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I recently read a magazine article about the benefits of coconut oil and was really impressed.
I have got quite dry skin and I decided to buy some of this to use as a moisturiser as it's natural and probably better for my skin than a majority of other moisturisers. It can also be used for cooking as well as for skin care and it is marketed as the healthiest cooking oil around as it is naturally cholesterol and sugar free. As well as this it also has great benefits when used on hair and it's a very versatile product.
I bought my tub of this from amazon but it's also available from a wide range of other shops including health food stores. I paid around a tenner for my 460 gram tub which seems quite expensive but the tub is full to the brim and a little goes a long way - I have had my tub for around three weeks and used the oil on my skin daily and there is still over 3/4 of the tub left so in my opinion it is excellent value for money.
The circular tub that the coconut oil comes in is quite bulky and it's made of a thick and sturdy plastic. The screw on lid is green and the tub itself is white with green writing stating the product and brand name. The nutritional information is listed on the back as well as information about the product. The oil is pure virgin coconut oil from Sri Lanka and it is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. It is cold pressed and it contains lauric acid which naturally occurs. Lauric acid is a fatty acid which has many benefits - it is an antibacterial and helps clear up skin infections and acne.
The coconut oil itself is white. It is solid in consistency which makes getting it out of the tub a little difficult. I usually scrape it out or use a spoon to get a little out. I find that a tablespoon sized blob is enough for most of my body and it melts as soon as it comes into contact with my skin. Obviously it is very greasy and it leaves my skin shiny but it leaves the skin feeling instantly soft and smooth. After 3 weeks of using it daily I have noticed a difference in my skin - it's much softer and it looks healthier and I've not had any patches of dry skin or eczema which I usually get once in a while on my wrists and ankles.
I've also used this on my hair. It left it feeling amazing! The effects were noticeable for a few days after I used it and it provided a noticeable increase in shine as well as making it feel nice and soft. I have also used this for cooking and while it is yummy in stir fries it does taste quite strong and it doesn't taste right with a lot of foods. I tried it in a smoothie as suggested on the tub and it wasn't very nice to be honest, it just tastes greasy and overpowering but I think maybe I used a little too much - I used half a teaspoon with 500ml of soya milk. The calorie content is high but as I only need to use a little when cooking etc this doesn't bother me and it is healthy fats anyway.
Overall this is a versatile product and it has had a noticeable effect on my skin. Recommended.
I've heard a lot about palm oil recently and the horrid impact it is having on the rainforest in Borneo, the people native to the land and the animals that need the habitat to live in, including the orang-utan and the Sumatran tiger. So, I decided to reduce how much palm oil I consume. It would make sense to cut it out completely of course but it's in SO many products that it's virtually impossible to do that, so I'm basically trying to do what I can.
One way of reducing my palm oil use is by cutting down on processed foods which almost always contain vegetable oil, which is actually usually palm oil as companies don't have to say what type of veg oil it is. This is where coconut oil comes in. I started out using it instead of margarine on bread and toast, as it has a very mild, light flavour and is also very creamy a lot like butter, and with added health benefits!
Despite the name of the product, the coconut is not actually a nut and is therefore suitable for nut allergy sufferers, so it can be a good way of getting healthy fats and oils in your diet in place of nuts, if you can't eat nuts. The oil is high in good fats, omegas and EPA and DHA. I don't worry about getting too many fats in my diet as I don't eat dairy products, and anyway coconut oil contains healthy fat not nasty trans fats or anything like that. I have been eating it for a few months now and I can certainly attest to feeling a lot healthier in myself.
It's not often that one can say that a food product has revolutionised the way they live, but I am going to make this bold claim about coconut oil! I eat it as a snack spread on rice cakes, in cooking, cakes, and even as a moisturiser on my face, as it feels nice on my skin and absorbs quickly. A friend of mine suggested using it on my baby's cradle cap so I have been doing that for about a week now and the flaky skin has significantly reduced already.
Coconoil cost me £5.95 for a 250g jar from Amazon.com, and although you might think that is quite pricey for what is essentially a small tub, it does spread very far. You only need a small amount for whatever purpose you are using it for - I should know, because I use it for so many things!! I also like that the jar is recyclable and not made of plastic, which everything seems to be nowadays (my local council does not recycle plastic). Another good thing is that Coconoil is organic, so I am confident giving my baby girl a spoonful of it now and again, as she absolutely loves it and it adds a bit of fat to her diet, as she can be a very fussy eater sometimes and I don't want her to lose weight because of a phase. The oil also contains lauric acid which is apparently very similar to breastmilk, which would explain why she likes it so much!
The coconut oil melts easily, which I discovered when we had a spurt of hot weather recently and it got quite mushy in the jar. It solidified when the weather cooled down again though. Otherwise it melts easily in your hands if you leave it for a moment after taking it out of the jar, so it easy to scoop out with a spoon or your hands.
There is also some evidence that coconut oil strengthens immunity, which I can't testify to exactly because although I have certainly become healthier since using it, this could also be due to cutting down significantly on processed foods.
As with any other oil, if you eat a lot of this it may make you feel a bit queasy, but it is certainly less thick/greasy than other types of oil, including olive which is what I usually use in my kitchen. Though Coconoil is slowly taking over there, because it is so versatile and doesn't leave an aftertaste like olive oil can, and because it spreads quite far it actually costs the same if not less than virgin olive oil does.
All in oil, I highly recommend this product to everyone, because it can improve your health, reduce rainforest destruction if used in place of certain kinds of spreads, make your skin feel nicer, and it tastes lovely too! You can easily add it to your diet, and it requires very little work to do so. That's my kind of 'superfood'!
Following a disastrous haircut/bleaching job, I have been desperately scouring the net in the search of products that can restore my hair to it's former glory and/or help my hair to grow five inches overnight.
While I have been unable to find a product, apart from hair extensions, which can aid this miraculous growth, I have stumbled across an array of products which have significantly helped my damaged tresses. Following one google search, I discovered a number of sites/blogs all raving about the benefits of coconut oil. I had never heard about this product before, but I was desperate so I decided to give it a whirl.
I found the product on Amazon, and it cost nearly £9 for a generous 460g. I decided to purchase the virgin coconut oil as I read somewhere that it is most effective in it's most pure form. I was quite surprised to read on the packaging that it can also be used for cooking purposes, I assume you would use it in replacement of more common oils such as olive or sunflower, although I have not experimented with this as yet!
The oil is in a solid form at room temperature, and so I find it easier to melt it a little before using it. In order to do this I place the entire tub in warm water until it melts a little.
Following a little internet research it appears that you can use the oil in a number of different ways. Some seem to use it as a conditioner, while others leave it in their hair in the place of a serum. I have found that my hair is far too thin and greasy to leave in my hair, and I have to make sure all residue is removed to avoid the chip fat look! I apply a small amount to dry hair and slowly rub it into the roots before smoothing it down the hair. I then leave it in my hair for at least half an hour, and once a week I like to leave it in overnight. There is obvously a coconut fragrance to the oil, however it is not offensive in any way and does not leave an unpleasant smell in my hair.
To remove the oil I just wash my hair as normal with shampoo then apply a tiny amount of conditioner, too much conditioner and it's too oily. I have to warn that a couple of times I didn't wash it out properly, and the only way to rectify this is to wash it again.
I have been using this product for four months and I still have half a tub left, so it offers excellent value for money. I would probably have purchased at least three deep conditioning treatments by this point. After using the oil, and washing it out properly, my hair feels light and healthy. In addition, I have had a couple of compliments the day after I have used it regarding how shiny my hair looks.
I can't state that this product is 100% responsible for improving the health of my hair as I have been using a couple of different products, but my hair definately feels better after using it as a treatment and that is good enough for me! I would estimate that this product will last about 5-6months if you use it once or twice a week, which is excellent value for money. I will definately repurchase when it runs out. I would recommend this product for anyone who has dry/damaged hair, or anyone who wants to give their hair a bit of a treat.
After reading about the effects of pure virgin coconut oil on hair, i decided to look for some on the internet, i searched in google for some virgin coconut oil and this came up. Virgin coconut oil just means that it is 100% pure coconut oil with nothing added to it, making it completely natural. The website (coconoil.co.uk) has both organic and virgin coconut oil, the organic comes in 3 different tube sizes, between the prices of £6.50 for the 250g tub, and £90 for a 10kg container....so a fair option of choices depending on how much you want and what you are looking to spend. I went for the virgin coconut oil, only one size is available here, a 460g tub for £8.99, there are bulk buying options which work out a bit less per tub if you decide you would rather stock up.
This coconut oil can be used in cooking as a much more healthy alternative to any other cooking oil, but it can also be used on the skin and hair, i haven't personally tried it on the skin, but its meant to keep it young and moisturised from what i can gather (since i had done a fair bit of reading before deciding to try it out) the 460g tub was a pretty decent size, and i found that coconut oil is one of those things that not only requires you use very minimal amounts, but it seems completely necessary that you only use a little bit, too much and i found my hair would become flat, lank and looked a tad Greasy. This meant that i felt it was pretty good value, i was particularly impressed with the fact that is was free post and packaging, that always makes me feel better about buying anything online.
I have tried im cooking and i find its a lovely alternative to other oils, adds a very small and subtle amount of flavour and is very easy to use. The oil is solid at room temperature and requires heating up to melt, so to just spoon a small amount in a frying pan means threes no chance of spilling any, and spilt oil i always find is a bit of a pain to try and clean up. The main reason i purchased this was for my hair, im constantly searching for a miracle cure to make my hair soft and shiny, but more importantly, to attempt to fix the dramatic damage. I found this difficult to work with and have read all sorts of things for how best to use in your hair, and this left me confused, and thus i had to try a few different things before i got it right, but when i got it right the effects were simply amazing.
I found this difficult to use for hair, as obviously i had to melt it first, and so you will need another small container in which you can spoon a little out and put this container half submerged in a sink of hot water, it does not take long to melt, but i found that this seemed a lot more effort than if you were to simply buy a cream or mask, or serum for the hair, which would obviously be ready to just put right from the container to your hair. The first time i used this i tried putting a small amount on th dry hair, as if it were a serum, but i would not advise this, as it left my hair very greasy, the way no other serum would. I then tried it as a sleep in mask, this some what worked, but it made sleeping uncomfortable as i had to put a towel down over my pillow to avoid making a mess, the towel was nothing like my silk sheets to sleep on and this irritated me, there is also the fact that it seems to make the towel smell odd, which isn't exactly ideal, the effects were reasonably nice, i did notice a little more shine and a tad more manageability, but it just wasn't the miraculous results i had been expecting, in fact, it wasn't even close.
I did not use this product for a while due to the fact that it seemed more effort than it was worth, but then i decided recently to try again, this time on wet hair, i put a very small amount on my hair just after i got out the shower, only on the ends as oil on your roots will always make it seem greasy, and i towel dried my hair, this time i was extremely happy with the results, it seemed to protect against the damage of my heat products, and my hair looked healthy, and despite the fact i knew secretly that it was not healthy, i still felt very happy about this miraculous mirage or shiny healthy glossy hair. I think that everyone's hair is different and some will find a different way of using this oil will work best for them, and some may find they don't like it at all, but then you can always try it with your skin, or use it up to cook with if you come to that conclusion. In the tub the smell was extremely weak, i was hardly able to smell it, but once my hair was dry it had a subtle but still some how clear smell of coconut, i am very happy that i tried this product, despite all the trial and error efforts involved, the product is well worth the money due to the tiny amounts you need to use.....the only problem i had was that if you accidentally put too much in the hair, the only way to rectify your mistake is to re-wash....always a nightmare.
I'd read that coconut oil had many health benefits so I bought the Coconoil Virgin Coconut oil from Amazon. It cost £10.30 for 460 grams.
The reported benefits of coconut oil include a stronger immune system, improved digestion, increased energy, reduced inflammation, heathy heart, delayed aging, weight loss. It is also used to treat dandruff and for teeth cleaning.
I've searched on Pubmed, and it seems there has been quite a lot of research indicating positive health benefits of coconut oil.
Specifically, Virgin coconut oil is produced from coconuts which have been grown organically in Sri Lanka, traditional methods are used to retain the maximum health properties.
Over 90% of the fat in coconut oil is saturated fat. This makes it surprising that it is associated with good health. What is so special about this oil? In general, unsaturated fat is considered better for health than saturated fat. However, classing a fat as either saturated or unsaturated is only one method of classification. Another method used is based on the length of the fatty acid carbon chains. The fatty acids in coconut oil are known as medium chain. Almost all other fats are made up of long chain fatty acids. The body metabolizes medium chain fatty acids differenty to long chain. This means that the negative health effects of the vast majority of saturated fats cannot be associated with those contained within coconut oil.
There seems to be something particularly beneficial about three of the saturates, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid.
The oil is solid at normal room temperature, so I have sometimes found it hard work scraping out a significant amount of the product out of the tub. However, once out of the tub the oil seems to turn to liquid quite quickly, when in contact with the skin. I found it worked well for my dry skin. I also put some on a toothbrush and used it to clean my teeth, it works ok for this, although it is not a replacement for fluoride toothpaste. I've also used it for frying food in. I didn't like the taste of it with food. There might be some good recipes where it works well but I didn't feel it complemented the food at all. Even worse, it made me feel a little sick.
Overall, I feel that this product works well when used topically, but is not great to swallow. If I want to use a healthy oil for frying food, I will stick with olive oil in the future. However, if you want to successfully treat dry skin and have cleaner teeth, this is a product I would definitely recommend.
I would like to state that in writing this review I have used some of the text from a review I originally wrote on helium.com called "virgin coconut oil" under the name "carl marshall".
Coconut Oil is not something I previously would have associated with the immune system. This year I've come down with illness after illness so far and wanted to try and find a natural way to boost my immune system so when I Googled that exact term I was quite surprised to find Coconut Oil featuring in a lot of the search results. It sounded like an easy way to improve my situation though so I ordered a 250g tub of organic coconut oil, also known as "Coconoil", which could be eaten or applied to the skin. I bought mine from an Amazon seller for £6.75 and the 250g tub is classed as a "baby" size.
So why Coconut Oil? Well apparently it kills viruses that have a fatty coating so is useful for helping with the flu, hepatitis C, herpes etc. There are claims that it helps against HIV but I'm not sure I believe those! It is also supposed to be useful against a variety of bacterial infections and yeast infections too.
Coconut Oil is apparently not stored like other fats and is broken down by the liver quickly so the body uses it as a carbohydrate so it can increase energy levels and endurance. A few websites claim it is helpful for weight loss as it increases metabolism but I'm not sure how a fatty oil with 900 calories per 100g is going to help with weight loss! I would tell you the fat content but the label is full of complicated different types of fat and very unclear how much fat is contained.
Coconut Oil is said to improve digestion of fat soluble vitamins, minerals and amino acids and another claim online is it's good for IBS. Now I have to kind of dispute that one because during my Coconoil experiment I found taking even a small amount by mouth had the effect of, shall we say, oiling the works! So perhaps if you suffer from constipation type IBS this might be of use.
It contains high amounts of antioxidants and here's the bit that actually convinced me to give it a go, Lauric Acid and Capric Acid. These are two ingredients found in human breast milk and provide protection against certain illnesses while improving the immune system. This really swung it for as we all know how "breast is best" and how breast fed children seem to have less illnesses and allergies than bottle fed and as a bottle fed myself with countless problems I wondered if this may actually help me.
As far as external use goes obviously this is oily so is going to be moisturising for hair or skin, it is supposed to be an effective mosquito repellent and a healing balm. I can't comment on the mozzy issue as I haven't seen many this year so far but it is a very moisturising oil that smells delicious!
So those are the claims. Coconoil comes in a solid form which is very similar to Vaseline and melts on contact with the skin. I can tell you that today while it's 26 degrees outside my solid Coconoil is now a tub of liquid oil so it melts very easily. I read a fair amount of reviews about this with people saying they used it in place of vegetable oil for cooking or added it to smoothies or added it to hot drinks. Some used it in place of butter and spread it on their toast! My plan was to keep it simple and to interfere as little as possible with my normal routine so I planned to add a teaspoon or two to my nightly cup of herbal tea. I don't use oil for cooking very often and I certainly didn't fancy coconut flavoured Vaseline on my toast!
The daily dose isn't definite and some people eat tablespoons a day while others just have a teaspoon. I only had a teaspoon a day and frankly after my earlier comment about "oiling the works" I'm glad I didn't rush straight in and have more!
It sounds simple doesn't it? Make a hot drink, stir in a teaspoon of this and drink it. I wasn't anticipating how oily this really is and found myself quite disgusted by the added coconut taste in my drink and the oily layer floating on top. I ignored it however and forced the drink down, it moisturises your lips pretty well by the way as you drink it! One of the problems for me was once my mouth cooled down a bit from the hot drink, as this melts with heat and solidifies with cold, I soon noticed a layer of coconut oil on my teeth that was so thick it was like I'd brushed my teeth with it! I didn't much like this and could see no way around it.
I followed this routine for about a week then decided rather than ruin my evening drink I'd try and force a spoonful down on its own instead. I can highly recommend you don't do this unless you like having coconut flavoured lard in your mouth! I found it hard to swallow it and soon gave up with this plan. As for adding it to smoothies, I find it has the same effect as adding it to a hot drink and leaves a horrible coating on your teeth while turning your smoothie into something not very tasty!
I actually gave up taking this internally about a week ago and started using it as a skin moisturiser some nights instead. It's lovely on dry skin and a tiny bit stops flyaway hairs going crazy and of course smells of lovely coconut. If you use it externally though remember it is an oil and will stain clothing unless you let it fully absorb or wipe off any excess.
As far as immune boosting goes I didn't take this long enough to find out I'm afraid. I can still see the benefits of coconut oil and haven't given up on the idea. I think I'll try capsules next time though!
Overall it's a lovely skin softener and the coconut scent is very summery but I couldn't stand to actually eat chunks of oil so for me not the best way to get the benefits of the product. I'm going to give it 3 stars because of its positives and hopefully the capsule form will suit me better!