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Ask the Diet Doctor: Coconut Oil Vs. Coconut Butter

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Q: How is coconut butter different from coconut oil? Does it deliver the same nutritional benefits?

A: Coconut oil is currently a very popular oil for cooking and arguably the go-to fat source for Paleo diet devotees. Coconut oil spinoffs have also gained popularity, with the most prominent being coconut butter. However, there are some differences, both nutritionally and culinary, between the butter and oil versions that you should know before digging in.

Coconut oil is pure fat. And despite the name, it will usually be solid and opaque–not liquid-in your cupboard. This is because it’s made up of more than 90 percent saturated fats, which solidify at room temperature. It’s also different than other oils in that less than 60 percent of the fats in coconut oil are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), compared to longer-chain fatty acids in olive oil or fish oil. MCTs are unique, as they are passively absorbed in your digestive tract (unlike other fats which requires special transport/absorption) and thus are readily used as energy. These saturated fats have fascinated nutritional scientists for years, but their best application in a diet has yet to be fleshed out.

Coconut butter, on the other hand, contains similar nutritional characteristics, but since it is comprised of pureed, raw coconut meat-not only the oil-it is not made exclusively of fat. One tablespoon of coconut butter provides 2 grams of fiber as well as small amounts of potassium, magnesium, and iron. You may be familiar with Coconut Manna, which is essentially the branded version of coconut butter.

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Just as you wouldn’t use peanut butter and peanut oil the same way in cooking, you wouldn’t use coconut butter and coconut oil interchangeably. Coconut oil is perfect for using in sautés and stir-fries, since its high saturated fat content makes it suitable for high temperatures. In contrast, coconut butter is thicker in texture, so real coconut lovers may use as a spread just as you would with regular butter. Some of my clients also love using coconut butter in smoothies or as a topping for berries (like you would use yogurt, just in much smaller quantities).

Both coconut oil and butter seem to have health halos hovering over them, so many people view their fat profile as a magical, metabolism-boosting health elixir. I warn clients against looking at any food in this light, as it leads overconsumption and disappointment. While both contain unique and potentially healthful nutritional profiles, they are still calorie-dense-packing 130 calories per tablespoon of oil and 100 calories per tablespoon of butter. So don’t think of either as a free food you can use in your meals with reckless abandon. They aren’t the health-food version of Jack’s magic beans-the calories still count.

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Coconut butter is a creamy condiment that you can use in baking, or as a topping, but when you buy it in the store it can be quite expensive. Today I’m going to show you how to make it at home in just minutes, for a fraction of the price!

What is the Difference Between Coconut Oil and Butter?

Coconut oil is the oil that has been extracted from coconut, while coconut butter is simply dried coconut that has been pureed into a paste, with all of the fiber included. Think of it like peanut oil (which is a liquid oil) and peanut butter (which is a paste of pureed peanuts.)

Coconut butter is similar to coconut oil in the fact that it’s solid at room temperature (below 76ºF) and is runny when warmed up. However, coconut butter is much thicker than the oil because it still retains the fiber from the whole coconut.

What is Coconut Butter Made Of?

Coconut butter has only 1 ingredient— unsweetened dried coconut! I use shredded unsweetened coconut because it’s affordable and easily available in the grocery stores near me, but dried coconut flakes should work well in this case, too. The key is that the coconut must be dried and unsweetened, with no other ingredients added.

Can Coconut Butter Go Bad?

Coconut butter seems to have a long shelf life. I have two jars sitting on my counter as we speak, and they are still going strong after a month! As long as you don’t introduce any moisture to the jar ( for example, don’t use a wet spoon or a utensil that has touched something else, and don’t eat it directly from the jar and then put the spoon back in it) it should last for several months, just like coconut oil does. If you store coconut oil in the fridge, it becomes so hard that it’s difficult to get it out of the jar.

For baking and easy measuring, I usually melt the coconut oil briefly in my oven as it’s warming up, so that the coconut butter will pour easily into a measuring cup.

How Do I Substitute Coconut Butter?

I’ve been interested in using coconut butter as a substitute for coconut oil in recipes lately. I love coconut butter because it’s a whole food, with the fiber included! You wouldn’t use coconut butter to sauté anything like you would coconut oil, but I have tested it as a substitute in my Vegan Fudge recipe, and it works adequately in that case.

The result is definitely more fibrous in texture, so it’s not exactly something I would serve company, but my family gobbles it up!

If you’re looking for a substitute to replace coconut butter, another paste like peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter would probably be most similar in consistency. I would not use coconut oil as a substitute in recipes that call for coconut butter, because it’s missing the fiber that provides structure.

How to Make Coconut Butter

Making coconut butter is as easy as pouring shredded coconut into your blender or food processor and turning it on! You might want to stop and scrape down the sides a couple times, but it should be creamy and relatively smooth in 5 minutes or less. (It only takes about one minute in a Vitamix!)

Keep in mind that the texture of coconut butter may look runny, but it does have a slightly grainy texture whether you buy it at the store or make it at home. This is totally normal, since there’s fiber included.

What is Coconut Butter Good For?

Coconut butter makes a great topping for sweet potatoes, toast, and waffles. You can use it as a substitute for coconut oil in certain no-bake desserts, like my Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge, and you can make Coconut Macaroons with it, too.

Is Homemade Coconut Butter Cheaper?

An 8 ounce bag of shredded coconut is roughly $3.50 in my area, making a 16 ounce jar of homemade coconut butter about $7.

The coconut butter I usually buy at the store costs $11, and the cheapest one I can find online is $8.50, so the homemade version is definitely cheaper. (When I first wrote this post it was nearly a 50% savings, so coconut butter has become more affordable in the last 5 years!)

How to Make Coconut Butter (1-Minute Video):

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How to Make Coconut Butter (Cheaper than Store-Bought!)

Here’s how to make coconut butter, that is quick and affordable. All you need is 1 ingredient and about 5 minutes of time! Course Side Dish Cuisine gluten-free, vegan Keyword Coconut Butter Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 0 minutes Total Time 10 minutes Servings 16 ounces Calories 187kcal Author Megan Gilmore

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces shredded unsweetened coconut (dried coconut with no added ingredients)

Instructions

  • Pour the shredded coconut into the bowl of a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade, and begin processing. After 1 to 2 minutes, scrape down the bowl of the processor and continue processing again.
  • In just about 5 minutes, the coconut should become quite runny and you’ll hear a “sloshing” sound from the food processor, like it’s suddenly blending liquid. That’s when the coconut butter is ready!
  • You’ll notice that coconut butter looks very smooth, but it actually has a slightly grainy texture when you taste it. This is totally normal! Store the coconut butter in a sealed glass jar at room temperature for up to a month. Be sure to avoid adding any moisture to the jar for best shelf life.

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For the most accurate results in recipes, be sure to measure the coconut butter when it is runny and at room temperature. (I like to quickly warm it by placing the sealed glass jar in a bowl of hot tap water.)

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.9mg

Coconut Butter Nutrition (per tablespoon): Calories: 94, Fat: 9g, Carbohydrates: 4g, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 1 g

Reader Feedback: Have you ever tried making coconut butter before? What’s your favorite way to use it?

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What Is The Difference Between Coconut Butter And Coconut Oil? 10 Things You Need To Know

These days, we all know about the amazing superpowers of coconut. But do you know the difference between coconut butter and coconut oil? While they are both derived from the same fruit, coconut butter and oil are quite different from each other. It comes down to the way each one is made, as well as the intended use.

However, that’s not to say coconut butter and oil are polar opposites. There are definitely a couple similarities. For example, both products are amazing for a healthy beauty routine. They add a hefty dose of good-for-you fats to your system, helping you be the best that you can be. It’s one of those powerful health foods that we can’t just get enough of — both inside and out.

Again, it comes down to the recommended use. Coconut butter fairs better in hard moisturizing bars, while coconut oil is excellent as a shaving cream or light lotion. More on that later!

Fortunately, this superfood can be used in so many fun coconut recipes. It’s extremely versatile and can add some major nutritional value to your meals, snacks, and beverages. It simply comes down to knowing the ins and outs of coconut butter and oil.

1. The butter is all coconut meat

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Coconut butter is made of the entire coconut flesh. It’s simply pulverized and and pureed to create a tough, creamy product. It includes both fats and fibers that are naturally found in coconuts. Coconut butter is roughly 60 percent fat.

2. The oil is extracted fat from the meat

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Unlike coconut butter, coconut oil is just the fat. It’s extracted from the coconut meat using either a wet mill or cold process method. The way coconut oil is extracted will depend on the manufacturer (or if you do it yourself).

3. Coconut butter is harder

Because coconut butter involves every last bit of the coconut meat, there’s more components involved. The butter version is much tougher than coconut oil.

4. Coconut oil is creamier

While coconut butter does have a creamy consistency, coconut oil is more “slippery.” It will melt in your hands much faster than coconut butter.

5. Coconut butter sets faster than oil

While both versions set at room temperature, coconut butter sets faster than the oil version. Again, this is because coconut butter contains more than just the fat.

6. Coconut butter has more nutrients than coconut oil

Because coconut butter contains all of the flesh, it also has fiber, proteins, and a medley of vitamins and minerals. Of course, it also has healthy fatty acids.

7. Coconut oil is full of healthy fats

Just because coconut butter has more going on doesn’t mean that the oil is inferior. Because it’s full of healthy fats like omega-3, you’ll still be doing your body a favor.

8. Coconut oil is better for frying

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Coconut oil is super stable and can withstand high temperatures. This makes it ideal for frying food, especially if you want a break from the olive, canola, and vegetable oils.

As for coconut butter? It’s not recommended to use this version for frying, as it can burn very easily.

9. Coconut butter is great for hard chocolate candy

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If you’re making chocolate bars or bark, coconut butter is the way to go. It’ll be able to hold its shape as it is more resistant to melting. Besides, no one likes a melted chocolate bar.

10. Coconut butter is also excellent for soap

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Coconut butter is an amazing base for so many DIY soaps and lotion bars. Again, its resistance to melting makes it an awesome candidate for your homemade beauty concoctions.

For more fun food ideas, check out Bustle on YouTube.

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Coconut Oil vs. Coconut Butter: What’s the Difference?

Most people are familiar with coconut oil. It’s frequently in the health and wellness spotlight. Coconut butter isn’t as well-known.

The two products look and smell similar, but each has different characteristics. Here’s a look at the benefits of each.

What’s the difference between coconut oil and coconut butter?

Coconut oil is made by cold-pressing oil from coconut meat. It’s solid at room temperature, and becomes liquid when heated. It has an oily, mild to medium intensity coconut flavor and odor.

Coconut butter is arguably the peanut butter of the tropics. It’s made by pureeing coconut meat, including the oil. The spread is solid at room temperature and softens when heated. The end result is a spread with strong coconut flavor and odor.

Pros of oil

  1. It’s good to cook with and can withstand moderate to high temperatures.
  2. It has many home and beauty uses.
  3. It can be used as a substitute for oil and butter in baking.

Coconut oil and coconut butter nutrition

Coconut oil is made entirely of fat, mostly saturated. One tablespoon has around 14 grams.

Coconut butter is made from the whole coconut, so it also contains saturated fat, around 10 grams per tablespoon. It has nutrients coconut oil doesn’t, most notably fiber. One tablespoon of coconut butter has about 2 grams of dietary fiber.

Other nutrients in coconut butter are:

  • protein
  • potassium
  • magnesium
  • iron

Coconut oil and coconut butter are high in calories. Depending on the brand, both products have about 110 to 120 calories per tablespoon.

Are coconut oil and coconut butter good for you?

The high saturated fat content in coconut oil and coconut butter is controversial. The American Heart Association (AHA) warns that a diet high in saturated fats leads to high cholesterol and increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Coconut advocates argue that most saturated fat research is outdated. They argue that most of the saturated fat is lauric acid, so it actually increases your so-called good cholesterol and decreases your risk of disease.

Lauric acid hasn’t been researched as much as other types of saturated fat, but at least one small study supports that it benefits cholesterol. The study on 32 healthy men and women found that eating solid fats rich in lauric acid resulted in a better cholesterol profile than eating trans fats.

After a 2010 meta-analysis found that saturated fat was not associated with an increase in cardiovascular disease, the coconut waters became murkier. The meta-analysis did not result in the AHA or most cardiologists revising their position on saturated fats, but it has raised legitimate questions.

Time and more research will solve the controversy. But how coconut oil and coconut butter impact your risk of heart disease today may ultimately depend on many factors, including your activity level and overall diet.

Beauty uses for coconut oil and coconut butter

If you’re concerned about the chemicals in personal care products, keep a jar of coconut oil or coconut butter handy. Their fatty acids may help reduce wrinkles, dry skin, and age spots.

Little scientific research exists on the skin care benefits of coconut oil and coconut butter, but anecdotal evidence is plentiful. You can try using them in your beauty regimen as:

  • skin moisturizers
  • shaving cream
  • bath oil
  • lip balm
  • rash or burn soother
  • massage oil
  • personal lubricant
  • eye makeup remover
  • body or foot scrub when combined with sea salt

Before using coconut oil or coconut butter on your skin, do a skin patch test to test for sensitivity and possible allergic reaction.

Cooking with coconut oil and coconut butter

Coconut oil is mainly used as cooking oil. Refined coconut oil has a high smoke point and can withstand high-heat cooking. It’s great for frying and sautéing. Extra virgin coconut oil has a lower smoke point and is generally recommended for temperatures of 350°Fahrenheit or less.

Coconut oil can be spread on toast and substituted for butter, shortening, and vegetable oil in baking. Keep in mind the flavor of extra virgin coconut oil is not as neutral as other oils and adds a moderate coconut taste to baked goods. Refined versions have slight to no coconut flavor.

Coconut butter is delicious straight from the jar. It can be spread on almost anything. It’s tasty as a butter substitute on your morning toast or bagel. Try:

  • adding coconut butter to smoothies
  • melting it and drizzle over fresh fruit or frozen yogurt
  • stirring it into oatmeal
  • adding it to a piña colada

Coconut butter burns easily and isn’t your best bet for stovetop cooking over anything higher than very low heat for a brief time. It’s perfect for making fudge and candies and may be substituted for butter or oil. It will add a strong, sweet, coconut flavor to your recipes.

Pros of butter

  1. It contains fiber.
  2. It can be used to make fudge and other candies.
  3. It can be applied to the skin as a beauty product.

Where can you buy coconut oil and coconut butter?

A decade ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find coconut oil or coconut butter anywhere but a natural health store. Today, they are staples on supermarket and big box store shelves.

But so many manufacturers have jumped on the coconut products bandwagon that the available choices can be confusing.

Here are a few tips to make the shopping process easier:

  • Extra virgin and virgin coconut oil are the least refined. These also have the most nutrients.
  • Refined coconut oil is made from dried coconut meat known as copra. It has little, if any, coconut taste and coconut odor. Extra virgin (or virgin coconut oil) is made from fresh coconut meat and should have a distinct coconut flavor and smell.
  • If you want less coconut flavor in your recipes or you cook at higher temperatures, you might opt for nonhydrogenated refined coconut oil that uses a chemical-free cleaning process instead of chemical solvents or lye.

Coconut butter and coconut oil should be stored at room temperature. Coconut butter may develop a layer of oil at the top in a similar way as natural peanut butter. Stir the butter thoroughly before using.

Next steps

Coconut oil and coconut butter have distinct differences in appearance, taste, and functionality. Coconut oil is best for frying and cooking. Coconut butter is great for making no-cook candies, or candies cooked slowly over very low heat.

Despite the claims of many natural health experts and coconut enthusiasts that these products are a health marvel, mainstream medicine is taking a cautious approach. Until scientific research swings the pendulum one way or another, eat both coconut oil and coconut butter in moderation.

11 Ways To Use Coconut Butter

If you’re not eating coconut butter, you’re missing out. That’s a bold statement, I know, but coconut butter is truly one of the tastiest treats around. Wondering what coconut butter is? As previously mentioned in our recipe for Dairy-Free Coconut Butter Fudge: Coconut butter is made by grinding dehydrated coconut meat. It’s different from coconut oil, which is the oil extracted from coconut meat (but doesn’t contain any of the meat itself). The grinding process turns dehydrated coconut into a thick and creamy consistency, similar to nut butter.

Coconut Oil & Coconut Butter — Similar Benefits

Like coconut oil, coconut butter contains lauric acid, a 12-carbon fatty acid. Lauric acid boasts many health benefits such as reducing inflammation, boosting immunity, and fighting infections. Choose coconut butter that’s minimally processed in order to reap as many benefits as possible. Wildly Organic’s Coconut Butter is raw and organic (and incredibly delicious). In addition to being good for you, coconut butter greatly enhances the creamy texture of desserts, smoothies, and hot beverages. Once you start using it, you’ll find many other ways to sneak it into your diet. 😉

11 Ways To Use Coconut Butter

Besides eating straight from the jar (a real treat!), Wildly Organic’s Coconut Butter is a tasty addition to many everyday meals. Here are eleven of the best ways to use coconut butter:

#1 — Stir Into Hot Beverages

Coconut butter enhances many hot drinks, such as coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Add a teaspoon to your empty mug and pour a hot beverage over the top to melt the butter. Stir to distribute evenly. This adds extra flavor and makes the beverage creamy, without using dairy. Some folks give up their coffee creamer once they start using coconut butter in their morning cup of Joe! Give coconut butter a try in our Frothy & Creamy Power Coffee and Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free Hot Cocoa.

#2 — Add To Smoothies

Coconut butter is a great way to add healthy fat to smoothies! It mixes better than coconut oil, which tends to clump easily. Add a tablespoon to any smoothie (like this Spirulina Smoothie) or shake before blending. This will add extra thickness and enhance the creamy consistency.

#3 — Drizzle Over Fruit

Melted coconut butter tastes great drizzled over a bowl of fruit, especially berries. Or, if you’re not the drizzling type, melt a little in a small bowl and use as a dip.

#4 — Add Creaminess To Savory Dishes

Add 1/8 cup of coconut butter to a pint of warm pasta sauce to create a creamy texture without the need for dairy. Whisk to distribute evenly. The subtle coconut flavor also lends itself to Southwestern cuisine and adds dairy-free creaminess to dishes like One-Pot Southwestern Beans & Rice.

#5 — Use As A Spread

Coconut butter is a delicious spread for all manner of baked goods. Use it just like butter! Smear a little over a warm muffin, toast, or slice of banana bread or Christmas-Spiced Orange Bread. It’s almost like frosting! If you need to avoid nuts for any reason, you can use coconut butter as a replacement for peanut and other nut butter. You can even make a Coconut Butter & Jam Sandwich!

#6 — Add To Oatmeal Or Porridge

Increase healthy fats at breakfast by stirring a spoonful of coconut butter into warm oats or porridge. Why not try it in this Coconut Quinoa Porridge?

#7 — Make Dairy-Free Fudge

The texture and flavor of coconut butter enables you to make fudge without dairy. It’s quick and easy too; just melt, mix, and refrigerate. Try our Dairy-Free Coconut Butter and Walnut Fudge.

#8 — Use For Raw Treats

Wildly Organic’s Coconut Butter shines in these Raw Coconut Butter Berry Bites. They are sweet, but only contain a small amount of honey or maple syrup, which makes them a healthy option when cravings arise. Also, try replacing the coconut oil with coconut butter in these Coconut-Mango No-Bake Treats. Both of these raw treats are perfect when you need a quick snack or treat for school lunches!

#9 — Drizzle On Pancakes Or Waffles

No one’s saying you can’t use syrup… But you can add extra richness (and healthy fat!) to your pancakes and waffles with a drizzle or dollop of Wildly Organic Coconut Butter. Try coconut butter on our Paleo Caramel Apple Waffles or our Grain-Free Ricotta Pancakes! Make those pancakes and waffles extra delicious with our coconut syrup, too!

#10 — Give Yourself A Facial & Lip Treatment

This may be the most unusual recommendation for coconut butter yet! To gently exfoliate and cleanse, apply a teaspoon or two to your face in circular motions. Be sure to apply a little to your lips as well. Wash off with warm water and a washcloth. Follow with moisturizer.

#11 — Share It With Your Dog

Give your dogs the benefits of coconut butter, too! You can add a spoonful to your dog’s morning or evening meal. Or, let him lick it off the spoon as a special treat! (Dogs can and should benefit from coconut too! Here are the 5 Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Dogs.) As you can see, there are many wonderful uses for coconut butter. Keep a jar of Wildly Organic’s Coconut Butter in your pantry at all times in order to reap the many benefits of this versatile superfood!

The Benefits of Coconut Butter

The coconut is a fruit that has many health benefits. You may have heard of coconut oil but not coconut butter. In fact, coconut butter is one of the healthiest coconut products. Coconut butter has many health benefits that promote human wellness. The creamy and dense butter has a sweet coconut flavor that blends easily with many meals. Coconut butter is extracted from coconut that has been shredded and dried.

What is coconut butter used for?

Coconut butter can be used for many purposes. This butter is commonly used on fruit, in coffee, and right out of the jar. One of the health benefits of coconut butter is that it has a rich source of lauric acid. This acid is a major component in breast milk that plays a crucial role in enabling a child to fight against any form of fungal or viral infections. As a result, the child is able to build natural immunities that promote healthy growth and development. Studies have revealed that acid leads to an increase in healthy cholesterol while lowering harmful or lethal cholesterol in your body.

Coconut butter has the capacity to protect and preserve the skin. This butter enhances skin quality by helping this organ to fight any damaging effects that might be caused by free radicals. Furthermore, researchers argue that coconut butter should be classified as an oxidant. Among children, coconut butter is also used as diaper cream. This is due to the antibacterial and antifungal effects that enhance skin-moisturizing effects.

Coconut butter is used in different countries for various purposes. For instance, in Asia, this butter is used in styling hair. When applied, the butter has a cooling effect on the head. In fact, people prefer to apply this butter and then bathing in warm water. After the warm bath, they leave the body for an hour to keep the body healthy.

You can easily use it as a skin moisturizer. When applied, the butter penetrates within the deep skin layers thus strengthening the tissues. As a result, people who use this butter end up having strong connective tissues that keep their skin supple and soft. These attributes enhance the skin’s elastic qualities. This butter consists of medium chain fatty acids that are easily metabolized by the body. These fatty acids are converted into energy instead of being stored as fat into the body.

Eating coconut butter is a great way to help you lose those unwanted pounds. In the early 1940s, farmers thought that the fact could make their animals fatten but with coconut butter. However, they realized that their animals were becoming thinner. Essentially, coconut butter stimulates the body’s metabolism, promoting natural weight loss. You can eat one or two teaspoons a day and see a difference in a few weeks.


Nutrition articles may wax philosophical about “bad fats” and “good fats,” but the truth is never simple. Healthy eating is not so much a battle of good versus evil as it is an ongoing learning process. The current dietary guidelines are useful general recommendations for a healthy diet, but they are always being optimized. A recent clinical trial attempted to answer a popular question about fats – is all saturated fat unhealthy or does the source matter?

Saturated fats, such as butter, have been linked to poor heart health because of their impact on cholesterol levels in the blood. In the 1980s, margarine was touted as a healthier alternative to butter. In the 1990s, the negative health effects of trans fats, which are just a man-made saturated fat, were discovered. Margarine starts out as vegetable oil and is made solid through a chemical process called hydrogenation. This process occasionally produces molecules of “trans” fats. It turned out that trans fats had the same negative impact on blood cholesterol levels as regular saturated fat. Long story short, now butter is good again — maybe.

Any fat that is solid at room temperature will contain saturated fat – whether it is man-made like margarine, or naturally occurring like butter. Most saturated fats come from animal sources, except for coconut oil and palm oil. For a while now, nutrition researchers have been trying to understand if it’s the animal source fats that are the problem, or if any saturated fat is the problem. Because of what we have seen with artificial saturated fats like margarine, this is a worthwhile question. Coconut oil is a great test specimen, since it is a naturally occurring saturated fat that comes from a plant. Olive oil, a liquid fat also touted for health benefits, was used for comparison.

Researchers tested the impact of coconut oil, butter, and olive oil on the cholesterol levels of a group of 94 Caucasian adults of European descent between the ages of 50 and 75. To be included in the study, they had to be in relatively good health, with no prior history of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer and not taking any medications that would artificially alter their cholesterol levels. They were randomly assigned to consume 50 grams per day of butter, coconut, or olive oil either as a food or a supplement. Participants were given instructions on how to include coconut, butter, or olive oil into recipes. To be consistent, the researchers required participants to use the same brand of extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, and unsalted butter. All products were certified organic.

The participants were followed for 4 weeks and their blood lipids were tested at the beginning and end of the test period. The researchers gathered data on the participants’ LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, blood sugar, weight, blood pressure, body fat percentage, physical activity, and eating choices. LDL and HDL cholesterol are the blood markers that doctors care about because high LDL and low HDL are both risk factors for heart disease.

Coconut oil may have offered slightly more benefit than the others. The butter group increased the participants’ LDL levels from 3.5 to 3.83 mmol/L, the coconut oil group decreased their LDL levels from 3.5 to 3.41 mmol/L, and the olive oil group decreased their LDL levels from 3.7 to 3.64 mmol/L. For reference, “optimal” LDL levels for adults would be 2.59-3.34 mmol/L, so these are modest changes. HDL increased in all groups, with coconut oil offering the largest increase from 2.0 mmol/L to 2.28 mmol/L. Again, for reference, research shows that an HDL level of 1.55 mmol/L or greater reduces the risk for heart disease. There were no differences in weight, belly fat, body mass index, or blood pressure among participants at the end of the study. The groups also appeared well matched in terms of physical activity, age, and eating habits.

So is coconut oil better than butter? Maybe, maybe not. These numbers are averages over a small sample size and over only a 4 week period. One advantage of this study is that it was performed in a “real world” setting, where variations in individual lifestyle choices would complicate the results. However, the researchers note that it is important to observe the effects of dietary fats in ordinary people living their lives, to complement more controlled laboratory studies. Another advantage was that the participants did not vary widely in terms of health and lifestyle choices. Further research is needed to see if these results would hold in large sample sizes, different groups of people, and in different settings. The baby steps of nutrition science march onward.

Furthermore, olive oil, a main component of the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, contains beneficial polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.

“Between the two, olive oil is a better choice, since monounsaturated fats can have a beneficial effect on your heart when eaten in moderation and when used to replace saturated and trans fats in your diet,” said Annessa Chumbley, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the A.H.A., in an email. Earlier this year, the organization issued an advisory that firmly reiterated its guidance to consumers to replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats to help prevent heart disease. Consumers were also urged to keep in mind the bigger picture of an overall healthy eating pattern.

While some research has linked the main type of saturated fatty acid in coconut oil, lauric acid, to increased levels of HDL, or “good,” cholesterol, it still appears to raise LDL cholesterol. Yet, coconut oil may be a better choice than some other sources of saturated fat. A large, recent study found that lauric acid didn’t appear to raise heart disease risk quite as much as other types of saturated fatty acids, such as palmitic acid, which is substantial in butter.

Proponents of coconut oil point out that it is rich in phytochemicals that have healthful antioxidant properties. While it’s true that extra-virgin coconut oil, like extra-virgin olive oil, contains phytochemicals, most of the coconut oil on the market is refined and provides few of those antioxidants, said Dr. Qi Sun, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. But even if the coconut oil you are using is extra-virgin, “the saturated fat effects outweigh any beneficial effects of the antioxidants,” he said.

But of course, we don’t eat fats or cholesterol or antioxidants — we eat food. So while coconut oil certainly isn’t the magic bullet some claim, there’s no need to avoid it completely, especially if it is used instead of butter or shortening in baked goods or to impart flavor in something like a curry dish. As a general rule, though, cooking with olive oil is the better choice for overall health.

By Sophie Egan. Originally published Dec. 22, 2017

Ok this one is a glamorous one! We will be talking about benefits of coconut oil and coconut butter. It is luxurious, smooth, slippery and delicious. It makes you beautiful and desirable and it heals you from inside out! Don’t hold your breath as this has a LONG list of benefits and uses. Check out the original blog post here and follow the rest of the posts. I have written about 130 uses of coconut!! For now here I go with coconut oil and butter….

Coconut Oil:

Health benefits when taken internally

  1. Cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil is high is lauric acid and medium chained fatty acid that boosts metabolism and can aid in weight loss.
  2. Amazing for the brain health and has been studied for Alzheimer’s disease.
  3. Coconut oil has a high smoking point and therefore is a great cooking and baking oil.
  4. Due to the high smoking point this oil is ideal for deep frying.
  5. It can manage your blood sugar by improving insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  6. It can give you an immediate energy boost after consumption. I add it to my tea, coffee and smoothies.
  7. Combined with poppy seeds, coconut oil can help improve sleep when consumed regularly.
  8. Lauric acid in the oil can also get rid of intestinal parasites, tape worms, giardia etc.
  9. Destroys viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C etc.
  10. Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infection, gum disease (bleeding gums) etc.
  11. The anti fungal properties can get rid of yeast, candida, ringworm, athlete’s foot etc.
  12. When added with hot herbal tea (such as ginger) it can help smooth sore throat.
  13. Coconut oil can lubricate the colon if taken raw and relieve from constipation.
  14. It is a beneficial fat for the body that also increases the absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K.
  15. Coconut oil is used and applied externally as a wound healer.
  16. It also helps to better absorb calcium and magnesium in the body.
  17. Coconut oil can harmonize and restore our hormones.
  18. Coconut oil is also known to reduce allergy symptoms.
  19. The fatty acids in coconut oil can increase blood concentration of ketone bodies which can result in reducing seizures.
  20. Coconut oil helps reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering bad cholesterol in the body.
  21. Can you use in exchange for butter in any vegan recipes.
  22. Coconut oil can be used to re heat roasted-dried meat.

Skin and hair benefits when applied externally

  1. I personally use it as a replacement for lotion. Yes it is coconut oil that I apply to my skin. If you are Pitta dosha this oil is highly beneficial for you as it is cooling oil.
  2. You can make lotion bars, deodorant and soaps using coconut oil. Check out my home made face mask recipe here.
  3. Coconut oil can be great massage oil especially, for Pitta dosha.
  4. I also use coconut oil as a face moisturiser.
  5. Coconut oil is not only a moisturiser but a natural cleanser. And yes you can cleanse your skin with oil to get rid of dirt and dead skin.
  6. Coconut oil can repair dry, flaky skin and improve skin elasticity.
  7. Coconut oil also is an excellent eye make-up remover. I dab a little on my hemp cloth and wipe off the make-up.
  8. Regular coconut oil massage can relieve eczema, acne, stretch marks and cellulite.
  9. It can also dim down the age spots if you apply regularly.
  10. Coconut oil has a natural SPF and can prevent sun burning.
  11. You can also use it for diaper rash.
  12. Replace your baby lotion with coconut oil.
  13. Coconut oil is extremely beneficial for sore nipples of new mothers after break feeding their child.
  14. It can help smooth itchy skin.
  15. I have grown up in a family where coconut oil is regularly applied to strengthen hair. I often used to get scalp massage with coconut oil from my mother.
  16. Coconut oil is used to get rid of dandruff.
  17. Combining coconut oil with apple cider vinegar and peppermint oil can get rid of head lice.
  18. Coconut oil can be used for oil pulling to promote oral health.
  19. It can also benefit as teeth whitening.
  20. Coconut oil can also stimulate hair growth when massaged in the scalp daily.
  21. Applied on skin it can get rid of nail fungus etc.
  22. Coconut oil can also relieve from UTI pain applied externally.
  23. It can also be applied as a natural lubricant for both men and women.
  24. Men can use coconut oil instead of shaving cream or lotion.
  25. Coconut oil can be applied inside your nose or ear to avoid infections and reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.
  26. Can be applied after tattooing your skin to reduce inflammation.
  27. You can make homemade mascara, eye liner and other beauty products from coconut oil.

Home cleaning and uses of coconut oil:

  1. Coconut oil can be used to season cast iron skillets,
  2. It can used to condition wooden chopping board and spoons.
  3. Coconut oil can be used to polish metals and stainless steel utensils.
  4. It can polish leather made products and shoes.
  5. It can lubricate bicycle chains, guitar strings and unstuck glued items.
  6. Can remove chewing gum from hair, carpet and/or other fabrics.
  7. Coconut oil can clean wooden surface and leave a shine.
  8. Can remove stubborn stain and clean surfaces in kitchen and bathroom.
  9. Coconut oil can be used to clean mascara brushes and cream/lotion containers.

Benefits of Coconut butter:

  1. Contains all the benefits in coconut oil and can be used as a butter substitute for bread and toast. It is made by coconut oil and flesh blended together.
  2. It can also be used in making ice creams and icings for cakes.
  3. Coconut butter calms over stimulated nerves and aids anxiety.
  4. Supports thyroid and metabolism function of the body.
  5. Coconut butter strengthens the liver.

Leave a comment below and tell me how do you use your coconut oil?

Where do you purchase your coconut oil from?

Have you ever consumed it RAW?

Did you know there were so many benefits of coconut oil and butter??

When you think about the health benefits of coconut oil, the last thing that probably comes to mind is rubbing the edible plant grease all over your skin and hair. But dermatologists, natural beauty devotees, and a growing body of scientific studies are starting to bring the plant’s potential to light.

“Coconut oil is comprised of a unique combination of natural fats, which makes it useful in treating the skin,” explains Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. These fatty acids include linoleic acid (which is beneficial for acne-prone skin) and up to 50 percent lauric acid (which is hydrating and antimicrobial), he says.

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Studies show that coconut oil—which is extracted from the meat of mature coconuts—may improve skin barrier function and repair, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, fight the signs of skin aging, and makes an effective moisturizer, per a 2018 review of research published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

And, well, coconut oil smells like cookies. “Is there anything more luscious than coconut oil?” says Tieraona Low Dog, MD, a founding member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine and the Academy of Women’s Health

We can’t really can’t think of anything—but we can think of amazing beauty uses for coconut oil that don’t require spending a fortune. In fact, all you need is one thing: Raw (and preferably organic) virgin coconut oil. Here, 25 natural, DIY beauty tricks with coconut oil for your skin and hair you’ll want to try ASAP.

Coconut oil for hair

1. Deep condition

Hair conditioners often contain coconut oil because it easily penetrates the strands and can even prevent protein loss. “I use coconut oil for hair and on my skin for deep conditioning,” says Tasneem Bhatia, MD, an integrative medicine physician and owner of CentreSpringMD in Atlanta, GA. Apply a quarter-sized dollop to your hair, comb it, and then pile it into a loose bun. You’ll want to place a soft towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap. In the morning, rinse with a gentle shampoo.

2. Create a DIY hair mask

Soften locks with a spa-worthy hair mask. Mix 3 to 5 tablespoons of organic, refined coconut oil (in its liquid state) with 20 drops rosemary oil. Massage onto hair and cover with a shower cap. Let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes, then shampoo out.

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3. Tame frizz

If you struggle with taming your mane, coconut oil can definitely help. Rub a small bit of coconut oil between the pads of your fingers and run through particularly frizzy areas to leave hair looking smooth and polished. As an alternative to straight oil, you can also use frizz-fighting serums that contain coconut oil (like this one from Briogeo) to nourish and strengthen hair.

4. Add shine

Smooth a tiny amount of organic coconut oil onto the ends of your hair to add a little shine if you have dark hair. Remember that a dab will do you—any more than that and your hair might appear greasy.

5. Minimize dandruff

Coconut oil can help lower the levels of yeast on the skin that drive inflammation, flaking, and itching associated with dandruff, says Dr. Zeichner. Try minimizing the problem with an ultra-moisturizing coconut oil treatment: Heat 2 or 3 tablespoons of oil on the stove over a low flame. Once it liquifies, immediately remove it from the stove, so it doesn’t become too hot. Then, massage the oil into your scalp. If you have any leftover oil, you can use it to coat the rest of your hair. Let the oil sit on your scalp for 30 minutes and then wash it out with shampoo. (A shower cap will contain the mixture and prevent it from dripping on you while you wait.)

If coconut oil doesn’t seem to do the trick, go for a dandruff shampoo like Dove Dermacare Shampoo, which contains yeast-fighting pyrithione zinc, says Dr. Zeichner.

Coconut oil for face

6. Use as a first step face wash

Because coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and moisturizing, many women swear by its use as a nighttime moisturizer for their face, too. Try the double-cleansing method: Simply rub the oil in circular motions all over your face and neck, giving yourself a gentle massage as you go. When you’re done, wash off the residue with your favorite gentle face wash.

7. Create a DIY face mask

What better way to pamper yourself than with a DIY face mask? Try this healing mask from the blog She Can’t Eat What?, which utilizes turmeric (known for its anti-inflammatory properties), lemon juice (to brighten with vitamin C), raw manuka honey (which can help treat acne), and melted virgin coconut oil for extra hydration. Apply to a clean face, leave on for at least 15 minutes, and relax! If you prefer to look for store-bought masks containing coconut oil for your skin, check out the Shea Moisture Coconut Oil Comforting Milk Mask, which incorporates several plant oil extracts, including coconut oil, to hydrate as you sleep.

8. Remove eye makeup

Yes, coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara! Put a little on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes, paying attention to your under-eyes as well. The oil does a great job breaking down waxy, inky eye makeup, and leaves the delicate area hydrated, too. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual.

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9. Dab on as eye cream

While there are plenty of hydrating eye creams on the market, coconut oil works in a pinch. If you’re dealing with dry under-eyes—whether it be from colder weather, dehydration, or simply getting older—using a moisturizing eye cream can completely rejuvenate your complexion. Simply dab on a light layer of coconut oil (use your ring finger to avoid tugging or applying too much pressure) to dry under-eyes to hydrate and protect the skin. It’s best to do this before bed, as it may slide around underneath makeup.

10. Make a DIY lip scrub

Tons of commercial lip scrubs include coconut oil—but you can easily make your own using coconut oil, brown sugar, and honey for a super moisturizing (and delicious) DIY version. Simply play around with the measurements of each ingredient until you find a consistency you like. Gently use as an exfoliating treatment (wash off as you cleanse or use a damp cloth to remove) before bed to wake up with softer, plumper lips come morning.

11. Make a DIY lip balm

Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of cocoa butter, and 2 tablespoons of grated beeswax or beeswax pellets to a heat-resistant measuring cup. Pour 2 inches of water into a small pot, then add the measuring cup so only the bottom is submerged. Heat water on low to medium heat until ingredients melt, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and carefully pour mixture into lip balm containers. Add 2 drops cinnamon essential oil per container and stir; cover immediately. Refrigerate and cool, then share with your friends!

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12. Make a DIY lip gloss

Fend off chapped, flaky lips or even add a pop of color to your pout with a homemade tinted gloss made from coconut oil. To make it, simply mix bits of an old lipstick with some coconut oil.

13. Freshen your breath

Remember oil pulling? Turns out, swishing coconut oil (or any organic vegetable cooking oil) around in your mouth may actually pull disease-causing bacteria out of your mouth, per a review of research published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine. “Oil pulling generates antioxidants which damage the cell wall of microorganisms and kill them,” the researchers write. Just swirl it around your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes before breakfast until it turns a milky white color, then spit it out into the trash (not your sink, as this can clog the pipes) and rinse with water. Just note that oil pulling shouldn’t replace your daily dental hygiene routine—brushing and flossing are still a must.

14. Highlight your cheeks

Nothing perks up a tired face like a little highlighter. Simply sweep a small amount of organic coconut oil on top of makeup and leave it alone. It looks like your skin but glowier, which is why many natural makeup brands use it as a base ingredient in their formulas. If you’re looking for a more portable option, try the cult favorite Living Luminizer by RMS Beauty, which has a coconut-oil base and light reflecting pigment.

Coconut oil for skin and body

15. Hydrate dry hands

Coconut oil can work wonders on dry, itchy skin. “I keep a jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil by the kitchen sink and put a little on after washing my hands to keep them soft and moist,” says Dr. Low Dog. (This won’t work on the go, so make sure you keep one of these hand creams for dry skin in your bag, too.) And if you cook with coconut oil—you can sub it for butter in baking recipes because it’s solid at room temperature—scoop out a little extra for your hands, too.

16. Shave your legs

Conventional shaving cream is an expensive cocktail of chemicals that you don’t really need to get a nice clean shave on your legs or underarms. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is inexpensive, naturally antimicrobial, and smells divine. Plus, its skin-soothing properties will leave your legs looking hydrated (but never greasy).

17. Use in place of lotion

“Coconut oil is a commonly used as a hydrating oil in its raw form or as an ingredient in moisturizers,” says Dr. Zeichner. Simply use it as your go-to moisturizer if you’re looking for an affordable option that not only smells amazing, but also leaves your skin feeling nourished and smooth. If you love testing out new skin care, you can also try a body lotion that contains coconut oil (like this one from the Body Shop) to mix things up every so often.

18. Slather on as a massage oil

Many store-bought massage oils have either coconut or jojoba oil as their base. Cut out the middleman and go straight to the bottle. It’s slippery, skin-friendly, and moisturizing.

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19. Create a luscious body scrub

Make a body scrub yourself with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. “I love to do this. It’s wonderfully moisturizing, great for the skin, inexpensive, and blissfully absent of chemicals you can’t pronounce,” says Dr. Low Dog. To make your own, she suggests melting ½ cup of coconut oil at a very low heat. Pour it over 1 cup of brown sugar or salt and stir well. If you have some on hand, add in five drops of your favorite essential oils (go for eucalyptus or lavender for a relaxing scent) or some pure vanilla extract for a scrub so fragrant you’ll want to eat it.

20. Nourish dry cuticles

Massaging coconut oil into your cuticles and the skin around your nails can bring some much-needed moisture to an often overlooked part of the body. The benefit? You’ll fend off cracked skin, hydrate brittle nails, and prevent hang nails.

21. Relieve psoriasis

Coconut oil is a safe natural remedy to try if you suffer from psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that causes skin cells to build up, says Dr. Zeichner, which leads to rough, red, scaly patches. Aside from making a hot bath even more luxurious, adding a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil to the tub can relieve itchy, scaly skin.

22. Treat your feet

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that’s triggered by sweaty feet. Coconut oil may help soothe the infection and flaking skin. After you apply athlete’s foot treatment, top it with a layer of organic coconut oil and cover with cotton socks. This works wonders for cracked heels, too.

23. Soothe eczema

Coconut oil can also be used as a natural treatment option for those with eczema, a cluster of skin issues that lead to red, itchy, swollen patches of skin. One small study found that eczema patients (specifically those suffering from atopic dermatitis) who applied virgin coconut oil to the skin twice a day experienced a reduction in staph bacteria on the skin, dryness, abrasions, redness, and thickening of the skin due to scratching. Apply a light layer of virgin coconut oil to the affected area twice a day to help soothe eczema.

24. Apply as natural lubricant during sex

Pure 100 percent coconut oil makes a great natural lubricant, since it’s super slippery. “It’s very rare for people to have any type of allergic reaction to it,” Kari Braaten, MD, MPH, an ob-gyn at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston previously told Prevention. A little goes a long way—and overdoing it can get messy. One note of caution: Do not use coconut oil if you’re using a condom, as oil can degrade latex and make it less effective in preventing pregnancy and STDs. Only use coconut oil during sex if you feel comfortable without a condom—meaning you’re using another form of contraception and both you and your partner have been tested for STDs.

25. Mend your dog’s paws

Ok, this one’s a beauty trick for your dog, but even our furry friends need a little pampering sometimes! If your pup loves hiking and other outdoor activities, his paws can become cracked and raw from all the stress. Rub a little coconut oil on your dog’s paws—it’ll function as both an antiseptic and moisturizer to help him heal. While topically applying coconut oil should be safe on most dogs, check in with your vet before you give it a try, especially if your pup has a health condition.

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Healing Foods Guide

Ever wondered about Coconuts?? You may not have given them much more thought than seeing them at a holiday destination or in an exoic movie setting. Well here is some amazing information about this incredible product. Coconuts are harvested in the islands and atolls: the pulp is taken out of the shell and then dried under the sun. Coconuts may help lower cholesterol and regulate thyroid function. Coconuts with lighter brown shells generally are not as fully matured; the meat is delicious as a snack in itself, or shredded to make fillings and toppings for snack foods, appetizers and desserts.
Coconuts play a unique role in the diets of mankind because they are the source of important physiologically functional components. Coconut Butter/Oil is extracted from mature coconuts that have fallen to the ground. Coconut butter is one of the most medicinal foods on the planet!
From the islands of Fiji, Banaban Coconut butter is rich in medium chain saturated fats, such as lauric acid, which is the key ingredient of mother’s milk for protecting the infant while its own immunity develops. Banaban Coconut butter is ideal for those with liver/ gall bladder trouble and others who trouble digesting fats. Coconut Butter is just the name of the solid form of coconut oil.
Coconut Butter can be used both internally and externally! Coconut butter is very stable, making it ideal for saut cooking and baking. It is used commonly in cooking, specifically frying and sauting. Coconut butter is a natural antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal food.
Interestingly enough Banaban Coconut Butter leads a double life. Banaban Coconut Butter is an excellent moisturizer for those with skin sensitivities and provides a protective layer, helping to retain moisture in your skin. Coconut butter is as smooth as silk and is refreshingly light. It doesn’t clog pores. This stuff is from the remote islands of Fiji, well away from large manufacturing plants and chemicals. Coconut butter is excellent for massaging and cleansing dry skin with acne breakouts because it has a cooling, soothing effect.
More than simply coconut oil, coconut butter used in skincare products is made from the whole coconut meat, which is then ground into a creamy delicious butter. Banaban Virgin coconut butter is derived from fresh coconut meat, or non-copra. Banaban Virgin Coconut Butter is processed without solvents, making it extremely pure. Virgin coconut oil is made directly from fresh coconuts and is normally not further refined. Banaban Virgin coconut oil is a perfect natural source of Vitamin E. Virgin Coconut Butter even tastes great straight from the spoon Coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are easily digestible, as they do not need bile to break down.
If you want some useful skin care tips then please read on. Banaban Coconut butter helps with many skin problems and irritations. It is very effective against dry skin. Coconut oil has been known to have several benefits not only to the skin but to the whole body as well. Coconut oil can also be used to moisturize the hair and the skin when used as prescribed. The oil in its pure form can be applied to the hair and the skin, thus enhancing softness, beauty, and growth. Organic virgin coconut oil from the Philippines is something that has been used to keep skin and hair in prime condition for centuries.
Coconut oil possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations to treat a wide variety of health problems including the following: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhoea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds.
If you are interested in trying out this amazing gift from nature then Coconut butter is easily obtainable. Make sure you get the correct product for cooking or for moisturising your skin and hair. Health food stores are probably the easiest way to obtain quality Coconut Oil or Virgin Coconut Butter. If you are interested in trying Natural Body Butter which is Coconut Butter rich then please visit our online store at http://bodybuttershop.net. We offer a range of HIGHEST QUALITY Coconut Body Butters including Banaban Coconut Body Butter from Fiji which may be of interest to you or a friend. – 31875

I spent years wondering why the supposedly-awesome coconut oil for skin wasn’t cutting it for the dry skin on my face. It was SO frustrating! This discovery totally rocked my world, and I’m still using it daily, 5+ years later.

Huge thanks to Wilder Supply Co. who asked me to try some of their skin care products and originally sponsored this post. (All sponsored partnerships on this site are 100% my own thoughts, and I only publish work for products/companies I’ve personally tried and love.)

Written by: Beth Ricci

Every winter without fail, I get terribly dry skin on my face. The day after the we turn on the furnace for the first time in the fall, it starts. My face – especially in my T-zone – gets itchy, dry, and flaky. After my shower, it feels tight and awful, like that feeling you get when wearing a face mask that has dried and is ready to wash off. I do not appreciate this facet of my undeniably otherwise-flawless beauty. 😉 Not cool, face, not cool at all.

So what’s a natural living, crunchy mama to do?

Does Coconut Oil for Skin Actually Work?

Coconut oil is the darling of the natural living crunchy community. Every real food blogger worth their (unrefined sea) salt will tell you that there are literally hundreds of ways to use the stuff, from making delicious baked goods, homemade toothpaste, or eye makeup remover, to lubricating your you-know-what and using it as a massage oil in the bedroom.

Ever seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Remember how Windex is the cure-all? Same idea, less hilarious and more natural.

It’s commonly claimed that using coconut oil for skin is the Awesomest! Moisturizer! Ever! too. For years I kept some in a little sealed container in my bathroom, carried it in my purse, and even packed it for trips, just so I could swipe a little out with my finger to help moisturize my dry skin. It worked… sorta, but not great. I also tried jojoba oil for a while (holy expensive, batman). It was better, but still not awesome.

The Ideal Moisturizer for Your Skin, According to Research

According to this recent study on moisturizing products for dry skin, the ideal moisturizer will have the following attributes:

  1. Reduce and prevent further TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss)

  2. Restore lipid barrier, i.e., duplicating and enhancing the skin’s moisturizing retention mechanisms

  3. Hypoallergenic, non-sensitizing, fragrance free, non-comedogenic

  4. Absorbed immediately, providing immediate hydration

  5. Cosmetically acceptable

  6. Affordable.

How I First Learned About Coconut Oil Alternatives

My life was forever changed when an email landed in my inbox from Hannah at Wilder Supply Co. (Update September 2016: Wilder was formerly called Taproot Farms. Same great company, different name.)

(Seriously though – if any face moisturizer could be called life-changing, it’s this one.)

Wilder Supply Co. is a family-owned business located on an off-grid homestead in Chickaloon, Alaska. They offer a variety of products including lip balm, face/body oils, shea butter, perfume, and goat milk soap (made from fresh goat milk from the family homestead).

She wanted me to review some skin care products from their shop. I was all like, OK, sure, sounds fun. I was tired of using coconut oil for skin and being disappointed. Little did I know that my face moisturizing routine as I knew it was about to be forever changed.

I tried a few different products: a peach lip balm which works beautifully, and a sandalwood goat milk handcrafted soap – smells incredible, feels totally luxurious in the shower. I LOVE the silky smooth feel of it.

Then… I tried the Moroccan Argan Oil.

Backstory: when Hannah asked me what I’d like to try from their shop, I mentioned that the argan oil looked interesting (I had never heard of it before) because I had suffered from dry, itchy skin on my face for so long, and my current coconut oil for skin routine was not really cutting it.

This was followed by a discussion of the various oils and some brilliant explanations from her which pretty much explained everything as to why the other oils hadn’t worked for me. Here’s what I learned from her, and from my own rabbit hole of research that blew my mind:

What Does the Scientific Research Show About Argan Oil and Coconut Oil?

Well, first of all – the body of research on plant oils for therapeutic skin purposes is fairly small. Unfortunately, the laws in the United States on what skincare and cosmetic companies are allowed to include in their products are extremely loose. The U.S. only bans 11 ingredients, which is in stark contrast to the 1,328 chemicals banned by law in the European Union (28 countries). Canada’s laws are similarly strict to the E.U. with hundreds of ingredients banned.

According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the E.U. also requires safety assessments on all products prior to being sold, whereas the U.S. does not. They point out that “the hazard-based, precautionary approach of the E.U. acknowledges that chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects simply don’t belong in cosmetics – regardless of the concentration of the chemical being used.”

What does this all mean? It means that the biggest cosmetic brands (the ones who could afford to fund studies) have little need to do so, and wouldn’t want to anyway, because the results on their products wouldn’t be good.

Here’s What we DO Know, Based on What’s Available:

  • According to this 2013 study on jojoba in dermatology, jojoba oil isn’t actually an oil It’s a wax ester that is very similar to the skin’s natural sebum. So, while it feels really nice on the skin (and worked better than coconut oil for me), it can’t soak in to the layers of the epidermis and moisturize as effectively as an oil like argan.
  • Coconut oil for skin is a very light moisturizer that sinks in quickly, which appeals to a lot of people because it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin. It works well for some, but not those with very dry skin. This 2019 study found that coconut oil was effective as an emollient (softening skin) but that it was not found to leave an effective barrier to seal in moisture (aka “occlusive” – for the “most occlusive” example, think of petroleum jelly leaving a thick layer on skin). Dry skin needs something more occlusive than coconut oil, but less so than petroleum jelly (not a product I recommend, for the record).

  • According to Table 1 in this study, coconut oil is not considered an effective occlusive (protective barrier), emollient (softens rough skin), or humectant (draws moisture). That same study points out that it does have excellent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, so if you don’t have very dry skin or acne-prone skin (see comedogenic note below), it may be a great choice for you. (It’s also worth noting that other studies do refer to occlusive and emollient effects of coconut oil, and I’m sure there’s truth to that, however other plant-based oils seem to be referenced as more effective in this regard.)
  • According to this comedogenic chart, argan oil is non-comedogenic with a rating of 0, so it won’t clog your pores.
  • Conversely, coconut oil is listed with a rating of 4 (which means it can easily clog pores). That doesn’t bother many people, but if you have a tendency to get clogged pores (blackheads, acne breakouts, etc), coconut oil may exacerbate that problem.
  • It is worth noting that the concept of comedogenicity requires more research before we can draw too many conclusions. Still – anecdotally, many people report that coconut oil just doesn’t leave their skin feeling hydrated (like me), or it leads to acne breakouts (hence the comedogenicity discussion).
  • To sum up my own experience – while jojoba oil provided a protective layer without sinking in well, and coconut oil sinks in but doesn’t leave much of a protective layer, argan oil does both (see research below), making it more effective overall.
  • In this 2014 study involving 60 women, the researchers concluded that argan oil improved skin hydration by restoring barrier function (keeping irritants, microbes, and allergens out) AND maintaining the water-holding capability (keeping moisture in).
  • A follow-up study in 2015 by the some of the same researchers concluded that argan oil has an effective anti-aging effect by significantly improving skin elasticity.

So while coconut oil might work well for people who have skin in the middle of the spectrum (generally non-problematic skin), it doesn’t usually work great for those of us who tend to have dry or oily skin issues.

My Personal Experience with Argan Oil

As soon as I got the package in the mail, I started using the argan oil every morning, especially after a shower (I don’t shower every day – it helps to avoid drying the skin too much)

I dab a few drops on my driest areas (right between my eyebrows, forehead, around the base of my nose) and massage it in. It literally only takes a few drops, and my skin drinks it up thirstily.

It is especially effective if I give my face a quick, gentle exfoliation first. In the shower, I just gently scrub my face with a washcloth and it works great. I don’t feel a need to buy special products, or to be particularly harsh with scrubbing. It’s also most effective when applied to damp skin because your pores are more open.

Since using the argan oil, I have noticed an absolute 100% improvement in the way the skin on my face feels on a daily basis. That tight, dry feeling is gone!

As far as I can tell, the results are long-lasting too, because on the days I don’t shower, I sometimes don’t even use the oil because my skin is still happily moisturized from the day before.

It’s incredibly effective (this is about as close to defining something as a miracle product as I’ve ever gotten) and it’s frugal too, considering how little of it you need at a time. At the risk of overstating my case, to be honest, I am utterly blown away and thrilled with this product. Truly.

Now, not only does it work well and not cost me an arm and a leg (side note: yes, the price seems high at first glance compared to drugstore junk, but my first bottle lasted me almost four years!!), but consider these amazing factors as well:

Interesting Facts About the Origins and Production of Argan Oil:

  • Argan oil is one of the rarest, most highly-valued oils in the world (source). It is a plant-based oil that comes from the Argan tree, which is exclusive to Morocco. It is called the “tree of life” there, and it has been used by locals for centuries.
  • Every part of the plant is utilized: “Getting oil from the fruit of the argan tree involves drying it, extracting the nuts, cracking them to reveal the kernels, and pressing them to release the oil. The byproduct of pressing is a thick argan paste, which is sold locally for cosmetic products. Nothing else is wasted, as the outer pulp provides food for village animals, while the shells are burned for fuel.” (source)
  • The process of extraction and selling this oil is done in a sustainable fashion. Almost all Argan oil is distributed by local co-operatives of women in Morocco (source). To this day, the most efficient method of extraction is hand-pressing the kernels, which provides valuable jobs to women in the country.

What are the Health Benefits of Argan Oil?

  • Argan oil has incredible health benefits. According to this study, it’s rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are both traits held in high regard in the beauty industry. The industry often adds synthetic versions of these things to products to be able to market them as anti-aging and healing, but of course, the natural (non-synthetic) version is far superior.
  • According to the same study, “daily topical application of argan oil has also been shown to improve skin elasticity and skin hydration by restoring the barrier function and maintaining the water-holding capacity. Additionally, topical applications onto skin provide a softening and relaxing effect on the skin.”
  • This study discusses multiple amazing health benefits of argan oil beyond skin moisturizing, including UV protection, and even cancer prevention (yes, really!)

The Bottom Line?

I first wrote this post in 2013, and it has been viewed nearly four million times since. There has been some pushback to criticism of our beloved coconut oil (of which I’m still a huge fan – I use it all the time for cooking, and a few other things!) but overall, I have heard from a ton of others who were relieved to know that they weren’t the only ones struggling with coconut oil for skin as a moisturizer!

I still use and love my argan oil to this day – I get mine from the same company: Wilder Supply Co. (<– get a special R&H discount through that link). I trust their quality.

They’re a small family business that prides itself on offering natural, affordable products of exceptional quality. They also value sustainability and top-notch service, which pretty well makes them my ideal company.

What do you use to moisturize your skin? Have you tried argan oil?

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You know how sometimes you see a recipe and think… oh yeah, that sounds nice… but then never actually make it. Please don’t do that with this one.

This homemade whipped body butter is pure gold – and honestly – I think you’re going to love what it does for your skin!

A body butter is made by combining oils (liquid) with butters (solid). Example:

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I chose to work with coconut oil (as my liquid part) and cocoa butter (as my solid part)

Coconut Oil is a top favorite of mine. Always use a virgin cold-pressed oil, organic is best, to make sure that all the nutrients and beneficial properties are intact.

Coconut oil’s antioxidant properties protect the skin from free radical damage and because it’s so full of essential fatty acids, it also helps to build and strengthen skin-cell structures. This keeps the skin’s connective tissues strong and supple, which helps to prevent sagging and wrinkles. My skin loves it and I love that it’s easily absorbed.

Cocoa Butter comes from the cocoa bean. It has a distinct nutty, chocolate scent – so yes, you will smell… delicious! When I use it on my skin, my 5-year-old notices right away! Cocoa butter is a rich emollient, it leaves your skin buttery soft. It contains fatty acids which help to retain moisture and build elasticity and also has properties which can help ease dermatitis or rashes. And did I mention it smells like chocolate!

Just like your oils, you want to choose a raw, cold-pressed butter – free of chemicals that are used in bleaching and refining.

Let’s start making our Homemade Whipped Body Butter!

Cocoa Butter is solid, so you’ll need to melt it down in a bain-marie, a hot water bath. You want it to melt over steam, rather than direct heat.

Depending on where you live, and if it’s cold, your coconut oil may be hard…. melt them gently together until completely liquid.

Once the butter is melted, you’ll need to harden it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. TIP: make sure to cover the container in the freezer (with a lid or towel) so that no condensation drips into your butter!

Freeze it until it’s semi-solid – not too soft, not too hard. You should be able to press your finger in easily and make a dent. If it’s not whipping up, put it back in the freezer to harden a little more.

Now, I want to tell you something up front so that you’re not weirded out when you use it. This body butter is unusual in that it melts onto your skin the instant you apply it – like butter on a hot pan. Honestly, I found it to be a bit strange. The recipes that I had read don’t tell you this, so when I first used it, I thought it was greasy and that I wouldn’t like it.

But then, something magical happened – my skin soaked it all in – and instead of feeling greasy, it felt velvety soft! My skin is seriously thanking me and has promised to glow, if I use this everyday.

I’ve happily accepted.

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Homemade Whipped Body Butter Recipe

This homemade whipped body butter is pure gold – and honestly – I think you’re going to love what it does for your skin. And with just two ingredients, it couldn’t be simpler! Prep Time10 mins Total Time30 mins Course: Moisturizers Author: Militza Maury | littlegreendot.com

  • 3/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • In a bain-marie, melt down your hard butters and oils until fully liquid
  • Set in the freezer to harden, about 20 minutes.
  • Once the mixture is solid again, but not too hard, whip it up using an electric whisk, a food processor with a whisk attachment, or your KitchenAid (lucky you!) If you need to, you can use a hand held whisk, and a lot of elbow grease! 🙂
  • Whip about 5 minutes, or until you have created fluffy white clouds. Spoon it into a clean jar or container. It will keep for 3 months.
  • Slather it on!

Notes

Cold climates, adjust recipe to 60% cocoa butter, 40% oil so that it’s not as hard. Store in a clean glass jar and keep in a cool, dark place. Your body butter will keep for up to 3 months.

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