I'm obsessed with oils. I will try anything on my face once, and it seems the cheaper the product, the better it works. I got my jar of coconut oil at Whole Foods for about 6 bucks. I didn't know what to expect at first, but I quickly realized that this stuff is golden. I use it to remove my make up, and then after I cleans my face, I put a little more coconut oil on my damp face and I just let it absorb. I have tried all the expensive cleansing oils like BB, LM, Origins, MAC and coconut oil blows them away. I'm sorry, but when your dealing out 50 bucks for a cleansing oil, I don't want the first ingredient to be Mineral oil and castor oil. I can buy more organic pure oils at WF's and KNOW that my face isn't going to react. Albeit, I don't prefer to cook with the oil I use on my face, i.e. veggie oil, but I might give the coconuts a try. Especially in a THAI dish. And for about 6 bucks a jar, you cannot feel bad about trying it.... This is a staple in my face routine. I also purchase 100% pure argon oil for 8 dollars and rose hip oil, which is great for acne, for a little more.... Maybe around 20? But I def wanted to give it a try after all the great things I read about it. Don't hesitate to put oil on your face. The more pure, the better. With lotions, the first ingredient is mineral oil and that's more than likely the cause of bad skin. Or not moisturizing at all! That is a sin!
Love this stuff. I use coconut oil for my hair, which gets really dry. I apply about a dime sized amount and it does not leave any build-up, and does not leave me with the oilies. I also use it for my skin after bathing as well. I have not tried cooking with it yet, but it can be used as a cooking oil as well. There is a light scent and taste to it.
Ok where to start? I love coconut oil since I started testing it after reading the reviews here on makeupalley. Here is my experience so far:
1) HAIR: I used it several times as a Hair mask. Here is what I did: I put lots of VCO into the lenghts of my towel dry hair, put a shower cap on and went to bed. In the morning I shampooed my hair two times and followed up with conditioner and Apple Cider Vinegar water. This is hands down the best hairmask I ever tried. So much better than any retail hairmask I can think of. Plus: So much cheaper and healthier for the hair!! The hair feels smooth, healthy and strong! And that feeling even stays after washing the hair another time. AMAZING!! Can highly recommend this!
2) Makeup Remover: I use VCO to remove my eye makeup each day. I simply smear it on my eyes and rub rub rub. I remove the excess oil with a wet cottonpad and all the Mascara is gone! No more dirty towels :P My favourite and also cheapest Eyemakeup Remover!
3) Body lotion: Each time after I shower I rub some VCO on my lower legs. My skin there always has been rahter dry and itchy. But since I started capturing the moist with VCO there it is super smooth and healthy :) No more dry itchy flaky skin!! Perfect!!
I plan on trying oil pulling with it too since I experienced really good results with other oils in the past. But first I need to get another glas of VCO for consuming only :) I won't take something in the mouth out of my "body&hair"-coconutoil glas :P
UPDATE: 10/2011 ... I am on my fifth or sixth glass of VCO now .. Nothing of its amazingness has changed and I will always buy this again for the above mentioned :)
This is a review of Parachute Oil -- coconut oil. I've been using it as a facial moisturizer for a couple of months now and I am amazed! This is just a great moisturizer -- it adds just the right amount of moisture back into the skin and doesn't have any kind of ingredients that an allergic or sensitive skin person or rosacea person like me will react to.
I have been wearing it at night, and wake up with pale -- not red skin. All the other moisturizers I've used have been giving me slightly red (to problematically broken out) skin in the morning. I also wear it under make-up (I wear Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation which needs a good moisturizer as a base).
The problems are the container. I had to decant it, because I could not for the life of me squeeze out the oil. It gets little solidified coconut pieces in there. I rub the oil in my hands before applying it, so as to drop the pieces off, so it's not a big deal. But getting it out of the container was a big problem.
I don't know if Parachute compares to other coconut oil products out there, but I've bought 3 of the smallest size bottles now, and none of them were "off" or stale smelling which seems great since oil can go off or rancid so quickly.
You can use it in your hair too, but it makes my hair too greasy. it's better used on face & neck -- plus skin.
I've been interested in trying OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) for some time but didn't have castor oil. I found a jar of extra virgin coconut oil in my cabinet that I had tried on my hair to great results so I figured I'd give this a go. WOW! I LOVE it for removing make up - eye MU especially. Simply amazing. No strenuous rubbing of the tender eye area at all.
Here's what I do: melt a small amount in my hands and begin to massage my face with the oil. It really feels nice since I take my time. I do the eye area last. I take a washcloth that has been soaking in hot water and apply it to my face and let it set for a minute. Then I use the cloth to remove the oil. My face is so smooth! And for me it's a relaxing ritual. For moistuizer I use plain jojoba oil or rose infused jojoba. Love this combo for my combo/oily skin.
I absolutely LOVE coconut oil! So multi-purpose- for hair, skin, even for cooking! It's got so many benefits and is so cheap considering a little goes a very long way! Always make sure to invest in extra virgin coconut oil in order to ensure that it's the highest quality.
Oh..my..god. I love this. I used it on my hair and body last night and I am so soft! I can't stop touching/playing with my hair and my arms are so nice and smooth. I originally bought this just for my hair, and put it on last night and massaged it into my scalp and hair and wrapped it in saran wrap and kept it in while I slept. I had some left on my hands so I just used it on my arms/elbows. Definitely going to keep using this!
I love coconut oil. I haven't really tried it on my hair yet though. We bought a large glass bottle for approx $5 (CAD) at a cultural store. The brand is LATA and it says 100% Pure Coconut Oil. The colour of the solid oil is a creamish colour. Coconut oil is NOT supposed to be white! If it is, it's because it has been bleached and thus, you are not getting all of the nutrients from it. It has a really strong smell that turned me off at first, but now I think it smells like cupcakes (only after it's on my skin though). When I got it, I took a tiny bit and rubbed it on my lips but within 10 minutes there was a hard bump beside my lip :| So, I haven't used it on my face and I'm scared to use it on my hair now too. I use it on my feet and legs and it's insanely moisturizing! It does take a little time to absorb so, I put it on my feet at night, cover it up with some socks and my feet are radiant by morning. I will try it for other things and I'm dying to cook with it (haven't tried it yet). It's one of the BEST oils to use for cooking because of all the health benefits.
I've been using small amounts of coconut oil on my hair for years. I take a tiny bit (using the tip of my nail), melt it between my fingers, and work it though the ends of my hair when it's still damp. That's it. It makes my hair look great!
I've also used it on elbows and knees when still damp, which works very well.
This is HG status for me, and I've never say that. Along with AmLactin, extra virgin coconut oil has completely transformed the skin on my body. I'm not sure about the face, as I am too scared to try. No more scaliness or weird bumps.
It is a little time consuming to use, because it's solid and you need to scrape out chunks from the jar and liquify it by rubbing it between your palms, but man, is it worth it! Beautifully hydrated skin with just the right amount of sheen. It sinks in a lot more than I thought it would. I personally love the smell, so that's an added bonus. It feels like my skin stays moisturized for 2 days after using this, even after a long, hot shower!
I bought mine at Whole Foods (365 brand). I don't remember how much I paid, but it will last for a really long time because it doesn't take much to cover you from head to toe. I have not tried cooking with it or eating it.