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Coconut Oil in Beauty

Definition: Coconut Oil

Coconut, besides being a tasty ingredient that goes in everything to fruity libations to decadent desserts, to Indian curries, is a tropical oil that has many uses — particularly when it comes to beauty.

Coconut oil is an emollient that helps the skin feel smooth and soft. The sweet-smelling oil is extracted from the meat of a coconut, and even contains antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, which makes it an excellent odor-masker. It's also used for giving hair body and shine. High in antioxidants, coconut oil also helps protect the skin against free radicals. Oh, and it's got a great shelf life, too.

Interested in putting a little coconut in your life? Here are some suggestions: Lush Coconut Deodorant Powder ($7.65); LaLicious Coconut Body Oil ($24); and Emerald Laboratories Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Softgels ($12).

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demi-serena demi-serena 8 years
this stuff makes the awsomest lip gloss!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i love coconut. The smell is one of my faves!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Coconut oil and emu oil are amazing.
dd-sugar dd-sugar 8 years
Love the smell of coconut. I put on coconut lip balm before bed and drift off to sweet sleep! Must hunt down some candles or just invest in a good coconut hair conditioner.
lbirk lbirk 8 years
Coconut oil is supposed to be one of nature's best. I'm going to do more reading about it!
emalove emalove 8 years
I've used this to condition my hair before...it's really nice.
oni1 oni1 8 years
i love putting it on right after a hot shower. it makes your skin so soft and has a delicate scent that won't interfere with your body spray/perfume. i've also found it makes a great hot oil treatment. i was in an experimental mood and think i recall adding olive, avocado and sweet almond oils. i wrapped my head overnight and rinsed it out the next day.
michlny michlny 8 years
I use pure coconut oil on my face at night and it works wonders!
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
when i was little, my mom would massage coconut oil in my hair then braid it.. i owe the thickness and strength of my hair (then) to it. i should go back to putting it in my hair on weekends.. ive never used it in cooking tho, i read somewhere that its got one of the highest levels of sat fat.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Omilawd — Fit's got a great post on coconut oil for cooking here: http://www.fitsugar.com/1543337.
goatimpact goatimpact 8 years
I have a jasmine scented coconut oil from the Indian store that I use for my scalp every once in a while. It's pretty great.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Good stuff!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Good stuff!
omilawd omilawd 8 years
I read somewhere that substituting coconut oil is much healthier than vegetable/peanut/canola/whatever oils. Does anyone know if that's true? What's the fat content of coconut oil? Trans fats?
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