Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A GORGEOUS LIGHT FIXTURE YOU CAN MAKE FOR PRACTICALLY NOTHING...

Well, the latest news on the home front here at Beyond the Portico is that Sis and I have traded spaces once again.  If you will remember, a few years ago we moved Sis to the master bedroom and moved our room upstairs.  For various reasons (like the hubs doesn't want to travel upstairs to go to bed every night) we decided it was time for the hubs and I to have our room on the main floor and send Sis back upstairs.  Since we didn't want the work of moving all the furniture around we gave Sis our old bedroom outfit and got something new to replace her old stuff...I will share that with you once I repaint and get some new bedding.

In the meantime I have been looking for some new light fixtures.  I will be making a faux capix shell chandy for Sis' room (as soon as I find the time to sit down and do it) and I am looking for a lantern style fixture for the master.

In my search I stumbled across a fabulous tutorial for a gorgeous girly glam chandy that costs just a few dollars and takes only minutes to make.  I thought you might be interested so I am going to share it with you here.



Is that cute or what?  You know you NEED one, right?

Ikea sells a large white paper lantern (17 inches) for I think $7 and coffee filters are a dollar just about anywhere, so this would be a super cheap, super easy project to glam up a little girls room...or a big girls room for that matter and you could easily hang it from an existing light fixture.  If you don't have an Ikea near you check out your local dollar tree.  They have smaller lanterns for just a dollar each or check out Oriental trading.  They often times have free shipping.

I hope to be back in a few to share some of those changes on the home front.  Until then do yourself a favor and made one of these gorgeous chandys.

Ciao,



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

WHILE WE'RE ON THE SUBJECT OF COCONUT OIL...

Okay so I know there are some of my 3 readers out there...probably most of you...who either don't use coconut oil or don't care anything about the subject and that's okay.  I really just want to share my opinions and knowledge today...with anyone who wants to know...about the subject...as coconut oil seems to be all the rage nowadays, especially in beauty care.  Yes, beauty care.

First, I know there are a lot of people putting tablespoons of the stuff in their coffee each morning because of coconut oil's nutritional benefits.  I am not one of those especially because I do not drink coffee...well except for the occasional frappe from McDonalds. Ha, but I think those people are a tad crazy as Coconut oil is fat. I mean, I read one post where the person puts 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in their cup of coffee each morning.  I wonder if they know that the whopping 42 grams of fat and 380 calories their drinking per cup far exceeds any health benefit they may receive from the oil itself.  Too, I think in about a year of doing this they're going to weigh about 100 lbs. more than when they started their "healthy" coconut oil diet.

However, I am not here today to criticize anyone's diet.  I am here to discuss coconut oil...and precisely to say that NOT ALL COCONUT OILS ARE CREATED EQUAL. It's important that if you are using coconut oils in your skin care regimen or as dietary supplements to know the good oils from the bad. I will share here what you should look for when buying coconut oil.

Yesterday I mentioned that Crisco's "organic" coconut oil was an imposter.  What I mean by that is it is so heavily refined and stripped of it's natural goodness that it really should not be used or consumed at all.






It's pretty much just saturated fat laden with refining chemicals in a jar...a plastic jar at that and as you know, plastic contains many toxins that are absorbed by the oil and then distributed to your food or your face too. This type of coconut oil is just not good.

There is another brand of coconut oil that seems to be really popular right now as I have seen it on a lot of beauty blogs and on Pinterest for use in a ton of homemade beauty products. LouAna





LouAna is also endorsed by a chef which I guess makes people believe that it's good stuff.  Can I tell you just by reading the label (because they at least put it on the label, unlike Crisco) that LouAna is highly refined, over processed and lacks the taste, smell and texture of good coconut oil.  It's another one JUST LIKE Crisco.  Again with this brand, everything that is good about coconut oil has been removed and you are left with chemical laden saturated FAT.  It also comes packaged in a plastic jar. When you use this type oil in your diet or in your skin care regimen you are simply putting more toxins in your body.  I urge anyone who is using this stuff to STOP.  It's really bad for you!!

Also, please DO NOT sell any of your homemade products that contains this stuff on open market or give it as "gifts" to unsuspecting friends; and, God forbid stop wasting your precious, EXPENSIVE essential oils in this stuff.  I'm befuddled how you would pay top dollar for the best essential oils and then mix it in low grade, poor quality stuff like this?...but I digress...

There are a few things you should look at to determine whether or not the coconut oil you are purchasing has the goods.  First, it will come in a glass jar.  Glass is pure and will not absorb or emit any chemicals into the product.  However that is not enough.  There are some coconut oils packaged in glass jars that are just as bad for you as Crisco or LouAna.  Spectrum is a brand that carries Organic refined...



and Organic Unrefined coconut oil....



The labels look very similar so be careful which one you grab. You don't want REFINED. Besides, spectrum is one of the most expensive brands on the market.  Save your money and buy something better.

Not only will the real deal be packaged in a glass jar but it will have all these words somewhere on the label...UNREFINED, COLD-PROCESSED (or EXPELLER PRESSED), VIRGIN (OR EXTRA-VIRGIN) & ORGANIC...it may even possibly say that it is undeodorized or that it contains coconut flavor and scent.  You will also notice a difference in appearance and feel.  Good coconut oil is kind of shimmery looking, pure white and will be clear when it melts...not yellow.  It will also be solid in any temperature under 76 degrees.  There are really no words to describe the feel on your skin.  It's very light and supple.

When you find a brand that has all of these characteristics you have found a good coconut oil, an oil that will have all the health benefits you are looking for.  However, I wouldn't go and put 3 tablespoons of the stuff in my coffee every morning if I were you...hehehe.  Not unless you are looking to fatten yourself up!

This is the brand that I use and that I absolutely love.




Notice the glass jar and how the label reads. It's truly the real thing and it smells, tastes and feels AHHHHH-MAZING.  Plus it's reasonably priced at $4.99 for 14 oz.

They even share the fact that their product is safe to use in beauty treatments...




If you are interested in using this brand, you can find it at ALDI.

So there you go, if you are using or interested in using coconut oil for anything, be informed and make a wise purchase.

Ciao,



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

WARNING: I'VE DISCOVERED AN IMPOSTER...CRISCO ORGANIC COCONUT OIL...

Hello!  What a lovely day don't you think?  Well it was until I was scammed and purchased an imposter.

As you know, I have been making all sorts of things lately for my little business....homemade soaps, dusting powders and such with all natural, organic ingredients.  As I was gathering all my ingredients to make solid lotion bars today I discovered I was out of coconut oil so I ran to the store and purchased this stuff...







I thought I got a good deal because it was only $7.09 for a 27 oz. jar.  It says it's certified organic.and it is sporting a trusted household name...Crisco.

I noticed at the store that it looked a little different but I figured it was just the packaging. It wasn't until I got home and opened the container that I realized there was something seriously wrong with this oil.  Not only did it look totally different from any other organic coconut oil I have ever bought, it didn't have the same lovely coconut aroma, taste or feel either.  I was totally disappointed.  This was not what I expected...although I should have known something was wrong because it was so much cheaper than the other brands.  Don't you know it's one of those things that I should've remembered... you always get what you pay for!!

Anyway, I did a little research and found out that it truly is an imposter coconut oil.  It "may" be made with organic coconuts (which I highly doubt) but it is so processed and refined that there is NO true coconut oil benefits left in it and it certainly should NOT be used in any skin care or hair care product or regimen.

I wish I would have read all the reviews on Crisco's sight before buying this stuff.  That alone would have been enough to leave it on the shelf.

It's sad that Crisco would market something as pure and organic to deceive everyone. Even worse that they leave a little word liked "refined" off their label to deceive people further. Even if this stuff was made with pure organic coconuts, they have processed it to death, so much so that you are basically left with tasteless, disgusting, good for nothing saturated fat. YUCK!!!

What's more, in my research I found out that Crisco is owned by the Smuckers Company which supports GMO's and false labeling...hmmm, no kidding....of course I suppose that's old news to everybody but me since I do not normally buy Crisco or Smuckers products.

Anyway my point today is this...head my warning....DO NOT BUY CRISCO COCONUT OIL!!!  It is NOT what you think it is...it is an imposter...it is a WASTE of your hard earned money and it is NOT good for you. PERIOD!!!

Now I guess it looks like I have pretty much thrown $7.09 away and I am going to have to make another trip to the store today.  CRISCO I WANT A REFUND!!

P.S.  This post was not meant to be negative or critical of any company or brand. I am simply sharing my experience so that it will hopefully help some other health conscience, consumer conscience person along the way.

Have a great one!!






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