Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Coconut Oil, Why?

A few days ago, I finally took the plunge and decided to give coconut oil a try. I had not really been interested in trying it after reading extensively about it when it first became a "health and beauty" craze. The big turn-off for me was having to melt the oil to use it, and being careful of disposal. At that time (around 2013), several sources said you could not just rinse coconut oil down a drain for it might solidify and clog the drain. So I nixed the idea of using coconut oil because...what a pain! I was happy with my easy to use olive oil personal care regime, and olive oil is grand for food.

Back to me, in 2016, and my coconut oil trial. I bought this jar of coconut oil that was recommended as 'good' by a reputable site. This brand and kind was #3 on the list, and #1 was two dollars more in price. Let me get right to it...

Coconut Oil...Why?!

I tried it on a healing but mild rash type thing on my neck (suggested from a skin disease website) to soothe the itching/stinging. Umm. It was okay but I had been using olive oil and it worked just as well plus it didn't smell. Tea tree oil spray worked the best and offered longer lasting relief.

I have a few girlfriends who have been using coconut oil on their hair. They have all asked what I use. I happily reply, “Olive Oil, extra virgin olive oil. Bertolli's.” Although, I cook with Bragg's Organic Unrefined Unfiltered EVOO.

The day I tried coconut oil on my hair, my hair was freshly washed and dried but I had not moisturized. I decided to try a tiny bit of coconut oil on the ends (sources say you only need a tiny bit). I did not want to put coconut oil all over because I did not know how heavy, oily or greasy it would feel. As the day went on my hair ends felt stiff :(

Later that day I tried to wash the stuff (coconut oil) out of my hair—very difficult to do by the way. I had to use shampoo vs. when using EVOO it will rinse out with water or light conditioner. EVOO never leaves my hair stiff whether applied to damp or dry hair. Plus, again...that sweet smell of coconut oil all day long is not appealing. The Verdict:  Bertolli's Olive Oil is the best instant detangler and lock-in-moisture product for my hair. EVOO doesn't leave my hair feeling stiff (btw, Wegman's Virgin Olive Oil did). Again it doesn't smell.

Oh and the frizz! I have curly-frizzy hair. I don't fight the curl but I like to calm the frizz. The coconut oil activated the frizz to a whole new level. Grrr!

Coconut oil to moisturize the skin? Well let's understand, oils don't really moisturize by themselves. They can lock in moisture on your hair or skin but otherwise oils just sit on top of your hair or skin. Coconut oil was okay on my skin. It felt good to rub in but I used it sparingly on the inside of my wrist. I did not want to walk around smelling like Hawaiian Tropic suntan oil all day (do they still make that stuff?)

I did not bother to cook with coconut oil as I know it is a powerful flavor that can alter the taste of foods, and dishes from what you expect them to taste like. Akin to the way sesame oil can overpower foods, therefore, you have to be careful what you cook with a powerfully flavored oil.

People may love their coconut oil. And plenty of sources praise the health benefits and possible personal care applications. Great, let them love it. I am not here to change anyone's mind...

 "For me the stuff is not the great wonder product the Internet and Media and trend-followers say it is."

EVOO is the oil for me.

Some truths about coconut oil:

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