Unlisted Brand • Spectrum - Coconut Oil • Treatments
|Would buy this product again.||96%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I am copying and pasting my review from another coconut oil listing:
For reference, I have medium/fine (though a lot of it) shoulder length dirty blonde hair which lighten with Sun-in (about 3 times a month with the blow dryer). I often blow dry my hair and follow with soft curls/waves from using my Chi flat iron. My hair is mildly damaged with very dry ends and usually just feels all around thirsty/dehydrated.
I use straight up 100% coconut oil (purchased from a locally owned grocery store similar to Fresh Market or Whole Foods) from a jar/tub (Olive oil never worked as well for me and I don't care for the smell). It cost me about $15 for a decently sized jar/tub thing that has lasted over a year. I used to submerge the jar under hot water to melt it, but lately I've found it *much* easier to apply to my hair by just scooping it out while it's semi-solid (it has an almost soft waxy texture like a chapstick) and generously running in through my hair in sections then tie it in a high bun. I've read that since coconut oil penetrates the hair that there is no need to blowdry but I feel like the heat helps so I'll usually blow it on high heat for a few minutes. I put on a cheap cotton headband to keep it from running onto my face/neck (which it will eventually but whatever it's sooo worth it/since I shower after and wash my face I've never broken out from it), cover with a shower cap and then a twistie turby (those thing hair towel things). I like to let it sit as long as possible, though I personally couldn't comfortably sleep with it in, so I'll usually clean and do house work for a few hours. When I get into the shower to rinse it out, I shampoo twice and follow with a normal conditioner. Afterwards my hair feels and looks soooo much healthier, shinier, softer, and way more hydrated. Whenever I want to spend a ton of money on salon quality hair treatments and masks I have to remind myself to just go back to coconut oil.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I use coconut oil for three purposes: as a deodorant, hair treatment, and mouthwash.
To use it as a deodorant, I just rub a small amount on my underarms after showering. Some people mix it with baking soda. I've never tried it this way or found it necessary. I don't sweat a lot, but with the hormones from being pregnant, my pits tend to be stinkier than usual. I've used clinical strength and men's deodorants and neither have been able to keep me odor free for as long (all day and night) as coconut oil. I've also used natural deodorants and the crystal block type, and for me they work worse than conventional types.
To use it as a hair treatment, I usually apply a small amount to slightly damp hair in the morning. I have to have my hair in a neat bun all day, and this helps cut down on flyaways and prevents my ends from becoming frazzled and crispy (a big problem with having my hair in a bun every day). I don't like using hair spray because of the chemicals and getting it on my sensitive skin, so this is a good alternative.
As a mouthwash, I occasionally practice oil pulling, but mostly I just swish with a teaspoon of coconut oil after brushing. Even with not eating a lot of sweets and good oral hygiene, pregnancy and the lowered immune system that comes with it can make your mouth really vulnerable to bacteria growth and tooth decay. This really surprised me when I started waking up with sour mouth and very sensitive teeth. Using coconut oil has greatly diminished that sensitivity and helps keep my mouth fresh for much longer, not to mention that it works as a tooth whitener and remineralizer (aka, it can actually strengthen your teeth). This is a somewhat unconventional use for coconut oil, but it's extremely effective and I highly recommend it.
I don't use coconut oil as a body or facial moisturizer. On the body, I find that it absorbs almost too well, leaving my skin very dry after an hour of applying it. I also don't use it on my face because it can break me out (but pretty much only Jojoba oil doesn't break me out, and I mean that among practically every other substance on earth). So this use didn't work for me, but I'm not docking any rating points for that because it's so amazing for other uses, and I know it works well as a moisturizer for some other people, just be aware that it might not work for everyone.
Overall, this is an incredibly useful and diverse product. You're bound to find at least one practical use for it, if not more.
I also take around 2 or 3 tablespoons of coconut oil a day internally, which gives me a nice boost of energy and helps calm anxiety, not to mention a whole array of other health benefits and it being a powerful antioxidant (makes you pretty from the inside!). I recommend either taking it straight or at least cooking with it if you can't stand eating a spoonful of it, lol. Also, buy TWO jars: one for internal and one for external use. Don't mix! Yuck!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I am a massage therapist and I use this particular brand and product during my sessions. After studying certain conditions of the skin some of my clients were experiencing I decided to use Spectrum Expeller Pressed Organic Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil because of it's superior quality and price. My clients absolutely enjoy how it feels and how it makes their skin look. I love how it glides for a relaxing Swedish massage and how I can use it during the Deep Tissue sessions. I stored it in a pump lotion type bottle. When I wanted it to liquify I wrapped a damp hot towel around it then a dry one to seal in the heat. I am able to find it in most grocery or health stores. By the way I also use it on my own body and hair. It's a dream product.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
My review is for coconut oil in general, I use another brand that is certified organic. I have bra strap length hair that's super thick and dry/brittle. Just got highlights a couple days ago and the bleach did a number on my hair. Picked up a jar of this and applied it right when I got home. I ended up using a large amount in order to saturate all of my hair. I loved how shiny my hair was when I was applying it, and how silky it felt. I pinned it up and slept in it, then washed it out the next morning. I thought I'd have to wash it twice, but I only needed to do it just once. Used regular shampoo/conditioner and it still felt soft. When I dried my hair I did have a good bit of body in it, which is rare for my hair. Overall I am very happy with this and will continue to repurchase!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This is my favorite remedy for my hair. This repairs damage, helps it grow and moisturizers! I live by my coconut oil. The best part is you can get it at the grocery store!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Dark Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This is the best oil I have ever used for hair/skin moisturizer. I use it on my children immediately after bath and it gives their skin a gorgeous glow....and baby softness. I also use it in my 6 month old daughter's hair and it is excellent for cradle cap, not to mention it maintains the softness and sheen of her beautiful curls. I find that it also detangles and assists with growth. This stuff is wonderful all over! I also love the scent. Make sure you are purchasing unrefined virgin coconut oil as the refined version is right next to it....and there is a big difference. It is unscented and you will be missing out on some of the great benefits of the natural stuff! Oh yeah, it works for diaper rash too!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Dark Hair: Black, Curly, Fine Eyes: Other
Out of all the unrefined coconut oils that I used. Spectrums unrefined coconut oil is by far the best. There is no other coconut oil like it, the texture, scent, and quality unbeatable.
I tried nature's way unrefined coconut oil and it was very suspect. Not USDA approved. The scent smell artificial, and texture was more watery than oily. I will never try anymore brands again.
The same for Swanson Viatmins unrefined coconut oil. Swanson brand felt more like vaseline. A waste of time. Scent didn't last five minutes. When I oiled pull with it I didn't get the same result as I normally get with Spectrums brand.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Olive Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I love love coconut oil for my skin. My skin use to get flaky on some parts of my body (especially around my tattoos) but now that I have been using it for a little while everything feels baby soft :) I use the Unrefined one. It has work the best for me. I tried whole foods brand and it broke my husband( yes he uses it too his skin has improved so much too) and me out. I bought also Dr. Bronners Organic Coconut oil and it didn't seem to moisturize so well. Not every coconut oil is the same so try a few out before saying it doesn't work for you. I am starting to get many people to try it. Everyone notices a difference especially on my face. Although I don't think it's the best for hair as I wrote a review for it in the skin/body section. I use it mostly for a moisturizer and have used it as a hair conditioner but it left my hair crunchy feeling but smooth down so that was a plus :) I was actually using it for hair growth no real difference was noted.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
I bought a large jar of this at my local Whole Foods a couple years ago and have been using it during cold and dry weather ever since.
1. Great value - a large jar of this is pricey at first at about $10, but it will last you a LONG time since you need very little.
2. This doesn't have a lingering or strong smell; it's usually overcome by my leave-in conditioner anyway.
3. Works great as a sealant, and I don't bother using it for anything else.
TIP: Here's how I use it. When my hair is wet from showering, I apply my leave-in and curl cream or whatever styling products. Then I take a small dab of the coconut oil, spread it into a liquid on my palms, and smooth over my hair. I usually take another dab and do the same with the "inside" layer of hair. This seals the moisture in my hair so I don't dry out so much from the dry air. My hair stays soft for a few days until I wash again (as opposed to 1 day with it).
You can also use it on dry hair for shine/sealing. When my hair is dry, I spread it the same way in my hands. Because I have curly hair, if I'm using it on dry hair, I scrunch it in instead of smoothing it in so I don't frizz out. Shine and sealing in moisture, instantly.
I have never had a problem with this not rinsing next time I wash, and I don't even use sulfates/shampoos.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
I'm really surprised so many people rave about this. I was hoping it would make my poofy, curly, and frizzy hair smooth and frizz-less. I have used several times now and didn't notice a difference. Neither did my sister who has frizzies as well. I don't think it really made it shiny either. In my opinion, if you have to squint to see the results of a product, it isn't worth it. I'm still on search for a a frizz cure. It works okay as a skin moisturizer, but I hate waiting for it to soak in, I don't use much and it take a while.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I use this on my hair as a mask and I like it. It makes my hair soft, shiny and moisturized.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Black
OK so paid $10 for this not too bad. I love it!!!! I use it in my hair along with a few other natural oils, once a week. (i make my own natural oil mixture) I use coconut oil to cook my rice and beans, instead of butter. It's also a great body oil. If i have a lotion that isn't doing it's job, i just add some coconut oil to the lotion. If i had to pick, i would take coconut oil over olive oil any day.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I swear by coconut oil to make hair shiny and strong, to moisturize skin and every now and then I will put some on my ends as a leave in conditioner. Usually when I use this I will rub it into my scalp and comb it through to my ends before I go to bed. In the morning I shampoo it out (sometimes I need to shampoo twice to remove it all the way) and condition and my hair looks amazingly shiny. I feel like it gives it more body as well. Another thing I like to do is put some oil in my bath water to soften it and make it smell delicious. I will definitely continue buying this!!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Tan Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I have been using coconut oil for a couple of months now and I love it. This is not my first foray into coconut oil as my Bahamaian grandmother used to make a hair concoction using it (not sure of all the ingredients). And as a child my hair was always very long and healthy.
Hair- I use this as an overnight pre-poo. I message a small amount on my scalp and ends of my hair.
Body- I alternate with this and my organic almond oil as a moisturizer when I get out of the shower.
The coconut oil liquifies pretty easily--just rub it in between your fingers. The smell is delicious but goes away pretty quickly. It's all natural so you don't have to worry about chemicals.
Both my hair and my skin are loving this stuff! I haven't tried cooking with it yet, but I bought a jar to keep in the kitchen just in case. Thanks MUA for the recommendation!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Tan, Neutral Hair: Black, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
Coconut Oil is one of the best pre-shampoo treatment as it is scientifically proven to be the only oil to actually penetrate the hair shaft to make it stronger and moisturized (only put on dry hair though). I only used as a pre-shampoo treatment a couple of times, but the one thing that I absolutely love using this as is a leave in conditioner. It is completely organic and does not leave an oily feeling since it sinks in really well into my hair. It leaves my hair really soft and moisturized and completely rids of all the frizzies. If you use this as a leave in, only put this on your hair after it completely dries; putting it on wet hair will not do anything for it.
You have to be very careful with how much you use because if you use too much, it WILL make your hair very oily and greasy. So use only s tiny bit and sparingly, enough to cover your pinky nail (depending on the size of your pinky nail of course). But this makes a great leave in!!!
The other thing that I love about the coconut oil is that it comes in a glass jar and is in solid form. Also you can keep this for a very long time since it does not go bad for a few years. I also love how you can melt this solid form in your hands without having to deal with the melting it in the microwave non-sense.
I definitely recommend and this is a great beauty staple to have on hand!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I love coconut oil! I used this to prevent stretch marks and itchy belly when I was pregnant and I use it on my face to clean and moisturize, also put it on my hair as a pre shampoo conditioner. Works great for body moisturizing too. After I used this for awhile on my face, my co-worker told me "You look like a porcelain doll, que linda!" :-)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I have been using this product since fall of 2008. I have to say that this is an awesome moisturizer and toner. I use this on my face during the day and at night. My skin is left radiant and evenly toned after a few uses of this product. It also helps prevent breakouts (at least for me it does.) And the price for such a large jar is quite a bonus!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
I use it on my face and body as a moisturizer and have been very pleased. The coconut smell is noticeable at first but fades very quickly, and now that I've been using this for a few years I actually don't notice the smell anymore. I have always had sensitive combination skin (oily t-zone and occasional painful breakouts along my jawline) and was worried that putting oil on my face would not be a good idea. However, I honestly believe that since I began using this on my face that my skin is actually less oily and more balanced than ever before. A "fight fire with fire" method if you will... I now wonder if my skin seemed to be so super oily because it was trying to overcompensate for me stripping it and doing such harsh things to it to get rid of oil. My face seems so much more calm and balanced now. I sometimes use a large cotton ball with some coconut oil on it and gently rub in a circular motion to exfoliate. I use this all over after a shower or bath and on my legs after shaving. Apply sparingly because a little goes a long way and if you find you have applied too much and are slippery just blot with a towel. If under 70 something degrees F this oil will remain in solid form. Some people microwave it but I never bother -- the heat from your hands is plenty to liquify it. I scoop out a little and rub on my skin or rub my hands together and it instantly turns into liquid. I have used both Spectrum brand and Garden of Life brand and both works the same for me and were in the same 16oz jar for between $8 and $10. I tried this product based on MUA reviews, having never even heard of using virgin coconut oil for body. I'm so glad I tried it and will always have this on hand.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Hazel
This is the grease of the gods. I really don't have much to add to what's already been said - I use it on my skin straight out of the shower and on my hair (I wrap it up and leave it on for an hour or so) and it works well for both purposes. Smells amazing and it's pretty cheap ($8-ish for a big jar).
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Green
I love this as an after shower body lotion! And to eat of course. But when I do an oil treatment on my hair it leaves it sort of dull and difficult to brush, even though I shampoo it twice. My hair is generally very shiny and silky, so I guess it just doesn't need the extra moisture. I do not put this on my face, it breaks me out mildly. But still, all the love for coconut oil!