Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil | Review and DIY Beauty Balm Recipe

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I have loved using Organic Coconut Oil for many years. Not only is it wonderful in cooking, but it is also a wondrous multipurpose moisturizer! I love to use it as a moisturizer, and during the colder months I decant a bit into a smaller jar and leave it on my nightstand in order to massage it into my hair, scalp, lips, cuticles, feet and legs before going to bed at night. It leaves my skin unbelievably moisturized and my hair soft, shiny and moisturized. Furthermore, this wondrous oil, which liquefies when warmed, has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Nutiva's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is the latest Coconut Oil that I have tried, and I have to admit that it smells of fresh coconuts, and feels absolutely amazing on the skin. I have tried many over the years, but there is something about the smell of this one that makes it particularly special. It is rich and warm, and utterly tantalizing.

According to Nutiva,

Coconut is one of the world's most nourishing superfoods. This creamy taste of the tropics is great for sautéing and baking, enhancing your favorite recipes, and body care. Our virgin coconut oil is cold-pressed and never refined, deodorized or bleached! Savor its rich aroma and its smooth and sweet flavor. It's ideal as a medium-heat cooking oil, a nutritious substitute in baking and even "better than butter" on bread, vegetables or popcorn. A pinch of salt will reduce the coconut flavor in savory recipes..

You can even use the luscious, soothing oil on your skin and hair. Use coconut oil as a natural skin moisturizer, eye make-up remover, or deep conditioning hair treatment. Combine coconut oil with coconut sugar and essential oil for an exfoliating, refreshing body scrub.
  • Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Virgin
  • Non-hydrogenated
  • No cholesterol
  • Made from fresh coconuts
Ingredients: Organic, unrefined cold-pressed Virgin Coconut Oil. *Bottled in a facility that packs peanut oil.
Calming Balm Recipe (courtesy of Nutiva): This recipe is great for After-Sun or Cold weather exposed skin. This DIY balm is a soothing blend of coconut oil, shea butter, calendula, aloe and lavender to calm the skin.

6 Tbsp Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Shea Butter
1/4 cup Aloe
2 Tbsp Calendula Oil
1 tsp Vitamin E oil
25-60 drops *Lavender Essential Oil
*Lavender is well known for its skin healing properties and is especially soothing for burns. Be sure to use lavender and not lavendin, which can actually cause more inflammation.

1. In a double boiler over low heat, gently warm the coconut oil and shea butter. Be careful not to melt the oil and butter - heat just enough to blend easily. Once incorporated, transfer the oil and butter mixture to a bowl.
2. Using an electric mixer, blend the coconut oil and shea butter mixture on low to medium speed until well incorporated, 1-2 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and avoid having clumps in the final product.
3. Add calendula, aloe vera and vitamin E oil. Blend for 3 to 5 minutes until thick and creamy.
4. Add essential oil and blend to incorporate.
Yields 8oz. Transfer to a container like a wide-mouth canning jar for easy scooping. Keep out of direct sun as the oils and butter will separate if melted.

About Essential Oils:
• Essential oils are powerful. Be careful not to use more than called for as doing so can cause irritation to sensitive skin.
• Essential oils often have a specific purpose. Different scents can be soothing, invigorating or calming. If you wish, you can substitute different oils in these recipes to achieve a particular effect.
• You can find essential oils online or at natural foods stores.

Tips & Tricks:
• Coconut oil melts at warm temperatures; we recommend that you do not place these products in direct sunlight or leave them in your car.
• If you enjoy the scent of coconut, we suggest you use Nutiva Organic Virgin coconut oil. If you want the nourishing benefits of coconut oil without the coconut scent, use Nutiva Organic Refined coconut oil.

Overall Assessment: A wonderful staple in my household.

$14.99 for 23 oz. from Nutiva and GNC.  $33.99 for 54 oz., from Amazon, and also available at Whole Foods Market (Affiliate Links).

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