Is this the new coconut oil?

20 April 2017 by
First published: 11 June 2016

Macadamia nut oil is good for almost everything – is this the new coconut oil?

In 2015, we saw coconut oil become a household necessity for pretty much the entire UK population. It became the perfect solution for cooking, skincare, haircare and everything in between. The attention was sudden but widespread, causing a series of memes that poked fun at the endless benefits of the oil (apparently it can even fix your bank account and relationship) to go viral. But we’ve heard word that a new oil is set to take reign.

Coconut or macadamia?

Macadamia nut oil – sourced from the macadamia nut – can be used in all the same ways that coconut oil can, but with more benefits. Compared to its popular coconut counterpart, macadamia nut oil contains as much as 80 per cent monounsaturated ‘good’ fats, which means it can work wonders for your health, preventing a heart attack and stroke. It also boasts less calories and has a high smoke point, making it perfect for cooking and salads – and especially baking thanks to the nutty flavour. Plus, it can keep for up to two years, which makes it the vegetable oil of choice.

The winner?

The oil is rich in texture but is easily absorbed by the skin and leaves it grease-free, making it one of the best moisturisers. Its anti-inflammatory and non-allergenic properties also make it ideal for shaving as it can be soothing on the skin. Compared to other vegetable oils, macadamia nut oil contains a high concentration of palmitoleic acid and squalene – both of which are anti-ageing and occur naturally in the body (they keep our skin nice and supple). The structural quality of the oil also makes it a great treatment for hair – strengthening the follicles and boosting its shine. So if your coconut oil is running out, try the more superior one instead – macadamia nut oil is about to make waves.