Christ on a bike! This stuff is awesome. I have nasty recurring ringworm rash that pops up on my body and most recently on my face. Bleh. In the past I've tried Lotrimin, Lamisil and Neosporin to say the least. Lotrimin used to work but I guess I've grown immune, because most recently I've had to have three sessions of lasering to get it to subside. Well I tried the coconut oil and it actually kicked the rash within 5 days. I know I sound like a convert but I can't believe it. It's so cheap and simple it's ridiculous - doctors are never going to tell you about it. I've been doing some reading on it and it seems the CO is a anti-microbial that works against yeast. I don't know if that is related to ringworm(fungus) but all I know is it worked inexplicably.
This stuff (plus apple cider vinegar and meat tenderizer...yes, believe it or not) has ENDED my arm keratosis. I LOVE IT.
As for the rest of me, my skin was always SO dry..no matter what cream or lotion I used. This stuff lasts ALL day! It is MESSY but well worth it. It doesn't feel greasy to me after a few minutes and soaks right in....My elbows are also not dark like they used to be....
This is a keeper!!!
This is my HG beauty product....I love coconut oil.
I use coconut oil as a body moisturizer after I get out of the shower. It takes a while to sink in, but it does keep my skin moisturized throughout the whole day and that is something that has never happened before. It also doesn't build up and make little clogged pores on my legs where normal lotion would clog up my skin.
I also put it on my face every night. It is very moisturizing and seems to have anti-bacterial properties as I see a lot of small pimples clear up after I'm done using it.
I would say that it makes my skin seem to have a natural glow. It doesn't get as dry during the day. Do not use it as a base to put on makeup, as makeup will slide right off, I tried that!
I also put some all over my hair before I go to bed. In the morning I shower and wash my hair and it makes my hair SO SHINY. I also changed up my routine and instead of using silicones in my hair to stop the frizz, i used a very small amount of it and rubbed it in my hands and then smoothed it over my hair and it seems to make my hair softer and much smoother than the silicones do.
I would only recommend buying Virgin Coconut Oil that is expeller pressed or cold pressed. Experiment with the brands, because some smell like coconut and some do not have a scent. I noticed that I get sick of the coconut smell after a while. It smells very nice at first, but it quickly wears on me. Sometimes I try other lotions but I always end up back to this one.
well I can't give you as much information as the people below, but I love this stuff. I was recently looking for some lotion that give my skin a healthy glow that isn't greasy, too shiney, etc. and coconut oil is it!! I was in Trinidad for carnival, so i got tanned really bad, so I needed something to help out my skin. So I got a bottle for about USD$1. And now i use it all over, for my skin and my hair and my scalp! super product, I also have a tub from spectrum, but really guys, go to an indian market or a west indian (caribbean) market, and you will be able to get it cheaper than at whole foods or trader joe's.
I stole this from http://www.longhaircareforum.com (I'm a lurker, lol):
This article was taken from the government site: NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE
1: J Cosmet Sci. 2003 Mar-Apr;54(2):175-92. Links
Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage.
* Rele AS,
* Mohile RB.
Research and Development Department, Nature Care Division, Marico Industries Ltd., Mumbai, India.
Previously published results showed that both in vitro and in vivo coconut oil (CNO) treatments prevented combing damage of various hair types. Using the same methodology, an attempt was made to study the properties of mineral oil and sunflower oil on hair. Mineral oil (MO) was selected because it is extensively used in hair oil formulations in India, because it is non-greasy in nature, and because it is cheaper than vegetable oils like coconut and sunflower oils. The study was extended to sunflower oil (SFO) because it is the second most utilized base oil in the hair oil industry on account of its non-freezing property and its odorlessness at ambient temperature. As the aim was to cover different treatments, and the effect of these treatments on various hair types using the above oils, the number of experiments to be conducted was a very high number and a technique termed as the Taguchi Design of Experimentation was used. The findings clearly indicate the strong impact that coconut oil application has to hair as compared to application of both sunflower and mineral oils.
Among three oils, coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product. Both sunflower and mineral oils do not help at all in reducing the protein loss from hair. This difference in results could arise from the composition of each of these oils. Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft.
Mineral oil, being a hydrocarbon, has no affinity for proteins and therefore is not able to penetrate and yield better results. In the case of sunflower oil, although it is a triglyceride of linoleic acid, because of its bulky structure due to the presence of double bonds, it does not penetrate the fiber, consequently resulting in no favorable impact on protein loss. continued >>
Washing my face every day with yogurt & coconut oil has totally transformed my skin. It is so glowingly beautiful! here is my secret regimen:
1. rub face with coconut oil
2. wash off with full-fat yogurt. (yes, it will leave a residue, but somehow it improves my complexion instead of making it greasy)
1. wash face with full-fat yogurt
2. use apple-cider vinegar (1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water) as astringent
3. rub face gently w/ coconut oil
4. blot excess coconut oil with tissue
I know that all this coconut oil and fatty yogurt should make me break out, but it has actually improved my oily complexion. My skin is glowing these days. Yay!
while i prefer the way jojoba oil feels (like it has a bit more substance, i mean), this is probably the only natural oil i'd recommend applying on your skin, hair, etc., because it's the healthiest. like jojoba, it actually absorbs into your skin and speeds up the time your skin takes to repair its natural lipid barrier. like jojoba, it has an incredibly long shelf life--stable enough to last 5 years under proper conditions (a cold, dark, dry place--under a sink or in a closet works:)). however, while jojoba mimics sebum, coconut oil is actually more compatable with skin because it mimics healthy human fats (which are what REALLY provides the health you see and feel in skin and hair). also, having more lauric acid, having a lower molecular weight, and a straighter chain than jojoba, it more readily penetrates the skin and hairshaft, being a better protector against protein damage from washing/drying/brushing (hair AND skin!). to top it off, it has a flashpoint of 400 degrees, while jojoba has a flashpoint of 200, making this a better oil for being in the sun, and ESPECIALLY blowdrying.if you read my reviews, you'll see that i gave mineral oil a 5 rating and ask yourself "WTF? she's a holistic nutjob???". this is because while natural oils actually penetrate the skin, being better moisturizers than petro-oils, the constant heat and oxygen flowing through your body causes these to turn rancid and oxidize, actually AGING YOU (and all of these natural oils absorb into your skin to the point where they reach your vital organs!). coconut oil is the only exception, as it doesn't oxidize. mineral oils only sit on the skin--IMO, it's better that it just sits on your skin than your body absorb it and it does damage to your organs.update: the above review is for virgin organic coconut oil. if you've got skin issues like eczema, or severely dry, chapped skin, you'll want to stick with organic. if you've just got regular dryness, i recommend fractionated--it's liquid with the same moisturizing properties as virgin coconut. the difference is that it doesn't have all the antibodies nor the same amount of squalane as the virgin, but it's much much cheaper. i like to put it in a spray bottle and spray it on after a shower... and then i spray it on at night, whether i shower or not. i think i prefer to spray my oils and fractionated gives me that kind of control. hope this helps. :) continued >>
I LOVE coconut oil! I try to stick to the Ayurvedic adage of not putting anything on my body that I can't put in my mouth (alkaline soaps and shampoos excluded....and I love my Dove Sensitive Skin deodorant, but that's a different review.) I also love the smell of coconut-I've used Mountain Ocean Skin Trip lotion for years, and I recently fell back in love with that ubiqitous 80's Paul Mitchell shampoo.
BUT-this stuff is heavenly. I buy the NOW Brand Certified Organic at my local hippy-dippy store. I melt about 2 oz. in a mug in the microwave (this takes about 5-10 seconds) and pour into a small squeeze bottle. You smell like a Mounds bar, nothing fake or plastic-y. It does take a little while to absorb, I just wear a robe. BTW, I HATE heavy or greasy moistuizers, but love feeling my skin super-soft. Coconut oil gives you this feeling, but without the Exxon Valdez sensation. For $5.00, you have to try it.
I love coconut oil too. I got a giant tub at Whole Foods for practically nothing. It has done wonders for DS's excezma prone skin. Very moisturizig without any chemicals to irritate skin. It's great head to toe. The only drawback, I wouldn't recemend using it during the day. It does take some time to absorb, and can stain clothes. But it's great at night.
Ladies & gents, do yourself the best body care favor you ever could: go to the supermarket and slap down a five dollar bill for a jar of pure, refined coconut oil.
Coconut oil is not greasy or sticky and hard to spread like most oils. It's solid just below room temperature, and liquid just above, and the tiniest bit will melt instantly in your palms and spread across a large amount of your skin. It's perfect for use all over your body - on your face, on your hair, on your nails and cuticles - everywhere. And a $5 jar will last well over a year.
Almost all traditional moisturizer formulations have ingredients to make your skin more receptive to the beneficial ingredients - sounds good in theory, but in reality, this means that everything you touch, both in your normal life and in the moisturizer itself, is going into your bloodstream. Not a problem if you use these moisturizers once in a while, but when you use them every day of your life for, say, sixty years, you absorb a ton of nasty, toxic chemicals.
Our world is more and more toxic every day - even handling copy machine toner or certain kinds of magazine paper, or having nail polish or exhaust fumes floating around your skin while it's more receptive to absorb this stuff - well, this is not so good to put your body through every day for most of your living years. Your skin is your largest organ and it's meant to be a barrier to all that junk floating around. Not to mention, a lot of the stuff *right in the moisturizers themselves* is pretty toxic when you get a steady, albeit small, dose of it every day of your life. you don't need it.
Another problem with traditional moisturizers is that they soften the topmost layer and break down the natural oils and protiens that serve as a barrier to keep the right moisture levels in the skin, so although when you first put the moisturizer on that action makes it feel quite silky and nice, by a few hours later, your skin can loose it's ballance once the water evaporates, and you feel like you need more moisturizer. Not so good. After about a month of only using the coconut oil, I found I could put a tiny bit of it on my face and body after a shower, and never feel the need to moisturize again until after my next shower.
So, I've been using coconut oil instead of moisturizer for about four months now, and though I still use sunscreens in a typical moisturizer formulation during the day, my skin is doing much better now. I find it doesn't feel dehydrated by the end of the day anymore, and I feel like my skin is in a natural state now and functioning in a much healthier way. And as far as the toxic problems associated with regular moisturizers are concerned, I feel that in a world as toxic as ours is, it's nice to be able to make whatever simple changes we can. Even if we can't be entirely non-toxic, every bit helps. continued >>