Recently I’ve heard a lot of hype about coconut oil. This miracle product has been touted as the best thing since sliced bread, with all the attributes of a great snake oil. A variety of sources explain that coconut oil is good for you and useful for anything from cooking to baking to moisturizing to cleaning your shoes. I thought I should give it a try. I picked up a small jar at the local health food shop (small jar around $17) but then I couldn’t decide what to do with it. Too many choices! It sat in the pantry for a few weeks but still I couldn’t decide what to try first. Part of the problem was the versatility. I mean, you can’t exactly cook with a jar of something that you’ve dipped your hands in. Are you supposed to split it into a number of jars? How do you cope?
Let me tell you how I handled my dilemma. I bought 2 large jars at Costco, put one in the bathroom and one in the kitchen. (These jars each cost about the same as the small jar.) I have just started doing a bit of cooking with the coconut oil and it works well for sautéing. I haven’t tried any baking yet. I feel a bit conflicted since coconut oil used to be lumped together with palm oil as a “bad” tropical oil. Isn’t it overwhelming trying to keep up?
I divided the bathroom jar into 2 containers for now. I wanted to try it on my face as a moisturizer so I put some into a small container. It is weird use such an inexpensive product on my face when I’ve been suckered into spending a small fortune on teeny tiny jars from cosmetic companies over the years. What am I doing to the country’s economy? I have to say, so far so good for my new face cream. I worried that it would be too greasy, but it soaks in to the skin almost immediately and creates a wonderful matte finish. The coconut scent seems to dissipate quickly. As a body moisturizer it works very well. My only complaint is that the oil is in a solid form. It is difficult to remove from the container – a lot more trouble than pumping out lotion. I do like the way it melts when it touches your skin and of course it then spreads easily. My chiropractor has admonished me in the past for not using coconut oil on my skin. His logic – the skin is the largest organ of the body, so why would you put something on your skin that you wouldn’t eat? The only way this seems important is if I’m out with friends and we are attacked by cannibals. Then, if my luscious layer of body fat is not enough to tempt them into devouring me immediately, they’ll no doubt be sold by the delicious taste of my coconut oil coating. (If I’m eaten first I won’t have to see my friends suffer.)
Hopefully I won’t run into cannibals any time soon. There are still a lot of things I need to try with my coconut oil.