Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut Milk Powder

Yesterday I talked about the importance of reading the ingredients on your coconut milk powder. Today I’m going to talk about why you need this stuff around.

I’ve had a life long love of coconuts. For about 7 years, coconut oil has been the only cooking oil in my kitchen. I think coconut milk is the best thing ever (the delicious decadence that comes in a can with a thick layer of cream on top… ohhhh), and you can’t go wrong with coconut granola. I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

I read a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot of skincare recipes on Pinterest. Something I see regularly are face masks and hair treatment DIY recipes using coconut milk. This is very interesting to me, but in all honesty, I can’t bear the idea of pouring my precious coconut milk anywhere but directly into my mouth. But it kept tickling the back of my brain.

Enter coconut milk powder – the answer to all my problems. I love coconut milk powder because it does still have a high amount of fat (5g per tablespoon!), so it retains all its magically moisturizing benefits. Plus, no preservatives is kinda my thing in my products, which makes a powdered milk ideal. Although, when you go to use a mask made with coconut milk powder, it is a bit more stubborn to mix because of the very thing that makes it awesome.

I’ll soon be launching two new face masks featuring my beloved coconut milk, plus a new cleansing grain featuring my moisturizing friend. Be on the look out! I’m going to be doing some serious celebrating – and discounting – when these start hitting the (virtual) shelves!

Coconut milk powder – It’s not vegan?

Would you ever have thought to look at the ingredients in coconut milk powder to check if it’s vegan? I don’t know if I would have if I was using it for my personal cooking needs. Turns out – always read the label!

I’ve been working on many new recipes for The Granola Goat and a couple of them contain coconut milk powder (squee!). This is a new ingredient for me, so when I started looking to source it, I wanted to do some research first. I was really shocked to find that many (maybe most) contain sodium caseinate, which is derived from milk. Ugh. But, if you’re vegan and you’re in need of a powdered coconut milk, there are a few options out there, just be sure and read the label.

Coming Soon

UPDATE: This product will not be available in the foreseeable future. 😦

I’m almost ready to release a new product! I’ve been using this hair spray for about 4 years now and obviously, I love it. I’m really excited to start sharing it with the world next week! Keep an eye out for it!

Ingredient Spotlight: Hibiscus

This may not surprise you, but I really love plants. I’ve always wanted to own a nursery or an orchard, or both. It’s ironic (and a cruel twist of fate) that I can not grow a garden to save my life. I’ve tried, my friends, I’ve tried. I’ve spent so. much. money trying over the years, but it’s just not my bag. But I’ve accepted my shortcomings and found love in learning about plants and trying to incorporate them into many areas of my life. Like beauty. Speaking of beauty…

The hibiscus is one gorgeous girl. So tropical, so delicate with it’s crepe dress. These ladies are wonderful at evening skin tone and revealing soft, smooth skin. The high level of alpha-hydroxy acid in the flowers is much more gentle on skin that chemically made ones, giving you sensitive skin people (*raises hand*) a chance to use an AHA packed product without the redness and burning. The AHAs are a pretty big deal, but hibiscus also contains free radical scavenging antioxidants and is mildly astringent to soothe skin and reduce pore size.

Look for some lovely new products to pop up at thegranolagoat.com that will feature this lovely and nourishing flower!

Ingredient Spotlight: Quinoa

Quinoa has been receiving a ton of hype for the past several years as a super food. It’s gluten free, high in protein, contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamin E. It’s considered a complete protein and comprised of essential amino acids. And if you’re a fan of alpha-linolenic acid (like I am!), it has that too. Quite an impressive little plant.

When ground and used as an ingredient in face treatments, it’s just as glorious. It’s great for acne prone skin since it can reduce sebum production. The lysine is reparative to damaged tissue and the vitamins, along with it’s mildly exfoliating texture, can reduce brown spots. There is probably no skin type that wouldn’t benefit from using quinoa powder.

You can expect to see some new products hitting the virtual shelves soon and guess what I’m planning on offering? Yes, look for a few items spotlighting quinoa and if you have a product you’d like to see, I’m always open for suggestions!