Coco-binge: coconut body care from Sephora and Marnys
Last time I was in Sephora I was eyeing the Color Line they launched a little while ago, especially the coconut lipbalm and micellar water… in the end I decided not to bite, though the temptation was strong… I ADORE most things coconut-scented, but I’m afraid of coconut oil because it’s known to be highly comedogenic, so I avoid any and all facial products that have it, and stick to coconut body care.
Since my curiosity was piqued, when I got home I snooped Sephora’s web to have a look at the products’ INCI before buying… Sephora’s Spain site doesn’t bother to list anything resembling a proper list of ingredients (urgh, how I hate it when companies can’t be arsed to make this info public and accesible to consumers), fortunately the US site does list this.
Anyhow, just as I feared, the site says some of the Color Line’s products include coconut oil, as well as coconut juice extract (the micellar water and wipes don’t)… still, since my craving for coconut, anything with coconut fragrance, had been awakened, I ended up taking home this coconut body milk (8.20 €), which smells delicious, just the way I like it.
Sephora moisturizing body lotion with coconut milk extract
Actually, I’d have preferred to get the body butter… I adore Sephora’s butters, but the coconut one was sold out, so I settled for the body milk, which is nice, but doesn’t enamore me like the butter.
The lotion does have a very interesting advantage over other formats, its pump dispenser… much more convenient than trying to retain hold of a tube of body moisturizer with slippy hands during application… how I hate tube packaging for body moisturizer, I never buy them for that reason.
The product is everything a body milk should be: it is lightweight and fluid, it is absorbed fast, and hydration is rather mild. To me this body lotion seems ideal for summertime, or for someone who can’t stand the feeling of heavier creams, but to me personally at this time it feels like it could be a bit more moisturizing.
On the other hand, I loved the coconut scent: sweet but not cloying (I notice a tang of sea salt, perfect for this fragrance), rather moderate and lasts for a couple of hours, enough to satisfy my craving for smelling of summer and freedom from all cares and worries.
My rating for this product: 4 points out of 5. It’s quite nice and I like it very much… still, next time the craving for coconut strikes, I’ll probably search for different products to try (suggestions of your favorites are encouraged).
Marnys coconut oil
Well, my coconut kick wasn’t going anywhere, so later in the supermarket I took home this half-liter bottle of coconut oil from local brand Marnys (11.25€) to keep in my shower. Yes, I am kind of the obsessive type.
I also have kind of a love-neglect relationship with body oils and creams, of any kind and/or fragrance: one has to be really, really terrible or smell like week-old damp socks for me to dislike it, but then I can go for weeks without applying my favorite ones, out of sheer laziness. Which is why I took home this oil packaged in this nifty pump bottle: I keep it in my shower so that it will be nice and liquid, apply when I get out, and done, skin’s supple and smooth.
Marnys coconut oil has no scent of coconut, or of anything in particular, and that’s how it should be, since the real oil typically doesn’t smell like coconut pudding, Malibu rum, Piña Colada tanning lotion, or anything like that… anything that does and wasn’t too expensive is unlikely to be pure coconut oil, but probably something rather closer to the product I describe in the first review of this post. Note that I’m not talking about unrefined virgin coconut oil, which does retain the characteristic smell of coconut, as well as the nutrients, polyphenols and goodies of the fruit, but it tends to be a bit more difficult to find (in my area, anyway), and more expensive, in keeping with its quality and the container it requires.
Anyway, this is a good, honest coconut oil and it’s fantastic for anyone who’s not that into fragrances, whether coconut or anything perfumey in general, or possibly for sharing with the fam.
This oil has a bit of texture, namely very tiny, fine granules that dissolve when massaged on the skin; it doesn’t feel too greasy or heavy, and my skin absorbs the oil rather fast. It is just divine right after exfoliation… skin feels like silk.
If I had to find a con in this product, is that I don’t find it quite as hydrating or nourishing for my skin as other oils I’ve used… avocado is my personal favorite, but I use it only in winter, while the rest of the year I prefer to apply apricot oil, and usually I also buy both from this same brand.
For my hair, on the other hand, I’ve never used anything that comes close to this: it’s been a godsend post-winter, when I can’t let my hair air-dry as I do whenever the weather permits, and my hair was showing some damage from blow-drying.
I apply about a pump 20 to 30 on my ends prior to washing (in reality, I’ve read somewhere that this oil treatment should be left on the hair for an hour or even longer, but I don’t have the patience, and most of the time, I don’t have a full hour to wander about with my hair greased either, nor do I see the need). Naturally, it’s not going to salvage a major case of split ends, but it does keep my hair from looking and feeling like a thirsty mess, and has helped me to recover most of its usual healthy and nourished appearance.
I will still be on the lookout for a good unrefined virgin coconut oil to try, but in my opinion, the value for the price of this Marnys coconut oil can’t be beat, and I quite like using it, so it’s likely I’d go back for more when mine runs out: I give it 4.5 points out of 5.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.
And speaking of hair…
… I just have to mention another of my obsessions (besides coconut… yes, I’m one of those people): I can’t stop admiring George Blagden’s and Alexander Vlahos silky, magnificent, glorious hair in Versailles. I know that these are wigs, but still, I will not stop oiling my hair until it looks glossy and regal like that.
The soundtrack’s unbelievable too, can’t get it out of my head, nor want to… everything about the series is pretty great (though IMO, not quite as great as The Tudors). I really recommend checking it out if you enjoy fanciful costume dramas and palatial intrigue à la King’s Landing.