By Frederike Andree Wiltens, Founder of Banyu

It’s the hottest moment of the day, no cloud in the sky, the sun is shining bright. Luckily, I’m wearing a straw head that gives me some cooling. There are twenty half coconuts in front of me on the ground. Sitting between the palm trees on a chair on homemade coconut wrap. Blisters on my hand but I’m determined to finish the job. Because when I eventually have my own homemade coconut oil, it’s worth the hard work.

During my journey through the Vanuatu Island (read more about it in our previous blog post) I discovered the magical functioning of coconut oil for both body and mind. In my stay on Epi Island, one of the most fertile pieces of land in the world, I decided to master the entire process. From the picking of the coconut to the bottling.


For 1 litre of coconut oil, you’ll need 8 to 11 coconuts. Two teaspoons a day is good for your heart, your skin, hair, white teeth, fat loss, and many more reasons. On this website, there are 45 reasons and ways to use coconut oil.

1: Peel the skin of the coconut.

2: Cut the coconut in half. I use a pointy stone for this. Carefully hit the coconut on the pointy end of the stone.

3: Rasp the pulp from the coconut. For this, the people in Vanuatu use a homemade rasp. You can make it from a wooden chopping board and a Rabbit Teeth Coconut Grater Stainless Steel Shredder Scraper ($ 6,- on

4: Separate the coconut rasp from the juice. Add a little bit of water at body temperature. Squeeze out the mass in a thin cotton towel until the fibres feel dry.

5: Pour into a glass and put in the freezer for a few hours. After a while, the milk will separate itself from the water.

6: Cut the frozen piece of coconut water from the coconut milk.

7: Separate the coconut milk from the coconut oil by cooking it. This can only be done on a low fire in which it’s important to stir constantly. The milk parts get hard and the oil remains.

8: Filter. It’s best to use a coffee filter.

Homemade coconut oil kit

As a “Banyu spirited girl” I want to spend the entire day outside whenever it’s possible. To be in the sea and the sun the whole day. After a sun-drenched day, my skin is dehydrated and my hair feels like straw. At night, I conscientiously rub my entire body and the tips of my hair with oil. There is nothing like waking up the next morning with a baby soft skin and shining hair.

We love it!