I only buy good quality, organic coconut oil from a reputable supplier, usually VitaCoco especially as it is for consumption.
Coconut oil is solid in its container but with a little warmth soon becomes liquid. I use it to stir-fry vegetables. You don't get a strong coconut taste. It can take a higher heat and is loaded with anti-oxidants. In a stir-fry just pop a spoon full into your frying pan and it will soon melt as the pan heats up.
For use in cakes you just heat briefly in the microwave and measure and use as you would any oil.
To keep my dog's coat shiny and help his joints I warm up a teaspoon and pour it on his food. He loves the taste and this encourages him to eat as otherwise he can be a fussy eater!
However this is a predominately travel series and this is where I really love and use coconut oil the most.
I had a red itchy patch on my leg for ages and often gave in and used a cortisone cream but when I stopped using that the redness and itchiness would come back. Since I have been using coconut oil (again using the warmth of my hands to melt the solid oil) that patch of irritation has gone away and stays away for quite a long time.
For a face cream - day cream I put a small amount between my hands, let it warm up and massage into my face paying attention to my neck and jaw area.
I have a separate jar of coconut oil in the bedroom and one in the kitchen to avoid cross contamination. I also have a small plastic jar of coconut oil in my handbag to use as a lip balm or if I get any dry patches during the day.
Coconut oil offers some SPF protection although I still use a recognised sun protection lotion with a quite high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) if I am in the sun for a prolonged time or on holiday.
Although I have known about coconut oil and its benefits for a very long time and it took me a while to get on board with it I really couldn't imagine my daily beauty routine without it. PS it is also a lot less expensive than many of the recognised face and body lotions, most of which contain alcohol which helps to dry out your skin, making you need more product and so the circle continues.
You can get coconut oil in most supermarkets and health food stores in the UK and the USA and I always look for Organic on the label too.
Hope you try it and get on with it. Let me know in the comments below what you think about the coconut oil craze!