SPOTLIGHT SERIES : COCONUT
Welcome to the first edition of SemseY SPOTLIGHT series.
Here we will be sharing with you interesting facts about our raw materials, its efficacy and how we use it in our products and give you do-it-yourself tips for your own craft ideas.
Today is about COCONUT
Interestingly... Coconut Oil by nature is a refined product, because oil does not grow on a tree. Coconuts do.
The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is a member of the family Arecaceae (palm family) and the only species of the genus Cocos. The term coconut can refer to the whole coconut palm or the seed, or the fruit, which, botanically, is a drupe, not a nut.
Coconut, as a term is derived from the 16th-century Portuguese and Spanish word coco meaning "head" or "skull", from the three indentations on the coconut shell that resemble facial features.
It is a tree that grows in tropical climate that are frost free, such as those in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific region. In Nigeria, we have it mainly on the coast at location distance of no more than 450 miles from the sea. The following states, which are engaged in production of coconut oil in Nigeria are included in the list: Lagos, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Ekiti, Delta, Bayelsa, Ogun, Rivers, Anambra, Ondo, Enugu, Imo, Oyo, Abia, and Edo. (in no particular order)
There are various method used in extracting the oil, and the two main types are Cold pressed and Hot pressed. – Either of them is fine and produces great oil. The difference is in how much goodies you get!!!
WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT COCONUT.
Coconut is one of those plant whose anatomy part never go to waste. Read below
WHAT IS BAD ABOUT COCONUT.
Coconut is one of those foods that seems to ping-pong between the 'good food' and 'bad food' list, and if you're confused about this, don't worry – even experts can't quite agree. Below are two of such controversy:
- One of the best-known coconut water benefits, an uncommonly high amount of potassium, is also the main reason that drinking too much coconut water can cause harm.
- Coconut oil is said to be comedogenic – tends to clog the pores.
WHAT SEMSEY SAY ABOUT COCONUT
Coconut is one of the food of life that is useful in more than one way. So we advise moderation in its uses. And importantly, if it is observed to cause some form of allergy, then stop usage immediately.
At SemseY, Coconut oil is at the very heart of most of our products. In our Soap for its high cleansing properties, Body Butter for its rapid penetrative yet moisturizing properties, Meat in our dry skin exfoliating scrub (available only on order) and the Shell as a base for our Activated Charcoal.
So there you have it. The A.B.C of Coconut. Feel free to share yours'.
SemseY Verdict on Coconut
Coconut oil for skin is hailed as the darling of the ‘natural world’.
According to many and myself included, it’s the skin miracle we all need. There’s no denying that there are a number of benefits of coconut oil. This raw, unprocessed stuff is full of goodness. It’s packed with vitamin E, proteins, lauric, capric and caprylic acids (known for their antifungal properties – nice). But should we be slapping it on our face daily?
Well, the answer isn’t as simple as yes or no.
On the upside, coconut oil is primarily composed of saturated fats. This is great for repairing your skin’s natural barrier and trapping in moisture. Plus, it’s naturally antimicrobial, so will kill off any surface bacteria you may have picked up during the day.
That’s not all. it soothes rashes, speeds your skin’s healing process and combats flaking like a boss. And if you’ve ever run out of your favourite skin highlighter, just dab it along your cheekbones for the healthiest glow you’ve ever seen.
But wait! Before you get overly excited and slather yourself head to toe in it, know this – coconut oil is also one of the highest comedogenic oils out there. This means that coconut oil for skin is a hit or miss!
In fact, on a scale of 0 – 5 (the latter being the highest), coconut oil sits at a number 4. In layman terms, coconut oil can clog pores. It has to, as that’s how it locks in moisture and hydrates your skin, which can be good or bad depending on your skin type and skin issues. It’s also the one great reason for its efficacy as a hair oil.
Hold on, this doesn’t imply that coconut oil is bad. I have dealt with various clients and seen different reactions to coconut oil even within a skin type. Most of my clients have celebrated the effects it has had on their skin, but I also have two clients I must never use it for. So be aware, different skin types will have different reactions.
If you’re already in love with coconut oil and have used it with great success, there’s no need to panic. Keep doing what you’re doing. If it works for you, it works. However, if you’ve been using coconut oil in the hopes of achieving clearer, brighter skin, only to end up with a whole lot of aggravation, Stop using it and try one of our other comedogenic oils.
Our Extra Virgin Coconut oil still remains the miracle oil that it is, as with everything “know how it works with your skin type and skin issues”.
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