If I could leave 10 or 20 stars, I certainly would.
EVERYONE should know and research about the health benefits of Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut oil. And always make sure it says "un"refined, not refined. Because the refind is not the same as the unrefined. If you look up "coconut oil benefits" you will find some utterly amazing and eye opening facts about this wonderful miracle.
-it helps moisturize skin
-cures/helps rashes, exzema, sun burns, scrapes, BURNS, STRETCHMARKS, etc..you name it!even bee stings I think!
-it Prevents/cures STOMACH flu, Cold/flus-its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial!!! Eat about 2-5 tablespoons a day and you will find you hardly will get sick most of the time!
-lowers cholesterol, and has many other heart benefits and blood pressure benefits
-promotes better digestion, and circulation (great for diabetics)
-some say it clears acne (however, quitting eating DAIRY products and animal meat also clears acne -btw)
-makes hair beautiful and shiney!! A great heat protector
-it is the ONLY oil you can eat that doesn't store as FAT (notice people in the tropics eat massive amounts of this and doesn't get overweight).
-helps balance out thyroid problems-which helps with weight loss!
-oh and cooking/frying with it instead of other oils (like olive, vegtable, etc...) is also much better because its the only oil on this planet that does turn into bad smoke at really high heat and the oil doesn't dry up as fast during frying and its much much more healthier to eat!!
-sooooooooo many other things! Please research it, watch videos about it, and educate yourself and how this oil (even tho it is a saturated fat, it is a GOOD fat) and it is a miracle! YES, it can be expensive, but a little goes a long way. Spread it on whole grain bread after toasting it with almond butter and a little bit of honey and yum!!!! Even some athletes eat a bit of this before working out or training! This is GOD SEND!
Note-you will tell the difference if it is true organic and UNrefind, because it will have that true coconut smell and flavor, and also makes food taste even better when cooking with it!
After reading the amazing things coconut oil does for one's hair, skin and health, I had to try it. I am really amazed at the anti bacterial properties coconut oils has that I was so excited I had to post my review today haha. I tried it on last night as a makeup remover and it was sooo good, easily takes off all the make up in one go and does not sting like other brand name removers. The best part is it doesn't hurt your eyelashes when rubbing, I read that it helps nourishes your lashes too. After that I use a cleanser to wash it all off. What was amazing was the whitehead I had on my face for many weeks, suddenly dried out after just using coconut oil as a make up remover. I could see the difference just minutes after using it. Then I used the coconut oil as a moisturizer for my skin at night and when I woke up this morning, the whitehead completely dried out. Totally unbelievable as it really beats using those acne creams which doesn't do any good and waste of money. I read many reviews saying that the oil makes the face break out, but it doesn't for me. I woke up with glowing soft to the touch skin. Not tired looking skin! I rub a little bit on my fingers to warm it first. A little bit goes a long way. Do choose cold pressed or virgin coconut oil only.
I've tried using it as oil pulling (where you swirl the oil in your mouth for 10-15 minutes which helps removes toxins) this morning and will continue to do so. I will also use it to coat my dry hair which has gone through so much chemical processing lol. I will update after I have tried it. So in conclusions, I really recommend anyone who hasn't at least tried coconut oil, it's really good and so natural. I used to buy all those expensive facial creams but coming back to nature feels so good.
I use coconut oil more and more the more I learn about it. I bought a huge tub of it about two years ago because I heard it was really good for your hair, and my hair was quite damaged at the time and falling out. I still use it weekly as a hair mask pre-shower (often mixed with a bit of jojoba oil) and it makes my hair feel so soft and manageable. I used to have very frizzy, unruly hair that was always in-between wavy and curly, so it looked bushy. I cut my hair into a pixie last year and have been growing it out with extra care and using coconut oil and my hair is growing smooth and straight (I can't say the straightness has anything to do with the oil, but there are certainly no unruly frizzies or curly underlayers which I have always had).
I use coconut oil on my lips, mixed with salt and sugar for a body/lip scrub occasionally. I use it on my legs in the shower to get a closer shave - using it in the shower also helps your skin to retain the moisture and decrease drying time. I also use it in smoothies, oatmeal, and some recipes as it is very good for your health in small amounts.
Make sure to get the extra virgin coconut oil - it should smell mildly of coconut!
Please note that I have never used coconut oil on my face, as I have very sensitive and acne-prone skin, and do not wish to risk a reaction to the oil. I am also very careful when rinsing the oil out of my hair to avoid it running down my chest and back - again, to avoid breakouts and reactions. I know that coconut oil is said to be antibacterial and good for some people with acne, however I'm not sure that it's noncomedogenic and may therefore clog pores. Tread with caution when using on your face - you are better off with jojoba, grapeseed, or even extra virgin olive oil for your face, all of which are noncomedogenic and won't clog your pores.
Coconut oil is used extensively in India for a variety of purposes and especially for hair. I am convinced that's why Indians have such good strong hair and are the largest exporters of hair in the world!
It is supposed to be an oil that absorbs easily and doesn't require a carrier oil. I remember as a teenager I had been applying Dettol cream on a spot (I tried everything) and in the cold winter season, the cream kind of solidified on my face and I couldn't get it off without a lot of pain! My wise grandmother suggested applying coconut oil and insisted it wouldn't break me out and she was right!
Now I use it for an oil massage - I generally heat it up and massage it into my scalp. Then I wash it off 3 hours later (some people use it overnight but I find that too messy). It boosts hair growth.
I would advise using the pure version and not the "premium" versions for hair that generally add ingredients to improve the smell. You're going to wash it off, so that's not required but you can add ingredients like amla (gooseberry) that are also good for hair.
I used to really like this stuff. Now I realize that it really isn't doing much for my hair. What it does do...is very temporary. I pretty much need to sleep with this in my hair every night in order get it just slightly more conditioned and moisturized. I don't think the hassle is worth the result.
Also, I used this as a face moisturizer for a while. At first it worked great. Then my face got extremely dry. I've never had dry skin on my face. Coconut oil is the only product that I have changed in my lineup for the past two years. So, I stopped using coconut oil and immediately my skin felt more moisturized.
So, I can't say that this product is altogether no good. When it comes to external use, I just think the minimal benefits are not worth the hassle.
Also posted this on the EVCO "cleanser" entry where there's also some helpful reviews on EVCO: After a nightmarish experience with my usual eye cream that involved having to use a prescription steroid cream on my eyes for two weeks, I was desperate for a new, harmless yet effective eye cream. I had to use Vaseline for a few weeks after the Rx cream, and that was ok, but wanted something that absorbed better. I had some EVCO from a recipe I was making and thought "why not try this?" I have been using it every morning and evening for the last two years. I must say I cannot believe how fantastic it works for me. No irritation, no milia issues, cheap, absorbs nicely, works great under makeup, seems to condition lashes and brows, and best of all: has reduced my crow's feet very noticeably! What a find! I only use it as an eye cream and sometimes a lip balm, but I find it a bit too heavy for the rest of my face and body. Still, in a pinch, I'd use it anywhere...
I absolutely adore this stuff. I've used it for absolutely everything and I mean *everything*. I have thick dry hair and scalp and an oily skin.
I've used this as a cuticle cream, hair conditioner/treatment/finishing polish, facial moisturizer, lip conditioner, scalp treatment, eyelash and eyebrow moisturizer (it makes them soft!), dry heel treatment, body moisturizer, mixed with sugar/salt to make a scrub.... the list is endless.
I even cook/bake with it and use it for oil pulling (although I don't recommend it for that - my gums are sensitive to it).
My favorite use is definitely as a body and hair moisturizer. I love how it's a solid at room temperature and melts on contact with my body heat. It doesn't overly moisturize either but leaves me with a nice healthy but not oily glow.
I was leery of using an oil on my oily skin but I think this is one of the only oils that works due to its astringent properties. It can actually *dry out* my skin - imagine that!
It doesn't clog my pores either which, to me, is effing amazing as I can slather on as much as I want.
I just wish it didn't take me as long to discover it!
***Edited to add: This is an excellent lash growth treatment. They were curlier, healthier, more moisturized. I don't even need to grow more lashes but this oil works for that! I used it to take off my eye makeup for a few weeks and noticed what I thought were tiny pimples or styes on my upper last line - turns out they were new eyelashes! I was amazed.
**Edit 2x: I can't use this on my face or body anymore (aside from my legs, feet and cuticles) as it breaks me out in cystic pimples! Also if you're prone to body breakouts, beware of using this on your hair as a leave in treatment and not using some kind of plastic shower cap - this easily breaks me out on my shoulders.
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Coconut oil has seriously been HG for me as a hair conditioner. I am a practicing Sikh and therefore do not cut my hair, which means I need to find other ways to prevent and repair hair damage. Someone recommended I deep condition with coconut oil a few times a week, and it has made such a difference in my hair's strength, shine and overall appearance. I would highly recommend coconut oil conditioning to anyone with long, dry hair like I do.
I have been using coconut oil as moisturizer on my face for a little over a month now. At first, it was great and my skin felt incredibly healthy. I've been trying to eliminate chemicals from my face products so CO was right in line with that! I also use honey as a cleanser (love). Unfortunately, about two weeks in, my face starting breaking out with cystic acne (and I picked at it and made a mess of my face...). I recently connected the dots that it has to be the CO. It also makes my skin flaky, even though it doesn't feel dry, when I put makeup on. I've read over and over that the CO will make your skin purge the toxins and that's what the problem is (acne and flakiness...). Has anybody else dealt with this? Did you stick it out? Without makeup causing flakiness and aside from the pimples, my skin is looking really great and it feels really great! Therefore, I am going to stick it out for another week or so before giving up entirely.
I became a CO fan about 2 months ago and I havent turned back. I recommend the unrefined virgin CO. My personal favorite is from Trader Joe's for 5.99. It has become a beauty staple for me and I believe it's God's best creation next to human breastmilk. It's good for you and it smells AMAZING. Google all the things you can do with it. Here are the things I do with it:
Preshampoo-drench my hair from scalp to root. Without heat, leave it in for about an hour then shampoo as normal. With heat, I leave it in for 15-30minutes then shampoo. CO penetrates the hair shaft and actually nourishes your hair to make it stronger, softer, and shinier. Many masques just cover damaged hair but CO actually heals it.
Tame fly-aways- rub a pea-sized amount in palms and then work it through dry hair before or after styling for lightweight moisture and shine.
Added to my deep conditioner
All over body moisterizer right out of the shower.
My dog loves it (to eat and on her skin) -good for her coat, digestion, energy.
Diaper rash prevention
Great moisturizer for my son's dry curly hair.
TBLSP In my coffee-google the internal benefits.
Eyemakeup remover and eye cream
Use liberally on burns (you will be AMAZED by this), cuts, scrapes, and bruises.
And again, the smell is enough to keep me buying over and over again:-)