Tuesday, 7 January 2014

rms beauty Raw Coconut Cream



I suspect it would be easier to get a great picture of Elvis Presley (alive) than of this product. White tub, white product, so much white. So allow me to hand over to someone who clearly has the patience of a saint:
Photo courtesy of the gorgeous Vivianna Does Makeup - Thank you Anna!

Raw Coconut Cream is exactly that. 100% organic coconut oil cold-pressed with no added ingredients.
Coconut is high in lauric acid which is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal making this agreeable for all skin types. My only word of caution to those with active, cystic acne (not the odd spot) is to make sure you rinse this off thoroughly. 

Other than that, this is really, really lovely to use:

  • It annihilates makeup. All of it, including eyes/mascara. 
  • You need a tiny amount so it will last you a good while. 
  • I only use it in the evenings at the moment but if I was particularly dry I would tail end and use it AM too. 
  • It's perfect for this weather (UK - cold, wet, windy).
  • Your skin feels really soft and beautiful after use - even upon waking in the mornings.

It's like washing your face with a Bounty. Lush.




rms Raw Coconut Cream is £12.50. I bought mine from Beauty Works West..

58 comments:

  1. Caroline, is this different from any raw coconut oil I can find in a health food store? Thanks for the review!

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    1. Hi Jodi!

      Give it a go - I'd love to get your feedback. On the health food store option I mean. :)

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    2. A quick google search showed that a lot of people have the same question. I found a blog post that noted that Rose Marie Swift responded to those questions on a Refinery29 blog as follows:

      "Traditionally, hand-pressed coconut oil is most common and is made by grinding and pressing fresh coconut into coconut milk. Unfortunately, the heat process involved depletes caprylic and lauric acids and reduces the antioxidant capacity of the oil. In some cases it can cause bacteria and rancidity. With the direct expeller process, dried coconut meat (copra) is ground and pressed to produce a liquid that’s 90% oil and 10% water. Some heat is applied to the liquid to remove the remaining water. The resulting oil is light to medium texture, but, like the traditional method, the heat depletes the beneficial nutrients. These techniques cause contamination and again rancidity even before the oil is extracted from the meat.

      "The best extraction method is centrifuge-based, meaning the product is created without heat and makes a truly raw product with all the healing nutrients left 100% intact. This is the most expensive coconut oil and the only oil RMS uses. The coconuts used in our oil are handpicked, made the day we order them (to avoid fermentation and oxidation) and shipped fresh immediately to us. Nothing beats this coconut oil."

      But as the blogger pointed out, you CAN find centrifuged, raw coconut oil elsewhere. I'm going to grab one of the brands she noted and see how I make out with it. Will report back.

      Here's the link to the blog: http://cassandmerlune.com/blog/2013/7/25/a-coconut-oil-comparison-rms-live-superfoods

      Thanks for the reply, Caroline!

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    3. Thanks Jodi, this has cleared a lot up for me too!

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    4. Review: I couldn't find any of the brands listed on that blog at the store I went to but I did find another brand that promises centrifuged, raw coconut oil, "Ecoideas Coco Natura". At this link you can read they process their oil just like RMS. http://ecoideas.ca/ecoideas%C2%AEcoco-natura%E2%84%A2-pure-coconut-oil.html

      Now, I've never been on the coconut oil bandwagon for skin/hair care despite using mostly nut/seed/veggie oils and essential oil products I make for myself. I never liked the feel of it - way too greasy, doesn't absorb well, etc. and there are so many other oils out there that are fantastic. I've even tried raw coconut oil but found the same problems. I had no idea there was another process that would change my mind but THIS.IS.IT.

      Wow. Opened it up when I got home & spread some on the back of my hand and I knew right away this was different. The oil is very "dry" feeling and it absorbed into my skin almost on contact. I set to taking off my make up and it dissolved it right away. In fact, it sort of (lightly) emulsified with my foundation, leaving a milky film. It removed mascara & eyeshadow easily and everything came off with a hot-to-touch facecloth (washcloth/flannel). My skin felt clean, smooth & soft afterwards. I was really amazed. Basically it was the same experience as the Emma Hardie or my own homemade balm. (I will be incorporating this into my recipe soon.) Now, I have no idea how this compares to the RMS brand but I was really impressed with the Ecoideas. One last thing: after using this 3 days in a row my stubborn blackheads are gone. Completely.

      Caroline - if I was in the U.K. I'd send you some for a comparison. Thanks for helping me to find this albeit indirectly ;-) Next time I'll buy a much bigger bottle.

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    5. One more last thing ;-) The bottle I purchased contains 445mL (15 fl.oz.) of product for $13.99. Easy choice.

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    6. I have been using raw coconut oil for years (purchased from my local Halal food store) for my skin - as cleanser and moisturiser as well as hair mask. It has amazing effects particularly around the eye area, helping to reduce/ prevent signs of aging. I was intrigued when I noticed large skin care companies developing similar products but on further research I discovered that is really is exactly the same thing - with a heftier price tag. It did, however, give me the idea to melt down the coconut oil into a face cream pot so it's quicker and easier to use. I don't want to sound like I'm preaching as I am by no means as expert but it would be so silly to fall fpr buying these big label products when it's so unnecessary.

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  2. At the beginning i really want to thank you for your blog. My daily skin care routine has changed a lot since I started to read your blog and now my skin is in very good condition! Thanks a lot :)

    I have also a question. I bought the Lotion P50W by Biologique Recherche that you recommend, nevertheless I'm only 22 and I wonder if I'm not too young to use this product? I'm curious what you think about it.
    Monika

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  3. Sorry it's a hijack (please forgive!). Any chance of a review of Indeed Labs Retinol Reface? Plus I'm confused between Sunday Riley's Good Genes over Juno. I love the Ceramic Slip (all thanks to you Mrs Hirons) but not sure which of these I need or do I need both? Again apologies for going off topic.

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    1. I would LOVE a retinol reface review as well...!!

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    2. Re: Sunday Riley products... Good Genes is a lactic acid emulsion, used as a treatment. Juno is a lipid serum. Both excellent, by the way! I only use Good Genes if/when I haven't used P50.

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    3. Thanks. Think I might have to bite the bullet and try both!

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  4. sounds like a dream , totally love coconut ! great post :)
    Melissa xo

    The inked blonde

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  5. This product sounds amazing!! I'm such a fan of coconut oil, i need to go get my hands on this!! I wonder where in Canada they would sell it. Great post
    Amber xo

    growlittleowl.blogspot.ca

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  6. Is this purely for removing makeup and/or cleansing? I've heard various things. Can't imagine using it for more than that! Would love to see anymore reviews on rms products! :)

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  7. Is this different from ordinary organic virgin coconut oil? Mightn't you just use that instead?

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  8. I am wondering the same!

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  9. You can buy huge tubs of organic coconut oil for a tenner or less. What's the difference?

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    1. It comes in a prettier jar? Im sure the response will be 'it is processed by virgins in the fields of some exotic location. . .'

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    2. Hi first Anon,

      This is cold pressed and filtered. Exactly how different from the raw kind I'm not qualified to say as I haven't tried. If you try do let me know.

      Anon 2,
      You're reading the wrong blog if that's the response you're expecting.

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    3. Coconut oil is always cold pressed. Maybe this one is filtered. Still wouldn't pay £12 for it. I use normal coconut oilf for hair and it is £2 for 500g.

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    4. No, it is NOT ALWAYS cold pressed, and unprocessed, therefore it's not always raw.. Neither it is always made of fresh coconuts. It is mainly filtered, that's part of the process.And probably not always it is the first press (that's why one has to be looking for the "virgin' or ,as they also call it, 'extra-virgin" one.

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  10. WOW! That sounds so lovely. I am going have to add that to my ever growing list of to buy products.

    Lindsey| fairmaquillage.blogspot.com

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  11. I freakin love this stuff! Have been recommending it to anyone who will listen! It's so much nicer than 'regular' coconut oil, rinses off completely and lasts for yonks. You can get it from cultbeauty and now beautybay too (free Worldwide shipping).

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  12. I love this stuff and have been recommending it to anyone who will listen! It's SO much nicer than 'regular' coconut oil, far less cloying and rinses off far easier meaning you don't feel greasy after using it. I use it as step one in my double cleanse. It's also available from cultbeauty.co.uk and now beautybay.com (free worldwide shipping!!)

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    1. OOh..Numptyheidr..you answered the question that was forming in my mind :) I've tried the normal organic cold pressed CO as a first step and it left me greasy..as well as leaving me a spot. Good to know there is a difference. Thank you

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  13. Love to try this! Berrie-blogs.blogspot.com xx

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  14. I've removed my makeup with coconut oil for about a year when i tried to go all natural.its super comfortable in the winter or when your skin becomes intolerant and itchy, but i have to say i have dry dehydrated skin and this was still heavy and lingered on the skin, you really have to take it off with a wet cloth.
    I've discovered it to be the best makeup remover on really dry days or as a weekly treatment for sensitive skin. if you live in warm country like me, where its summer 75% of the time this wont be a good all around product(unless you fell like "glowing" all day).. i think its better for the English roses.

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  15. The organic, cold pressed coconut oil I buy for my hair is $6 in the grocery store. Can I use that too? Do I use it like a cleansing balm and then do my regular cleanser after?

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  16. Sadly I can't use this as I live in the tropics and the whole tub would just melt into oil! But I love the entire RMS make up line - the concealer is out of this world and so are the lip and eye products. Soft, creamy, blendable, highly recommend.

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    1. Grace I live in Australia and I use it when it's oily. When it liquifies I just dip my fingers in the oil and that's enough for cleansing my face. Or I just keep it in the fridge (whcih I've been doing recently as it was 35C) and it stays solid.

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    2. Grace I live in Australia and I use it when it's oily. When it liquifies I just dip my fingers in the oil and that's enough for cleansing my face. Or I just keep it in the fridge (whcih I've been doing recently as it was 35C) and it stays solid.

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  17. Interesting cream...Loving coconut! but I suspect it may be a bit greasy no?

    www.mademoisellenature.blogspot.com

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  18. Hi Caroline - Yeah, I also want to ask how is this product different from any other 100% organic coconut oil, which I have been using A LOT this winter on my body, feet and to make a DIY leave in conditioner for my hair. I haven't dared using it on my face yet...

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    1. Get it on your face! Let me know how you get on x

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    2. Oh oh, I didn't get on so we'll... First, this isn't a complaint nor am I blaming you, caroline. It was 100% my decision to try this, but alas, two minutes after removing my mascara with coconut oil I got a kind of slightly swollen itchy rash around my eyes! Wow, I would not have thought that something like that could garner such a direct and quick reaction.
      Anyways... I cleansed with something very gentle, sprayed Serozinc and put Clarins Lotus oil, and by next morning it was almost gone and completely gone by the next evening. So I guess I'll be sticking to Bioderma, just for the eye make up, don't worry ;)
      So maybe if other have skin that react fast to new stuff - please don't try this, say, the evening before your sister's wedding or something...
      Well, last week I got spots on my chin from BR Creme Metamorphique (they gave me a couple of samples at the SPA where I buy the P50)...

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  19. I buy the coconoil virgin coconut oil from amazon(500gms for £9). I love it on my hair (use it every other night and wash it off the morning after), any dry patches aka elbows. Have never tried it on the face though, might give it a go today evening.

    But I much prefer using the lesser oily versions on my face, like the A'kin Rosehip oil (my HG) or the Clarins Lotus oil.

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  20. I use coconut oil a hair treatment, body moisturiser and is the best thing I have ever used as a shaving lotion for my legs. I buy virgin, cold pressed, hexane free oil. It can be a little difficult to rinse out of your hair if you use too much.

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  21. Oh and put some in your bath and you emerge all soft and sleek. Just have to be careful because out can get slippery in there

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  22. This product IS coconut oil. That is all it is. The word cream is not usually used to describe coconut oil but in this case they used the word cream instead of oil.
    The word cream is throwing people off and has them wondering what this is compared to oil.
    This is 100% coconut oil.

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  23. Hi Caroline, I've just started using coconut oil from the health food shop on my face, my hair, my body, and in my daily smoothie - works wonders for all of the above. Mine is also cold pressed, not sure about filtered though.

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  24. So would you use this as a cleanser?

    beautyaddictandthriftylady.wordpress.com

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  25. I've heard things about coconut oil having other uses as a moisturiser, acne-treatment, scar lightener etc. Is there some truth to this - previous Google searches have mixed answers - or all BS?

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  26. Caroline I love your blog, pretty obsessed with it, but I still need some advise! I have oily-combo skin, 25 years old, extremely sensitive, with red lines from the nose to mouth, and skin that's extremely dehydrated to the point where I have been incessantly peeling. Its worse in the winter, especially this winter, still present in the summer. I take 3 Lambert's pure fish oil 1100mg a day (3 months now), drink lots of water, use Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil as serum, sometimes switching that with mix of avocado/jojoba oil, and the Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask as a moisturizer because it absorbs well into my skin. But I haven't been able to stop peeling! Please help! (ps I'd like to try to see if Hydraluron would help but I'm in France...no trip to the UK planned yet :(

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  27. Emma Hardie or RMS? I am 21 with combination skin and have been tempted to buying the RMS due to the price point (uni student, what can I say?). Also thanks to your blog, I almost never get whitehead flareups and my skin has been looking fantastic. THANK YOU!

    Cassie x

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  28. I've just fallen down the rabbit hole (again) and ordered some. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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  29. So (I'm confused) you use it as a moisturizer? - what's the difference from this to any other (cheaper) unrefined cold pressed coconut oil?

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  30. I love regular ev organic coconut oil so must give this a go. Never thought of it as like washing your face with a Bounty before but it's a great image.

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  31. Just wondering... why do those with cystic acne have to make sure to rinse off thoroughly? (I have cystic acne and am curious.)

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  32. The ingredient here is basically raw Coconut oil, as you mention. Now raw coconut oil can be found in many health-stores or on amazon for a much, much better price. The only "difference" that I can see is that it is filtered, whatever that means. Now as the ingredient is exactly the same, I unfortunately have a strong feeling this is just a nifty marketing trick. And of course there is the pretty jar. Have been using Artisana 100% Organic Raw Coconut Oil Extra Virgin myself. (Extra virgin and virgin is the same thing in coconut oil) The only thing that has worked on my extremely dry hair. Great for cooking. Have not tried it on face though, but will try now. Truly curious to know if there is actually a difference in the product you have reviewed!
    Ps. love your blog, my skin is an ongoing project, and you have been a great help!

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  33. I really love RMS Beauty--their philosophy and their products. But this cleanser did not work for me at all. I don't have cystic acne (thanks to your product recommendations, my skin is now the best it's ever been), but this product did cause me to break out with regular use (i.e., more than just once in a blue moon). So did their Uncover Up. Perhaps I'm just overly sensitive to coconut oil. I also break out from jojoba seed oil, so maybe my skin is odd; but it thrives on any other oil, and I use oils twice daily, winter and summer, because my skin is quite dry. I mention this only in case someone is worried about breaking out from using coconut oil: proceed with caution. That said, RMS Beaty products in general are fantastic (at least, I think so).

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  34. I love coconut oil :) I always go for organic, raw coconut oil so I wouldn't be bothered about getting this but I thought I'd say I have just got over having cystic acne and coconut oil never made it worse, maybe because my acne was hormonal or maybe because I have combination skin but just to let people who might be scared of using it to not be :)
    Great review!
    India xx
    www.touchscreensandbeautyqueens.wordpress.com

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  35. Its a cream not 100% coconut oil simple.

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  36. This is next on my "I will get the glow back in my skin" hit list!! lol

    Hayley xo | www.sailor-stories.blogspot.co.uk

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  37. USE COCONUT OIL!!!! I will make a long story short…..I used to make soap, lotion, hair products for a living…now I just do it for me. I love coconut oil…for skin, hair and inside. I use Nutiva, which I can get at Publix. I do like it for facial preparation, but what I LOVE it for is the hair. Studies have been done (you can google)…. but it is apparently the ONLY oil that actually penetrates the hair…. here is a cut and paste from one of the studies, "Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft." The study is a fascinating read….. I also put a tsp of this in my coffee every morning….

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