Rockstar Ingredients: Coconut Oil

I just love oils,

don't you?

They're so wonderfully lubricating...

(Ahem.)

I want to go there with you,

and the most seductively slippery one of all,

the sweetly aromatic

and lustfully lickable

oil of the comely coconut.

Mmmm...

Don't you feel 

tropical sun breezes just thinking of it?

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Now, everybody knows that coconut oil is good for you,

but,

do we know why?

Here's the dossier on this secret agent of awesomeness:

1. It's a GORGEOUS fat. Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides - fatty acids -which are metabolized effectively by the body. Because they go from the liver directly to the digestive tract, they are an immediate energy source that is used, rather than stored, by the body. This means they can up your energy levels and help you burn fat. 

2. Beauty is it's middle name. Those same fabulous fats will make you even more stunning than you already are, my Loves. We need quality fats in our diets for lush hair, juicy skin, and strong nails, and coconut oil is one of the most powerful sources available. So add some to your menu each day and prepare to stop effing traffic with your radiance.

3. Because you like it smooth. Coconut oil makes a deliciously sensual shaving cream, with no need really for moisturizing afterward, so it's kind of the ultimate all-in-one beauty product, no?

4. Run your fingers through my hair. Try this amazing once-per-week hair masque for shiny smooth tresses and a strengthening boost. 

5. Lip lush Get a smouldering smooch with a dollop of coconut oil instead of gloss or balm, and try these tricks. 

6. Deodorant Right?! I know. I didn't believe it either. But it does work. I'm not suggesting you dab a little then run the 15.K, but for languid days, and certainly in a pinch, it will keep you smelling sweet.

7. Kiss the cook. Oh those sexy little medium-chain triglycerides...they make coconut oil the premium fat for sautéing, basting, baking...even a dollop in a late-day shake elixir for an added creamy energy burst.

Not sure where to start? Try these succulent recipes:

Sultry Spiced Scones

Cheeky Ceci Pani

Bursting Berry Tarts

Welsh Moon Cakes

8. Sink your teeth in. I'm not kidding - use it right out of the jar and onto your toothbrush! Top with a few drops of peppermint and clove oils to really cleanse, freshen breath, and heal gums. Leaves your teeth gleaming.

9. Take it off. When you've had your fill of nocturnal prowling, do not fall asleep until you've removed your makeup. (I see you!) Take the three minutes to gently massage your eyes and lashes with coconut oil, softly sweeping it all away...your lashes will thank you by growing long and fluttery.

10. Glow. With your mostly raw, vegan diet (right?) you already glow like starlight, my Moonchildren, but when you like a little extra firefly allure, mix a tiny bit of coconut oil with your foundation, bronzer, or rouge, and tap it lightly onto your cheek and brow bones. You are making me weak...

11. Touch me Oh, yes...the moisturizer to end all. Coat yourself daily and bask in your own silky softness until you realize that your self-caresses are bordering on obscene...Beware, though: mosquitoes find you extra tasty when you slather it, so either swap for another cream when you're outside in Summer or spritz on a little extra homemade insect repellant. 

12. Animal Magnetism When I first began using coconut oil as a body moisturizer, I would emerge from the bath or shower, and the most curious thing would happen. My cat and constant bath time companion, Pedro, would immediately come over and start licking my feet and legs! It was adorable, but got me thinking: cats instinctively go for what they need. This guy was helping himself to digest hairballs. Smart man. Now I offer it to them whenever I see a hairball epidemic coming, and, sure enough, they take it when they need it. I also give them a little in Winter when they are prone to dry skin, and flaky dander. Keeps all our cat coats pretty!

13. Where was I, again? And, of course, I've saved the best for last. Coconut oil as lube. You heard me. It's luscious, and melts upon a touch, so...why not? Gynecologists are actually getting on board with this. Not only is it all natural and chemical-free, but it's also antifungal, decreasing the risk of infections. Just don't road test it with latex condoms, as oils can weaken the latex and cause breakage. Get on it, Lovers!


Well, there we are. The magic 13.

For all these reasons, stock your kitchen and bath immediately with a jar of gorgeous, organic, unrefined coconut oil...and toss one in your valise for travel while you're at it. I can't think of a better thing to find in your luggage. Unless we're talking massive amounts of cash or rubies.

In which case,

I'll meet you on the tarmac, baby.

xxx Alise

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Midsummer Beauty

Midsummer, I thought you'd never arrive.

But here you are.

And I am head over heels in love with you.

In lust, too, with your Sun-kissed afternoons,

and and your sultry midnights.

I wanna bask in your firelight, 

dance beneath your star sky,

sip your nectar, 

until I am drunk with your pleasures.

Bare shoulders, bare legs, bare feet.

your heat,

with mine...


Revel in the deliciousness of these languid, lush moments, my Darlings.

It's all too fleeting.

The Summer Solstice is all about fulfillment. If you set some major intentions for the year back in Winter, ask yourself: Are you still aligned with those energies? Are you making strides on the physical plane to achieve your dreams? You have a beautiful opportunity to reinvigorate those energies right now.

 

Midsummer Night  by Edward Robert Hughes.

Midsummer Night by Edward Robert Hughes.

I want to take your hand and guide you along the firefly path,

revealing beauty secrets along the way...

Here, my Cats, are my most beloved potions of Summer:

LEFT TO RIGHT: DIY INSECT REPELLANT, ACURE ORGANICS FACIAL TONER, NO-MISS NAIL POLISH, VAPOUR ORGANICS BRONZER, SIMPLERS CARROT SEED OIL, ALBA BOTANICA SUNLESS TANER.

LEFT TO RIGHT: DIY INSECT REPELLANT, ACURE ORGANICS FACIAL TONER, NO-MISS NAIL POLISH, VAPOUR ORGANICS BRONZER, SIMPLERS CARROT SEED OIL, ALBA BOTANICA SUNLESS TANER.

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen  - How do I love thee? Let me count the ways: A UVA/UVB broad-spectrum SPF 30 that's chemical-free, water-resistant, made with skin-worshipping ingredients (aloe, lavender, chamomile, & vitamin E), and doesn't harm coral reefs. And did I mention? It's vanilla scent is intoxicating.  Really, it is. Come closer...

Mineral Fusion Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 30 - I am a rabid fan of DermaE's BB Créme most of the year, but I like to switch over to this one when it's very hot and humid, and skin is more prone to odd little breakouts. I also think it's great for people with oily skin. Its look is slightly chalky right out of the tube, like a zinc oxide sunscreen (which it contains), but absorbs completely once you blend it into the skin. The finished effect is purrfectly matte, leaving your face nourished and exquisite, even in the steamiest of situations...

Acure Organics Seriously Hydrating Toner - I adore this, all year long. That same light, soothing mist that calms dry or irritated skin all Winter long is a superstar cooling spritz and a post-sun lifesaver. Bonus: it will perk up a dull midday face even better than a smile from a sexy co-worker.

Alba Botanicals Very Emollient Sunless Tanner - My Mediterranean/Celtic heritage has gifted me a complexion that is at once both very fair and olive, which can often look pretty sallow. A mostly-raw diet has helped my skin immensely over the past two years, both in texture and in tone, giving me a much healthier, radiant look overall. But still...I want a golden glow. All the time. Possible? Yes! But I wouldn't use anything else. This sunless tanner is gorgeous: subtle, purrfectly natural looking, moisturizing, and free of nasty parabens and other dirty little chemicals. So, for an allover gleam, or to fill in a spotty day in the sun, this one is awesome.

Vapour Organics Solar Translucent Bronzer - Speaking of golden, oh my Goddess, this bronzing stick is fantastic!  The color is stunningly sheer, the texture sublime, and the tube holds more product than you may ever need in this lifetime. A must-have in your beauty bag. 

Simplers Carrot Seed Essential Oil - My most beloved beauty oil. This deity is not only contains high levels of vitamin A, E, and beta carotene, it's also a powerful detoxifier and skin rejuvenator, offering a natural SPF of 40. I place a few drops in the palm of my hand mixed with a moisturizer or oil (argan and jojoba being my faves,) and massage it into my face every morning. Magic, indeed.

DIY Insect Repellant - Pick up a few cute 2 or 3oz spray bottles in the cosmetics/samples/travel section of your local department store for pennies, and fill them with witch hazel, rosewater, or lavender water (you can get the witch hazel there too, or in a pharmacy, and the flower waters in your health food store), add in 1/2 teaspoon of vodka (optional, as a preservative,) and  50-60 drops eucalyptus essential oil (recognized by the CDC as a natural replacement for DEET,) 20 drops cedarwood essential oil, 20 drops citronella oil, and 20 drops rosemary or lemon essential oil. Now add in your own signature oil, at least 12 drops, until it smells divine, like You, not You Covered in Bug Spray. Shake it all up. Keep one at home, stash one in the car, and one in your bag. Shake before each use, and give yourself a good spritz when you're outdoors. Even in a cafe at night, it's chic.

No Miss Nail Polish - You've seen this brand in almost every health food store, though only in a handful of the 150 luscious colors that the website offers. Glossy and quick-drying, these lacquers are free of harmful chemicals but contain sunscreens, are cruelty free, and are easy on your wallet. Do pick up their It's Dry Topcoat while you're at it - it will greatly extend the life of your home manicure. My Midsummer color pick? Crazily enough, the oddly named Winter Garden Wheat (pictured), which looks nothing at all like wheat, Winter or otherwise. It's a purrfectly peachy kitten dessert for your pretty claws that goes with absolutely everything.

Acure Organics Castile Soap - How can it be both refreshing and moisturizing? But it is! Get ready for anything with a splash of this as a body wash, bubble bath, household cleaner, animal shampoo, human shampoo, laundry soap...even a tooth cleanser! Excellent idea in a travel bottle, no? With gorgeous organic coconut, sunflower, castor and argan oils, you can't possibly go wrong. I adore the subtle Peppermint and Citrus scents, but my fave is the unscented, because you know me...I love to concoct potions. I like to add my own essential oil blends to this sublime base to suit my every mood. Note: This is a new product. Click here for a store locator.

Acure Organics Lip Lush - I'm not usually a fan of gloss, as it wavers between plastic-sticky and and runny-gooey. But ohh..this one.  Lush, plush, and unbelievably sensual, it delivers argan oil, Echinacea Stem Cell (increasing hydration and elasticity,) and the rockstar Eidelweiss Stem Cell (that not only contains antioxidants, but fights the breakdown of dermal layers and prevents breakdown of collagen,) all laced up in gorgeous sheer shades! My faves are the starlit Birthday Suit and juicy pink Shmexy. Now that, my bee-stung beauties, is gloss.

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Now you're all ready, Lovers, for your Midsummer night's scene.

Dance with me.

xxx Alise

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The Vampiress' Elixir

Des bonbons ou la vie!

Straight from the lair, from me to you,

a dangerously effective drink for preternaturally gorgeous skin...

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Loaded with antioxidants, minerals, intense hydration, beautifying fatty acids, a highly potent form of vitamin E, and superfood magic.

Blend this all up. Drink it down.

Now, go out and sink your teeth into someone very special.

The Vampiress’ Beauty Elixir

  • 1 C. organic unsweetened almond milk (rice or hemp if you have an allergy)
  • 1 C. pure unsweetened acai berry juice
  • 1/2 C. coconut water or spring water
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 Tbsp. tocotrienol powder -available online here
  • 1 C. organic blueberries
  • 6-12 drops liquid stevia (vanilla or butterscotch works best)

 

Samhain Blessings,

xxxAlise