by corinne iaia

July 08, 2014

FIVE WAYS I USE COCONUT OIL


A while back I never would have expected myself to be reaching for a jar of coconut oil on an everyday basis, but change is the only constant after all, right? I have always been so into the marketing and look of the packaging when it comes to products that I wouldn't have even glanced in the direction of this miracle worker. Low and behold here I am now, and I wouldn't go back on my decision to venture into the world of the organic and unrefined goodness that is coconut oil. My five favorite ways to dig into my jar are as follows:

1) Eye Makeup Remover // I scoop a quarter size dollop out of the tub and warm it up between my fingers, massaging it into my eye area just as I would any cleansing oil. I then use cotton pads to remove the excess and go in with my regular cleanser afterward to cut any excess grease. This works just as well, if not better, than any cleansing balm or oil and leaves the eye area comfortably moisturized -not to mention it even breaks down the waterproof stuff.

2) Hair Conditioner // I like to use this as a deep conditioning mask for my hair, as it smells amazing and washes out better than any other natural oil I have tried. Set aside a bit of time for this, as the results tend to be better when left on for an hour or two. I smooth this on my hair avoiding the direct root area (only because I have oily hair), let it sit for an hour, and then hop in the shower to rinse it out and shampoo. With continued use, coconut oil really helps to alleviate frizz.

3) Natural Shaving Cream // Slather this on your legs in the shower (don't stand directly under water) and shave as usual. It leaves an amazing scent as well as deeply moisturizes your legs, which is especially great for summer.

4) Intensive Moisturizer // Dry elbows, knees, and cuticles vanish with a small slathering of coconut oil. I have noticed a major improvement in the areas with continued use - especially nails. I am no scientist but I believe the high percentage of lauric acid in coconut oil also helps to lighten discolored nail beds, at least, it has had this effect on me.

5) Facial Scrub // Coconut oil is not only an emollient, but also a carrier oil. It is a great base for making a homemade facial mask or scrub, but seeing as I have oily/combination skin, I usually opt for a scrub. Essential oils usually need diluting before applying directly to skin, so a drop or two of your favorites into a bowl of coconut oil mixed with some brown sugar makes for quite an amazing skin treat.

Do you use coconut oil for anything other than these five purposes?
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4 comments

  1. I really want to try it! How much did it cost?

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    1. This is a large 18 oz tub and I purchased it for $14. I think this is a pretty good deal considering you only need a small amount each time you use it!

      xx,
      Corinne

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  2. I mix my coconut oil with castor oil (american oil), sleep with it and wash it out in the morning. It's very effective!

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  3. Such a great list! I bought a jar of Coconut Oil for a (failed) crayon DIY lipstick project a few weeks back and didn't know how to use the rest, now you've definitely given me some ideas :{D

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