Get Coco-Nutty!

November 22, 2009

I must admit that when my brother suggested coconut oil for our mother’s psoriasis years ago, I didn’t think much of it. I figured it as an intense moisturizer. Then, at The Lash Spa, the topic of Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil began frequently popping up. I decided to do some research on the How’s and Why’s it was so beneficial for our mother’s skin condition. I was amazed by this oils properties. My passion was born, thus Te Karanga became my baby.

The Virgin Coconut Oil used in Te Karanga contains nearly 50% Lauric Acid. Lauric Acid is one of the saturated acids found in human breast milk.  When coconut milk was recommended 13 years ago for my dairy allergic daughter, I immediately ignored the thought. I was thinking the Vegans who wrote the book were NUTS! Now I understand why…Lauric Acid. It is antimicrobial– meaning antiviral and antibacterial. Coconut Oil is rich in Vitamin E, as well, which is an excellent antioxidant.

Due to Coconut Oil’s small molecular structure, it penetrates quickly and deeply into the skin. Not just affecting the epidermis, your outer layer. It actually penetrates into the deeper layer of your “True” skin, where the cellular action occurs.  During these colder months, I realize the Oil may not feel like it’s not doing enough. Take heart, it is still working way down deep. However, the epidermis may need another product that provides an occlusive barrier, not penetrating the skin so rapidly. I have been inspired to bring on the first addition to my line…a Coconut Oil Body Butter.

Meanwhile, here is a quick review of what Te Karanga Virgin Coconut Oil can do for you: Nightly massage it into your cuticle and nail bed, the moisturizer properties will prevent brittle nails, and promote the skins ability to metabolize the dry, dead skin around your cuticle.  Use it as an all natural underarm deodorant. No, it will not prevent perspiration, however it will attack the odor causing bacteria. Massage it on your feet as a softening agent.  Nightly, douse your neck and decolette, never neglect your neck!!! Saturate your hair, before bed as a pre-wash conditioner. Use it as a makeup remover, for those of you without eyelash extensions. Use it as a post shave moisturizer. Yes, this is works incredibly well for MEN, too!  Men can use this around the eye area, in place of an eyecream.  Mama’s out there– Virgin Coconut Oil is an excellent skincare product for your children, too. Use it on any rash that may appear on your kiddos. You will be amazed by how quickly it works to help reduce the inflammation.

Follow my suggestions, and you will learn what an incredibly awesome, all-purpose product Te Karanga is. It’s a staple that should be in everyone’s cabinet. My family was laughing at me when my obsession for coconuts began to develop. For every ailment I heard a complaint about, I would quickly respond, “Coconut Oil works for that!!!” Soon, you will be finding yourself thinking the same.

If you are feeling as skeptical as I was, please feel free to come see me at The Lash Spa or post ant questions you may have. I will gladly give you a sample to try.

Peace from the Lash Lady.

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Lash Conditioners.

November 15, 2009

Here is another obvious post…the world of eyelash growth stimulators. These products have been a blessing and a curse to us at The Lash Spa. We have sold hundreds over the last 3 1/2 years. The challenge has been keeping up with the rapidly changing formulas. 

Here’s a brief history on how it all got started… Glaucoma patients using Lumigan by Allergan were reporting a significant increase in eyelash growth. Jan Marini Skin Research was the first to isolate the active ingredient and formulate a retail product.  Jan had an amazzzing product in Age Intervention Eyelash. I must say that hands down, out of them all, this has been my absolute fave. Applicator was great, delivered AWESOME results, heard very few complaints from clients about eye irritation. Revitalash had a popular product, too. Lashes were growing like Spring grass everywhere. Then Allergan came along with a law suit, claiming patent infringement. Jan volunteered to remove the active ingredient. She took her product off of the market claiming they were out of the eyelash growth business. When she took it off of the market, we switched over to Revitalash, who had been ordered to remove the active ingredient, as with all of the other competitors.  There went the unreal results, becoming inconsistent from client to client. Jan came back, stating she had conducted new research and developed a superior product. Results were disappointing to us. Then she changed it again, changing the name and the packaging. Now she has Marini Lash. My opinion, I still have witnessed inconsistent results. For the client who lets her lash extensions go, I would recommend this product. I just don’t think it works as great with the extensions as her first one. For the lash extension client, at the moment there is only one choice: Latisse by Allergan. They got in with the FDA and now have cornered the market. Now you need a prescription from your doctor to get freakishly long lashes.

Lashes are growing like Spring grass again, however we have heard many complaints about this product. First and foremost, they did not come up with a great application process. The disposable brushes that come with the drops are thick, rough and coarse. Common Client Comment: It must have been a man who thought that one up. My clients are savvy in the lash world, having used the various products on the market. My thought, why could they have not teamed up with JMSR to create the mac daddy of all lash products? Combine the 2 great technologies and BAM you have the best product on the planet. I guess corporate greed does not work like that, huh??? In my experienced opinion, the Latisse is a little too strong. We have heard this from many clients. Will we stop using this product that bothers different people in different ways? No way, not for now…life is always better with long lashes.

Peace from the Lash Lady.