issue two : from the water's depth
Personally, I am not the biggest fan of coconut oil. While I love the taste of coconut water, and relish in slurping down its tender flesh - not to mention that coconut ice cream is number one on my list - smelling the oil on my skin and hair all day quite simply, doesn't do it for me. That being said, as a makeup artist that is limited by the length and breadth of the 'offerings' conventional beauty products available to achieve certain looks, I cannot deny that coconut oil has its place in my kit, and my bathroom, and my kitchen. I have used it as makeup remover, glossy skin maker, lip balm and mixing medium. It is a true multi-tasker. This statement also stands true for its benefits as an ingredient in your beauty products. It's has strong disinfectant and antimicrobial properties, good vitamin E content - which helps nourish and protect skin and high in proteins which help repair and protect the skin. In a nutshell.
In our interview with Kimi Werner, she mentions that she uses untainted coconut oil in her personal beauty routine. Hailing from Hawaii, I would imagine she uses a locally sourced product - but as we on the other side of the ocean, I am going to share another brand with you; Sister & Co. It is, what it says on the bottle.
In lieu of an image of Kimi covered in coconut oil, instead I offer you this shot by Alan Clarke that we did for a test for a Nike Campaign. Alan persisted that his "pet hate was seeing skin that was part shiny, part matte, because the makeup artist didn't cover every exposed surface inch of skin". I took it on board. Not only did I take it on board, I set out to make my own perfect, untainted body gloss. With just enough sheen to make the skin look sexy, but not greasy. It also had to allow water to "stick" to the skin, for that perfectly positioned sweat droplet that those expertly lit campaigns like to show off. Low and behold... guess what I used? Yep, you got it... coconut oil (mixed with some coco butter and a little almond oil - to help with all those requirements). It worked a treat.
If you have very dry skin or suffer from blackheads or acne, this 'wonder' ingredient isn't for you I'm afraid. Ironically, despite all of the above mentioned benefits, it can exacerbate breakouts and cause blackheads... and believe it or not, can dry out dry skin. So this is a great oil if you have an oilier skin as it really can balance the oiliness (obviously avoid during breakouts!).
Organic and raw Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil.