Thursday, July 19, 2012

Coconut Oil...Miracle Oil

I've never though much -- or well -- about coconuts. I hate eating coconuts, hate coconut milk and coconut water. However, after reading about the many benefits of coconut oil, I had to try it on my skin. When Tropical Traditions offered the chance to try their 100 percent virgin coconut oil, I jumped at the opportunity.

Despite its name, coconut oil is actually solid when it's temperature is lower than about 75 degrees. When you run the jar of coconut oil under warm water, the oil liquifies. The first thing that I noticed when I opened the jar of coconut oil I received was the smell. I don't like how it smells. But remember, I'm not a fan of ingesting coconut oil in the first place. However, I had to follow the advice that I wrote in an article for a beauty company, and give the oil a shot.

The first thing I did was put some coconut oil into squeeze-type bottle. After liquefying the oil, I added several drops of lavender oil, which has several healing properties, to help with the smell. I also put some coconut oil aside for my husband to use, as Dr. Oz said that the lauric acid helps heal skin infections. (Background note: My husband has has a skin infection for a few years, and none of the medications he has tried has helped treat it.) My husband tells me that he doesn't notice any smell from the coconut oil (I guess it's just me).

The Verdict

I love coconut oil! My skin is dry, especially my hands, and the coconut oil makes it feel silky smooth and soft. There is no greasy residue or feel to the oil at all. Try it on your legs or as a massage oil! As for my husband, his skin infection cleared up after a few uses--it was that simple. (If you have a skin infection or irritation, consult with a physician or dermatologist about treatment options.) He also likes to use a few drops of the oil in his bath water, and mix it up with tea tree oil. (Consequently, my husband has to clean the tub after his bath, or it's too slippery and dangerous to stand in.)

If you're looking for something to quench your dry skin and/or hair, skip the special moisturizers and conditioners (which usually have coconut oil in them), and choose natural coconut oil instead. It has no added chemicals and might last you longer than those other boutique products.

You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on the Tropical Traditions website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online

Read more about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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