Skinny & Co Coconut Oil Review, Photos

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Coconut has been having quite the moment. From food to beauty, it's a very versatile fruit. When I was given the opportunity to try Skinny & Co Coconut Oil* ($15, 2 oz), I was really excited to use the product in different ways. Keep reading for a review and my adventures with this multipurpose product!

First up, what makes Skinny & Co Coconut Oil different from the kind you'd buy at your local grocery store? Well, it is more expensive, but according to the brand, it's the only 100% raw alkaline coconut oil in the world. They don't use heat when extracting the oil, so all the nutrients remain intact. The coconuts are wild-harvested in Vietnam (with 12 coconuts in each jar), and 10% of proceeds go back to the country to help build schools, teach English, and fund year-round farming. It's great to hear that, as sometimes a hot ingredient can tarnish the environment/communities of where it's harvested (see: palm oil). Going back to the point about cold-processing the oil, I did notice the jar did distinctly smell of coconut, and actually looked like coconut. I've only tried one other brand of coconut oil before (a cheap, basic brand), and it only faintly smelled of anything and was blended into a mush. I can't really say if that makes a big difference or not, but Skinny & Co definitely has a more appetizing and appealing product.

So what can coconut oil do? Besides its use in cooking, it has many, many uses in beauty. It's a great moisturizer (you've probably seen it as an ingredient in hair, lip, and skin products), can remove makeup, clean brushes, etc. I should note that for each use, you only need a very small amount (increasing as needed). Here are a few of the uses I tried out:

Cleansing oil/makeup remover

I love cleansing oils, and coconut oil is definitely a great one. It removed all my makeup and left my skin soft but not oily or tight.

Face oil/moisturizer

Coconut oil can be comedogenic, so I wouldn't recommend buying this primarily as a face moisturizer unless you've already tried straight coconut oil and didn't experience acne, Personally, I didn't get any zits or blackheads from the oil, but I also regularly use Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid which tends to nip blemishes in the bud. I actually really enjoy using coconut oil as a nighttime moisturizer! It's hydrating (though not overly so -- I'd use a heavier cream or mix it in if you have very dry skin) and helps make my skin glow. I'm impressed!

Body moisturizer/massage oil

As a body oil, this is hydrating, but won't fix the worst dry patches (you'll definitely need a heavier cream/butter for that). By virtue of being an oil, it's great for massaging too, and edible (just in case you're administering kisses with those massages. ;))

Cuticle oil

One of my favourite uses for this coconut oil is on my cuticles and nails! My cuticles get pretty raggedy (especially in winter), and coconut oil instantly improves them. Plus, it makes my nails shiny.

Hair oil

This is the only method I tried that fell flat for me. I've tried many different hair oils, from blends to straight oils like argan, and all of them make my hair a greasy mess, even when I use the tiniest amount. Unfortunately, coconut oil is no different. I'm sure it's my hair type/composition (very fine), so you may have better luck, especially if you've had success with other hair oils. It's a bummer for me, since coconut oil is actually penetrate the hair's cuticle, but I'll just look for the ingredient in conditioners since creams don't cause the same issue with my hair.

There are many other uses for coconut oil, of course, such as oil pulling, shaving cream, lip balm (I don't use it that way because I don't like putting my fingers to my lips #germaphobe), mixing it with sugars/salts for body and lip scrubs, etc. It supposedly also helps reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks too. And, of course, it's great for cooking!

Since only a little is needed per ues, a 2 oz jar will last a few months, give or take depending on what you're using it for. It's my new favourite face and cuticle oil, and while I can understand getting sticker shock at $15 for two ounces of coconut oil, I think its quality and the practices/ethics of the company justify it. Plus, that's actually pretty reasonable for a product at Sephora. ;)  I highly recommend checking out Skinny & Co Coconut Oil if you want to get onto the coconut train or replenish your stock!

Have you tried coconut oil for beauty purposes? What's your favourite way to use it?

*Product provided for review. Post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

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