Last week in our series on Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid we talked about petroleum. And heading into winter this one can be particularly difficult to avoid. While I certainly do not opt to use petroleum jelly, I will fully admit there is nothing quite like it for rapid recovery of a dry skin issue.
But I think I have found its nontoxic equal. Recently a new beauty product popped up on my radar. RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream. It is only one ingredient (Coconut oil) but cold-pressed, ultra-pure virgin Coconut oil extracted from fresh coconuts without the use of high temperatures or solvents.
Coconut oil is light weight but highly emollient and adds a protective layer to skin much like petroleum jelly…only without the nasty contaminants. It is also rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants, also unlike petroleum, and smells super yummy. That delicious scent is a real bonus in cold months.
Coconut oil is also cooling, making it a great treatment for irritated skin and conditions like eczema. So far in our home we have put this amazing product to many uses and are delighted at the outcome:
- Takes off eye makeup in a snap
- Toned down and lubed up the dry/irritated spots on my face
- Took care of dry, rough knuckles super fast
- Softened our dry lips
- Healed my son’s shin-guard induced eczema
For use on face, body and even as a deodorant! Comes in a 2.5 ounce jar and since Coconut oil solidifies when cool, will last a very long time. At $18 a jar that is a very reasonable, all-purpose petroleum alternative. The frosty, unlabeled, minimalist jar even looks good sitting on your bathroom sink. And like I said before, it’s nontoxic and smells like summer…