Monday, December 11, 2017

MFO Gift Guide: Use Your Coconut, Part 3

Ok, so we've tackled the uses of CocoMCT® for moms, oilbularyos, bakers and naturalists. I actually shared that post on my Facebook wall and a lot of my friends were all raves about Laurin. It's a popular product na talaga with "those in the know", naks. Sharing with you here!

I love this brand of coconut oil *heart emoji* - Jinky C.

I love Laurin because it doesn’t leave your skin oily when used for a massage! - Jen T.

We use this heavily coz TJ ofcourse said it’s good! But someone asked me how is it extracted and launched on chemical extraction etc. I was stumped and bummed that I couldn’t explain! Coz we use Laurin a lot! - Em S.

We take Laurin daily, hubby and I. It's also one of the carrier oils for my essential oils. - Jane U.

Of course, they asked me about the extraction process, so that's something I will be explaining in another post, promise.

In the meantime, here are more profiles of family/friends you can give CocoMCT® to!

5. The Friend Doing Intermittent Fasting and/or the Ketogenic Diet 
The Keto Diet and Intermittent Fasting is something that I'm hearing a lot, especially among people in my age group. So it's a perfect gift for friends who are doing this.


Laurin can definitely help with weight loss because it has a satiating effect, raises metabolism and burns body fat. Especially useful with all the holiday feasting we are doing. 


Holiday or not, Laurin CocoMCT® is especially ideal for bulletproof coffee and for adding to shakes.

I was told that if you add Laurin to your coffee in the morning, it can get you through lunch time without feeling any hunger pangs. If you plan to do intermittent fasting but can't just take water in the morning, then  having coffee with Laurin seems like a doable alternative.

6. The Athlete 

When taken as a supplement, Laurin will give extra stamina and sustained energy, perfect when they are doing HIIT. It also keeps them immune from illnesses as well as helping them stay alert. In fact, according to Livestrong.com, MCT in raw coconut oil boosts endurance and also reduces fat levels. Now imagine taking pure MCT like Laurin at that!


If you think I'm click baiting you, the Livestrong article mentions an NYU Langone Medical Center report that says MCTs may help enhance exercise ability. 

"A study published in April 2009 in the 'Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology' found that the easy digestibility of MCTs may increase energy metabolism during both high- and medium-intensity exercise. The two-week human study found that MCTs reduced the body’s reliance on carbohydrates as a source of energy and cut the amount of lactate produced during exercise, leading to greater exercise endurance."

On a side note, because of the Lauric Acid in CocoMCT®, it can also treat athlete's foot! Heehee.

7. Soap-making Sister

Coconut oil is known to make bar soaps lather beautifully as well as help it harden nicely. Admittedly, Laurin is quite pricey to be used in soap making, but it is the kind of ingredient that produces quality soap bars any soap maker would be proud of!

 coconut and lime soap via Offbeat and Inspired

8. The Vegetarian Friend

What do you give someone who is into plant based nutrition, but is also careful about where her produce comes from? The safer gift is to give CocoMCT® !

By adding coconut oil to their diet, they boost brain health and energy to help compensate for the deficiency in EPA in a vegetarian and vegan diet.

Coconut Oil Veggie Stir Fry recipe at My Botanical Baby

Next up, uses of CocoMCT for the Foodie, the Pet Lover, the Uncle with High Cholesterol and The One Who Has Everything.

Sold? Here's where you can buy Laurin here in the Philippines!

Where to Buy:

Antipolo City 
Be Well Organics - Lores Country Plaza, M.L. Quezon Ext., San Roque

Bataan 
Fit Box - Paras-Garcia Building, Roman Superhighway, Brgy, Tuyo, Balanga City, Bataan

Bulacan 
Skinline Beauty Wellness & Spa - Guiguinto Bulacan

Cagayan de Oro 
Echostore - CDO - 72 Domingo Velez St., corner President Aguinaldo St., Bgy. 29

Cavite
Gourmet Farms - Km., 52 Emilio Aguinaldo Hwy, Silang,
DM Buan Trading - Block 22 Lot 11 Golden Shower Street, Central Phase 3, Molino 3, Bacoor

Cebu 
Echostore Cebu - Streetscape Mall, Paseo Saturnino, Banilad Rd.

Davao
Chemrez Technologies, Inc. - 2C & 2D Amina Way Bldg., Panacan Diversion Road
Echostore Davao - 11 Begonia Circle, Ladislawa Village, Buhangin

Makati City 
Echostore Salcedo - G/F NDC Building,116 Tordesillas St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Echostore Glorietta 4 - 4th Flr. Glorietta 4, Courtyard Drive, Ayala Center, Makati, 1200
Holy Carabao Holistic Farms - 6241 Palma Cor. Manalac St. Pobalacion Makati City
The Wholesome Table - Salcedo Village
Dean & Deluca - Eton Tower, 128 Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village

Mandaluyong
Echostore Podium - G/F The Podium ADB Avenue
Earth Origins ADB Cafeteria - 6 ADB Ave.
Skin Fitness Center - 5th Flr. Atrium Bldg. SM Megamall
The Allganic Store - 73 Maysilo Circle Plainview

Manila
Narchem Industrial - 3M 205 1578 Mayhaligue St. Cor. Rizal Ave. Sta Cruz
Be Organic - G/F Broadview Towers, 1408 Mayhaligue Cor. Masangkay Sta. Cruz
Earth Origins US Embassy - 1201 Roxas Blvd. Ermita
Dentix Dental Care Center - SM San Lazaro 2nd floor Sta. Cruz

Muntinlupa
Real Food - Molito Lifestyle Mall
Earth Origins Market Place - C1-504 Westgate Center, Filinvest City

Pasig 
The Good Seed Café - # 3 Brixton St. Brgy Kapitolyo
Orientway Marketing - # 9A Felipe Pike St Bagong Ilog

Paranaque
Dr. Edna Lao Clinic - #82 Multinational Ave., Multinational Village
LTB Goodies Today - 57 Scottland St., Better Living

Quezon City
Chemrez Technologies, Inc. - 65 Calle Industria Bagumbayan
Best Value Factory Outlet - 62 Calle Industria Bagumbayan
Advance Hyperbaric Life Support - # 11 Tagdalit ST brgy Manresa
Echostore Centris - Unit 1F Eton Centris Walk, Quezon Ave
Rice Lane Asian Market - 3rd Flr Eastwood Mall
Joji Berry Inc. - 4th Flr. Crossroads 77 Mother Ignacia
Be Good Store / True Orange - Stall 30 East Wing Building ABS CBN compound, Mother Ignacia St. Sunshine Fruit Bar - 755 Banawe cor. Sct Alcaraz
The Sexy Chef - GF Tower 4 Xaviervillehills Condo N. Domingo St. Cor Granada St. Brgy Valencia Proudly Green - # 78 Mother Ignacia Ave.
Annie's Kitchen - # 40 Esteban Abada St. Loyola Heights
Hillside Café & Juice Bar - 57 Mother Ignacia St.
Ultra Super Green - Elizabeth Hall G/F Lot 1 blk 41 Katipunan Ave. Loyola Heights
Jash Mart Suki Market - SG-42 Suki Market Mayon St. Cor. N-Roxas
Cup Fiction - 141 Katipunan Ave
Pampanga's Best - 129 Kamuning Road
Refuel Coffee - Unit B Citic Tower 88 Banawe St cor Don Manuel St.
Runner’s Kitchen - 74 Tomas Morato Ave
Got Heart Shop - 69 Esteban Abada St, Loyola Heights
Earth Kitchen - Lot 10 B-10 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains

San Juan
Virgith Buena Nutrition Clinic - Rm 220 B Medical Arts Bldg. 1 Cardinal Santos Medical Center Earth Origins Market Place - G/F Wilson Bldg. 226 Wilson St. Brgy. West Greenhills
Urban Pantry - Unit 115 C G/F Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center
Clique Trading - Unit S3409 Shoppesville Center, 3/L Shoppesville Greenhills Shopping Center

Taguig City 
Echostore Serendra - Ground Floor, Serendra Piazza, Mckinley Parkway
Life Science - 8th Floor ACCRA Law Tower, 2nd Avenue corner 30th Street
Alex & Claude - Unit F G/F F1 City Center, 32nd Street, Corner Lane A
Wholesome Table

Online
Lazada - http://www.lazada.com.ph
Shopee - https://shopee.ph
BeautyMNL - https://beautymnl.com


Saturday, December 09, 2017

MFO Gift Guide: Use Your Coconut, Part 2

If you're looking for a present that's pretty much guaranteed to make family and friends happy no matter what they're into, I’ve come to the conclusion that Laurin CocoMCT® makes a great gift for Christmas, as you might have read in my earlier post.

CocoMCT® just has so many uses that it's one of those products that just make a lot of sense for everyone in your gift giving list. Here's why: 

1. The Mommy

Speaking from experience, Laurin CocoMCT® is great for moisturizing our kids' skin, even that of newborns with eczema. Tried and tested that by adding oil (olive oil or coconut oil, depending on what I had) to Berry's bathwater when she was a a month old baby up until her skin condition improved. It can even be used as a diaper cream, to prevent rashes.

I also remember as a kid, my mom would massage our scalp with coconut oil she extracted herself the old fashioned way, by boiling coconut milk until all that was left was the oil. She would go to the extent of doing all that because she said coconut oil is great for moisturizing hair and stimulating hair growth. And well, we didn't have bottled coconut oil then like we do now.


Now imagine using CocoMCT® instead, which is very rich in nutrients for the skin and hair. It is 5x more potent than VCO in enhancing the natural chemical balance of hair and skin. Now speaking of skin, Laurin is a hands down hit as well with... 

2. The Oilbularyo Auntie 

CocoMCT® is best known in the essential oils community as fractionated coconut oil, one of the carrier oils for essential oils.


If you recall, MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides, which is what remains of coconut oil, making CocoMCT® a fraction of the coconut oil it once was.

According to organicfacts.net, "As the name implies, fractionated coconut oil is a fraction of the coconut oil from which almost all the long chain triglycerides are removed, thus leaving mainly the medium-chain triglycerides and making it an absolutely saturated oil. This saturation gives it a very long shelf life and greatly increased stability. In addition, fractionating raises the comparative concentration of Capric acid and Caprylic acid, thus giving it more of antioxidant and disinfecting effect.

 
True enough, CocoMCT® remains in its liquid form even if you refrigerate it. Plus from what I've tried so far, apart from being a very efficient carrier of active ingredients it also moisturizes the skin rapidly, so it's great for the topical application of essential oils.

3. The Baking Enthusiast 

Because CocoMCT® is stable and does not go rancid fast, it can definitely be used for cooking and baking. I order granola and cookies from Lara Leal of of Baby Good PH (@babygoodph on IG) and I love that she uses coconut oil in lieu of butter for her treats. Even without butter her baked goodies still taste so indulgent, it's just an extra that it doesn't come with the guilt.

Dada's Dream Cookies by Baby Good PH. It's made with coconut oil instead of butter!

So I know for a fact that CocoMCT® will be a wonderful present for a baker who would love to introduce coconut oil to her baking repertoire.


Lemon Coconut Oil Cake via simply-delicious-food.com

4. The Naturalist 

What do you give a friend who has adopted a natural lifestyle? I think you can take a guess by now - CocoMCT® ;)

It has a wide range of uses from oil pulling to DIY toothpaste (mix it with peppermint, tea tree or oregano essential oils), to bug and burn salve, even a personal lubricant and to treat yeast infections. Of course it's great as a moisturizer because it is not greasy and is not scented. It can also double as pet care products, among so many other uses.

Natural living a la Home Making with a Heart 

Next up, uses of CocoMCT for cooking enthusiasts, athletes, friends doing the keto diet, and so many more!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

MFO Gift Guide: Use Your Coconut, Part 1

With the season of giving just around the bend, I know there’s plenty of you still figuring out what to get friends and family for Christmas.

While I’ve come up with a series of great finds through my MFO Gift Guide series, here’s another brilliant idea that will really appeal to many of the people in your give list, cutting across gender, age groups and interests.

I’m talking CocoMCT®!


Personally, I love getting coconut products as a present.

Friends of ours send us a case of Vita Coco each Christmas and its one of my favorite presents. Whenever I go home with a case of Perla soap from the owners, it’s always a thrill. I got a bottle of Laurin CocoMCT® as a present from a friend a few years back and ever since, it has become a staple not just in our pantry but also in our bathroom.

But here’s one thing I discovered. There's a technical difference when it comes to the coconut oil we know and CocoMCT. I used to not have any brand preference when it came to buying coconut oil. I thought coconut oil was coconut oil, packaged and branded in different bottles. Then I realized, I had already come across the holy grail of oils and I had no clue whatsoever until I was schooled about the difference between coconut oil and CocoMCT®

I learned that from the head of the company behind CocoMCT®, Mr. Jun Lao, who explained the science behind coconut oil extraction. In a (coco)…nutshell, coconut oils are not made equal.

As we all know, coconut oil is healthy. But like all oils, coconut oil also has Long Chain Trigylcerides which cause obesity, heart disease and neuro degenerative diseases, although in lesser quantities.

And so while coconut oil is already good as it is, Laurin CocoMCT® takes it a step further by extracting all the goodness from coconut oil - the Caproic, Caprylic and Capric acids which convert easily to ketones (great for energy and metabolism – wil tell you more about that and its role in ketogenic diets soon), and the almost miraculous Lauric acid only found in coconut and palm oils which has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.



Here’s another interesting insight. Because CocoMCT® has a low molecular weight vs regular virgin coconut oil, it has a lower melting point and stays liquid even if you put it in the refrigerator. Further proof that CocoMCT® is more soluble and easier to break down and be metabolized by our body than regular coconut oil that still has LCT.


And since I’m done with giving novelty items for the holidays, or disposable items that will just choke up our environment, I’ve decided to focus instead on either giving useful items, the gift of time or  the gift of health.

So that’s why I’m giving Laurin CocoMCT® as part of my gift giving repertoire this season. It’s just a bonus that it’s one of those rare products that is great for almost everybody in my gift list.

Will tell you 12 reasons why in my next posts!

Sunday, November 05, 2017

My 28 Day Skin Care Challenge + The Reveal

A few months ago, I was asked to participate in a skin care challenge. 

Now, anybody who knows me knows I am a skin care fanatic. I do have my favorite, tried and tested brands and products that I have used for a decade or so now, but I’m always up for trying something new. The same way makeup enthusiasts are always game to try a new brand of makeup maybe. 

The deal was, I had to use two mystery products – an essence and a moisturizer for 28 days on one side of my face only, keeping one side untreated.

Based on the packaging, I kind of had an idea as to what these were, but I couldn’t get a confirmation from the challengers no matter how hard I tried to pry, heehee 

Rather than being worried about leaving one side of my face untreated, I got excited and I found myself up for the challenge. I was curious to know how my untreated skin would hold up if I left it to the ravages of nature.

Because we were asked to journal the changes in our skin, I managed to chronicle the experience and I’m sharing it here with you. To manage expectations, I have to share that I have combination skin and my main problem is skin texture. I have some rough patches due to dryness and have some bumps on the oilier section of my face like my forehead. I have brown spots on my face due to sun exposure. My pores, wrinkles and skin tone is pretty much normal.

Day 1


Understandably, there is no difference in terms of difference in texture, pore size, skin tone, and wrinkles between the treated and untreated side. What I do notice is that my skin feels hydrated, moisturized, soft and smooth. I like that the essence and moisturizer (even if rich and thick) have a non-greasy feel.

Day 7 

After using the product for a week, I compared the size of my pores, color, wrinkles and the overall skin texture and there is no visible difference at this point.

I have noticed though that the rough patches on the treated side of my face has softened considerably. The untreated side has a slightly tight feeling and nothing changed for the rough patches on the untreated side. Also, the treated side feels more supple and plumper.

In terms of product, the treated side feels like it is covered in a barely traceable film that feels like moisture is locked in on that side. I also like that the products are:



- Not greasy
- Absorbs well and dries reasonably fast
- I don’t need to use a lot
- Skin feels nice and soft after use
- Skin feel moisturized and plump in the morning
- I get the same effect from the luxury skin care products I use

Day 14

 no makeup, just skin care 

After two weeks, I am happy to share that rough spots have practically disappeared and the treated side feels plumper. 

I like that the products are not greasy and don’t make me break out. Plus, I don’t have to use a lot yet face feels moisturized. 

If there is one thing that bothers me about the products, I find that the fragrance can be a bit strong, although it disappears after I apply on my face. 

I look forward to applying the serum and moisturizing cream after I wash my face in the morning and before I go to bed. It makes me happy applying it. I feel like I’m taking good care of my skin.

Day 28



In 28 days, rough spots have disappeared and my skin feels smoother to the touch. The treated side seems plumper, and more moisturized. I also think it looks firmer and more taut than the untreated side. When I look at my jawline on the left, it seems to have started to sag whereas the treated side looks sharper and even on the mirror.

Overall, I’m very pleased with how this experiment turned out. I’m used to using luxury skin care products and I’m both relieved and excited about the fact that my skin can work with and benefit from a product that isn’t as expensive as what I am used to.

I would be happy to recommend the product to friends. It’s a great product that feels like that of a luxury skincare brand but does not cost as much.

Want to know what it is? Watch this!



Olay scientists re-engineered the powerful formulas of Olay Regenerist, White Radiance and Total Effects to include even more scientifically proven ingredients that can make more women look ageless no matter their DNA.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

My True Value Private Sale Finds

I love True Value. Love. Love. I can spend hours just going through the aisles.

I usually have themes when I go. Sometimes it's garden supplies to give in to my CZ Guest dreams. One time it was panic buying for emergency supplies and grab bags for the house (btw, that's where I got our hand crank radio, no Amazon ordering required). Most of the time it's just random stuff our house needs, new door knobs, a garden hose, 3M hooks, light bulbs, organizing bins, etc.

I've actually picked up a couple of deals when I go sometimes. Like Lock&Lock containers at 20% off. What I didn't realize was that True Value has a major Private Sale in select stores at certain times of the year, with finds at up to 70% off!

That's what I discovered when I went to their recent Private Sale at True Value Shangri-la Plaza Mall. While it says "Private", its actually open to all, so when you see this outside the store, by all means, ENTER.



Here are some of my finds at the store!

Grabe si Cake Boss, big time na. We used to go to his bakeshop in Hoboken for canoli and cake, now, he has a full line of baking tools. 20% off from September 16 to October 31 at True Value.




Ahhhh, the grayns rice cooker, 10% off! They had a demo during the Private Sale, so if you want to see for yourself how rice cooked with a Grayns rice cooker tastes like, this is where you can try.


Biokips containers are 30% off.


The Scanpan line was at 30% off too.


The knives were at Buy One, Take One.



Kitchen Aid baking pans also at 50% off...


As well as the Broil King BBQ Grill.


This Rover Systems CCTV Camera Kit was at 20% off. It was going to come to around Php15k, if I remember right. The images were really clear because it has a High Definition camera. 



I love these Stanley tools! Imagine having a carpentry shed with a wall of these? Or maybe that's just me. Heehee. Most tools across brands at 20% off.




Door knobs and locks at 40% off.



This Briggs & Stratton generator at 30% off.


Yale padlocks all at 30% off.


Spray paint at 20% off.


Bosch power tools are 20% off.


I was hoping for deals on Blueair replacement filters and my friend Emily asked me to check out if Weber grills were on sale, but these weren't part of the Private Sale. So for now, putting this out here, just so you know True Value carries these brands too.



This was really just the tip of the iceberg because practically the entire store was on sale when I went. So, watch out for the Private Sale when it happens at your favorite True Value branch!

For more about True Value, visit their website at www.truevalue.com.ph, Like their Facebook Page,  True Value Philippines and follow @truevalueph on Instagram to learn more about what's new and on sale the whole year round. 
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