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Coconut cleansing

I know that a lot of readers aren’t on Instagram/twitter so won’t have seen me talking about the Neal’s Yard Coconut Oil and using it for cleansing so thought I’d quickly mention it here.

Back in January I posted about the RMS Coconut Cream Cleanser and received a lot of questions about appropriate skin types/what makes it so different from other coconut oils etc.

Last week I came across the Neal’s Yard Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and tried cleansing with it for a few days. Suffice to say I’ve added it to my usual arsenal of cleansers – there are some differences though so I thought a few quick tips may help.

  • A lot of the original commentors were of the opinion that there was no difference between the RMS and ‘any coconut oil you can buy from Lidl’. That’s not the case – in my opinion. It’s a bit like balsamic vinegar. Some are soft and delicious and some taste like sour rancid vinegar.
  • The RMS version is more expensive and is obviously sold as a beauty product – as opposed to something you would cook with. I find the formula to be much more like a beauty product and thus more pleasant to use. It’s very refined, not gritty and doesn’t separate.
  • The Neal’s Yard coconut oil is designed for cooking and it shows. It’s very ‘raw’ and while it isn’t as nice to use as the RMS – it still does the job perfectly well for a fraction of the price (although neither is £££)

If you are interested in cleansing with natural oils such as the above:

  • Apply a small amount to your fingertips and get it on to the face quickly – it starts to melt as soon as you touch it.
  • Apply to dry skin.
  • You have to remove this with a flannel/washcloth. A muslin is no match for these oils. They are hardcore grease – albeit natural.
  • Give at least two rinses/four swipes with the flannel (rinse the cloth, swipe, turn over, swipe, rinse, swipe, turn over, swipe again).
  • Although they are suitable for all skin types, if you are acnaic you may prefer to patch test or sit this one out – I did have some comments from people saying that the RMS had broken them out – but that wasn’t my experience – good to know/be aware and know to wash it off correctly though.
  • If you do decide to give these a go I doubt you’ll be disappointed. They leave the skin incredibly soft and smooth.
  • Pure coconut oil is around 50% lauric acid. Lauric acid is a fatty acid that is anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-microbial – so a good option if you have skin problems including random breakouts/dry skin/eczema/cold sores. The only other substance that high in lauric acid is breast milk.
  • And obviously…coconut is budget friendly. The RMS cleanser is £12.50 for 70ml and the Neal’s Yard coconut oil is £9.00 for 300ml (comparatively – Eve Lom is £84.00 for 200ml and is mineral oil based – just a reminder)

If you do try the Neal’s Yard version and don’t like it – it’s not a very expensive mistake to make – and you can always make some cracking roast potatoes with it instead.

Neal’s Yard Coconut Oil

My original RMS Coconut Cream Cleanser post