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 is Not Just a FRUIT!

Everyone is talking about the benefits of the coconut inside and out.  From the benefits of coconut water as it compares to sports drink, to the benefits of coconut oil for the skin, hair and internal healing.  However, the coconut is so much more complex that that.

Lets think about the coconut for a minute: when the outer shell is green, it is said that the water is just right for that cool refreshing drink and the “jelly” is perfect for eating; as it starts to turn from green to brown, the jelly then forms into a hardened white substance, perfect for making coconut milk, coconut flakes and coconut oil.  But what happens the “three-eyed” shell that keeps all of the goodness in?

The coconut shell is the strongest part covered in coconut fruit. The coconut shell is located in between the coconut flesh and coconut husk. This shell is naturally created to protect the inner part of coconut. This shell is used to produce various handicraft items and other applications. Most of handmade decorative are created by using coconut shell due to their strength.

As a coconut lover, I have always been fascinated with he metamorphosis of the coconut.  What other fruit, nut, or Earth’s Edible food can have so many uses…including clothing!

Want not Waste Not, Right?!?

The Coconut shell is as complex as the fruit itself.  Lets take look:

Coconut Shell Bowl:

The Coconut bowl has many uses.  It can be filled with wax and be part of the relaxing experience of a spa, or a romantic bubble bath for two.  Put some coconut ice cream it for a tropical feeling. I use my coconut bowls to serve salad.  I have seen the bowls used as a decorative piece, with intricate designs.

If you are environmentally conscious and a coconut enthusiast like me, here is a DIY to make your own coconut bowl:

DIY Coconut Bowls

Supplies:

Coconuts, hammer, sandpaper, screw driver, knife, spoon, sealer or decoupage glue. This is a good glue too.

Directions:

1. Use a screw driver and a hammer on the bottom of the coconut. Hit the screw driver several times with the hammer until you feel and hear a hollow sound. We made 3 holes in each.

2. Shake the coconut over a bowl to get all of the water out. Strain the water so you can drink it! Yum.

3. Using a hammer, pound in the center of the coconut, all the way around. This will create a line and eventually the coconut will break! You will have to go around a few times for the coconut to break.

4. When the coconut breaks in half, you can scrape some of the meat out. After we got some of the meat out, we microwaved the coconuts to soften the rest of the meat. Then using a spoon and knife we lifted it out in larger chunks. It does take some time, but it’s worth it!

5. Using very course sandpaper, sand the inside and all of the outside until completely smooth!

6. Seal the coconuts with decoupage; or food safe sealer if you’re going to use them to serve food.

One coconut makes one bowl 

Clothing:

The Hawaiians are very serious about preservation of their natural resources and recycling. They use the outer shell of the coconut as bras.  I am not sure how comfortable that is, but, it is cultural, albeit some will argue the contrary.  Maybe I will address that in another post…

Or how about buttons for your shirt or skirt?

Drinking:

Tea Anyone?

What other fruit can do this? The coconut has so many uses, I could write forever.  There is so much more to say, but the complexity of the coconut makes it challenging.  Is there any thing “bad” about the Coconut?

You have just been “Kissed” by Nature.

D.M

5 Ways To Care For Your Fall Skin

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Labor Day usually signifies the end of summer fun, back to school activities, first day of school and Fall  Festivities.  In the midst of it all, we neglect our skin, as it too experiences season changes.  What was fun and worked well for the summer may not be the same for great skin care for the fall.

Here are some KISS ME NATURE skin care tips that will help you to get the best care for your skin during these Fall months:

1-Take a look at your current body wash product.

I was never a big fan of body washes other than the scent it would leave in my skin. But the drying effects were so bad, at times, even with the application of lotion, my skin was only moist for a few hours. In the summertime, I would try to rely on my bodies natural production of oil to hide my “ashy” skin, but to no avail. My face would be the only “shine” I would get.  This was the motivation behind Kiss Me Nature’s Moisturizing Coconut Body Wash and Kiss Me Nature African Black SoapBody wash. They are both soap-free and hydrating. The 4oz. Bottle is only $10.00. So pure, a little goes a long way.  So for these Fall months, consider a body wash that cleanses and moisturizes, such as these Kiss Me Nature Products.  It’s now time to put away the shower gels and bring out a creamy and moisturizing body washes.

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2-Oil-Based Scrubs are THE BEST!

During these fall months, consider an oil-based scrub. I personally love coconut oil-based scrubs because they are perfect for fall and winter with great exfoliating benefits and hydrating oils.  For Fall 2015, Kiss Me Nature will introduce Coconut-Coffee Scrub. Inspired by Borika Body, Kiss Me Nature’s Coconut Coffee Scrub is a blend of Organic Coconut Flakes, Coconut Oil, Coffee, Dead Sea Salt and Lemongrass Essential Oil. In combination with a dry brushing your body, your skin will thank you.

3-Moisturize, Moisturize and Moisturize Every Day!

Not moisturizing your skin everyday is like not drinking water daily. And we all know what lack of proper hydration will do to you inside and out. Consider a Body Butter such as Kiss Me Nature’s Body Butters that are a bit heavier and allow for great hydration. Our body butters contain Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil or Grapeseed oil.  The best time to apply our body butter is right after you’ve dried off from your shower or bath. This allows you to seal in the moisture that’s already been absorbed into your skin from the water.

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4-Put Your Skin On a Schedule

According to an article from BlackDoctor.org:”During autumn, there are great opportunities to spend quiet nights at home. Why not have a great beauty day or evening and apply a mask? If you choose an evening during the weekend to apply a hydrating mask, consider keeping that regimen for awhile. If you go and get facials, then get them on a standard day and try not to deviate if you can.”  In a DIY blog, I gave a great beauty tip using the cleansing effect of lemon and the moisturizing effect of Coconut Oil. I also suggest a DIY Moisturizing Kaolin Clay with Coconut Oil.

5-Sunscreen is Still a Must!

Summer, Spring, Winter, Fall, it doesn’t matter the Sun is still the same. Just because the air is cool, does not mean you can put away the sunscreen. Your skin still needs to be protected from the harmful rays from the sun. While a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater is still a great choice, I still prefer the natural SPF of coconut oil. You can add some drops of your favorite Essential Oil for your personal fragrant sunscreen.

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You have been “Kissed” by “Nature

D.M

Cooking with Coconut Balinese Style

I recently took a trip to Bali, and what an awesome experience I had! The people, the culture, the food, the atmosphere, was just all absolutely amazing.  As a coconut lover, anything with coconut wets my pallet.  I shared in an earlier post, my homemade Coconut Cake, that I affectionately call “Kiss Me Nature Homemade Coconut Cake“.

The trip was a Mother’s Day/Birthday gift from my eldest daughter.  She planned the entire trip and all the activities.  She signed us up for the Balinese Cooking class with “Maria”.  She is originally from Jakarta, but migrated to Bali, to find work on this high tourist island, after Jakarta was attacked by terrorists in 2004.

On our scheduled day, Maria came to pick us up from our villa in Seminyak.  We then drove to the local market to get all of the ingredients and spices  we needed for the dishes we wanted to prepare We walked through a plethora of vendors vying for our attention, bargaining with us to purchase items from them.

One of the dishes that I choose was Serundeing, which is a beef and grated coconut dish. We had so much fun making this dish.  We started with three simple ingredients:

Grated Coconut

Beef

Vegetables.

It was a great dish.  Though I don’t eat beef. as a personal lifestyle choice, but  did taste it was deilish!!!!

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You have been “Kissed by Nature”

Dominique

Sweet Treat- Kiss Me Nature Simple Homemade Coconut Cake

I have to say that I shocked myself at the results of this cake.  see I grew up- for a short time- in the French West Indies, and if you have been following my post, you know I am proud of that fact.  So I was surrounded by coconuts, coconut trees, coconut candy and of course COCONUT CAKE!!  Funny thing is, I loved everything coconut EXCEPT pastries.  But then again I can’t stand tomatoes, but will eat a jar of pasta sauce straight out of the pot.

No sure where the inspiration came from, but I felt motivated to make a coconut cake, the way I used to watch our hired help make.  As a child, I was so fascinated by the way she would make a homemade cake, because I grew up for some time on boxed cake.

So before I went to 10am Service on Sunday, I made dinner and baked a cake.  I am, for the most part, a healthy eater, so I made my cake using Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk. It would have normally been made with fresh coconut milk.

When my husband tasted the cake, he said, that I had gone back to my West Indian roots…

So here is the recipe for my Kiss Me Nature Homemade Coconut Cake

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of butter

2 cups of Turbinado sugar

1 tsp. of vanilla extract

6 eggs

2 cups of flour

1 tsp. of salt

1 2/3 Cups of  Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk

1 cup of coconut flakes

1 greased and floured 10″ loaf pan

Cream together butter and sugar; add eggs one at a time beating well each time. Mix in vanilla extract; add flour and salt, and mix well. Add coconut milk to the creamed mixture.  Fold in flaked coconut.

Pour batter into greased and floured loaf pan. Bake coconut cake at 325 degrees for an hour and fifteen minutes, or until done (toothpick check) Frost as desired.

ENJOY!!!!

My Coconut cake

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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