Two Trends to Try…

by Kir

If you’re an avid reader of blogs (and FB), you’ve probably noticed a few trends popping up regularly. After seeing these two little beauties consistently, I decided to give them a shot to see if they were any good. Drumroll please, the reviews are in.

1.  Oil Pulling – (using Coconut Oil). For a full description of oil pulling, Free People did a great job summarizing it here. But the quick and dirty is as follows…first thing in the morning, take a tablespoon of coconut oil and put it in your mouth (I know, stay with me). Slosh it around like mouthwash for 5 minutes each morning. Work your way up to 10-15 minutes if you can stand it. The benefits? Lots of claims. Everything from reducing headaches to pulling out toxins to teeth whitening and healthier gums. The last two caught my attention so that’s why I decided to try it. I did a little research and overall, it looks like there isn’t much to “scientifically” support oil pulling claims, but Dr. Weil put it best…”Oil pulling won’t hurt you, but I wouldn’t depend on it to help you improve your overall health or treat significant medical problems“. See his Q&A here. With that in mind, I figured why not.

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

The process was easy. Pop it in your mouth, hop in the shower and, voila, 10 minutes goes by in a flash. Once I got past the initial ickiness, I’m actually enjoying the ritual of it. And the coconut oil taste is kind of nice once you get used to it. You mouth does feel really clean afterward. My gums definitely look better, but I’m not sure about the whitening yet. Overall, I would say if you’re curious, give it a try. It’s been 10 days and I’m going to keep it up. Upside…if you can’t stand the process, you can always use your coconut oil as body lotion, to cook up a mean shrimp/veggie stir fry or a deliciously effective hair mask. See my favorite mask recipe here.

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Slather on the oil for bright, shiny hair…

2.  Frank Body – Check out Frank here. One of the more clever social media campaigns I’ve seen in a long time. I got woo’d by cute packaging and raving, near fanatic, reviews of the product. Go to the website and take the time to read the copy. It’s hilarious. Then check Frank out on Instagram too. So what is Frank exactly? “He’s” a coffee scrub who claims to smooth lumps and bumps while getting rid of unsightly cellulite. At $14.95 plus free shipping, it’s significantly cheaper than my beloved Lalicious. Bikini season is hot on my heels and I’m still kicking bad habits from urban living so  I really had to give it a whirl.

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Frank comes in coffee and coconut so I had to grab both – twins!

Not going to lie, I didn’t have high hopes for Frank. But I completely underestimated him. He arrived promptly at my doorstep (maybe even early), looked dashing perched on the ledge of my tub and smelled like freshly roasted coffee. But when I actually used Frank this morning after a long run with the girls that’s when the real impression took hold. Holy smokes mister, I am completely smitten. All joking aside, it’s a fantastic product!

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Instagramage Galore…Oh Frank messy, but worth it!

I mean really fantastic. And fun. Warning, your tub will be instantly covered in grounds, but in a fun kid in the sand kind of way. Step in the tub (keep the water off), grab two handfuls of the scrub (which looks like potting soil from Home Depot) and get to work slathering it everywhere, especially the afore-mentioned lumpy, bumpy places. It feels a bit rough, like you’re rubbing broken seashells on your body. But the mild discomfort and friction make you think it might actually work. Once you’ve covered yourself, plunk down in the tub for 10 minutes to let Frank dry. It got a little chilly, but I had the new Free People catalogue handy to pass the time. He vastly exceeded my expectations. My skin is sooooo dang soft and even after one use, I cautiously optimistic he could be “the one”. As of now, I am all in. If I were you, I would order him asap. Can’t wait to keep up the weekly Sunday ritual with Frank in my tub.

Beauty rituals are fun. Especially in the evening or on the weekends when you have a little more time to splurge on yourself. It’s fun to test out new things and see what works best for you. Aquaphor as eye cream, vitamin E oil to reduce wrinkles, castor oil + tea tree oil to ward off cavities. This stuff keeps us girly and feeling pampered. It’s fun to share trade secrets and see what works. Pinterest is great for idea gathering. If oil pulling and Frank failed to catch your eye, head over there for some inspiration. Until next time have a beautiful, ritualistic Sunday…♥