When three jars of some mysterious, unidentified and dubious-looking white substance showed up in my mailbox last month, I was near ready to call the FBI. The attached pamphlet listed various recipes it could be used in, but I also recalled seeing it briefly at Sephora recently – what kind of loose-powder lasagna extravaganza was I getting myself into?!
However, it quickly turned out this was indeed not a makeup product (phew!) and actually Skinny & Co.’s edible skincare hero called Skinny Coconut Oil ($15*). This stuff is new to Canada, and the Canadian Beauty Bloggers group was kind enough to arrange a campaign so 20 of us Canucks could find out what the hype was about.
I logged onto the company’s website to find out a little more about what they do, and it looked pretty promising; their patent-pending Nutralock System allows them to make the world’s only raw & alkaline coconut oil, which makes it the closest you can get to a raw natural coconut. Using a cold pressing system to extract the oil (similar to Josie Maran’s Argan Oil) from wild-harvested Vietnamese coconuts, the company invests 3 times the traditional processing time to ensure you can see, smell, and feel the difference. And of course, it’s completely edible.
Like any skincare product, it was time to put the Skinny Coconut Oil to the test. I’m pretty quick to tell if something is working or not, and I was ready to shoot this oil down like nobody’s business. I cleansed and prepped my skin as usual with toner and serum, and reached for the first jar in place of my favorite Argan Oil. Scooping a bit of the solid, wax-like oil, I warmed it in my hands to melt it. I applied liberally on my face, and prepared to vividly hate it. Only, I couldn’t, because my face loved it. It has an incredibly smooth texture, even over facial hair, without any detectable fragrance. It didn’t make me feel greasy, and as I lay in bed that night nothing felt dry to tight. I thought to myself, ‘Huh. I’ll hate it next time, I’m sure. Not to worry.’
The next day I got out of the shower and reached for my usual Bath & Body Works body cream. At the last moment I replaced it on the shelf and brought out the Coconut Oil, remembering that it’s meant for all-over use. ‘It can’t replace a lotion,’ I thought. ‘This is where it ends for you, little guy.’ And yet, even though it took copious amounts to cover all my nooks and crannies, the oil felt great. It gave me a healthy sheen, and didn’t stick to my clothes. The only downside was that it left me virtually fragrance-free, but a quick spray of perfume fixed that up (Luz De La Riva Lily, if you were curious). Quite upset by its recent success, I challenged the Coconut Oil to replace my The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Beautifying Oil ($10*) and give my hair hydration and manageability. Many have tried but none have succeeded, until Skinny came along and dashed my dreams. My hair felt and looked great, and I was livid about it.
‘That’s it,’ I seethed. ‘You’re too good, too pure, for all these cosmetic functions. Let’s see how you fare in the kitchen.’ I could see it in my mind’s eye then: dunking the oil in the trash after it spectacularly fails to make a delicious and nutritious breakfast. It was a diabolical plan, and perfect. Except… that when I followed Simple Green Smoothies’ advice and replaced my olive oil with it for making eggs, it came out simply spectacular. Seriously, look at the picture – I could compete with Jamie Oliver, or at least Gordon Ramsay! And can I just say, it smells AMAZING frying up.
Verdict: At the end of the day, no matter how you slice it, Skinny Coconut Oil is fantastic. If you have dry skin, are looking to eat healthier, or just want to try something new without breaking the bank, you need to grab a jar ASAP. Furthermore, imagine how easy traveling will become with this; it’s your do-all and fix-all, and it won’t breach the TSA’s regulations. I reluctantly admit that this is one of my new must-haves, although I’m secretly relieved. And at the very least, it was probably good fortune this unexpected parcel turned out to be an incredible skincare line and not cocaine. Just sayin’.
*Prices true at time of writing.
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