Last year, I discovered coconut oil. I was surprised to learn there are so many nutritional, beauty, and personal care uses for coconut oil. Now it is a staple and part of my daily life. Today, I will share a list of some of my favorite uses for coconut oil and a min-review of NutriGold Coconut Oil Gold.
First, the disclosure… Recently, HerbalProvider.com offered me a sample of their NutriGold Coconut Oil Gold and compensation to sponsor this post. All opinions and experience described is my own and does not represent HerbalProvider.com or NutriGold.
I frequently mention coconut oil in my posts as I use it every day. The following are my favorite uses (not in any particular order)…
My Five Favorite Ways to Use Coconut Oil
1. As A Moisturizing Makeup Remover
I originally purchased coconut oil to use for facial cleansing after reading about oil cleansing. At the time my combination skin had several pimples and was also very dry and flaky in areas. Pimples and dry flakes at once! I thought I would give it a try. Some makeup removing products I used also irritated my skin. I was worried the coconut oil would cause more breakouts, but in my case it did not. In hind-site, I wonder whether I was sensitive to an ingredient in my commercial cleanser.
How I Use Coconut Oil to Cleanse And Remove Makeup…
I have used plain coconut oil and it works beautifully. Lately, I have incorporated Rose Water. I wash my hands then mix a little coconut oil and rosewater in the palm of one hand. After warmed and mixed, I gently apply it in small, gentle circular motions to my face. I then use a damp konjac sponge or microfiber cloth to remove the coconut oil and cosmetics from my face. This works well with plain coconut oil (I suggest that if you are not sure how you respond to rose-water. I find the Rose Water soothing and it adds to my enjoyment of the experience as I like the scent).
2. As a Cooking Oil
I use to be wary of using coconut oil in food, as I was afraid of the saturated fat. Lately there has been much press on the health benefits of using coconut oil. I was cooking with olive oil and discovered that isn’t a good idea when cooking at higher temperatures. I decided to use my coconut oil for higher temperature cooking. I am using small amounts in moderation, but find that I actually use less oil than I did when I was using a liquid oil like olive oil. I am not sure of some of the health claims relating to consumption of coconut oil, but I do know that in the time since I started eating it I lost 10 pounds and my blood work results are very good. I think with all oils, moderation is key. I still use the liquid oils for lower temperature cooking and salad dressings and the coconut oil for higher temperature cooking (or when I want it for the flavor).
3. In DIY Bath Products
Because coconut oil is such a nourishing and effective moisturizer, I like to use it in DIY bath and “home spa” treatments such as the Shea It Isn’t So Bath Melts that were featured in a previous post.
4. As a Hair Conditioner
I have fine hair that is easily weighed down. When I was taking swim classes several times a week, my hair started getting very dry and straw-like. A friend suggested I apply coconut oil before I put on my swim cap. My friend is from a culture where coconut oil is commonly used as a hair treatment and has lovely thick hair. I was skeptical, but I tried it… The amount I put in my hair before swimming was too much for a leave-in conditioner, but it absorbed better than I expected so I have used it as a conditioner on the ends when needed.
With a little research, I found that one of my favorite beauty blogs, the Beauty Brains, wrote this post: about coconut oil and hair (I appreciate Beauty Brain’s scientific approach).
5. As a Cooking or Baking Ingredient
Sometimes I use coconut oil in cooking or baking when the recipe calls for butter. It can add a lovely tropical flavor.
About NutriGold Coconut Oil Gold
I used NutriGold Coconut Oil for many of the applications in this post. I love the mild coconut scent and I find this oil is very subtle in flavor compared to some coconut oils I have used. This can be a pro or a con depending on preference, I consider it a benefit as it is very versatile. I am pleased with this oil as it works well for all my favorite uses whether culinary or personal care. I could see myself purchasing NutriGold in the future.
I also wanted to share NutriGold’s description of their Coconut Oil:
Native to the Pacific Islands, coconut, also known as Cocos nucifera, is now grown in many tropical regions around the world. Our Coconut Oil is made from freshly harvested coconuts to preserve natural levels of lauric acid and Vitamin E. The dried flesh of the coconut is processed through a cold process expeller press to extract the oil. The extraction process does not involve the use of sulfites or any other processing aids, so you can be assured that you are getting a coconut oil that is pure, wholesome, and nutritious.
Coconut oil may contain small amounts of B Vitamins and larger amounts of minerals such as phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and zinc. The lauric acid in coconut oil helps support immune health and, unlike hydrogenated coconut oil, the saturated fat in organic coconut oil does not raise cholesterol levels. (Source: promotional materials for NutriGold Coconut Oil)
NutriGold Coconut Oil is:
- USDA organic
- Verified non-GMO by the Non-GMO project
- Extra virgin, cold pressed
- Rich in naturally occurring Vitamin E and lauric acid
- Product of Philippines / Packaged to stringent cGMP standards in the USA
Where to Purchase NutriGold Coconut Oil Gold
For more information or to purchase NutriGold Coconut Oil (Gold) visit Herbalprovider.com: Click here to find NutriGold Organic, Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil