I am really picky when it comes to HG products, but I can definitely say that coconut oil is a HG for me.
Possibly, my only HG to date.
If you can get past the weirdness of buying a beauty product from the food aisle, I highly recommend it.
Coconut oil gave me whiter teeth (oil pulling), made my skin crazy soft (moisturizer) and helped calm my dry, dandruffy scalp. I haven't used it as a hair mask, but I've heard good things. It's also helpful in soothing dry cuticles and taking off makeup (yes, even my eyeliner). I even do OCM with it and it leaves my skin calm and balanced. On some days, it even leaves my skin moisturized enough I don't need to put cream on top.
If you live in a cold/Arctic climate, I totally get why coconut oil would be a turnoff. Once coconut oil solidifies it can be difficult to get out of the jar. I've had coconut oil solidify so hard to the point it felt like my spoon was chiseling through ice. (But this was when my flat was below freezing and had no central heating to speak of.)
But if you live in all other climates, it's amazing.
I love its utility and, most of all, its value. I walked out of my grocery store paying $15CDN for 865mL. I can't even walk into Sephora or a drugstore and purchase something of that price that I'm 100% happy with. Let alone in that quantity and that does so much for me.
Plus, I get to smell like coconuts. Who doesn't want to smell like coconuts?
I have been using coconut oil for two years (I read about it on MUA!) and I have gone through so many jars of it that I've lost count. Here's what I use it for:
Facial cleansing. Just massage a small amount all over for a minute or two. Rinse and then follow with a foaming cleanser. Truly gets my face super-clean.
Hair protection. I coat my hair with this before I go swimming, and I don't have any problems with the chlorine damaging my hair. It does tend to strip my color a bit, but I can live with that.
Tanning oil. Coconut oil gives me the most even, glowy tan in the summertime. Best tanning product I have ever used.
Some people use it as a pre-shampoo treatment, but it never did anything for me that way. There are lots of different uses for it, and what works for one person may not work for you so you have to experiment a bit. You can even eat it. Throw a spoonful into your smoothie and it will taste so rich and yummy (plus you'll get loads of nutritional benefits too.)
Lots of things have already been said about coconut oil, I just wanted to throw my two cents in. This is a staple item for me, will continue to repurchase.
Coconut oil is a product that you will either love or hate. I love it, it works great as a weekly deep conditioner for my hair. I have silver hair, so I melt it and mix this oil with my purple shampoo and leave it on for a few hours to help tone my hair. I also use it to remove my eye makeup. I don't use it on my face, because my skin just doesn't like anything oily on it..and that include jojoba oil, so it's not just this. I also use this to cook, but it does have a distinctive taste, so you if you don't like the taste of coconut, then you won't like the taste of this. I tried oil pulling with it, and that just was too much for me, made me gag lol I would absolutely buy it again, but it will be a little while...a little goes a longggg way.
Just a tip - buy the smallest tub you can find until you are sure that coconut oil will work for you. I have had 0 luck with this stuff and now have a massive tub left that I'm trying to find some use for. This is what I've tried:
Coconut oil as shaving cream: I got a close shave, but was left with severe razor burn that felt like a bad sunburn. The next day, I had rashy scabs on my legs!
Coconut oil as cuticle cream: Left my cuticles looking more dry and ragged than before I applied it.
Coconut oil as hair conditioner: Left my hair looking more frizzy and rough than before I applied it, also smelled disgusting (like musty, half-rancid coconut candy). I have very thick, coarse hair that normally soaks up oil treatments, but this was just a total failure.
Coconut oil in cookies: Tasted way to coconut-y and overpowered the flavor of the cookies.
Coconut oil on my hands: Just didn't do anything.
I have no idea what to do with the rest of this giant tub of coconut oil. I know there are many more popular uses that I haven't tried yet, but I'm not willing to 'risk it' trying something that could do more harm than good (e.g., DIY sunscreen; combined with baking soda for DIY toothpaste; or as a face moisturizer). I don't need to risk scrubbing away my tooth enamel or causing my face to break out for the sake of the coconut oil trend...
I just wanted to write a quick review on coconut oil, because the results I've seen in the past couple months are amazing. I use coconut oil on my skin as an acne and Keratosis Pilaris treatment. I use it in my hair before showers as a mask. And I also use it on my eyes as a moisturizer. For my back and chest acne, this has given more results than any other acne treatment I've used. I've tried salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, body washes, body wipes, creams and gels, etc. and nothing works as good as this does. It doesn't clear up my acne completely, but with repeated use, it definitely calms and soothes my acne, and lessens the severity of it. After shaving, I'll smooth a little bit of coconut oil on sensitive areas such as my underams and bikini line, and the red bumps, itching and irritations are non-existant. I have absolutely no problems with shaving anymore, because this stuff completely erases the irritation. I've also seen visible results on my arms from using this on my KP. Again, it's not completely gone, but it's definitely nowhere near as severe as it was before I started using coconut oil. My skin is combination, so I can be really oily or really dry, or both, on any given day. That being said, it's just a great moisturizer in general, so I definitely recommend giving it a dry if you're in need! I know it's fantastic as a supplement and in cooking too, so that's a bonus!
As a food, I'd give this five stars. I love cooking nearly everything with it and it's super healthy to ingest. (Since eating more healthy, natural saturated fats, I've also stopped getting sunburns, which was unexpected but cool. Google it/check it out. It's a thing.)
But as a beauty product...no. I tried. i really, really wanted to like it. It made my hair matted and tangled and dry. It made my skin (which is super sensitive and easily upset by changes in routine) peel and flake and break out. It didn't do jack for the cracked winter skin on my knuckles or elbows, and it even seemed drying on my lips as a lip balm. I'll stick to eating it.
Wonderful for KP!
I developed KP after being on Accutane...like acne wasn't bad enough. After showering, I would rub very small amount on the back of my arms and above my knees. Worked great and pretty quick.
Great all around moisturizer.
As most of you have mentioned this product can be used for a multitude of things, I personally like using it as a moisturizer. I tend to have dry skin and this stuff works miracles. Beyond that, it's super healthy for your skin and actually has helped a little with my acne too.
I use this everyday as eye makeup remover. It takes all of it off very easily, even my waterproof mascara. That is the only place on my face I can use it. I tried using it as a facial moisturizer and it was disastrous. It caused major acne I hadn't experienced in years. I also use this as a body moisturizer. However, it cannot get anywhere near my chest, or it causes breakouts. I have used it sparingly on the ends of my hair. It worked well, but caused back breakouts as well. I mainly use it on my arms and legs. It is the only body moisturizer I own and it works great for that. Be very careful of this stuff if you are prone to breakouts. I apply it to my closed eyes, rub it in, and use cotton rounds to wipe it off. This method doesn't seem to cause me acne issues if I am careful about not getting it anywhere else on my face. I have used the Kroger brand called Simple Truth and the HEB Central Market brand (for those of you in Texas). I find them in the aisle with all of the cooking oils. It seems expensive but it lasts forever (my first jar lasted a year). It also works great at removing labels off of jars and getting dried hot glue and tape residue off of hard surfaces. It's a great multi purpose product.
It's so versatile and smells amazing! My favorite brand is from Trader Joe's. It's super cheap and all natural! I use it as a moisturizer on my face and all over my body as well. Sometimes I use it for oil cleansing when I'm not using my cleansing cream. I haven't broke out from using this, instead I have a new glow:) It feels so soothing and cool on my skin.