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.
So excited to see coconut oil listed here!
This is a wonderful deep conditioning hair treatment. I rub it into my scalp and also the ends of my hair then put my hair in a ponytail. Lay a towel over the pillowcase, sleep and wash out in the morning. I prefer to leave it in for a long time to get maximum effects which is why I use it overnight.
I am not partial to putting it on and going outside. Since it is oil it makes my hair look greasy while on so it's an at home thing.
It's also really relaxing and therapeutic to massage into the scalp. If you can get someone else to do this for you it is just heavenly.
I use this about once a month but I could see doing this every week.
Pros: It's all natural, keeps your hair looking shiny and moisturized. Very affordable (I have Vatika brand from the Indian grocery store), smells nice too!
Can't think of any cons at the moment.
Organic Extra Virgin/Virgin Unrefined Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, one of the best things on earth. I do everything with coconut oil. I eat it, I put it on the ends of my hair sometimes, I rub it into my skin like a lotion, I mix it with Bee Yummy Skinfood as a facial cream, I make scrubs with it. Everyone should always have a jar of Coconut Oil at home. This is a clear oil, solid at a certain temperature, when solid it looks like a clear thick gel speckled with white cracks. To me its priceless.
I have already reviewed this as a hair treatment and for hair, I give it a 5. For skin, I am stuck between a 1 and a 2. It is supposed to be wonderful for eczema but I find it just sits on top of skin and doesnt absorb in the least. When it finally wears away, skin is not softened. It would probably have more benefits for the skin if it was ingested, however I do feel it is making my hair softer as a night treatment...just make sure you wash after or you will look greasy.
So I kept changing my mind about this product but finally settled on my opinion.
I dye my hair vibrant extreme colours (blue, purple etc). I hate this as a pre-shampoo treatment. It fades my colour, a lot! I was very disappointed because all the great reviews for it and hair. But oh well.
I do like it as a hair serum though. After styling my hair, I use a smidgen on my ends and finish of running my hands through my hair to smooth flyaways. This doesn't last long as a serum, I find my hair soaks it up a bit. By the end of the day my hair still looks shiny and nice but I do have a bit of a kink from the humidity. Also be careful of how much you use as CO solidifies at 24 degrees celcius. If you use too much it'll turn up like a white paste on your hair. Ick.
I use this on my eye area. I have dry skin and this moisturizes great, plus it makes my lashes grow thick and strong. I use it on my face as a highlighter on my cheekbones when I go out at night. I also occasionally use it as a moisturiser but if I use it too much I do get some congested pores.
I have dry skin so I like to use this on my body after I shave or to give a nice sheen when I go out. It takes a long time to soak in so be careful with how much you use, a little goes a long way! It also soothes nice after waxing.
My mom got a huge tub at Shoppers for $10CDN. It is not EVCO but it works great anyway. It's organic and cold pressed. I bought a small jar of EVCO for the same price and found no difference.
I hate that it comes in a jar but I'm not sure how else it would. I have a smaller jar I transfer batches into, that way if it gets contaminated only a small bit of it does which I can throw out and clean the jar.
It isn't too expensive, and a great multi-purpose product so I would buy again. I wish it smelt more like coconut though! Even EVCO didn't smell as strong as everyone said, and I'm sensitive to scents. But I suppose we're all more sensitive to scents we hate.
Coconut oil is awesome!
How you use it is dependent on your own hair type.
I have a thick amount of hair, but it is fine in texture, and wavy (2c) and highlighted (so very dry at top). I also have a slightly dry scalp that gets itchy sometimes.
Coconut oil does many things for my hair:
- Leaves my hair stronger, shinier, and a little more moisturized. For my hair type, it actually works more as a fortifier and strengthener, than a conditioner. I use it before shampooing and conditioning. When I let my hair air dry, my hair is smooth, and super shiny! Without any product in it at all, it's amazing. The shine is a very natural, healthy sort of shine though, not like shampoo commercials, but it is noticeable.
-As a smoother, frizz eliminator on frizzy bits at my crown- Only using not more than 2 finger tips worth of oil though! It's easy to get it greasy or crunchy if you put in too much. Only the tiniest bit of wetness on your fingertips will do the trick.
- As a leave-in: I like to put a few fingertips worth of oil on my fingertips and run my hands through the undersides of my hair.
- For defining layers: I rub my hair ends in between my fingers and lift up the layers to define them a bit.
This is one of my favorite ways to use it, but unfortunately you have to use up quite a bit of it so it gets expensive.
Mix some brown sugar with coconut oil in a jar and use it as a body scrub and foot scrub in the shower! It's very messy though and the oil soaks up the sugar fast, so only make a little bit at a time. It leaves my skin moisturized and soft and glowing. It's like a daily spa treatment :)
This scrub also works as a shave protectant! I've used it instead of shaving cream and my skin has that oil barrier on it from the coconut so i've been able to shave without that stinky shaving cream.
As a food, I personally don't use it. I tried it on toast, and it's okay, but I personally don't care for it.
VIRGIN VS. NOT?
I first bought coconut oil from NOW foods- it was a deoderized, natural processed coconut oil (NOT extra virgin, unrefined). However I used up the whole tub and the next time I bought coconut oil (a few weeks ago) I bought another one from Whole Foods that says it's raw, extra virgin, unrefined, etc. The only differences I could find were:
The extra virgin is whiter
it has a very faint coconut smell.
As for working on your hair, BOTH worked exactly the same on my hair type. So if it's cheaper to get the un-virgin coconut oil, I would recommend getting it (if you're just using it for your hair that is). For me, both worked exactly the same. This may have been though because the un-virgin one I tried was extracted in a good way so it was the same quality as the virgin? Not sure.
If you are Indian like me, coconut oil is a staple in the household lol. Its a very commonly used product all across India and has been used for thousands of years. This is owed to Ayurveda (ancient Hindu medicine system) which expounds the myriad uses of coconut oil (weight loss, aids in digestion, prevention of heart disease, strengthening the immune system...). It really is a miracle oil. While the skin care and health benefits of olive oil are very well known in North America, coconut oil is still largely unknown. I should point out that Coconut oil is a far superior oil for cooking compared to Olive oil. Coconut oil is more stable at higher temperatures, whereas heat damages olive oil as olive oil has large amounts of monounsaturated fats. Coconut oil does have more saturated fats but there are different types of saturated fats, and coconut oil contains the good kind. You can see whfoods.com for more info for culinary uses of both.
Personally I've never used either CO or EVOO for cooking. As a child, my mom used to apply it (massage it...) to my head on alternate nights. Your head feels nice and cool after application. I would then wash it the next morning. The result? Noticeably healthier, stronger and shinier hair. You notice that its not just your hair that is wonderfully nourished...but more importantly your SCALP. The shampoos, conditioners, and hair products we use have harsh chemicals that tend to dry out the scalp so this is quite essential in providing some relief for your scalp. It also gets rid of dandruff and dead skin from your scalp. Also if your hair is damaged due to dyeing or bleaching you should really try this. Oh yes, and your hair grows quite fast once you begin applying this regularly...it's cool. One important thing: it will stain your pillow cover and pillow. So I have a separate pillow that I use for my CO nights.
As a teen I found coconut oil to be greasy and uncool, so despite my mom's constant nagging I stopped using it regularly. But of course, as I grew older I realized that Indian people have strong healthy thick manes for a reason lol and that reason is coconut oil; so I started using it again and its been really therapeutic for my hair. I also use this or almond oil as a body moisturizer. I find it too greasy for my face; it doesn't break me out but it's just not right for my skin type. Its all natural, non-irritating and is sold at a reasonable price so there's really no reason not to try it. You can be sure to find this at all times at ANY Indian grocery store. You won't regret it :)
okay so for my high school career i used CO in my hair to keep it looking great for curly and straight styles. why i stopped using it ..oh yeah i moved and no longer had access to the specific brand i loved...anyways..8 years without it i am back to CO but now it's OEVCO. I found a 15 oz jar at Vitamin Shoppe for $8.99. This is my second day with it and i don't have to use gel or product! softness, shine and all that jazz and no gel or hairspray. My curls form better (3b). All this even after spending hours at the pool with my family.
i also rubbed some on my daughter's hair and her curls form better and she's got more shine and bounce. LOVE IT!