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I was thinking in the name of summer and coconuts and... well, I was thinking we should set this little post to music. Shall we?
How about this lively syncopated tune right here.
If you wanted to dance along well, I'd be dancing right along with ya.
Oh, you guys it's almost summer time, can you believe it?
Oh, no sir I am not ready for bikini season-- frankly that ship sailed off in to the sunset long ago with the arrival of baby number one.
But, that doesn't mean I can't still love a season in the sun.
So, about two weeks ago I received a box from Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil and ever since then I have been trying it out here there and everywhere-- did you know there were so many uses for coconut oil?
Oh, summer is right around the very next corner and geesh wouldn't it be lovely if coconut oil could help us get ready for the beach and sun and surf.
Well, I gathered and tested and put together a list of...
Ten Beachy Uses for Coconut Oil:
One. Mix coconut oil with sugar to make a yummy bikini ready body scrub.
Two. Smooth a small amount on lips to moisturize; just a little bonus: with a natural SPF of about four (I found that here)you get some sun protection as well.
Three. Rub a few drops on to tired and dry feet before and after the beach.
Four. Dab a small amount under eyes to moisturize and help with wrinkles.
Five. Place a small amount in your palms and work in to hair for a leave-in conditioner that will add shine and tame frizz.
Six. Use as a massage oil after the beach. Or any ol' time-- it's summer guys, do as you like!
Seven. Smooth all over body to enhance a summer tan.
Eight. To deep condition before shampooing rub coconut oil in to hair and let sit for a few minutes before shampooing as usual.
Nine. Use a small amount to remove eye makeup and moisturize.
Ten. Mix with baking soda for a facial scrub.
And when those guys over at Tropical Traditions said go ahead and give some away too, well of course I had to do that just for you.
So here's a little review based on my own adventures using coconut oil on body and hair.
Seriously guys I wanted to really try Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil out in a whole bunch of different ways before I shared it with you all, you know, just in case it wasn't good enough for you, and so far over the past two weeks, I haven't found a use that it hasn't worked wonderfully for.
The sad, sad truth is I've been out of makeup remover for a few months now and while that isn't the worst sin ever committed, ever, well I've noticed that as I age I have to be more gentle with my skin, especially around my eyes, and so washing with soap and rubbing with washcloths to get stubborn eye makeup off is probably not the best approach.
So that of course was the first test I gave the oil.
Coconut oil as eye make up remover-- totally love it.
And as an added whoo hoo, it super moisturized the skin under my eyes filling in wrinkles and smoothing out fine lines too. Really truly, it did that too. Although, I suspect the results aren't permanent, I'm thinking they'll diminish as soon as I stop regularly applying the oil, which I really have no plans of doing so I may never, ever find out the answer for you-- sorry guys.
About a day before I wash my hair it's usually pretty dull from hair product and life and such so of course that seemed the perfect time to try out coconut oil as shine booster.
I worked a bit in to my hair and watched it shine, shine, shine-- it is oil so a little does go a long way, but with that in mind it adds a nice little boost to dull hair.
And then I thought my feet and hands, which in Hawaii are always exposed to sun and salt and beachiness, well, I thought they were looking awfully dry and so I rubbed in a bit of oil focusing on dry spots around my cuticles and finger nails and ankles and worked my way up to dry patches on my knees and elbows and I'm still glistening from the morning application.
Again, it's oil so a teensy tinsy bit goes a very long way.
There is a slight coconutty smell to the oil-- it is coconut oil guys. But, you know, really it's not as smelly as tanning oil and it all says summer to me so I don't mind it one bit.
I've tried out a few recipes with coconut oil if you wanna meet in the kitchen tomorrow we can cook up something yum, yum, yummy.
Oh, and of course about that giveaway...
Leave a comment here and you will be entered to receive a quart of Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil just in time for summer.
I sure do hope you win.
Update: For an extra entry subscribe to Tropical Traditions newsletter here.
Disclaimer: This is a review and more guys. Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.