Contrary to popular believes, coconut oil does not smell of coconut. It is a light, pale coloured, unscented oil, which is easily absorbed by the skin. Coconut oil has one of the longest shelf-lives of all vegetable oils, which is one of the reasons why it is so popular for bath and massage oil blends. Its light texture is also well suited for all kinds of cosmetic blends to suit all skin types. In Ayurvedic medicine Coconut oil is considered a kapha oil.
In India, the coconut tree is considered a true gift of the gods for every part of it is useful to mankind. The three 'eyes' of the husked nut symbolize the three eyes of the great creator god Shiva. Coconut is also sacred to the goddess Sri and represents fertility and prosperity.
Vegetable oils and butters are derived from seeds and nuts or very oily vegetables like olives or avocadoes. Just as such nuts and vegetables are healthy and nutritious for the body when included in the diet they also nourish and help to maintain healthy skin, nails and hair when used in cosmetic preparations. Each type of oil has its own specific characteristics, feel and consistency. Some are quite drying, while others are rich and thick. Some have a chemical structure that is very similar to the skin's sebum and are thus particularly healing. Some oils are particularly rich in unsaturated essential fatty acids (also known as EFAs, such as oleic or linoleic fatty acids) and vitamin E and other fat soluble vitamins, which are essential to our health and well-being. Such oils are considered vitalizing and rejuvenating and are thus particularly suitable for tired and worn skin.