Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday Reviews : Skinny Coconut Oil

Hi everyone!  It's been a while since I've done a Wednesday Review post, and I'm excited to bring it back.  Today I'm going to be talking about one of my favorite beauty and food products- coconut oil.  If you read any beauty, health, or fitness blog you've probably seen this product all over the place, because it's pretty much magical.  You can eat it, feed it to your pets, use it in your hair, clean your face....pretty much everything!

I was lucky enough to get to sample a few different coconut oil products from the brand Skinny and Co, and I'm excited to share my thoughts!  I've been using all of the products for a few weeks now, and have a pretty good idea of what works and what isn't for me.

Just a disclaimer- I was sent these products for review, but I'm not being paid at all for this post!  All of the thoughts are 100% honest :)  If you're interested in trying anything from Skinny and Co, you can save 15% by using the code SKINNYCO15.  Now, let's get to the reviews!





Coconut Oil


To be honest, regular coconut oil isn't the most exciting product in the box, so let's start off by getting it out of the way.  Since there were so many different beauty products, I decided to use the plain oil for cooking rather than as a moisturizer or conditioner.  I started to cut butter out of my diet this year during my Whole30 and recently when I switched to a vegan diet, so I've been using coconut oil like crazy!  Not only is this great for a cooking oil, but it's also great for desserts.  Since the oil solidifies very easily, it's a great way to DIY some chocolate magic shell or chocolate cups.

What's special about this oil is that it's 100% raw and alkaline, which means the oil was never heated above 100 degrees during processesing, and contains no filler oils.  It's really crazy to see the difference in clarity when the oil is in a liquid state compared to the oils I usually get.

Overall, I would give this a solid 10/10.  I like the product, and appreciate the fact that it's pure!


Oil Pulling


I was probably most excited to see an oil pulling product in this kit.  This was a trend that really took off earlier this year, and I was intrigued to try it out, but always chickened out.  The thought of swishing around oil in my mouth for 20+ minutes honestly grossed me out (and freaked me out a bit too)!

Thankfully, this product isn't just a regular oil- it also has peppermint oil in it which really helps make it taste more fresh and bearable.  It's a pretty subtle flavor, so it helps to freshen your breath while you swish without being too overpowering.

I've been doing this pretty much every night for about 10 minutes (I still can't get any further without being grossed out!) and I think it's really helping my teeth look more bright and my mouth to feel really clean!  I usually do this at the beginning of my night routine, so I wash my face, apply moisturizer, pluck my eyebrows, cut my nails, or do anything else to kill those 10 minutes.  This is also a great time to catch up on my Snapchat stories!

Overall, I would give this product 8/10. I love the addition of peppermint oil and think it works really well, but it still grosses me out a bit!


Sugar Scrub


If you want to smell something amazing- get this product.  I absolutely LOVE sugar scrubs, and this might be the best one I've ever tried.  The ingredient list is really simple- coconut oil, coconut salt, and vanilla bean.  It can be used as an all-over body scrub or as a lip scrub, and like I mentioned smells SO GOOD.

The product is gritty enough to really soften your skin, but not abrasive.  The coconut oil in it also helps soften your skin, so you're left with baby-soft, moisturized skin.  A little bit goes a long way with this as well, so after I finish up this little jar I'm going back for more!

Before I put this in my shower, I also tasted a little bit (HEY- the ingredients are all food products so it's ok!) and it is amazing!  I almost want to buy a little jar just to add to coffee and tea for a hint of sweetness and vanilla.  I promise, this is one of the uses recommended by the company, so I'm not completely crazy!

Overall, I would give this product 11/10.  It works SO well and smells amazing.  Definitely going to repurchase!


Facial Oil


I typically use mineral oil to remove my makeup at night, so I was interested in trying out this facial oil.   Not only is this a moisturizer, but it can also be used as a makeup remover and cleanser.  In case you didn't know, oils are really good to break down makeup and take off waterproof mascara.

I was a little nervous that this product would either sting my eyes or make me breakout because it has lavender, chamomile and basil mixed with the coconut oil.  This helps it smell spa-like, and actually helps to calm my skin instead of irritate it!

At night, I've been using this oil to remove my makeup, then I cleanse with my favorite CeraVe foaming face wash, and finish up with a bit of oil all over as a moisturizer.  It hydrates my skin really well (this will be especially great in the winter!) and also gets all of my makeup off with no problem!

Overall, I would give this product 8/10.  I love how well it works, but lavender isn't my favorite scent.


Body Butter


Finally, I tried out a body butter that's infused with almond oil, vitamin E and other essential oils.  Just like all of the other products, this smelled amazing!  I typically don't pick up products with almond oil because it smells like fake cherries to me, but this scent was subtle and smelled almost like vanilla.  Amazing!

There are so many uses for this product, from a shaving cream to hair mask, but I just used it as a body moisturizer.  I especially like to use this after my shower when I shave my legs.  I usually don't like to apply lotion right away because it can sting, but this was so soothing and made my legs look and feel amazing!

Overall, I would give this product 10/10.  I have no complaints about it, and it smells so great!



As you can tell, I loved all of the products!  My stand out favorites would definitely be the sugar scrub and facial oil, and I'll definitely repurchase these as soon as they run out.  The regular coconut oil and body butter were both great as well, but weren't as unique or different to me.  I also liked trying the minty oil to oil pull, but can't see myself doing this long-term.  Don't forget to use SKINNYCO15 if you want to buy anything from Skinny and Co!


Are you a fan of coconut oil?
Have you tried oil pulling?  Thoughts?
What is your favorite use of coconut oil?

9 comments:

  1. wow, these all sound pretty amazing! i am with you, oil pulling sounds good in theory but the thought of swishing anything in my mouth for more than like 2 minutes grosses me out. maybe i'll try it one day.

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  2. I love this company too! I've only tried the coconut oil in baking so I have a lot more ways to use it!

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  3. I've never heard of this company, but I did just start oil pulling! Like you, I can't take it for the full 20 minutes yet haha. Working my way up ;)

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  4. Nice! I don't use coconut oil to cook but I do use it every day on my body and in my hair. Love it. One time last summer I guess the huge Costco sized container had tipped over and the oil melted all through the bathroom cupboard and through the floor, staining the ceiling below. Oopsie doodles!

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  5. Looks like some pretty great products! I've actually never tried oil pulling, and I can't say I think I'd be into it. I'm a little freaked out by the idea!

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  6. I've been looking forward to your review on these! I've used coconut oil for cooking and also for sunburn! It works similar to Aloe and it definitely helped my skin!

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  7. Lovely! I love how simple the ingredients are! I've only used coconut oil for cooking so far but I'm obsessed with the flavor it gives to sauteed vegetables! So delicious!

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  8. Oil pulling with a hint of peppermint would actually be so much easier than plain ol' coconut oil!

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  9. Ohh what a great way to try out the different types of coconut oil- I like that they all have their different uses. I'm also someone that has never tried oil pulling, but like the sound of the peppermint... I just can hardly swish my mouthwash for 30 seconds, so I don't think I could ever actually do oil pulling.

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