Natural Beauty: Coconut

As part of an ongoing series in collaboration with Glasshouse Salon, we’re bringing you simple beauty recipes you can make at home with everyday natural ingredients. It’s the perfect way to make sure you know exactly what you’re putting onto your skin, and avoid unnecessary chemicals.

First up we’re making the most of the incredible coconut. It’s one of those scents and flavours that make us think of beaches, sunshine and tropical holidays, so it’s the perfect time of year to work this delicious piece of nature into our beauty regime.

Coconut oil is a tasty cooking ingredient as well as being free from trans fats, and it doesn’t break down at high temperatures. But it’s also full of benefits for hair and skin. Here are a few ways for you to harness the power of the coconut:

Luscious hair treatment
Coconut oil can be applied to frizzy ends for a glossy, smoothing and softening affect. Most conventional hair serums contain nasty plastic based ingredients that can build up in the hair, leaving a dull residue. It’s nice to know exactly what’s going on our hair and body and this oil is 100 percent natural. Go for an organic oil to keep it as natural as possible, and enjoy the amazing smell!

Soothing scalp treatment
Apply coconut oil to the scalp and give yourself a nice scalp massage. This will stimulate blood flow and kick start the healing process. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then gently cleanse out with your favorite organic shampoo. Due to its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and protective properties this is great for soothing and healing various skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. Your scalp will love you for it!

Softening skin treatment
Coconut oil makes an excellent moisturiser, especially for super-dry skin, as it absorbs readily into skin and keeps it feeling soft but not greasy. This delicious oil also aids in the removal of outer-layer dead skin and can penetrate the into the deeper layers, strengthening the underlying tissues.

Caramelised tropical peach smoothie recipe
A nourishing tropical treat that takes just five mins. Blend together 1/3 cup coconut milk, 1/2 T virgin coconut oil, 1-2 T coconut flakes, 1 T whole brown sugar (for a caramelised flavour, or replace with agave syrup for those crazy sugar-free types), 1/2 cup frozen peaches, 1/4 cup frozen pineapple, 1/2 t vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.

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Photo by Konstantinos Noulis for Glasshouse Salon

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