16.11.14

Vita Coco Coconut Oil: The Many Uses & Fab Benefits Of A Simple Product

Coconut oil is becoming increasingly popular in both food and beauty applications, due to increased research into its benefits over more commonly used oils (such as olive and sunflower.) The sweet smelling substance contains a huge amount of vitamins and minerals - including Choline, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Iron, Stearic and Lauric Acid - which help to nourish the body both inside and out. Coconut Oil can be bought in most large supermarkets and health food shops, with coconut brand Vita Coco now launching their own version to capitalise on the success of their coconut water drinks. If you're making a purchase make sure you look for the words 'virgin', 'organic' or 'cold pressed' to ensure you're getting the best quality; non-virgin oil is refined through a process that removes most of its beneficial components, so it's not going to offer the nourishing properties you're after. While providing a sweet and nutty flavour to food, coconut oil also has a whole host of benefits for the body; for ideas on how to get the most from your virgin oil I've outlined a few key uses that may have you a little addicted to little tubs of sweet smelling white stuff.


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.

Coconut oil has so many advantages and is definitely a must-have for the face and body.Why not pick up a pot yourself and see how it can slip into your routine with ease!

Vita Coco Coconut Oil is available online, priced from £7.48.
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  2. there are cheaper brands out there but im a sucker for packaging. Their's looks cute! 😉

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  3. Coconut oil is my go-to beauty product!
    I keep one jar in my pantry and one in my bathroom - it works on the inside AND the outside! Love using it as make-up remover, moisturiser, as base for my scrubs, and as a post-sun cream (especially now that summer is starting to come in full in Sydney!

    {Teffy's Perks} X

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  4. Abigail20.11.14

    People are always saying good things about coconut oil, I have only ever used it for my hair. I might have to try this product one day, thanks for the review :)

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  5. I love coconut oil! It's my favourite moisturiser. In the winter under my eyes get quite dry and this is the only moisturiser that's gentle enough to help :)

    Jill | alittlesoapbox.com

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  6. Hmm I might give this a go because I've read it works wonders for frizzy hair and I cant seem to tame my hair any other way!!

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