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.

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Coconut Water-Is it the real Body Hydrator?

Okay, so lately consumers are seeing an influx of coconut products on the market.  Specifically to coconut water, the market is now inundated with companies claiming the benefits of hydration in coconut water.  Are you surprised? I’m not.  Water from a Coconut is the most refreshing water you can get from a nut that grows on a tree.   This is a well known fact to me as a decedent of West Indian Parents.  In my previous blog Beauty and the Coconut,  I talked about my upbringing in the West Indies and how I would wait for a coconut to come falling so I can drink the water and eat the “jelly” inside.

Well, I want to take a closer look at the pros and cons of drinking coconut water from experience, (Yes there are cons to drinking coconut water…LOL).

Growing up, coconut water was a temporary thirst quencher to be enjoyed at the family beach house (when it fell from the tree) or a treat for having endured the bargaining process at the local street market in the island heat.  Also, I was told that it  part of a detoxification process if consumed in large quantities.  Therefore, it was not uncommon to see street vendors selling coconut water to the thirsty shoppers in the market.  Bottled water was not a commodity then as it is now.  As I reflect back, I am wondering if the vendors were selling the coconuts to quench one’s thirst or as a means of survival, to make money to feed a family…

What I do know is that this was a treat I would look forward to Saturdays when I went to the market to shop for fruits, veggies and spices with my grand-mother or the hired help.  Although we tried to get to the market early before the sun really got hot, there was really nothing one can do to escape the heat of the Caribbeans.  Alas, I would walk in silence as my G-Mere or hired help bargained for the things they needed.

I would sometimes, sneak off and see the dolls, in the hopes that I would get one, which I always did. (I am only child, so in their minds I needed as much entertainment as possible…LOL)

And then….The moment I have been waiting for… They are done shopping, and I can get my water! My G-Mere would let me choose my coconut.  I would shake it to “hear” how much water was inside.  He would cut it with precision something like this:

And I would drink the water inside with caution as to not spill it, and then have the man split the coconut in half to eat the jelly.  I guess in hindsight, the coconut was refreshing. I was a kid, what do I know, right?

Stay tuned as I get more into the pros and cons of “The Water in a nut”

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

Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil- My 3 Day Experience

I have to start off with a little chuckle because when my daughter brought to my attention “oil pulling” the only thing that came to mind was the disgusting feeling of having castor oil in my mouth when my grand-mother deemed my body in need of a “back to school” detoxing.

She talked about all the great benefits of oil pulling using coconut oil.  So, I did some research and found what oil pulling was all about and how to do it. So what exact is oil pulling. Oil pulling, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha,” is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.

So what are the benefits?

  • Whiter teeth • Cavity and gingivitis prevention • Better breath (halitosis suffers also reported greatly improved morning breath) • Stronger teeth and gums • Less jaw pain (TMJ sufferers noted great improvement), sleep problems and sinus issues • Alleviation of headaches, hangovers and skin issues (reports have shown improvement in acne, psoriasis and eczema).

Really? Ok, As a severe sinus sufferer and one that truly believes is the benefits of detoxification, I figured I would try it.

Day 1

It took me almost 5 minutes to convince myself to put oil in my mouth. This clearly had nothing to do with my love of coconut! I only managed to make it to 10 minutes.  I just barely made it, hating every second of it.  In the process of “swishing”, I was gagging.  Let’s try again the next day.

Day 2:

I closed my eyes, took a spoonful of solid coconut oil, only to have it melt in mouth as soon as I took the spoon out. I little more tolerable. I lasted 15 minutes.  Not bad.

Day 3:

Back to gagging and the “stress” of all of that toxin in your mouth, and not being able to spit it out until the required time.  I couldn’t couldn’t the oily feeling in my mouth and the thought of having a lot of bad stuff just swishing around in my mouth was not part of the game. To see the benefits of oil pulling, you really have to do this most days of the week for about two weeks, but I will say that my teeth were considerably whiter after only three days and sinuses were draining.

Still, coconut oil does make a great, organic substitute for mouthwash as it contains Vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant, and also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties thanks to the lauric acid and monolaurin. I tried to add some essential peppermint oil, but the oily feeling in my mouth, I just could not take it. However, my breath was considerably fresher longer.

Coconutoil, as I have been blogging about, has other proven benefits too. It contains lots of easily digestible, fat-soluble vitamins: A,D,E and K. Vitamin A is good for the immune system, Vitamin E has strong antioxidant properties for the skin and can provide some protection against UV rays, Vitamin D is good for strong bones and teeth, and Vitamin K is good for blood-clotting.

I say: TRY IT! Coconut Oil has proven itself to be all that it says it is.

You have just been “Kissed by Nature”

DM

Coconut Oil For Sunburn

I write a lot about the benefits of  Coconut Oil.  A recent study reports that:

“We all need some sunshine to make vitamin D for healthy bones. Enjoying the sun safely while taking care not to burn should help most people strike a good balance.”

This is where coconut oil comes in.  Coconut oil is a natural mild sunscreen.  I was explaining to one of my customers about the benefits of coconut oil and how, it acts as a natural barrier against the sun, like a sunscreen.  She laughed and said: “This is why I cant get a tan, I have sunscreen on, because I always rub coconut oil on my skin as a moisturizer.”

The SPF rating in coconut oil is enough as an every day option for mild sun protection and skin health. In fact, I have heard some people say that coconut oil, applied after a sunburn, provides immediate relief.  I am not sure that I agree with researchers that say that coconut oil only provided 10-15 SPF protection, because I believe that when God created the earth, He made provisions for everything and gave us the resources we need to be healthy and whole, including protecting our skin.

If you are new to the benefits of coconut oil, I highly recommend this resource for accurate information on the benefits of coconut oil.  If you like to purchase Coconut Cream Sugar Scrubclick here.

You have just been “Kissed by Nature”

Dominique

Beauty and the Coconut

As I laid on the beach in L’Anse Mitan Martinique (French West Indies), played endlessly in the salty waters of the ocean, I would look up to the skies and stare at the coconut trees and wonder “How close would I be to heaven if I climbed that tree, and how will I get down?” I was not concerned about the multitude of benefits that the coconut would offer at its various stages, but more so the water inside and the “jelly” that I would eat once the water was consumed and the green coconut was cracked opened. **The arrow points to the family beach house where I spent my summers

So I would wait for it to fall, or wait for one of the boys to brave the climb and beg for them to cut me one, much to my Grand Mother’s dismay. I didn’t care though. If I couldn’t find someone to cut one down for me, My grand-mother would tell me to “Shake the tree and see what happens…” I would shake…and nothing would come down…except, the dried coconut, that was going to fall anyway and I often hopped that it is had some water left in it. Often times it didn’t but I would take comfort in knowing that at least we could make home-made coconut ice cream.

In my last post I shared how I went to school smelling like raw, unrefined oil, which mixed with a sweaty head, was not a pretty scent. Now the very thing I took for granted, is now a hot topic and commodity, a “must-have” oil for beauty inside and out. Natural Skin Care enthusiasts are now appreciating the benefits of Nature’s gifts that Natives have known for years.

Kiss Me Nature is proud to introduce as part of their natural skin care system Coconut Oil Body Wash. Inspired my extreme dry winter skin and my busy life, my winter skin needs something with a bit more moisturizing power. Kiss Me Nature Body Wash is a combination of Rose Water, Lavender and of Course! Coconut Oil! This moisturizing body wash is gentle enough to use on your face, and also makes enough rich later to use as a shave soap.

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Stay tuned for our next post on how to use Coconut Oil as a moisturizing shave lotion and clean your make-up brushes!

You have been “Kissed by Nature”

D.M.

Coconut Oil Will Change Your Life

As a little girl who spent some time in the French West Indies, coconut was just a part of life.  My Family had (has) a coconut tree in the yard of the house, and of course, about four at the beach house! I was told that Coconut water detoxifies,  so drinking too much would draw out impurities, which it did so and my face broke out; the oil was great for my hair, I was told because that is what the native Arawak Tribal women (I am a descendant of that tribe) used to make their hair black and shiny, so I was going to school smelling like raw, unrefined oil, and it was not a pleasant scent.  The best part about the coconut, other than the water was picking the “dried coconut” that fell off the tree, peel it and get to the nut to make coconut milk…until I realized how much work it actually is. Yes this picture depicts the steps to making the milk (I will save that for another blog post).

Today, coconut oil is being hailed as the most unique product with multiple uses.  I am grateful that this is something I have always known.  Where I would once have to have the oil shipped from the islands because it was not available in the States, to finding a factory in the Philippines that would ship to me direct, I can now go to almost ANY store and get coconut oil! GREAT! So now let’s talk about the benefits.

Coconut oil is one of the most unique products on the market right now.  The benefits it will bring to your life when used is just too amazing to go unnoticed.  Not only can you cook with coconut oil, but it is also amazing for all of your beauty needs. I will share some of the best ways to  use coconut oil that will be life changing.

Kiss Me Nature makes this great Coconut Sugar Scrub. It can be uses all over your body, I use it as an exfoliator for my face.  It is made with coconut oil and brown sugar.  Sugar is a humectant that promotes water retention.  Using a sugar scrub made with coconut oil will not only draw extra moisture to your skin but the oil will lock in the moisture.

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Here is a simple DYI sugar scrub recipe:

Homemade Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Brown or granulated sugar (You can use up to 1/2 cup if you want your scrub to have a more coarse, sand-like texture.)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • Optional: Essential oils. (No more than 10 drops)

Directions:


Combine all ingredients. I recommend melting the coconut oil to soften, prior to mixing, it will make blending easier.)

Coconut oil can also be used to hydrate and moisturize your hair as a deep conditioner, a pre-poo (applying the conditioner to dry hair BEFORE you shampoo) or a co-wash (washing your hair with the conditioner instead of shampoo.  I recommend this method at least twice a month).  All you have to do is heat it up (becareful, that it is not too hot as to not burn you scalp) and apply to your scalp and hair and enjoy the benefits.  It can also be used as a hot oil treatment.

Do you have a cotton ball? GREAT! All you need is coconut oil and you will have one of the best eye make-up remover in your personal cabinet at home.  And guess what? it also works on waterproof make-up as well.

Kiss Me Nature offers its customers the best body butters available on the market today.  All of Kiss Me Nature body butters uses coconut oil as a its oil base.  Apply one of Kiss Me Nature’s body butter throughout the day and there will be no doubt that you will feel the difference. Soft, glowing smooth skin.

Ok Ladies and Gentlemen! Stay tuned for more natural products for your skin.

You have Been “Kissed by Nature”

 Dominique

CEO/Founder, Kiss Me Nature