I'LL TRY ANYTHING ONCE: I Tried to Fade My Stretch Marks with Kopari Coconut Melt

I’ve tried almost every home and store-bought remedy to tame these tiger stripes, but to no avail.
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I’ve tried almost every home and store-bought remedy to tame these tiger stripes, but to no avail.

We've all heard all about the glorious wonders of coconut oil. You can cook with it, whiten your teeth with it (I actually became obsessed with this benefit), moisturize your hair with it, and do a million other things. For all these reasons, I’m in love with the coco. When Kopari Beauty contacted me about trying out one of their all coconut-based products, I had to say yes.

I checked out their offerings and Kopari has a cool line of products, but what really caught my attention was the Coconut Melt. It sounded the most enticing and it boasted a list of multi-miracles any lady would appreciate, namely its stretch mark healing abilities. I’ve tried almost every home and store-bought remedy to tame these tiger stripes, but to no avail. Had I finally found the answer?

Miracle in a jar?

Miracle in a jar?

A week or two later, I came home to a beautiful white and turquoise box. My Coconut Melt had arrived! I opened the stylish jar to find that the Coconut Melt was really just coconut oil. I was a tad disappointed because I thought I was receiving a coconut oil based product, not the oil itself. I already had coconut oil. Plus, this stuff is a bit pricey; I felt uncomfortable reviewing something that I — at first thought — could grab at Trader Joe’s. 

I’m not one to be impressed by fancy names or hefty price tags; I’m all about the quality. So I contacted the brand and asked what really separated Kopari from the average coconut oil on the grocery shelf. To my surprise, there’s way more to coconut oil than just refined or unrefined. I was pleased to learn that this $34 7 oz jar of oil actually had some unique benefits.

The adorable spoon.

The adorable spoon.

● It’s 100% pure — Kopari puts in some serious work when it comes to sourcing and formulating their coconut oil. Each jar contains organic oil from the Philippines and is free of sulfates, silicones, parabens and GMOs. So this stuff is as pure as it gets.

● It's more temperature resistant than other coconut oils I've used. Seriously, I’ve never seen coconut oil hold its texture for so long. It didn’t soften at all, not even a little bit.

● Its packaging is eco- and user friendly. The wide shape allows for easier scooping and the jar is recyclable.

● My fave: It comes with an adorable little scoop spoon.

According to the label, Coconut Melt can be used as a bath oil, a massage oil, a hair mask, a stretch mark healer, a baby butter, and a shaver. I tested out its powers in the hair and stretch mark departments.

Hair Mask Review

This hairstyle refused to undo.

This hairstyle refused to undo.

For the last week and a half, I’ve been rocking tiny two-strand twists. I’ve done this look once before, but never have I used a holding spray until now. The spray definitely held the look together, but it also made it nearly impossible to comb out. I figured this would be a good opportunity to test out the hair mask benefit. I applied about 2-3 scoops of oil unto each section of my 4- part-sectioned hair, then followed up with a few strokes of a wide tooth comb.

*Loudly sings* I love my baby hair with baby hair and afro!

*Loudly sings* I love my baby hair with baby hair and afro!

My hair quickly untangled and I didn’t even need to add liquid. I let the coconut oil chillax in my mane overnight and washed it out with conditioner in the morning. Blue Ivy level frofection.

Hair Removal (Shaving) Review

Bae-less winter seasons mean hairy-ass legs and pits. While I think women have the right to bare their hairs, whether she’s chose or unchose, I will admit that I do feel more compelled to shave/wax when I’m seeing a fella. When it comes to the powers of coconut oil, the limit does not exist. I’m well aware. But I had no idea it could be used as a shaver. 

This is definitely my go-to last minute shave solution.

This is definitely my go-to last minute shave solution.

Naturally, I began the shave test on my legs. I applied the oil to dry skin and proceeded to shave. The sensation was a bit prickly. I felt a slight pinch as my razor cut through each strand. I didn’t continue with my leg because it just didn’t feel good and shaving a whole leg requires a bit too much of this very expensive and small jar of coconut oil. So I tried shaving a smaller area: my armpits. Again, I felt that prickly sensation but it was short lived. Pinch-y feels aside, I was left with incredibly smooth hair-free skin!

Stretch Mark Healing Review

These two little squiggles appeared on my upper arm.

These two little squiggles appeared on my upper arm.

I got my first stretch mark on my hip when I was 18. A few more lines have joined the party since then, and they all remained relatively close to its colonizer. 

 It wasn’t until a month ago I discovered a new stretch mark on an area I thought would forever remain mark-free. I was sitting in bed, wearing a tank top, typing away on my laptop when my peripheral vision alerted me to a lightly colored scar on my arm. Oh my gosh. It’s traveled! 

I wasn’t sure if the oil would actually remove stretch marks but seeing how it claims to be a “stretch mark healer,” I was ready to receive my blessing. I anointed my stretch marks twice a day for about two weeks, but nothing really changed. My skin smelled and felt amazing, but my stripes were still present. They were like, “Bitch...YOU THOUGHT!”

Don’t be fooled by the lighting. Those marks look the same in the mirror on both days.

Don’t be fooled by the lighting. Those marks look the same in the mirror on both days.

Perhaps, the oil is just preventative? In any case, I added the oil to my moisture regimen to ward off any more stretch marks seeking to take hold of my flesh.

Overall...

Kopari’s Coconut Melt proved to be a good moisturizer, shaver, and hair oil. I wouldn’t rank it as the one and only coconut oil for all things. You can definitely get some good results with your average store-bought coconut oil. But I will say it’s a prime choice for the coconut oil purists out there. If you are really particular about your products, this may just be the perfect beauty item for you. It’s all natural and is made with perfection. 

The major plus for me was the smell; the sweet coconut scent is very strong. I also appreciate that it’s sold as a hair and body product rather than just a regular coconut oil. I know, it’s all in my head and I really can do whatever the hell I want with it. But I’m less tempted to split my uses of it for cooking and hairstyling. Maybe it’s the cute jar or the fact that it’s called “Coconut Melt,” but it just seems too intended for all things vanity. This is the first jar of coconut oil to ever make it to my bedroom.

I’m falling pretty hard and fast for this stuff.

I’m falling pretty hard and fast for this stuff.

I recommend Coconut Melt for anyone seeking the peak coconut oil experience. Seeing how I’m becoming a grown ass woman and all, I think I’m going to start upping my standards when it comes to skin and hair products. I’ll always be the bargain shopper and I’m a strong believer in the power of DIY concoctions. But every once in awhile, it’s nice to have a little something special in your beauty bag.