Thursday, October 31, 2013

Coconut Oil Makes Your Hair Worse...Really?!!!

Mommy and baby with lush hair
More time to play instead of fretting about hair

I started to post over 500 words on hair care today because some women have complained online that coconut oil makes their hair’s condition worse. Come on!  Both You and I got better things to read and write about.

Just Remember, three-quarters of the world’s women use coconut oil in their hair care routines.  There is no reason why you can’t get the same long, lovely, lush, soft and touchable hair.

Quick Tips for Using Coconut Oil on Your Hair

Here is the short version of my origin treatise, if you are not getting the hair results you desire from using coconut oil. Look, see if you need to change how you are actually using coconut oil on your hair.

  • Only use Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil (EVOC) manufactured by a reliable company.

  • Use Coconut Oil sparingly…don’t use globs…too much is not a good thing and it’s a waste.  You will never need more than 1/2 teaspoon of EVOC for medium length hair.
  • Rarely use traditional shampoos , if at all, to cleanse hair.

  • Avoid all petroleum and silicones products and their derivatives, they are not compatible with human hair and scalps and create the very dryness they were purported to remedy. Don’t use Coconut Oil hair products that have petroleum on the ingredients list.

  • Upgrade your blow dryer and other styling tools to ionic technology…this produces a dramatic improvement in hair softness and manageability.

I was one of those women that stylists always said 'you have to relax your hair - it's so coarse'.  My regrowth  was like a brillo pad.

Well, I'm going afro now and thanks to coconut oil, I won't be going back to relaxers. My hair is not straighter, just softer and easier to comb.
I’ll say it again: three-quarters of the world’s women use coconut or other palm oils in their hair care rituals. They have done so in many, many cultures - for hundreds of years in Africa, Asia, Pacifica, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thai Food Recipe Ingredients: DA LIST

plate of Pad Thai with shrimp
Run Out and Get Some Pad Thai...Now!

Do you love  tasty Thai food sooo… much that you tried to cook it at home?  But after all that cooking, you were left pondering ‘What’s missing from MY Pad Thai?”  I know I have!  

Thai Recipe Ingredients List

Well here’s an online link to the most comprehensive and straightforward list of Thai food recipe ingredients that I’ve ever seen:  Thai Food

Thai Tum Yum Soup
Hot Peppery Tum Yum Soup

Where to Find Thai Food Ingredients

Most of the essential Thai recipes ingredients like Galangal ginger and Thai Bird Eye Chilies can be found at organic grocery stores. Some ingredients like canned coconut milk and lemongrass stalks are available at most big grocery stores.  
You might have to order other critical ingredients like Kaffir lime leaves from an online Thai grocery website.

Kaffire lime leaves and fruit
Kaffir lime fruit and leaves


And, nooo… I haven’t bought any of those $60 Thai food recipe books…. Yet.


Learn About and Experience Thai Culture

Years ago I was lucky enough to work for a Thai couple.  Our office pot luck lunches and parties always featured sumptuous tasting Thai dishes. 
Thai carved food flowers
Flowers carved out of food - A Thai cultural specialty
So your best bet to learn authentic Thai cooking might be to make some Thai friends.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Use Coconut Oil For Sweater Weather Skincare

Coconut oil keeps skin moisturized in dry indoor air
Use Coconut Oil Skincare To Fight Dry Indoor Air

I’ve powered-on the furnace because it’s October, there’s a north wind a blowin’ off Lake Michigan in Chicago, frost advisories in nearby counties and the living room is just too darn chilly. All this also means that I got to now start using a bit more coconut oil apr├Ęs showering to keep winter dry skin at bay.
 Then I'm ready for 'sweater weather.'

Best Amounts of Coconut Oil for Skincare

Coconut Oil Skincare Protects From Chilly Winds
Lakefront Chicago's  Aon Tower in Autumn
There’s  simply no better product to stop itchy, flaky dry skin from occurring than coconut oil.

I simply massage in a teaspoon or two all over my body, with or without my favorite skin cream.  I also add  exactly 1 drop to my daytime face cream.

Best Oil  for Dry Skin

Forced  dry air from the furnace, icy winds, scratchy woolens and drafty rooms all cause the problem of severely dry and irritated skin in fall and winter.   

Coconut Oil heals itchy skin caused by woolens
Coconut Oil can soothe itchy skin caused by scratchy woolens

Solution: Use extra virgin, organic coconut oil in your skincare rituals during fall and winter.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Donatella Versace’s Coconut Visions

Who can ever forget a coy Jennifer Lopez on stage at the 2000 Grammys in a flowing green palm print Versace couture designer dress?

The Versace green silk chiffon dress at the 2000 Grammys was a stellar moment in television broadcasting.  I know I will never forget it.

Coconut is for Sensuous Women

That’s why I was surprised that the ‘Green Dress’ wasn’t mentioned in the Lifetime Channel’s recent well done biopic on the Versace family,  "House of Versace".  I was really looking forward to a dramatization of the Grammys moment.

 It’s clear that Donatella Versace has her finger (or fist)  on the pulse of sensuous femininity for ALL women.

Coconut Fragrance Notes

Nothing reveals that more, than the coconut perfume note of Versace Crystal Noir. It’s a subdued yet lush fragrance combination of coconut and gardenia.  It’s a posh scent for daytime wear and coy with some spice for evening.

Globally, three-quarters of the world’s women use coconut products in their beauty rituals, mostly those living in tropical latitudes.

 I think that Versace understands the woman who knows what coconut can do for a woman.  We can all learn a lot from Donatella Versace. Learn more here online about the Versace type of woman

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sylvia’s Coconut Cakes

Post Polio Syndrome
Sylvia giving Lil' Loren the inside scoop on  coconut cake baking

Sylvia, my Mom, often told us about cracking open coconuts and grating off flakes as a young girl along side her Grandma during the 1930s and 1940s in rural Mississippi.  Mom told us how lucky we were that we could just go to the store and buy bags of coconut already grated.

But the bagged coconut was always and still is too, too sweet…pure cane sugar that always obscures the coconut flavor.

My Mom had the magic touch when it came to making coconut cakes.  Somehow she tamed the bagged flakes and made moist flavorful cakes with true coconut flavor, that were never too sugary.

Frankly, the frosting and coconut toppings on my own cakes always seem to be a disappointing sugar overload even though everyone tells me that  they love  eating them.

Sylvia…we love you and your coconut cakes…forever. God is love, God is forever and love is forever.
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