After my first trip to Hawaii a few years ago, I became obsessed with the place, along with all things coconut. Eating and drinking young coconut, along with using the oil in cooking, the milk in smoothies, and body products became a new found obsession, bringing memories of that wonderful land with me everywhere. More importantly however, coconut is just an awesome hair and skincare product, providing great emollient, conditioning, and anti-viral properties, that it’s a no-brainer to include in your beauty routine. I tried a few items from The Gnarly Whale, a minimal ingredient beauty, bath, and body product line that is kind to your body and the earth, featuring recyclable packaging and paper.
The Thai Coconut Scented Coconut Milk Soap ($5.50) is light and effective, airy and effervescent, while the Thai Coconut Beach Waves ($12) makes for a great second day hair style, adding some texture, bounce, and incredible aroma into the mix. If coconut isn’t exactly your thing but you love the concept (vegan, cruelty-free, limited ingredients), try the brand’s natural make up remover, lip balm, hair detangler, body scrub, or similar products featuring different main ingredients, like pumpkin, lemon, peppermint, or cucumber melon.