Hey guys! Is it just me, or does coconut oil seem to be a very strong trend these days? So many people rave about all the different ways you can cook with it, bake with it, eat it raw, put it in your coffee, use it around the house…the list goes on. I always thought of coconut oil as something health nuts or people with allergies use, and I never saw it as something I would use myself unless a certain recipe called for it specifically. Something changed in me after I had my daughter, and I suddenly became hyper-aware of all the chemicals that I put in and on my body. All different kinds of lotions and soaps for all kinds of different uses, hair products, makeup, finger nail polish, acne cream, lip balm, on and on… I realized that I do not even know the majority of what’s in these products, OR how it might be affecting me without me realizing it. Not to mention that all these products are expensive. Like hundreds of dollars a year expensive.
Enter coconut oil. I am always so skeptical towards trends like these, and I didn’t think I would like using it, but I decided to give it a try anyway. I went to my friendly neighborhood Trader Joe’s and bought this jar of organic virgin coconut oil for $5.99. Six dollars my friends. Turns out, I love using it so much that I just have to share with you five everyday beauty products that you can replace with coconut oil.
- Body Lotion: I love using this as body lotion. It makes my skin so soft and has a lovely light coconut smell. Coconut oil has almost a buttery consistency, so I scoop a little bit into my hand and rub it into my palm until it melts (only takes a few seconds!). Then rub it anywhere and everywhere on your skin. A little goes a long way, and it takes a little while to absorb, so it is probably best used right before bed to give your skin time to soak it in. On a side note, I have that extremely common condition called Keratosis Pilaris, which is the fancy name for little bumps on the skin of your arms. I noticed that using coconut oil on my arms has helped this problem so much! My skin is so much smoother and the red bumps have almost disappeared.
- Shaving cream: Swap out that foamy shaving cream in your shower and use this stuff instead. It gives a smooth shave and moisturizes at the same time, so no need to use lotion after you shave. Just rub some oil in your palm until it melts, and apply as you would normal shaving cream. I noticed fewer nicks and less razor burn; this is great for sensitive skin!
- Eye makeup remover: This took me a little while to get used to. Normal eye makeup remover gets the makeup off so easily, and it took me a few tries to learn how to use coconut oil to clean off my makeup. Melt the oil in your palm, use a cotton ball or swab to soak up the oil, and rub gently on your eyelids. Make sure you have enough oil on the cotton ball, or it won’t work as well. Then wash your face with a mild soap, making sure you rinse your eyes well to get the oil off. It works great once you get used to it.
- Hair conditioner: Use coconut oil as a deep conditioner to get soft and shiny hair. I would recommend only using it every three days or so, depending on how oily your hair gets between washes. Melt a small amount of oil and work into the middle and ends of your hair, but not the scalp. Also, it is safe for dyed hair. Be warned that this does not do anything to de-tangle your hair, so you might need to be careful when brushing it out afterward.
- Leave-in hair de-frizzer: If you have dry or frizzy hair, or if you are just having a frizzy hair day, this is the perfect thing to naturally smooth out flyaways. Melt a tiny amount of oil and work into damp or dry hair (like I said before, a little goes a LONG way, you don’t want to look like a grease ball). This is especially useful for thick, curly hair that tends to get frizzy.
My confession today is that I jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon, but I am so happy I did because it is absolutely worth it. You should give in to the peer pressure and try out an inexpensive, chemical-free, delicious alternative to a few of your everyday beauty products. You should also tell me about other interesting ways to use coconut oil, I would love to hear about it!