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KopariCoconut Melt

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive
What it is:
A premium, multitasking organic coconut oil that hydrates and casts a dewy glow from head to toe.
Solutions for:
– Dryness
– Redness
– Dullness and uneven texture
If you want to know more…
Simple yet multitasking, Coconut Melt is comprised of 100 percent pure, organic, and unrefined coconut oil that melts on contact to provide rich hydration from head to toe. Ideal for all hair and skin types, including dry skin, eczema-prone skin, and chemically-treated hair, this lavish oil is loaded with fatty acids to seal in moisture and lauric acid to combat inflammation.
This is how you melt:
– Makeup remover
– Lip balm
– Deepest conditioning hair mask
– Bath boost
– Super shave oil
– Massage oil
– Belly beauty balm
– Baby butter
This is not your kitchen coconut oil. Kopari tested dozens of coconut oils from all over the world and discovered the most premium for use on both skin and hair. Like fine wine or olive oil, the quality of the fruit as well as where and how it is harvested makes all the difference. Kopari’s coconut oil is sustainably sourced from small family farms in the Philippines and made from fresh, virgin, and 100 percent organic coconuts. The quality, texture, absorption, and aroma is unlike any other oil on the market. Discover what thousands of Kopari fans have—not all coconut is created equal.
What else you need to know:
This product is vegan, hypoallergenic, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and organic.
Research results:
In a consumer test study on 105 individuals, over 28 days:
– 97% reported hair looked shinier and felt smoother
– 97% said skin felt dramatically more hydrated
– 96% said skin, hair, and nails looked the best they ever had
– 93% reported a visible reduction in eczema
– 91% reported a noticeable increase in allover softness
– 90% said skin appeared to glow radiantly
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Clean at Sephora is formulated without a list of over 50 ingredients, including sulfates (SLS and SLES), parabens, phthalates, and more. For the full list, check out the Ingredients tab.

It’s fair to say that at this moment in skin history, coconut oil is the crown jewel of moisturizers. It’s natural. It absorbs almost instantly. The hydration lasts and lasts. And it has soothing properties. And that’s how Kopari, a coconut oil-based body and skin-care brand, was born.

In late 2015, Kiana Cabell, Kopari’s co-founder, who grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, surrounded by the tropical fruit, decided to take her love of coconut oil to the next level with her very own line of body products. “Before Kopari was born, I started to use coconut oil for just about everything—from cooking to all things beauty,” Cabell tells Allure “I realized I wanted to create a line of coconut oil-based beauty products and enhance the efficacy by adding in complementary natural ingredients and cutting-edge technology.”

But instead of sourcing regular ‘ol food-grade coconut oil, Cabell consciously formulated the entire collection with premium, organic coconut oil sustainably sourced from the Philippine Islands. And with a vision of green beauty in mind, the entire collection—including fan favorites, such as the made-for-head-to-toe, safe-for-sensitive skin Coconut Melt, and the Coconut Sheer Oil (seen below), a hair and body mist that leaves behind a dewy sheen on strands and limbs—is free of sulfates, parabens, silicones, and GMOs. And after about a year of building up its fanbase (which, yes, includes celebrities, like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) and a strong social presence (have you seen its Instagram feed?), Kopari ventured into the complexion realm.

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“Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, delicate and moisturizing, making it ideal for skin care, so we knew this was a no brainer,” says Cabell. “At the same time, our customers were reaching out with requests to launch certain products, so we listened! In harnessing coconut oil’s natural properties, we could address nearly all skin issues and give consumers a simplified, step-by-step program that was easy to follow with products that would actually work.”

The new skin-care range features four—you guessed it, coconut-based—products to moisturize your skin, including the pore de-gunking Coconut Cleansing Oil, the hydrating Coconut Rose Toner, the lightweight Coconut Face Cream, and the glossy, shea butter-spiked Lip Love lip balm. (My favorite? The toner, which I religiously spritz on pre-essence day and night. It just smells so. Damn. Good.)

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More exciting skin-care launches:

  1. This Sephora Best-Seller Will Change the Way You Think About At-Home Peels
  2. These Iconic Skin-Capsules Are Back and Better Than Ever
  3. The La Prairie Line Interception Power Duo Is the Closest a Cream Has Come to Botox

And with that being said, Kopari continues to grow. Just yesterday, the brand announced that L Catterton, a consumer-facing private equity firm, which is a partner of LVMH, has invested a significant amount into the coconut oil-based company. And its two biggest successes, Coconut Melt and Coconut Body Glow, will soon be seen in the Scouted Section in Sephora stores at the tail end of this month. (Until now, they’ve only been sold on the Kopari website and sephora.com.) Bottom line: Kopari just keeps getting bigger, so why not be an early adopter. Kopari’s entire line, which includes both body and skin-care, ranges from $10 to $44, and is now available on sephora.com.

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Now, find out how to prep your skin for winter:

Vote for your favorite makeup, skin, hair, and body products by February 20, 2017, and you’ll be entered for chances to win one of four awesome beauty prizes!

10 Amazing Coconut Milk Benefits For Hair, Face And Skin

With its creamy texture and natural sweetness, coconut milk tastes like it should be bad for you. And yet, it’s anything but that. Coconut milk, also known as nariyal ka doodh in Hindi, is often considered a ‘miracle liquid’ as “it may help protect the body from infections,” says Dr. Rahul Nagar, Dermatologist, Max Hospitals. And did you know: Coconut milk isn’t actually “milk” at all? It is a liquid that is naturally found inside mature coconuts, stored within the coconut ‘meat’. When you crack open a fresh coconut, the liquid that leaks out is coconut water. But when you blend the coconut ‘meat’ and strain it, the result is a thicker coconut ‘milk’. So, what’s the difference? As a coconut matures, more of the water inside is replaced with coconut meat. So mature coconuts tend to be better producers of coconut milk, while younger coconuts are the best producers of coconut water.
Coconut water is higher in sugar and certain electrolytes, while “coconut milk is higher in healthy saturated fatty acids”, says Dr. Mukta Vasishta, H.O.D. Nutrition and Dietetics, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. It can be consumed as is or as a substitute for milk. Dr. Mukta adds, “Coconut milk is highly recommended for patients who are lactose intolerant. And contrary to popular belief, coconut milk helps increase HDL levels (good cholesterol) and decrease LDL levels (bad cholesterol). It also improves blood pressure, and helps prevent cardiac arrhythmia due to its potassium content.

Coconut milk improves blood pressure, and helps prevent cardiac arrhythmia due to its potassium content

Coconut milk is packed with vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6 as well as iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Dr. Rahul Nagar, Max Hospitals says, “Coconut milk contains good concentration of lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA) which gets converted to monolaurin in the body, a compound with antiviral and antibacterial properties”.“Lauric acid is also found in mother’s milk and is known to promote brain development, bone health and immunity”, says Dr. Mukta Vasishta. Just like Dick Gregory rightly put, “Coconut milk is the only thing on this planet that comes identically to mother’s milk”.

We’ve listed 10 amazing coconut milk benefits for hair, face and skin.

Coconut Milk for Hair
1. Restores Dry, Damaged Hair
Dr. Rahul Nagar, says, “Because of its excellent moisturising properties, coconut milk can be used as a scalp tonic for dry, itchy and irritated scalp. A gentle massage for 5 minutes with home-made coconut milk followed by a hot towel can have a good nourishing effect”. This is particularly beneficial for restoring dry, damaged and brittle hair, as well as split ends.
2. Promotes Hair Growth
Coconut milk contains all the essential nutrients required for healthy hair, boosting your hair follicles and promoting hair growth. Apply coconut milk on your hair and massage for 3 to 5 minutes. Shampoo as usual, after 20 minutes.
3. Conditions Hair
You can either wash your hair with equal amounts of coconut milk and shampoo, or use coconut milk as a leave-in conditioner. This adds volume to your hair, makes it less greasy and promotes longer, thicker hair (with that shine you’ve always wanted).
Coconut Milk for Face
4. Makeup Remover
To remove your makeup, add 2 parts of olive oil to 1 part coconut milk on a cotton pad. This not only cleanses your face, but nourishes your skin deeply at the same time as well. Note: Rub gently.
5. Prevents Acne
Dr. Rahul Nagar, Max Hospitals says, “For people with oily and acne prone skin, coconut milk can be used as a cleanser due to its antibacterial properties. The fats in coconut milk do not clog pores, thereby preventing acne”.
6. Facial Scrub
“Coconut milk can also be used as a face scrub for gentle exfoliation. All you need to do is soak oats in coconut milk for 10 minutes”, adds Dr. Rahul.
7. Prevents Premature Ageing
Coconut milk has high levels of Vitamin C which helps maintain elasticity and flexibility of skin. It is also rich in copper, and prevents wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots. You can soak 6-7 almonds overnight, and peel their skins off in the morning, grind into a smooth paste and add 5-6 drops of coconut milk. Mix well and apply this paste on your face for 15 minutes, and wash it off with cold water.
Coconut Milk for Skin
8. Treats Sunburns
According to Dr. Rahul, “Application of coconut milk over sunburnt skin aids in rapid healing because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps by cooling the skin and reducing pain, swelling and redness”.
9. Moisturises The Skin
We’ve all heard of taking a milk bath, right? Well, it’s time to use coconut milk instead. It is a great moisturiser due its soothing properties. You can rub coconut milk on your skin directly for 20-30 minutes to combat dryness and promote healthy glowing skin. You can even add 1 cup of rose petals, ½ cup of rose water and 1 cup of coconut milk to lukewarm water in a tub. Soaking in this bath for about 15 minutes will help restore moisture in dry skin. Also, you can grind 1/2 cup of old fashioned oatmeal and mix it with 1-2 cups of coconut milk and 1 tablespoon of honey. It works wonders!
Comments10. Treats Skin Ailments
“Gentle application of coconut milk provides an excellent moisturizing effect in dry skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis”, says Dr. Rahul. The natural fatty acids in coconut milk help treat dry and irritated skin and remove harmful bacteria.

While we’ve praised coconut oil over and over again, let’s not forget about its equally amazing sibling: coconut milk. We often throw in into smoothies, curry or soups, but did you know it has lots of beauty benefits too? With high fat content, proteins and vitamin E, coconut milk is nourishing for the skin and hair. These are some of our favorite ways to use it in our beauty regimen:

11 Beauty Uses for Coconut Milk

1. Homemade honey face wash

This 3-ingredient (one of which is coconut milk) face wash is moisturizing and zit-zapping, and you’ll never go back to store-bought again.

2. Probiotic Rose Skin Cleanser

This soothing rose milk cleanser is beneficial for all skin types, but especially acne-prone, thanks to the addition of probiotics. For the coconut milk, be sure to use the cream of the coconut milk, and not the watery liquid.

Coconut Milk for Hair

3. Leave-in conditioner spray

One of the beauty uses of coconut milk is to help restore hair, while also promoting growth.

4. Dandruff shampoo

This shampoo fights dandruff with tea tree oil, coconut milk and vegetable glycerin.

5. pH balanced shampoo

Learn how to make a ph balanced shampoo with honey and coconut milk that gently cleanses the scalp, removes dead skin cells and nourishes hair. Coconut milk conditions the hair while detangling.

6. Hydrating Coconut Milk Hair Mask

Coconut milk not only detangles unruly hair, but it boosts moisture from scalp to end. Combined with a protein-packed egg, this mask will retain shine while conditioning hair.

Coconut Milk for Bath & Body

7. Pre-tan pina colada scrub

Prepare your skin for tanning with this tropical scented scrub, made with coconut milk, ground rice and ginger.

8. Soothing cucumber lotion

If you’ve spent too much time in the sun, cool down with this cucumber, coconut milk and aloe lotion.

9. Lavender chamomile bath soak

Cleopatra loved to soak in a milk bath. This recipe switches up regular milk for coconut milk for a major moisturizing boost. Plus this bath soak works as a remedy against insomnia on those nights when you just can’t fall asleep.

10. Coconut milk body wash

This coconut milk body wash is amazing on the skin, and it smells delightful!

11. Piña colada foot soak

Combine coconut milk with pineapple for a relaxing foot soak that softens skin and pampers tired feet.

What are your favorite ways to use coconut milk?

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16 Significant Benefits Of Coconut Milk For Skin, Hair, And Health kajal Hyderabd040-395603080 August 22, 2019

Grown in abundance in South East Asia, coconuts are well known for their delicious taste and numerous health benefits. Coconut milk is thought to be one of the healthiest foods on earth because of its wide range of health benefits.

Dustin Hoffman, the famous American actor and director, once said, “The two basic items to sustain life are sunshine and coconut milk.” Keep reading to understand how coconut milk can benefit you.

Table Of Contents

  • What Is Coconut Milk
  • Is Coconut Milk Good For You
  • Coconut Milk Nutrition Facts
  • What Are Coconut Milk Health Benefits
  • What About The Benefits Of Coconut Milk For The Skin
  • Is Coconut Milk Good For Your Hair
  • How To Make Coconut Milk At Home
  • How To Use Coconut Milk
  • Any Healthy Coconut Milk Recipes
  • How To Select And Store
  • Which Kind of Coconut Milk Is Best To Buy
  • Does Coconut Milk Have Any Side Effects
  • Final Thoughts

Let’s begin!

What Is Coconut Milk?

There are four edible components to coconut: coconut water, coconut cream, coconut meat, and coconut milk.

Coconut water is the milky water that comes out when you break open a fresh coconut (and is about 94% water).

Coconut milk is not “milk” in the conventional sense. It is the thick liquid that you get when you blend coconut meat with water and then strain it (about 50% water).

One of the best ways to obtain coconut milk is to buy older, mature coconuts. As coconuts age, the water in them gets replaced by the meat, making them better for coconut milk.

In the following section, we will see if coconut milk can be good for you.

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Is Coconut Milk Good For You?

Don’t let the fact that coconuts are high in fat deter you.

Coconut milk, when consumed in moderation, can be part of a healthy diet and beauty routine.

Coconut milk is used in a variety of recipes and skin and hair treatments. It is used as a base ingredient in almost every dish in South East Asia. If you have Thai food regularly, you know what I am talking about. It’s also popular in Hawaii, India, and certain South American and Caribbean countries.

Coconut milk is used in cooking not only because of its taste but also because of the wide range of nutrients it contains.

Let’s look at a rundown of coconut milk’s nutrient profile.

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Coconut Milk Nutrition Facts

Coconut milk is a high calorie food as it is rich in Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), a type of saturated fat.

It is also a good source of vitamins and minerals like manganese and copper.

Check out the nutritional profile* of coconut milk below (serving size: 1 cup, 240 grams).

Nutrients Nutrition Value %DV
Calories 552 kcals 28%
Carbohydrates 13 g 4%
Protein 5.5 g 11%
Fat 57 g 88%
Saturated fat 51 g 254%
Monounsaturated fat 2.4 g
Polyunsaturated fat 0.6 g
Dietary fiber 5.3 g 21%
Sugar 8 g
Vitamin C 7 mg 11%
Folate 38 mcg 10%
Iron 4 mg 22%
Magnesium 89 mg 22%
Phosphorus 240 mg 24%
Potassium 631 mg 18%
Copper 0.6 mg 32%
Manganese 2.2 mg 110%
Selenium 14.9 mcg 21%

*values sources from USDA, coconut milk, raw

The trace elements present in coconut milk are responsible for the regulation of electrolytes, nerve control, muscle relaxation, and the production of energy in the body.

Let’s now talk about the possible health benefits of this tasty non-dairy alternative.

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What Are The Health Benefits Of Coconut Milk?

Coconut milk may play a role in maintaining a healthy heart, aids digestion, and strengthens the immune and nervous systems. Keep reading for more details about its benefits.

1. Effects On Heart Health

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Did you ever imagine that consuming something rich in fat can help promote a healthy heart?

Coconut milk contains lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that might have a positive effect on serum lipid and cholesterol levels in men and women(1).

A study was conducted on 60 healthy people for 8 weeks. For 5 days a week, they were fed coconut milk porridge, and their cholesterol levels were tested. The researchers found that the “bad cholesterol” (LDL) levels of the participants considerably decreased and “good cholesterol” (HDL) levels increased. The study concluded that coconut milk did not have a negative effect on lipid profiles (2).

2. Effect On Weight Loss

Coconuts contain 12% medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), and capric and caprylic acid that are less likely to be stored as fat. They also promote the production of ketones, and induce satiety, which prevents overeating. This quality may be beneficial in long-term weight loss.

In a study in 2003, 24 overweight individuals were given diets rich in MCT and long-chain fatty acids (LCT) for 4 weeks. Their body composition was tested at the end of the time frame. It was noticed that consuming MCTs resulted in decreased levels of adipose tissue as compared to LCTs.

The study further stated that MCTs could be considered as agents that help in the prevention of obesity (3).

No studies have directly examined how coconut milk affects weight and metabolism. Further studies are needed before any claims can be made.

3. Helps Control Diabetes

The virgin coconut oil that is prepared from coconut milk has been shown to affect blood glucose levels positively. It contains antioxidant properties that improve the insulin secretion in the body (4).

Another paper researched in Thailand talked about the benefits of coconut oil for diabetes. It suggested that virgin coconut oil increases the efficiency of cellular response to insulin, reduces blood sugar levels, stimulates metabolism, and decreases the glycemic index of food, thereby helping control diabetes (5).

4. May Help Deal With Alzheimer’s Disease

Coconut milk contains a modest amount of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).

These MCTs are easily absorbed by the liver and get converted to ketones.

Ketones have been identified as an alternative source of energy for the brain and can be beneficial for people with Alzheimer’s disease or those who are at the risk (5).

5. Has Antibacterial, Antiviral, And Antifungal Properties

Several studies have been conducted on coconut and its various forms to test their abilities on inflammation and microbes.

Virgin coconut oil, the pure form of oil extracted from coconut milk, is rich in MCTs and lauric acid. Due to this, virgin coconut oil has excellent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties (6).

Another study performed in Chiang Mai, Thailand, investigated the pharmacological effects of virgin coconut oil. The results suggested that the oil possessed anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic properties (7).

6. May Prevent Ulcers

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If you are suffering from stomach ulcers, drinking coconut milk can help in significantly reducing and preventing ulcers altogether.

Coconut milk contains anti-ulcer and antibacterial properties that fight the bacteria causing the ulcers.

Drinking a glass of coconut milk at least once a week can give positive results in no time.

A study was carried out in Chennai, India, to test the efficacy of a polyherbal cream, containing coconut milk as one of its main ingredients, on diabetic patients with foot ulcers.

The study suggested that due to the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of coconut milk and some other ingredients, this cream was highly effective in healing the ulcers (8).

7. May Promote The Health Of Prostate Glands

Coconut milk is a great source of a lot of vitamins and minerals. Among those nutrients is zinc, an element that helps to maintain the health of the prostate gland and reduce the risk of prostate cancer (9).

The prostate gland already contains a high amount of zinc in its soft tissues, but drinking coconut milk regularly makes sure that the zinc levels in the body are replenished.

These were the health benefits of coconut milk, and now…

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What About The Benefits Of Coconut Milk For Skin?

Coconut milk is extremely healthy for the skin as well. It imparts a nourishing glow to the skin on regular use and also treats several skin conditions.

8. Moisturizes The Skin

People have been indulging in milk baths for centuries. Whether it is for infants or brides, it is a commonly known fact that milk moisturizes our skin and makes it soft and supple.

Maybe it is time to switch to coconut milk now. Applying coconut milk to your skin does more than just moisturizing it. Coconut milk combats dryness, itchiness, swelling, and redness, soothes the skin, and promotes a healthy, glowing skin.

Add 1 cup of coconut milk, ½ cup of rose water, and 1 cup of rose petals to warm water and bathe with it. Do this often, and you will be amazed by the results.

9. Treats Sunburns

Applying coconut milk on sunburns can effectively heal the skin in no time due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

The fats in this milk reduce pain, redness, and swelling on the skin. You can apply a thin layer of coconut milk on the affected area at night before you go to bed and rinse it in the morning for best results.

10. Prevents Premature Aging

Want to feel and look young? Use coconut milk!

This milk is packed with vitamin C and copper, which help to maintain the elasticity and flexibility of the skin while improving its appearance and health.

Make a paste of a few drops of coconut milk mixed with 6-7 peeled almonds and apply this as a face mask for about 15 minutes. Wash it off with cold water. Doing this 2-3 times a week will improve your skin health and reduce the signs of aging significantly.

11. Treats Skin Ailments

Using coconut milk on the skin can help reduce and prevent acne.

The antimicrobial properties of the milk prevent breakouts, and its fats prevent the skin pores from clogging.

12. Is A Good Makeup Remover

Why use expensive makeup removers on your skin when you can use something so healthy and natural?

Mix 2 measures of olive oil and 1 measure of coconut milk and gently rub on your skin with a cotton ball. This will not only remove your makeup but also deeply nourish your skin.

13. Exfoliates Your Skin

Coconut milk is one of the best and most natural ways to exfoliate your skin.

can make a paste of oatmeal powder with coconut milk and use it on your face as a scrub one to two times a week to achieve the best results.

Now that we learnt about the benefits of coconut milk for the skin, here is the next obvious question…

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Are There Any Benefits Of Coconut Milk For The Hair?

Of course, there are! Coconut milk can be used regularly on the hair to give shiny and smooth tresses. It also provides the following benefits:

14. Promotes Hair Growth

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Coconut milk contains a wide range of essential nutrients that nourish the hair follicles and boost hair growth.

All you need to do is massage coconut milk into your hair and leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes before shampooing as usual.

15. Restores Dry, Damaged Hair

Just like how coconut milk provides moisture and nourishment to the skin, it works similarly on the hair too.

Coconut milk, when used regularly on dry and damaged hair, helps to restore its shine. It also helps to soothe and treat itchiness and dandruff on the scalp.

Place unsweetened coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight to harden it a little. In the morning, apply the milk from roots of the hair to the tips, section by section. Leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes and shampoo as you normally would.

Try this treatment once or twice a week, and you will start noticing a change in a month’s time.

16. Is A Hair Detangler And Natural Conditioner

Coconut milk acts as a brilliant hair conditioner to provide softer, thicker, and longer hair. Not only that, it also helps to detangle your hair.

Just apply a little milk to your hair and comb out the tangles in a jiffy. You can also use it as a leave-in conditioner to add volume to your hair.

Now that you have read about all the amazing benefits of coconut, you must be curious to know how you can make this milk at home.

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How To Make Coconut Milk At Home

Making this delicious milk takes just about 10 minutes. It is an inexpensive and healthier substitute for regular milk. The process is as described below.

You Will Need
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut
Method
  1. Heat the water, but make sure it does not boil.
  2. Blend the coconut in a blender.
  3. Add water and blend again for a few minutes until the mixture is thick and creamy.
  4. Strain the mixture through a mesh to obtain the liquid. If needed, you can squeeze the remaining pulp through a muslin cloth or a thin towel to get the remaining liquid.
  5. The collected liquid is the coconut milk.
  6. Drink immediately or store it in the refrigerator for a while.

Let’s now understand how you can use this milk.

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How To Use Coconut Milk

There are plenty of creative ways you can use coconut milk in your daily cooking and beauty regimens. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. You can use coconut milk as an alternative to regular milk in your breakfast porridge.
  2. Toss your cooked pasta or spaghetti in a little coconut milk to make the dish saucier and tastier.
  3. You can use coconut milk or coconut cream in certain puddings to make them creamier.
  4. Use coconut milk in soups to add a rich nutty flavor and a dash of healthy fat to it.
  5. Use it as part of your beauty routine on your body and face to nourish your skin and make it glow.
  6. Use coconut milk on your hair to boost hair health and prevent grays, hair fall, and dandruff.
  7. Drink coconut milk as it is.

Want to know some innovative ways to use this milk in your cooking? Here are some of our favorite recipes, just for you.

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What Are Some Healthy Coconut Milk Recipes?

1. Coconut Shrimp Curry

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For The Marinade
  • ½ kg large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
For The Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 410 grams diced tomatoes
  • 385 ml coconut milk
  • Fresh cilantro for garnishing
  1. In a bowl, mix the shrimp with all the marinade ingredients. Cover the bowl and leave it in the refrigerator.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan.
  3. Add the onions to the oil and sauté for a few minutes till they are translucent. Add the ginger, garlic, salt, pepper, coriander powder, turmeric, and curry powder. Cook for a minute or two.
  4. Add the tomatoes (with the juice) and the coconut milk. Stir well and bring this to a boil.
  5. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the marinated shrimp (with its juices) to this mixture. Cook for a few minutes till the shrimp is cooked well.
  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve hot with rice.

2. Coconut Milk Chocolate Mousse

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  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons sweetener (maple syrup, coconut nectar or honey)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 100 grams dark chocolate
  1. Pour the coconut milk into a bowl and whisk it well.
  2. Add the cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla extract and whisk while adding the sweetener.
  3. Whisk this mixture for a few minutes until it starts to thicken.
  4. Once you get the desired consistency (thick but pourable), pour it into your serving glasses or dish and leave it in the refrigerator to set.
  5. After a few hours, top it with chocolate shavings and serve.

It’s important for you to know how to select and store coconut milk so that your recipes come out well.

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How To Select and Store

Selection

When buying coconut milk from the store, there are a few things you need to look out for:

  1. Avoid Cans: Try not to buy coconut milk that is sold in cans since they are known to contain BPA, a carcinogen.
  1. Avoid Added Sugars: Always buy unsweetened coconut milk that does not have added flavors or sweeteners.
  1. Avoid Carrageenan: This is a common additive in some varieties of plant milk that can be cancerous and cause digestion troubles.
  1. Choose Organic: Always buy organic coconut milk.

The best way is to make your own coconut milk. If you follow the method in the article, you’ll have fresh and healthy coconut milk ready in a few minutes.

Storing

How do you store coconut milk, whether it is homemade or store-bought?

First things first – make sure you use the homemade one more often instead of relying on the store-bought one. Make enough quantity that you will entirely use up at one go.

If you absolutely need to store coconut milk, we recommend that you pour it in a glass jar, cover it tightly and refrigerate it until you use it again. Shake the jar thoroughly before your next use.

You can also freeze a large portion of the milk. This way, it will stay fresher longer.

All good things do come with their share of side effects. Let’s find out if coconut milk has any.

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Are There Any Side Effects Of Coconut Milk?

There can be harmful effects when you consume coconut milk in excess quantities. Some of its side effects are:

1. High Blood Pressure

It can cause high blood pressure. Since coconut milk is high in fats, it can elevate the cholesterol levels in the body, which can lead to cardiovascular problems and high blood pressure. A cup of coconut milk contains about 55 to 60 grams of fat, most of which is saturated.

2. Allergies

It may lead to allergies. If you are allergic tree nuts, experts suggest that you avoid drinking coconut milk since it may lead to a life-threatening situation.

3. Weight Gain

Coconut milk is high in fat, so if you are following a restricted diet and trying to lose weight, it may not be for you.

4. Constipation

Drinking large amounts of coconut milk every day may cause digestion troubles and constipation.

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Final Thoughts

Now that you know how amazing coconut milk is and why we can’t stop talking about it, don’t wait any longer. Go to the store today and buy yourself a coconut.

We know that using coconut milk has its ups and downs, but if the ups overshadow the downs, it is definitely worth a try, right?

Comment on the post below and let us know about your experience in making coconut milk and how you used it in your cooking.

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Can I substitute coconut milk for cow’s milk?

Of course, you can. Coconut milk is a great alternative, especially if you are lactose intolerant.

Why does coconut milk separate?

When coconut milk becomes very cold, its protein and fats may separate from the liquid. You can heat it up a little or whisk it thoroughly in a bowl.

Coconut milk is high in saturated fat. Is it bad for me?

No, it isn’t. Coconut milk has vegetable fat, not animal fat. This means that it melts at room temperature and goes through your system without clogging your arteries.

Can pregnant women drink coconut milk?

Yes, they can! Coconut milk can be very healthy for the development of the fetus due to the wide variety of nutrients it offers. However, it has to be consumed in moderation.

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  3. “Medium-chain triglycerides increase energy expenditure and decrease adiposity in overweight men”Obesity Research, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
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Coconut oil is the answer to ALL your problems.

At least that’s the running joke on Instagram, where you’ve probably seen posts like these:

Okay, maybe it can’t help with your relationship or finances—but I’ve gotta say, coconut oil IS pretty miraculous!

It is one of my most-recommended oils because:

  • It’s a saturated fat, which means it’s not prone to oxidation on the skin (which is associated with premature aging and brown spots).
  • It’s extremely shelf-stable and keeps for at least a year—if not many more! So it’s much better value than products with less stable oils.
  • It’s extremely versatile and can be used from tip to toe.
  • It’s even edible, and a powerful metabolism booster.

I can’t think of any other beauty ingredient that is so beneficial!

No wonder it forms the basis for Kopari, the California-based skincare line that recently arrived at Sephora.

Their concept is simple: pure, virgin coconut oil in multitasking products for face, hair and body. You choose the textures and formats that work for you. I’ve been waiting so long for a company to do this!

I’d already purchased their Coconut Melt, but Kopari recently sent me a few more things to try from their Coconut Multitasking Kit—the perfect intro to the brand.

Here’s what you need to know:

Kopari Coconut Melt.

The “hero” product of the line is Kopari’s Coconut Melt. Nothing in here but 100 percent organic coconut oil. Yes, you could buy a cheaper version at the health food store. But this one is superior because it’s super-smooth, with none of those annoying gritty bits, and cold-pressed to keep its essential vitamins, nutrients and fatty acids intact.

That’s why I think higher-quality coconut oils like this make excellent face oils. You’re not only getting hydration, but also protection from free radicals that age the skin. Plus, its antibacterial properties can be helpful for acne. Although everyone is different when it comes to oils, you might be interested to know that coconut oil is not actually comedogenic!

I also love this product as a cleansing oil and non-toxic body moisturizer. (The latter is particularly important, because there is some evidence that topical oils can absorb and change your personal fatty acid composition!)

There are so many other ways you can use it: as a makeup remover, cuticle cream, hair mask, bath oil, shaving cream, stretch mark balm or oil-pulling treatment.

Where to buy: Sephora • Birchbox • Anthropologie • Revolve • QVC • Everything But Water • Free People • Kopari

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil.

Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil

Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil.

If you’ve found plain coconut oil too heavy or greasy, Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil is the product for you. This is a lightweight oil serum for face and hair. It does have an oil texture, but it’s more like a dry oil—and much faster to absorb!

It also contains additional ingredients besides coconut oil. The shea butter supports skin repair and collagen production, while fruit extracts offer additional antioxidant protection. It has a subtle coconut and vanilla scent, but not to worry—the extracts are natural and phthalate-free!

This works beautifully as a face oil, and I’d also recommend it as a hydrating makeup primer. It really gets rid of those flaky bits you might experience from your acid exfoliator. You can use it on your hair as well, to tame dry ends or flyaways.

Where to buy: Sephora • Birchbox • Anthropologie • Revolve • QVC • Free People • Kopari

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Extract, Butter Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood/Iliahi) Wood Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocapon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract.

Kopari Coconut Body Glow

Kopari Coconut Body Glow.

Kopari’s Coconut Body Glow is a coconut oil-based body illuminator that gives the skin a golden glow. Most shimmers I’ve tried are far from natural, but this one has a surprisingly minimal ingredients list, and is scented with a phthalate-free coconut gardenia fragrance. Yum!

The texture is a creamy gel, densely packed with fine shimmer that diffuses as you spread it out. It’s very golden, so might not be the best on pale, cool-toned skin; I think it looks better with at least a hint of tan.

Kopari Coconut Body Glow.

Once again, it’s a very multi-purpose product: you can wear it all over the body, or just to highlight your collarbones and shoulders. It also mixes well with body lotion if you want more subtle radiance. You can even put it on your face in place of highlighter!

I love that it does double-duty by leaving a thin coating of moisturizing oil on the skin. If you’re looking to enhance an end-of-summer tan, this would be my top pick!

Where to buy: Sephora • Birchbox • Anthropologie • Revolve • QVC • Everything But Water • Free People • Kopari

Kopari Coconut Balm

Kopari Coconut Balm.

The Kopari Coconut Balm is an all-purpose, oil-based salve (think: the texture of a lip balm). Because it comes in a tube, it’s a travel-friendly way to enjoy your coconut oil on the go.

This stuff makes the BEST hand cream. I’m really blown away! It’s a great product to stash in your purse because you can use it on dry hands, cuticles and lips. And it works much better than straight coconut oil for these purposes, as it dries down quickly with no oily residue.

This is also great as a body balm, or as a treatment for any rough spots like the feet or elbows. Because it contains vitamin E and aloe vera, it can soothe skin after sun exposure, too. The scent is the same as the Sheer Oil, a natural coconut vanilla extract.

I’m going through this tube so quickly, I’m going to have to stock up again in the near future!

Where to buy: Sephora • Birchbox • Anthropologie • Revolve • QVC • Free People • Kopari

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Jojoba Esters, Beeswax (Organic White), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed)/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Extract, Butter Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood/Iliahi) Wood Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocapon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract.

What Else to Try (and What to Skip)

There are a few more things in the Kopari line, and here are my thoughts:

Try:

  • Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub: This coconut oil and brown sugar scrub has healthy ingredients and replaces the need for body lotion!
  • Kopari Coconut Body Oil: This is a spray-on scented coconut oil with mostly good ingredients. Not as beneficial as pure coconut oil, but certainly more convenient to apply.
  • Kopari Coconut Rose Toner: Although this isn’t really a coconut oil product (it’s primarily witch hazel), it looks fine as an alcohol-free toner or makeup-setting mist.
  • Kopari Coconut Lip Love: This lip balm does contain some petroleum-derived ingredients, but that might not be a big deal if it’s only going on your lips. It has great reviews!

Skip:

  • Kopari Coconut Body Milk: Although the coconut oil might have a slight stabilizing effect, I would avoid this because of the high sunflower oil content.
  • Kopari Coconut Face Cream: Ditto for this moisturizer, which is also high in sunflower oil.

Conclusion

This Coconut Multitasking Kit is the perfect introduction to Kopari.

In a nutshell (a coconut shell, obviously), I’m a huge fan of Kopari.

You might be a little hesitant about trying the products on your face. I get it—coconut oil does have a bad reputation for causing acne, which scares a lot of people away. For the record, I’m acne-prone and have never once had a problem with it. The latest research also refutes previous reports of its comedogenicity, so I wouldn’t live and die by those ratings!

If not, I’d at least encourage you to consider coconut oil for your body. That’s where it’s most important to use non-toxic products, since they’re going on the largest surface area, and you’re likely to use generous amounts.

With this brand, you’re getting an array of sophisticated, convenient and multipurpose products that go above and beyond what is available at the health food store. I’m really impressed!

Have you tried anything from Kopari yet?
What did you think?

Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil Review & Demo

I’m a big fan of cleansing oils, and as a big fan of Kopari products I have gotten a TON of questions about the Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil. All Kopari products are coconut oil based and this cruelty-free brand has recently started to be carried in Sephora too. This cruelty-free and vegan makeup remover and oil cleanser is one I have talked about before, so I wanted to share a demo on camera so that you could see it in action. Keep reading if you want to watch the video and read the full Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil review.

Is Kopari Cruelty-Free?

Yes. Kopari is cruelty-free. They are on the Logical Harmony Cruelty-Free Brand List.

Is the Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil vegan?

Yes. The Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil is vegan. It is free from any animal and animal derived ingredients.

Products used in the Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil demo:

  • Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil
  • Marley’s Monsters Facial Cloths

Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil Claims:

“Good riddance to dirt, makeup and impurities. This gentle cleansing oil extracts the bad stuff without clogging pores to leave your face clean, soft & hydrated to perfection. A lightweight, two-in-one makeup remover and gentle oil cleanser. Cleanses skin without stripping moisture. Stacked with natural antioxidants that purify and soften skin. Leaves skin feeling refreshed, soft and hydrated.“

Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil Ingredients:

Ethylhexyl (Octyl) Palmitate, Cocos Nucifera (ORGANIC Coconut) Oil, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Phenethyl Alcohol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf Extract, Rose Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Camellia Kissi (Sasanqua) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus(Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract

Pros:

Very gentle and effective. Easily removes stubborn makeup. Does not irritate eyes. Leaves skin feeling soft and clean. Cruelty-free brand. Vegan product.

Cons:

None.

The Verdict:

The Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil is one of my favorite ways to remove makeup! I love that it works so quickly and easily – even on liquid liner and full coverage foundation. As you can see in the demo video, it literally just melts makeup away. I’ve been able to use it to remove eye makeup without any irritation. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and it comes off completely. There is no oily residue or filmy feeling left on my skin after I use it. I also love that it contains other ingredients, such as lavender essential oil, that are good for your skin.

You can purchase the Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil directly from Kopari. You can also purchase it from Sephora.

Do you think you will pick up the Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil? If you already have it, how do you like it? Do you use it often?

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Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil Review

There is a running joke on the internet that coconut oil is the cure all for any problem. Dry skin? Use coconut oil. Frizzy hair? Coconut oil. Bad credit? Coconut oil. Your house burned down, your husband left you, and your dog ran away? You guessed it… coconut oil. While I find skin care related humor to be amazing, there actually is a bit of truth to this. Coconut oil is incredibly versatile, and can be used for so many things! It can be used in cooking, for shaving your legs, as a hair mask, or even as a makeup remover. It really should be a staple in everyone’s home.

It seems like everywhere you go, you’ll find a new beauty product containing coconut oil. One brand in particular, that I’ve heard so much about, is Kopari. So I was so excited when I was able to get my hands on the Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil. Wondering if this will be the solution to all of life’s problems? Keep reading!

Be Careful About Using This On Your Face….

When reading the description of this product, Kopari recommends using it on your body, hair, and face. Please be cautious if you decide to use this on your face! Coconut oil has a comedogenic rating of 4 (out of 5) so it may clog your pores and cause acne. Now comedogenic ingredients are normally not a problem, but coconut oil contains high doses of lauric acid so it may cause acne for some people. I would recommend using only a little bit on a small area of the face and seeing how your skin reacts. If there’s no reaction, feel free to use it all over.

There are also claims floating around the internet that coconut oil works as a natural SPF. Don’t fall for it. Coconut Oil DOES NOT offer sun protection, so be wary and also put on a physical or chemical SPF.

There are a lot of awesome fruit extracts in this product (apple, banana, cranberry, melon, and apricot) that offer some awesome antioxidant benefits. They have also added shea butter for even more hydrating benefits.

Personal Use and Opinion

Not only does this product smell amazing, but it’s incredibly hydrating. I apply it to my legs right after I get out of the shower and they feel so silky and smooth within a few minutes. The packaging is a dropper as opposed to the traditional jar, so you always get the right amount of product with less chance of spreading bacteria. Overall it’s really a treat to use!

The biggest downside to the product is the price. You are paying about $45 for what is essentially just fancy coconut oil. While it smells amazing, and I love the packaging, in comparison to traditional coconut oil I can’t say that the results are better. My skin still feels great just using basic coconut oil I picked up at the grocery store. So if you have some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, or you feel like treating yourself, I definitely recommend checking this out. If you’re on a budget, just get your basic coconut oil from the grocery store for less than $10. They are doing the same thing, just one has more bells and whistles.

Bottom Line

Coconut oil has been known to cause acne for some people, so be careful if you choose to use this product on your face. Start small, and do a patch test on your face to see if it will cause you to break out.

Do I think this product is a must have? No. If you have the urge to splurge $45 on 1.7 oz. of coconut oil by all means go for it! This is a great product, smells amazing, and I love the packing. But for those on a budget, you can get the same results with traditional coconut oil from your local grocery store.

Ingredients

Cocos Nucifera (ORGANIC Coconut) Oil, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Extract, Butter Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood/Iliahi) Wood Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocapon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract

Kopari coconut oil review

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