The Unique Uses of Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is becoming ever more popular in both food and beauty applications, due to increased research into its benefits over more commonly used oils such as olive and sunflower. Vitamins and minerals including Choline, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Iron, Stearic and Lauric Acid are all contained within Coconut Oil, which help to nourish the body both inside and out in a way unique to the substance. Available in both tubs and jars, Coconut Oil can be bought in most large supermarkets and health food shops - however, if you're making a purchase look for the words 'virgin', 'organic' and 'cold pressed', rather than 'pure' or '100% natural' to ensure you're getting the best quality; non-virgin oil is refined through a process that removes most of its beneficial components. (As a quick guide, if your oil doesn't smell or taste of coconut, then it has been refined and isn't virgin.) While providing a sweet and nutty flavour to food, it also has a whole host of benefits for the body; take a look at the fun beauty uses and benefits of Coconut Oil below, for ideas on how to get the most from your virgin oil.

For the Skin: Coconut Oil is solid at room temperature, but melts when in contact with the skin. It therefore works as a great dryness-banishing body moisturiser that's quickly absorbed and won't leave skin feeling slippery. The Lauric, Capric and Caprylic Acids increase skin hydration by adding to already present natural lipids, rather than just forming a barrier film like many moisturising lotions. It can also be used in a larger quantity on the legs as a shaving oil that, when washed off, leaves skin soft and glowing. If you find your fake tan is clinging to your elbows and knees (or if they're just feeling a little rough), make an olive and coconut mix to soften the areas and create a barrier - just heat a few tablespoons of Coconut Oil in the microwave, add in a third of the amount of olive oil and leave to cool before transferring to a bottle. The olive oil prevents the Coconut Oil from soaking quickly into the skin, while ensuring the mix stays liquid at room temperature so it's easy to splash onto a cotton pad when needed.

For the Lips: A great alternative to your usual balm or petroleum jelly, the oil provides a glossy shine while helping to repair chapped lips. Because it's solid, until it hits your skin it can be easily carried around in a little pot without causing a mess. Try crushing and mixing in an unused powder eyeshadow shade, or melting and mixing in the last of your favourite lipstick, for a sheer colourful splash to the lips.

For the Eyes: Coconut Oil is able to dissolve even waterproof mascara when massaged over the eyes and removed with a cotton pad. Not only is it a substitute to make up remover or cleansing oil, it also has the reported benefit of strengthening and lengthening the lashes when used regularly.

For the Hair: Used as a deep mask over the whole head, or just for 15 minutes on ends to help dryness, Coconut Oil can help to leave hair looking soft, shiny and healthy. A little goes a long way, and the oil is able to penetrate into hair fibres to reduce protein loss, strengthen the cuticle and help prevent breakage - especially when used as a pre-wash conditioning treatment. To use as an overnight mask, work the oil evenly from root to tip then wrapping hair in cling film and/or a towel to protect your pillow while you sleep. It's easily washed out and won't leave your hair feeling greasy either.

This oil has so many advantages and is definitely a must-have for the face and body. You can get a 250g tub for only £8.00 (with free delivery) from Feel Unique, so what have you got to lose? What other uses do you have for Coconut Oil?

Written by Kirsty Paterson


  1. I am addicted on coconut oil, it is really the youth elixir, so glad I find it and now I use it for all my needs.

  2. I initially got my coconut oil to cook with, but I'm now considering transferring it to my bathroom instead - especially since my body moisturiser just ran out!

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  3. I lurrrrrrrrve coconut oil,I also wrote about it some time ago on my blog:http://www.elbeautyblogdeeli.net/2013/04/los-beneficios-del-aceite-de-coco-para.html (sorry, it's in Spanish).
    I use it to remove waterproof makeup, to moisturise my skin, etc., but my favourite use is as a pre-shampoo detangling treatment. I have very curly fine hair that tangles like crazy, but coconut oil is my saviour. I only need to wet my hair with the oil on it, start detangling and ta-daaa!: tangle free hair in seconds, it's amazing.

  4. coconut oil is truly amazing, i use it everywhere but my face, as i broke out very badly after using it...and am still healing from it. so for anyone that wants to try it on their face, be sure to do a patch test first! jojoba oil is better for doing so anyway. my friend's mom and grandmother uses it on their hair and they have the thickest, shiniest hair i've ever seen. it's also a great alternative to butter as dairy aggravates acne on me.

  5. I love coconut oil in the hair! I also use it on my daughters scalp & hair, it's a hit of a wonder product! I also love Almond oil for my skin, these two are life savers :)

  6. Anonymous14.7.13

    The fact that it's solid at room temperature make it a saturated lipid. I am really not comfortable putting that kind of stuff in the skin. I'd rather use coconut oil as an actual oil.


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