I use this mainly for my teeth(oil-pulling) and my hair. I used to use it on my skin, and, while it didn't make me break out, it didn't moisturize it as much as I wanted, so I use jojoba now. However, for oil-pulling and my hair, it's great! I use the Spectrum brand. It's refined but organic(though I'm likely going to look for something even more natural next time I run out. I use it in pretty much every hair mask I do, or on it's own as a pre-shampoo treatment, and on my ends at night when I put my hair in braids or twists. In dry hair, it makes it super soft and subtly shiny without being greasy. As a mask or pre-poo, it does the same, and prevents my hair from getting too stripped by my shampoo(though I do have to scrub more to make sure my hair doesn't get oily).
As for oil-pulling, it helps to whiten my teeth and give my mouth a more thorough clean without damaging my teeth like other whitening products. However, it's not as effective or as dramatic as such products.
Other uses of mine: lip balm, shaving cream
It's a very good multitasking natural oil
There are things I like Extra virgin coconut oil for, & things I don't. I originally bought this to use on my hair. I've been using it for a while (correctly as reccommended) & it leaves my hair shiny....but doesn't do much else. After a couple of uses, this also builds up in your hair like crazy. So, a good clarifying shampoo is VITAL or else your hair will be an oily greaseball until you clarify. As far as moisturizing goes, this honestly didn't really moisturize my hair...it just covered my hair in oil. Once the oil was washed out, no moisturizing effect was left behind. It actually (slightly) made my hair drier. From reading some of the other reviews, I am not the only person who had this same effect. I researched before buying this, & I bought the right type of coconut oil (suggested brand most people say to use), correctly applied it, & left it on for the correct amount of time.
This absoloutley has a strong ability to clog pores, so I would not reccommend people with sensitive skin/acne prone to use this on or near their face. If in question, do a small patch test prior. I DO like the way this tastes as a butter alternative, & I will use the rest of my jar for cooking purposes. As for hair & skin purposes go, I think I'll just stick to what I was previously doing for my whole life...it has always worked for me. I have used this to shave before, & it does do a good job at moisturizing skin...but the consistency is too thick for my razor. Regular lotion I use to shave with works just as well.
I love coconut oil. I use it on my hair, I use it on my body, i put it on cuts, I feed it to my dog and myself. I don't put it on my face since I feel it can clog my pores. It might not, but I rather not try.
I really love it on my hair. I put it in, leave it on for a few hours, wash it off. After a few uses, even my hubby noticed a difference. My hair got healthier, shinier and smoother. Now I use it about once a week.
I'm a highly clog prone person, but I decided to experiment with coconut oil, out of curiousity. I put it on one 1/2 of my nose, for 4 days. At day 4, a new cyst was forming in the crease in my nose, and roughly 80% of my pores were clogged. The other half of my nose was normal. So, yes, this really is comedogenic. I found that I reacted to this significantly faster than my average reaction to moisturizers, which usually takes @2 wks.
Edit: Now it's 2 months out. I was looking at the clogs in my nose and realized that they were 10x worse on one side. Hmmm. I wonder why...OH WAIT. That's the side I tried the Coconut oil on! SO, I am 2 months out and that side of my nose is still feeling the negative effects of only a few days of coconut oil. Wowza.
I might add, this also gave me acne on my body. Ever had clogged pores on your legs? Not good.
This stuff is just amazing. There's use for it in almost everything. Here are what I use it as:
-Natural tanning oil
-Butter alternative in stir-fries
-Bi-weekly facial moisturizer (if I use it to often I break out ): )
-Consume orally daily for healthier hair, skin, and energy
-Cuts to speed up healing
-In DIY hand washing soap (Dr. Bronner's castille soap, coconut oil and tea tree oil)
-Eye makeup remover
and my favorite....
In recipes! Here's my favorite one, It's absolutely AMAZING and surprising very healthy!
CHOCOLATE COCONUT CLUSTERS
2/3 cup shredded/flaked coconut (unsweetened)
2/3 cup melted coconut oil + 1 TBSP (the TBS is used later in the recipe)
1/2 cup almond butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (dark chocolate chips work too)
1. Mix almond butter, coconut flakes, 2/3 cup of coconut oil and vanilla in medium bowl, place in freezer for a few minutes, and stir consistently until made a less liquid texture. This will be used to form the little clusters.
2. Use hands or spoon to form little balls (they won't be perfectly shaped) and place each ball on wax paper on a large plate, then place in freezer for 5-10 minutes to freeze solid.
3. When clusters have hardened, melt the chocolate chips + 1 TBS of coconut oil in double boiler, or just heat in microwave on half power, for a minute OR 30 seconds each time, and stir consistently until melted.
4. Dip each cluster in chocolate and put back on plate with wax paper. Once all are done, drizzle the leftover chocolate on each one to coat it a little better. Place in freezer, and eat in 10-15 minutes when completely solidified!
If you like the taste of coconut and chocolate, you will fall in LOVE with this recipe. (:
I use this for a lot of beauty things, but mostly for hair. My favorite use is as an overnight hair mask. Before bed, Ill generously apply it all over my head, from root to tip. Then put a shower cap on, followed by a turbie twist. Wake up in the morning, wash it out, and voila! It literally makes my hair feel brand new. Like someone shaved my head and replaced it with brand new hair. I have wavy, somewhat coarse hair that I blow dry straight. Using coconut oil has made my hair more strong, healthy and manageable. Its so much cheaper than other expensive products that claim to do the same.
I was recently introduced to coconut oil when I started looking into the Primal Blueprint diet. Adding a bit of this to protein shakes gives them a faint yummy coconut taste, and is a healthful way to get good fats into your diet.
I then starting rubbing it into my skin and using it as a facial moisturizer. Heaven!! It has been scientifically proven to penetrate the cuticle of hair and to protect it from heat, UV rays and mechanical stresses.
My whole family uses it now after showering, and the results have been spectacular. I have particularly noticed a SIGNIFICANT softening of the keratosis pilaris on my daughter's arms after smoothing coconut oil on after baths. Nothing else I have tried has had this effect. I think because it penetrates the skin, it is able to really soften. I also put it on her hair before baths and also before she gets in the pool. She tends to get dry brittle sun and chlorine damaged hair in the summer, and this has significantly softened it. My whole family uses it as a sunscreen - in affords approximately 4 to 8 SPF and also protects against sun damage with it's anti inflammatory properties. I also put this in my hair and then braid it if I am going to be out in the sun, or swimming. I have not had an issue with using it on my face, but I notice that some people do, so proceed with caution.
And oh yes - massaged into my flaky itchy scalp before shampooing is a wonderful way to treat my cradle cap type dandruff. It may be it's antifungal properties that are helping here, as this type of dandruff is usually very responsive to antifungal shampoos. However, those shampoos are hard to come by, and don't work very well on my hair, so I prefer the coconut oil.
All this, and I HATE coconut. Those shredded coconut ice creams and candy's make my teeth crawl. But I love the results of this oil so much, that I am now liking the smell. :)
I love this stuff. Sure it is not cheap, but a little goes a long way so you get your money's worth. I use this on my hair for a mask. You don't need a deep conditioner. I use it as a lip balm or lip scrub. I use it as a lotion which btw will make your skin ridiculous soft. I use it for shakes and recipes. I use it for my feet. My favorite product along with honey. Seriously there is so much you could do with coconut oil.
I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this yet. I have been using it in my hair for years. I have probably been putting the review off because it's been hard for me to find a shampoo/conditioner pair that I'm happy with and not allergic to, so I've been feeling for the longest time that perfect hair is right around the corner. Perfection has yet to materialize, but no matter what shampoo/conditioner I use, adding a bit of coconut oil every morning to my freshly washed or freshly rinsed hair (I shampoo every three days) seriously improves the way my hair looks. I put slightly more oil in my hair on days that I wash than on days that I rinse, but I never put on more than one to three dips of my fingertip up to the first joint into the liquid oil. I have found that different brands of EVCO seem to work quite differently -- I don't know why. I use Garden of Eden (the one pictured above), which melts into my hair and, although my hair isn't frizz-free (the reason I'm giving it four lippies and it has just missed HG status for me), it allows it to be healthy, and I am able to wear my curls down instead of pulled back into a ponytail. I have even, on occasion, gotten compliments on my hair, which never happened before I started using EVCO. When I used Spectrum brand, however, the oil laid on top of my hair, leaving it un-moisturized, yet still greasy.
Overall, I am very happy to have found an EVCO that works for my hair. It allows my thick, course, yet easily weighed down hair to be healthy and curly.
My hair feels amazingly soft after using a few drops of this stuff. Like..it feels better than if I used any leave in conditioner or serum. I'm so glad I don't have to spend money anymore on expensive products. It feels like I never even put dye on my head.
I also put this on my face at night. I'm still on the fence, cause I have combination skin that's sometimes oily sometimes super super dry. I've had some breakouts, but also have been using a few other new things on my face as well so it's too soon to tell...
Either way, this is awesome for your hair.