Uses for Coconut Oil

By January 25, 2015 Gluten-Free Products
Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been on the scene for quite some time now. Below are some of my favorite uses for coconut oil. Which have you tried?

Makeup Remover

I use coconut oil every night as my makeup remover and face wash. I have a small container in my bathroom that I grab each evening before I wash my face or hop in the shower (Tip: remove your makeup before washing your face). I use a cotton facial pad with the coconut oil and it works perfectly.


Coconut Oil can be used as a body lotion. Use it where you have the driest skin – like your cuticles and elbows.


You can sub coconut oil in dishes rather than olive oil and it can also be used for baking! I replace it as my butter too, spreading it on gluten-free toast – my favorite brands are Canyon Bakehouse and Udi’s!

Skinny Coconut Oil


A spoonful of coconut oil gives you a boost of energy, so you can add that to your smoothie for your morning or afternoon caffeine fix, rather than grabbing a caffeinated beverage. I was turned onto this from one of my good friends after she fell in love with the addition to her smoothie!

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling involves swishing 1 Tbsp. of  oil in your mouth for 5 – 20 minutes. Word on the street is that oil pulling with coconut oil leads to fresher breath because it kills the microorganisms that cause bad breath. Who doesn’t love that? The technique is also thought to lead to whiter teeth, which I’m all about because Crest White Strips can be pricey! 

*I just started oil pulling (for 5 minutes — I don’t know if I can make it 20), so I’ll let you know how it works out.

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

I’m sure you’ve seen coconut oil for sale at your local grocer, so you may wonder what the difference is between the various brands.

Skinny Coconut Oil is the only 100% raw coconut oil on the market and is extracted issued a patented system that maintains the integrity of the enzymes (so you can gain all the benefits it has to give!). Another great thing about this brand is that Skinny & Co coconut oil is their “Healthy People Change the World” initiative in which they send 10% of their profits back to Vietnam where they harvest the coconuts and extract the oil.

Skinny Coconut Oil

You can check out the full line of Skinny & Co.’s products on their website. The next thing I want to get my hands on is the SKINny Lip Balm

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Videri Chocolate Factory: Gluten Free & Dairy Free

By January 11, 2015 Gluten-Free Products
Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate

I had the opportunity to enjoy chocolate bars from Videri Chocolate Factory, a bean-to-bar chocolate factory located in downtown Raleigh, NC. The story behind my experience is quite coincidental. 

While I often get emails from various gluten-free companies requesting that I try their products and share with my followers, there was something exciting about the email I received from Videri. You see, I visited Raleigh, NC in early October with my boyfriend for a wedding, and while we were exploring downtown on the Sunday after, we came across a cute little chocolate factory. I obviously requested that we go inside to see what it was all about.

The chocolate factory was as cute as can be with a very friendly staff and delicious menu of chocolate options. I chose the Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt bar, plus a few ganaches. It was a wonderful afternoon treat!

Videri Chocolate Factory

Fast forward a few weeks as I sit in Toledo, Ohio checking my email – I see a message from Videri Chocolate Factory in my inbox – the same cute little factory I had just visited! The message gives the history of the chocolate factory, highlights their process, and asks if I would be open to a product review…UH, YES! What are the odds that a small chocolate factory that I had just visited finds me online? Don’t you just love the interwebs?!

Videri Chocolate Raleigh NC

My package from Videri Chocolate Factory included their line of chocolate bars. All of Videri’s chocolate is free of emulsifiers, artificial flavoring, xanthan gum, and soy lecithin. They’re also completely nut free, and most of the bars are dairy free – yes, you read that right! The factory uses a bean-to-bar chocolate process, purchasing select beans from across Central and South America, using the finest organic cocoa beans, cocoa butter, and organic sugar.  

You can check out their full line of products on the Videri Chocolate Factory website. I definitely recommend treating yourself with these bars of heaven. I find that if you’re going to splurge or reward yourself with chocolate, you might as well give yourself the best.

Videri Chocolate Factory

If you’re dairy free, you might as well just keep Videri on speed dial (or sign up for their chocolate subscription). 

Videri Chocolate Bar

If you find yourself in Raleigh, I definitely recommend adding Videri to your itinerary.

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