What is coconut oil and what can you do with it? From cooking to cleaning, we explain the why it's cool to take the healthier approach
Extracted from the meat of mature coconuts, everyone’s going ahem…nuts for the jar of grease that seems to work wonders. So what exactly is it that you can do with coconut oil. Everything apparently…
Oil pulling You’ll see celebrities raving about this technique all over a social media. Basically swishing two tablespoons of coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes before brushing your teeth in the morning is supposed to draw out the toxins in your body. Then spit and rinse with warm water before dental cleaning begins. Apparently your gnashers will be much whiter afterwards. We recommend doing so while getting ready for work, hair make-up, cooking breakfast. You won’t even notice the time whizzing by.
Make-up removal Speaking of doing make-up, it can be a pain getting the stuff off right? Nope, not with coconut oil. A dollop of the stuff will ensure all traces of stubborn mascara are gone and bonus, you’re not putting any harsh chemicals on your skin. Moisturising skin Just taking a tiny amount to smooth all over your body will keep your skin in great-looking condition or rub into dry patches for an intense treatment. Or for a hard-working exfoliator, mixed it with some salt, sugar and essential oils to make a scrub that will slough away at offending rough bits. Conditioning hair Before shampooing it might be a good idea to apply a scoop from root to tip and leave for 20 minutes inside a towel. Hello, soft and silky locks. Vita Coco also has a fab recipe for a hair mask. Cooking One tablespoon has 120 calories and 14g of fat (12g is ‘good’ unsaturated fat.) So it makes a great alternative to using olive, vegetable or sunflower oil when frying. It’s also a nice substitute for baking treats and even makes a nice touch with a subtle flavour when popping popcorn. Vita Coco’s is cold-pressed to protect all natural goodness.