I am a big fan of this & use it a lot! Besides it smells like summer & that is not a bad thing either.
Quality makes a big difference for this one. A good coconut oil should smell fresh (surprising I know!) Older ones can smell a bit fatty & the smell isn’t as strong – it’s almost a stale smell.
OK, coconut oil is full of medium chain fatty acids & lauric acid (which one reason is why it is good for so many things!) It is an effective natural fungicide, has a mild SPF factor (about 4-6) – although I still use sunscreen regularly, it is interesting to know, plus it’s antibacterial.
Some of my favourite uses:
I often use it for a variety of cooking & baking. It’s pretty easy to replace butter or oil in most recipes. I find Asian style cooking & baking the best recipes to use it in.
It is great for your skin. Although it will feel a little oily at first – it does soak in pretty quick though! Just remember a little goes a long way.
Heel / knee / hand scrub
Mix with some sugar (I use brown sugar because it smells so good with a drop of vanilla or lavender). Just rub on your feet and heels (or wherever you are scrubbing), then just rinse off.
A word of warning on this one, I was so impressed with this mix, I thought “this would be a good body scrub”. Mixed results – yup, it was good as a shower scrub but shower was VERY slippery. I do not recommend this to any of you! Learn from my mistakes on this one besides no one loves cleaning showers!
About once a week I put some onto my dry hair & just let it soak in whilst I do some chores, then wash out, followed by a shampoo. (If you don’t shampoo after – it looks greasy). My hair is thick & coarse, so it will drink it up whatever I give it in the way of moisture. Always feels nice & soft, plus smells great after & it’s less frizzy. Winning!
OK, this I don’t often have a problem with however I suspect as I’m putting coconut oil in each week, that is a possible reason or I could just be lucky. Massage oil into scalp & let sit for 10-15minutes, rinse out & follow up with a mild shampoo. Repeat twice a week or as needed.
Make up remover
This is super easy, super cheap & super effective! Scoop some onto your fingertips, rubbing hands together to melt. Rub in a circular motion over your face and rinse with water. Pat dry. I love a bit of eyeliner, sometimes mascara & this totally does the trick for me.
Reduces fine lines
Your skin needs collagen & elastin – that is what keeps it supple & firm. Sadly, the production of these decrease as we age…sigh! The fatty acids in coconut oil help with collagen linking (also why it’s great for wound healing). Whatever, I have noticed a difference since using it as a makeup remover & moisturiser.
Salves & scratches
It’s the same collagen linking system that makes it great for wound healing. Scratches, grazes, anything small. It’s naturally antibacterial & antifungal.
OK I don’t know the science on this, because to me coconut smells so good! I don’t understand, why it works – maybe their little feet can’t get a grip on your skin?
I suspect there are many more uses which could be added to the list.
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