I Love You Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has been in my life for years now. What can I say? It’s loyal. It solves majority of my problems. It’s like Jay once said, I’ve got 99 problems but coconut oil is not one, and coconut oil can probably solve most of them. Dry skin? Coconut oil. No shaving gel? Coconut oil. Crusty feet? Coconut oil. Boyfriend acting up? Coconut oil. (Not original humour right there, I know.)
Seriously though, I love coconut oil. I use it for so many things so I don’t really think 500ml jars are big enough for my coconut oil lifestyle. Most of my coconut oil uses are obvious, or I’ve spoken about them before. However, I find that every blog post I’ve ever read about coconut oil gives me something new to try, so I thought I’d let you in on my coconut oil secrets (they’re not really secrets.)
How I Use It
- A Simple Moisturiser: Coconut oil can be used as a moisturiser anywhere, but I like to avoid my face. Due to the molecular structure of the oil, it is likely that it will block your pores as it does mine. Also, I have heard that coconut oil doesn’t always moisturise everyone’s skin for the same reason. However, I like to apply it to my skin after the bath or shower when the skin is still damp. It can also be used on hands, cuticles, and feet.
- Bath Oil: I love to add coconut oil into my bath with an essential oil, usually lavender. It is so moisturising for the skin, and it means that you don’t have to apply it after getting out of the bath. I also apply this in the shower, and no, the water doesn’t wash it off.
- Shaving Gel Alternative: Coconut oil is great for shaving with. I like it because I can still see the hairs and where I’m shaving. I also don’t need to wash it off afterwards, but I do wipe my legs down with a towel, and my legs feel moisturised afterwards without any shaving rash. This method is also so quick and doesn’t require any water.
- Oil Pulling for Teeth Whitening: Oil Pulling is a natural method for teeth whitening. It also really helps with the overall hygiene of your mouth and teeth. The process is fairly simple, and just involves taking a small amount of coconut oil and swishing it around the mouth; ensuring you pull and push the oil through your teeth. To find out more, click here.
- Hair or Scalp Treatment: To be honest, you can use any oil to do this, and I also like Argon oil for my hair and castor oil for the scalp. This is a simple process, all I do it saturate my hair with the coconut oil either when it’s dry or damp. I also like to massage the oil into my scalp. Coconut oil isn’t amazing on everyone’s hair, and I have heard mixed thoughts as it can be hard to wash out. It also doesn’t require conditioner after it’s been shampooed out. Give it a try and see how it works for you.
Further information by Active Skin listed here.
- DIY Moisturiser: The recipe I like includes Coconut Oil and Shea Butter blended together in equal parts. Click here to read my DIY moisturiser recipe using 2 – 4 natural ingredients.
- DIY Toothpaste: This recipe includes Coconut Oil, Bicarbonate Soda and Peppermint essential oil. To read the full recipe then click here.
- DIY Body or Face Scrub: I haven’t written a blog post detailing my homemade recipes, but they are available to read on many other blogs. What I like to do is mix either ground coffee, ground sea salt, or finely ground sugar (including coconut palm sugar or castor sugar) with an oil of choice. These include: coconut oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, or jojoba oil. There are so many other oil options available for use it just depends on your skin preference. I also add a few drops of an essential oil too. Tip: when using coffee, it can absorb the oil and go soft, so make this up just as you are about to use it.
- DIY Sea Salt Spray: This recipe and review will be coming soon (click here when posted). The recipe includes: Sea salt, Epsom salt, coconut oil, aloe vera gel and water.
- Try to buy organic, cold pressed, raw and unrefined coconut oil. This kind holds most of the benefits the oil contains.
- This type of coconut oil is easier to scoop out of the jar, and has a nicer coconut scent.
- I don’t stay loyal to one brand of coconut oil I just buy whatever has the best price.
- I like to save the jars and reuse them for my DIY recipes.
- It can also be used for cooking with.
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