coconut oil

Wonderful Coconut Oil! 10 Great Ways to Use It and Love It!

Coconut oil is used in a huge variety of natural beauty products (for both men and women), and for good reason! It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal, it’s an excellent moisturizer, it can penetrate hair better than many other oils, and smells amazing.

Is there anything more luscious, yummy and versatile than coconut oil? I’m a little like that lady that ‘puts that… stuff on everything’, so I’ve gathered ten amazing uses for coconut oil that don’t require spending a fortune on store-bought products. Enjoy!
 

As Super Rich Body oil

As a solid, coconut oil’s creamy texture makes it the perfect light moisturizer to smear all over. Apply a quarter sized amount right after a hot shower and let it sink into your skin. Add

A Yummy Massage Cream

When heated (slightly!), coconut oil achieves a creamy consistency that can work perfectly to soothe skin and aching muscles. Add a few drops of peppermint or lavender oil to coconut oil in a clean container and use as a fragrant massage mix.

Under-Eye Magic

Another great way to achieve star-status beauty without breaking the bank is gently dabbing coconut oil under your eyes to reduce puffiness, fine lines, and dark circles. Combining the soothing oil with the cold, soothing action of an eye mask will reinvigorate your face (if a gel mask is not available, just put two spoons in the freezer for a bit).

The Best-Smelling Hair Mask You’ll Ever Use

While in the shower, melt your coconut oil by running the jar under the warm water. Then, after shampooing, apply a generous amount of the oil to wet strands and twist hair into a bun. Let it sit for at least five minutes before rinsing to add moisture and shine back into limp locks. The result will be slicker than usual, but the deep-penetrating nutrients will work wonders on your strands.
 

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Heal Dry Lips

My lips, for example, break to the point of bleeding during harsh winter months, so I’ve discovered the wonders that coconut oil can achieve as a natural lip balm. (In case of emergency, a poor man’s substitute is vaseline).

Give Yourself a Little Glow

For leisurely days at home without makeup, here comes nature’s own natural highlighter. Just dab some liquefied coconut oil onto the tops of your cheekbones, cupid’s bow and just above eyebrows for hydrated skin that looks lit from within.

Makeup Remover Powers

My favorite eye makeup remover is an olive-oil derived product, but coconut oil is a great alternative as well. Just a teaspoon (or less) can take off a day’s worth of makeup with ease, no matter the staying power. Massage a dollop of warmed, liquified coconut oil straight onto skin and watch as makeup melts away, then rinse with warm water.
 

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Body Scrub (for guys and girls)

By mixing half a cup of sugar or sea salt (for me, the heavier grain, the better) with an equal part of melted coconut oil, you’ll get a body scrub that is not only yummy but also deeply refreshing. Rough patches of skin will be immediately moisturized, leaving baby-soft skin.

It’s a great aftershave… for everywhere!

Men and women both can use coconut oil after shaving, and I’m not just talking about the ‘usual’ places… Its super soothing sensation, creamy consistency, and antibacterial properties make it a great lotion for sensitive areas (and I do mean every area) for men and women, even those that are typically irritated with store-bought products.

Make your own beauty products and store

You can make your own makeup removing pads with coconut oil, use an empty contact lens case for lip balm or store and reuse your body scrub for relaxing trips. Coconut oil’s shelf life will allow you to enjoy your concoctions for up to 3 years without going rancid!

 

What else do you like to do with coconut oil? I know girls (and guys!) who plaster that stuff everywhere and on everything. Right on! Send me your ideas to coral@eclecticvignette.com.

Isabela Llanos
isabela@eclecticvignette.com

I am a writer, traveler, a student, a blogger, a dreamer. Which book should I read this week? #wanderlust #bookaholic