The BEST stuff ever for dry damaged hair. I bleach my hair and it is SO damaged. I only wash my hair a few times a week so whenever I am going to wash it the next day I put this on my dry hair before bed and then when I wake up shampoo and condition. My hair feels soo soft and actually holds a style. I can't believe I didn't know about this before. It's made such a difference in the texture of my hair. I also use this to remove my waterproof makeup and it works amazing for that as well. I will never be without this again!
So I've been off-again, on-again with EVCO. I like the moisturizing properties, I like the all-natural, totally-good for you simplicity of the product....but I don't like heavy oils on my skin. My skin isn't extremely dry, so oils usually don't absorb on me very quickly, leaving me (and everything I come in contact with) very greasy, even when I use sparingly. So, first I tried making mini EVCO "bars". I poured melted CO into muffin tins, then put them in the fridge. After my shower, I would rub a bar on my skin. This made it a little more convenient than getting oil everywhere, but the bar would still collapse to a melted mess in my fingers and I wasn't too thrilled about storing a half-melted mess like that in the fridge.
Enter Google searches! I learned that CO can be "whipped", to a texture like body butter. I didn't have a nice, fancy Kitchen Aid mixer, I decided to use some "elbow grease" and whip it by hand with a whisk. Yes, ladies, it can be done. And it wasn't hours of grueling labor, for me it was minutes. I had a nice, fluffy, white batch of EVCO "butter" that I poured into empty containers and cooled in the fridge. After a few minutes, I took it out and it looked and felt exactly like a body butter! Now I can dip a finger in and apply a small amount without becoming a greaseball! So psyched. My next quest will be making this with 92 degree CO. Maybe the melting won't be such a problem with that. But either way, whipped CO is the only way to go for me!
This is a HG product for me! I have thick, curly hair thats fine, but I have a lot of it. My hair gets greasy and overloaded with product very easily. I've tried olive oil in the past, but that left my hair greasy, was impossible to wash out and did not make that much of a difference. I later went on tot ry coconut oil. I was having the same problems the first few times I tried to use it as a treatment, the same issues I had with olive oil but not as severe. Eventually I got the hang of it. I blow-dry and straighten my hair 3 times a week and very other day I wash it and blow dry again. What I do now is, the night before a wash and blow-dry I put a bit of coconut oil on my fingertips, about a dime-sized amount. I flip my head over and distribute the coconut oil through the length of my hair, focusing on my ends. I then put a small amount of coconut oil on my fingertips and I massage it onto my scalp. I then comb it all through with a wide-tooth comb and I put my hair in a bun for the night. I wake up, shampoo my hair twice very throughly, condition it, get out of the shower, blow dry, and VOILA! My hair looks amazing! At the high end salon that I go to, I usually get a deep conditioning treatment that costs about $20 to get it done. The coconut oil does just what the deep conditioning treatment does! Once my hair is blow-dried, it looks like it does in the salon, so silky and soft! Its a HG product for my frizzy, thick curly hair! I also massage a teeny-tiny bit of coconut oil into my ends every night before I go to bed in order to keep them moisturized and healthy!
I also use this as a makeup remover and when my skin gets very dry and/or chapped! I love it! This is an amazing product and all natural! I would recommend this to anyone!
Great as makeup remover and hair treatment
I agree with the other reviewers that coconut oil works great as an eye makeup remover. It seems to be great for conditioning the lashes as well. That's basically what I use it for. I transfer a small amount out of the large jar into a smaller container for use. I scoop a little bit out, let it melt in the palm of my hand, then pick it up with a cotton ball and wipe my eyelids to remove my eye makeup. One thing to watch out for, after time had passed, my smaller container was moldy! I didn't know coconut oil could get moldy! Other than that, it's great!
Basically, ditto what the person below me said, with a few additions:
> I love it as an eye makeup remover, hated it full face (yes, it's highly comedogenic) and in my hair (felt dirty after double lathering?).
> May be my imagination, but I swear my eyelashes have gotten longer since I started using it. Maybe less breakage due to drying mascara?
> I can't smell it, but my boyfriend swears he can.
One thing I don't like/wasn't expecting: When I bought it, it was basically a liquid with some solids in it. When I brought it home it is completely solid now, I mean not even a cream, but really solid. Kind of a pain in the butt sticking my hands in the tub and digging it out. I know I could microwave it for a minute, but it seems like a hassle. Wish there was a way to keep it liquid.
Really can't beat the price. Lasts FOREVER.
Things I use coconut oil for: EYE makeup remover, deep conditioning hair treatment.
I am reading horror stories on here about people using it as a full facial cleanser and makeup remover thinking, "well, yeah...it can clog pores." To be more clear, it is a highly comedogenic oil and thus, is not suitable for acne prone skin. So, if you know your face, you may know if this is right for you.
However, as a an eye makeup remover, it works great! You can really go to town rubbing mascara off with your fingers and swiping it all off with a tissue. No eye irritation because it's so gentle.
I've only used it on my hair a few times, but it works pretty well! I just slather some on my dry ends and shampoo it out. Can't say it's life changing, but does feel like a standard heavy conditioner.
Im in love with coconut oil. Its my go to for everything from hair to body its perfect.
What I use it for:
- Makeup remover, I find it fascinating how it gradually builds up all the makeup and makes it easier to wipe off.
- Facial scrum, easy DIY just melt it in the microwave until theres no more chunks and just add brown sugar.
- Body lotion, CAUTION when using it i prefer to use it at night that way it will soak in as I sleep without leaving oil residue anywhere.
- Hair treatment, I put it on at night, wash it out in the morning (shampooing twice just to make sure theres no leftover oil that will make my hair look greasy) and leaves my hair frizz free, super shiny and soft.
It does an ok job, not amazing. I live at the beach, so I would take some with me to put in my hair after the ocean to try to keep it soft, and it did a great job with that. My hair dried looking soft and not too greasy for the beach. however, as a treatment, i don't think it did much at all. when I would put it in my hair and leave it in for a couple hours before i showered, my hair did not feel softer the next day…
i think it doesn't really penetrate the hair shaft and only helps while it's IN your hair. also it's annoying that it doesn't stay good long enough to use the whole jar. my started going rancid before i had even used half.
Can we talk about oil?
Let's talk about oil. Specifically, let's talk about extra virgin coconut oil which - in the true sense - does not actually exist. There. I said it. Commence the rock-throwing.
What on earth do you MEAN, there's no such thing?!
Well, when we're discussing oils "extra virgin" sounds like the bees knees and you absolutely must buy it because otherwise your head is going to fall off or something.
The problem is that the term "extra virgin" pertains to olive oil and there is indeed a difference between virgin and extra virgin (if you're curious, "virgin" comes from riper olives than "extra virgin"). Olive oil is graded and must actually meet several criteria before it can be labeled "virgin" and "extra virgin". In other words, it's quite well controlled**
Coconut oil on the other hand? There are no guidelines, no rules to follow, no industry-wide definition. Calling it "extra virgin" is nothing but a marketing ploy. A marketing ploy so pervasive that people will actually turn up their nose at you if you aren't forking out the money for Robert's Executive Posh Brand Super Awesome Double Extra Extra Triple Virgin Coconut Oil as opposed to just picking up a jar of Bob's Coconut Oil.
Now in all fairness the industry itself has come to something of a meeting of minds when it comes to using "Virgin" as a label, and this is an overly simplified definition:
Virgin coconut oil : your oil starts out as fresh coconut "meat" and needs no further refining before it reaches your table.
Other: your oil actually starts out as copra, the older dried coconut meat, and this needs further refining before it becomes edible.
But refining is BAD! It's bad! Well, no. It is true that chemically refined products can end up about as natural and wholesome as Bruce Jenner's face. But that's not the whole story. There's more than one way to work that coconut! Refining does not have to involve chemicals and even the bleaching is nothing more than a method of filtering which, again, involves no added nasties.
Ultimately, there are some excellent quality refined coconut oils which are chemical-free and, given that they're still oodles cheaper, there's really no reason why you should eschew them in favor of their costlier friends unless you're looking for flavor.
Virgin: will smell and taste like coconut. Nom nom nom!
Regular stuff: no smell, no flavor. Boo! (but that's actually okay if you want the benefits but not the flavor)
So be curious. Do your research. Ignore bandwagons. Stay away from partially hydrogenated oil and rest peacefully knowing that those same essential fatty acids in that uber expensive brand are still present in your refined oil. And remember that any time you see "extra virgin" coconut oil, it means absolutely nothing at all except a price hike.
** - Yeah, about that.... if you're wanting some EEVO , you best triple check that your oil actually measures up. One or two reputable sources have "named and shamed" some very common brands for failing... Bertolli, I'm talking to you...