Exploring the Coconut Oil Craze


Exploring The Coconut Oil Craze

The Benefits of This Beauty Product are More Than Skin Deep

Coconut oil has been getting a lot of attention lately, showing up on health and beauty’s hottest trend lists for the past few years. As with all trends, you expect it will blow over. Not so with coconut oil, whose popularity actually seems to be growing. So, what’s the deal? Is this some magic potion that holds the key to longevity? Well no, but it is pretty amazing stuff.

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Coconut oil is certainly not a new product. It’s been used as a cooking ingredient and beauty product for generations. So, why all the new focus? If we had to guess, we’d say it’s because people are really embracing wholesome products in every aspect of their everyday lives, it’s really versatile, and we must admit, we just really love it.


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As a food and also as a dietary supplement, coconut oil provides medium chain triglycerides. Medium chain triglycerides are a source of energy.** Take a look at our selection of tasty coconut foods in our Puritan’s Pantry!

Coconut oil is also a terrific topical beauty product with many applications that can be used from head to toe, literally. Let’s begin with our shiny, lustrous, fantastic-smelling hair. Coconut oil, when used as a conditioner or frizz tamer, can help your hair look silky and glossy. Coconut oil may help hair stay healthy-looking, even after the rigors of brushing, chemical treatments, UV rays and excessive heat.1

Coconut oil may be uniquely qualified to help hair. While other oils consist of large or irregularly shaped triglycerides, coconut oil’s triglycerides have a small size and linear structure. Some researchers have suggested that this size and shape enables coconut oil’s triglycerides to penetrate the hair shaft.1

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To de-frizz your ‘do and add some shine, simply melt a tiny bit of coconut oil (no more than a half teaspoon) in the palm of your hand. Coconut oil has a very low melting point, so it goes from solid to liquid really easily. It’s fantastic for smoothing out waves and taming curls, too. Using only your fingertips, apply in very small amounts. Too much will weigh your hair down and make it look greasy.

The skin supporting properties of coconut oil have been enjoyed in tropical climates throughout history. To enjoy the luxury of this tropical treat, all you need to do is apply as needed.

Need ideas on how to use it effectively? Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the skin-soothing properties of coconut oil:

Makeup Remover – Use it as a cleansing oil by dabbing it onto a cotton pad or tissue and then massage it gently onto your skin. Coconut oil can even dissolve that stubborn, waterproof mascara. Give your face a quick rinse with lukewarm water when you’re finished.

Cuticle Oil – Because coconut oil is natural and free of artificial ingredients, it is perfect for moisturizing cuticles. It’s also great for softening the skin on your feet, too.

Shaving – For a smooth, moisturizing shave (both men and women can enjoy this one) just melt a small amount of coconut oil between your palms, and apply it directly to the skin. Shave as you would with shaving cream and rinse with water.

Lip balm – Skip the lip balm with the artificial fragrances, which can deprive the skin of their naturally occurring moisture. Coconut oil can be applied directly to the lips as often as needed. Or try this Hawaiian Coconut Cream Lip Balm from Alba Botanica enhanced with certified organic emollients and vitamin E.

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Now that we’ve briefly explored a few ways to use coconut oil as a beauty product, we’d like to highlight some ways to use it in the kitchen. As a pantry staple, coconut oil has been steadily growing in popularity over the past few years.

While coconut oil is a concentrated source of fat, when used in place of other fats already present in your diet it can serve as a readily available source of energy.** Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, which can be quickly metabolized in your body.**

Here are some ways to get cooking:

For best results, opt for cold-pressed coconut oil. Other coconut oils may have been refined, bleached, and deodorized.

Start small. Experiment with using coconut oil in place of butter in your favorite recipes. Even though coconut oil is slightly “fattier” than cream butter, it can still be used at a one-to-one ratio in substitution. We really like it on pancakes or in favorite waffle recipes. It’s really tasty when used to make cinnamon toast. Seriously. Try it.

Swap it for olive oil in your pan. Instead of greasing up your cooking pan with olive oil (or butter or vegetable oil, or – gasp – bacon grease), try cooking foods in coconut oil. Coconut oil can be used for light sautéing and low-heat baking.

Slip it Into a Smoothie. Just a small amount goes a long way toward adding a pleasing, tropical flavor to your fruit smoothies. Or, replace the cream in your coffee with a bit of coconut oil for a surprisingly sweet treat. Just put your brewed coffee into a blender, add a spoonful of coconut oil and blend until frothy then enjoy. Lastly, when you’re mixing up a protein shake, add some coconut oil for a refreshing change.

Now that you know a little bit more about the many, many uses of coconut oil, we hope you feel free to experiment a bit on your own.

 

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