Latin Name: Cocos nucifera
Well we have all attempted (or watched the attempt) of people knocking coconuts of a support in a coconut shy, but coconuts are so much more than a play thing…
The coconut (the fruit of the palm Cocos nucifera) is the Swiss Army knife of the plant kingdom; in one neat package it provides a high-calorie food, potable water, fiber that can be spun into rope, and a hard shell that can be turned into charcoal. What’s more, until it is needed for some other purpose, it serves as a handy flotation device. (By Diana Lutz June 24, 2011)
Modern research has shown that coconut oil is very beneficial for the skin. Coconut oil aids skin barrier repair; has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects; helps to aid wound healing and has anti-ageing effects on the skin (link).
Coconut oil also has fantastic properties in soap. It produces a firm textured soap with a big bubbled lather and fantastic cleaning properties, well actually a tad too cleaning for most skins. Coconut soap on its own would rip all the oil from your skin. In fact it would quite happily remove much of the oil from your greasy dishes…
So how do you make coconut soap so gentle on the skin?
Well the answer is simple we add extra coconut oil to the soap (quite a lot actually) the addition of coconut oil to the coconut soap gives you a lovely lather, mild cleaning power with the additional coconut oil conditioning your skin. An all round winner!