Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Note on Coconut Oil

Vita Coco Coconut Oil

It seems everyone and their dog loves coconut oil, even the Kardashian sisters site it as one of their go to products and rightly so too. One jar of organic coconut oil costs less than £10, is long lasting and can be use for just about everything from hair masks to cleansing - not to mention you can also use it to cook with. If you have yet to board the Coconut Oil train let me share a few reasons to add a jar of this oil to your shopping list...

Coconut Oil seems has been brought to the forefront of beauty news thanks to oil pulling, somewhat like using oil in place of mouthwash - only you do it before you brush your teeth. The idea is that by doing so it will not only help to whiten the teeth but remove toxins from the body. I have tried it once or twice but lack the will power to swish oil around my mouth for twenty minutes at a time - ain't nobody got time for that...well I don't at least. Let's forget about the current trend and focus on some quick and easy uses for Coconut Oil.

I have long and often dried out hair, every now and then no conditioner will offer up the kind of deep nourishment I require. Enter Coconut Oil, I zap a few spoons of this concoction in the microwave, allow to cool down a little and apply to the ends of my hair. The trick is to allow it to sink into your hair for as long as you can bear before shampooing off. Sure it is nothing new or revolutionary but my gosh it works and it also smells amazing! In the same vain if the skin on your body is dry and flaky, this could be the extra nourishment you needs. Yes it is greasy and a little messy but as you can imagine it does work. I tend to stand on an old towel, apply all over and then shower off. 

Coconut Oil also works wonderfully as a gentle cleanser - it will effectively remove every scrap of make-up, including stubborn waterproof mascara with next to no effort, all the while leaving the skin soft and supple. As long as you take the time to remove every scrap of oil from your face it will not clog the pores. There are very few cleansers out there more natural than Coconut Oil - one ingredient raw coconut oil and organic, your skin may thank you for the switch. What makes Coconut Oil so special is that naturally moisturises and soothes the skin so you can skip moisturising if you felt like it (not that I recommend doing so but if you are pressed for time, needs must), making it the perfect cleansing product for those with dry skin.

Did you also know that such oil also has a natural SPF of 4 as well as being a natural antibacterial and an anti-inflammatory so even oily/blemish prone skin types can reap the benefits. Thinking about it, I really don't know where I'd be without a jar or two of Virgin Coconut Oil. I even use it as a butter substitute when making Chocolate Brownies (if you like Bounty Chocolate Bars you must try it).

A word of warning, regardless of how you use it be sure not to pour the oil down the drain as it will clog. Rinsing off in the shower is fine as it doesn't seem to solidify when combined with soap/shampoo. If oil pulling or getting rid of excess oil be sure to pop it into a bag and dispose that way.

Are you a fan of coconut oil? If so do you use it in a different way?
For those interested I purchase Vita Coco Coconut Oil as it is virgin and I can purchase it from my local supermarket and also Amazon (shout out to Amazon Prime). You can find it via Amazon for £9.99/500ml - link.

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  1. I'm a loyal user of jojoba oil and sweet almond oil. I have been wanting to try coconut oil as a hair mask but was very wary of it clogging the drain, especially if I was taking really hot shower. Nice to know that it doesn't solidify when mixed with shampoo! Definitely more keen to try coconut oil now! Thanks (:

  2. I've been meaning to try coconut oil in my hair for so long, but have never gotten around to it. A big NO THANK YOU to swishing coconut oil around my mouth for 20 minutes though!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  3. I've been very curious about this coconut oil trend, as I've heard about it from everybody and their brother. Now, I have the incentive to go out, buy some, and actually use it!

  4. Coconut oil is great for so many things


  5. It works miracles on my hair!

  6. I do prefer to cook with coconut oil, but I love that oils are getting more love these days - they're brilliant for the skin!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  7. I still haven't used it in my hair, which I really should. Such a natural way of keeping it looking nice! I have tried oil pulling a few times, I don't find it too bad in terms of actually doing it - I know some people absolutely hate it, but for me, it's just inconvenient!

    Love Lucy x

  8. I mainly use coconut oil as a hair mask (I leave it overnight and wash out in the morning) and as a body moisturiser, but have just started using it as a cleanser too. It feels so good! It helps that it smells absolutely amazing too.

    Have never tried this oil pulling (doesn't it sound horrible?!) but might be tempted...

  9. I absolutely love coconut oil. I use it in my hair as a pre-shampoo treatment and also moisturise with it daily. My hair and skin love it!

  10. I adore coconut oil! I have a massive tub in my kitchen that I scoop out for everything. I love it as a face mask!

    Emily x

  11. I never try it but many people talk about this! I'll absolute try coconut oil!


  12. The thought of having to spit it out and dispose of it really grosses me out, otherwise I would have tried oil pulling.

    Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

  13. Makes my hair oily and greasy I was disappointed, never heard that you can use it for teeth...


  14. I am a big fan of coconut oil, as it can be used for so many things and helps my hair when I have been using to much heat on it.

    Beth x

  15. I didn't know it can remove waterproof mascara. I'll definitely give that a try, thanks for the tip xx

    Samantha Series

  16. I don't know what I'd do without coconut oil, it has so many uses! :)
    Maeve // Thrift O'Clock

  17. I have the very same tub of Vitacoco Coconut Oil which I was pressured by my mother to buy - she insists that eating a tablespoonful of it every morning will help me lose 15kg, although I could never bring myself to shove it down my cake hole so the tub remains sealed. I do however struggle with removing my waterproof mascara, so maybe I DO have a use for coconut oil after all! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

  18. I use coconut oil weekly as a hair mask, it makes my hair look super shiny!
    Beauty Wanderer

  19. I use coconut oil weekly as a hair mask, it makes my hair look super shiny!
    Beauty Wanderer

  20. I love coconut oil, I use it on my face, body and hair! I've also tried oil pulling a few times and couldn't really be bothered with it, but it sounds like it works wonders if you keep at it xx

    Sabrina Jaine

  21. I swear by Coconit oil! I use it to cook with in stir-fries and even to cook fried eggs in. But I also love it as a cleanser and a hair mask.

    It's amazing!

    Fee x

  22. Coconut oil is the best! We use it for just about everything... cooking, makeup remover, body moisturiser, cuticle oil... the list really is endless :p

  23. I saw a pot in Sainsburys for £10 which I'm going to pick up, I'm really intrigued about using it as a cleanser and to cook!

    Love Beth @ BethBlogsBeauty


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