Coconut oil is the number one thing on my “DIY ingredients list”. I use it for everything! Sure, it is good for cooking, very healthy, and super yummy: but it is also a great beauty/hygiene product. I use it every single day! Here is a list of beauty ways I use this miracle oil:
Conditioning treatment for hair – Coconut oil makes a great conditioning treatment for your hair. Just warm between hands and run through hair. You can also heat the oil in the microwave and pour over hair.
Oil pulling – This may sound odd, but you take about a tablespoon full and swish it around your mouth for 15-20 minutes, then spit it out. Recent studies are showing many benefits to oil pulling to overall oral health. It cleans your mouth, draws out impurities from gums, and helps soothe and clean cavities.
Moisturizer – I never use lotion on my face, and very, very seldom anywhere else. Coconut oil is my favorite moisturizer. It doesn’t sting, is all natural, and absorbs completely. Every time I wash my face, shower, or shave my legs; I lather it on. I like to use my electric mixer to “whip” it into a delectable fluffy crème with these tiny pearls that melt on your skin. I’m telling you, it’s better than truffles…
Makeup remover – I wear mineral makeup which is easy to remove anyway so I’m not sure how this would do on those hefty long lasting waterproof foundations, but coconut oil removes my makeup in a jiffy!
Deodorant – Mixed with baking soda and essential oils (recipe here) coconut oil makes a great natural deodorant!
Body scrub – Mix sugar, salt, and honey together with some whipped coconut oil for a body scrub (this would make a great gift too!
Diaper rash treatment – We use cloth diapers (greatest investment of my life) and we like to avoid rash creams that can stick to the fleece liners even after multiple washes. A little bit coconut oil not only provides healing moisture, but also creates a barrier between the irritated skin and wetness.
Cradle cap treatment – Marley has only had cradle cap twice since she was born. We tried an over the counter cradle cap treatment and while the little rubbery brush was nice, the liquid smelled awful and didn’t work very well. Not to mention it left a huge mess everywhere. We ended up giving it away and using coconut oil and a baby comb. The oil in its solid state let’s you put it where you want it without it running down the hair near baby’s face.
Sticky remover – Not sure if this counts as a “beauty use” but coconut oil works really well for removing band-aid sticky residue from the skin.
So there is my list of beauty/baby uses for coconut oil. How do you use nature’s miracle cream?