The Skinny on Skinny & Co.

At this point, you’re probably sick of hearing about the wonders of coconut oil. You know it’s good for your hair, for your skin, for your insides… Is there anything this stuff can’t do?

As far as we’re concerned, the short answer is no. When it comes to beauty, body and health, coconut oil is one of the best, easiest-to-find, easiest-to-use, biggest-bang-for-your-buck ingredients out there.

But, like with all things in life, there is a catch. While coconut oil is indeed easy to come by and affordable, not all are created equal—there exists a hierarchy of coconut oils. To really get into how to decode a coconut oil label, read this. But for the sake of time, all you really need to know right now is that at the bottom of that hierarchy is anything “refined”: this stuff is made from old, rotten, dried coconuts that are packed with chemicals.

And at the very tippy top is coconut oil that’s 100% pure (no chemicals, no fillers, no preservatives), raw (never heated above 96 degrees F, the temperature that destroy many naturally occurring enzymes), organic (no pesticides, wild-harvested), virgin (processed close to where the coconuts are harvested so the oil is young and fresh) and small-batch. Quite a few boxes to check off, right? And while you may not have trouble finding product that boasts two or three of these, you’ll find it much less easy to get your hands on one that checks all five boxes.

So when you find a company whose products not only check all of those boxes—but also let you know that their oil is alkaline and fair-trade—you’ve reached the spot at the very top of the tallest point on the coconut oil hierarchy.

Skinny & Co. is the cream of the crop. The tip of the top. The supreme ruler of all things coconut oil excellency. You can go ahead and pass out from joy now, because it won’t get any better than this as far as coconut oil is concerned. Seriously. This stuff is so clean that even the beauty products are 100% edible. (Go ahead and take a spoon to their body scrub if you want… I’ll wait.)

It’s also 100% pure, meaning that when they say that all you’re getting is coconut oil, all you’re getting is coconut oil. You know sometimes you get a generic jar of coconut oil because you just need to get your fix and you notice that it smells just a bit too much like pina colada drink mix? That’s because it’s likely been doctored with chemicals to boost the fragrance. Chances are you don’t actually know what a fresh coconut smells like because you’ve been tricked by cheap coconut oils into thinking that what they smell like is what a real coconut smells like.

But Skinny & Co.? Imagine you’re on a beach basking in your glorious surroundings. Suddenly a fresh coconut tumbles from a tree onto the sand at your feet and you just so happen to know exactly how to crack it open. It’s a real, fresh, live coconut. Go on, take a whiff. That subtle, gorgeous scent? That is what real coconut smells like. That is how you know Skinny & Co. is the real deal. The nose knows.

And since you’re already on the beach, let’s dig into your beach bag. What a surprise! It’s stocked with Skinny & Co. products. Excellent choice, friend! (And no, everything hasn’t melted in the heat of the sun because this is a fantasy where things never melt and you never get sunburned and sand never gets caught in a weird part of your bathing suit and there’s always a perfect chair for you and the lifeguard is always, always cute.)

What a smarty pants you are, choosing not only the best of the best when it comes to coconut oil, but also products that contain five ingredients or less, all of which you recognize and pronounce. And since you are so clever, you reach for the Exfoliating Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub in the shower to exfoliate and prep your legs for a day sans-pants. You know that the coconut sugar is super-gentle so you get a close scrub without tearing into your skin, and that the coconut oil base will moisturize your legs and act as a natural antibacterial just in case there’s anything unsavory lurking in your razor.

Post-shower, you massaged the Rejuvenating Rose Facial Oil onto your beautiful face for a powerful, revitalizing overnight moisturizer. The lightweight, fast-absorbing blend of coconut oil, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang and patchouli leaves skin silky, hydrated, toned and bright. When you wake up the next day, you kinda can’t believe how amazing you look and think about skipping the beach all together just to sit and marvel at your skin. (But that cute lifeguard!)

When you finally do pull yourself away from the mirror, you reach for the Peppermint Oil Pull to give your morning toothbrushing a boost. Even though you know the good it can do—naturally whiten teeth, reduce gum irritation, remove plaque and toxins—you’ve never been a huge fan of oil pulling because you don’t love the taste of melted coconut oil swishing around in your mouth. But adding some peppermint to the mix? Delightful! Clean and minty fresh…you’re welcome, cute lifeguard.

Now you’re home from your amazing day at the beach. Like I promised it would be, the sky was cloudless, the water was the perfect temperature, sand didn’t get anywhere it wasn’t supposed to, you’re definitely not burnt and the lifeguard asked for your number. To make sure you really remove all the sunscreen I know you used throughout the day, your reach for the Calming Lavender Roman Chamomile Facial Oil as a cleanser. The coconut oil gets all the gunk out of your pores, while the Roman chamomile and holy basil make sure to soothe and calm skin.

And for the rest of your healthfully-sun-kissed skin (because again, you were perfect with the SPF) you slather on some Rose Body Butter. The whipped texture makes lightweight and the jojoba oil, rose oil and vitamin E blend means it’s perfect for your skin that might be a little thirsty after a day in the sun and salt water.

Now get to sleep! Frolicking in the surf, daydreaming about cute lifeguards and taking impeccable care of your skin is hard work.

+ Get you coconut on — shop Skinny & Co.‘s full line of products here

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Never knew that coconut levels had grades – great to learn!

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
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Catharine

So crazy! This company is based in my hometown and I’ve used their products for years. Glad to see Free People picked them up! :)

It’s so interesting to learn all these things about coconut oil. I’ve seen other companies claim to use “coconut oil”, but when you read the ingredients, it’s mixed in with a bunch of things I’ve never heard of (or can pronounce)! It’s nice to see Skinny & Co. keeping their items clean and pure; I definitely want to give them a try!

Kayla | onyx + quartz

Sounds great!