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Coconut Oil - Your Summer Essential

A 500ml jar in the kitchen. A 300ml jar in the bathroom. And 40ml jar in your beach bag.

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Here’s 5 reasons why you will want a jar of Three By One Organic Virgin Coconut Oil class to hand all summer long:

5 reasons you’ll want a jar of organic coconut oil at your side all summer long:

1. It can help ease your sunburn naturally

A bit longer than expected out in the sun? Suffering from sunburn? Not only can organic coconut oil help soothe, moisturise, and cool your burned skin, but it can also help it heal faster, due to the vitamin E and lauric acid it contains. Use on its own, or combine 1/4 of a cup with a tablespoon of aloe vera for a super cooling salve.

2. It can help keep your skin looking amazing

Use organic coconut oil as a safe, chemical-free shaving oil. Make a simple sugar scrub by combining coconut oil & coconut sugar. Or simply just slather on as an all natural moisturiser. A little goes a long way!

3. It can keep your armpits fresh

Make your own natural deodorant by combining coconut oil with baking soda & essential oils. A non-toxic way to keep fresh all summer.

4. It makes a great insect repellant

Mix some coconut oil with peppermint, tea tree, or rosemary essential oils, and apply to your skin to help ward off mosquitoes and other summer insects.

5. It can naturally deep-condition your hair

Salt water and chlorine can really take a toll on hair. Put coconut oil in your hair before you jump in the pool or hit the beach, for some extra moisturising protection. Simply rub a small amount between your palms and work into your hair, focusing on the tips. If your hair is already frazzled, wet it and comb a dollop of oil through it. Tie it into a loose bun and cover with a shower cap. Leave the coconut oil in for a few hours before washing it out with a gentle shampoo.

Have a sunny, organic coconut oil–filled summer!

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What is the Difference Between Coconut Oil & Coconut Butter?

At every event I do, this is the most frequently asked question! So read on to found out the answer…

The Difference Between Coconut Oil and Coconut Butter

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It can be easy to confuse the two, especially when coconut oil solidifies, but these are two different products. Think of coconut oil & coconut butter like peanut oil & peanut butter — two distinct products used for very different purposes. 

Coconut oil is simply the oil that has been extracted from the coconut flesh, while coconut butter is made from the coconut flesh (with the oil content still in it) that has been ground into a paste. 

Because it contains both the flesh & the oil, it includes all the fat, fibre, & nutrients found in a coconut. 

The consistency varies depending on temperature and how it is stored. Ranging from semi-soft & creamy when it’s warm, to hard & almost waxy when stored in a cool place & during cooler months. 

The flavor is pure, in-your-face coconut. It’s intense & not too sweet. 

So, how do you use Coconut Butter?

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Firstly, before you first open a jar, you need to do a little bit of work.

Obviously in Sri Lank it is pretty much always hot weather, so the coconut butter is more or less a liquid when we put it in the jars. Then as it cools down during the transportation period the oil content separates (just like you find with any pure nut butter) & the oil then solidifies when it hits the chilly European temperatures.

So before you first open a jar, you need to melt it a little bit & stir the oil back into the fleshy part. The best way to go about doing this is to put the entire jar in a bowl of hot water. Leave it for 10 minutes or so, & when it is soft enough stir it well.

You only need to do this before the first use. The coconut butter will solidify up again, but it should not separate. If your kitchen is too cool & it becomes too hard to spoon out of the jar, you can always warm it slightly again to soften it up. The more you warm it, the softer it gets, eventually becoming a liquid cream that you can drizzle!

Coconut butter is simple & versatile to use.

It can be as basic as spreading it on a piece of toast.

You can use it as a topping for pancakes or waffles, or drizzle it over oatmeal or granola.

It also pairs well with savoury dishes, too. I use it instead of coconut milk when I am making curries & soups. And I also like to drizzle it over sautéed greens.

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You can even use it as icing on a vegan cake!

During the rest of the month I will sharing more tips & recipes over on the facebook page so keep an eye over there. Feel free to share your recipes in the comments too.

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