I love coconut oil! I got mine from Vitacost and it's organic and I use it for everything! I cook with it, I moisturize my body and hair with it. I use it to remove eye makeup. It's one of my favorite oils.
After reading amazing reviews for coconut oil and buying the virgin, unrefined kind that is supposedly best, I am left wondering what all the hype is about. I personally found coconut oil to be a horrible moisturizer. In fact, I found it to be extremely drying to my nails, which I quickly noticed started peeling and breaking. When I apply coconut oil to my dry lips, it just sits there, never alleviating the dryness as lip balms or Vaseline does. You just end up with greasy dry lips. When I applied coconut oil to my legs the first night I actually woke up the next morning ashy, something that never happened when I used baby oil. When I apply it to may face, again, my skin continues to feel dry as if nothing was ever applied to it. I can’t speak on the health benefits because that isn’t what I purchased it for. What I did find coconut oil to be good for, and the reason why I continue to purchase it, is I find it to be a great feminine hygiene product. After using the bathroom, wiping “down there” with coconut oil keeps the area much fresher than using nothing or other harsher cleansing wipes.
After applying coconut oil on my underarms for keratosis pilaris every night for 3-5 months, I am glad to say that I have more or less gotten rid of the little bumps. There are still a few bumps remaining, but I expect they will be eliminated soon and my arms feel wonderfully smooth in any case.
I have gone to the doctor to get treatment for this condition a few times, and have been prescribed various creams; none worked even a little. I didn't expect something as simple as coconut oil to work, but it did, and phenomenally. I like knowing that it's pure natural oil, with no added chemicals, and it smells heavenly--applying it before bed is quite relaxing in any case.
Back when my hair was fried from perming it, applying coconut oil to it (both before and after washing) did not have much of an effect. So it might not be as miraculous for everyone--sorry to disappoint. However, there are other products for that, and virtually none other I know of that can cure keratosis pilaris. For that reason this is an HG product for me.
I was using organic virgin Coconut oil on my face every night but I noticed that it started to break me out in a way I have not broken out before. My skin was an utter mess....however as soon as I stopped using Coconut oil on my face it started to heal. I have fairly acne prone skin and had heard that Coconut oil would help with it .. but no for me it made it 100 times worse.
I still love Coconut oil for moisturizing my body, my hair, for putting in smoothies or tea and I also like to put some around my eyes at night. Just not for my face anymore I use extra virgin olive oil for that instead :)
I got some of this a few days ago and I'm in love. Move over Lush's Ultrabland, this is much easier to use as an oil cleanser as it washes off far more easily leaving skin lovely and smooth. I have tried it in my hair as a leave in treatment but I don't think I put enough in to notice a significant difference. As a body moisturiser it is just fab on extra dry and eczema prone skin, and so cheap!! Try it.
I am on the lookout for natural body moisturiser as I am currently having crazy eczema flare up. After reading numerous (and I mean numerous!) sites and reviews on the benefits of raw coconut oil as moisturiser, I had to try this.
However since I live in the tropics, I kept thinking I got the wrong product as it doesn't crystalise at room temperature. Turns out, the weather is way too hot here. To crystalise, just pour it into a jar and pop it in the freezer.
Yesterday night was the first time I'd used it as body moisturiser. Oh so nice, moisturising and breathable (unlike vaseline which is prescribed by the dermatologist no less!). I believe it also has anti-bacterial properties as my skin is not as red anymore (will confirm this through more real research and not heresay).
I applied it straight out of the freezer so it is solid and therefore unlikely to overdo. As it is solid and cold, just feels so good when it touches the skin and melts. Takes a while for the oil to sink but waiting is not a problem as it is natural and good.
Woke up this morning feeling still moisturised (normally my skin will feel tight especially around the soft belly area). Some of my eczema wounds/cuts are showing signs of healing and not as open.
I have severe drying eczema and this works for me now. However, I do not believe it is good as it does clog pores and could cause problems for normal skin.
For now I only recommend this for eczema/dry winter skin on body and limbs. Never face.
NOTE: I believe it is comedogenic and should not be used on face. Confirmed, it is comedogenic cause my chin starts to have tiny bumps. As long as I am using this as a moisturiser, I will use anti-acne wash on my chin to remove the bumps. This method works so far.
EDIT: Been using this for a while now. While I still maintain that this is good for body & limbs (never face), I've found that coconut oil stains my sheets and pyjamas. So once my eczema is not as dry anymore, I will switch to something else. Point is, this is good while having problem and dry skin but as long as skin is in good condition, regular moisturising is better as it is unlikely to stain the sheets and duvet.
I buy my coconut oil from swanson vitamins. Just a tip for those who have no time for a coconut oil mask: I use a pea size on damp hair ends then let it air dry. It gives the same softness, you also save tons more product and time. My hair length reaches down to my lower back so be careful about the amount you use.
I love coconut oil. I use it daily, very effective moisturizer! Absorbs quickly and very well. I use it most for eye make up removal, this is about the only thing that have used that actually removes all traces of my liquid eyeliner and mascara! It is also good to use after shaving-good for razor burn!
This is the best product I probably have. I use it on my skin and my hair.
I have combination/oily skin but because I am using Benzoyl Peroxide emulsion to eliminate my acne, my skin tends to get a little bit dry. But my cold-pressed organic coconut oil is the best moisturizer. Since I've started using it, my skin has gotten smooth and even. I think it has helped with my acne as well.I just put it all over my face at night and go to sleep and wake in the morning with wonderful skin.
I mentioned that I use it for my hair, it leaves my hair shinier and healthier. I mix it with sweet almond oil and few drops of tea tree oil in a plastic bag and put it in hot water for 5 minutes and use the mixture as a hot oil treatment once a week.
Coconut oil is such a great product to have in your kitchen AND bathroom! I use a small amount to take my eye-makeup off at night, and every Sunday I mix Coconut and Olive oil together and deep condition my hair overnight.
As a moisturizer it really penetrates the skin - but you have to be patient because it takes FOREVER to sink in. Also, I eat a TBSP of Coconut oil a day! It has a lot of anti-bacterial properties and is loaded with good essential fatty acids!