Coco For Coconut Oil GIVEAWAY! -CLOSED-

Monday, June 18, 2012

YOLO so treat yourself to some yummy, healthy coconut oil! Okay, I find YOLO annoying too, don't hate me but join in on the fun!

(IT'S BEEN A WHILE! I had this post written up.. just had to get it approved. My school ends in two weeks.  I WILL SPAM Y'ALL WITH MY LOVE!!!)


Okay.. I have no muscle. SHHHHHH

Now, if you know me irl, you know that I'm a health nut. I'm the girl that refuses to eat out because I don't like white starches, I don't eat meat and I'm lactose intolerant. Basically, I only eat out at Asian/Vegan restaurants (mainly I just don't eat out with friends though haha). I have a suuuper sensitive stomach though so I *have* to eat well. Now I'm just addicted to it!

I'm sure you guys have heard of coconut oil but do you actually know that it's quite healthy for you (golden rule: everything in moderation)?

I contacted Tropical Traditions to ask if I could review their Virgin Coconut Oil and was sent this huge jar. Needless to say, I was very happy.


I am a beauty blogger, however, as many of you know, I do own a food blog (sorry, I have been neglecting it but my spare time goes to Filosophie!♥) and so I've prepared a combination of both beauty AND food in this post. nom nom nom nom So here I was, thinking about what I should use the oil for -beauty wise.. and I knew. I just knew. But I decided to be playful and pose as if I didn't.. HA


 


I'm quite lazy with my hair, I pretty much leave it alone but I do take care of it. Massaging coconut oil into your hair is really good for it! Just remember to wash it all off.. why you ask?

Studies in India have been done on how effective various oils are on treating damaged hair. One study compared mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil because these were the three most commonly used oils in hair treatment products used in India. The aim of this study was to cover different treatments, and the effect of these treatments on various hair types using these three oils. The number of experiments to be conducted was a very high number, and a technique termed as the "Taguchi Design of Experimentation" was used. Their results:
The findings clearly indicate the strong impact that coconut oil application has to hair as compared to application of both sunflower and mineral oils. Among three oils, coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product. Both sunflower and mineral oils do not help at all in reducing the protein loss from hair. This difference in results could arise from the composition of each of these oils. Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft. Mineral oil, being a hydrocarbon, has no affinity for proteins and therefore is not able to penetrate and yield better results. In the case of sunflower oil, although it is a triglyceride of linoleic acid, because of its bulky structure due to the presence of double bonds, it does not penetrate the fiber, consequently resulting in no favorable impact on protein loss. (Rele AS, Mohile RB. "Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage." Journal Cosmetology Science 2003 Mar-Apr;54(2):175-92.) source

They do actually sell hair oils but because I know how to work with oils (I take my makeup off with oils and often moisturize my skin with oil) and am not terrified of it, I just used the sample I was sent.


I left it in for four hours and then washed it off. My hair FELT and LOOKED amazing. No lie. I like to think my hair always looks amazing though *snort*

So what else are you going to use this stuff for? Besides a great make-up remover, simply use it as a skin moisturizer!


It's not as fast drying as some of you may be used to with your other moisturizers, but it does it's job really, really well. I find it great especially in the winter. My legs are always so dry... tmi? :P


I'm so cheeky... haha here's my "recipe".. a.k.a a great, fast morning meal!


I gaurantee it's deliciousness. What you need:
  • Whole wheat bagel
  • Nutella
  • Dash O' Flax (optional)
  • Virgin Coconut Oil
1. Toast Bagel
2. Spread Coconut Oil
3. Spread nutella on top
4. Sprinkle Flax on top
5. EAT


Oh, it was good. Oh so very good.

BUT because I wanted something more I looked through the recipes they listed on their site. They all look so delicious but... I can't... bake. I burn cookies. The instant ones. THERE I SAID IT. So I enlisted the help of my talented baker friend Alicia! She put this recipe together and made these deliiiiiiiiicious orange cupcakes!

ORANGE COCONUT CAKE BATTER:
• 1 3/4 cup cake flour (we did half whole wheat flour; half white flour)
• 1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
• 1 cup honey
• 1/2 teaspoons salt
• 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 2 large egg whites, beaten until stiff
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/2 cup orange juice
•1/2 cup coconut oil
• 1/4 cup of butter, softened

Combine flour, cornstarch, salt and baking powder in large bowl. In separate bowl, combine honey, coconut oil and butter. Alternate pouring orange juice and the mixed wet ingredients into the dry ingredients constantly mixing. Add vanilla extract. Whip egg whites until fluffy then fold into the batter. Fill baking cups 1/2 to 3/4 full and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
Yields approximately 24 medium cupcakes.

ORANGE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
•1/2 cup of butter, softened
•8 oz light cream cheese (1 package)
•2-3 cups powdered sugar
•2-3 tablespoons orange juice
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•pinch of salt (optional)

Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl. If frosting is too runny, add more powdered sugar; if frosting is too thick, add more orange juice.
Yields enough frosting for 2 batches of cupcakes (approximately 48).

(I just copied and pasted what she sent me. Direct any questions her way, I will be of no help. haha)

ARE YOU READY FOR THESE PHOTOS?????!!!!!!


They were seriously yummy... seriously!


Win 1 quart of  Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!


Tropical Traditions is America's source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil? You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:
Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the  advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.


Open only to residents of the US & Canada (If you are a Canadian and win, Tropical Traditions and myself (Filosophie) are not responsible for any custom or duties that may be acquired).


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Enjoy! 

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