This is a review for extra virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil as a hair treatment and body moisturizer. First I put this on my hair and left it on over night. The next morning I washed my hair with a clarifying shampoo and didn't condition and let my hair air dry as usual. Well, I guess I didn't get it all out because my hair felt crusty and looked like I had a gel or something in it...so I washed my hair TWO more times with a clairfying shampoo and of course my hair felt like STRAW so then had to go back and deep condition with a different condition so there were no benefits in using it on my hair. On my legs it left almost a film on my skin and dry patches? Also wherever the CO touched my faical skin and along my hairline from the hair treatment I am breaking out....I have a cyst on my chin ( I haven't had cyst in YEARS) and I think its from some of the CO getting on my face. I am sure this may work for some based on different skin makeup and hair types but on me it was a bust. The smell was kinda gross too....off to the trash it goes.
I love coconut oil! I love the texture, the smell & the taste. I bought Swanson's virgin coconut oil for a very reasonble price. While I love the way it feels rubbing it into my skin as an after shower body oil, it does take awhile to absorb so I use it infrequently for that purpose, usually before bed. It also feels fantastic for moisturizing my lips. I plan to use it for shaving too. I'm hesitant to try it as a hair conditioner because it feels too heavy for me as my hair is fine. Still I may try it as an overnight conditioner to see what kind of results I get. I also plan to try it as a personal lubricant as many women have had good results with it.
I know there's controversy over whether coconut oil is good or bad for our bodies. Recent research has been done which has found it to be beneficial, overriding older studies which indicated it was horrible for us. Everyone should do their own research and decide for themselves if they want to ingest it. I'm only relating my experience. I tried taking coconut oil capsules. I noticed a decrease in my food cravings and softer skin. When I ran out of the capsules, I begun taking about a teaspoon of the oil a day and had the same results. I won't have my cholesterol checked for another 6 months so I don't know if it's had any adverse affect but I doubt it.
UPDATE: As an overnight hair conditioner, this was just ok for me. I prefer jojoba or olive oil for my hair. I've found for a body oil it works best for me if I just use a small chunk of solid coconut oil & smooth it quickly over my damp skin. When the chunk has dissolved, I go back & rub the oil into my skin. This way I only get a thin layer of oil and it absorbs much better into my skin. It leaves me with soft skin & a faint but not overpowering coconut scent. We all have different hair & skin issues so it's not surprising we get differing results. I will still re-purchase as it's great for my body inside & out. My hair, doesn't really work for me but I can see why it would work for others.
me: Thin, frizzy, curly hair--prone to breakage.
Using coconut oil about 2ce a week, applying it at night, washing it in the morning
(TWICE! one wash won't get rid of it!)
stronger, shinier hair. I've been doing this for many weeks now, and it's fabulous.
My hair's all bouncy and soft and lovely and it doesn't break much now (before, every single day my hairbrush would be covered with broken hair strands)
Sadly, I can only use this on my hair and some parts of my body. But usually I only use this for my hair. According to a thread at the Long Hair Community, coconut oil is one of the most penetrative oils there is to penetrate the hair shaft and protect against peroxide damage.
I definately believe that. My hair looks a lot better when I condition it with coconut oil. I purchase a jar from vitaminshoppe or whole foods and just melt a few tablespoons down in a microwave safe cup and apply it using an empty dye bottle (like $2 at Sallys) to my scalp and all over my hair. I then wrap my hair in saran wrap and then wrap my little turbie twist around my head. Sometimes I leave it on overnight, other times a few hours. I wash it out with shampoo and conditioner. I do not rinse it out with just water because then I get oily looking hair. My hair usually looks a little thicker and feels a lot stronger after each coconut oil condition. Pretty good stuff.
I have been a big fan of EVOO for some time now and have decided to try coconut oil for the first time.
It works so well for my body! Calms down my winter itchy skin and gets rid of the bumps on the backs of my arms and on my rear(!)
As a cleanser, I love the way it slips over the face and removes makeup. I also use it as a moisturizer and I find it leaves my skin creamier and softer, especially in the mornings.
I use a touch in my hair to smooth down the frizzy bits. I will be using this as a pretreatment.
Internally, my husband and I will start using this at a tablespoon a day in place of Olive Oil. What is really funny is that our cat will jump up as soon as I open the jar and Beg for a little bit of oil. I will give her a dime-sized amount and she grabs it and noms it down! Her fur looks great :)
Right now I'm using a cheaper, refined oil since that is what we can afford. The next time we will try Spectrum.
Love this oil!! It takes make up off wonderfully!!!
I normally use it for my hair, once a week I'd slather this oil on, from root to tip, and sleep with it overnight, then shampoo the next morning, and no conditioner. My hair is soft, shiny, and frizz-free.
I sometimes use it as a make up remover a few times a week. When I noticed that my pores are clogged, I would rub this oil in for a few minutes and I can feel the sebum coming out.
I also use it as a moisturizer. At first, I think I applied too much of the oil and it wouldn't absorb all the way, even until the next morning, and it didn't do much for my skin. Now, I discovered, a little goes a long way, I started using it as a moisturizer again. This time, it absorbed nicely by the next morning, my skin is soft and supple, and it's beginning to clear my face of cystic acne.
A few days ago, I ended up doing research, A LOT of research. And someone here mentioned that this oil is bad for you and contributes to heart disease. Research says otherwise though (Any doubts? Google it.). I'll start adding a LITTLE of it to SOME foods, and will be back to edit my review.
I've been using coconut oil as my night moisturizer for almost two weeks now, and I'm beginning to see that my skin tone is more even. And no more break outs!!! Hopefully I'll continue to see good results.
I love natural, multipurpose products! I was also told by my doctor and have seen through research that it is okay to ingest. I take about a tablespoon a day to help with my genetic high cholesterol (aside from diet and exercise). Apparently there is a misconception about coconut oil because a study was done in the 60s with HYDROGENATED coconut oil that said it was bad. Well no duh! Anyway, VIRGIN COCONUT OIL is amazing. I love it for my face. I use Retin A and I feel like it can really get rid of my "flakies". I'll take one night off of Retin A and just apply coconut oil and it'll really help. I make sure my face is still a little moist when applying and then I spray a little more water over the top to make sure my face is properly hydrated! I haven't tried this on my hair yet, as I have fine hair and tends to not respond well to oils left in. I'm going to try this as a deep conditioning treatment soon.
I use extra virgin coconut oil for a number of things. My favorite uses are as a makeup remover and a conditioner for hair. My skin is very oily and acne-prone and I still have no problems using it as a makeup remover. I dampen my face and then massage coconut oil onto face to remove makeup. Then, I cleanse twice with Mario Badescu's Glycolic Cleanser to rinse away the oil. It works like a charm!!
I love coconut oil! It works wonders for my hair, sometimes I even use it on my skin. I highly recommend adding this to deep conditioners and hair treatments. My hubby got stationed to Georgia so this is where we currently reside. The heat here sucked moisture from my hair and the stylist I'd go to would always comment on it. I started to do coconut hot oil treatments on my hair and now it's as soft and moist as ever! It's a true miracle worker!
I also use coconut oil (only use virgin organic expeller or cold pressed oil for this, please)as an oil pulling treatment. Please research into oil pulling. You suck oil slowly through teeth for 15-20 minutes then rinse, it really helps with tooth and health issues. I try to never be without a jar.
I use this for everything. A body moisturizer, a face moisturizer, a hair treatment, I cook with it and eat it straight out the bottle.
The best results for internal and facial use is going to be cold-pressed Organic Virgin. Some of the el-cheapo ones are refined and have stuff in them from the factory which could lead to contaimentation. Just be careful what brand you buy. Nutiva is good but Spectrum is the best tasting if you want to ingest it. I take about 2 tablespoons a day to detox my body from chemicals, to help my migraines, my arthritis and stomach ulcers. My skin has significantly improved since using coconut oil.
I know that zerozits list it as comedogenic but I have used non-comedogenic products that made me break out, so I pretty much disrgard stuff on that site. I starting reading up on Blood Types and Supplements. It appears that my blood Type "O", loves coconut oil. After reading about this I realize there are certain things I should avoid. It's the whole "but it worked for me" but "It didn't work for me" debate when it comes to reviewing products.
Ok, so why is this stuff so great? It's anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, moisturizing and detoxifying. I encourage people to get a book called the Coconut Oil Miracle. It's $10 on Amazon. For those who ingest it, you start out slow, a few teaspoons a day until your body adjusts, you might even feel kind of bad and maybe nauseated. The coconut Oil is causing a kill off of bad bacteria in your body. You may breakout more, a little stomach issues might come up but get over that first week and you will start to see a difference. I have hormonal related acne, PCOS and jsut general skin issues. After a week of eating and using this on my face, thedifference is remarkable. Even my wrinkles on my forehead are diminshed and believe me only botox did that. After 2 weeks, my acne breakout from a tazorac IB was gone and my scars are starting to fade. I also use ACV as a toner and sugar as an exfoliator, so I'm not sure if it is the oil or the ACV doing that but the combo has worked great and it's natural. 90% of acne can be treated successfully if you treat your insides first, meaning acne is an infalmmatory response that tells you something is out of balance in your body. Candida being one of the number #1 reasons for Acne in adults. I took antibiotics for a long time and basically screwed up the flora in my body making my once small whitehead turn to cysts. By ingesting coconut oil, ACV, Zinc, Colloidial Silver Copper, Vit C and Vit D, I'm on the road to recovering from Candida. a lot of women who go on and off BC pills will find themselves with this problem. Most Dermatologists do not treat your internal system correctly. They just throw more pills at you. As far as I'm concerned Western Medicine practices, Genetically modified foods, chemical laden water are responsible for most of our skin and health issues. Go natural ladies, stick it out and you will be happier and healthier.
Research Coconut oil cures and stick it out for about 6 weeks and you will thank me!!
In response to someone who said it gets liquidy, that's ok if it does, once you goes back to room temp, it will solidify. Coconut oil also has a long shelf life, better than any other oil/fat. So it makes it economical.