From Kitchen To Beauty

Coconut water for drinks

Coconut is one of the plants that do wonders in people’s life. In my culture, we use a lot of coconut-based ingredients for cooking. It has is own daily use especially for the coconut milk and grated coconut. 

The amount of coconut usage is high and because of that, it is normal to see people plant coconut in their house compound for those living in rural areas. They have large compounds compared to those living in urban areas. 

Even though I live in an urban area, I too plant coconut trees because of my home’s larger compound. This coconut tree beautifies our compound. At the moment, the tree is about two metres tall.

The coconut tree at my house bears fruit. It is not for cooking but drinking consumption. The tree is young and because of that the coconut water is sweet and the flesh is jelly-like.

It is a really cool drink during the hot weather. Malaysia has a tropical climate, a climate that is warm to hot and moist year-round and coconut drink serves its purpose.

The young coconut is expensive compared to the mature coconut. Young coconut more for drinking while mature coconut for cooking. As for cooking, I bought coconut milk in the market while the coconut that we plant, we reserve for drinking purposes.

Coconut as part of skincare routine

It seems most of my surrounding routine involves coconut. I use it for drinking, cooking and skincare.

Yes. skincare. 

For skincare, I used the formula from a laboratory. 

No. I dare not to make homemade skincare from coconut.

Lack of facility in the making may do harm to the skin.

I’m worried about making skincare without proper procedure led to bacteria in the cream. Thus it is not good for the skin. 

The products that sell in local pharmacies on the shelves come from the laboratory. 

This product somehow gives me confidence in using it.

Take care of the skin

I do take effort to take care of my skin for a healthy living. 

I started a basic routine in my late teens. The basic skincare was to wash the face with face cleanser only.  I do not use toner or moisturizer.

The routine is still the same at my adult age. I didn’t use any cream since my face was make-up free. During my younger days, I used lipstick and compact powder only.

Now at a mature age, after cleansing the face with the cleanser, I apply toner and moisturizer every night. During the day it’s free from make-up. 

Facial scrub made from coconut oil 

I’m not making a mixture for a scrub but bought at a pharmacy. I did not look for a certain brand to buy. I  read the ingredients in the formula.

The formula with coconut oil attracts me.

I buy coconut sugar facial scrub with coconut sugar. It polishes, exfoliates and softens. It contains no parabens, no phthalates, no mineral oil, no gluten, no sulfates and no dyes.

I’m using a coin-sized amount on the palm and massage on my face in a slow gentle circular motion. 

This fine gritty scrub is a semi-runny, semi-thick and creamy-milky when applied on my face.

Facial scrub made from coconut

This formula is highly loaded with exfoliating particles. 

The scrub is deeply exfoliating and smooth to my skin as it is mild and not dry.

Massage through my face with this scrub for a few minutes and I could feel the massage these particles do on my skin. 

It feels like some really tiny round massagers are massaging my skin increasing blood circulation. 

After washing off the scrub it leaves the skin soft and polished. I could feel my skin smooth and soft after exfoliating. 

100% true to the claims.

Even though the effects are only temporary, I like how the scrub from coconut oil leaves my skin soft and polished.

Coconut for facial moisturizer

As the skin was exposed to the weather, I needed to apply the  moisturizer. I’m using coconut oil formula for skin. The moisturizer naturally hydrates and infuses skin with antioxidants.

I’m using this facial moisturizer. The ingredients  as per mention in the packaging

  • Coconut Water: replenishes and rehydrates skin
  • Hyaluronic Acid: Boosts moisture and radiance
  • Papaya Enzymes: Infuses skin with antioxidants

Further information in the packaging stated that convince me to use this particular coconut oil formula

  • Naturally hydrates and infuses skin with antioxidants
  • Non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested 
  • Ethically & sustainably sourced ingredients
  • Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and dyes
  • Not tested on animals
  • Fairtrade certified organic extra virgin coconut oil

The moisturizer with its coconut fragrance is made out of fresh coconuts. Such a beautiful and exciting fragrance it has. 

I start by taking a tiny amount and massaging it all over the face. Since, I live in a tropical climate with sunny days during the day, I use it at night only. I notice in the morning after washing my face, it looks radiant. 

The texture is like a lightweight and fluffed cream with a soft texture. If I look closely, it feels like it has some tiny coconut soft beads in it which melts while massaging onto the skin. It is so light in providing moisturization to dry skin.

The coconut water facial moisturizer worked so well on my matured skin. It gave in healthy and younger-looking skin. No doubt it improves the skin texture.

The facial moisturizer I choose is the best moisturizer for dry skin. It effectively improved skin texture. It moisturizes without being heavy or sticky on the skin. With regular usage, it results in healthy-looking, glowy, and nourished skin.

Hand cream from coconut oil formula

I used coconut oil formula as a hand cream. This formula provides vitamin E. This product I bought at a local pharmacy formulated with ethically and sustainably sourced coconut oil.

It helps smooth my hand moisture for 24 hours. The product basically works to seal in moisture and reduce dryness of my hands. The formula that I bought features organic coconut oil, sweet almond oil, coconut water, coconut milk, macadamia nut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter.

What is coconut can do for hair?   

For hair, I use to apply organic coconut milk through the hair. Let it be for five minutes then thoroughly rinse. As for my children, I use coconut milk on their hair to make hair dark,  shiny and healthy. 

For hair, it is okay to use homemade because we wash away after applying for five minutes and not for the skin.

 As for the skin, the coconut mixture will penetrate to the skin. The bacteria appear in the mixture without a proper method to harm the skin.    

Conclusion

Coconut has many benefits and I do welcome it as part of my life, both in cooking and part of the personal care routine. I perceived it as an all-rounded ingredient.

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