When radio presenter, health guru, and former pop star Janey Lee Grace oozed praise for the sweeping benefits of Tiana Coconut Oil, it naturally made us curious. So we decided to test it out for ourselves and see whether an unadulterated, natural product usually confined to the kitchen, in all its raw glory, could really be the miracle product she claimed…
When the large, glass jar, devoid, one has to say of any frilly packaging, arrived, there was some scepticism over the ease of use this would entail. Essentially looking like a large jar of lard, optimism did not course across the surface of our summer parched epidermises.
On opening the jar however, the story immediately began to change – the smell of coconut is subtle and natural distinct from the sickly sweet synthetic varieties that saturate the shelves of many a high street retailer but equally does not evoke images of walking around smelling like a piña colada or deep fried dessert either. Nonetheless, the scent fades quickly whether you are a fan or not.
The white solid melts pretty much as soon as you touch it, making it easy to apply and despite being an oil, easily absorbed into the skin without leaving you slipping and sliding all over the bathroom.
It is one of those things one always thinks natural product fans exaggerate, but it was noticeable that despite the serious moisturising properties of the product (and as a tester with diabolically dry skin, we can testify that it is one of the few products that has had a long lasting impact) – it doesn’t feel as though the skin is clogged afterwards, which can often be the case with heavy-duty creams – fellow sufferers, we feel your itchy, flaky pain.
Part of the genius of this product however, isn’t just its effectiveness, but its versatility. Pop a (very small) amount in your hair after washing to keep it glossy, use it as a conditioning hair mask, or as part of one of Janey’s favourite trick’s – if you can’t get the children to sit still long enough to put it on them, pop a little in the bath to soften the water! That being another plus, it is gentle enough to use on children (unless they have nut allergies, in which case it is probably best avoided).
Of course, coconut oil is also a cooking ingredient and can be used for frying, roasting or simply on toast … would probably advise having a separate jar for that though – no one liked crumbs in the bath …
So ultimately, retailing at £14.99 for 500ml, and adding into the equation it’s versatility and the length of time that it lasts (you really don’t need to use a lot) Tiana Coconut Oil is definitely one to add into the bathroom cabinet … thanks Janey!
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