Why is coconut oil such a craze? I’ll admit, I wasn’t too interested in it until a few years ago when my awesome little sister, who has eliminated most all of her beauty products in favor of the stuff sent me a jar of Ziggy Marley’s Orange Coco’Mon Oil. With oily, breakout prone skin, I was a bit hesitant to use on my face. Living in the desert, it seems no matter how much lotion I would slather on my legs, they inevitably looked reptilian within a few hours. I fell in love. My legs, though white and covered in scratches and bruises due to my rock and rock lifestyle, they were smooth; not just smooth, but Caribbean goddess, baby bottom smooth. I was hooked. So why is coconut oil such a craze? My humble opinion, it’s a fantastically versatile, natural, one ingredient product that you’ll want a jar of in every room of the house!
Doing a quick Google search can be a bit daunting, a there’s a plethora of brands and varieties of coconut oil on the market nowadays. The key thing to know is the cold pressed virgin oils will have higher levels of skin beneficial nutrients over the heat-refined ones. Check out this website for a more detailed guide to decoding the labels.
My top 10 favorite uses of Coconut Oil
- Make-up Remover. Just as it is, coconut oil makes a fabulous make-up remover, and a little goes a long way! Dab a bit of oil on a cotton ball and watch the day smear away. Coconut oil one in a lot of ways mimics our natural skin oils, leaving delicate eye skin soft and smooth.
- Post shave moisturizer. Still my favorite 🙂 Slather on damp skin after shaving, add a few drops of essential oil to customize it to you.
- Oil pulling. This one is amazing! This can be done with any oil theoretically, sesame oil has been used for centuries in India to treat oral bacterial infections, restore receding gums and whiten teeth.
- For your pets! Where to start? Add it to doggy shampoo, or a spoonful in their food for shiny fur and less dander. It can be rubbed in the ears to kill mites and on the skin to treat eczema and yeast infections. Most dogs enjoy coconut oil and will lick it right up, a few of my cats even enjoy it! I also make my famous “Gone-Dog Breath” cookies with parsley, brewers yeast and coconut oil.
- Winter’s coming! That means so do runny chapped noses and skin. Use alone, or combine with a little Vick’s Vapor Rub or essential oil to soothe sensitive over-exposed skin.
- As a personal lubricant. Uh-hum, yes, I said it! I recently went to reorder a brand of lube I’ve used for a few years now, and couldn’t find it for sale anywhere online. I tried one of the local stores and was told it was pulled due it having a high number of carcinogens, and oh by the way, can also cause infertility. It turns out many lubes have preservatives and added ingredients that in more serious cases, (above), and at a minimum, can be allergy causing. Be careful with this one, obviously since it’s an oil, it can stain!
- Add it to your morning coffee. Made popular by stars like Jessica Alba, Bulletproof coffee now has a loyal band of followers, which has created a band of DIY’ers who figured out how to make it at home. There are a lot of ways to change it up to suit your preferences, and it can even be adjusted for vegans. I especially love the smoothness it gives even the plainest coffee.
- A weekly conditioning hair mask. The first time I tried this, I was shocked at how much of the oil my hair sucked up! Leaves hair feeling soft and strong.
9. Baking. There are countless recipes from coco-ice cream to lemon square. As a girl fond of the traditional favorites, using coconut oil in place of butter in chocolate chip cookies truly fabulous! And remember the hard shell chocolate for ice cream? Yum! Then you read the ingredients? Partially hydrogenated soybean oil and high fructose corn syrup, ugh! No more! Use coconut oil to recreate the hard shell magic, ama-Zing!!
10. An alternative to “Goo Be Gone.” This is one of the most recent discoveries I’ve made about my new favorite oil. Mix a 1:1 ration of coconut oil to baking soda to loosen and remove sticky labels and tough goo.
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