By Kate Cheng
You’ve obviously been buying coconut oil religiously since you saw that Travelle has been toting it around in our hand-carriers and travel pouches. But if you’re as obsessed and meticulous about your skin (and hair and nails and general #wellness) as we think you are, then you’ll be wondering exactly which brand you ought to be buying. Travelle’s tried and tested them for you so you don’t have to get those (well-manicured) hands dirty.
Vita Coco Coconut Oil
Arguably the OG of coconut oil Vita Coco is the fail-safe for beginners wanting to dip their toe in the coconut oil pond. Cold pressed rather than pasteurised, and extra-virgin, it is free from harmful substances or chemicals. Kudos for the cute round pot packaging, and for coming in a variety of sizes, though we’re not sure the glass jar is that high-altitude appropriate, even if it does make us feel like we’re in 18th century Europe and have just stepped out of our local apothecary.
Biona Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil
Biona believes in 100% traceability of its products, so there’s no reason not to indulge in a little bit of this high quality and completely natural organic oil. The website also features cute recipes, such as one for a healthy and delicious carrot cake, showing that coconut oil is definitely divine in sweet treats for giving a subtle, and guilt-free, flavour. You can also use it as a hair conditioner, help with cracked heels or knuckles, or even as an anti-ageing moisturiser.
Fushi Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Raw
Another oil that has been certified organic (by the Soil Association, no less) and sourced from small scale projects in Samoa, Fushi’s brand of organic virgin coconut oil is great for a multi-purpose product when travelling, or indeed when you are just freaking out about any dry patches or frizzy hair when you are in the cabin. We are warned on retailer websites that the product’s consistency ‘can change with temperature’ (row.feelunique.com) so maybe take a couple of wetwipes on the plane with you, or ensure that you’ve decanted a substantial amount (since 250ml isn’t really going to cut it at security) into a sufficiently water-tight container.
Maison Orphée Coconut Oil
Perfect for uses in stir-fries, tossed casually onto a salad, or even in a face mask, this coconut oil is made from the flesh of handpicked coconuts, from a company that makes gourmet oils and spreads, so with a tub of this you know you’ve got stuff that’s, uh, high qual. Exotic-tasting, this Phillippine-sourced lends a ‘warm, tropical flavour to your dishes’.
Artisana Coconut Oil
Though it’s only recently become vogue and a huge hit with the mainstream market, coconut oil has long been an important source of energy for people living in tropical areas of, for instance, South America and Asia. Though coconut oil has been touted as being full of saturated fat, virgin coconut oil contains special fats that don’t raise cholesterol levels or contribute to heart disease. Artisana’s coconut oil is non-hydrogenated and is unrefined, too.