Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is considered THE oil of choice for most soap makers and is an amazing oil when used in its original form.  However, I have found that there are a lot of people who have an extreme sensitivity  to coconut oil in soap.  Coconut oil is added to soap in order to create a cleansing, hard, and sudsy bar of soap.  Unfortunately in the saponification process of soap, coconut oil can be extremely harsh on sensitive skin.  For this reason, I have formulated most of my soaps using alternative oils, including Babassu oil.  However, I have included coconut oil in a lot of my leave-on products in order to maximize its wide array of skin benefits.

Coconut oil helps prevent destructive free-radical formation and provides protection against them.  It can help to keep the skin from developing blemishes caused by aging and over exposure to sunlight.  It helps to keep connective tissues strong and supple so that the skin doesn’t sag and wrinkle.  In some cases it might even restore damaged or diseased skin.  The oil is absorbed into the skin and into the cell structure of the connective tissues, limiting the damage excessive sun exposure can cause.

Coconut oil will not only bring temporary relief to the skin, but it will aid in healing and repairing.  Coconut oil can aid in removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother.  While doing this, the coconut oil, will penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and strengthen the underlying tissues.  Alternatively, coconut oil is now being recoginized as a good dietery supplement and good for internal health as well.