So let's talk about coconut oil for a second, because this is a product that I feel is currently having its shining moment in the hot sun, what with all the hoopla going around about oil pulling, and miracle stories about using it on your face and hair, etc. When I first heard of putting something found in a cooking aisle, that contains the word "OIL" in it, just straight on your face, my first reaction was basically, no way, that's got to be the road straight to a million zits, right? But after noticing that a friend of mine had stopped wearing make-up and was looking seriously GREAT, I demanded to know what she was doing. She told me that she was combining a few drops of essential oil in a jar with a giant dollop of coconut oil and putting that on her face 2-3 times a day. That's it! That alone, basically convinced me to go out and grab a jar, and try the remedy out for myself. Along with oil pulling for detoxing and teeth whitening, and a little on the ends of my hair for good measure, just to see what this coconut thing could do. Long story short, my teeth were magically whiter within the week, the oil worked better than my usual hair smoothing cream, and my skin, that has not always reacted well to this mightily hormonal pregnancy, just like, cleared up! In less than a month. Blemishes gone. It was the weirdest thing I had ever seen.
So I believe in it. I do. I pledge allegiance to the coconut oil and any natural products I can find it in. Which brings me to a few major favorites that I discovered while amping up my routine with Target's Made to Matter, Handpicked by TargetTM campaign. So. Much. Coconut to love. Shea Moisture has this line of coconut and hibiscus that smells out of this world. I've used pure, organic shea butter on my belly with both my pregnancies to help with itching and keep the stretch marks away and I've loved adding this coconut and hibiscus shea butter to the mix, along with the body bar and toning body wash. I'm really trying to show some personal restraint in talking further about how good they smell, because they are sooo-ho good. And Burt's Bees coconut foot cream is slowly changing how I feel about feet in general. They are probably the least thought of, least cared for part of my body and having Tyson rub a little of this stuff on my feet every few nights has been a revelation basically. Especially since these feet have taken quite the beating during this pregnant summer.
And again, with my profession of love for Yes To. They just launched their Yes to Coconut line exclusively for Target. I have a few in my family who suffer from eczema, so I was thrilled to see that they've come out with a natural product to specifically target relief from those symptoms. And they have this cooling lip oil? I don't know. But I'm pretty sure it's about to change everything about my lips and their relationship with petroleum jelly.