Yeah, lame title but that's me all over.
So. Day one of my Uses for Coconut Oil trials.
I did the oil pulling as suggested by The Internet as a whole: on an empty stomach, BEFORE brushing my teeth. I did not make it to the full 20 minutes - I only did 10. I am a hayfevery person and was full of phlegm this morning which made the not swallowing AT ALL a little tricky. I think I did very well, keeping the oil in my mouth but the phlegm down my throat (all the TMI I can squeeze in) but I suspect some of the oil and therefore all the bacteria I'm supposed to be expelling did actually manage to reach my stomach.
It was fine... I felt ok. I felt pretty clean. I rinsed with water. I brushed my teeth. I felt orally cleansed.
Then I went to Zumba and half way through I did feel a little bit sick. This could be caused by one of three things:
1. The fact that I did actually swallow some contaminated oil and then mixed it with lucozade, creating a mini stomach bug reaction. Not possible? Maybe. But that was my thinking at the time.
2. The fact I was actually going nuts in there and I was over-doing it and over-heating.
3. The fact that number 2 was the case and I'd not done it properly in 3 weeks because of holidays and the instructor being away last week.
It might even be all three. Who knows? I just slowed down a bit and regained control of my nausea and powered on through and was fine. Still a bit phlegmy though.
Yeah. So I shall continue to do this oil-pulling business. My hope is that the magical Teeth Whitening will happen. Who doesn't want whiter teeth without going to an expensive hygienist?
If you are a follower on Tumblr then you might know that I did put some on my face last night and adored the smell. I loved it. Well I let it soak in for a good... 20 minutes? I don't know, I was watching The Great British Bake Off: Another Slice. So it might have been longer. It wasn't a full episode though before I decided to use my cleanser to remove any excess oil. This is apparently known as the Double Cleanse. Go figure.
My skin glows. It looks gorgeous. Feels like satin, as do my hands. I kinda want to lather it over my entire body (may I will!) and wear satin pyjamas and lounge around on a King Sized four poster eating ferrero rocher chocolates. It is THAT luxurious feeling. Which brings me onto my next one.
I read last night that a good coating of oil on the legs can create a rather lovely cream-less wet shave. And it did. I didn't use a brand new razor head. I reckon this one's probably on the way out, so with hindsight perhaps a bit risky given that that is when I tend to start slicing my legs open... but oh my goodness, I feel as though I've been waxed, but painlessly. That is the smoothest, closest shave I have ever done. They look like a damn Venus advert. I did it with my armpits and aside from that one crease where I can never seem to get every last bit of stubble, I am flawless.
I started off combing through my (dry) pony tail with my fingers, thinking about how I didn't want to get oil near my roots as I have bad experiences when hair dressers use conditioner close to my scalp. It's like they want my hair to look awful after leaving the salon. But I ended up combing through all the hair, though I concentrated mostly with the ends.
I shampooed it twice. I used some of my Even Blonder shampoo first and left that in. Gave myself a luxurious lather massage and then soaped my body down with my loofah. God I love that loofah.
Then I rinsed it all out and then properly shampooed with my Lush 'I love juicy" which is amazing for making my hair completely clean. It really cuts through the build up and I tell you what, I am starting to only need to wash my hair every three days, rather than every other as I aim to. If I didn't suffer from B.O (as does everyone) then I might consider only showering every third day.
So all the oil is definitely out and my wet hair feels the same as ever.
Now that I have dried it, I can't say I notice a great discernible difference. But then I didn't do the whole massage in and then leave it in a showercap for a few hours thing. So maybe just combing it through and leaving it whilst I shave and soap isn't enough. I dunno. Well. Actually. I guess the texture is softer. It just doesn't look much different. Cause my hair is a wild, barely tamable beast!
So that is what I have done today. I have the most amazing shave, I have made my face feel like satin, my hair had a condition and I almost threw up in a zumba class which may or may not have been to do with the oil pulling before breakfast.
So far I have used about two table spoons from the entire jar. It's going to last bloomin' ages.