Non-deodorized (meaning coconut scent not removed) Extra Virgin Coconut Oil has replaced my cold cream after 23 years of loyal service. I love the coconut scent and the lauric acid keeps my pores clear and it leaves my face glowing. LOVE the fragrance too! When I use it religiously morning and night, I can go without makeup my skin looks so good. I also use it on my body after a shower while my skin is still damp. KP is almost gone!
I keep a jar in the bathroom for beauty and one in the kitchen for cooking and baking. :)
I bought Spectrum's organic coconut oil and used it as a protective oil when I flat-ironed my hair. Worked better than some of the hair serums I used and made my hair really soft and healthy looking. Plus, I love the smell of fresh coconut. I have yet to try it on my facial skin, but for my hair it works beautifully. It also works as a body moisturizer when I'm feeling a little dry. Also gives my legs a sexy sheen. I wish I discovered this soon.
Coconut oil is like a miracle product! I bought a lb of pure coconut oil on eBay and I am so glad I did. I use it mainly for my hair. I mix it with my deep conditioners and leave-in conditioners and I can't believe the shine of my hair! Just beautiful and it seems to be adding to the health of my bleached out hair. When I run out, I'll be right back on eBay!
i use this oil for my hair and skin. even though i have oily skin it helps with my blemishes. some oils work with your skin and clear it up. for example, tea tree oil, lemon oil, lavender oil, ylang ylang oil,etc.
i started using a mix of coconut oil, lemon oil, and ylang ylang and putting it on my skin every night after washing and cleansing with vinegar. its makes my skin smooth and clears it up. ive only been using it for a week and i really like it. i recommend it!
I don't think this will break out acne prone skin, contrary to the review below. Just because it's an oil it doesn't mean it breaks you out. In fact, I've heard of so many cases where acne has been cleared up within days from coconut oil. I bought organic coconut oil and used it as a moisturizer all over basically. I love it so much, and the few zits I have went down tonight. My skin was glowing and all. I'll up my rating to 5 stars after a week's use of this. =) So far, my mom and I love it.
Coconut oil has always been a natural beauty product in Islander Regions. In India and Sri Lanka, coconut oil is commonly used for styling hair, and cooling or soothing the head (stress relief). People of coastal districts of Karnataka and Kerala bathe in warm water after applying coconut oil all over the body and leaving it as is for an hour. It is suggested by elders that this ritual must be done at least once in a week, to keep body, skin, and hair healthy.
texture: Unlike most oils, Extra Virgin Coconut oil comes in a jar as a white solid. Its texture is a bit like butter but is harder and doesn't melt as easily. Coconut oil does however melt if you rub it in between your palms. When it is melted it is feels lighter than Olive oil and Jojoba.
$ 11.00 at vitamin world probably cheaper at supermarkets
pros: 1)Cocos nucifera aka Coconut extract is wonderful cheaper, natural alternative to preventing dark spots on your face and body but does not work for improving or lightening age spots or skin pigmentation. 2) it can be used as a hair oil treatment and works just as well if not exactly the same as jojoba and olive oil. 3) Coconut oil can also help in healing Keratosis pilaris (because it is 50% lactic acid) by moisturising the affected area. The coconut oil should be applied in the shower, and can cause the KP bumps to disappear. 4)Coconut oil is excellent as a skin moisturiser. A study shows that extra virgin coconut oil is as effective and safe as mineral oil when used as a moisturiser, with absence of adverse reactions. 5) Coconut oil is the best alterantive to any cooking oils because it has the longest shelf life, and since it is a saturated fat, its double bonds are not affected in higher temperatures. 6) It is recommended that Cocont oil be consumed each day for incredible health benefits (weight management, lowering cholesterol etc.) 7) Coconut oil has also Monolaurin which is the anti-viral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria including listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia! Constant consumption of coconut oil can totally depelte the viral load of HIV over time!!!
cons: 1) since coconut oil is not a liquid at room temperature its almost like waiting for an ice cube to melt on your hand. Both solid and liquid, not so convenient. 2) NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE WITH OILY ACNE PRONE SKIN. like me. BIG NO! if you're not prone to acne and are able to use mineral oils then you are able to use this on your face. it will be okay didn't mean to scare you. It is wonderful on your body though but for myself i find it nicely moisturizes extremly dry areas such as knees elbows etc. :D but i could never put this on my chest or back
conclusion: I apologize for going over a couple of the many benefits that doesn't have to do with being a moisturizer/ beauty product as this is what it is listed for but the i just have to rave about the health benefits!! However, I have to keep in mind all the people who are prone to acne and think its ok to put this on thier face because this most likely will break you out. << a very important factor in my book. 3/5 continued >>
Wow who knew coconut oil could work better than most expensive moisurizers i've tried. I recently decided to start taking coconut oil internally for it's health benefits. I heard it was also great on the skin, so after i'd just rub the rest on my face. I woke up with an amazing glow. Any blemishes I had or red spots were healing extrememly fast. My skin is smooth, supple, and soft. I combine this with an AVC toner. I used to have extremely oily skin, and now it's perfectly balanced. I do find it to be a bit heavy for day use but great as a night cream.
*edit my eylids have been extremely dry and irritated, so i applied this directly to them and it's very soothing and all the redness and irritation is gone, way better than eye creams i've tried for moisturizing properties
I started using coconut oil in Nov after reading about all the wonderful benefits to coconut oil. I have been making a lot of changes in my life the major one: getting rid of toxic chemicals I am consuming and putting in my body. Since I tossed out my drugstore moisterizer I decided to replace it with this and the results have been great! At first I did notice a slight coconut scent but it wore off quickly. I use a tiny bit and melt it in my hands then massage it onto my face, it works great with my mineral makeup. I also use it all over my body and love it! I buy mine from Puritan Pride when they have the buy 1 get 2 free. Its not organic but that's fine for me.
Organic, virgin coconut oil is the BOMB! It is really amazing - and this is coming from someone that has had troubled skin my ENTIRE life - oily, acne-prone and very sensitive. First, I read a book about the "miracles" of coconut oil and decided to test it out for myself. The results have been amazing. I've spent thousands of dollars on all kinds of highly touted products that did not work (and even made my skin worse at times). The keratosis on my arms is GONE after using coconut oil on my body after a shower instead of lotion. I then, with great trepidation, used a very thin layer of coconut oil on my face after my nightly wash. I got a few breakouts initially I think from the detox, but now, my skin looks more evenly toned, smaller pores and just smooth. Not to mention that my body is actually as soft as a newborn baby (I know, corny, but true). I also take coconut oil internally, I mix a teaspoon full in my tea a couple times a day and I think it's boosted my immune system. I also cook with it if I have to use oil (I only use Olive Oil cold since it can turn into a trans fatty acid when heated). All I can say is, read up on it like I did and try it out. You will love it. It's so exciting that something so available and cheap is so effective. You won't hear doctors or cosmetic companies talking about it because they can't put a patent on a natural product - there's no money in it for them. Coconut oil has been given a very bad rap for the past 20 years (remember hearing about how bad tropical oils are?) - well, that was a big political push from the soybean and corn industry to buy their products instead. Now, soybean is supposed to be really bad for our health - read up for yourself.
I had bought a cheap 2 dollar jar of 100% refined oil and it just didn't work for me. I had put some on a few hours before I took a shower. Once my shampoo touched it, my hair became a dry mess that I could barely comb through. Figuring it was because of the reaction with the shampoo, I got out of the shower and put some more oil in. It kept my hair manageable but it was still very dry.
I went out and bought a 10 dollar jar of unrefined organic coconut oil, and just by comparing to colour of the 2 I can smell the difference. When I use my shampoo it doesn't get dry anymore and my formerly very wavy, VERY dry, VERY frizzy and very coarse hair (which is prone to split ends) is silky soft and shiny.
Perhaps it was just my shampoo? I used it with my mother's Inner Science line. If anyone has had a similar experience please let me know.
It's been about a month or 2 of coconut oil. I find it's either making my hair dryer or it's just stopped working. And I really wanted this to work on me.