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Tiana extra virgin coconut oil is available for around £12.50 in Holland and Barrett for a 500ml jar. You can sometimes get this product in their penny sale, where you buy one and get another for one pence, which is really worthwhile as it's a fairly expensive product.
Coconut oil seems to have grown in popularity in the UK and USA in recent years. Of course it has long been a staple in Asia, even being used as an alternative to fuel to run motor vehicles with.
Despite its high saturated fat content coconut oil supposedly has some amazing health benefits. In fact there seems to be some controversy about the pros and cons of coconut oil for our health.
I do like to cook with coconut oil as it has a lovely subtle nutty flavour and is particularly good in curries, which I make a lot. It also works very well in making raw snacks instead of baking as it is solid at room temperature. Well, the usual room temperature in the United Kingdom, anyhow.
There are lots of ways you can use this coconut oil besides cooking or eating it. I use it directly on my daughter's skin at the first sign of dry skin or eczema and it has fantastic results. I know it has no added strong chemicals either so it is a great choice for babies and children, it also doesn't matter if they happen to swallow some either. I have used it as a massage oil to relax my little girl before bedtime too.
Other uses apparently include a low spf sun protector when used on the skin, to make soap, use as hair conditioner, to treat insect bites and as a lip balm.
Tiana coconut oil is definitely one of the best coconut oils that I've used for beauty treatments as well as for spreading on toast and general cooking. I purchased this coconut oil from Holland and Barretts along with my Jojoba oil as they were both on offer, this oil normally retails at £16.55 for 500ml which is actually really good considering the amount you get.
This coconut oil is both organic and fair-trade which makes me feel a touch better about paying the extra pounds as I know some of the money will go to the Philippines to support their local farmers and provide resources to the farming community. The most wonderful thing about this product is the intensity of the coconut aroma when you unscrew the lid and that is where this product blows the other coconut oils out of the water - I initially thought fragrance had been added but no the ingredients specifically state 100% organic extra virgin coconut oil.
The coconut oil is unrefined which means that it comes as a solid block of white coconut fat which is easily melted to an oil at temperatures of 25oC or above. I use coconut oil for multiple uses and will list these below.
If you have long hair like mine then you find that your hair can get dry at the ends which can lead to split-ends and general frizziness which can also be worsened with washing/drying. The night before I wash my hair i stroke about half a teaspoon of coconut oil though the lower length's and ends of my hair and then braid my hair and leave it overnight. The following morning I wash my hair with my Aveda shampoo and then condition as normal and dry. I have found that ever since I used this method my ends have improved dramatically and can cope with the potential damage from my hairdryer.
***Skin - Body only***
I will say this only once - If you have a tendency toward clogged pores then do not apply this product to your face. I never apply coconut oil to my face but instead use it on my body on my knees, legs, elbows and anywhere where I have very dry skin. This oil is great for the feet as well when applied overnight and you cover your feet in socks to hold in the moisture.
I absolutely love cooking Thai dishes using this product as the base oil as well as for marinading food with spices. I have also taken to using it as a spread on toast and it is quite lovely on a warm morning and has the benefits of being free of cholesterol, sugar and preservatives.
Overall I would highly recommend this particular coconut oil as it is perfectly smooth, delicious and lasts ages as four months on i still have 80% of a jar left.