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25/06/13: Tiana Coconut Oil

When looking for more natural alternatives, coconut oil comes up a lot.  I was first introduced to this last year as an oil to cook with, but hadn't considered that I could use it externally too.  So when found that I quite liked the fractionated coconut oil by Balm Balm, I thought it might be worth trying out another pot of the solid stuff and giving some of the other uses a go.

(This was taken a few days after I bought it - it's actually about half empty now)

The brand I like to buy is Tiana.  There are quite a few out there, but I like that this one is not only organic, 100% raw cold-pressed and extra virgin (so it hasn't been refined and retains all that goodness), but also fairly traded - something I like to look for when shopping. It is widely available from Holland and Barrett and various independent health food shops.

So, for roughly the last month and a half I have been trying out various uses in and outside of the kitchen.  Although coconut oil is said to be mildly antibacterial I decanted various amounts into different sized pots for all the different uses.

1 - Hair
I have an infuriating combination of dry scalp, greasy roots and dry ends (delightful!) so when I saw that coconut oil could be used as a kind of treatment mask I was interested to give it a go to see if it could help the scalp and ends.  Unfortunately, the first time I tried I didn't read ahead and put it on after washing my hair.  Result being weird lank cluster strands.  Not a good look.  The second time, I think I went a bit overboard and covered my whole head and left it on overnight before washing. This meant that it took quite a while to get it out, probably undoing any goodness it had been able to do!

So now I've been trying out putting it on just the ends, from about halfway down my hair.   I then leave it in for a while, ideally overnight, but this isn't always possible and wash it out in the morning.  I think it is softening my ends a bit, but it does seem to have a bit of a static-inducing effect.  Anyone else had that issue?

2 - Face Cleanser
There seems to be a bit of debate around whether coconut oil on your face is comedogenic or not.  Regardless, I thought that I might as well give it a go.  Rub it into my face and remove with a damp cotton pad.  I did find it relatively effective in removing make up, but it felt like a bit of a waste of good oil to be honest!

3 - Moisturiser
So... feeling like I needed to be less wasteful, I thought I'd keep trying it on my face but as a moisturiser instead.  I tried this for about a week, but unfortunately, it did seem to exacerbate spotty areas on my face and I had  strange ones popping up in areas I've never had them before.  However, this made my neck lovely and soft, so every so often I've been using a bit of it there at night time.

(Taken over a period of less than a minute - heat from my skin melting it)

4 - Eye make up remover
This is how I've been using it for the most part.  I like how easily it melts and spreads over my eye, so I don't need to manipulate the skin around too much.  It feels gentle, and removes my mascara well.  I haven't had any issues skin wise using it in this way and I'm planning to keep on using it like this.

5 - Lip balm
Very tasty as a lip balm and very easy to spread, however, you need a seriously secure pot to keep it in as if (like me) you keep lip stuff in pockets, this will melt and be very messy!  I just tried this out for fun really, and I think I'll stick to conventional stuff.

6 - Food!
Yum, I really like using it to cook with.  You get a soft taste of coconut depending on what you're using it with.  Do be careful to not place too much of it in when hardened, as a small amount will go far.  I like using this on roast potatoes and in frying onions.  I've also had it just on a spoon on its own when I feel like having a little something sweet.  I did try it on toast, but that didn't do it for me.  I haven't been very adventurous so far, so maybe (a la Jenny) I should try this Parsnip and Coconut Cake next!

Good for me?  Yep, I love the stuff.  I've actually also been using a tiny bit to help clean the kitten's nose and she now has her own mini pot (upcycled Lily Lolo sample container!)  I got mine for around £16 for 500ml, but there are often various deals available, for example in the penny sale at H&B and various discounts online.  I'm going to be repurchasing when this one runs out.

Good for you?  It depends on whether you can stand the smell of coconut!  Some people can't, but if you're not one of them, it could be worth trying out a small jar of this if you haven't already.  If the worst comes to the worst, you could use it in your cooking.  A big plus also is the length of time that it will stay useable.

You can find more information on Tiana and their other products: here.
You can buy Tiana Coconut here: Amazon, Holland and Barrett or Ocado.

Do you use coconut oil in cooking or skincare?  
What's your favourite use - is it something I haven't tried?  Enquiring minds want to know! :)  



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  1. I do a coconut oil hair maskonce a week I leave it on for at least twelve hours otherwise it just doesn't seem to work. xx

    1. I'm still experimenting, but yes leaving it on overnight makes a difference. x

  2. wow, I didn't know coconut oil has so many properties. I knew it was good for hair especially and my husband uses it to make bulletproof coffee so I may steal some and try as eye remover ;) x

    I Am A Weapon Of Massive Consumption

    1. Me either - like olive oil it took me a little getting used to putting it on my face! Hope it works for your eye make up. :)
      I am intrigued - what is bulletproof coffee??

    2. it's coffee made with oil and butter, which sounds pretty weird, but it tastes like coffee with cream really.
      you can't use any coffee though, the ingredients need to be specific but it's the best way to drink coffee and what athletes drink :)

    3. That does sound pretty weird! I'm not an athlete, but I'm fascinated - off to google! Thanks for stopping by. x

  3. I love coconut oil also! Especially if it's all natural and organic. This is a multi-purpose product! It's hard to find something like this here in the Philippines. :(

    1. Thanks for your comment - True, natural/organic is a winning combo! :) That's a pain that it's hard to get there though - I thought there were plantations there that mean it would be easy to get your hands on :( x


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