3 flavours - cherry, organge and original - they go on glossy and dry matte for a hydrating hit that won't easily rub off lips. Soon to be stocked in the bb online store, so stay tuned! You might even see one in your box too...
Have you tried the Coconut Revolution range before? What about edible coconut oils? Do let us know! - Lauren