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May 2015

How to Choose The Best Virgin Coconut Oil

 

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Talking about Virgin Coconut Oil as a cure for Eczema is not something that I really have an actual experience with but I have bought this product for other uses especially cooking and this is something that I am always passionate about. In fact, back home in Southeast Asia I buy 1 coconut every day. I would send my brother to the nearby vendor just a few yards away and instruct him that the coconut water be kept separately in a small cellophane as we call it there and have the coconut meat shredded so its ready to eat without the need to scrape it myself. And coconut is something that is really abundant in the area so you see it most of the time.

 

The Coconut Oil

I always see a lot of information linking Virgin Coconut oil as having massive benefits in healing eczema, and I must say – whether this is true or not, I haven’t got a clue.

So what are the properties of Virgin Coconut Oil that makes it a hot item, among other things, as a cure for eczema?

Coconut oil is rich in Lauric acid which has antibacterial and antifungal properties hence this might really help in alleviating the unfavourable effects of eczema in the skin. As coconut oil supplies the skin with massive moisture then it naturally creates a barrier that prevents further damages such as infection from entering the skin membrane.

 

Choosing the Best Virgin Coconut Oil

So how do you know which Virgin coconut oil product is best for you skin in relation to eczema if you are afflicted with it?

In my own opinion there is no hard and fast rule to this. But I will try to lay out my personal thoughts on this with the aim to be never sounding commercial about it.

1.)  Try to be as natural as much as possible.

Look for what is stated on the label. Is it fair trade? Is it done using the cold press process? What is the time frame between processing the oil from the coconut to the bottling process itself? Are there hints of the producer resorting to using chemicals to extend the shelf life or make it aesthetically pleasing? Is it organic? Is it suitable for vegans and vegetarians?

 

2. Research about the Brand or the Company

For me this is not a strict rule but if I were to buy something I would always try to search on Google about the maker as opposed to relying on what is said on its Ebay or Amazon product description. But of course nothing beats the genuine and verified purchases feedbacks from the customers themselves with all its ratings that go with it.

You can also write to the seller or the brand to ask anything about the product. With my experience, I always go for the product that answers straight away and with succinct details as compared to a company that does not answer emails from consumers let alone bother to fill in information as a reply to your email.

 3. Check the Price

For me going for the cheap price is not always ideal. Why? Because of the simple logic that ‘quality’ should never be sacrificed if it is something that has to do with your body, you will be ingesting it and your body will benefit from it directly. So why scrimp? People willingly buy expensive party dresses and overpriced mobile phones but won’t do the same for food and supplements and then wonder why they have sluggish or sickly bodies? Enough said.

 

Here are my TOP 3 PICKS for   Virgin Coconut Oil

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Number 1 Bestseller Coconut Oil on Amazon site!

See this screenshot from Amazon : LUCY

I have always been a fan of this brand since I started writing for my blog. My experience with them is all good – from email communications and they also kindly accommodated my request to review their product. This has left a lasting impression in me as to what kind of company they are in terms of giving support to a newbie blogger.

Now on to the product: LUCY BEE Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

This brand, to start with, has got a very pleasing and almost cartoon feel to its website which is, really, for me – is the best way to go for websites for this year onwards – stunning graphics – and a very good blending of super alive colours!

The jar and labelling is screaming with the words: EXTRA, RAW, and FAIR. So this product has positioned itself as a brand that produces an Extra Virgin Coconut Oil that is raw and sourced only through Fairtrade buying practices. To me this is a great plus factor for a product, hence they are number one. But on the flipside, I have heard before that there really is no edge to an extra or just the regular virgin coconut oil variety (maybe this is just to emphasize their commitment to the variety’s purity?).

So choosing a virgin coconut oil brand that does not say Extra Virgin is still a good choice. No worries there…..

In addition,this brand is confident that their oil is extracted out of organic coconuts from only one supplier in Asia which probably is an advantage so the quality is really monitored. They also boasts of using the cold-pressed way of processing the oil from the coconuts thereby maximising the retention of nutrients. This product is also proud of  it being free from additives and preservatives. What also caught my attention is that it is bottled here in England and they are also using a BRC Grade A bottling plant here (although I have never heard of this before but its comforting to know though that they are really breathing and living a very ideal and negative-free production ethos).

Well done Lucy Bee!

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REVIEWS

This brand has amassed an impressive 932 reviews on Amazon. This is a great indicator of how its customers are satisfied!

Some examples of the reviews:

 One happy customer has given it 5 stars in June of 2013. He said that he has been using coconut oil for years especially for cooking and the health benefits are becoming more and more clear as with the public also becoming more aware of its reports. He stressed that the Lucy Bee brand is by far the best and you only have to open the jar and see for yourself – texture is good! He also unanimously pointed that it’s now his favourite moreso with it being a fairtrade brand.

A certain customer with initials of G.T. has said that it’s a better value for money compared to other organic coconut oil in the market and he has given it a full 5 stars rating.

 

 

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Biona is really an excellent brand. Why? I have been buying their product, the smaller jar, since I first discovered the wonders of virgin coconut oil. But the difference with my experience from the other brand I tackled before this is the aroma. My preference is Lucy Bee because I prefer the more evident aroma when cooking although some people say its really mild but I found it to be more potent if I were to really look for that ‘coconutty’ images that the aroma evokes.. But I guess either way it is fine to go for Biona — it doesn’t mean it is less of a product just because I am not smitten by the intensity of its coconutty aroma that I am looking for.

And not forget, this brand has earned a massive number of reviews on Amazon – a big 835 in total as of this writing!

This brand is proud in its claim that the farmers where they source their product do not use pesticides or herbicides nor genetically modified plants. Plus it also declares that they make sure the farmers use a sustainable farming method thereby avoiding over-exhaustion of the land where it is all being cultivated. And one major advantage of this brand is that they are banking on one important factor – traceability – which is key for making sure that all their products are being sourced with utmost quality, natural and suitable for vegetarian people.

IMPRESSIVE!

 

THE REVIEWS on AMAZON

A customer has made a review on 23 August 2013 that she uses it for all her cooking and also proudly said that it tastes delicious! This customer has given it 5 stars for the rating.

Another customer has taken a lot of time by giving a very detailed and extensive review, what a good customer! He said that although the product did not come with any packaging at all but when you open the jar it is properly sealed which he said is good for the environment. He also said that it is big in size an might take him time to consume it. He also made a remark that it the smell is natural and not overpowering (I agree). What is more interesting is he also uses this as a hair conditioner but although I worry about the smell of this, maybe it works for him – clearly it does! But he does shampoo after coming home from work which he said was a breeze…

(To go directly to the reviews and other information, click this link Biona Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil)

 

 

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Ma Devlin’s 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

This brand has earned an impressive 787 customer reviews on Amazon!

It also ranked #9 in Grocery Oils.

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 What has caught my fancy about this brand, apart from its good number of reviews, is the labelling that says its Organic Certified EEC& USDA. This sounds posh to me although I really don’t know what EEC means but I will have a look later, it sounds legitimate – the sort of thing that you read from brands that take its product certifications very seriously. Love it!

Ma Devlin also says that its product is produced using only cold pressing – without no heat at all– so all the goodness are intact as much as possible. This brand also speaks of freshness, unrefined, and premium quality as its driving words in positioning it as a serious coconut oil variety.

Some good points of the product: It is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It also offers free delivery for Prime members of Amazon. I have noticed though that there is not much information about this product compared to the first two brands I have reviewed but I guess its customer reviews will compensate for this one aspect.

 

THE CUSTOMER REVIEWS

This is one very interesting review by a customer made on the 19th of July 2014. This customer is clearly a happy and satisfied one because she thought this brand was an inferior one compared to the more pricey brands she has tried before, but she was wrong. She said that this brand actually is better because it tastes wonderful and was easy to take out of the ja. She has used it for cooking and also on her scalp. She plans to use it for her cat to keep the parasites in check. What really impressed her is the customer treatment she has experienced where she said that the company really cares about its customers. Now, this is one biggie for me – this is important. Customer service is always a great factor for getting new customers as well as keeping loyal customers.

One more customer with the initials of W.A.M. has made a review that this product is more reasonably priced than the others. He uses it for his cooking and also with his porridge and cereal. He then said that this product is not an inferior product.

 

 

THE CONCLUSION

I do hope that my labour in writing this article will not be in vain. I am hoping that my examination and inspectioninto these 3 brands will somehow give you the information that you need about Virgin Coconut oil — its benefits and its reviews.

The point is that Virgin coconut oil is not just for cooking but it has a lot of topical uses for the skin especially for the ones like me who has got issues like eczema. This is an all natural product that is ever so popular and very versatile in uses in terms of its medicial properties.

Please care to make some comments below so other people will also learn from your views and experiences.

Thank you!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My TOP 3 Calendula Creams for Eczema

I am hoping that this follow up article about Calendula cream will clarify things as to which ones are the best Calendula creams that are available in the online market today. To achieve this I will be talking about the product description given by the manufacturer and will also top it up with the reviews from the customers themselves.

 

 

Nelsons Calendula Cream

 

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As per description, Nelsons calendula cream is dubbed as a soothing multi-purpose skin cream which is geared towards treating sore and rough skin; made from the Marigold plant.

SEE the LYONSLEAF Calendula Cream Review

As per  Amazon bestseller’s list, it is ranked at number 8 in the Health and Personal Care category, specifically: Skind Diseases. Customers have given it a 4.8 ratings out of 5 stars; with a total of 60 customer reviews.

Here are random reviews from Amazon commerce site:

A customer who is suffering from perioral dermatitis gave it a perfect 5 star rating due to the satisfaction gained from finally clearing the skin condition after only 2 weeks into it; customer mentioned that he or she has tried a lot of creams but to no avail.

Another customer gave it full five stars as she loved it. She said that it really helped her 8-month old baby’s eczema and dry skin.

A satisfied customer who made a review in August of 2014 has said labelled it as ‘eczema saviour’. She said that finally her son’s eczema has finally been healed after trying so many creams and steroids.Her rating was a straight five stars!

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There is also a customer review dated July 2013 that mentioned of being glad she has found this on Amazon as Boots was’nt selling them anymore. She also stated that this is a highly recommended product that is soothing and healing and for softening dry skin. She confidently said it is highly recommended and gave it 5 stars as a sign of satisfaction.

 

 

Lyonsleaf Calendula Cream

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 As you can see this product is clearly beaming with awesome natural goodness, even got a Gold award last year (please see the seal above). So I have a good feeling that this is really one of the best ones in the market today. So let me delve deep into its qualities as per its website where customers also left reviews about it.

Click this link for the manufacturer of this product if you want to view information directly

On its forefront it clearly says that it is  good for eczema, rosacea, dermatitis acne and psoriasis – so quite extensive with what it is good for – which is really tops for a brand because after all these are major skin issues. It positions itself as a product that is all natural, no side effects compared to topical steroids, water free, teeming with vitamins, antioxidants and beneficial compounds.And above all, they only use cold-pressed plant oils, essential oils and natural Vitamin E. Absolutely no petrochemicals or artificial chemicals.

Exciting brand! I must say.

What I also love about this product is that they are honest. For example, it says on the site that they are not 100% organic but definitely 100% natural (for their valid reason about this production ethos please read on the site), so this honesty is not something you see in many products these days – either they don’t say anything about it or they hype too much about it. ONE MASSIVE PLUS POINT!

Lyonsleaf also has pointed that because of it being water free, the product goes a long way – you only need a reasonable amount and it does the job due to its potency and consistency. HIGH potenc but value for money!

In addition, this product really capitalises big time on it being water-free, which means that it does not need harsh preservatives and emulsifiers which obviously, can do more stress than needed. It also banks on the fact that they use exactly the same oils our body uses as a lipid barrier for the skin. When there is a great barrier then there is less tendency for pathogens to invade the skin and cause infection, flare ups and the nasty side of skin problems associated with eczema and psoriasis, as examples.

 

GLOWING REVIEWS

This product clocked up 31 organic and genuine reviews from its customers. Now let us see some….

A customer posted a review on 8 May 2015 saying that she couldn’t do without this product and all the other products as well. She then say that the products last for months and months.She gave it a generous 5 stars rating.

Another  customer by the name of A. has written a review on the 2nd of February this year that the cream has been her bestfriend for weeks now due to the fact that her hands are very dry and they used to bleed. The good thing is she is also using it on her face. This customer will willingly recommend this product, in short she can vouch for its quality and the results it deliver.

One very interesting review is from a lady who has spent hundreds or even thousands, she reckons, on products from Clarins which she vehemently regrets doing so. With Lyonsleaf Calendula cream she swears that with just one bottle and pot, does the job. She will gladly recommend it to people. Lastly, she also pointed that the item arrived promptly and was securely packed.

 

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Calendula Flower Cream

This product is produced by Napiers the Herbalists.

This cream is dubbed as a pure, simple and natural product that is geared to renew and repair the skin with its unfragranced nature, it will soothe and moisturise.

It aims to deliver  a lot of benefits like: calms and protects the body and the face, soothing relief for irritated skin, moisturises sensitive and delicate areas, gentle enough that it is suitable for even babies, good calendula extract that speeds up cell and tissue regeneration.

What I love about this product is that it positions itself as an overall body and face cream, and it also boasts of its unfragranced nature.

On the flipside, there isn’t that much information about it with things like if it is organic or not.But what is on there is just enough anyway as it banks on its product as a simple and natural calendula cream and it is also suitable for vegetarians the product is non oily too. End of.

 

THE REVIEWS

These are the only reviews that I was able to compress from the website so here we go.

An antiques worker from Scotland swears by this product that he has been using for 15 long years now! His hands use to react with his frequent contact with shellac and polishes especially after washing up – gets sore and cracked up. But thanks to this cream his problems are now unheard of.

Another customer swears by it when using it post-thrush as the area can be intensely itchy, dry and scaly. She then expressed how she couldn’t thank enough for the product.

 

So there you go I have done a helpful article about choosing the right, or one of the best, Calendula creams in the market today. It is my great hope that you will be able to take something from the writing that I hav done.

I will also appreciate if you will share what products you have been using so far, the results and frustrations, if any. Feel free to give a comment below….

 

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Eczema and my Superhero: Calendula Cream

Do you ever get frustrated with how dry your skin is after showering?

Do you always look for answers on How to Heal Eczema?

(Read my story and feel free to comment or even share your experiences via the comment box at the very bottom.)

 

 

My Experience

 

I know there area a lot of skin creams out there in the market today but it takes experience and a real situation to be able to really find the best solution to a very dry skin which is what happens when you are battling an eczema skin condition.

 I used to rely heavily on everything that has something to do with Shea Butter as it has been massively claimed to be very good for dry skin. Maybe it is, but who knows. Saying that, it is still helpful if you are to choose, for example, a shower gel, as with my case.

BUT with eczema problem? You need more than this.

 

 

Calendula Cream

 

So in my case my TOP CHOICE has always been a powerful Calendula cream. IT DOES THE WORK, every single time. And up to this day, I CAN’T LIVE without Calendula cream.

 

What is Calendula?

 

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Calendula or Calendula Officinalis is a perennial herbaceous plant that is usually native to Southwestern Asia, Europe or the Mediterranean ( source Wikipedia).This is also commonly known as pot marigold or marigold.

 

Why I love this product

In all honesty to the point that I bought seeds online to  attempt to grow the plant in my kitchen area but I have not really done it due to laziness maybe, plus  I don’t like gardening. Period.

In my every day routine this cream pacifies my itching and extreme feeling of dry skin right after my shower, well, I only apply it in my affected areas only as it is not a cheap cream. So with my overall body moisturising needs I only use a water-based body lotion.

 

What is funny is that everywhere I go, that is before I go out of the house, I always check my small sandwich bag (true, I use this) to make sure that I have 1 tube of Calendula cream along with my lip balm and a small container of my water-based skin lotion for my hands as they can really get dry especially that I also have a very extreme case of OCD where I bring a pack of antibacterial wipes with me so if I touch public doors or the ones in the toilets, I make sure I have this to use ASAP, for a calmer mind.

I also would like to share that with the areas where my Eczema is always taking havoc, I seem to really get fast healing with using a Calendula cream as opposed to using other things like a drop of lavender oil or even antibacterial cream which I have tried in the recent months to see if the redness and the weeping along with the itching will calm down the following morning. I did do this for a time which made me not rely soley on the Calendula cream but through a process of observation and trial and error, I certainly notice that the healing really was very apparent with Calendula cream. Point in fact, a few years ago when my homeopath was trying to find the best topical solution for the ‘angry’ and overly weeping eczema eruption on my left knee, she prescribed a certain colloidal silver product which I only tried to use for 3 or 4 times. I was not sure why I was not keen on it but I really wanted something that will dry the part and will leave it feeling ‘calmed down’ rather than it be dry and I still have that feeling of uneasiness in that area. Saying that, what I always find nice about using Calendula cream is it leaves a feeling of softness and less-agitated after you apply it on, say about 3 to 4 minutes thereafter. But of course you still have that feeling of frustratingly stinging effect that I get right after I apply something on it – which is not a nice feeling to put up with.

 

The Benefits

 

The beauty of Calendula cream is the benefits are so well–known both with real life users as well as documentations throughout history. Let me illustrate this fact by looking for an online information about this.

Here we go.

According to a site called Herbwisdom.com, Calendula is a traditional herbal medicine used in treating cases like conjunctivitis, and even snakebites. Wow! I have never heard about this so this is very comforting as to be honest, I am always worried about visiting these jungle-like places to convince myself that I could learn to love nature walks which I am not a fan of where the danger is – snakes! But I was told snakes are unheard of here in the UK. In addition the same website also mentioned that in a study of around 250 women undergoing radiation  therapy the extent of skin irritatin was reduced as compared to using another product other than Calendula. This site also mentioned that Calendula is actually has a very high content of flavonoids. Now, what are flavonoids?

These are anti-oxidants that counteract the ravages brought about by free radicals that damages our body cells which results in lowering our immune levels.

 

Big wow! CALENDULA is  my SUPERHERO! (I really mean it).

 

 

Have you tried Calendula Cream?

How is it helping you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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