It protects skin from harmful UV rays and pollution.It is also used to combat wrinkles and is, therefore, an active ingredient within many anti-aging products.‘Fascinum’ as representations such as this are known, refers to the divine phallus or embodiment of the Roman god of fertility and abundance, .Phallus effigies such as those pictured below were often worn as protection charms, particularly by young boys and soldiers, and were thought to ward off the evil eye and bring fertility to the fields and the people (see my related post on UCL Researchers in Museums for more on Roman religion and the winged phallus).
I was immediately struck by the absurd humour of the design, and my first impulse was to laugh out loud – a disembodied penis with wings cannot help but draw a smile, or perhaps a perplexed frown – but I was also intrigued by what was obviously a highly symbolic image. Although the tattoo is very faded, the outstretched wings and erect penis are clearly discernible; both are characteristic features in representations of the winged phallus.
Coconut oil is full of a rich fat that will plump up your skin to leave it looking healthy and smelling like you just came back from a day at the beach.
Because of its thickness, it protects the skin from daily damage from the sun, caked on makeup and pollutants found in the environment.
The phallus is invariably represented as virile and erect – quite alive, despite its disembodiment.
It may be thus considered a powerful symbol of masculine generative energy, rather than one of castration or emasculation.