If you haven't yet noticed, winter is officially here! And if you're a fan of coconut oil, you know what this means... Hard, unforgiving oil that you practically need a chisel to get through. Here's an easy hack to keep your coconut oil soft and usable all winter long. Whip it!
1) Put 1/2 cup (or any amount really) coconut oil into large bowl
2) Use handheld mixer or stand mixer to whip well for 3-5 minutes
3) Just before you're done mixing, add in 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oil (like lavender or peppermint) - optional
After a few minutes of whipping, the coconut oil should take on a light and fluffy appearance. It will firm up slightly, but will maintain a light 'mousse'-like texture for easy application.
*If you want your coconut oil to be super smooth, melt the oil in a double boiler first. (Doubler Boiler = stainless steel or glass bowl on top of pot of boiling water). Then let cool until firm and start at Step 1. This melts down all the little hard peices before whipping, and gives you an ultra smooth result.
Give it a try and let me know what you think below!
Dr. Katie Rothwell, ND