Coconut Oil was horrible for my face! I had the worst cystic breatkout of my entire life and then it tooks months for my face to go back to normal afterwards.
This stuff is amazing. As a hair treatment it leaves the hair soft, smooth, and moisturized. Just heat it up slightly in the microwave, (not so much that it burns the scalp), leave it on for at least an hour and shampoo out. Its amazing. I also use it in the shower, when I am done with my body wash. I just gather enough in my hand and rub it all over my skin. It leaves your skin glowing and soft. I use this as well as a number of other oils in my daily skin care routine and I could not go without it.
Make sure to get extra virgin and cold pressed, (i buy the nutiva brand, it is included in the pictures at the top).
wow, this stuff really is fantastic, isn't it? the only moisturizer that can seemingly get rid of retin-a dryness/itchiness OVERNIGHT. i use the nutiva brand pictured above in the white bottle with the yellow label. this is my first time really experimenting with food-grade coconut oil for my skin, but i was so pleased with the results. like others have said, you only need the TINIEST amount for moisturizing, same for using it on your hair (i also use coconut oil as a pre-wash and have fantastic results.)
i realized very quickly why vegans don't ever miss the taste of butter, by the way. this stuff smells and tastes absolutely divine, like a fresh macaroon or something.
a warning: it seems to be important to get good quality coconut oil. i think there are cheaper ones such as louana (sold @ wal-mart) and although the price is really tempting, i'm scared to buy it. you get what you pay for sometimes.
I love this stuff. I purchased the virgin kind from a vitamin shop. I am not using it as much now, because I've been using tamanu / cod liver oil, but I have a jar of it in the fridge and some in travel container from a recent trip.
It is a great moisturizer and you can tell that it makes your skin softer. This isn't one of those "I think it works.. how did my skin feel before?' products. This is great on your whole body... I used to take a shot of it everyday as well. Internally or topically this stuff truly moisterizes. I use it for my hair as well, but I do not suggest using it as a serum to flat iron your hair.
Apply heat first - then apply the coconut oil. It will get extremely hot! BTW: Do not keep this in warm environments. The melting temperature is very low.
Go out and buy some today. It's a must have in your home;)
I don't know what has taken me so long to get around to using this. I've always wanted to try it on my hair and finally bought a jar and it is amazing on hair and skin. I've been using it before washing my hair as sort of a CWC, as a leave-in after washing, on dry ends before bed, and as part of a deep moisture treatment for my hair and it is just fabulous. I started with just a touch and gradually increased the amount I use and found that my hair just loves it. It sinks right in and I haven't experienced any "greasies" from it. I love Burt's Bees Coconut foot cream and decided to try the main ingredient on its own and it was just as good and much cheaper. That went so well I tried it on my legs after shaving (excellent), then patted the bit left on my hands on my face. I was stunned by how pretty it made my skin look - it really seemed to be glowing. It caught me by surprise a couple of times when I caught a glance in the mirror. It even seemed to clean out the pores on the sides of my nose. Maybe because oil dissolves oil? IDK, but it looks great. I am on Retin-A and it takes away any redness or flakiness I experience and really makes my skin look nice, better than the $35 night cream I just bought, and my skin isn't an oil pit when I wake up. I've been using it as a light, all over moisturizer after showers and I've also found that it helps my perfume last longer. Perfume is always best applied to well moisturized skin and because the oil soaks in readily it does not seem to interfere with my SOTD . I'm really happy with this natural oil. The only downside is that it is in a glass jar which can be dangerous in the bathroom with slippery hands and tile floors, so it is a good idea to decant some into a plastic container. Highly recommended and if it doesn't work out on your skin or hair, you can make the most delicious brownies with it!
I saw a youtube video on ways to use coconut oil and decided to try it. My hair was dry and dull due to the fact that I have hard water and after using coconut oil for a week my hair has become so silky soft and shiny. I couldn't believe the results. I also started using it as a eye makeup remove and no longer have to rub and tug at my eyes anymore. Just gentle hold up a cotton disc and hold for a couple seconds to work in the oil and then gently rub away. Give it a try you won't regret it.
I wanted to love this BUT... it made me break out horribly. I tried it as a makeup remover (followed by my usual cleanser) and broke out. Then I decided to use it as a pre-wash hair treatment. Again, I ended up with cystic acne on my upper back/neck. Gross. Ont he plus side, the scent is divine :( Oh how I wish it agreed with my skin :(
I absolutly adore this oil! Its scent and moisturising properties are second to none. It has also helped my acne improve a lot and my keratosis pilaris is almost completly invisible after using this in combination with african black soap.
As with all oils, I use this in combination with a spray of water or hydrosol after I have applied. This combination is the only way ones skin is actually moisturised. A moisturiser comprises of oil and water held together by an emulsifier. Therefore when using an oil you need a water stage (such as a floral water, plain water or hydrosol in a spray bottle) in order to give your face optimum moisturisation!
I use Extra Virgin Coconut Oil which has a strong and lovely coconut smell (not at all like bounty bars!) I use it daily as a face moisturiser in the morning (by melting it between my hands and applying to my face and eyes separatly, then spraying liberally with water and rubbing it in).
I find that it works perfectly under mineral makeup as long as it is given time to sink in, but I also like to use some aloe vera gel on top of it as a natural mattifying primer just to speed up the process!
This oil has strong anti-fungal properties which I think is why it has cleared up my Keratosis Pilaris so effectively and is also why it helps with my spots (along with tea tree oil and an apple cider vinegar toner).
It is usually packaged in a tub, as it is a solid oil. However in the heat of Summer it changes to a liquid which makes it a bit harder to apply and much less sanitary, so I usually use the lid of a dropper bottle to apply when this happens, which is a bit less inconvenient. However it is well worth this effort to have such as a cheap, high quality and huge quantity moisturiser that really works. I have without a doubt, found my HG in this oil. (And a true multi-purpose HG at that!)
I recently ran out of my beloved Gold Bond Ultimate lotion. I was feeling a little scant of funding, so instead of buying a new one I took a chance dug the half jar of coconut oil out from under my sink, where it has been since I chopped my long hair off a year ago (I don't know why I stopped using it simply because my hair was shorter, but oh well). I'd only ever used it as a hair treatment; I'd never really used it for a body moisturizer; I sort of did the whole body oil thing in middle school and it really wasn't for me, and besides, I used to be really skittish about germs and cross-contamination, and reaching into a big tub of moisturizer every day was pretty counter-intuitive to that.
I've been using coconut oil all over my body after my shower for the past few days now, and I can definitely say I'm impressed and pleased. Firstly, it does a fantastic job of moisturizing PROVIDED that your skin is still damp when you apply it; it does a great job sealing moisture in. I wouldn't call my skin texture as crazy-and-almost-sticky-hydrated as it was on the Gold Bond, but it is very silky and much closer to my what my natural skin texture was when I was a kid. It's only been a few days, but I'm starting to notice a definite healthy glow.
Secondly, now that I'm not so paranoid about the packaging, it's really quite easy to handle. I don't bother pre-melting it or even warming the jar up in the shower. Just melt a bit between your hands and apply on damp skin. Some people have noted that it doesn't sink in immediately; in cases where I can't afford to wait around for the oil to dissipate, I just wait ten minutes and then buff the excess off with a towel. Works like a charm.
Thirdly, the smell. I ADORE THE SMELL. I never used to be fond of coconut-scented products, but this is a REAL coconut smell, and it's heavenly. I smell quite honestly delicious.
I love that it's natural. I love that it's cheap. I love that it's been used in this function by many cultures for years.
The only drawback is that it has thus far been less than effective on my dry elbows; they're still pretty red and scaly. I continue to use this and update the review after a couple of weeks to see if there have been any radical developments.
I use this for everything!! I rub a tiny bit of coconut oil in my hands to melt it and rub it into the ends of my dry and fine hair. I use it on my body (beware: I put it on my legs and my dogs just kept licking my legs because I tasted too delicious!!). I use it on my lips. I just haven't cooked with it yet ;)
You need VERY LITTLE coconut oil to do about anything with it. I bought expensive high quality organic stuff for about 14CAD and the jar is so huge I think it will last me years. HG material.