Coconut oil is very trendy right now. It seems like all the cool kids are using it for this and that and then bragging about it on Facebook. Well, I am one of those people. Maybe not a cool kid, but I am obsessed with this dreamy, coconutty phenomenon. A simple Google search will give you a bajillion uses for the stuff. I have tried it for a lot of things and here are my top five favorite uses.
Moisturize– As I have written about in an earlier post, I wash my face with oil; not coconut oil, but a concoction of others. After I wash and dry my face, I finish up with a small amount of coconut oil on my forehead, nose, and cheeks. It feels luxurious on my skin; so silky and smooth. You can even put it on your lips instead of lip balm if you’re in a pinch. Or if you’re not in a pinch.
Body Scrub– Have you ever seen those beautiful exfoliating scrubs in the beautiful jars in the high end beauty stores? I dream of those sweet-smelling scrubs, but my wallet does not. With a few simple ingredients, you can make it at home for next to nothing. Combine some brown sugar and coconut oil. Make sure there is not too much coconut oil because you want the end- product to be rough enough to exfoliate. Take it right in the shower with you and scrub yourself down like you’re trying to get rid of a bad memory. Rinse. The brown sugar will remove the dead skin cells and the coconut oil moisturizes. Your skin will feel so silky soft when you are done. Beware: it will leave a mess in your shower, but it is easy to wash it away right down the drain.
Body Butter– For a true spa-like experience following your brown sugar scrub, try whipping your coconut oil and giving yourself a good rubdown. Place some coconut oil in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on high until it looks kind of like whipped cream. It will be white and frothy. I add in some vitamin E oil, but you can add any essential oil that you have on hand. It is so beautiful-looking that you will want to slather it on immediately. Be warned, however, that this consistency probably won’t last. If you keep it in a cool place, it will harden and in a warm place it will melt. It’s still perfectly good to use as a moisturizer, but for the fancy feeling you will want to use it immediately.
Sauté– You probably hear a lot about saturated fat and unsaturated fat and if you’re like me, you are confused about what is truly healthy for you. I’m here to set the record straight. Even though coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is still heart healthy. Plus it has a high smoke point so it is good for cooking at high temperatures. Unlike most oils, it will even retain its nutrition benefits at high heat. Even if you use a coconut oil that smells like coconuts, it will not taste like coconuts once it is heated. My favorite things to sauté in coconut oil are kale, fried eggs, and onions.
Baking– Coconut is a healthy alternative to butter and can be used in just about any recipe that calls for butter. You will never even know that the butter is gone, but your heart will thank you.
I keep a jar of coconut oil in my kitchen and in my bathroom. I’m considering keeping one in my purse so I never have to be without it. I hope you will love it as much as I do.