Toxin-free beauty: why I use oils

Posted on July 11th, 2013

I haven’t done one of these posts for a bit. Previously, I’ve covered off my preferred toxin-free cosmetics, safe sunscreens, toxin-free nail polish and safe fake tan guff. An update from my ablutions front: slowly, slowly I’ve been reducing what I use to a very small kit. And it pretty much comes down to oil. Even my mascara. And cleanser.


Above are the products I use. There are a few more that aren’t pictured. I’ll detail things below. But to the oil bit and why I’m a fan. I can feel a list coming on…

1. Oil is a single ingredient. And clean.

Beauty can be simple. It can be one ingredient. No need for added hydro-proxy-double-enzyme-whatevers. It’s like whole food: eat the complete produce (the egg yolk and white together, full fat milk etc) and you get all the bits you need. Whole, un-mucked-with oil works better than the stuff with lots of ingredients on the box. So, for example:

* Pure rosehip oil: by far the most effective and complete moisuriser you can slap on your mug.

* Pure jojoba oil: by far the most effective makeup remover on the planet. Just ask a TV anchor.

* Pure coconut oil: by far the most effective body moisturiser you can use. You can read about how and why here.

2. Oil cleans oil

How so? Oil dissolves oil. That’s how life works. Or at least chemistry does. “Like dissolves like.” Get rid of greasy sticker smudges with Tea Tree Oil. Ditto on your skin. When you massage your skin with oil, it dissolves the oil that’s hardened with gunk from your day or from sweating and become embedded in your pores. Add some steam to open your Read more

Recently I told A Current Affair what I thought about coconut oil…

Posted on February 26th, 2013

It screened last night on Nine’s repeat channel Extra. I think they got it…Didn’t catch it? Well, I thought I’d do a little catch-up post on the stuff. Coconut oil, that is.

Raspberry Ripple, recipe in my I Quit Sugar book

Here’s a rundown of why coconut oil is so good for you.

Here’s a rundown of 19 clever things to do with coconut oil once you’ve bought a jar of the stuff.

Want to know how coconut oil makes you lose weight?

And some extra info on which fats are the best for cooking and eating cold….

If you’re wondering which brands to buy…I use a few different ones, based on price and also the taste (some are too bitter)…always buy organic and always buy “virgin” “cold-pressed” and unrefined.

* Melrose (a good, cheap one that can be found in some supermarkets and most health food stores)

* Oil4Life (extracted without heat and possbily the best flavour of the lot)

* Nuigini (lowest carbon miles – comes from Papua New Guinea – and comes in a great sealable jar, perfect for re-using for storing pickles etc)

Hope that helps… and feel free to post questions below.

why coconut oil makes you lose weight

Posted on November 20th, 2012

Someone has asked me how coconut oil helps you lose weight. Good question. I had to think about it for a bit. In the meantime, I ate some more of the stuff in dishes like my raspberry ripple recipe.

My raspberry ripple, which Veronika M has turned into raspberry ripe crackles! Instructions below…

Anecdotally, according to a survey of one, I know it works. I eat about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil – straight from the jar, or in a sugar-free chocolaty dish like the one above – most days after lunch. And I’ve lost weight from doing so.

If you want to read more anecdotes about weight loss from eating coconut check out these forums.

How does it work? Again, anecdotally, I believe it’s because coconut oil:

a) kills sugar cravings, immediately (I don’t go reaching for more food, especially sweet food, after lunch).

b) fills you up, immediately. After 2 tablespoons I’m not hungry for about four hours. A rare state of being for me.

c) does something else…I’m not sure what…but it certainly seems to speed up metabolism.

I wanted to learn more myself about why this is so, and, so, did some research. I like dot-points, so allow me to present my findings as a series of bulletted factoids and findings:

For more coconut oil recipes like the one above, you might like to download my I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

The saturated fat deal

* Know this: saturated fats, overall, help you lose weight. Coconut oil is a saturated fat. To fatten a pig, farmers feed them polyunsaturated fats (primarily soybean and corn oil). To produce a leaner pork? The Department of Animal Science of North Carolina State University advises you stop feeding them polyunsaturated oils and start feeding them saturated fats. Can you see the picture forming?

* Consider this: we eat less saturated fat then ever before, but we’re the fattest we’ve ever been. Perhaps there’s a connection here?

* Saturated fats are required to absorb nutrients. Four vitamins—A, D, E, and K—are soluble in fat only. We need Read more