Spotlight on our Indian Ingredients: Coconut


One of India’s most timeless ingredients is the humble coconut. From adorning pristine beaches to elevating delicious curries, from indulgent haircare routines to being a skincare holy grail, this fruit is a part of the fabric of South and Southeast Asia. It makes for the most refreshing drink in the sweltering heat and its fibers find purpose in various products.

Discover the simple wonders of the coconut to understand how it can enrich our skincare and daily lives.

A Brief History of Coconut

Archaeological evidence suggests that coconuts were consumed as early as 3,500 years ago. Known as "zhawzhat al-hind" in Arabic, meaning "walnut of India," this tropical gem quickly found a place in global cuisine. As traders and explorers navigated the spice routes, coconut milk, and oil became a crucial part of Middle Eastern delicacies.


In South Asia, the coconut palm is revered not just for its fruit but for its leaves, timber, and even sap. Coconut-based recipes, such as the iconic South Indian coconut chutney or the Indo-Portuguese dessert bebinca, showcase the fruit's ability to enhance both savory and sweet dishes. In Eastern India, coconut shavings are used in spicy fish curries and are also paired with jaggery to form delicious desserts.


Another reason for coconuts' widespread popularity is its range of health benefits. Coconut water is a natural hydrator that is rich in electrolytes. The fruit's meat provides healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and powerful antioxidants. This low-carb fruit is the best substitute for carb-rich snacks and is gluten-free.


Beyond its culinary contributions, the coconut tree exemplifies sustainability in action. Every part of the coconut palm is functional and usable, leaving minimal waste. From building materials and traditional medicine to ropes and household items, the tree provides a plethora of resources for local communities, emphasizing a harmonious relationship between humans and nature.

The Skincare Benefits of Coconut

Coconuts have been cherished for centuries for their ability to nourish, hydrate, and rejuvenate the skin. Even today it is a significant ingredient used globally for healthy skin and strong hair.

  • Deep Hydration and Moisture: Coconut is a natural emollient. Its magical ability to lock in moisture makes it a sought-after ingredient for body milk and creams. The oil extracted from the coconut is rich in fatty acids, particularly lauric acid, which provides intense hydration to the skin. Whether battling dry patches or seeking an all-over glow, coconut oil is a luxurious solution, leaving your skin supple and velvety.
  • Anti-Aging: The antioxidants in coconut oil combat free radicals, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Regular use of coconut-based products promotes skin elasticity, creating a youthful and radiant complexion that stands the test of time.
  • Gentle Exfoliation: For those seeking a gentle exfoliant, look no further than coconut. The natural grainy texture of coconut, in the form of coconut sugar scrubs, helps slough off dead skin cells. It will reveal smoother, softer skin with a natural glow.
  • Acne Fighting Properties: Contrary to popular belief, coconut oil may be a friend to acne-prone skin. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help soothe irritated skin, while the lauric acid targets acne-causing bacteria.
  • Healing and Repair: The regenerative properties of coconut oil make it an ideal choice for skin healing and repair. Whether dealing with scars, blemishes, or irritated skin conditions, the combination of vitamins E and K in coconut oil is known to aid in the skin's natural healing process, leaving behind a rejuvenated and even-toned complexion.
  • Relaxation for the Senses: Beyond its tangible benefits, the aroma of coconut is synonymous with relaxation. The scent of coconut has been shown to have stress-reducing effects, providing a sensory escape during your skincare routine. An application of coconut-based products becomes not only a skincare ritual but a moment of tranquility in your day.

How to Incorporate Coconut into Your Skincare Routine

Double Cleansing with Coconut Oil: Its natural emollient properties may help dissolve impurities and makeup without stripping your skin of essential moisture. Massage a small amount of coconut oil onto your face, allowing it to melt away the day's stress, and then rinse with warm water. Follow it up with a gentle cleanser and you are good to go.

  • Exfoliate with Coconut Scrubs: Once a week, treat your skin to the rejuvenating benefits of a coconut scrub. Coconut sugar scrubs can help remove dead skin cells and unveil a smoother complexion. Circular motions during application help stimulate blood flow, leaving your skin refreshed and radiant.
  • Use Coconut-infused products: 82°E’s Body Milk is a lightweight lotion with SPF 20 PA++ with coconut and ceramides. Its serum-infused formula helps to nourish and hydrate the skin, enhance skin tone, and protect from UV rays.


We can confidently say that coconut products are more than just a beauty trend – it's a celebration of self-care rooted in centuries-old wisdom. So, let the coconut-infused rituals become your daily treat for radiant, nourished skin.

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