Coco for coconuts
Every where you look someone is proclaiming their love for the hairy little monster. Having used it as a moisturiser and all round beautifier for a couple of years I find it amazing how popular it has become all of a sudden. Having said that, I could not have prepared myself for the list of uses that various coconutty advocates proclaim it is perfect for!
A non exhaustive list of uses for coconut oil as the sole ingredient:
- Cooking, frying, baking
- Make up remover
- Face & body moisturiser
- Hair de frizzer (apply a little to wet, damp or dry hair and voila!)
- Hair mask
- Hair conditioner
- Stretch marks
- Massage oil
- Gum and oral health (oil pulling)
- Yeast infections
- Ear infections
- Sinus problems
- Shaving cream
- Cuticle softener
- Lip balm
- Weight loss aid
- To alleviate allergy symptoms (rub a little on the inside of nostril apparently)
- Leather softener (apply a small amount to scuffed, stiff or dry leather shoes, bags, belts for a no stain solution)
- Sunburn and burns
- Insect bites
Now I cannot say I have used coconut oil for half of these uses and I am certainly in no position to claim that in works in each and every case. What I have learnt from my research is that when it comes to consuming Coconut oil, like with everything, stick to moderation. Despite the claims to aid in weight loss and improve heart health it is still to be proven and saturated fat in any form is not good in large quantities.
With that said, I do love myself some coconut moisturiser. I also use it on my hair as a de frizzer and leave in conditioner of sorts (never tried it as a hair mask). I also use it as a hand cream, emergency make up remover and its great for softening cuticles before a manicure and moisturising nails afterwards. It is a perfect base oil for various concoctions and combined with sugar and a touch of honey makes a delightfully sweet and kind to your skin scrub.
I don’t eat it or cook with it but for me I love the fact that you can. I like the idea of using natural and organic products in my beauty regime. I like the philosophy of ‘if you can’t eat it why would you smother it on your skin?’
So you will notice over time that I do use coconut oil a lot. I am not a preacher as everyone has their own preference, however if you are not adverse to trying something new, buy a little pot and see what you think.
I plan to trial some of the uses listed above as well as develop upon my already growing collection of coconut based beauty recipes – wish me luck!
Some interesting information from the lovely Lucybee: How coconut oil is made