Wednesday, January 29

Five Great Ways to Use Coconut Oil

Listen, we need to talk about something. Do you have enough coconut oil in your life? You probably don't. I didn't, until a few days and an exhaustive Pinterest search ago. 

I have some deep-seated hippy tendencies. I've made my own laundry detergent, and sometimes I don't shower. Ok, so those are just two weird hippy things, but still. 
Recently, I've been on a "more natural" (as opposed to a strict "all natural") kick. Instead of harsh chemical carpet cleaners, I've been using baking soda + vinegar. Instead of (again, super harsh and chemical-ly) bathroom cleaners, I've been using hydrogen peroxide and tea tree oil and baking soda. They are all easy switches, and an easy Google/Pinterest search away. 

My latest find is coconut oil. Honest to goodness, I hate all things coconut-related. Just the very thought of shredded coconut makes me gaggy. But once I read some of the benefits of coconut oil (and, you know, didn't gag), I'm a coconut convert. 


For those of you who are skeptical, or just now embracing your hippy side, here are five easy and effective ways to use coconut oil. 

(First, there are several kinds of oil to choose from. Best bet is one with a label that mentions being organic, virgin or extra virgin, and cold-expeller pressed. Make sure it mentions a "chemical-free extraction process" and that it is *un*refined. I bought my jar at a local health-food store for about $12.00)



1) Use instead of shaving cream. 
Coconut oil at room-temperature is a solid, but melts very easily in your hands or in the shower. Smoooove all over your legs and use just like you would shaving cream. You will end up silky soft. Yay!

2) Use as massage oil/cuticle oil
Coconut oil makes a lovely (and lovely-smelling) massage/cuticle rub. It's packed with antioxidants and vitamin E, and it's even safe to use on babies for a sweet after-bath massage!

3) Use as eye makeup remover
Sure, you can stick to your (chemical-ly!!) manufactured eye makeup remover, or you can go au naturĂ©l! Dab a little coconut oil on a cotton ball, and rub over those luscious lashes of yours. Makeup comes off quickly and the oil leaves your lashes healthier and stronger than before! 

4) Use to boost your smoothies 
It seems as if ingesting some coconut oil on the daily has a bazillion benefits. Adding just two tablespoons to your morning smoothie can boost energy levels, amp up your metabolism, aid in digestion, and even alleviate some allergy symptoms! 

Number five is actually my number one favorite way to use coconut oil:

5) Replace your (CHEMICAL!) facial moisturizer entirely
I have super-sensitive skin, prone to being both oily and dry (lucky me!), and now that I'm 30, I get to enjoy both acne and wrinkles! Ugh. I've been a Clinique 3-step devotee for a hundred years, but I'm weaning myself almost entirely off the store-bought stuff. I wash my face now with Dickenson's Witch Hazel cleanser, and follow up with a coconut oil moisturizer. 
Scooping up a teeny tiny baby pea-sized amount of the oil and letting it melt on your fingertips will do just fine. Spread and smooth a light layer all over your face and neck, then marvel at the wonder of super soft skin! 
Seriously, I've been on this coconut oil facial regimen for about a week now, and I'm beyond amazed at how soft and smooth and evenly-toned my skin is. 



There are dozens of ways to use coconut oil in your everyday life. Check it out for yourself, them come back and thank me later. :)

What are some of your favorite DIY natural remedies? 

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