I’ve heard lots about coconut oil recently and how, with its multitude of uses, it is a must-have in your beauty cabinet. With a long line of celebrity fans this natural, hydrating oil is being used as a frizz tamer, skin cream, cuticle oil, cleanser… you name it, someone’s probably tried it!
But what about if, like me, you’re hesitant about jumping on this particular band-wagon and buying a pot of 100% coconut oil? Well fortunately brands have for years been harnessing the qualities of coconut oil and working it into their formulations, so you can get all of the goodness of the oil without the hassle. Just looking around my bathroom and reading the ingredients lists, I found coconut oil in Clinique’s 7 Day Scrub Cream and Aubrey’s Toasted Almond Shave Cream. Today I will introduce you to some of my favourite products that feature this versatile, highly celebrated oil.
I moisturise my feet each night before bed and one of the products I’m currently using is Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream (120ml, £12.99). The cream smells amazing – I literally want to eat it, but I don’t think that’s advisable! Its balmy texture, rich in coconut oil, is incredibly moisturising and completely softens my dry feet. I find the cream is much easier to use when it is warm, otherwise it can be quite hard to work into the feet, but otherwise this cream is a miracle worker!
I recently rediscovered an old favourite in Dead Sea Spa Magik Salt Brushing (500g, £13.85). This salt scrub effectively sloughs away dead skin cells whilst still being deeply hydrating thanks to its main emollient, coconut oil. I like to use it in the bath so that I can soak afterwards in the mineral rich salts and hydrating coconut oil. Even after rinsing a thin veil of oil remains to seal in moisture and it leaves your skin hydrated enough that, if pushed for time, you could get away without a seperate moisturiser.
As a really indulgent treat I love Dr Organic Coconut Oil Monoi Moisture Melt (90g, £9.49). This moisture melt is fantastically moisturising and a little goes a long way. I like the frosted glass packaging which makes it feel a much pricier product than its £9.49 price tag. The one downside is that it needs to be warmed to use as the product is solid under room temperature.
Burt’s Bees peppermint lip balm is a real classic but what you may not know is Burt’s Bees have a number of different lip balms in their range. One of them is the Coconut & Pear lip balm* (4.25g, £3.69). I carry the peppermint one everywhere so I’m really happy there is a coconut version which combines all the qualities of the original balm formulation with the added goodness of coconut oil.
I love multi purpose balms and have quite a few favourites; one of them is Moa Green Balm (50ml, £9.99). Although you cannot smell the coconut oil, alongside organic yarrow, it is one of the main ingredients in this hardworking, versatile, 100% natural healing balm. The balm can be used for cleansing and to soothe bites, grazes, bruises, eczema etc.
So that’s just a handful of products in my beauty regime that feature the wonder of coconut oil. Have you tried coconut oil yet? What are you favourite uses?