What would a desert island cartoon be without a coconut tree? Yet, far from a joke, in tropical countries this most versatile of plants - cocos nucifera - is called ‘the tree of life’, with good reason. It provides food, drink, cooking oil, medicine, clothing and shelter, and gives millions a steady source of income. Virtually every part of the palm and the fruit is used, especially the milk, oil and flesh of the nut itself. It forms a vital element in many cosmetics and body lotions, including the Aybury Skincare range.
The tree itself is incredibly strong and also flexible; in cyclones and hurricanes the trunk bends almost to the ground without breaking. And thanks to its remarkably study floating seed, able to survive for months in the salty oceans and drift thousands of kilometres, the coconut from its original source in Asia spread eastwards across the entire Pacific to South America. Colonizers are believed to have taken the coconut tree westward over the Indian Ocean to Madagascar, from where it journeyed to East Africa. (Portuguese sailors brought the coconut back to Europe in the 15th century, and its milky white flesh was soon flavouring cakes and biscuits.) Before long the swaying coconut palms had migrated into West Africa, over the Atlantic to the Caribbean, and via Mexico to the Pacific Coast of Central America, thus completing the coconut’s complete encirclement of the globe!
Today the coconut tree is found worldwide, a truly universal plant.
At Aybury we use only virgin coconut oil (VCO) in our lotions, which is extracted by basic pressure methods that retain the natural composition of the oil, and do not involve chemical refining, bleaching or deodorizing. Coconut Oil is extracted by passing shredded coconut flesh - copra - through powerful mechanical presses. This is done within two days of harvest.
As a natural antioxidant, coconut oil is known to be a highly capable moisturizer and skin regenerator. Many commercial lotions employ a water base which evaporates quickly and dries out the skin, or petroleum based mineral oils that can block the pores. The ultra-fine coconut oil used in the Aybury luxury lotion range hydrates and softens the skin and prolongs moisture levels across the day. Absorbed into the cell structure, it naturally clears away dead cells, strengthens the skin tissue and offers a protective layer from harmful UV sun rays - all of which produces a far healthier complexion.
No wonder it’s called ‘the healthiest oil on earth.’
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