Coconut oil makes a great alternative to regular cooking oils; it’s high in healthy fats, it has loads of health benefits and it has a high smoke-point so can be used to fry at high temperatures. It makes a healthy substitute to butter and vegetable oils in baking, or it can be used as a spread on its own!
However, coconut oil can be used for so much more than just cooking: in fact, it could probably replace half the products in your house! Well maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you can definitely swap out loads of your cosmetic products for coconut oil, and cut out a whole heap of nasty chemicals at the same time.
Curious? Then here’s our top 5 surprising uses of coconut oil:
#1 – To clean and whiten teeth. Before brushing your teeth, swill a tablespoon of coconut oil around your mouth for 20 minutes – this is called 'oil pulling'. Do this every day and it helps whiten your teeth! Alternatively, combine with baking soda for a great homemade toothpaste.
#2 – Makeup remover. That’s right, you can swap your harsh, chemical and alcohol filled makeup remover for coconut oil! Just rub the oil over your face in circular motions to loosen makeup, and wipe off with a warm, damp cloth. Plus, it’s gentle enough to use around the eyes to take off stubborn mascara and eyeliner!
#3 – Deodorant. Coconut oil is a natural, safe alternative to chemical deodorants: it is naturally antibacterial so prevents odour-causing bacteria from growing on the skin, and it smells great! Not sure about using natural deodorants? Read our article on how natural deodorants work for some more information.
#4 – Moisturiser. Coconut oil can be used as a moisturiser for pretty much your entire body! Use it on your face for its natural anti-aging properties and on your arms, legs and feet for extra moisture. Use on dry, irritated underarms to soothe and heal, or combine with salt to make a moisturising salt scrub for your whole body.
#5 – Hair serum. Replace your expensive, frizz-controlling hair serum with coconut oil! Just rub a little between your fingers and apply to the ends of damp hair to control frizz and flyaways, and to moisturise your dry split ends. In addition, it makes a great hair mask for when your hair and scalp need deep conditioning.
And that’s just a tiny fraction of all the things you can use coconut oil for!