Coconut oil has been in my life since I was born. I’m from India and coconut in it’s entirety is an integral aspect of our lives! In the south of India, generations of people have cooked and bathed in coconut oil and hence we always see them with thick, shiny hair! The coconut oil – just like turmeric, yoga and Ghee- has recently been gaining a lot of attention in the states (because they read that some gorgeous model use it!) Anywho, everything you’ve heard about the ubiquitous coconut oil is very true – including the fact that it will clog your basin sink 😉
Usually, Coconut oil can be categorized in a few ways : virgin, specially for cooking, fractionated etc…. Virgin and cooking oil can be ingested and used in a variety of delicacies and also for oil pulling which is very popular these days. I’ll talk about those another day and jump straight to the third one!
What is fractionated oil : It is formulated as a carrier oil which can be used alone or in tandem with other essential oils. It does not solidify or crystallize like the virgin coconut oil and heats up quickly to spread over the body. It is widely used for massages.
So why can’t we just use one oil for everything??? you see, everything has it’s purpose. Even when you use the cooking olive oil on your body, you might feel that it is heavy and clogs pores. Similarly, with coconut oil, you want something that is emollient enough that it spreads easily and gets absorbed by the skin. not coagulate it!
USES OF FRACTIONATED OIL:
These are just some uses on the top of my head. My grandfather never used any store bought skin stuff- all he used was coconut oil and till the day he expired, he had great skin and hair!
The only CON I’d say is that if you use it in the sink or the bath tub, it will make it slippery and overtime clog the drain, so be very careful or just spray some scrubbing foam or something.
Talking about this is like going back to my roots. It feels like I have come full circle with this oil! Do let me know if you have used Coconut oil and what your experience is. What is the one thing that you do that reminds you of childhood?