I originally purchased a jar of coconut oil after hearing how good it was at repairing damaged hair, as a girl who loves to experiment with crazy colours on a regular basis it was inevitable that over the years my poor hair had received a fair bit of damage and I'm the first to admit that I probably didn't look after it as much as I should have. Fast forward to a couple of months back and my locks were in a rather desperate state, they were dry and my ends were frizzy and splitting at an alarming rate but me being the stubborn so and so that I am I refused to go for a complete chop and instead scoured the internet for a miracle remedy. I read that coconut oil can be used as a deep conditioning treatment and that instead of merely coating the outside it gets deep inside the hair shaft before working its nutty magic; so I decided to give it a bash, willing to try anything than admitting defeat and having the lot lopped off. I ordered my 250g jar of fushi from amazon for around the £5 mark and was even more impressed as it is 100% natural and organic whilst also being suitable for vegetarians and vegans, it's also not tested on animals which is a definite bonus for me as I know that no poor critter has suffered along the way.
To use I first dampened my hair before putting a few scoops of the oil in a bowl and whacking it into the microwave for about 20 seconds. When I took it out it had melted completely but was warm instead of being scolding hot and so fine to put on my locks straight away; I sorted my hair into sections and then began massaging the oil in, my aim being to completely coat my entire head but paying particular attention to my poor dying ends. When my hair was truly oiled up I popped a carrier bag on my head and left it to infuse for the next 2 hours, though obviously if your hair isn't as damaged you could get away with a much shorter amount of time. When the 2 hours were up I washed my hair with warm water and a mild shampoo, it does take quite a bit of shampooing to remove all traces of the oil but in my opinion it's definitely worth doing. Then I left it to dry naturally before combing it with a wide comb.
The next day my hair felt noticeably softer though I still had a way to go, since then I have been repeating the treatment every week or so, alongside this I have had my ends trimmed and I stay away from any sources of heat such as hair dryers and straighteners as these can easily damage your hair further. When my roots come through I've been using semi permanent dyes as these are a lot kinder to your hair and I am pleased with the amount my hair has recovered. If you wash it out in the bath it makes your skin lovely and soft too! I'd recommend it to anyone who's hair is a bit worse for wear.
I'm into the third trimester of pregnancy now and this time around I have a really big bump, bigger than last time. My stomach is stretching like never before and it feels uncomfortable most of the time, especially after I eat. I've tried several creams to relieve the stretch but have not been overly impressed with any of them, so a friend of mine suggested that I try the Fushi brand virgin organic coconut oil.
There are a lot of different coconut oil brands on the market now due to the widely known versatile uses and benefits of the substance, and also due to various celebrities raving about it. I chose to go with the Fushi brand not just because of the recommendation but because this coconut oil is organic and I am trying to be careful about what I put on my skin, especially on my stomach which is shielding my unborn baby from the world.
I started out using the coconut oil on my stomach. It feels really nice to apply, smooth and cool, although it is a little greasy for what I am used to- most creams are not this greasy, but then they are not pure oil extracts either. The oil doesn't look like oil though, it is quite thick in consistency and white in colour. Being virgin pressed means it has not been processed at all, and you can tell this anyway as it smells just like coconut and nothing else and it is also safe to eat.
You do have to be careful to keep the oil in a cool cupboard, as once I left it out in the heat and it literally turned into proper oil. It soon solidified again though and I was able to continue using it as normal.
I found that this oil really helped to relieve the stretching feeling of the skin on my stomach, but there is a downside which is that it is so greasy that it gets into your clothes. So I have since taken to using it after a bath only and waiting a while before putting a top on, as otherwise it all rubs off onto the top and it soaks into it too, just like you would expect any oil to do. It does absorb really quickly after the bath though.
On the plus side - I like the way this oil moisturises my skin and it doesn't irritate it at all, so I have also started using it on my face instead of face cream. I have to apply it regularly though as I have dry skin but it does absorb quickly and it doesn't leave the same sort of sheen on my face that a lot of other emollients and creams create. I have been called glowing after using this oil on my face and have had to let people in on the secret as a result of that. I have also noticed a decrease in my eczema flare ups, which had actually been getting worse due to soaring pregnancy hormones.
Finally, I have branched out and started using Fushi coconut oil in cooking. You can use it as a healthfood and eat it raw, and many raw foodies will swear on its benefits in this regard. You can also use it as a replacement oil in cooking and avoid transfats etc, as coconut oil naturally contains healthy fats and omega oils which combine to improve your skin and help it to skin glow - it has been used in other cultures for these purposes for many decades now. But what I have been doing is adding a scoop to my cooking, eg cookies or flapjacks I'm baking, and I must say that the result is impressive. The oil somehow seeps into the ingredients really well and gives them a mildly coconut taste but mostly it gives them a melt in the mouth quality that is otherwise very hard to achieve in baking in my experience.
I have been buying the 250g container of coconut oil from my local independent healthfood store which cost me £5.85. Since becoming pregnant I have been eating a lot more of the stuff as well as applying it to my skin, so I have been getting through a lot of containers, but I see they are available online as buy two get one free bargains so I plan to stock up when the next container runs low.
This product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and it has the vegan mark on the container which means none of the ingredients have ever been tested on animals.
5 stars from me for this versatile, natural product that can be used to work wonders inside and out. And it's not just my review of it that's glowing!
I found out about Fushi Coconut oil like I find out about a lot of things, by reading online reviews and this product had me instantly intrigued, and as I earn a lot of Amazon Vouchers online I thought I would use some of my Amazon credit to buy some of this stuff.
This natural Coconut oil can be used in lots of different ways, it has amazing health and beauty benefits and it has come to my attention that this Virign Organic Coconut oil is highly regarded all around the world for its healthy benefits. It can be used as a moisturiser with natural anti aging and is also a brilliant hair conditioner with a effective anti dandruff remedy, which will promote healthy hair and a healthy scalp.
It works great for skin conditions as well as dry skin, deeply nourishing the skin and can also be used as a body massage oil. This oil can also be taken internally, the benefits it will have on your body are helping with cholesterol levels, improving digestion and it is good for the metabolism. Nutritionists have labelled this product as one of the healthiest oils available which will stimulate the metabolism and gives out lots of energy, and can be used as a very healthy cooking oil in the home.
This Coconut oil has been certified as Organic, I find it amazing at how much use you can get out of this Coconut oil it really is a brilliant product which has many health benefits. I have personally started taking a teaspoon of this each day internally and since using it I can say that I can feel a change within my body, I only take one spoonful because I also cook with it sometimes but the instructions do say you can take up to three spoonfuls a day.
Fushi products are 100% natural and can be used by Vegetarians and is Vegan approved, another good thing is it is not tested on animals which always makes me feel much better about buying.
Storage : Dry cool place
Weight : 250g jar
Cost : £5.80
From : Amazon
This is a product which I will certainly be recommending, the amazing health benefits are wonderful and this oil has many uses, and the fact it is 100% natural means the health advantages are fantastic, this is a brilliant oil well worth trying out.
Recently, me and my sister have been trying to be a lot healthier, taking some vitamins and supplements from Holland & Barrett. Under the influence of my cousin who is using "all natural" products and trying to get me to conform I also started researching some natural products for hair and skin also. My hair is particularly bad after years of heat damage and processing so I started looking into hair oils - Moroccan Argan Oil, Almond Oil and one that frequently popped up was Coconut Oil as brilliant for hair and skin. I had purchased a little bottle of some coconut oil in a hair shop for about £2.99 when my cousin told me to read the ingredients and I realised it was only about 30% coconut oil with loads of other ingredients thrown in the mix. After more researching for some extra virgin pressed coconut oil on amazon a few options came up but I bought this on as it was the cheapest and looked exactly what I was after.
- Packaging -
It comes in a glass jar with a white lid and a basic label which states the brand - Fushi and the name of the product, Virgin Organic Coconut oil. I bought 250g jar which isn't huge but theres loads inside and only little is needed at a time so this has lasted ages so far!
- About the Oil -
This was the main feature I was looking for in the correct oil as it is not a runny liquid, but more like a compressed, oily thick consistency. There is some liquid oil on top so I can dab my finger in and pick up some oil, or I can use a spoon and gently dig into the jar to scoop some out to use. I thought it would be tougher than it actually is, as if you tip the jar upside down it doesn't all slop out, but some oil will run through and pour out. The best thing is that it is 100% coconut which is unrefined and compressed into the jar as the ingredients state it consists wholly of cocos nucifera. It is free from artificial chemicals and is not tested on animals. On opening the jar the strong smell of genuine coconut hits you and it is tempting enough to want to eat the whole thing! It reminds me of the smell of a bounty bar but minus the chocolate lol.
- Use for the Oil -
I actually have so many uses for this oil its a shame I hadn't bought it before!
1. My main reason for buying this oil is for my hair. My hair is particularly dry and thin from years of chemical processing and heat torture and I rely on hair extensions very often for length as I like the look of long hair rather than my boring shoulder length hair. I have made it a goal for me to naturally grow my own hair and for it to be thick and lustrous (haha!) so I no longer need to go to the hairdressers so frequently for hair extensions and using natural hair oils and all round changing how I look after my hair is a good start for this. I rarely treat, condition, or cut my split ends so for the last few months I have started doing this and using the coconut oil daily as a leave in treatment at night before bed. It is really easy to apply, as I scoop some out with a spoon and put it in the palm of my hands and run it through my hair from root to end and ensure it is all covered evenly. I find when I wake in the morning I am left with a lovely gloss and shine and my hair really does feel like it has gone from strength to strength and it does look more healthy.
My 3 year old daughter has amazingly long hair (I am somewhat envious) and she is mixed as her dad is chinese but her hair texture is really thick. I use this coconut oil in her hair also (as it is a natural product so is not harmful) and it gives her hair an amazing shine and leaves it soft and manageable so we no longer battle so much with our tangle teezer to get out those knots! I really don't use a lot, and probably scoop out about a teaspoons worth and put in my palms and rub through her hair and it does a great job at soaking in and her hair looks lovely for the rest of the day.
2. I have found this actually really good as a moisturiser too! I do predominantly use my usual face creams and body lotions as this jar was quite pricey and to be honest I don't want to waste it oiling my body everyday! However, on the odd occasion after a bath at night I have used some of the oil to rub into my arms and legs and it leaves me with a gorgeous coconut smell all over. It is much better than any coconut body butter I have ever bought! My skin is supple and soft afterwards and as it is 100% coconut I know there is no added perfume or chemicals just a completely genuine product that doesn't cause any irritation and it is brilliant for my my dry skin.
3. I didn't actually intend to use it for eating but when it arrived I read the jar and it said it could be used for internal use and recommends for adults to have 2 - 3 table spoons a day. As it is rich in fatty acids, it is easily absorbed in the body and is good for your heart and digestion. Personally I don't have any issues in this area but I thought, what harm can it do? I only really eat 1 tablespoon a day as I leave my jar at home so I have a tablespoon of this after I've eaten my dinner. Taste wise though I have to say it is awful! You know what they say, what's good for you doesn't taste good! It tastes very watery and has a slimy, bitty texture and is not sweet coconut which I guess is what I am used to eating. It is is rather bland, but is not so bad to leave a horrible after taste, but does leave prickly feelings of coconut shreds in my throat. I tend to combat this by gulping a drink afterwards! I have read that some people use this to cook with, but as I am not so keen on the taste I think I will be giving this a miss!
- Storage -
As it comes in a jar, storage for this is best in a cool dry place so the coconut oil stays the optimum consistency. In the fridge it just goes rock solid and is impossible to dig out, and once I left it next to the cooker and I could see it melting away so I quickly popped it back in the cupboard in the bathroom!
- Price -
I paid £5.80 for this on amazon and delivery was £3 so altogether it costs £8.80 of my lovely amazon vouchers. I think for this price it is reasonable, as it is a brilliant product and I had seen something practically identical for double the price in Holland & Barrett.
- Overall -
I would totally recommend using coconut oil as it just has so many uses and is 100% healthy and natural. Don't get me wrong, I still use some of the regular high street products and I have nothing against them, it's just that for my hair I am trying to use natural products which won't strip my hair of it's natural oils and help bring my hair back to life. I have found this coconut oil absolutely perfect for this and cannot recommend it enough and it seems really suited to hair of different ethnicities as my friends use it too. As a moisturiser and body oil it's great and is brilliant on dry patches of skin. My only downside is the taste isn't too great if you want it for oral use! Nevertheless I will still give it 5 stars.