Thursday, December 6, 2012

Domestic issues

These are the personal care products I no longer use:

(Left to right) Back: Hair conditioner, shampoo, body lotion. Middle: Deodorant, eye stress gel. Front: Lip balm (top), face moisturiser.

I think this group alone cost RM78 (!!! not sure about the price of the shampoo), and still my aged skin was flaky and dried out 5 minutes after I dutifully patted moisturiser on right after a shower, when the skin is still damp and such concoctions ostensibly "seal in the vital moisture". Did they hell.

I did some reading, and decided that yes, I would join the growing chorus of female consumers who no longer use products that comprise elements that don't roll off the tongue easily and that may or may not cause adverse reactions (on the skin or otherwise) in tested animals.

It sounded quite radical to me, plus the eventual replacement (yes, one item) cost much less and lasts almost 3 times as long. So, no, petrolatum by-products et al. are no longer for me. Instead, it's this:

Imported wan. From the Philippines. I'm a bebot now, fo' sho'. (RM18.90 for 250 mL; lasts for ages.)

Edited to include usage instructions:
Use one (1) drop only to moisturise your face. Spread said drop on your palms and pat into skin. Blot with a towel if your face feels too slick afterwards. Using too much will lead to breakouts, and they ain't pretty.

Dispense to a smaller bottle, e.g., 50 mL, and keep at room temperature so that it stays liquid. Stock solution (haha) goes in the fridge, or the frying pan, if that works for you.

It smells great, and it makes me want to say this (any excuse really):

And that's all.


Snuze said...

The thing about using coconut oil based product is the fear of the "tengik" smell ... or smelling like rendang ...

What's it smell like?

Angela Gripesalot said...

Tengik = rancid-like, right? According to the Boyfiend test, the applied oil smells toasty and sweet.

Caveats: I use only a few drops at a time.

Advice: It might depend on the type and amount of oil used. Apparently, the degradation of butyric acid in said oil combined with a body's natural odour can lead to the unpleasant smell.

Also, if you don't wash the towel you use to blot the excess, a smell will develop over time. Not a stink, but not sweet either :/

As for rendang (yummeh!), I've always associated it more with lemongrass, so I'd say no to that too :)

From what I've read, appearance, aroma, and flavor denote the quality of the coconut oil used: Clear (at room temperature; white when cold), fragrant, and tasteless are what you should look for, apparently. Like olive oil (which can also be used for the same purposes), cold-pressed oil lends itself to a wider range of use.

***This mini PSA is brought to you by the pro-coconut oil lobby and BC fangirl #2334325345***

Hannah de Vera said...

itchy, you're still blogging. gimme a shout sometime. i'm at a nearby country.
-hannah (

TR (Amanda) said...

IM, is that you?? This is TR.. not too sure if you remember me, but I hope me mentioning Slam Dunk might trigger your memory, lol. How are you? How are things? It has been a long while! :D

Angela Gripesalot said...

Hi Hannah, hi Amanda not Palmer (hehe), how have you two been?? No need to mention SD as a reminder; I'll always remembers your lovely selves!

Personal contacting on the way :D

Zola Spud said...

How do you use coconut oil as shampoo please? x