Gwyneth Paltrow explains her new beauty trend: ‘oil-pulling’, or swilling coconut oil

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I guess E! News is the place to go for all of the “brand ambassadors” to do infomercials these days. Jennifer Aniston got to do an Aveeno infomercial over the weekend, and now it’s Gwyneth Paltrow’s turn. Goop is representing Restorsea (and Hugo Boss, but that’s another story) and so – much like Aniston – we are gifted with an endless parade of quotes about skincare. The funny thing is that Aniston is so much better at this whole “relating to normal people” thing. I know Jennifer sips mojitos that probably cost $75 a swig, but Aniston is, at heart, a relatively normal person who simply enjoys luxury and expensive everything. Gwyneth in not “relatively normal” whatsoever. Dame Goop swills coconut oil! (Note: Shailene Woodley was talking about this last week too, so it’s the new thing in celebrity circles.)

Discovering Restorsea: “It was sent to me. I get a lot of things sent but this one stood out. I loved the smell; it wasn’t floral, which I find off putting. I started using it and noticed a difference quickly in my skin tone. When looking into the company more, I learned it was started by a woman…I loved that it was a woman! I am all about that, ways to empower women. We call it the “Fempire” here in the Goop office. I won’t ever endorse anything I don’t fully believe in.”

The importance of natural products, but not exclusively: “I really think it’s important. I will rely and have relied on things in the past that aren’t 100 percent natural—like if you are going get lasers to get rid of sunspots, that’s not a natural product. So I always think a mix is good, but it’s very important that what you put on your skin is natural, because it’s so readily absorbed into your system and there are so many unregulated chemicals in our products—more so in America than any other country, and so I always try to look for natural or organic product.”

Her minimal daily skincare: “It’s very minimal. After I drop my kids, I always exercise and then I take a shower and I basically just put on moisturizer—and that’s kind of it. If I have a meeting or something I’ll put on some mascara, but that’s as far as I go. No, I just I never do [foundation]. I’ve been getting my makeup put on for me since I was 20 years-old, so I never learned how to do it, and I’m really bad at it.”

Exercise tips for peasants: “I believe, for me, doing some cardio vascular exercise everyday is really good for my skin for detoxification and skin tone and color. I do the Tracy Anderson method, so I dance for an hour.”

“Oil-pulling”: “I use coconut oil a lot I do on my face, on my skin and in my cooking. And I just started “oil puling,” which is when you swish coconut oil around [in your mouth] for 20 minutes, and it’s supposed to be great for oral health and making your teeth white. It’s supposed to clear up your skin, as well. It’s really interesting; it’s an ancient, ancient technique. I read about it on the Internet.”

[From E! News]

Gwyneth also talks about Goop a little, saying that the site is undergoing a redesign and how she likes growing Goop slowly, which… I think I’ve said before, I have to give her some credit for Goop. We all made fun of her and her silly lifestyle site and now all of these celebrities are copying her (Blake Lively, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba). For what it’s worth, I think Goop’s growth has been organic, and the success of Goop will be difficult to replicate, although I can’t wait to see the glorious mess that Blake Lively and Reese Witherspoon come up with.

As for this oil-pulling nonsense… I think it’s funny that Gwyneth just sits at home, Googling weird beauty/skincare tips to try. I’ve never heard of the coconut oil swilling thing, but whenever I plead ignorance of this stuff, so many of you yell at me. Yes, I’m terribly middle-class and peasanty. I wash my face with soap and water and I drink lots of water to improve my skin’s overall health. HOW GAUCHE.

Photos courtesy of Getty, Goop’s Instagram.

 

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  1. Trillian says:

    Ugh. I barely manage 30 seconds with my mouthwash stuff. The very thought of having oil in my mouth for 20 MINUTES makes me gag.

    • mimi says:

      @Trillian

      MTE! I know I could never keep oil in my mouth for 20 minutes without gagging and needing to spit it out. I’ll stick to toothpaste and mouth rinse, thankyouverymuch!

    • V4Real says:

      I can’t keep anything in my mouth for 20 minutes so I guess I’m out.

      If Goop indulges in all these beauty and healthy treatments why doesn’t she look any better?Her skin is not great and neither is her hair. I just don’t find her that attractive. I’m agree with Kaiser about what she said on another post. If this was Angelina Jolie or Halle Berry I would be convinced but this is Gwyn who looks like she has dry skin and hair to match.

      • lucy2 says:

        I know – I don’t look at her and think “healthy”.

      • Isadora says:

        I see what you mean. On the other hand – being a bit of a healthnut myself and never actually looking healthy – I have to point out that a lot of people only turn to such healthy/beauty treatments because their genetics aren’t like other people’s who can do what they want and always shine. So that was maybe her motivation too? We have no idea how she would look without her regimen.

      • Omega says:

        Whatever Halle Berry is on, I want it. The woman is deep into her forties and you know that expression about how “you look good for your age”?, Halle looks great for someone twenty years younger than she is. So if Halle is gargling coconut oil, I’ll just straight up buy the coconut plantation.

        Paltrow, not so much.

      • T.C. says:

        I think Goop looks really good for being a pale blond at her age. She would look much older or have to get some plastic surgery if she weren’t doing all this natural skin care. Halle Berry has more melanin to protect her from aging as quickly.

      • qwerty says:

        @Omega I read Halle Berry exercises daily to keep her diabetes under control, probably is also on a low sugar (like, low IG) diet, as opposed to stay-skinny diet like Gwyneth. I agree with what’s been said, Gwyneth does not seem healthy, esp. her skin. Definitely too much sun, and I’d also guess not enough oil in her diet.

        Gillian McKeith is crazy about green stuff but she never eats anything with fat from what I remember, and she looks really bad, not just for her age but bad in general. She has that dry look to her, like she’s lacking oils in her diet. She’s the same age as Nigella Lawson.

      • kri says:

        Okay. We get it. You have time to swill coconut oil. You are more magnificent and purer than a unicorn. Oy! This woman makes my eyes hurt from rolling. But I will say this-I have been greasing up with Palmers Coconut stuff forever, and I LOVE it. Of course, it’s only a few dollars at the drugstore so I’m not sure if that is the “right” kind of coconut oil.

      • Nikki L. says:

        Because she has serious food issues … a very expensive eating disorder. Vitamin E, animal protein, good fats and the like make for healthy supple skin, and I doubt she eats a rich, varied diet.

    • paola says:

      Trust me you can barely taste it. You just have to push it between your teeth and it’s really worth it! It really makes your teeth whiter.
      The plaque on your teeth it’s fat-soluble. So the lipids have to dissolve in fats, which is why oil works in your mouth.

      • Michele says:

        DON’T do this if you have any old mercury fillings. It draws out the heavy metals in your system, which is a good thing – but you don’t want to spread the mercury in your fillings into your bloodstream.

      • paola says:

        I don’t have any mercury fillings.. but spitting all the oil out at the end it should be ok even if you have any, no?

      • V4Real says:

        Then I’m definetely out; I have a tendency to “Swallow.”

      • connie says:

        I just completed my first 20 minute oil pulling session today. It’s an ancient ayurvedic practice. It took my a few minutes long sessions to work up to it, but aside from a slightly sore jaw not bad at all. It doesn’t leave a bad taste, makes your teeth feel so clean and lips oh so soft. I’d heard about it for a while and am into anything to aid in natural detoxification, hell I’m on day two of my juice cleanse and on my way to yoga. I’m not a goop fan per se, but I can’t hate on her preaching what works for her that she finds enjoyable. I do the same and I’m nowhere near her income level

      • FLORC says:

        I just tried it. Bought the sesame oil and swished it. After the first few minutes it was ok. A struggle with my jaw muscles ensued. I relaxed and swished more loosely, but around 8 minutes phlem in my throat loosened at it become very hard to not gag.

        Afterwards my mouth tastedd like a peanut (which I loved) and teeth felt cleaner, but it is very difficult to swish for that long and not gag or have your mouth get tired!

      • bec says:

        Yes, it is an ancient, ancient procedure, but do you know what?
        Then they invented this thing called Toothpaste!

    • Size Does Matter says:

      At least while she’s swishing that’s 20 minutes during which she has to STFU.

    • LadySlippers says:

      ALSO you build up to 20 minutes — it’s not expected for you to go that long immediately. If you can do 5 minutes, that’s an excellent start.

      Plus, coconut oil has a huge range of tastes and flavours (kinda like olive oil which you can use too) and the goal is to find one you’re comfortable with. And there’s several oils you can pick from.

    • Sarah says:

      I have started using coconut oil on my skin and it works really well. My skin has become very soft, supple and it seems to be softening my wrinkles, evening them out a bit. And it does taste good even though I’m not using it for my teeth. My coconut oil is semi-solid at room temperature, so I would want something liquid if I put it in my mouth. But it’s great on my skin – face and body.

      • Syko says:

        I use it on my skin and hair too. It’s no big deal…I step into the shower, spread it around on the areas that need help, elbows, heels, knees, etc., then wipe my hands through my hair with the film remaining on them. Then I shower as usual, and the warmed coconut oil really helps my skin. I do not recommend using it heavily on your hair, though. The first time I used it on my hair, I coated all my hair, as you would with hair color, and six shampoos later, the hair was still greasy enough that if I touched it, my fingers came away greasy. So I slept in a hoodie to protect the bedding, and got up the next morning and had to wash my hair with Dawn to get the rest out. Just the light film remaining on my fingers after I rub it on my skin is plenty for my hair.

        I have a friend who grew up in Puerto Rico, and she swears by coconut oil, she even puts it on her morning toast, claims it keeps her from getting sick. I can’t say if it’s the coconut oil, but I do know she hasn’t taken a sick day in over five years.

      • Mel says:

        Pure coconut oil solidifies at about 23 Celsius. Which means that it melts instantly if you put it in your mouth.

        I did oil pulling – using coconut, sesame, sunflower and other oils (one at a time) – a few times in my life, for a few weeks in a row. It was easy enough, but it never seemed to do anything much for me. Then again, I never had any particular physical complaints, so maybe its benefits simply couldn’t show (at least not short-term or dramatically).
        I have heard wonders about it; but for me, it never did anything, as far as I could tell.

        As for coconut applied topically, it’s been my main facial care for a few years now. I like to throw a few drops of essential oils into the mix. It works beautifully.

    • Wiffie says:

      I’ve done it once, and yeah you kind of gag at first, but you don’t think about it and get over it. When you brush your teeth with water afterwards, though, it’s like plaque just FALLS OFF. I never had smoother teeth. It was insane. Worth the 20 minutes IMO!

  2. Splinter says:

    “It’s an ancient, ancient technique. I read about it on the Internet.” – ha!

  3. Astrid says:

    I would take her more seriously if she looked better.

  4. Lee R. says:

    Well, this is one area where I agree with Gwynnie. I’ve been oil pulling since August. My teeth are whiter and stronger, my skin is clearer and my stomach is feeling much, much better. It works.

  5. Kris says:

    Kaiser, you are behind the times, or you just don’t have annoying Facebook friends. There was a blog post making the rounds about oil pulling and all its magical wonders. The blogger swears by it, like Gwynnie is doing.

    • Rachel says:

      Exactly. I’ve been hearing about this for a while now. I was interested, so I looked into it. What they don’t tell you when you’re reading about all the benefits is that swishing with oil can also dissolve epoxies used to hold crowns or other dental fixtures. My dentist just sealed a small crack in my tooth with some kind of epoxy, so as much as I’d like to try oil pulling, I’m not going to take that risk.

      • Lulu says:

        No way?! Really? Shoot. I have so many fillings and crowns but I have been really wanting to try this. I am bummed. Is it all oils?

      • Rachel says:

        Lulu, I’d check with your dentist to see if there’s an oil that’s safe(r) for your dental work. B from what I read, any oil given enough time will dissolve epoxy. I would really love to try it because I have sensitive teeth, and I’ve heard such great things, but again, I don’t want to spend any more time in the dentist’s chair.

    • FLORC says:

      I’m not a FB member and even i’ve heard of it! Granted I heard it here, but have already tried it. Get with the latest trend that Goop will promote for the next week or so Kaiser before something new will come along

  6. ughinsomnia says:

    You’re way late to the party, Gwyneth. My hippie friends have been doing this for YEARS.

  7. BRE says:

    Oil pulling has been around forever. What is it with this sudden advertisement of it? I mean people are talking about it like it’s the “new” thing

  8. Renee28 says:

    Oil pulling has become very popular. It’s not just a celeb thing. I don’t do it but I use coconut oil for everything.

    • Original Lee says:

      Same! I haven’t tried the oil pulling yet – but coconut oil is where it’s at. I started using it in college because I was so broke and it could be used for so many things. I’m about as non-crunchy as you can get, but my staples are coconut oil, jojoba oil (for nightly moisturizing), black soap or shea butter soap (to wash my face), and clay masks (weekly treatments).

    • claire says:

      I use it as a makeup remover. Coconut oil rocks! Your skin feels so soft and I hear it does wonders for eyelash and eyebrow growth.

  9. Candy Love says:

    Jessica Alba had her “Life brand” before Goop and they all are copying Martha Stewart .

  10. Gine says:

    Oil pulling actually really does help with tooth sensitivity, or it least it has for me.

  11. Ellie66 says:

    Her face looks frozen in the pics with the dress. Ugh I’ve never heard of the coconut oil thing bet it tastes nasty. :( you guys had mentioned switching to oil for ur skin (on it not gargling with it) what kind? Does it make u break out?

    • Rachel says:

      I do use coconut oil on my skin. A little bit goes a long way. I thought it would make me break out, too, or make my skin really greasy looking. But it doesn’t. In fact, my skin looks better. And since I started using coconut oil, I feel prettier without makeup. After my shower, I’ll just rub a tiny bit of coconut oil on my face and neck, and I feel like my skin is glowing for the rest of the day.

      I honestly don’t think coconut oil has much of a flavor to it at all. Much less than olive oil. So it’s definitely not nasty. Although I don’t know if I’d be able to stand 20 minutes of any oil in my mouth.

    • kc says:

      coconut oil is actually comedogenic, so it will block your pores if you are prone to blackheads. Any mixture of any of the following are great (or by themselves), they all have astringent or moisturizing properties. The science behind it is that oil likes oil. I used to have severe acne, I started using oils morning and night, with tee tree oil during a breakout, and it changed my skin significantly. And oh my, do Sweet Almond and Walnut oils feel so so good. Baby soft.

      Castor
      Olive
      Sunflower
      Safflower
      Jojoba
      Walnut
      Sweet Almond
      Coconut if you can get away with it.
      Putting Coconut Oil out there for facial cleansing by GOOP contributes to my vision that she’s a bandwagoner and didn’t do her research on this one. But maybe she isn’t acne prone anyway and has small pores, so it isn’t an issue. I would have thought she would mention that she exclusively uses some rare oils that Picasso used when creating his art so that no one else could get it and she stayed on brand with her 10 000$ price range for recommended products. shrug.

    • Isadora says:

      I read that Babassu oil is a great substitute of coconut oil for people who break out easily/are acne-prone. It has the same qualities without being comedogenic.

    • Nina W says:

      If you have sensitive skin go to a dermatologist for advice on how best to take care of your skin and don’t just do it yourself based on anonymous advice on the Internet. Gwyneth may trust what she reads on-line but I don’t and you shouldn’t either.

  12. AmandaPanda says:

    oilpulling has been around for ages -surprised goopy hasn’t tried it before. don’t think it has to be coconut oil though.

    on an unrelated note, why is coconut oil so in vogue? I’ve tried cooking with it but it’s so sweet and heavy. why is it meant to be better for you than olive oil?

  13. Lovething says:

    I completely disagree with that last paragraph. Oil pulling is incredibly cheap and actually something that in many cultures was passed down from our ”unsophisticated” grandmas. It IS the very essence of peasantry. Sure Gwen and company are attempting to appropriate it and turn it into a mark of class or aspirational or some other nonsense, but it really isnt. Plenty of people swill coconut oil because its cheaper than the specialized tooth pastes that deal with various dental issues.

  14. Nibbi says:

    I totally want to try this oil thing now that i’ve read about it in the shaikene woodley post and here and this kind of makes me hate myself ;) we truly are impressionable, here in the masses…
    On the other hand, i do like ‘tips’ like these because they are natural and relatively accessible/ inexpensive and harmless, whereas a lot of the other beauty crap i see on celebrities (‘tox, the dreaded WONK EYE, implants) just seems grotesque and horrifying and unhealthy at so many levels.

  15. Lendy says:

    Ok. Normally I discount whatever the Goop says. I’m trying the oil pulling thing. It’s all over my Facebook friends feeds and they love it. I think it’s a general movement. I just got some coconut oil. I’m starting tomorrow incidentally.

  16. Teresa_Maria says:

    Oil-pulling has really been around forever.
    I used to do it like 10 years ago when having problems with digestion and oral health. Did this for 4 months and never had to deal with these problems since. When done correctly and regularly (once a day for 20 minutes) it really improves your oral health.
    But as for Goop … she could swish gold in her mouth – that would be something us peasants could never follow

  17. The Original G says:

    Coconut oil is amazing and has antiseptic properties. Oil pulling is not new and will make your teeth very white if you do it for a while.

  18. Mrs. Darcy says:

    So you gargle the oil for 20 minutes? That seems like a long time. Also isn’t coconut oil solid? Can you buy it in liquid form? I use it in my hair sometimes, am thinking it’s not fancy enough to put in mouth though! I’m willing to try anything though, esp. when my skin is a hot mess like right now. I have also used coconut oil topically on dry patches and to remove eye makeup.

    • MonicaQ says:

      It’s like $12 a jar in Trader Joes/Publix so I went, “We’re going to be careful with this stuff” when I was on Keto. It’s solid but it melts easily.

    • Teresa_Maria says:

      Coconut oil is solid, but it will become liquid in your mouth.
      Do not gargle, only swish. You have to avoid swallowing the oil, because after a while it will be full of toxines. Google “oil pulling coconut oil” – there are some good sites with explanations and tips.

    • Aysla says:

      It’s kind of both. You can put it in your mouth solid and it will melt. When I do oil pulling, I take a tablespoon of it, put it in my mouth and immediately start swishing around. Ideally, do it for 20 minutes (I had to start at 5 and work up from there), then spit it out in a tissue or whatever (it will clog your sink, so don’t spit it into the drain). When I bought my tubs of coconut oil, they came solid– but I put the container in a pot of warm water for a bit and it turned liquid. Of course, it snowed again where I live so my house is really cold and you can guess what happened to the tubs… siiiiigh.

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      I live in the U.K. so maybe will try a health food store, I’m thinking it needs to be organic? They sell really cheap stuff in the drugstore for hair but think I need better quality for this. Thanks for all the tips, will look up the videos and check it out. :-)

  19. B says:

    Oil pulling really has been around for ages; it’s an ancient Ayurvedic technique. It just happens to be the latest fad that is going around right now.

    It’s also cheap & you can swish while in the shower so it doesn’t seem as long and boring…

  20. NorthernGirl_20 says:

    The oil pulling has been around for a very long time – I love coconut oil and use it for many things but I don’t do oil pulling. The idea of swilling oil around in my mouth for 20 minutes! just disgusts me.. and .. I’ve studied this kind of medicine in university. Its essentially the placebo effect with ayurvedic medicine – I think its hogwash IMO.

  21. Erandyn says:

    It’s an “ancient, ancient technique” because it was made up by the same people who thought that bleeding a person via a hole in their skull would cure them of mental diseases, or as they liked to call it, “demons”.

    WTF is it with people who look for answers by turning to “the ancients” who clearly, obviously, definitely knew less than we do now? You want medical treatments that haven’t changed in centuries? Get them from your closest rural community in Africa. But maybe first check their mortality rates vs that of places that use modern medicine, huh?

    And btw, this oil pulling crap has been debunked left and right for decades. The last resurgence of it was in the 70s.

    • Vee says:

      I guess not turning toward the ancients but how about going back 100 years when people actually ate pesticide free fruits, veggies and clean healthy meat?

      This country is in desperate times health wise. We can heal ourselves with real, nutrient rich foods, yet we so readily turn toward pills.

      Read labels, if you cannot read it, don’t eat it. We need to take responsibility for our own health, no one else will. Certainly not the government.

    • linlin says:

      Well, actually sometimes scientist discover that an ancient thing actually does work and that there is a reason why it works. An example would be the ancient custom of putting mouldy bread on wounds- which might sound crazy but was actually a pretty good treatment since some moulds produce antibiotic substances. Many herbs used in traditional medecine DO actually have some benefits. Honey IS an effective cough suppressant. I haven’t read about oil pulling before but did look it up now and from what I can see it’s unlikely that there are big benefits from it, but it does seem possible that there are some benefits for oral health. Anyway, some scientists when hearing about such techniques don’t immediately dismiss them but instead may consider that there might be the possibility that this old trick might actually have benefits and consider if there is a scientific explanation why it could work. There are lots of myths and scams out there, but also some things that are actually true. Of course even if there might be some benefits, often we have way better treatments nowadays- just because the mouldy bread could work doesn’t mean that you should use it if you have access to modern medecine instead! Oil pulling might have been a good method once to improve your oral health, but probably modern things are more effective.

    • LL2 says:

      Why get upset? Some people have tried it and decided that they like it. Its their bodies and their choice what to do with it. Its not like they are forcing you to do it as well.

    • Kath says:

      Erandyn: loved your post.

      I would also add that those “ancients” lived to the grand old age of 35.

  22. Macey says:

    one of my girlfriends has always been big on oil pulling, she does it every night. I just cant imagine sitting with that oil in my mouth for so long. I also read that it actually isnt good for ppl with certain types of fillings b/c the pulling can actually loosen the fillings. I still have some old silver filling in my mouth and didnt want to risk it. I just cant imagine how that stuff is to switch in your mouth since it looks so thick in the bottle.

  23. Annie says:

    I’ve oil pulled for two years. I had active periodontal disease. Oil pulling improved my gums to the point that I no longer have active disease and am now on regular six month check ups instead of the three to four month periodontal check ups I was having. My gums do not bleed. Pockets vastly improved. Nothing worked before this. I had deep cleanings and prescription mouthwashes. I dont believe all the benefits touted in regards to oil pulling, but I definitely believe it can improve oral health. My dentist does too. Their office was recently on the local news informing the community of the benfits they’ve seen with oil pulling and advised it may be beneficial for some. The newscaster’s wife oil pulls also and she is a nurse.

    I found organic coconut oil does make my teeth whiter but prefer organic sunflower oil.

  24. Ag says:

    As most crap that Fishsticks promotes, oil pulling is utter and complete pseudoscience nonsense. This is an impartial review of the research on it:
    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/oil-pulling-your-leg/

    And before we start off with the “even if it’s a placebo, what’s the harm?” arguments, there are PLENTY of harmful direct and indirect effects of pseudoscience and pseudoscientific (often called “natural”) practices.
    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/whats-the-harm/

  25. Kiddo says:

    “it’s supposed to”: I’m glad that this standard is not used by the FDA for approvals.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Unfortunately what the FDA approves is often the result of shady back room deals. The FDA isn’t what many people think it is.

      • Kiddo says:

        Yeah, without getting into lobbying and all of that, at least the process of approval, on the surface, goes beyond ‘someone said’ or ‘it’s supposed to’. I don’t hate Paltrow. I think where she looks silly, however, is her full fledged endorsements of things, because she looked it up on the internet, or someone sent her a sample, so this is going to work for everyone, KWIM? There are many blog sites that aggregate news or trends, without coming across as experts or scientists who have proven the theories. I know she’s not exactly doing that, but she is veering very close to it. Like I said somewhere else, she seems highly impressionable and quick to jump on the band wagon of the moment. She’s the Dr Oz or old Oprah show of the internet.

      • Cecilia says:

        Oh Ladyslippers…you speak the truth. I used to do nutritional labeling for the big frozen food packers. I was the one who interfaced with FDA. It was an eye-opener.

  26. DaniLakes says:

    I hate to ve “THAT person” but there is no evidence that oil pulling does ANYTHING for your teeth. To be fair, I don’t know of (and in school we never talked about) any studies on oil pulling improving the whiteness of teeth, or maybe helping with canker sores, so I won’t say that doesn’t work, bc it just might. But I DO know that idoes NOTHING to increase the hardness of your teeth, or in some way “reverse” cavities; once the cavity is formed, its formed and no oil is gonna fix that. I actually just had thus debate about a month ago with my best friend, who tried to use oil pulling to arrest a pretty deep cavity she didn’t want to have filled. Yeah, that ended up as a root canal bc it just got deeper.

    I said all that just to say if you feel it whitens your teeth, or helps with cold sores, or sensitivity, if it makes you happy, go for it. Just don’t expect it to heal cavities (like I see in testimonials all the time, ugh!) and certainly don’t avoid the dentist bc you’ve found a “cure”!

  27. paola says:

    I am no fan of Gwyneth paltrow but i’ve been doing the oil-pulling for a while and it has really changed the color of my teeth and the overall hygiene of the oral cavity.
    I use linseed oil, i can’t do 20 mins though… my cheeks ache so much and it hurts my teeth and tongue as well so I just do it until the oil turns white or a pale yellow.
    I know i sound so gross right now… but I also scrape my tongue every morning before brushing my teeth and at the end i drink a glass of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon juice. All this manouvre takes up to 30 minutes..but it makes me feel so much better that I would never stop doing it. It’s my morning routine.

  28. Christin says:

    She looks like Martha (the original lifestyle queen) in the close-up blue dress photo. My apologies to Martha, who looks much better.

    I don’t understand why she claims ignorance of how to apply her own makeup when she has observed makeup artists doing it for her. Did she not wear makeup before age 20? Most young girls want to experiment and learn about cosmetics long before that age. Guess that is just for us peasants who lack flawless skin and feel we need to wear foundation.

    • Nighty says:

      Some people are not good at applying make-up… I have friends who are terrible at it… I am terrible at putting on nail polish .. Not everyone has to be an expert on that just because you’re a woman and you’re supposed to… know it

      • Christin says:

        I don’t think she has to be an expert, but to say she never learned how to do even basic foundation is a bit much when in the same breath she’s bragging about having it done for her for the past 20 odd years.

        It’s along the lines of saying I go to a hairdresser but I don’t know how to turn on a blow dryer. As another poster said, foundation and maybe a little powder isn’t exactly rocket science.

    • Nina W says:

      I never learned, never mastered the technique and don’t bother with it at all anymore. Of course I am not an actress or model or public figure at all so nobody cares how shiny my nose is. But I just never liked make-up much, I don’t like how it feels on my skin and I rub my face too much and always smeared it. I also hate spending time in the mirror fussing with my face. Maybe GP is like me and just doesn’t have the patience or the talent or the inclination for it.

  29. Kiddo says:

    She seems highly impressionable and a little sad to me.

  30. byandby says:

    I used to oil pull about ten years ago in an effort to relieve keratosis pilaris (chicken skin.)It does make your mouth feel squeeky clean, perhaps because of all the saliva it generates.

    Don’t remember it having a huge effect on my skin, but perhaps I could try it again, this time with coconut instead of sesame seed oil.

  31. Jayna says:

    I died laughing one day when I read an interview of hers and she bragged how she exercised religiously five or six days at week at 10:00. LOL Ten o’clock. What a stressed life she has. At least Madonna used to be impressive because she did it at five or so before a packed day of work. I could never do it before work when I worked full-time, not a morning person. Getting up, drinking coffee or tea and making my to-do list for the day and taking the kids to school after the nanny gets them up and ready, and then heading off to my personal trainer at 10 like Gwyneth does, now that’s doable. LOL

    • Christin says:

      She loses most working women when she lists her daily routine (which starts after the kids are dropped off at school). Clearly she has a lot of free time before it’s time to pick up the kids on her scooter (LOL).

      I’m still chuckling over her thinly veiled bragging about her minimalist cosmetic routine and how she never learned because it’s been done for her since age 20.

  32. GreenEyes says:

    Oil pulling has been used for a while now by many that have rare connective tissue diseases like Sjögren’s syndrome, scleroderma, etc. And now being becoming popular with other groups w/ certian illnesses. I know because I have those SS .& Scleroderma and many have tried it but just recently it’s been introduced to people in Parkinson’s Disease groups. (Which I also have ). among other things. A lot swear by it, never tried it.. Side effect of chemo I am now allergic to coconut. But as I said those w/ SS & Scleroderma that do it.. swear by it.

  33. T.Fanty says:

    What the heck has she done to her face in those photos? Oil swilling (gag) won’t make much of a difference to over-done surgery, honey.

  34. frisbeejada says:

    I get psoriasis and a herbalist friend recommended this, it helped – a bit. What helped more was, as Kaiser said (and me the other day) drink plenty of water to hydrate also – avoid sugar, don’t smoke, don’t drink alcohol and use a sunscreen – finally if at all possible have really good genes and with that lot you’ll have beautiful skin (although you might not have much of a life!) :)

    • Nina W says:

      My skin was helped by washing less often, using less soap (I know, it sounds wrong) and using a cream (thick) moisturizer liberally, all over my skin within ten minutes of getting out of the shower. I was over-bathing and washing and it was wrecking havoc on my skin. I was amazed by how quickly my skin improved and it is so nice not to have itchy dry skin all the time.

  35. mkyarwood says:

    Oil pulling is legit, it’s only ‘nonsense’ because Goopy’s doing it. I do it once a week, and it does whiten your smile and maintain a pretty good anti bacterial stasis.

  36. TG says:

    Who has time to swill anything in there mouth for 20 minutes? What a big waste of time. These celebs are getting dumber and dumber by the day.

  37. Tamara says:

    I’m a huge fan of celebitchy and generally hatin on the beautiful people lol but I honestly love Gwyneth and don’t get why people hate her so much? I mean is it just the slightly preachy, really rich lifestyle she leads? So many celebs yak on about yoga and healthy eating, etc. but only Gwyneth seems to invoke such hate in people!

    Personally, I’d rather a celebrity disclosed all the crazy diets and beauty treatments she uses, because at least then it’s like ok that’s how they look that good, and if I followed those strict diet and fitness regimes I could also look amazing. Yeah it’s entitled and they’re clearly filthy rich but isn’t that why we want tips from them? Give me that attitude over universally loved celebs who are all “No one can force me to diet, I only eat junk food, I never work out…” and yet get skinnier everyday and have great hair and skin. That’s so much more annoying to me than the Goopy lifestyle because it’s like, you clearly workout and eat right, are you trying to tell me the laws of calories don’t apply to you?

    I think Gwyneth is a gorgeous, talented, cool woman- I personally love her looks and minimalist style so she’s one celeb I am actually going to avoid being bitchy about!

    • Violet says:

      Hahaha, I mean she is super vapid and says idiotic things but most of the time she is entertaining in her stupidity. Still, I think she looks a mess (her skin is so bad and her hair so damaged that I want to help her get a makeover or a good doctor. She just not look attractive as she thinks, yuck) all the time and though she is not a bad actress, currently she is so boring in movies that I can see why others say she is terrible. But overall, I don’t hate her as she provides me with some minutes of laughter with all those dumb things she says.

    • mayamae says:

      Bill Maher had Mayim Bialik on his show recently (to discuss her vegan cookbook) and asked her why people don’t hate her like they do Gwyneth Paltrow. He didn’t exactly rave about Gwyneth, but said he was shocked to find out she was supposedly the most hated American, and questioned why it wasn’t someone like Chris Brown or Lyndsay Lohan. In essence, he said Gwyneth was harmless.

      I thought he made a good point, but earlier in the episode he stated he didn’t think Woody Allen was a child molester, so it all balanced out.

  38. poppy says:

    i’m embarrassed for her:
    she’s as smart as a rock
    her hair (zero excuse for that mess)
    how sad to have “corrective” (cough *implants* ) surgery on your bosom only to have one hang lower
    the too tight dress isn’t doing her 2 hour daily workout body any favors

    pathetic.

  39. Aagje says:

    Just a comment in general: I am really disliking how we turn to celebrities for our own goddamn health, rather than listening to those people who have done proper research and are qualified to do that exact research.

    I remember yesterday’s thread of Shailene Woodley where she heard from a taxi-driver to try the clay-thing. Sure, afterwards she researched it online (because everybody knows the Internet qualifies as a doctor/scientist), but seriously?

    Reading something online does not make you qualified to dish out experiments to other people. Looking at you, Goop and your cleanses.

  40. sauvage says:

    I don’t understand the ‘I cannot do my own make-up, that’s why I usually don’t wear any’ shtick. I mean, applying foundation and powder is not exactly rocket science.

  41. lucy2 says:

    I just bought some coconut oil, after seeing all the uses for it, but haven’t tried it yet. It seems like a fad everyone is into right now (so of course Goop is doing it), but others have used for a while and it works for them, so worth a try.

  42. Hi Everyone,
    I read http://www.heyfranhey.com she has the most amazing natural health resources and she also discusses oil pulling for the curious
    (I haven’t yet, because I have braces, but as soon as they are off, I plan to start oil pulling.
    Also if you feel that coconut oil is to thick and sweet to swish try using sesame oil (the light non roasted version) it has no flavor and is not as thick as coconut oil. I’ve heard that sesame oil actually works better.

    Good luck all!!

  43. HoustonGrl says:

    hmmm, hard to take that advice since she’s clearly gotten her teeth professionally whitened. Anyway – as far as the coconut oil thing, ladies try it on your hair!! I dyed my hair for a few years and fried it. Doing a coconut oil mask for an hour (then shampoo and condition) is the best home treatment and you feel totally spoiled afterwards!

  44. Ginger says:

    I LOVE coconut oil too but not just for oil pulling. It’s fab in cooking and great for skin and hair treatment. I can’t believe I’m agreeing with Goopy! Yikes!

  45. Abbicci says:

    What i learned today: Goop has no gag reflex.

  46. videli says:

    For all her aristocratic pretense, she looks pretty trailer park.

  47. Hannah says:

    The use of coconut for skin and hair is common in many non western cultures. My mother is half Kenyan and has always sworn by coconut oil which she learned from her family. I use it a lot as well and it’s great for the skin to put on or digest, So just because it is introduced to White Americans via Hollywood stars such as gwyneth does not make it nonsense. I am a peasant myself and in fact my skin regime is much cheaper due to coconut oil than if I were to buy various beauty brands in the store.

  48. AverageWoman says:

    “I’ve been getting my makeup put on for me since I was 20 years-old, so I never learned how to do it, and I’m really bad at it.”

    Not only does she not apply her own makeup, she doesn’t even know how and it doesn’t matter because, she’s GOOP. She makes these type of comments constantly. She speaks as though she’s completely unaware that the majority of women in the US and UK do not “get their makeup put on.” We tragically must apply our make up ourselves! She’s either ignorant to how the majority of women live or she’s simply crude.

    She consistently reminds middle class women she has privileges that we don’t. It’s condescending and offensive. Her inherited wealth is not offensive. However, her lack of graciousness is.

  49. mar says:

    she looks very fugly in the top pic.

  50. Bananapants says:

    I’ve been swilling this crap for a couple of weeks now, and every time I do it, I feel like a royal a-hole. This endorsement by the Goopster just confirms my suspicions. I haven’t seen results yet on my skin, but I have to say that my teeth feel really, really clean all day, and my stomach problems have all but disappeared.
    This is kind of off topic, but I really get annoyed with these celebrities in my age demographic who are forever touting this skin care regimen or that……in between their botox and filler appointments. I too would be able to leave the house wearing only moisturizer if I had buckets of money to spend on certain procedures. CURSE YOU HIPPIES.

  51. Lem says:

    I do it. I love it. I use coconut oil for everything. Seriously. Everything. From my hair & skin, to styes & athletes foot, to lotions & deodorant, from food to lube.
    Start slow. I put a tablesoon in like a dip, then swish and spit as it melts. Feel free to spit whenever. The point to is to pull the oil for 20 min but it does not need to be the same mouthful. You can work up to that. You can eat coconut oil, so don’t panic at the don’t swallow part, just try not to swallow all the funk you just pulled free.
    SPIT IN THE TRASH. NOT THE SINK. oil will return to a solid when it cools. My mouth feels cleaner. Period. The color of the oil coming out versus going in is fairly convincing it’s cleaning; if nothing else.
    Tip: i get dry mouth when I run/bike/gym Slicking a tad bit of coconut oil on my lips and gums before i sport has eliminated that problem .

  52. tekla says:

    I don’t even like Goop, but “oil-puling” sounds interesting. Unrafinated oils are really good for your hair and skin, so why not the teeth?

  53. lady mary. says:

    “bah “,i like goops website ,some of the stuff in it are really nice ,but when it comes to health and hygeine nvr am i gonna listen to her , srsly are there only 4- 5 celebs in this world ,its been 2-3 yrs but all we get to hear is gwen,,kstew,kim, brangelina ,BRF, no matter where u go ,it feels like despite it being internet we are made to chew a limited amount of news abt a limited number of bores,lupita was a breath of fresh air this time

  54. Nroth Wste says:

    I have a bottle of FRESH HAND MADE coconut oil in my fridge..It makes my skin BEAUTIFUL, its like a healing oil. My hair, is so haelty right know.Im so in love with it…(thnks to coconut oil)
    If you cook with it, especcialy fish, OM EFFIN G.
    I make my own conditioner with coconut oil.

    She thinks she knows, but she should try again.
    Bye Gwen!

  55. snowflake says:

    she would looks so much better w darker hair! blond fries her hair and washes her out.

  56. Lohola says:

    I tried oil pulling years ago when I was first trying to find alternatives to chemical beauty and soap products it kinda felt cool but it wasn’t realistic as a routine for me nor are my teeth a problem in particular. If you guys are interested in non toxic alternatives you should look up crunchy betty’s blog. I’ve found a few things I like from her and I also like that she gets people to share and try and give their opinions and results and that not everything works for everyone. I tried to go with out shampoo…just couldn’t do it…but oil cleansing my face…amazeballs

  57. jane16 says:

    My youngest son and I started doing oil pulling this year. He has sinus problems and I have migraines. It has helped us both a lot, and does make your mouth feel cleaner and your teeth whiter. Our Dr wrote Rx for cortisone for my son’s allergies (?!?) and pharmaceutical migraine pills for me. The migraine pills made my headaches worse and made me barf; and who wants their kids on cortisone? The main websites on oil pulling recommend sunflower or sesame oil, but there are others who recommend coconut oil (which we use):

    http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7857/why-you-should-start-oil-pulling-today.html

    Coconut oil is amazing, great for your skin, cooking, and as a supplement for medium chain triglycerides. I put a spoonful in the blender when I am making smoothies. If you try oil pulling, keep a plastic bag handy to spit it into. You may feel the gag thing at first, but you will get used to it after a few times. Also, start out at 5 min and work your way up. Rinse with warm salt water afterwards. Also, do not gargle with it, it is a swishing process.

  58. bobbisue says:

    Can we just call it “poilling”?

  59. Jane says:

    She is a totally repulsive woman. I almost feel as we are not even worthy of being in her presence and need to bow down to her. She is such an elitist. I do not find her beautiful at all. She aught be ashamed of herself for acting all high and mighty.

  60. Angel May says:

    Have y’all HEARD about Gwyneth and Chris separating??!! Honestly I feel bad for her. She really tried.

  61. Jayna says:

    Chris and Gwyneth have separated.

  62. Arock says:

    Omg. They broke up. THEYBROKEUP.

  63. Kori says:

    Just announced on her site they’ve split.

  64. didi says:

    As much as it pains me to admit, I have to agree with her. Oil Pulling with coconut oil has enormous health benefits for oral care. It truly does make your gums tighter and teeth whiter. It actually should be done 1st thing in the morning when you wake up before you eat or drink anything and the point is it pulls all the bacteria from your mouth and the antibacterial properties of coconut oil is hugely beneficial. Never swallow it after swilling. Spit it out and flush it then rinse your mouth with water and spit. It can reak havoc if you swallow after swilling for 20 minutes because all that bacteria goes right back into your system.

  65. didi says:

    As much as it pains me to admit. I have to agree with her. Oil Pulling with coconut oil has enormous health benefits for oral care. It truly does make your gums tighter and teeth whiter. It actually should be done 1st thing in the morning when you wake up before you eat or drink anything and the point is it pulls all the bacteria from your mouth and the antibacterial properties of coconut oil is hugely beneficial. Never swallow it after swilling. Spit it out and flush it then rinse your mouth with water and spit. It can reak havoc if you swallow after swilling for 20 minutes because all that bacteria goes right back into your system.

  66. Dirty Martini says:

    Count me in as a fan of coconut oil too. I remove my makeup with it. I use it as a shaving cream. I dot it under my eyes. I’ll rub it into my elbows and knees as a moisturizer. I’ve read the whole “pulling” thing but I seriously have better things to do with 20 minutes and it just seems to be a dumb use of it when you have toothpaste and an Oral B electric.

  67. valiantgirl says:

    Oil-pulling has been around for thousands of years. I actually have been thinking of trying it since it has a lot of dental health benefits and I suffer from tooth sensitivity.

  68. Cutie says:

    I know nothing about oil pulling other than the name is disgusting and the fact that a friend does it and her teeth look nasty. But I have to tell you that coconut oil is absolutely the best thing I have EVER put on my 50-year-old hair. A chronic medical condition and the powerful drugs I treat it with had caused my hair to be almost straw-like, and I really didn’t think I’d have healthy hair again. But I recently started deep conditioning it with coconut oil and have been utterly thrilled with the soft, healthy shine my hair now has. The key to preventing it from making your hair oily is to:
    1) apply the shampoo BEFORE you wet your oil-soaked hair
    2) massage shampoo into hair
    3) rinse
    4-6) repeat steps 1-3.

    Stand back and be amazed!

  69. Snowpea says:

    I’ve been using coconut oil for years as a moisturiser and it rocks my world. It actually changes the texture of your skin and it has a lovely subtle fragrance. I dunno about this poilling caper though I’ll give it a crack.

    But here’s the quote that I found super obnoxious:

    “I’ve been getting my makeup put on for me since I was 20 years-old, so I never learned how to do it, and I’m really bad at it.” This woman is the master of the humblebrag. What is she exactly trying to say here? She is saying that as a result of her privileged upbringing she always had professional makeup artists apply her powder + rouge. I mean, really? I’m sure even the goddamn Queen of England applies her own Max Factor. Completely obnoxious.

    I know someone this obnoxious. She is always on FB saying things like “Somebody thought I was my 8 year old’s older sister today.” and “My husband told me today I am the hottest wife in the world”. On and on and on. People like this must be so goddamn insecure that they always have to be the best, the hottest, the cutest, the skinniest, the richest.

    I say to them and to GP, Pfffffft. You aint foolin’ anybody dear.

  70. Lila says:

    It works! It helps me with my candida and my keratosis pilaris.

  71. Ari says:

    The oil pulling can really be good for releasing toxins and stuff but I hear it can loosen your fillings so I stopped doing it :L

  72. Baskingshark says:

    Whatever, Goop. Shailene Woodley was going on about oil pulling last week. There’s a new annoying, crunchy, holier-than-thou actress in town and she’s half your age, so watch out.

    Maybe these two will have to have a rumble.

  73. MistyG says:

    I’ve been oil pulling for two months now. I love it. My gums aren’t bleeding when I floss, my teeth are kind of sensitive to cold things, but since I started, that is not a problem anymore. It helps with morning breath. Polishes teeth and can help reduce plaque. My friend started with me and within a week she said a big piece of plaque came loose from the back of her teeth she never even saw. I also notice my teeth are whiter. Just because she sounds like a douchenozzle when she talks doesn’t mean what she’s actually talking about is silly. Well, not all the time anyway. It is Goopy after all.