A lovely bunch of coconut oil-based products

Sylvie Salanoa and her daughter Tailani with a range of their coconut oil-based beauty products. Photo / Richard Robinson
Sylvie Salanoa and her daughter Tailani with a range of their coconut oil-based beauty products. Photo / Richard Robinson

Kiwis are turning to coconut oil for everything from moisturiser and hair conditioner to using it as a butter alternative.

A company in Samoa that has been selling organic coconut oil-based products for 13 years says it frequently receives inquiries from New Zealand, Europe, the US, Japan and Australia.

Pure coconut oil has long been a staple food and beauty secret in the Pacific, but has become popular in the West thanks to endorsements from celebrities such as Aussie model Miranda Kerr and American singer Mandy Moore.

Kerr has revealed she uses coconut oil on her skin and takes spoonfuls of it every day, saying it has played an important role in her success.

Mailelani Samoa has been making skincare and beauty products out of it for more than a decade.

The company is displaying its products in Auckland today at the Buy Samoa Made trade show, which is expected to attract hundreds of people to the Mangere Art Centre in Manukau.

Sylvie Salanoa, who owns the company with her husband, Kitiona, said: “We made coconut oil soap bars that were 100 per cent organic. It’s basically oil in a bar and it’s so soft.

“Yes, it’s a soap, but you can even use it to wash your hair.”

The soaps became so popular that the couple branched out, releasing a range of coconut oil-based lotions, moisturisers and massage oils.

They are now working on a range of cooking oils.

Auckland nutritionist Jeni Pearce, who works for High Performance Sport NZ, said it was important for people to take coconut oil as part of a balanced diet.

She said a level teaspoon of coconut oil was about 45 calories.

“People need to make sure that they’re swapping it for another fat and not just adding another fat to their diet.”

This weekend’s trade show is hosted by the Samoa Association of Manufacturers & Exporters and has 30 different stalls offering handicrafts, services and specialist foods such as vanilla, chilli, taro, coffee and cocoa from Samoa.

The Buy Samoa Made trade show kicked off yesterday. It opens at 8am today and finishes at 1pm.

Victoria's Secret models are like Olympians: creative director

The process of being picked to strut your stuff, wearing next to nothing, on an international runway, is ‘terrifying,” says the Victoria’s Secret creative director.

Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou is preparing to pick the best beauties for her fourth Victoria’s Secret fashion show, set to take place in New York on November 13.

“The final decision is made by the whole team, sitting at this long table in a room with really harsh lighting and they have to walk towards us and away from us,” she told Vogue UK.

“They all have to do it – even the contracted girls – and it’s incredibly nerve-wracking for them.”

To make the cast of Angels, the models have to be “show-ready,” Neophitou-Apostolou explains.

“It’s really like being an Olympian – they have to be in peak condition. It’s not about being thin or anything like that – it’s about being ready to perform and be the best you can be in that moment.”

A regular in the sexiest show of the year, Lindsay Ellingson, says she eats more ahead of the event to try and work on her curves.

Lindsay Ellingson likes to accentuate her curves on the catwalk.Photo / Creative Commons
Lindsay Ellingson likes to accentuate her curves on the catwalk.Photo / Creative Commons

“I think it’s sexier and more feminine to be more full. So I add like almond butter, peanut butter, protein shakes to my diet, just to feel a little sexier and curvier,” the 28-year-old told Fashionista.

This is a much different approach to that of fellow Victoria’s Secret Angel, Adriana Lima, who last year revealed to the Telegraph her extreme regime ahead of the show.

She works out twice a day, cuts out solids for nine days before the show and 12 hours before the US$10 million production gets under way she will stop drinking anything, including water.

“No liquids at all so you dry out,” Lima said.

“It’s like they’re training for a marathon,” Neophitou-Apostolou said at the time.

“Adriana works really hard at it. It’s the same as if you were a long-distance runner. They are athletes in this environment – it’s harder to be a Victoria’s Secret model because no one can just chuck an outfit on you, and hide your lumps and bumps.”

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