Hi there! How are you?

It's hot out and here's my reminder for anyone spending time outdoors in this heat -- stay ahead of your thirst! Also, if you know anyone that may have difficulty remembering to stay hydrated or has limited access to cooler indoor weather, check on them often! XO 

Now that we've got that out of the way, I hope this post finds you enjoying a big bowl of watermelon or making plans for your self-care activity this weekend.

Today I'm popping in to talk about one ingredient that's been on my mind lately – coconut oil. Over the next few months, I'll be sharing more about how certain ingredients can commingle in a well-crafted formulation and be ok for one person, but not the next person. 

Wishing you a great weekend. If a nap isn't on the schedule, I hope you'll consider adding one to your day soon.

Thank you for being here!



Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (CO)

  • Unrefined, smells like coconut, solid below 76ºF
  • RPB products containing CO: Bee Cream, Lotion Bar, Lip Balm, Hand & Body Wash, Coconut Beach Products (extract)
  • Rich in medium chain fatty acids and lauric acid
  • Lends texture, moisturizing properties and scent to our formulas
In the last 10 -15 years, CO (not all are created equal) has gained so much popularity that it's been touted as a supreme multi-tasker from everything like a replacement for butter to removing makeup. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've seen all the claims. 

My affection for the organic virgin variety began many years ago. It was one of the first ingredients that I used for all my early DIY escapades. I made laundry soap, salves and lip balm.

In the end, I chose to use it sparingly in a few of our RPB formulas and here's why:
  • You can have too much of a good thing.
  • Over time, when used as a single oil, I found it to be drying to Little Ric's and my skin.
  • As I collected feedback and anecdotal evidence, I noticed that some people who could once tolerate CO on their face later complained of skin congestion and dryness after using the oil long-term. 
  • In a well-balanced formula, CO works together with other ingredients to relieve dry skin (for most of us), creates lather in soap and adds texture to balms & creams.
In a nutshell, in my experience as a formulator 1) less is more with CO and 2) I very rarely recommend using CO on the face. 

As I mentioned before, what works for some, may not work for others. 

We love using coconut oil in our products mentioned above, but we appreciate that there are many of you that might be sensitive to this widely-used ingredient and have therefore limited its use in our line. 

I can't wait to tell you more.....more about what we are working on and all the reasons I overthink every single ingredient that goes into our formulas. 

With all the talk about coconuts, I should mention that all things Coconut Beach are only available during the summer months (wash, body oil, shimmering oil, body polish)If you love this scent, stock up before they are gone until next summer!

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