I bought Spectrum unrefined coconut oil after buying the refined type (unscented) and finding it did nothing at all. I use the unrefined on my hair after I shampoo. I rub some in mixed with a little pure shea butter and olive oil to give my hair a sheen and unbelievable softness.It can be a skin irritant if used alone though for scalp or body/face.
My cousin tried it on her severe acne and it broke her out even more. I can;t use it alone because the smell chemically reacts with my skin and makes me smell ew!
Using 1 week on my face and body and I've had some odd experiences! My face breaks out in the nose creases and on my chin / jaw, which I had mostly under control with acv (apple cider vinegar) used as a toner. Needed to find a better moisturizer - couldn't quite find the right one. The first day of coconut oil, the skin around my nose was dry and scabby. Second day same thing. Third day I exfoliated and then used the coconut oil - soft and no pimples. It left the area by my nose like new skin. My face feels smoother - and is less oily in the combination areas. This oil almost seems to dry up my face while hydrating it at the same time. So I've started mixing a small amount of aloe vera with the oil for my face, and I like that. Mineral makeup looks better over this oil than other moisturizers. Smaller pores. The oil soaks in after 10 minutes or so - I always put it on damp skin. For my body I put it on right after the shower while I'm still wet. I also have eczema on my hands that hasn't gone away for almost 2 years - It seems to be helping, but after only one week I can't be sure yet. I read on the internet that some people use this as a deodorant because it has antibacterial properties. This comes in a wide mouth glass jar and coconut oil liquifies at about 76 degrees. I transferred it to a small squeeze bottle which works well when it's liquid and I can unscrew the top when it solidifies. It melts easily in your hands. I'll update in a month or so - After trying so so many moisturizers that don't work, I think natural is the way to go. And I don't have to spend crazy money anymore! **UPDATE** Three months later and I just bought my second bottle, since I use it on the face, body and hair. So about $6.50 every 3 months for lotion - I love that! Still doesn't cause breakouts, soaks into the skin nicely. I've gotten into a habit / routine putting the oil on after the shower which I was never able to keep up with lotion so my body is much better moisturized than ever. It's so true that you have to do things consistently to get results. I LOVE COCONUT OIL!
EVCO -- for hair. I haven't seen anyone mention if this is ok on color-treated hair, so I thought I'd chime in. My hair was bleach blonde, now I'm a med brunette, so I was worried that this might strip the color out...NOPE! It's wonderful. I put 1/2 teasp (which is plenty!) on damp hair & it worked like a charm. Blow-dried it, now it's super soft and looks like I used a silicone product; it's nice & 'piecey'', like I went to a salon. Just be careful not to use it on the roots, otherwise it'll look dirty. Voila.
I have really, really thick coarse hair that's highlighted. This oil makes my hair soft and smooth, so I love that. I just slather it on once a week and then wrap a towel around my head and watch TV for half an hour to an hour then I go take a shower. As for coconut oil causing acne, I've had just the opposite experience. I had like four swollen zits on my back, and this cleared them up within a day or so. It does stain clothing, so be sure to be careful. I think it helps to clear up old acne scars. I have used coconut oil on my face (I have near albino, Celtic skin which is sensitive and acne and cyst prone) and it clears up my face pretty well. It is obviously oily for a while, but I find that it sinks in, faster than jojoba oil, and that if I use it as a night treatment I'll wake up to slightly dry skin. I think anyone should be careful with their skin, but I would tell others to give coconut oil a go. I love slathering it all over because it gives a lovely sheen to my blinding white skin :) I have Jarrow Products Organic brand oil, I don't really notice the smell at all. It cost me like $5 for a tub of this stuff. A great buy as far as I'm concerned. Also, I use oilve oil on my face during the day sometimes and it works great. I have found that olive oil makes my hair seem darker if I use it on my hair, so I prefer coconut oil as a hiar treatment.
I've used this off and on, but found that sometimes it's great, and sometimes, not so much. After reading the other reviews here, I think understand why. First of all, for the reviewers talking about the smell, get the "refined" in the food section of the health food store, it has no smell. Secondly, if you place the jar in a bowl of warm water it will melt faster (and of course, the microwave works great). I however, usually just scrap it out and then use a hand mixer to "whip" it up a little. I do this and then add about 25% to my body/hand lotion. Love it at first, and then after awhile, I find that it becomes more drying and maybe a little irritating. And after reading the other reviews (thank you, by the way), I understand that the lactic acid is what's creating the problem. Also, it never worked on my hair, dried it out like crazy. So, now I've switched to olive oil (I prefer the extra light, the extra virgin is pretty heavy), which I use on my hair once a week and I also mix 25% or so in with my lotion, works great for me. Edit: I developed a hand allergy a few years ago, from using anti-bacterial dish soap for too many years, and coconut oil seems to be something that triggers a reaction (along with shea butter). So I've stopped using it and have switched to olive oil in the same way I was using coconut oil - it's a more neutral oil and I actually think it works better.
I bought cold pressed virgin coconut oil from my health food store and have been using it on my skin as a makeup remover and a moisturizer - it REALLY helped the pores on my nose disappear - especially when I apply mineral makeup after - my previous moisturizer made ALL my pores look like craters when I applied MMU.
No breakouts (although I'm alarmed to hear that coconut oil is comodogenic!), rosacea skin is happy, less red (especially since I started drinking fresh coconut water), AND wrinkles are less obvious.
I also use it in my hair in place of conditioner and my hair is soft - if I apply too much it becomes greasy... getting the right amount of oil is a bit tricky.
The container it came in was a wide mouth, squat bottle - I transferred it to a medicine dropper bottle - as I live in the tropics, the oil is permanently in a liquid state so that works for me.
Coconut Oil is one of the best things that could happen to your hair. I put it on dampish hair and then leave it in for a few hours, sometimes even over night, and when I shampoo it off using a mild shampoo, my hair is soft and bouncy and my curls springy. I use it on my body when its particularly dry and it works a treat!
I have mixed emotions about coconut oil. I have been using Spectrum Unrefined purchased from Whole Foods. I like the fact that it's lowering my exposure to toxins and when I put it on the scent makes me feel as though I've gone to some tropical spa in my own bathroom. :) On the flip side, the oil tends to melt and solidify depending on the temperature. I once put it in my hair and when I went outside on a cold, damp day it seemed to harden in my hair. So I had defined oily clumps in my hair. Yeah, not cute. Also, according to Acne Detective (http://www.zerozits.com/Articles/acnedetect.htm) coconut oil is labled as comedogenic. So I didn't dare use it on my face/back/shoulders/chest, but I think it caused a pimple on the back of my knee. (!?)
my mom used to put coconut oil on my hair when i was younger and my hair was always soft and shiney. i didnt need any expensive shampoos or conditioners at all. last year i started using VCO, but this time not only on my hair, but my body, hand, feet, and face!i have oily, acne prone skin and it did not break me out nor clog my pores. i stopped using it and started using DHC deep cleansing oil which broke me out HORRIBLY!!! my pimples had just cleared up recently and i want to use coconut oil again...i've just started using on my face last night...and tonight...my skin is still alright..(after breaking out from olive oil i freaked out completely thinking all kinds of oil in this world will break me out. but coconut oil didnt break me out earlier so i'll give it a try...AGAIN). i'll see how it goes within a week and i'll update my progress. UPDATE:Been using this on my skin for 3 nights now, no break out, no clogged pores. actually my skin looked a bit like its glowing:)will update on how it goes in a week. UPDATE(04/09/07):its been a week now and wow..i cant believe how much my skin is clearing up!it didnt give me new clog pores, but it kind of detoxed my face because 2-3 of the old clog pores were actually unclogging:) tiny pimples around my nose were clearing up, and so are little rash-like pimples(i dont know what that is called) around my cheek bones are 80% GONE!my skin is so smooth now!UPDATE:(04/19/07) it had been 17 days since i first used coconut oil. my skin is now 90% perfect. 10% more to go!
I think this is great for hair. It really smoothed my frizzies - better than jojoba or grapeseed oil. It really penetrates the hair rather than just sitting on the surface. I read here on MUA that something like 90% of coconut oil makes it into the hair shaft.
I used the plain kind, which has a bad smell to it, because I just wanted to try it out to see if it worked. However, I wouldn't use this on my skin. I was very careful to avoid getting it on my face, neck or back. This is because the comedogenicity rating of coconut oil is very high. It rates a 4 on a scale of 0-5. Although some people can use it on their skin without problems, anyone who is prone to clogged pores or acne should exercise a lot of caution with this. Eventually, I stopped using this on my hair, because although I didn't have any breakouts on my skin due to it, I was worried about it.