Monday, July 27, 2009

Still Going Lolo For Oil...

As I've been re-organizing my stash of body products, I realized that I have quite the collection of coconut oil. This is probably no surprise to anyone who knows me well--as I feel that coconut oil is nothing short of a cure for cancer--but I thought I'd snap a few photos of some of my favorites.

Left to Right: Alofa's, Spectrum (jar in back), Elemis,
Monoi Tahiti, Pur
e Fiji Reniu

Alofa's is a brand that I pick up ridiculous amounts of, each time that I'm visiting New Zealand. A friend of my cousin actually makes them, and they come in various scents like vanilla, strawberry and mokosoi (mohokoi--the flower used to create Chanel #5). I always bring home handfuls to share with friends, as a lot of my girlfriends like to use it in their hair. In the back we have Spectrum, which is just a jar of coconut oil that I use to drench my hair in for a deep condition. Next is Elemis. This has become a favorite of my mama--and as the Elemis skincare line is generally very good, their oil is as well. Moving on, is the Monoi Tahiti brand, which is found all throughout the Pacific and is a bit of an old standby, and then Pure Fiji's Reniu. I really enjoy the Pure Fiji line, as they are truly based in Fiji (unlike many brands that love to market the word), and they create smaller sized bottles that are good for the handbag.

Left to Right: NARS Monoi Body Glow, Adara Pure
Virgin Coconut Oil

If you are looking for a special treat--perhaps something to dab on your wrists in addition to perfume, a good one worth trying out would be NARS' Monoi Body Glow, or one of Adara's oils. Both offer a lighter scented version of the above oils, and in my case are used a bit more sparingly.

As if I haven't raved about it before, coconut oil can cure a world of hurt--from eczema to a flaky scalp, premature wrinkling and various other skin problems. Do you use it regularly? Is there a line that I'm missing out on?

I was tagged by the sweet Tina_mbc at All The Vanity. Have you checked out her blog before? This lady has got it going on! The objective is to complete the following 20 questions honestly, and 'tell your readers something'.

1. What is your favourite item of clothing?

I like clothing...a lot! I would say that something I have always found interesting and has stuck around, has been this Plenty by Tracy Reese dress. I absolutely love her style, as she creates things that are a bit ethnic and soulful.

2. What are your biggest obsessions?
Beauty products, food, being around family and friends. I don't need much more in life.

3. Who inspires you?
Those who are confident, have a keen sense of who they are, have done something that was questionable, yet it really worked out for them. Strong women. Kind men.

4. Who is your favourite designer and why?
A couple. I love Elie Saab, and also Tracy Reese--for the same reasons listed above: their work translates to many different things in my eyes. In terms of bridal, I was (and am still) really intrigued by Ines de Santo.

5. What is your favourite song ever?
I really and truly love music--but in terms of "ever"? There is something about the Ave Maria that is so comforting and is always welcomed. Since there are so many versions, it's difficult to become tired of--my favorite arrangement is Franz Biebl's.

6. What is your favourite song right now?
Couldn't tell ya--I'll move to whatever's on! Lately I've been enjoying listening to some new island artists over at Urban Pasifik Musik.

7. If you were a sweetie, what would you be?
Dweebs (they were cousins of Nerds)

8. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet--what words would you use to describe
your rainbow?
The colors of a peacock feather.

9. What's your favourite film?
Muriel's Wedding (hehehe)

10. Who's your favourite actor?
Ben Stiller & Will Ferrell

11. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
Tonga. I need a trip. There. Soon.

12. What are your 3 favourite smells?
Gardenia, honey, and sugar milk

13. What are your 3 favourite tastes?
Spicy anything, Coffee, and thin refreshing drinks (like lemon water, or most clear liquids)

14. What is your most treasured possession?
Wedding bands, crucifix and rosary passed down from my nan, letters from my other gramma, gramma's cookbook--I have quite a few...

15. What did you always want to do/be when you grew up?
A sister--as in a nun (would dress up as one for halloween for a couple years in a row), then a pilot, then an attorney...*sigh*. There's only one of those things that I don't still want to do. Take a guess as to what it is?

16. If you were an ice-cream, what flavour would you be?
Mint chocolate chip

17. If someone made a short film of your life, who would play you?
Ermm..these are some weird questions. I don't know--I suppose anyone could do the job, with enough makeup and a wig ;)

18. What would your perfect afternoon consist of?
Lots of food, drinks, and laughter shared with those of whom I am close to

19. If you were a flower, what would you be?
Maybe a gardenia--I would smell nice, but turn brown when left in the sun ;)

20. Tell me a random thing--a quote, line from a song, book, movie..
I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty only being skin deep. That's deep enough. What do you want--an adorable pancreas? -Jean Kerr

All done! Now I tag Kajal Couture, Rocaille, and Dila--and anyone else that would like to participate!

Lastly, an update on Project 5-Pan: The Body Edition. I have officially completed the challenge, and am earnestly trying to complete the original Makeup Edition.

The project came to an end with this guy (an Arbonne RE9 Toner Mist), and a now non-existent bar of Lush's Honey I Washed The Kids Soap. In all, it was a good reminder to finish off the products that I let lie around when I decide to jump on a new skincare routine--and the feeling of completion was yet again a good one. I celebrated by picking up two more tins of MAC's Honey Salve, as pan has nearly been hit on the original tin. If you haven't yet checked that out--now is the time to do so, before it disappears from the counters.

For those participating, how are you ladies coming along with 5-Pan?


javy said...

I love that dress!!! And coconut oil rules!! <3

Tali said...

This was such a great post.. lol next time i need popcorn and i have my entertainment for the night!

I use coconut oil regularly ill get my friend to send me some Alofa products.. so i can slater on the gooness :)

The Nars original bronzed monoi oil (the dark on that always solidifies) smells soo.. im not sure if i can describe it.. different? Im not sure I like it as much as the one you have.

My fave summer products are the Monoi de Tahiti brand. You end up glowing with health and smelling great!

I really like the colors of your dress.. im sure the pink looks great against your skin tone!


ps.Id also be mint choc chip.. of rum but with no raisins!

fantastic said...

@javy: thank you ;) i'm sure the color of the dress would look great on you!! yes, coconut oil is the TRUTH! hahahaha

@tali: popcorn?! oh my...that means my posts just keep getting longer and longer! Your friend will be able to find the coconut oil at the Otara market (early saturday mornings), for the best deal :)

I have the Nars bronzed monoi as well--it's a little overly shimmery for my taste--so it is offered to the legs. To me it smells more of sandalwood, but under the Sephora lights it turns a little rotten. I think those lights ruin a lot of things in that store...but oh well..;)

I think I'd like to add some cookie dough to my mint choc chip.. :)

Tali said...

I noticed that about sepora (and one store here.. Selfridges unlike Harrods or Harvey nicks.. all the products that are stored by the light have different colors.. like the light bleached them.
Love Sephora but i think there is no need to have so many lights on everything!

fantastic said...

@tali: i agree...sometimes it cooks things with the heat--i think especially with the fragrances! ah, if only we were on the board...we know what they need! lol

i'm dying for a new video--do you have one coming?! :)

bubblegarm said...

wow what a collection, i would love to raid your cupboard lol, im obsessed with coconut oil too! I use it on my hair alot! really enjoyed reading ur answers to the tag! X

fantastic said...

@bubblegarm: you are welcome to do so ;) sometimes i think i need someone to do just that to my cupboards... I use it for everything--right down to frying my eggs (obviously not the same ones I use on my

Tali said...

i need inspiration!!

Anonymous said...

Love the tropical theme running with your choice of products. The Alofa products are looking to die for.

And the dress - so pretty!

Seeing the NARS oil reminds me of the Huile de Progideuse in 'OR' by Nuxe (Johnny Depp's fave brand apparently - swoon!)
It;s a wonderful product, wonder if the NARS and Nuxe are similar?

Project 5, I've finished about 6 products in terms of makeup and one so far in body products. Unless small sample sizes count? Haha! I've been using a lot of those lately in a bid to reduce clutter.

tina_mbc said...

Ohh, I loved loved loved this! :)
Thanx for your kind words girl, you are so sweet...:)

You are a truly special lady! And I totally share the "thing" for gardenias and peacock feathers... :)
Btw, kind men...hmmm there seems to be a lack of those!

Truly great post! ;)


fantastic said...

@tina_mbc: thank YOU! but yes, kind men--they are few and far between these days :)

i think you passed your heat wave on over to us! i'm sitting in the dark with a fan at my side, because even the lights make the room warmer. we're only at about 95, so i can't even imagine what you're going through right now! xxo

Rocaille said...

Hmm, ok, so I'm probably being silly... I have never tried coconut oil and I'm not even sure you can buy any brand of it here in Poland. I'm always super scarred of oils because my skin and hair are super oily...

Thanks for tagging me, honey! Will try to do it as soon as possible :) xxx

Victoria said...

That dress is beautiful! I love it. I can see why it's your favourite item of clothing :) xx

fantastic said...

@rocaille: don't be scared! i have friends who swear by using oils on their skin, and they also have oily skin to begin with. some of them use the shu uemura cleansing oils?

perhaps they sell coconut oil in the cooking oil section of the grocery store? that's where i picked up the jar (in the back of the photo) for using on my hair xx

@victoria: thank you :)

Anonymous said...

I like this tag btw, especially your answers, now I may just steal it already. ;)

Dila said...

heyy :) I'm back I need to update my blog with the tags :) thank u again and again :)..

I never used coconut oil before I tried many different oils but not coconut! do u use for ur face? or just hair and body? Alafa's sounds and looks so pretty now I really want to try..

now I need to work on my answers :)..

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