We are both Coconut Oil obsessed. So we wanted to share with you the endless uses and benefits of the oil. It is incredible that one pot of something so natural can be used for so many different things, and will even end up saving you heaps on beauty products! Here are our top 3 ways of using Coconut Oil that have become so integrated into our everyday lives we can’t remember life BC (Before Coconuts):
It’s incredible at melting away eyeliner and even waterproof mascara. Just dab it on the lids or lashes, leave for 30 seconds and swipe off with a cotton pad. It is probably the most effective eye makeup remover you’ll ever use and is super gentle on the eyes.
Hair: Pre-Shampoo/ Oil / Hair Mask
Apply to the hair as a pre-shampoo oil to protect the hair whilst shampooing or leave on for an hour or even overnight as a nourishing hair mask. Using a dab on the tips of damp hair after washing is perfect as a natural hair oil and a great alternative to Argan Oil. Works great with all hair types.
Moisturiser: Face & Body
As it is 100% natural you don’t have to worry about any hidden nasties, so it can be dabbed straight on to the face or any dry skin. Or smother all over for THE best body moisturiser!
We’ve now been converted to cooking with it, thanks to the help of the ‘Lucy Bee’ Coconut Oil Workshop hosted at Whole Foods Market Fulham. When we heard Wholefoods were hosting a workshop focusing on the uses of the oil for both cooking and beauty, we couldn’t wait to hear some more tips!
The evening was hosted by two ladies from Lucy Bee Coconut Oil, Petrina and Lucy’s mother Natalie who talked us through the endless uses of Coconut Oil. It is a family run business that was started by Lucy who suffers from coeliac disease so has always had to be mindful with her diet and found coconut oil to be a staple healthy alternative. Lucy Bee Coconut oil is not only raw, extra virgin, organic AND cold-pressed, but is also fair trade.
The ladies spoke about how they’ve incorporated it into their beauty regimes just like us and are even regularly using it for teeth pulling (the ayurvedic tradition of swishing it around the mouth for healthy nashers). Lucy’s mother even tried it out as sun protection (which it apparently can be used for though I am sceptical) and resulted in her using it to treat the sunburn!
Petrina and Natalie cooked us a range of dishes using Coconut oil, including stir fry, cauliflower bake and chocolate mousse. We had both been reluctant previously to cook with the oil as we assumed the food would end up with a coconutty flavour, but you couldn’t taste the coconut at all! Coconut oil is a great alternative to other cooking oils and is highly resistant to oxidation at high heat so is ideal for cooking with.
We ended the workshop with a lesson in how to make our own coconut oil body scrub and even got to take a tub home for ourselves. It was as easy as mixing a generous dollop of coconut oil with natural sea salt and a couple of drops of your chosen essential oil. I went for Frankincense and Natania tried out Lavendar, both smelt amazing and had the consistency of an actual body scrub.