We love organic coconut oil. Love it. Skin, hair, nutrition – you name it, pure coconut oil is the answer to keeping it healthy. This magical substance comes from the meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm tree. So it’s 100% natural and guilt-free.

Refined or unrefined coconut oil?

When choosing a type of coconut oil, you’ve got a choice of refined and unrefined. In shops and health stores, you’ll typically find refined coconut oil. This one is perfect for cooking as it has minimal taste and odour and can handle high temperatures, making your morning omelettes a touch healthier. If you’re looking for a skin and hair treatment, unrefined or ‘virgin’ coconut oil is the one you want. It’s higher quality and rich with antioxidants.

Coconut oil for skin care

A secret beauty product that doesn’t break the bank. In short, this is why you should put coconut oil on your face…

It acts as a moisturiser. You only need ¼ of a teaspoon, gently massage all over your face in circular motions. Wait 5-10 minutes for it to sink deep into your pores, then wash off with cleanser and water.

It can remove makeup. Similar to how you would use it as a moisturiser, apply to your face, take a cotton pad and wipe it off and your makeup along with it. Voila.

It’s antibacterial. The lauric acid properties act as a shield for bacteria that causes skin conditions such as acne.

It’s a light sun protector. It won’t last a whole day on the beach in the glaring sun as it’s only SPF 4. But popping it on just before you leave the house to run errands will do the job. It also soothes burns and peeling if the damage is already done.

Coconut oil for hair

No more hair envy for you – shiny, glossy locks are possible with coconut oil…

It moisturises from the root to the tip. It penetrates hair molecules, adding moisture from the inside out.

Packed with natural antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamin K and iron, your hair will be receiving a regular dose of healthy nutrition.

Depending on the length of your hair, use 1-4 tablespoons. Heat the oil a little between your palms (it’s solid at room temperature) and massage into damp hair. Start from the root and work all the way down to the ends. Cover in a wrap or cover and leave overnight. Wash off in the morning and run your fingers through your luscious locks!

*We do advise doing your own research if you have a specific hair or scalp condition before applying.

Coconut oil for cooking

With a high smoke point and a long shelf life, coconut oil is a fat to keep around the house. Fat is an essential part of a balanced diet – fatty acids help our bodies to absorb vitamins and minerals we consume.

The connections between heart disease and saturated fat has long been debated amongst scientists and nutritionists. The recommendation is now 20g for women and 30g for men per day. On average, coconut oil contains 25g of saturated fat per tablespoon.

For cooking and frying you’ll rarely need more than a teaspoon and it’s a delicious addition to a dish. It’s also ideal for lining a baking tray instead of butter or vegetable oil.

How do you use coconut oil?

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