It seems like coconut has recently become a hot and widespread ingredient in the heath and wellness sphere.
In the Spring, we wrote about DAVIDsTEA’s seasonal tea box which included Coconut Oolong. At MMV’s 5 Year Party, we included samples of The Simply Bar in our goodie bags, which had a Coconut Lemon flavour. In the summer, we gave away a month’s supply of coconut water to a lucky reader. So what’s next?
I recently discovered a Vancouver-based company which specializes in organic, non-GMO and gluten-free coconut products. Naked Coconuts was founded just over a year ago by Paul Gill and Soheila Yalpani, both UBC Commerce graduates (my Alma Mater – wahoo!).
Naked Coconuts products are ethically supplied from farmers in the Philippines, who are trained on caring for organic land and practise sustainable farming. In such a short period of time, they have already wiggled themselves into reputable heath and wellness grocery chains like Whole Foods and IGA. Currently, their products are: a coconut oil, a gluten-free soy sauce, and a coconut nectar. With only three items in their product line, Naked Coconuts likes to keep things simple.
Besides cooking with the product, here are some alternative uses for coconut oil for beauty remedies:
- As a yummy replacement for chapstick – Sometimes I get freaked out if I accidentally lick my lips and ingest lipstick. There’s no worry with that when I use coconut oil! Other than for cooking, this is probably what I use coconut oil the most for. I like putting a dab on my lips before I go to bed at night (like right now, as I’m typing this).
- As an eye makeup remover – I tested this by removing eyeliner on the back of my hand with coconut oil and it worked REALLY well. The eyeliner pretty much melted away as I gently rubbed with coconut oil on a cotton pad.
- As a conditioning hair mask – massage into dry hair (concentrating on the ends) and leave in for an hour. Wash out for smooth and luxurious hair. If you have an oily scalp, don’t put the oil on your roots.
- As a natural exfoliant – Mix with coarse salt or sugar to remove dead skin cells (such as on your heels or elbows). Can also be used in the shower as a scrub.
- As a massage oil – I love how coconut oil just melts with body heat.
For more information about the benefits of coconut products, visit nakedcoconuts.com.
MMV Giveaway: Modern Mix Vancouver is giving a trio of Naked Coconuts products (worth $36). To enter, please “LIKE” the Modern Mix Vancouver Facebook Page at facebook.com/modernmixvancouver and ALSO leave a comment below about what you’d like to try making (recipe? remedy?) with your coconut oil. A random winner will be chosen from the comments below. Giveaway ends Sunday November 17 (10pm PST).
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i would like to try making chapstick
I really want to make some sunscreen out of it to use in Cuba And make some yummy raw desserts with it too!
I want to use it as a hair mask
I am definately going to make a conditioning hair mask! My hair is so dry right now !
I would use it as an exfoliant.
I’d like to try making scrambled eggs.
i’d like to try it in my eggs thanks
I’d try using it as a makeup remover
Would love to try it as a hair mask!
I’d love to use it as you had suggested for your lips. I feel that I’ve been on a perpetual hunt for the perfect lip balm and haven’t been successful yet! Another use I’d want to test it on is for my keratosis pilaris (those little “chicken skin” bumps on the back of my arms).
I have to say I’m super impressed and happy to hear it’s a product from my native country of the Philippines. Even though I’ve never been and especially considering all that they’re going through right now, I’d love to feel that I am supporting them in some way possible.
I’d love to use it as a hair mask to condition my hair
I want to use it for making popcorn!
I would love to try it for eye makeup remover! I currently use olive oil, but the coconut would be less messy and smell amazing!
I’d like to try making some skin cream.
I like to make Chapstick!
I would use the product to cook – I love putting a bit of coconut oil on toast, or using it to get a slight coconut flavour in a stir fry. In terms of a beauty product, I’d love to try to make body lotion bars!
I would use it to revitalize my hair!
I’d love to have these!! love multitasking products!
I’d like to try making the chapstick. Thank you for the giveaway!
Would love to try it in a recipe!
A wonderful facial mask!
I would love to make a conditioning body and facewash!!