#1: In DIY Beauty Recipes
As most of you probably already know, I love making my own healthy beauty products and coconut oil is probably one of the ingredients I reach for most often. It makes up the base of my cream deodorant and I also recently used it to make the most delicious body scrub ever. In addition to the hydration and other skin benefits it provides, unrefined coconut oil gives your recipe the most delightful real coconut scent. So much better than any synthetic fragrance, it you ask me!
#2: In Cooking
Coconut oil is also a staple in my kitchen, where I use it a lot in baking, instead of butter. It's my favourite oil to bake with, as it makes a lighter pastry than other vegetable oils. Coconut oil works equally well for savoury cooking, but you do need to factor in the taste more than with less flavourful oils. Refined coconut oil, which has no coconut taste, is another option, but after being refined, it doesn't offer nearly as many health benefits as virgin coconut oil. (Tropical Traditions talks more about the difference between refined/unrefined coconut oil here)
#3: By Itself, as a Beauty Multi-tasker
Even if you don't want to take the time mixing up a recipe, there are still plenty of reasons to keep coconut oil in your beauty cupboard. It removes makeup with very little effort and makes a great moisturizer too. I've used it on my lips, body, and even my face! Coconut oil is solid at room temperature but it melts on contact with your skin, making it both lovely to apply and a lot easier to work with than many liquid oils. Finally, if you're looking for a deep conditioner for your hair, coconut oil can work for that too! I like to use it just on the ends of my hair, as it can be a bit difficult to wash out if you saturate your entire head.
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