Since I’ve begun my journey into the world of all natural products, I’ve learned a lot about the benefits of products that seem better suited for tropical smoothies instead of skincare. Avocados, Coconuts, Honey, Lemon, Pomegranates… these could make a wonderful acai bowl topping, but they also pack a powerful punch to combat skin and hair issues.
Today I am just going to focus on my favorite of all the natural ingredients… Coconut. Coconut skincare and haircare products have been around a while, but I have only started getting into them this year. I’ve always loved coconut flavors, so moving from the delicious taste of a coconut smoothie to the smell of a coconut lotion was not a huge jump for me. But then once I dove deeper into the benefits of coconut oils to understand the deep properties it holds for hydration, cleansing and restoring your skin and hair, I became hooked. It took me a while to get over my dreams of becoming a tan, glowing hawaiian surfer babe while using the products, but I can say that after over 6 months of using these products, I have found ways to combat my extremely dry skin, quench my parched, bleached locks, imitate a hawaiian spa in my shower, and travel lighter. What single ingredient have you found that can do all that?
Without driving you coco-NUTS, let’s get started onto my list, shall we?
This is the mother of all coconut body products and if you buy one coconut product, start with this one. I use it as a body lotion, hair mask (yep, leave it in for 30-90 minutes once a week! Then shampoo twice), cuticle oil, and makeup remover. I absolutely love how it’s a solid until you melt it in your hands, which makes it the perfect travel companion! I put it on the driest parts of my skin, including my elbows, feet and hands, and the while the oily-ness evaporates the hydration never does. It’s a must try!
This rich body creme smells divine and is my go to creme for my legs, shoulders and arms, where I don’t need the same intense hydration that an oil will give. Lather products are paraben and sulfate free, derived of mostly organic and natural ingredients and made with environmentally friendly packaging. Why buy any other body creme?
Another Kopari favorite, but I use this one when I’m really ready to bare my legs. This coconut oil has a touch of gold sparkle in it, which gives hydration and a tan glow which is perfect for my Hawaii trips or anytime I sport shorts (which is not enough…).
The newest product in my arsenal is actually the lightest weight. I spray this on my finished hair style for a delicious spritz of hydration, shine and SMELL. I seriously could use this as a perfume I love that coconut smell so much. But I also love that my dry, bleached hair gets a touch of shine without feeling oily!
OGX Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner $9 each
The same line of Shampoo and Conditioner provides additional hydration for my hair, again without the added weight. I’ve enjoyed using OGX products for a long time, but was mostly using the Argan Oil line. Recently I started using the Coconut Oil line (because of my obsession) and I’m pleased to say its the same great quality! I struggle with all natural shampoos and conditioners because the 3 that I have tried have left my hair feeling sticky or tangled. While OGX products aren’t completely all-natural, I appreciate their quest to provide higher quality ingredients as well as paraben and sulfate free formulas. We’re getting there!
There is probably something in the YES TO line that every person loves, and one of my faves is this in shower soap. My husband and I argue about soap vs. body wash continuously, but I’ve decided that I am ok with both as long as they are as natural as possible (don’t get me started on why!). This soap is made of 97% natural ingredients and is available at most drug stores!
I love Too Cool for School Korean Beauty products… they always seem to be using the most fun and innovative ingredients.. like egg white anyone? So that fact that they approve the use of coconut in their body scrub makes me feel validated. I always need a good scrub for the back of my arms and legs, and this one doesn’t disappoint!
By now you must think that I must smell like a piña colada but the truth is… since all of the coconut products I use are naturally derived, they are all light and fresh, and don’t compete with each other the way a lot of other fragrances can. Starting off with this exceptionally light body wash by Lather sets the tone for my beauty routine, and the light fragrance isn’t too much that Mr. R won’t use it!
Success! You’ve reached the end of the longest coconut skincare and haircare post ever written. Did you learn anything new? Are there any coconut oil based products that you’re dying to incorporate into your own clean beauty routine?
This post is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and ShopStyle