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Monday, July 03, 2017

Rosh Does: My First Month in Ibiza




My first month in Ibiza has gone so fast, I genuinely cannot believe I have been living here for a month already. This month has gone so quickly I want the rest of the months to slow well down. As I still do not have wifi in my apartment yet, and limited access to a laptop (currently typing this all up on my roommates’ laptop) I will try to write a post every month to keep you all updated with the Ibiza craziness.

Week 1

After months of talking with the five girls I will be living with for the season I finally met four the girls in my first week. Shelley from the Toon, Bracken from Falkirk, Christina from South London and Rachel from Nottingham, as expected they’re all lovely and seem pretty sane!

The day after I landed Bracken and I spent the day job hunting, I had prepared and printed CVS and had already received my Spanish National Insurance number (NIE), which you need to work out here, from the Spanish consulate in London. Prior to flying out to Ibiza I did have a commission based job lined up, but being as it is my first season in Ibiza I wanted a job that paid a basic wage, which you could build on with tips and commission.

As you all know I am a firm believer in the law of attraction, and the Universe must have been working in my favour as having attended my second recruitment interview I landed a daytime PR role at Linekers Bar! (Go me 😊). I needed to get my social security number from Ibiza Town, about a 30 min taxi drive from San Antonio and so because of this I had three days before I started work. Me and the girls went Defected at Eden, Magna x Faction Opening at Eden and Cuckoo Land at Ibiza Rocks Hotel.

Week 2

Officially completed my first week at work, kept my ass inside and didn’t go out at all, just to get myself in the right routine for the 6 days a week 12pm-8pm shifts.  My role at Linekers is a PR, which basically means I stand outside the bar, speak to passers-by offer them daytime drink deals and try to entice them to have a few inside.

As well as completing my first week at work another adult hurdle I overcame was doing my first food shop in the local supermarket Eroski. It’s officially the case that I’ll be living off egg mayo sandwiches, pesto pasta, mini croissants, kiwis and nectarines for the next 3 months.

I’m finding it quite difficult to remember to eat, don’t know if it’s the heat, the odd working hours or what but the Ibiza diet has started to kick in! We haven’t got an oven in our apartment either which limits the type of food we can make, how I would kill for an oven baked sweet chili salmon and some garlic and herb roast potatoesssss (L)

Week 3

I turned 25 out here on the 21st June and my sister, cousin and two friends from home came out for a holiday and to celebrate it with me. As I work in the day, I managed to get to spend two full days with the girls, on the Tuesday we went to #KISSTORY at Ocean Beach and on the Thursday, we had a beach day at Formentera an amazing beach 1hr 30min boat ride from San Antonio Marina. Both days were lit AF! You can see mine and the girls’ amateur photoshoots (LOL) on my insta @roshdorsett.

After the girls leave homesickness really does kick in, I’m not one to cry, but I felt so low and even contemplated going home. I felt better  though when I facetimed other members of my family who told me that it was the same old same old  back home, and that the experience of Ibiza was miles better than having the Ibiza blues in Luton!

Week 4

I have caught some serious sun; your girl is glowing! It’ll be probably down to the fact that I don’t wear sunscreen (I’ll explain why in a separate post) and use organic coconut oil as moisturiser every day. It contains natural SPF ladies and gents, you can buy some from Coconut Merchant here.

Two of the girls I have been staying with left this week as they ran out of money. Sad times On the plus side, I’ve found a Spanish tutor to teach me written and spoken Spanish three days a week for the duration of the season. I know very basic Spanish from the few lessons I do on Duolingo and having spoken with a few locals at the green groceries and at work.  I know how to say where is, do you have, without ice, glass, cold water, pints, here, there and everything is well in Spanish. Give me three months and I’ll be rapping Lil Kim’s verse in Put Ya Lighters Up hahaa

The decision not to wear sun cream has finally caught up with me though as I’ve started to peel on my shoulders Good thing I brought a few pairs of exfoliating gloves with me, because I’m still not going to wear that sunblock – include Giselle commenting about sunscreen

I have started to get into the swing of working eight hour shifts on less than six hours sleep, as you can imagine trying to get a good night’s sleep in an apartment block with over 20 apartments is quite hard. I’ll be able to sleep through a rickter ten thunder storm by the end of the season…but even though it’s nuts living in Azul I love being an Azulian.
To stay up to date with my Ibiza life, follow me on Twitter and Insta

Ciao
Rosh xo

 
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Monday, May 29, 2017

LTN to IBZ


Tomorrow the long-awaited day will arrive and I’ll be on my jollies to enjoy a workers’ season abroad in Ibiza!

I’ve packed what seems like most of my summer clothes, bikinis and of course my Coconut Merchant Coconut oil (natural SPF ladies & gents) to spend four months abroad on the sunny isle. I cannot wait to make some amazing memories, meet some incredible people all in the blazing sun.

I have a workers’ apartment sorted in Azul apartments within a 5/10-minute walk from the westend, with five other lovely girls and according to the Ibiza Workers Facebook pages the best landlord and landlady on the island!

With the Brexit bullsh*t the conversion rate from the pound to the euro is pretty much in the gutter but I have managed to save up by working part-time with a promotional agency, completing freelance written work and working weekends at Luton FC.

I am so thankful that the many many many stressful seven day working weeks are over. No more three-hour commutes via Thameslink and London Underground, no more temperamental English weather!

I also have my sister, my cousin and a few of my friends coming out throughout the season and even Mummy Dorsett is considering taking a trip out for the closing parties! Summer 17 is set to be a good one.

Follow me on Instagram to see what I get up to (and obvs for a bikini pic or 10)

Adiós!

Love,
Rosh xo



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Monday, May 22, 2017

Rosh Does: Life lessons




Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition – Steve Jobs”

To put the above quote into the context of my life, my Nan, my Sister and I were previously discussing Becca’s plans to graduate from her first Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine and her plans to study for her second Masters in Physiotherapy in September of this year, when the talk turned to my career plans. I explained to my Nan that I no longer enjoyed aspects of my job, especially three hours a day spent on trains and tubes commuting to and from London and that because of these factors, I had decided to hand in my resignation. She expressed that she was disappointed after seeing the amount of time and effort I had put into building a career as a Solicitor.

You only live once that’s the motto

I have had quite a few conversations like this, where after I have explained to them my plans, you can feel the tension of the other person thinking  'you're doing what?!' and after these conversations I thought I would have been emotional, a fear tears at the very least, instead I felt surprisingly relaxed in the decision I had made and my positive outlook on my future. I explained countless times that it isn't that I am leaving my job to do nothing, I am leaving to enjoy a summer aboard and to pursue my own entrepreneurial career as Founder of cocolem.

I totally understand why my family, friends and colleagues have their reservations, after all, I spent three years studying hard for my LLB Law with Criminology degree and having completed many years of law related work experiences and jobs, plus the thousands of pounds’ worth of student loan debt, I am packing it all in to go away for the summer and forge out my own career path.

Despite their concerns, I cannot see myself in the same job, and on the same solicitor career path five years from now, so I have decided it is best to abandon ship sooner rather than later. I can think of nothing worst then to look back at my life and feel pity and regret for the missed opportunities, and the leaps of faith I failed to take due to lack of self-confidence. I was not am not willing to allow anyone’s ideas of how I should live my life, influence my own life plan because my life goals are to live abundantly, to be fulfilled emotionally and financially and to live a happy and grateful life knowing I made the right decisions by me, for me.

At the end of this month I would have worked my notice and with that finished this chapter of my life story. As one door closes...

Love

Rosh xo
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Monday, May 08, 2017

B*tch I’m back...




It’s been awhile since I lasted blogged, I confess I was very distracted by work, life and trying to get my sh*t together.

I missed blogging because I enjoy expressing myself through my writing, but couldn’t overcome my writers block. I had ideas and entrepreneur events such as Future Girl Corp, Blooming Founders and Badass Women's Hour that I had attended but I consistently struggled to put pen to paper and write a piece that I thought was in a style and tone that was reflective of Roshsrambles.

I googled ideas to overcome writers' block and many articles suggested reading books and listening to music to help destress the mind. I read 'Dear Female Founders' by Lu Li, this book is a compilation of Female Founders advice letters from business owners who have grossed $1 Billion in revenue, to women and girls who are starting out on their own entrepreneurial journey. You may be aware that I have founded my own natural cosmetics brand 'cocolem' and so I found this book extremely inspirational. One of my favourite quotes from the book was by Paulina Sygulska, Co-founder of GrantTree.




"You have all of it in you. To envision and create your own universe and to invite others into it, so that, one day, it feels like all the doors are open and the universe is shaping itself around you. This very belief - that you deserve the great things that will come to you - will become a foundation of your success."

I am currently reading The Autobiography of Malcom X and this book has me going through a whirlwind of emotions from personal embarrassment, anger to shock. The book is extremely addictive and even more exhilarating considering we know the violent end Malcolm X aka el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz met. There is also a current book sale at The Works, I ordered ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and Numerology by Anne Christie. 

Additionally, I have recently downloaded a UK Rap playlist from Apple Music which I am loving, the playlist is updated with new songs every week, my favourite track on the playlist at the moment is Rolling ft Hardy Caprio – if you haven’t already, listen to it and wait for the beat to drop!  

I have also joined a local gym with my sister to help me tone and increase my fitness in time for the summer season! She is a future Physiotherapist and is set to study her second Masters at Brunel this coming September. My sister is extremely determined and no place is this more evident than in the gym, she pushes me (most times reluctantly) to my limits. We mostly train weights and cardio including weighted squats, deadlifts, lunges, weighted hip thrusts, resistant band crab walks, interval training on the running machine, hip abductions and inductions (although we call these out out, in ins) and the dreaded TRX machines, trying to complete a set of mountain climbers in these creates the hottest burn.

Despite not liking it at first, I do really look forward to a gym session – the endorphins released are realllllll. It helps to boost my mood especially after a stressful day at work and a long commute home. I have put on weight which for me is an added bonus to an increase in overall fitness, I used to vary between 56kg and 58kg but I am now a solid 61kg and I wouldn’t mind putting on a few more pounds #ThickThighsSavesLives. For those that want to follow my sister’s fitness journey you can follow her on Instagram: BeccaaDorsett and YouTube: BeccaaDorsett.

So yeah that’s kind of a break down on what I have been up to these past months. I will be blogging again every Monday. Stay tuned and bare with me as I get used to blogging life.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? Let me know how you overcame it… leave a comment below or DM me on Twitter.

Love

Rosh xo

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Rosh Does: Aloe Dent toothpaste review



If you are a regular visitor to 'Roshsrambles', you know that for the past 2 years I have been brushing my teeth with non-fluoride based toothpaste, namely toothy tabs from Lush Cosmetics and Oil-Pulling with Coconut Merchant organic coconut oil.

Last week my sister brought home Aloe Dent, a fluoride-free minty natural toothpaste.

“Aloe Dent Triple Action Aloe Vera Toothpaste with CO Q10 represents the latest in natural, powerful tooth care harnessing the very best that nature has to offer. CoQ10 is a substance naturally found in every cell in the body, but our bodies produce it more slowly as we age. This minty fresh all-natural toothpaste boosts its effective cleaning formula with CoQ10. Offering triple action, Aloe Dent Triple Action toothpaste cleans and protects your teeth and gums naturally.

As the name suggests it contains Aloe Vera which is less harsh on teeth and gums compared to commercially popular toothpaste brands and Tea Tree Oil which helps to fight bacteria. A recent study showed how Aloe Vera based gel toothpastes demonstrated superior antibacterial effect compared to two commercially popular brands: Colgate and Palmolive.

I decided to try it out to see if this natural toothpaste could make me part from my beloved toothy tabs. What I noticed from the first time using Aloe Dent is that unlike toothy tabs, this natural toothpaste is extremely minty and has the consistency of commercial gel toothpaste such as Colgate Blue Minty but without the presence of fluoride, obviously. I used my Oral B electric toothbrush and Aloe Dent toothpaste every morning and night for a week, and found that the overall freshness of my breath lasted a lot longer than with the toothy tabs. The aftertaste isn't chalky like I have found with some of the other well-known brands and you can feel confident knowing that not only is this toothpaste refreshing it is also a more effective and healthier alternative. I'd rate this toothpaste a solid 4/5, I will continue to use Aloe Dent while interchanging with my toothy tabs.

Aloe Dent is available in most health stores including Holland & Barrett and on Amazon UK RRP ranges from £2.50 to £4.00 per 100ml tube.

To find out why I stopped using fluoride based toothpastes, read my previous blog post here.

Love

Rosh xo
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Why is the appropriation of black culture a timeless trend?



With January soon to be over and the dust of the new year finally settles I found myself daydreaming about what fashion and beauty trends would grip the world this year? And then, I checked my Twitter timeline to see a tweet from Insider magazine entitled “Simple manicures have become too basic. You can now pierce your nails”. The attached video gave viewers a how to guide on this ‘new trend’ *cue intense eye roll*

For some piercing your nails is new edgy and least we forget sassy, but for others, especially black and ethnic minority women piercing nails are not new. The art of piercing nails has been around since the 90s when black female hip hop stars such as Janet Jackson, Missy Elliot and Little Kim and to UK legend Shola Ama graced MTV Base and Channel U respectively with their ‘ghetto fabulous outfits and nails’.

“hair done, nails done, everything did”

This new revived trend see women with acrylic nails pierce a tiny hole through the nail and adorn the hole with nail jewellery, including rings, studs and charms. yet again reinforces the cultural appropriation notion that we have all seen many, many, many, times before. The idea of white women imitating and popularising the dress sense, hairstyles and most recently the nail aesthetics of black women and in turn being praised as trendsetters.

We’ve seen the whitewashing of Bantu Knots turned space buns by the likes of Miley Cyrus, and Khloe Kardashian, we’ve heard Iggy Azalea’s rap with a false Southern black girl accent in her music and seen Kylie Jenner popularise fuller lips. More recently, I read an article on the since deceased Lilac Company and how four white males took original Hennessy, added a purple label and renamed it “Headphanie” as a blatant re-adaptation of Young Ma’s lyric in her hit record ‘OOOUUU’. Marc Jacobs was praised by the media and fashion world during Fashion Week 2016 for his ‘edgy and cool’ appropriation of dreadlocks, in which mostly white European models took to the catwalk decorated wearing multi-coloured dreadlocks. After the show, Marc Jacobs then took to Instagram to criticise the black community who voiced their concerns that dreadlocks were not a trend nor fashion accessory but a hairstyle steeped in black cultural significance. It was Jacobs’ open and ignorant dismissal of what dreadlocks mean to black men and women reminded me of what Azealia Banks termed ‘cultural smudging’ during an interview with Hot 97.

“you don’t own shit, you don’t have shit, not even the shit you created for yourself”.  

The media glorified and continues to glorify Kim Kardashian and her sisters for setting new trends including, ‘boxer braids’ cainrows, curvaceous figures and warm skin tones and in the same time it took to send an “OMG new trend alert tweet”, ignoring the fact that yet again black women have been wearing cainrows, celebrating their figures and embracing their melanin rich tones for decades.

The stomach-turning notion is even more amplified when you consider that not only are black women not even praised, celebrated or credited for the ‘trends’ they ignite globally, they are also taunted, embarrassed and laughed at for expressing their culture so beautifully. Zendaya was subjected to racist and ignorant comments  by  Fashion Police’s Giuliana Rancic for looking as if she “smelt of like patchouli oil, or weed as she adorned the red carpet with faux locs. Oscar nominee Viola Davis was deemed less classically beautiful by a white New York Times writer for wearing her natural hair in an afro and MAC cosmetics’ Instagram feature of black model Aamito Lagum’s lips was filled with racist remarks criticising everything from the size of Aamito’s lips to the colour of her skin.

White women are able to appropriate black culture without the stigma of being black

Black schoolchildren are being expelled and reprimanded from schools globally for wearing their natural hair, in the same hairstyles the media glorify white women for adopting. Hairstyles the schools deem unkempt, messy and in need of ‘fixing’. In one UK case a black boy wanting to wear cainrows to school was refused on the basis of the school’s anti-gang policy. In the same breath Katy Perry's ‘This Is How We Do” video showing the pop star wearing cainrows and manufactured gelled down baby hairs has been hugely successful, appearing on seventeen music charts for more than 200 weeks. Last year in the United States of America, a black woman was denied a job offer because she refused to cut her dreadlocks and in that same year Kylie Jenner graced the cover of Teen Vogue adorning what hairstyle? Yes, you guessed it dreadlocks.

In a world where a black girl with a few facial piercings, bright hair and extravagant dress-sense is considered ghetto and a white girl with the same facial piercings and extravagant hairstyle is deemed ‘alternative’. Why is it black things, creations and God-given features are only considered ‘high-fashion’, ‘brave’ and #bodygoals when they are imitated by white women?

It’s embarrassing to shoot down black women as the originators, whilst praising copycats all for your click bait articles. The problem I have with media outlets such as Insider and the Daily Mail’s tweet is that by purposefully ignoring the creativity of black women, they perpetuate the issue of cultural appropriation.  The ignorant inclination to use, wear or take something with cultural significance without fully understand the historical importance of that something. We see this occurring all the time, from festival wearers wearing bindis, dashikis, and cainrows, to culturally insensitive Halloween costumes.

This is one trend I hope dies very quickly.

What are your views on cultural appropriation? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @roshsrambles.

Love
Rosh xo




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Monday, January 23, 2017

Rosh Does: A trip to the Dentist


Like many adults in the UK, almost half of the UK population to be precise, are afraid of the dentist. The thought of that chair reclining, the smell of the dental surgery and that nauseous inducing drill sends me into a state of heightened anxiety. This intense fear stems from a traumatic experience I had when I was in my teens when I needed four teeth removed for orthodontic work. The dentist was not empathetic towards my fears, continuously rammed numbing needles into my gums and cracked, yanked and pulled my teeth until they were excessively bleeding. I was so traumatised by this experience, I had to get put to sleep for another dentist to remove the last two teeth.

And so, you can imagine my sheer horror when last Friday I noticed there was a small hole in my tooth. I immediately thought the worst: was it severe tooth decay, would I need a root canal or worse would the dentist be taking the tooth out?! So many questions were swilling round my head and so reluctantly I booked myself in for a dentist appointment with a new and younger dentist.

After a few deep breaths and a quick “you can do this pep-talk” I made my way to my local dentist. The grey cloud of doom immediately appeared when my dentist told me that the last time I had sat in the dentist chair was seven years ago. Can you imagine! I thought I would need numerous root canals and extensive dental work.

Two x-rays, a full teeth and gum check-up later I was overwhelmed to hear the dentist say “wow, I’m impressed your teeth are in great condition!” Even he was shocked to learn that there were no signs of rot, decay or plaque. Thank the good Lord!

I was told that the hole in my tooth was a result of weaker enamel, not due to tooth decay. The gap was quickly and painlessly filled and I genuinely left the dentist smiling.

For over seven days I honestly feared the worst, when in reality, my anxieties were misplaced and unfounded. I am determined to take this little lesson and apply it to other life situations when I feel stress and anxiety looming.

Read how I use coconut oil and fluoride free toothpaste in my oral care regime to maintain healthy gums and teeth.

Love
Rosh xo
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Rosh Does: Tackling seasonal flu the natural way!



Cold and flu season is here, common cold strikes 930,000 Brits a day and it has already taken some of my work colleagues hostage. And so now is a good time to make sure you are prepared and protected when that runny nose, high temperature and sore throat strike.

This does not necessarily mean heading to your nearest GP or pharmacy to stock up on prescribed paracetamolas there are plenty of alternative natural remedies that can be just as effective at combating those seasonal sniffles.

From getting a good nights sleep to homemade recipes below are my tips for tackling the seasonal flu and staying healthy.

Sleep
On average an Adults (18+) need 7 to 9 hours sleep as recommend by the National Sleep Foundation. I know that for me I need at least 8 to 10 hours of beauty sleep every night to feel at my best the next day as I tend to usually drink about 1-2 cups of coffee a week I need that extra rest!

Getting a good nights’ sleep is essential to keeping your immune system in balance as when you feel run down you are more susceptible to illness, including cold and flus. A study found that those who got less than 7 hours sleep a night were three times more likely to catch a cold.

Water
This goes without saying. Drinking water daily is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Recommended water intake is around 2 litres a day according to the NHS. I tend to aim for 1.5L of filtered water every day. You need a constant supply of liquids to replace those lost due to fever and infection.

Vitamin C
I got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes… you know name it! Making sure you always consume plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables high in vitamin C, especially leafy greens as these will not only help you prevent colds but a hefty dose of the vitamin at the first sign of symptoms can help clear a cold up faster. Get those spirulina, kale, green apple and spinach shots ready!
                           
Thermals
I do not play when it comes to the cold, on average I wear around three layers top to bottom these include thermal vests, long sleeve t-shirts and thermal leggings. Even thermal socks, when I woke up to snow on the ground Friday morning these all kept the warmth trapped in to stave off those icy winter breezes! As I commute to and from London daily, you can never be too sure if you’re going to be abandoned on a cold train platform waiting for the delayed 18.01 to Bedford!

I purchased my thermal vests from Primark and I brought the thermal leggings for £14.90 and long sleeve tops for £12.90 from Uniqlo.

Hot Drinks
Now I swear by a mug of hot Ribena just before bed to warm you up and help fight infection but I know for some of you (including my best friend) the idea of hot Ribena feels you with dread and so an alternative is the infamous Hot Toddy. According to Physician Dr Sarah Brewer a traditional Hot Toddy of whiskey, honey and lemon infused in boiling water is the best go to remedy for a speedier recovery time. 

As I mentioned in my previous New Year’s Resolution post, I am doing Dry January so I would leave out the alcohol and replace this ingredient with ginger ale. The honey coats and soothes a sore or dry throat, the lemon helps to cut through mucus to clear nasal passages and tackle viruses and ginger is a natural antiviral which helps to fight against illness and bacteria that causes cold. For those of you wanting a little tipple before bed the whiskey helps you to sleep and aids in reliving congesting by dilating the blood vessels.

What are your natural remedies for tackling seasonal flu? Let me know in the comments section or on Twitter!

Love
Rosh xo
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Monday, January 09, 2017

8 amazing ways to use raw organic coconut oil to look and feel great




Over the past two years the popularity of coconut oil and the interest in the incredible health benefits it possesses has rapidly increased. I have been using coconut oil as part of my beauty and cooking regime for two years and I swear by it. The coconut oil I use comes in its raw organic form in three sizes, 300ml, 500ml and 1L from Coconut Merchant. At room temperature it is solid white, however once it comes into contact with heat i.e. from the warmth of your skin or from the temperature of a frying pan it turns into clear liquid oil. There are hundreds of various uses for coconut oil and so I thought I would detail my top ten uses for organic coconut oil:

1. Face and Body moisturiser – As raw coconut oil is made up of good saturated fats, when applied it melts from its solid form and easily seeps into the skin pores, moisturising deeply and thoroughly. It does not leave any greasy or sticky residue. I have oily skin on my face and tend to have dry skin on my body but coconut oil has helped to balance my skin out. I usually apply coconut oil straight after drying off from the shower and then leave it to sink in for around 5-10 minutes. I no longer have blemishes and I very rarely get spots and my ankles are no longer ashy!

Coconut oil also contains natural SPF ranging from SPF 4-6 and although it may not keep you safe during a full day on a Caribbean beach it will help to keep you protected from daily solar radiation. SPF and UV protection benefits, coconut oil can also therefore prevent fine wrinkles and premature aging by reducing oxidative damage which can cause the skin to look tight and dry. For my natural skincare tips see this blog post.

2. Oral health care – Nearly everyone has seen CocoWhite and other health brands selling coconut oil sachets as a natural teeth whitening alternative. Oil pulling the 3,000-year-old Ayurvedic practice of swishing a tablespoon of oil around your mouth every morning for 20 minutes. Yes, that's right — 20 minutes. The practice is supposed to cleanse your teeth and gums of bacteria that can cause tooth decay, plaque and other dental horrors. Here's how it works: the coconut oil sticks to bacteria and micro-organisms in your mouth, and so when you spit it out, you’re also spitting out all those little nasties in there. This practice also claims to help with eliminating Halitosis (Bad Breath) due to the cleansing of the mouth from bad bacteria. 

3. Lip balm – As discussed above, coconut oil is extremely moisturising and antibacterial, this also makes it a great ingredient for lip balms. In summer it can be applied to protect sensitive lips from the sun’s rays and in winter it acts as a barrier to prevent lip nasties including chapped lips, cold sores and them annoying little splits you can sometimes get in the corners of the mouth. For an all-natural, cruelty free lip balm that contains organic coconut as well as other natural ingredients check out cocolem’s online Etsy shop here.

4. Make up remover – As coconut oil is gentle, it is a great alternative to use to remove makeup from sensitive areas of the face including your eyes and mouth. I tend to use a face flannel and warm water to wash my face then go over tougher makeup with a cotton pad with half a teaspoon of coconut oil on it. Even waterproof mascara doesn’t stand a chance!

5. Natural deodorantCoconut oil contains antibacterial properties which fight against bacteria so body odour doesn't occur. I went through a phase last summer where I was only using coconut oil and half a lemon as deodorant. I attended festivals, commuted to and from work in London and even worked out. No sweaty armpits, no body odour, this really does work.

6. Deep Conditioner Hair Mask – I have Afro hair which tends to get dry quicker than other types of hair and so Coconut oil is a must in my pre-poo (Pre-Shampoo) regime. I scoop about two tablespoons of oil all over my hair, cover it with a plastic shower cap. Leave it overnight and follow with my regular shampoo and conditioner. The result for me? Softer curls, easier to detangle and moisturised shiny tresses.

I have recommended coconut oil to my friends with finer hair who have all confirmed that it has helped their hair feel silky soft and conditioned without it feeling greasy.

7. Cooking – unlike many oils, coconut oil is solid at room temperature and will only being to liquefy at 76F. coconut oil has a high smoking point at 350F which makes it optimal for almost all types of cooking. For you gym buffs virgin coconut oil is higher in protein than extra virgin olive oil and there is also considerable scientific evidence that coconut oil can help you lose weight.

8. Health benefits – there have been some claims that raw coconut oil could be used as a treatment or even a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The primary argument is that coconut oil is rich in medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs, which are metabolized a little differently than most types of fat. The MCTs in coconut oil break down into ketones, which can be used by brain cells for fuel. The idea is that supplying the brain with some extra fuel might make it run better.Monica Reingael, licensed nutritionist and professionally trained chef. For example, there is a case study where Dr. Newport started giving her husband who did not have a short term memory a daily dose of coconut oil and after just 60 days Dr Newport recalled that his memory improved and he was able to concentrate better on tasks.

However, there is currently not enough scientific evidence to back up these claims. There is a clinical trial being conducted in the United States as to whether coconut oil has any effects on thinking or memory of people with Alzheimer’s and the results are due to be announced in mid-2017. 

If you are still unconvinced by the wonders of Coconut Oil then you can read 101 more uses here. For those of you who are interested in purchasing high quality coconut oil at a reasonable price. For me Coconut Merchant coconut oil is the best out there. You can preview their range of coconutty products on their website here.

What do you think of coconut oil? Do you have use it differently? Let me know in the comments section below!

Love

Rosh xo

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Monday, January 02, 2017

The year of realising stuff - Rosh's 2017 resolutions




We (including myself) all laughed when Kylie Jenner said that 2016 was the year of realizing stuff and how wrong we were to pass judgment! As 2016 really has been the year to realise, reflect and refine ourselves and our crafts.

From all this realising I decided to compile a small list of what I have learnt in 2016 and apply these revelations to my resolutions to 2017.

Live for yourself
After a pretty hectic year this will be my mantra for the new year. As long as I am happy with the decisions I make, as long as I am not hurting anybody and as long as I am comfortable, then I will always look to put my happiness and well-being first.

Being happy for me is also having the confidence to speak your mind honestly when placed in uncomfortable situations. The art of saying no without offering an elongated explanation.

Additionally, I will let go of the belief that I need to have everything figured out right now. I will be comfortable in the fact that the steps I am taking will lead me down the path to the lifestyle I have visualised.  With the rise in popularity of social media and instafamous influencers I have spent endlessly hours scrolling through the gram comparing myself to the lifestyle of these individuals. This stops now, I will live my life for me, minding my own business and continuing to pursue my dreams. Patience is key.

Stop self-sabotaging
There were a few good opportunities that arose in 2016 and for reasons to this day I struggle to understand, I did not follow them up or allowed them simply to slip into my mountain of unread emails.  2017 I am grabbing and holding onto all the great opportunities the Universe brings into my path. With this I will strive to be more confident in myself and my abilities. And instead of watching life past me by I will decide for myself that I am brave, powerful and confident enough to change things, release negative energies and to let go of toxic people for the sake of my happiness.

Praises your successes
Sometimes I need to stop, sit back and be grateful to be living, happy and surrounded by loving family and friends. Too often I get caught up in constantly chasing the future ‘next big thing’ without stopping to give myself credit for my past and current accomplishments. From restarting my blog in July 2016 I have to this day achieved over thirteen thousands views, I started on an entrepreneurial journey as the Founder of cocolem, a natural cosmetics company that makes cruelty free and organic lip balms suitable for vegans and vegetarians, I started my current Paralegal job in an area of law that has always interested me, without the LPC, I was asked to be a Godmother to a beautiful baby girl and I was able to self-finance my dream car and despite a few slip ups I was able to get meat out of my diet!

Healthy is not a goal, it is a way of living
In a year an average Brit spends £787 on alcohol, men spend an average of £934 per year compared with women spending £678. A study has also estimated that we Brits spend 315 days of our lives hungover and will have more than 3,000 hangovers in our lifetime. Lung disease as a result of heavy alcohol consumption is also one of the number one killers in the UK.
And with that the most cliché of my New Year’s resolution is to cut out alcohol. If I actually stop to think of the amount of days and coins wasted spent on beers and recovering from a hangover the number would be quite high. I had one dark fruits Strongbrow on NYE (can you tell I like beer lol) and that was it, even then I got home thinking did I even need that. So I plan to complete dry January and take it from there.

A different language is a different view of life
I have always wanted to be bi-lingual but I tend to enthusiastically start learning a language and then after a few weeks I get distracted only to start a few weeks later from scratch. This has pretty much been my language journey since the beginning 2016 and so this year I will attempt to be able to speak conversational French and I also will learn basic Arabic. I have already re-downloaded Duolingo, dusted off my Harry Potter series books in French and Mastering Arabic Series.

I will be writing a follow up NYE resolution post later in the year. What are your resolutions?

I cannot wait to see what 2017 holds; I wonder what Kylie will predict.

Happy New Year!

Love
Rosh xo


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