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Fifty Shades of Great Virgin Coconut Oil - My head-to-toe and inside-out submission to VCO

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Virgin coconut oil (VCO) has become something I cannot live without since it entered my life a few years ago. Coconut palm tree, or as Filipinos call it “the Tree of Life” not only is an important source of food, clothing and shelter for many cultures (e.g. Balinese Gazebo), to most, knowledge of coconut is limited to young coconut drinks and curry sauces. In fact, by extracting its flesh, through a cold-pressed process, Virgin Coconut Oil , is a useful and handy oil that we can easily integrated into daily life, offering numerous benefits.

There are over 100 uses of Virgin Coconut Oil, but today I would like to share with you VCO’s fifty shades of greatness, and explain why we should submit our body entirely to the many genies hidden in a single bottle.


  • An excellent hair treatment product - leave a mask of VCO on for 10 to 15mins before washing hair for a shiny and silky look. (Apply only a small amount if you have oily hair.)
  • Gentlemen! VCO stimulates hair growth!
  • Controls dandruff, lice and lice eggs
  • A natural lice remover
  • Repairs damaged hair
  • Apply to the tip of dry hair for nourishment


  • A natural and effective makeup remover, especially for eyes. Caring for the eye area is essential for keeping those fine lines and wrinkles away!
  • VCO kills bacteria!
  • A fantastic lip scrub when mixed with raw sugar and honey
  • Improves acne over time
  • Acts as a light sunscreen (SPF4)


  • I use it for my daily Oil Pulling first thing in morning. Rinse your mouth with one tbsp. of VCO and keep it in your mouth for 20mins (I use this 20mins to make my bed, shower and prepare breakfast). Then spit it out and brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with salt water.
  • VCO keeps your gums and teeth healthy.


  • VCO is a natural nail strengthener. Do you have brittle nails after years of manipedis? Give your nails a break and nourish them with VCO.
  • A great cuticle softener 

Hips and Thighs

  • Ladies, VCO reduces cellulite appearance! Drink a glass of water (it helps eliminate toxins), dry brush your skin, have a hot shower, then massage affected area with circular motions towards the heart. You will be rewarded with results over time.
  • Another VCO God-send is that it is a natural lubricant. Why does anyone want to put nasty chemicals on the skin especially in sensitive areas? Say goodbye to KY…and yeast infections (urhh) because VCO is anti-fungal.  

Full Body

  • A wonderful body oil especially in summer. My skin is so sensitive that I need to moisturize after every shower. Being lazy, I love patting oil onto my wet skin before stepping out of shower.
  • A natural sunscreen (SPF 4), VCO prevents burning
  • Helps to heal sunburn
  • An amazing, amazing body scrub (mix with raw sugar or Himalayan salt with honey)
  • Prevents skin from flaking, which is perfect if you have super dry skin or live in places where humidity is constantly below 30%.


  • VCO is great at fighting athlete’s foot
  • Don’t forget to nourish your toe nails before going out in your flippy floppy in summer. Stepping out without a pedicure is not a crime, but leaving your toes surrounded by dry skin complete with cracked ankles is a sore to the eyes!

Baby and Mum

  • If you are in any doubt about the chemicals in baby lotions, switch to VCO to improve your baby’s skin condition.
  • Use VCO for Pregnancy massage, it is the safest product on the market
  • VCO helps boost milk for nursing mums
  • It is a great for nourishing dry nipples for nursing mums
  • VCO prevents stretch marks. Yes, it does!


  • Listen up - Virgin Coconut Oil speeds up metabolism which means it can help weight loss and slow down aging.
  • A good source of energy. Mix a tbsp. with your breakfast and feel the difference.
  • Facilitates brain function
  • Aids digestion
  • Kills bacteria
  • Good for UTI recovery
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe arthritis
  • A natural source of anti-oxidants
  • Helps body absorb calcium and magnesium for bone health
  • For diabetes patients, it provides an alternative to ketone and alternative fuel to glucose
  • Improves bowel function
  • Kills bacteria like lice and tapeworms
  • Contains laurid acid to prevent viruses and bacteria (influenza, herpes)
  • Contains medium chain triglycerides which are easily converted into energy, making it lighter for our liver and a good way of preventing disease.
  • Helps dissolve kidney stones
  • Helps maintain healthy thyroid levels
  • Helps prevent against breast and colon cancer
  • Reduces epileptic seizure
  • Contains fewer calories than other oils


  • I used to have an eczema problem, but said goodbye to it after discovering the wonder of VCO
  • Replace any cooking vegetable oil with VCO - it has a higher melting point to prevent any nastiness releases from high temperature cooking.
  • The best base oil to mix with other essential oils
  • A natural coffee creamer
  • A natural deodorant
  • soothes itching, hence perfect for mosquito bites
  • Fancy some chocolate fudge but cannot cope with the after guilt? Follow this guilt-free dessert recipe. It will give you a boost of energy as well as the sensation of feeling full, so definitely hunger and guilt free! Not to mention it contains lots of anti-oxidants…

o Mix one glass of virgin coconut oil with one glass of cocoa powder into a pot over a small heat

o Mix in half a glass of honey

o Keep stirring gently until everything melts (takes only a couple of minutes)

o Pour the mixture into a square tray and brush the bottom slightly with VCO

o Pop the tray in the freezer and your natural chocolate fudge will be ready in one hour. Both kids and adults LOVE this!



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