I have never been a health nut. I want to be as healthy as the next person, but I’ve never been willing to compromise quality in order to go the healthy route. If I don’t like how a salad tastes, I won’t eat it. If I don’t like how a natural lipstick looks or feels, I won’t wear it. I believe in the old motto: “you shouldn’t put anything on your body that you wouldn’t put in it”, but what about practicality? What about affordability? What about the luxury of using body products that make you feel amazing? The first time I checked in the early 2000’s there just weren’t natural products out there that I WANTED to use. And that’s where this story ended for a long time…
Years later, after the birth of my beautiful Charlotte in 2011, I worked to reinvent myself as a stay-at-home mom. I decided it was time to refocus on health and wellness once again. Life was fuller, more meaningful, and I wanted to set a good example for my little one. Eating healthy was a part of this, as well as exercising, and once again “you shouldn’t put anything on your body that you wouldn’t put in it” resurfaced. It resurfaced but didn’t get very far. Like most women I liked my lotions and potions. We’d been together for years, and I couldn’t really believe that brands I had used since adolescence could be doing me harm.
Then one day the reality hit me… hard. One afternoon, while I was distracted preparing for a dinner party, my beautiful and curious little girl made her way into my cosmetics basket without my noticing. Before I could stop her she had taken a big bite out of my deodorant. I reached for the container and nervously scoured the label for what I feared and found there: “Poison, if ingested call poison control immediately.” Panicked I whisked her up, rinsed her mouth out, and thankfully found the missing deodorant chunk intact on the floor where she had spit it out. Close, close call. Too close for me, it was the last straw. Why would I put something on my body (which will be absorbed into my body) that is poison? After all, you shouldn’t put anything on your body that you wouldn’t put in it.
Now the search began in earnest, I was determined to find natural products that I WANTED and WAS going to use. It was a little easier this time around. There were more natural products on the market. There were also a lot of products pretending to be natural. My new motto (in addition to the other one) was don’t use it if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, and that ruled out more than half of the “natural” things on the shelves. It was frustrating. Eventually I found products I really liked, shampoo, conditioner, make-up, but I couldn’t find a good truly natural body lotion. After a while I gave up and started using organic virgin coconut oil. I absolutely fell in love with its incredible moisturizing properties and intoxicating scent, plus I was now reaping serious benefits from using this topical super potion. With sun protection and healing properties, anti-aging, reinvigorating vitamin wonderfulness what’s not to love? I would use it and feel silky smooth for hours, and I knew I was putting something on my body that I could put in it.
One problem remained, it was completely impractical to use. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so applying it involved shoving my hand into the jar, raking my fingernails through the oil, digging out a chunk, and emerging with a handful of white oil flakes which were melting at a rapid pace. I would quickly try to rub it on my skin while trying to avoid oil dripping on my carpet. I only succeeded about half the time. There had to be a better way. And one night, after a particularly bad oil dripping incident, I realized that there was. This is how the CocoMe bodystick was born.
From my home and my heart to yours, go ahead… coco yourself.