Hello! So since I posted my essentials haul, I got a lot of questions about the uses and benefits of coconut oil. I'm sure a lot of you are thinking, is coconut oil really worth all the hype? Simple answer - yes. There are a million and one uses for coconut oil, but first lets find out more about it:
Coconut oil - What is it?
Coconut oil comes from the meat of the coconut being extracted through either a dry or wet process. Normally, it's in a solid state in cooler climates, but will melt on contact with low heat (such as the body). Be careful though because it will become liquid in hotter temperatures, as I unfortunately found out this summer when my huge bag of coconut oil melted in my cupboard and caused something of a drama! There are a couple different forms of coconut oil, each of which have different uses:
Virgin Coconut Oil
My Favourite Brands: Holland and Barrett Perfectly Pure, Tiana, Lucy Bee
Where to buy: Holland and Barrett (half price at the moment!), Real Foods, Amazon and in some larger supermarkets
RDB - Refined, Deodorized and Bleached
Where to buy: Holland and Barrett, KTC brand from various supermarkets and Asian stores, or buy in bulk from wholesalers (like Soap Kitchen)
|Anyone else think I need to place another order? Haha|
Simply put, some fatty acid chains are removed so the coconut oil stays liquid in all temperatures. Again, I wouldn't use this in cooking as it's been treated, but it's useful to use in homemade beauty formulations that need to remain liquid (such as shower gels).
Where to buy: Best to get from wholesalers (see above)
Coconut oil - 12 Uses
These are all ways I personally used coconut oil, though there a dozens more ways to make use of coconut oil!*:
Use instead of vegetable oil in shallow frying.
Add a tablespoon to smoothies to give a yummy coconut taste and add essential fatty acids
Use instead of (or in combination with) butter in baking - works really well in brownies!
Add a tablespoon or two to recipes calling for coconut cream/milk for a healthier option.
Add a teaspoon to coffee for coconut aroma and to introduce more good fats into your diet.
Add half a tablespoon to porridge.
Use on skin straight from the jar when you're fresh out of the shower.
Blend with other oils and make your own body balm (recipe coming soon)
Use as mouthwash - sounds weird, but "oil pulling" is a great way to get rid of mouth bacteria - swill about half a tablespoon in your mouth for a few minutes then rinse.
Use as a hair mask - coat your hair in coconut oil and leave on from half an hour to 2 hours, before shampooing. Will leave your hair silky soft.
For very dry and Afro hair, add a few drops of lavender and rosemary essential oil to your coconut oil and use a small amount on your hair daily.
Add a tablespoon to your bath - aside from smelling great, it's super moisturizing - just be careful when getting out of the bath as it may be slippery!
Do any of you guys coconut oil - what do you use it for? Also, what kind of posts would you guys like to see about homemade products - recipes, beginners guides? Let me know what recipes you want to see!
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