The Storm Resistant Tree: Coconut

Martinique, a little French Island that sits between Dominica and St. Lucia.  The town of Trois-Ilets is where it all started for me.  A little girl from Brooklyn, NY who came to this Island of Martinique, known as Madinina, to begin on the unsuspecting journey to the evolution of Madinina Kiss, the brand.  L’Anse Mitan is where my family’s beach home is located, and where I spent every vacation time I had from school.

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The Beach where I spent my vacations, L’Anse Mitan

While I know all too well what is like to survive a Hurricane,  still the images and videos are still shocking and heartbreaking.  Even so, this video also depicts the Power of God, the God who created the Heavens and the Earth.

It is in the place that I learned about the importance of natural beauty.  On the beach house property, we have coconut trees, almond tree, papaya tree and a mango tree.  It is during my time at the beach that I learned about the goodness of the coconut tree, from its roots to its leaves.  It is in the place that my Grand-mother had me look at the coconut tree, in all its grandeur and show me how amazing it is.  I remember the year when we were told that a hurricane was coming.  The coconut tree that stood in our front yard was damaged..sort of.  There was a deep cut, right in the middle of the tree, as if someone had once attempted to unsuccessfully to cut it down.  So as we are preparing for the arrival of the hurricane, my grandmother and I looked at the tree and hoped that it would not break; because if it did, it would have caused damage to the house.

As the storm landed, I watched the tree as it swayed from left to right.  I prayed that the tree wouldn’t break.  It didn’t. It swayed, and stood up, it swayed and stood up.  The coconut tree to me became a symbol of what my life was going to be: Storm Resistant.  Madinina Kiss has weathered some storms.  But like the coconut tree, the tree that produces our favorite base oil, we are still standing.

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Join Madinina Kiss in supporting the 2017 Hurricane Relief Fund.  Purchase any of our 4oz. Coconut Body Oil and receive 10% off your purchase by entering code MARTINIQUE.  All proceeds will go to the families on the Island of Martinique (Madinina, L’Iles des Fleurs)

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Merci et Bisou

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Spring Your Body Into Action

Get your body Summer Ready!!

As Madinina Kiss is entering its second quarter, we have been behind the scenes working hard to bring you- our customers and followers- another great product just in time or the warmth of the Spring and Summer.  Madinina Kiss will be re-launching its Body Oil Collection!

Beach bodies come in all shape and sizes.  It’s about health, beauty and self-love in the skin you are in.  As such we must take care of our skin, for it is the first line of defense for our temple. For those of us that are beach lovers like myself, salt water is not only known to do great things for your hair (hello, texture), it’s also widely believed to be good for your skin in addition to other healing properties.  That said, a long day spent in the sea can also leave your skin feeling a bit dry and dull. As a person who spent many summer days at the family beach house, I can tell you that coconut oil was my best friend, and still is.  It acted as a water repellant leaving my sea-salt wet skin moisturized.  So the dryness and dullness others experienced, I did not.  Unlike, our pool lovers, the chemical treatment in the water is not good for the skin at all.  I would not recommend applying any natural body oil before entering the pool, but definitely immediately after.

I know that sometimes making the switch from body lotion from body oil can be challenging, especially if you see “oils” as greasy”.  And while some may still initially balk at the idea of smoothing it onto their skin after a shower or bath, beach or pool time, the benefits are undeniable, especially when you see the results first hand.

Did you know that coconut oil is a natural sunblock? Yes! It provides and SPF of about 4 which blocks 75% of UV radiation. 75% protection is about 45 minutes of sun exposure.  Madinina Kiss oils are made with coconut oil as a base oil, which seals moisture into your skin and protects the body from sunburn as long as it is used correctly., and then we add other oils such as almond, olive, jojoba, for added moisture into your skin, keeping it hydrated, fresh-looking, and protected against environmental factors including smog and other pollutants.  Madinina Kiss Oils typically prefers using coconut oil alone, but sometimes we like to switch things up and add a lightly scented mixture. And I’m not talking about the cloying, manufactured scent of store bought concoctions, but something customized, earthy, and beneficial. This is where essential oil-infused body oil comes in.

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Our customer favorites have been our Lover’s Brew, Lemon Fresh and L’Anse Mitan (named after the town where our beach house is located in Martinique.)

Still not convinced? Check out 10 Awesome Uses for Madinina Kiss Body Oil

1. Manicure. Rub a dab of body oil on your cuticles to soften.

2. Pedicure. Rub a generous amount of body oil all over your feet. Put on thick cotton socks and allow the oils to soak in. (Do this before bed for extra oomph.)

3. Perfume. We know most of our customers don’t like perfumes or synthetic fragrances (we don’t either!), but if you like the subtle scent of clean citrus in our body oil, apply a few drops along pulse points for a light fragrance. (Pulse points are behind the ears, knees, wrists, elbows and neck area.)

4. Shaving “cream.” Rub generously on legs for a close shave. Using our body oil may also reduce shaving irritation and eliminate the need for a post-shave moisturizer.

5. Frizz-buster. Place 1 or 2 drops of body oil into your hands and run lightly through the hair. (This also helps with dry ends!)

6. Deep-conditioning hair treatment.  Rub a generous amount into your hair before bed. Comb it, pile it in a loose bun on the top of your head, place a towel over your pillow, and hit the hay. In the morning , shampoo as usual and enjoy your luxurious locks!

7. Body exfoliator. Make a basic sugar scrub mixing a 2-1 ratio of sugar to body oil. Mix in a small bowl or jar. Rub gently into skin in the shower and rinse off. You won’t believe how soft your skin will feel!

8. Bath booster. Get lux in the tub by adding our unique mixture of nourishing essential oils that leave your skin feeling silky smooth.

9. Lip softener. Make your lips extra kissable by mixing 1 TSP each of brown sugar, vanilla extract, and body oil; gently rubbing into lips; and wiping off with a warm wash cloth.

10. Paw lubricant. Does your puppy get sore, cracked paws from walking on hot sidewalks in the summer or from cold, dry winter air? Rub some body oil on her paw pads for healing and relief.

 

 

Same Great Product, New Name

All Things Change

Change is good, but also hard if it comes as a complete surprise.  I was not ready for the change.  But change is good.  Madinina Kiss is now the new name of our company.  I wont bore you with  the details as to why we had to change the name, but I will say that it came at a time when I was excited about the progress and growth of our company.  And BAM! just like that…CHANGE happened.

Why the name Madinina Kiss

Throughout this blog, I talked a lot about my roots, more specifically my Grand-Mother who was born and raised on the Island of Martinique.  You see, before Christopher Columbus arrived, the inhabitants, the Awarak’s named the island “Madinina” which means Island of Flowers. It didn’t take me long to come up with a new name.  Looking back, it was all part of the “Great Plan.”I had already named my hair care product “Madinina Hair Care System”

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What’s New???

Seasons change right? Especially now that we are transitioning for Summer to Fall. We have been working hard during the re branding to expand our product line. Known for our Shea Butter Body Butters, we have included the following to our product line: Cocoa Butter and Mango Butter. We are so excited!!!  We are also adding a nice collection of brown Sugar Body Scrubs. Simple and unique just in time for the Fall.

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Stay tuned for our blog on Fall Skin Care and a DIY or two just for you!

 

Kisses from the Island of Flowers!

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45 1/2 Reasons for Coconut Oil Use

45 1/2? What does that mean? And why the “1/2”? Founder and CEO Dominique McCullough (That would be me, the blogger😂) is 45 1/2 years old. Not many women would layout their age for all to see, but when you reap the rewards of coconut use as part of your skin care regimen, and look as good as I do, well yes “Do Tell”

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Don’t let the Mac beat face fool you! me againMake Up Free.

So in case you were wondering, that was your 1/2 (LOL).

Now on to the remaining 45 reasons why everyone should use coconut oil.  Disclaimer: If you are allergic to coconut, then this blog is not for you, but please feel free to share.

  1. Face Scrub – Mix coconut oil with baking soda, sugar, or cinnamon and oatmeal for the perfect face scrub and exfoliator.  Kiss Me Nature’s Exfoliating and Detoxing Dead Sea Scrub is a great way to…

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2. Facial Wash – I blogged last summer about Beauty Tips using Coconut Oil, Coco-Lemon Face Wash System™, to cleanse and clear dark spots or blemishes, AND moisturize your skin.  for more information about our system, click on the link.

3. Acne – Coconut oil gently fights the bacteria that cause acne. Dab it directly on the offending pimples and watch them shrink.

4. Moisturizer – Coconut oil is an excellent way to soften and hydrate dry, rough, or damaged skin.

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5. Dandruff – Massage coconut oil into the scalp to ease symptoms of dandruff, both itching and flaking.

6. Curb Appetite – Take a spoonful before meals to curb appetite so you don’t overeat

7. Wrinkles – Rub into lines, creases, and wrinkles to rehydrate skin and soften those wrinkles away.

8. Pet Health – Coconut oil can do a multitude of things for pets, both topically and internally. It improves breath, makes for a shiny coat, eases joint problems, cleans ears, gets rid of fleas, and much more.

9. Chicken Pox – Ease the itch and encourage healing with dabs of coconut oil. It also works on poison ivy, poison oak, mosquito bites, and other insect stings or bites.

10. Toothpaste – Mix 1 part coconut oil with 1 part baking soda and add a couple drops of peppermint oil. This makes a refreshing, natural toothpaste that whitens and cleans without added preservatives, fluoride, sweeteners, or other chemicals.

11. Yeast Infections – Coconut oil fights these fungal infections internally and externally.

12. Conditioner – Coconut oil conditions, strengthens, and repairs hair. Massage it in and rinse it out after ten minutes. A small amount can be rubbed in to dry hair to tame frizz.

13. Nose Bleeds – Rub a bit of coconut oil in nostrils to fight the dry cracking that can lead to nose bleeds and pain.

14. Nursing – Coconut oil works great to repair dry, cracked skin, including sore nipples from nursing.

15. Fitness – Coconut oil boosts energy, increases metabolism, improves thyroid function, and aids healthy weight loss. It is the perfect addition to any workout or fitness regimen. Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend includes medium chain triglycerides from coconut oil specifically to raise energy levels and increase stamina during workouts and speed recovery and healing after any exercise.

16. Acid Reflux – Take a small spoonful with meals to keep acid reflux and heartburn at bay.

17. Toothaches – Coconut oil eases the pain and strengthens teeth. You can mix it with a drop of clove oil to almost instantly relieve pain.

18. Canker Sores – Dab coconut oil on canker sores to kill infection and speed up healing. Coconut oil is also a far tastier way to treat canker sores than most other methods. I would add a little tea tree oil, peppermint and cinnamon to the mix.

19. Hemorrhoids – Coconut oil eases the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids and encourages natural healing both internally and externally.

20. Deodorant – Mix coconut oil with cornstarch, baking soda, and your favorite essential oils for a natural deodorant that smells fantastic.

21. Energy – Coconut oil and its medium chain triglycerides make it an excellent energy source to improve stamina, endurance, or just to give you a boost through the day.

22. Polish Furniture – Coconut oil gives a protective shine to wood furniture. Just make sure you test it out on a small area to make sure you like the outcome.

23. Makeup Remover – Coconut oil removes oil-based makeup easily, like mascara. It cleans, hydrates, and makes skin glow.

24. Shaving Cream – Coconut oil keeps the razor gliding smoothly while leaving skin smooth and soft.

25. Age Spots – Coconut oil has beneficial effects on any skin blemish. Use it to help fade age spots with powerful antioxidants.

26. Bruises – Rub coconut oil into bruised skin to speed healing and watch the bruises fade fast.

27. Cradle Cap – Coconut oil is gentle and safe for infants and helps ease the itching, pain, redness, and flaking associated with cradle cap.

28. Earaches – Earaches, swimmer’s ear, and ear infections clear up fast with a few drops of coconut oil mixed with garlic oil.

29. Stys/Pink Eye – Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the sty or around the eyes to get rid of these painful and annoying infections quickly.

30. Gum Removal – Coconut oil gets the sticky stuff out of hair, carpet, and anywhere else it doesn’t belong.

31, Lubricant – Coconut makes an all-natural personal lubricant for intimate moments without chemicals, but it should not be used with condoms as oils tend to compromise the integrity of your protection.

32. Lip Balm – Coconut oil hydrates and protects lips. Coconut even offers some protection from the sun, about an SPF 4.

33. Ring Worm – Rub coconut oil onto affected area to kill the fungus that causes unsightly ringworm. Add tea tree oil to clear the infection even faster.

34. Warts and Moles – Rub oil into area and cover with a bandage. Rub in fresh oil and place a new bandage each day.

35. Stretch Marks – Prevent and soften stretch marks from pregnancy with coconut oil for soft and supple skin.

36. Lice – Coconut oil kills and removes this pesky problem.

37. Cleanser – Coconut oil makes an effective and gentle cleanser to remove the grime of the day.

38. Athletes Foot – The powerful anti-fungal properties of coconut oil make it perfect for any fungal infection. Add a few drops of oregano or tea tree oil for more anti-fungal power.

39. Massage Oil – Coconut oil soothes tired and sore muscles. Add a few drops of essential oils for more effect.

40. Diaper Rash – Coconut oil can help heal mild diaper rash gently and effectively.

41. Cradle Cap – Coconut oil is gentle and safe for infants and helps ease the itching, pain, redness, and flaking associated with cradle cap.

42. Sunburn – Coconut oil can help prevent sunburn for short exposures. When you burn, it will also speed healing and take some of the sting away. Make sure you wait until all the heat has dissipated before applying it or you trap the heat in. Wait 24 to 72 hours depending on the extent of the burn.

43. Eczema – Coconut oil reduces the itchiness, pain, flakiness, and dryness of eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.

44. Makeup Remover – Coconut oil removes oil-based makeup easily, like mascara. It cleans, hydrates, and makes skin glow.

45. FINALLY!!!!! BAKING!!!! Try our Simple Home Made Coconut Cake, and let us know our thoughts!

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Do you know of any other uses or benefits of coconut oil? Comment below.  we would love to hear your thoughts!

Some of this information taken from SunWarrior News.

 

Coconut Oil and Caring for your SKIN as the SEASONS change

YOUR FALL SEASON SKIN CARE

I woke up this early August morning to a cool 69 degrees and an leaf stuck on my home office window.  Are the seasons changing already?  What are the trees shedding its leaves so early?  Is your skin prepared for this rapid change in seasons?

As dry, colder air arrives, skin may lose precious moisture. Autumn (Fall) also provides an opportunity to recover from the summer toll on the skin left by sun, chlorine and saltwater.  While you can purchase coconut oil from almost any company, Kiss me Nature prefers to use Tropical Traditions.  I first discovered Tropical Traditions when it became difficult to import coconut oil from my family’s homeland of Martinique.

Allow your Skin to be “Kissed by Nature” during the Autumn Season.  Kiss Me Nature recommends the following:

Exfoliate and moisturize: Kiss Me Nature’s Whipped Coconut Body Scrubs are the perfect solution to remove dead skin while moisturizing your skin.

You can also choose from our Dead Sea Salt Scrub to detoxify, exfoliate and moisture your skin. It’s best to apply moisturizer directly after a bath or shower to help seal in and replenish the skin with the necessary water and oils. Kiss Me Nature offers the perfect body oil spray to apply before you step out of the shower. After you dry off, apply our Mango Body Butter for extra moisture.

Protect your lips. Continue to protect against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. But also start moisturizing now to prevent dry, cracked lips this winter. Try our Organic lip balms, unscented or choose your favorite flavor.

Switch from lotion to creams. As the air becomes drier, skin needs a thicker moisturizer. Kiss Me Nature Body Butters provide a stronger oily barrier to provide hydration.

Invest in hand cream. Hands often become dry and cracked during the winter. Start moisturizing hands now to ensure soft and healthy hands all winter long.

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A Beauty Tip using Coconut Oil-Coco-Lemon Facial Wash

Throughout this blog, I have been talking about my childhood as it related to the use of Coconut.  I have posted a DIY recipe for a creamy sugar scrub.  I was talking to someone and we were sharing our childhood experiences with out grandmothers.  I shared with her how my G-Mere would make me rub a half of a lemon on my face and the fruit acid would be so uncomfortable, irritating of sorts.  I would walk around the house with lemon pulp on my face. After a few (what seems to be hours) moments, she would tell me to go and wash it off, and then coconut oil on my face.  (Did my grand-mother not know that water and oil do not mix?) The she would hand me a hot wash cloth and tell me to put it on my face.  Now as an adult, I can appreciate the relaxing feeling of a hot towel on one’s face, but as a pre-teen? Ummmm NO! So I sat on the edge of the tub, with my head back with this heat on my face.

I will admit, my skin was acne free and “pretty” as adults would describe it.  Smooth chocolate skin, which sadly, in the 80’s was not appreciated.  As I grew up, I moved away from this regimen, but I never forgot it.  I would go back to it every once in a while, but sadly bought into commercial beauty “secrets”.  Still, when all else failed, lemon and coconut oil were there waiting for me.

Now, as a “40” something, I am going back to those regiments, remembering all that my dear grand-mother taught me, albeit the commercial beauty industry has “infiltrated” Nature’s own resources,  and a market for “natural” and “organic” products are becoming a marketing haven.

Still nothing beats the simple things you can find in your own refrigerator or your local market.

Sooooo….Here is a beauty tip I swear by given to me by my grand-mother.

Coco-Lemon Face Wash System™.

To cleanse and clear dark spots or blemishes, AND moisturize your skin, assemble the following:

½ of a Lemon

1-2tsp. of Coconut oil

Hot (Very warm) wash cloth

  •    Rub the lemon on your face avoiding the eye area. You may also choose to squeeze the lemon in a small bowl and use a cotton ball to apply.

(My Grand-Mother said the rind of the lemon “scrapes” the dirt off you face, a nice way of saying “exfoliating”…LOL)

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  •     Leave on for a few minutes. You will begin to feel a tingling sensation.

It’s ok. It’s the fruit acid doing its job.  If it is uncomfortable, wet your hands and pat your face or if you squeezed the juice, dilute the juice with a little water.

  •    Prepare your hot towel/facecloth (or very warm)
  • Rinse your face with lukewarm water, then apply the coconut oil directly onto wet skin.

  •   Apply the heated facecloth for a minute or two, then gently wipe the excess oil off.

No need to apply additional moisturizer, but if you eel you need it, apply a little more coconut oil to your face.

Do this daily for acne and blemish control. Use also to keep your skin clear and soft.

Healing Your Skin the Natural Way-Coconut and Shea Butter

If you believe that God created the world and everything in it or that the “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,” then it is not wonder that we will find in nature the things that will heal our Mind, Body and Soul!

Shea butter is one of Nature’s wonders, but it is a special one. It has been used for millennia by many generations of African people for skin care, baby care, healing and food. The Shea tree is considered sacred because of the bounty of goodness it can do for your skin, hair, beauty and health.

Now with that said, combine the benefits of coconut oil and your skin will be rejuvenated from many of the most common skin ailments. Yes, I must legally inform you in part that “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and that my statement is “not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease”, but my personal experience and the feedback from my customers, tell me that my statements has some factual basis.

Shea butter and coconut oil are two ingredients that are commonly used in Kiss MeNature products. In fact it is the two main ingredients in our body butters, lip balms and hair care products. They are both excellent emollients and moisturizers, each has its own distinct benefits owing to antioxidants and other healing compounds. Additionally, they both act as a natural sunscreen, when applied appropriately. Despite the fact that some from the medical community may argue otherwise, as I mentioned in m earlier post, coconut oil was applied on my skin before I went to the beach. I still apply coconut oil when I visit tropical islands, and the benefits to my skin are fabulous. I will be traveling to Bali in the very near future and I intend to prepare all of my skin protectants using coconut oil and Shea butter. This will include, bug repellent (YES bug repellent), sunscreen, and of course moisturizer for my skin. (Check out our next blog for the recipes).

So let’s look at what coconut oil and Shea butter actually does for the skin:

Shea Butter

Shea butter, derived from the nuts of the Karite tree, contains fatty oils that provide intense moisturizing capability. It is rich in vitamins C and E which help to neutralize sun damage, and has been known to have anti-inflammatory properties that help treat topical skin conditions such as dermatitis.

Coconut Oil

The fatty acids in coconut oil work as a reinforcing barrier on the skin, sealing moisture in for intense, long-lasting hydration. It also contains high quantities of lauric acid, which can be used to treat viral, fungal and bacterial skin conditions like warts, athletes foot or acne.

Let’s take a deeper look as to the benefits of Shea Butter:

What makes Shea butter an extraordinary skin care and an amazing body healer is its richness in precious constituents, which include unsaturated fats with a large proportion of “unsaponifiables” components, essential fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamin E and D, provitamin A and allantoin. All these are natural and make Shea butter a superfood for your skin (and hair), but that is not all it can do for you because it is:

  • Wrinkles, fine lines and scars repairing
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Deeply moisturizing
  • Stimulating for the superficial microcirculation
  • Skin strengthening
  • Skin protecting
  • UV protecting
  • Skin regenerating
  • Collagen production stimulating (makes the skin stronger, more supple and younger)
  • Minor cuts and burns healing
  • Muscle ache healing
  • Physical endurance enhancer

Now the benefits of Coconut Oil:

More than ninety percent of coconut oil consists of saturated fats (Don’t panic! It’s not as bad as it sounds, read to the end of this review and your opinion may change), along with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Virgin coconut oil is no different from this.

Saturated fatty acids: Most of them are medium chain triglycerides, which are supposed to assimilate well in the body’s systems. Lauric acid is the chief contributor, representing more than forty percent of the total, followed by capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids: Linoleic acid.

Monounsaturated fatty acids: Oleic acid.

Poly-phenols: Coconut contains Gallic acid, which is also known as phenolic acid. These polyphenols are responsible for the fragrance and the taste of coconut oil and Virgin Coconut Oil is rich in these polyphenols.

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Its no wonder when one of our customers used one of Kiss Me Nature’s body butters, they thought it was “A Miracle!!!!!” She told us “I used to hate my feet, they were dry and cracked, I am diabetic you know…” “But I put this on my feet and my feet are healed!!!”

It is because of these wonderful benefits that Kiss Me Nature Body Butters are our company’s best selling item.

Our best sellers is are Our Relaxing Lavender Body Butter and our Juicy Mango

Let me share my site with you: www.etsy.com/shop/kissmenature. Hope to see you there!!!
Dominique