I am a huge fan of coconut oil, so when I found out that Vita Coco had produced its own version which is cold-pressed to retain all of the natural goodness of the coconut, I had to give it a try. Armed with a big pot for my kitchen, and a smaller one for my bathroom and handbag, here are some of the ways I tested it out.
1. Beauty and skincare
Vita Coco's Coconut Oil is an all-natural replacement for dozens of beauty products.
It can remove make-up (even waterproof!), be used as an all-over moisturiser, be smothered over damp hair and left for 10 minutes as a deep conditioning mask, be rubbed onto your tummy when pregnant to prevent stretch marks, act as a smooth and moisturising shaving balm, replace your usual lip balm, be used as a delicious-smelling massage oil and can even be rubbed under the armpits as an all-natural deodorant!
Because Vita Coco's Coconut Oil is organic AND extra virgin (which means no chemicals have been used and it hasn't been altered in any way), it's also safe for delicate baby skin!
I've used it on Sophia's nappy rash, cradle cap and dry skin to great effect. I've also heard it's good for mums to rub into their nipples when their nursing as a natural alternative to lanolin cream.
It's undisputed that coconut oil is a far healthier alternative to other processed oils, but did you know that it's been found to reduce body fat accumulation, support weight loss, reduce cholesterol levels and even slow the progression of Alzheimer's Disease?!
The oil can also be used in several healthcare procedures, including 'oil pulling', a traditional oral detox whereby you swish it around in your mouth 20 minutes before rinsing.
4. Cooking and baking
Anything butter can do, coconut oil can do better.
Sauté spinach, roast potatoes, grill chicken, sweeten your cereal, add it to soups and smoothies, stir fry vegetables, bake it in brownies, stir it into risottos, add it to your pie crusts, use it to bake kale into crisps, spread it on toast...the list of culinary uses is limited only by your imagination!
5. Following your sunshine safely!
With summer rapidly approaching, soaring temperatures, stronger sunshine and longer daylight hours can be a worry for mums, especially out here in Qatar.
But coconut oil provides a natural SPF 4 sunscreen AND can be lathered on following sun exposure as a healing and soothing after sun meaning that you can enjoy the sun for longer. Result!
Have you tried Vita Coco's Coconut Oil? What other uses can you recommend?
Product was provided for review purposes