Okay, I admit it, I love luxury beauty products. Anyone who has ever had even a slightly cursory glance through some of the posts on this blog will have noticed that. £250 bottles of perfume, £35+ lipsticks, £50 eyeshadow palettes, £100+ skincare, all are abundant on Get Lippie and I’m not going to make any apologies for that. I like what I like, and I feature what I like too, and that’s the real luxury of a blog!
That said, I also like a bargain. I know, inconceivable! But, I’ve been cleansing with coconut oil for a while now – I’ve tried the RMS raw coconut cream, which I like very much btw – and a couple of others sold for facial cleansing purposes too. So, when I spotted Vita Coco Coconut Oil in my local Tesco for less than £4 for a massive jar, I thought I’d give it a go, and see if I could spot the differences to the similarly-sized £38 pot from RMS.
There isn’t much difference, in all honesty. The RMS is lightly processed, which removes some of the scent, and it has a slightly smoother consistency as a result, but as the oil starts to melt from the very first second you put it on your hand, this isn’t a big deal, really.
Vita Coco Coconut oil is entirely raw, and organic. It’s best to do a hot cloth cleanse with this, to make sure you’re removing everything from your skin, and to prevent oily residues, but I genuinely can’t see any difference to my skin between using this and using a pricier coconut-oil product. Coconut oil contains lauric acid (also found in breast milk), which is beneficial to skin, and the lack of essential oils, which can be irritating particularly to sensitive skins, is great too.
I find it non-irritating even on inflamed and reddened skin, and it’s a an excellent makeup remover as well. Careful round your eyes though – a separate eyemakeup remover will always be your friend – but it can remove even waterproof mascara, if you are careful. It gives excellent slip, and is perfect for facial massage as a result too.
You can also use this as a moisturiser, a mask, a hair mask, a hair styling product, a lip balm, a cuticle oil, anywhere you’d use an oil normally, you can use this. Oh, and apparently, you can cook with it …
But, if you don’t like coconut (and my parosmia does mean that on bad smell days it is “wrong” to me – slightly burned-seeming – but that’s definitely my stupid nose, not the product), you’re out of luck.
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The Even Finer Print: We’re not featuring full fragrance reviews on Get Lippie at the moment owing to illness – please see The Parosmia Diaries for more.
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