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April 5, 2016

Back to the Basics: Coconut Oil

in, Beauty Cooking
coconut oil

One of the things I’m passionate about is health and wellness, specifically when it comes to what I’m putting in my body and what I’m putting on my body. I’ve decided to do a once-a-month post highlighting a basic, all natural product that I’m currently loving.

This month, coconut oil is on my mind.

If you’ve at all been part of the health, beauty, lifestyle blog scene for the last two years you know all about the rise of coconut oil. It was a trend that started a string of health and beauty trends. Now, experts are touting the praises of all sorts of natural oils and substances and (wisely) major corporations have integrated the natural oils in everything from eyelash thickeners to body butters. And the trend still marches on. But let’s not forget our little friend that (might have) started it all. I recently purchased a new jar of coconut oil from Fresh Market (seriously, the jars of this stuff lasts forever!) and so far I’ve used it for everything from cooking popcorn to a moisturizer.

As a quick reminder I thought it would be good to break down this post by uses and benefits of the all purpose oil and why you should be embracing it and incorporating it into your lifestyle.

coconut oil

Uses

  1. Cooking. Cooking you ask? Yes, cooking. Because of the slightly nutty (coconutty) favor of the oil it adds a wonderful, subtle flavor to everything from stovetop popcorn to popcorn shrimp. Basically think healthy substitute for butter. Check out my Pinterest board here for some amazing coconut oil recipes.
  2. Beauty. A little more common, coconut oil and beauty routines are just made for each other. One of nature’s best moisturizers, this oil works to both penetrate the germs and bacteria that builds up in your pores (a natural antibacterial) and provides a deep, penetrating moisture surge to dry, flakey skin. I can personally vouch for this form of natural moisturizer and as a double benefit it also acts a sunscreen for those times where you forget to apply sun protection!

Benefits 

And because you can use it in so many applications, obviously, the health and beauty benefits almost reach legendary status. On the health side, coconut oil contains only good fats which actually can help your body release bad fat buildup and allow you to shed those pesky pounds that no amount of sporadic sit ups will eliminate. Check out this article for a great, scientifically-based article on it’s health benefits.

Hair moisturizer, hair mask, face moisturizer, acne remedy, natural sunscreen? Check yes to them all! A powerhouse in the beauty world, coconut oil is perfect to use by itself as hair masks and facial cleansers/ moisturizers or combined with other ingredients such as body butters, natural cleansers, even shaving cream! Check out these amazing, natural products containing coconut oil!

Makeup removing oil ~ Moisturizers ~ Soap ~ Night Cream ~ Face mask 

PRO TIP: When shopping for said coconut oil, it’s always best to look for labels that contains phrases like ‘virgin’ or ‘extra virgin’. This will allow you to purchase the least refined and thus most natural product on the market.

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