RMS Raw Coconut Cream, £17
So called Health Freaks and Beauty Geeks have been fully united in their adoration of coconut oil for a few years now. There’s no doubt it has become a firm favourite on the must-have lists of prominent beauty bloggers, celebrities, nutrition bloggers and basically any tom, dick or harry with a following, an Instagram profile or a WordPress login.
It has a myriad of uses, from cooking and snacking to treating hair, skin, teeth, irritations and reactions.
I’m not going to talk about its use in cooking and health here, because I don’t have any experience of that side, and am growing more sceptical after reports like this one.
However, even if we ignore the cooking element, it’s diverse range of uses mean that this is a true multi-purpose, unlike the seemingly millions of multi-purpose products that fulfil none of the proposed purposes.
RMS tell us that their Raw Coconut Cream can be used for makeup removal, facial cleansing and skin moisturising, marketing their product as ‘the best makeup remover ever’ which sounds typically over the top beauty industry rhetoric but actually might have some truth in it.
I had owned the RMS Raw Coconut Cream for ages when I found myself in the ghastly position of having no cleanser, moisturiser or eye makeup remover left in my collection. Given my poverty ridden state, I was forced to dig into the pot of white coconut cream. It would be a lie to say I was enthusiastic about this new regime – in fact I didn’t believe for a second that this would be an effective cleanser or moisturiser.
You can imagine my glee, then, when my skin was clearer and looked nicer than it had in years.
Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E which provides an anti-oxidant boost, protects against free-radicals and pollution, and can potentially protect against UV-induced skin damage.
Some scientific studies have proven that natural lauric acid oil inhibits the growth of major acne-causing bacterium Propionibacterium acnes. These studies measured the number of Propionibacterium acnes colonies formed both epicutaneously (outside the skin) and subcutaneously (under the skin) and discovered that lauric acid decreased the numbers of these harmful bacterial colonies, and as a consequence reduced inflammation of the infected areas, that would be caused in response to infection of the propionibacterium on or under the skin. Unlike other bacteria killers, Laurie acid managed to kill only the bacteria, while preserving the skins vital structure as opposed to causing the accidental death of skins sebaceous cell glands. So… selective killing, which I’m reluctant to celebrate… but you know what I mean! Lauric acid can kill the bad guys, even though they’re dangerously close to the good guys, the lauric acid guys are so clever and precise that they don’t so much as scratch the good guys, while annihilating the bad guys. Okay, I’ll stop talking about killing now. It’s beginning to disturb me!
Obviously this isn’t the same as applying this coconut oil topically, with lauric acid making up only 45-50% of it, but you can see where that 50% could make a huge difference in controlling spot-causing bacteria and in my case, it really, really did.
If this is true, you might ask why it’s not my daily cleanser or choice and why I advocate all these balms and creams for cleansing… Well, to be honest, that’s a question I’m asking myself too. I think it comes down to speed, texture and the joy of the process. All of which I find are served better by traditional cleansers. I also think it’s a bit too greasy feeling and takes too much removing for a morning cleanse, so I’d always save it for evenings where I am wearing makeup.
I will never be without this though. I’ve now tried loads of coconut oils and none of them seem quite as good as this one. Apparently that’s because this contains Cocos Nucifera oil in its most pure and unrefined form, without being heat-treated. I don’t know if that’s the reason, but this definitely has a special something about it and is the one I recommend to anyone.
Sister and Co Coconut Oil, £7 – £17
This Coconut Oil Jar is the perfect size for testing or travelling. It’s also housed in the most pretty little glass jar and old fashioned, chic looking packaging that makes it look lovely on display or as a gift.
As with most coconut oils, the brand say to use as your cleanser, moisturiser, eye-make up remover, cuticle oil, shaving gel, deep conditioner and as the base for scrubs and body butters. This is the one I took with me to New Zealand and it worked to soothe the unbelievably aggressive case of sunburn that I managed to achieve on morning one of my trip! I used this on my shoulders and a branded after-sun on my legs and found this to be more soothing in that instance. Also, some of the blisters on my legs got infected and my shoulders didn’t so, although not an official trial, it came out of the unofficial experiment with flying colours.
I also used this one on my hair while in New Zealand and I liked it for that too. I think it definitely improved the texture that had been ruined by the (glorious) daily swims in the sea and in the swimming pool. I don’t know if I have the sort of hair that would react well being slathered in coconut oil in real life, as opposed to, holiday life. But I definitely advocate throwing it in your suitcase this summer.
Sister & Co. Coconut oil say that their product is “produced in Sri Lanka and is soil association certified 100% organic, extra-virgin (raw) and cold-pressed. It has no additives and has not been heat treated, allowing it to maintain its natural goodness. This is in contrast to other lesser quality coconut oil which is often processed using heat, mixed with other compounds and artificially bleached. There are other extra-virgin coconut oils on the market but these differ in quality.”
I don’t love this one as much as the RMS Coconut Cream in terms of cleansing efficacy. It seems to take more work and just doesn’t feel quite as luxury as the RMS, but it is a very close second and I had to mention it here because it seems wrong to leave it out when it comes so close to the RMS and comes in so far ahead of so many of the other coconut oils I’ve tried.
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