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I love coconut oil and have been meaning to share my favourite uses for coconut oil for an absolute age. If you don’t know already coconut oil usually comes in a jar in it’s solid state, unless you are in the tropics or have your coconut oil sitting on a radiator. To get it into liquid form you need to melt it. If using coconut oil for cooking this can be done in a pan or microwave, if using as part of your skincare routine it will melt in warm hands.

Coconut Oil

8 Reasons to use coconut oil…

Eat it

Coconut Oil has many many health benefits including killing bacteria, weight loss and improving blood cholesterol levels. Some studies suggest eating a tablespoon of coconut oil after lunch to reduce hunger.

Eye make up remover

This is my absolute favourite use; after years of trying to find an eye make up remover than doesn’t blind me for about two hours after using it I suddenly wondered one day last year what it would be like using coconut oil. It was an epiphany, it gets rid of the toughest mascara.  So gentle there is no pulling of the skin leaving me with super soft moisturised skin. I use about a 1/4 tsp of solid coconut oil and melt in my hands then use my fingers to gently rub over my eyes to remove make-up. I use a hot wet muslin to remove the panda eyes I inevitably have.

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Cleanser

That leads me on to my second favourite use, after discovering how fab coconut oil was at removing my eye make up I thought why not try it as a cleanser for the rest of my face. It has transformed my life…I have extremely dry skin and whilst it is still not perfect I managed to get through the winter without tearing my hair out in dismay at my dry skin. This may not be for everyone, especially if you have really greasy skin but for anyone that can tolerate it I can’t recommend it enough. After years of use I have now dispensed of my expensive cleansers and eye make up remover. Again use a hot wet muslin cloth to remove the oil and make up from your face and finish off by rinsing the skin with cold water.

Moisturiser

I don’t use coconut oil on a daily basis as a moisturiser but maybe once a week I use it at night.  I slather my face in it before washing my hair in the shower (this prevents my skin from going red and sensitive), as a hand cream, and as a body oil. You would be surprised how quickly your skin laps it up.

Fry with it

For stir fries. I am not going into the science but coconut oil is a good one to use when frying at high temperatures. You can get some oils that don’t leave any taste of coconut but I like the subtle taste and fragrance. It is also good for frying eggs too.

Bake with it

In baking, coconut oil makes a great substitute for other fats and is a fabulous dairy free alternative, used in recipes such as these Chocolate Brownies.

Hair

If you have frizzy hair try melting a small amount of coconut oil in the palm of your hands and use to tame those tresses. For a dry hair treatment use more oil, leave overnight and wash as normal the next morning.

Oil pulling

Something I have only recently tried is oil pulling, not confined to coconut oil (you can use sesame, olive or sunflower oils too) this involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in the mouth for twenty minutes to rid the body of toxins. If nothing else it leaves the mouth feeling very clean and is supposed to help reduce bacteria, whiten teeth and improve oral health.

Make sure you buy raw virgin coconut oil, it isn’t cheap but when you think how much you’ll be replacing it will be well worth it. Coconut oil usually comes in a large jar and I decant some into a smaller jar to leave in my bathroom.

Let me know how you get on or if you use coconut oil for anything else.

 

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This post contains affiliate links, which means when you click on the link & purchase something I may earn commission from that sale at no extra cost to you. However, all opinions and words are my own.

 

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19 thoughts on “Why I love Coconut Oil

  1. I love baking with coconut oil it is so so delicious.

    I keep meaning to try oil pulling but am certain that either the phone or doorbell will ring!

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 10:07 am
  2. I am a huge fan of coconut oil. I but lower quality ones to use as hair masks, cleansers etc and then a good one like the vita coco one which is delicious for cooking and baking. I’ve made quite a few successful