By Mary N. DiZazzo

Coconut Oil is Still The Rage!

Ciao bella,

You can cook with it and use it cosmetically. Coconut Oil used to be discouraged in cooking due to its high percentage of saturated fats. Now there is a better understanding of the roll fats play in a balanced diet. So using it for cooking, including buttering your toast with it, is being encouraged.

Through my experiences in purchasing Coconut Oil, I suggest an edible brand to use in cooking and cosmetically. Edible oils are government regulated. I would stick with a Fair Trade Organic Coconut Oil for both uses.

Coconut Oil is actually one of natureís miracles! Its multiple uses in cooking, cosmetic, and immune support are just a few of its marvelous benefits. Iím here to encourage the use of Coconut Oil cosmetically. Now that Old Man Winter is coming, here are a few tips to stay moisturized.

Make your own Facial Cleanser: massage a teaspoon of Coconut Oil into your skin, then rinse with warm water. Prevents dryness.

Body Moisturizer: Coconut Oil makes a rich moisturizer with its high fat content. Apply on hands, feet, dry spots, and cuticles.

Lip Scrub: mix together 1/2 teaspoon each of honey, brown sugar, and Coconut Oil. Apply on lips in a circular motion for kissable and soft lips. Great exfoliant.

Eye Makeup Remover: great for waterproof Mascara. Use Coconut Oil on a cotton ball and gently wipe away. Never rub or stretch near eyes or skin.

Use Coconut Oil as a Shaving Cream:

A couple of spoonfuls in your bath water with a few drops of your fav perfume makes for a mini spa experience.

Hair Mask: great for super curly dry hair. Once a week for 15 minutes will add shine and moisture. A small amount on finished dry hair keeps the Frizzes away.

Time to get slick with Coconut Oil today!

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or