When Skinny & Company first contacted me to review their coconut oil products, I ignored them. I get a decent amount of opportunities to review products but I don’t accept very many. I have trust issues. I don’t want to accept something and be obligated to write about it when I don’t know if I will like it. In fact, once, a couple of years ago, I accepted products from a new compression wear company and ended up having to send the items back. For that reason, I go after the stuff I want to review and don’t accept many new products unless I’ve heard good things. I hadn’t heard of Skinny & Company. And I was really put off by the name. I believe in “healthy” not “skinny”. The second, or maybe third email came to me in July. I was in the middle of the Swim Bike Fuel program, I was very focused on what I was putting into my body. I had eliminated most of the chemicals from my diet and the next step was finding alternative products for skincare & health/beauty. Enter Skinny & Company. A company with all natural products that are vegan & gluten free. 100% Raw. Cold pressed. Any scents or flavoring is added with essential oils. Products are all edible because they are natural & raw without harmful additives. Sound good? Yes!
I’d been wanting to try coconut oil for its many health benefits, I just hadn’t gotten around to buying any. I figured accepting the Skinny & Company package would be a good intro to coconut oil without much of a “cost” to me per say. Then if I like it, great. If not, I’m not out much. I was shocked when the packaged arrive. More than just coconut oil!
They sent five 2oz jars of pure goodness. Very similar to their travel kit HERE minus a few items. Pic of the travel kit below with its reusable bag. I really want that bag!!!
My sampler contained:
2 oz Coconut Oil
2 oz Facial Oil
2 oz Oil Pulling
2 oz Whipped Body Butter
2 oz Sugar Scrub
To be honest, I didn’t know what to do with all this stuff! Oil Pulling, what?!?!? I was so excited that I immediately hit the net to figure this out.
I devoured the info on the Skinny & Co page. Read all the blog posts. Looked up all the products and was very happy to see a video available for many of the products, including one demonstrating oil pulling. Then I dove in & started testing products. I soon realized that I was doing more than testing. I was instantly smitten with all of these products. I can honestly say that I’ve used most of these products every day since I’ve received them. And I just made an order today purchasing more of everything, plus the Shampoo Bar & Lip Balm. Shhhh, don’t tell hubby!!
Products were liquid when I received the shipment but the consistency of the oil changes depending on the temperature of my house. They solidified almost immediately in the air conditioning, which is actually easier for use. I dab my fingers in the face oil or the body butter and am able to better control the quantity with the product solidified. It softens up with the heat of my skin so its easy to apply & smooth out without feeling oily. Note that a little goes a long way. Below, the coconut oil upon receipt in pic 1 & now (today) in pic 2. Kinda cool!
I’ve been adding the raw coconut oil to my green tea every morning. I just spoon some into my hot tea and don’t really worry about the amount. It melts immediately and doesn’t flavor my tea abnormally. I haven’t yet tried cooking with it or using it in my hair but will once I get a larger quantity from my new order. There are so many uses for coconut oil from eating it with a spoon purely for the health benefits (I know several people who do this), skin/hair moisturizing, sex lube, weight loss, metabolism & energy booster & it increases mental clarity. Not sure I’ve found another product quite as diverse.
I’ve been using the oil pulling 3-4x a week. Initially I only pulled for 8 minutes but I’m now up to 20 minutes. I do it when I’m drying my hair, putting on makeup, or writing blog posts. I love the way my teeth & mouth feels after the pulling. The coconut oil has a bit of peppermint essential oil added for the pulling to freshen breath. It leaves my mouth feeling clean & refreshed. That being said, I always brush my teeth after oil pulling to get rid of the toxins and bacteria that are released during the pulling.
The sugar scrub is awesome. It smells great. Its edible (although I haven’t eaten it cuz I’m limiting my sugars). It’s coconut oil with coconut sugar and vanilla bean. Thicker consistency. I put some in my hand, then add a little water to use. So far, I’ve mostly used it for my face. It would be a great full body scrub in the shower but since I only had the 2oz sample, I wanted to save it
& won’t even let my kids look at it. I love the way it leaves my face feeling clean & fresh. My face is soft but not greasy. So nice.
The facial oil is one of my favorites from this group. If I had to pick just one product, I’d be sad but I’d pick this one. This also contains organic almond oil. I’ve struggled with moisturizing products for years. I don’t like my face to be oily or greasy from a product but I do need some type of moisturizer. Then add in the chemicals and perfumes in conventional moisturizing creams and I’m always less than pleased. My skin, particularly my face, takes a real beating between the pool and lake water that I swim in, plus the sun that gets me while running and biking. I have a lot of sun damage despite the usage of sun screen (don’t get me started on sun screen!!). The coconut facial oil leaves my face feeling soft & smooth without the grease. If it’s greasy, I used too much & need to rub it in better. Plus, it may just be that time of year where I’m starting to get less sun, but my sun spot are looking a little lighter. I don’t know if that’s from the coconut oil but I’m sticking with it. Plus I just read that coconut oil blocks up to 20% of the suns rays. Huge win, I can use the facial oil as a moisturizer and still get some sun blocking benefits without any chemical additives. Please note that the facial oil can also be used to remove make-up!
The body butter is another one of my favorites from the Skinny & Co line. For years, I’ve been using the pure cocoa butter “for stretch marks” as my body lotion, not because I have stretch marks all over my body, but because my skin is sensitive to fragrance & if I use a scented lotion, then my legs break out in hives. After a couple trips to the ER, I gave up chemical scented lotions but I can’t give up moisturizing my body. I use the body butter now for massaging my tired legs. And I also apply as soon as I shave my legs. The body butter is know to reduce the inflammation of razor burn and it just feels great overall. Totally different feeling than a thick lotion. This leaves the skin feeling soft and clean. Not greasy. Once again, a little goes a long way. No need to slather it on, like you would a traditional lotion. Just a dab will do the full lower leg without leaving a residue.
You’re in luck, if you want to try some of the awesome Skinny & Co Coconut products, they are currently offering a 20% off code thru 8/27/16, code: TREATYOURSELF. I made my order today!!!
If you want to wait til next pay day to make the splurge & miss the 20% off code, then Skinny sent me a 15% off code that’s good at any time: SKINNYCO15
Hope you enjoy learning about Skinny & Co as much as I have over the last month. And even if you aren’t interested in Skinny & Co products, I encourage you to look into the health benefits of coconut oil. Could be the ace in the hole that your missing from your regimen.
** Focusing on HEALTH, Wellness & Fitness ** Amanda – TooTallFritz