I love love love coconut oil! It's a great:
- Make-up remover (scoop it out, place it on a cotton pab, warm it up with hands so it melts and then apply to face)
- Pre-shampooing treatment (you can even leave it in during the night and shampoo in the morning)
- Scrub (together with sugar)
- Shaving "cream"
Mine is in a glass jar, which is not the most convenient packaging ever, so unfortunately I can't take it to me on my travels, but other than that it's a perfect product. Cheap, natural and effective... can't be beaten!
OBS: A little goes a looong way! Use a clean spoon to scoop it out of the jar to avoid getting bacteria in there.
I can't believe the money I've wasted over the years on make-up removers and moisturisers. From this point forward, all I need is my jar of Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Unrefined Coconut Oil.
Makeup remover: massage over face and eyes, wipe off with a cotton makeup pad. I then run a washcloth under warm water and wipe the excess off my face. No moisturiser required.
Scrub: Add a little caster sugar to a tablespoon of coconut oil and massage in, rinse off. This leaves a divine soft, clear, finish. I often do this at night and find I don't need to apply any night moisturiser - my skin still looks fresh and healthy the following morning. I've also sat on the edge of the bathtub and scrubbed feet with the mixture - unbelievable results!
Anti-inflammatory: I tend to break out in a rash when I wear certain jewellery - red/dry patches on neck. I tried everything to get rid of it and almost resorted to a steroid cream. Then dabbed some coconut oil on it for a few nights - rash totally gone by Day 4.
Body moisturiser: I've got to say I was pleasantly surprised to find how quickly coconut oil absorbs into my skin. I have previously tried olive and jojoba oils, but found they left an oily, greasy layer for a long time after applying. Not so with the CO . . . it just seems to feel like a 'natural fit' with my skin.
Hair: I massage a little through my hair about half an hour before shampooing. Again, great results, with my hair being a lot softer.
Nails: No longer have to spend money on cuticle oils for fingers and toes - the CO does the job far better, and at a fraction of the price.
Oil-pulling: I've only recently read about this, and have just started trying it (swishing a tablespoon around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes). It supposed to alleviate gum problems, whiten teeth and, apparently, act as a body de-tox. I'm not sure about all the claims for oil-pulling, but will reserve judgement until I've tried it for a couple of weeks.
Cooking: Use coconut oil for stir-fry's (especially with peanut butter for a great satay!). I've also started adding a teaspoon to my morning protein shake. There's a lot of opinion out there that eating the oil has many health benefits - treat the body from the inside as well as from without.
The only downside is that it can be a little messy. I've got a large pot of the stuff, and since it is mid-summer and very humid, the usually semi-solid mass remains liquid unless I put it in the fridge. I use a spoon to scoop out the required amount, and anything left on the spoon or my fingers gets rubbed in skin or hair.
Some products break me out, even at my age, but the CO, if anything, calms irritations down. And for about $18 for a large pot, which goes a very long way, its the most economical and useful product I think I've ever stumbled across.
Spread the word, girls! Some skin-care companies out there might very quickly find out their expensive chemical-filled products are now redundant!
This is my favorite oil to use. I use it on my hair, skin, nails, and I have prepared some smoothies using it. It's great after taking a shower, when your skin is still a bit damp. It makes my skin incredibly soft, and I love the scent. I also use it for my nails. I notice that when I apply this everyday to them, my nails grow very quickly. I also use this as a deep conditioner either before or after I wash my hair. It really penetrates the hair follicles and provides a lot of necessary hydration to my curly hair. I've tried a lot of different brands, but I don't have a preference other than it being pure, organic, and unrefined.
Have been using this to remove eye makeup for a few months now, I am totally convinced the coconut oil has made my lashes stronger and Fuller and reduced my undereye darkness/bags. holy moly. I was spebding so much on Bi-facial, this works just as well for,me at a fraction of the peice. (I cleanse and dry face aftet use, I dont leave on), also is a great corrector if I get mascara/eye makeup somewhere I didnt want it.
hair: I dont like to use on scalp, but as a masque on tips, amazing! My curls eat this up and look amazing the next day with little to no product needed. I saturate dry hair w it (ponytail only), wait 30 mins then shampoo/condition like normal.
Skin: dermitis on upper arms likes this, other than that no go on body.
I so wanted to jump on the coconut oil bandwagon. As the last reviewer had stated I'm under impressed. My hair, though it didn't dry it out just left it just kind of dull. As a body moisturizer, I see no difference. Odd because my hair and skin is primarily oily to begin with. I do like it so far on my face and have used to remove make up. Someone said it taste great on toast and it actually does. I lob a glob in my green drinks also. Alas, if it doesn't work for me externally maybe it will internally. I will repurchase just because a) its fairly inexpensive and b) its edible. I'll continue to experiment.
So I don't use this stuff head to toe, inside and out, like a lot of others do. I have tried as a hair mask and body moisturizer and was underwhelmed. I just use it as eye makeup remover after washing my face, it is my HG product for this purpose. It works perfectly and leaves the area with a softness that I can still feel the next morning.
Works great for skin, and it tastes nice on toast! YAY
What can I say... this is amazing!!!
I have Keratosis Pilaris also known as chicken skin on my legs and my skin is all bumpy and rough. I did some research and read that KP can be partially caused due to dry skin and some articles/videos recommended using extra virgin coconut oil. At first I was a little reluctant because I felt that it would be too greasy and my skin wouldn't absorb it properly especially because I had bad experience with Palmer's Cocoa Butter just sitting on my skin and not doing anything but finally I decided I could give it a try and it's been about 4 days since using it and my skin has never felt so good and my chicken skin has not disappeared but it has gotten a lot better. My skin feels softer and looks healthier. I haven't used it on my face but I have also used it on my hair. I massaged it into my hair and scalp and left it in for 45min before shampooing and conditioning my hair. It left my hair shiny and soft.
Extra Virgin Cononut Oil is a wonderful versatile product and here are other ways of using it
1) as a body moisturiser
2) to soothe dry hands
3) as a shaving cream substitute
4) as a deep hair conditioner
5) to remove eye-make up
6) to clean and hydrate your face
Because coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, anti fungal, moisturizing and, according to research, great for atopic dermatitis, many women swear by its use as a night time moisturizer for their face, too. Try the double-cleansing method: Simply rub the oil in circular motions all over your face and neck, giving yourself a gentle massage as you go. When you’re done, wash off the residue with your favorite cleanser. (If you’re adult-acne prone, avoid this technique unless you know your skin tolerates coconut oil.)
Why use coconut oil? Because it's inexpensive and all natural!
ok i deleted my original review where this stuff really did nothing for me and I will now write a new review on what I think.....
ok on hair i don't really like it, its ok. I get better results from mixing tomato sauce, honey & EVOO together for a mask, plus if i do use on hair I use it up faster & its to expensive to do that.
***SHAVING: clogs my shavers big fail.
for body its not good, its doesn't supply no where near the amount of moisture i need it to. I used it for a month on my 2yr olds Keratosis after reading that some have been cured of theirs when they used coconut oil, but another fail it did nothing for her. :-( However behind her knee she gets real itchy and I apply it there and it instantly takes the itch away for her :-) SCORE.
in winter my jojoba oil is not enough moisture for my skin (at night) so i usually top it with coconut oil and rub in real good, so I do like it for this and its given me no issues or break outs :-)
since moisturizing my hands and cuticles with this, my nails have been peeling like crazy, i don't think its the CO doing it but who knows, it surely didn't help, so another FAIL :-(
for 15yrs I have put lotions of all kinds and brands on my feet before bed and put on socks. I have genetically dry feet and NOTHING has ever helped in 15yrs. I know the CO doesn't give me good moisture on my body so i wasn't expecting much at all on my rough feet BUT OMG this stuff works MIRACLES on feet, like i can't even believe my eyes I am in shock, all i can say is USE ON YOUR FEET.
***TAKING BY MOUTH:
I took this by mouth (unrefined, virgin) for maybe 6months or so, it was a quick fix one night for bad acid reflux, it can banish menstrual cramps in 10 minutes and they will never come back. If taken daily i don't even get cramps or bloating. I have had a bloating problem ever since i could remember but with this taken daily my problem (that dr's had no fix for) was cured. ever since having kids i get insane crippling pain 1-2 weeks after my period for a few days, my dr think i might for some reason be feeling by body ovulate, pain meds did not help but take this oil daily and i have had no problems. This oil i can no live with out (by mouth) but i have stopped for the time being to check my cholesterol and am looking for a dr to say its ok to take this (would just feel better if they did) but being that is saturated (even though its a good one) getting someone to say its ok to take will never happen in my lifetime. I feel its safe, but want that "ok". so for now I have given it up and all my problems are back :-( I WANT MY CO.
my toddler goes #2 alot and her butt gets really irritated from wiping it, so in order to prevent that from happening i rub her lower half with CO and it never gets inflamed anymore, and IF it does I rub it on and it fixes it.
toddler had red, runny eyes that was bothering her, when i finally got her to sleep, I rubbed this all over her eye (hoping to get a little in the eye) she woke up the next day 100% :-)
i have heard u can use this as sunblock but have to season your skin first, I have not done the seasoning part yet but might try it this spring/summer
I am using right now as a make up primer, after my moisturizer sits for a little i massage this oil in then dab off any excess so i am not oily, let it sit for a bit and apply my bb cream. works good :-)
i know i know how can it be a remover and primer, i dont' know it just works. love this as an eye makeup remover.
***OIL PULLING: (white teeth)
you have got to google oil pulling, it pulls toxins out of the body, fixes all kinds of problems, gives u energy, weight loss and WHITE TEETH. I have been oil pulling with CO for only 2 wks and immediately my teeth got whiter, they are soooo much whiter i can't stop looking at them and its only been 2wks. I will never stop oil pulling, will do it for the rest of my life for healthy white teeth, healthy gums, overall health and whatever else it will bring to my life.
when my toddlers had a fever i rubbed them down with CO and it brought the fever down to a safe temp without breaking it, i did not want to break it because that will take away the bodies defense against the virus. I love this stuff.
******girls while i haven't tried it (cause i never get them) from what i read u might be able to use this for yeast infections too**********
CO is my favorite thing on this earth, i am dying to take it by mouth again hopefully one day I will again. I have jars of this in almost every room of my house and one in my purse (never know when u will need it) so many milllions of uses for it. My husband laughs at me cause whenever there is a problem I say "get the coconut oil" LOL now my 3yr says it too. if something is wrong she says "mama u gonna get the coconut oil?"
some might say it's not sanitary but I usually use a sterile knife from the dishwasher and wrap it in a napkin and set the blade part in a small zip lock bag. u might have to get a fresh utensil with each use but hey that's a small sacrifice for something that works miracles.
my mom is using this to moisturize the cancer on her nose and now the cancer is almost gone :-) I had read it could get rid of topical cancer and now i have proof. I also read it can prevent it from coming back. I am worried about dealing with skin cancer since I burned to the point of blisters twice when little (that pretty much makes my chances of getting cancer 100%) so am now having my husband massage this oil into my skin on my shoulders, neck and back every night before bed in hopes i will never have to worry about cancer :-) time will tell.....
This is seriously the best gift to mankind. I've stopped using basically all other skincare! Uses:
FACE: I rub this in, and my oily, acne-prone, dehydrated skin is now almost blemish free, and all of my scars are rapidly fading! I use this in the morning and night (this absorbs super quickly for me--maybe because my skin is so thirsty?!). It's also moisturizing enough for me to use as an eyecream!
EYES: Best. makeup. remover. ever. I just put some on my fingertips and rub gently all over and wash off.
BODY: By dry, cracking skin is now soooo smooth!
FEET: My feet (especially heels) are always cracking. I put coconut oil on and put on socks before bed, and when I wake up, my heels are smooth!
HAIR: I massage coconut oil into my scalp and all over, leave in for 1 hour and then shower as normal. My hair is soo much healthier after just one week! My frizzies are minimal and my hair doesn't tangle anymore.
I use organic extra virign coconut oil from vitacost that I bought on sale--16 oz for ~$12. I've been using this continuously all over for 2 weeks and barely made a dent! GO BUY THIS MIRACLE PRODUCT!!!