The Magic of Coconut Oil – Saving Face

Coconut Oil Bangkok

The weather in Bangkok has changed recently, with more rain and plenty of hot steamy days which means I mainly hide out in air-conditioning. All these crazy fluctuations in temperature have confused my skin: my forehead is all dry and if I try and layer the cream on I just get tons of spots.

I was about to invest in yet another pot of expensive cream (I’m careering towards my 30th birthday so I needed some heavy duty stuff) when I remembered a good friend telling me about the wonders of coconut oil, so I popped a bottle of it in my basket instead. It’s a hell of a lot cheaper, at 250 baht (around 5 GBP) and at the rate I am currently using it, will probably last quite a long time.

There are many uses for coconut oil. On your face as a moisturiser (although only a little or you look like a grease bomb), mixed up with sugar as a scrub, instead of a shaving gel, and even as an intensive hair conditioner. Some folk even eat it, and although my bottle is 100% virgin oil it looks a little too bathroom-esque for me to take into the kitchen.

Pretty much all the writing on this bottle was in Thai, and seeing as even if I could remember the three letters I had learnt last year I probably still couldn’t understand the actual words, I asked Google. It had a lot of answers and many advices, including the fact that coconut oil is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti something else… Pretty cool for a tropical fruit.

I’ve been using  virgin coconut oil  on my face both in the morning and before bed and my skin feels so soft. I don’t have any more scales and I smell like a biscuit. Some people online say it makes them look like a teenager again. I am not sure this is quite the effect I am after though…

Given all the chemicals that are already in the air and water in Bangkok, it’s nice to use something without additives or preservatives and I am a complete convert to coconut oil – there is nothing better than a great value, Bounty chocolate bar smelling product that makes your skin feel fabulous.

9 thoughts on “The Magic of Coconut Oil – Saving Face

  1. My better half uses it all the time, no doubt once re locate back to Bangkok she will be buying it in bulk!

    1. Given that it apparently has 80 uses it’s such a space saver! I’m not going anywhere without mine from now on 🙂

  2. I haven’t used it on my body yet, but the other day doing an ECG (electrocardiogram) on a patient at the clinic where I work, the lady smelled of coconut and when I asked she told me she used it on her face and body. I personally use it for baking, frying… It’s now know as the best cooking oil as it doesn’t lose it’s properties with heat.

  3. I love coconut oil for my face! (not looking like a teenager though.. not yet, at least)

    btw, i’ve been to bangkok and absolutely fell in LOVE with it, and the entire country of thailand. i’m excited about this blog 🙂

    1. Thank you very much! I hope the coconut oil works wonders and that your settling in gets easier. Have you discovered Mangosteen cocktails yet? Fruit and booze, what could be better?!

      1. Well I never my favorite fruit of all time in a cocktail! – another one added to the list – cheers 🙂

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