Coconut oil is everywhere – apparently, it can be used for everything from cooking to beauty treatments to curing something. Not sure exactly what, but there are supposedly health benefits to it too. So if you’re like me, you probably have tried 1-2 of these and whether or not you like using it, an entire bottle of coconut oil can be pretty difficult to use! I’ve been mostly using coconut oil for beauty treatments (since I don’t really like the taste of coconut to cook with it) and I’ve come up with 5 uses for coconut oil that have replaced my beauty products. Remember that a little bit of coconut oil goes a long way, so I recommend using as little as possible the first time you try any of these and adjust in the next use if necessary.
hair oil: My thick hair needs some additional moisture when I step out of the shower and hair oils tend to do the trick. But now, I can use only a teaspoon of coconut oil instead. To apply coconut oil to your hair to tame it and de-frizz, take about a teaspoon size of coconut oil, rub it all over your hands and fingers, and finger comb through your damp hair, focusing on the ends.
deep conditioning treatment: I’ve recommended this a few times here and coconut oil works exceptionally well as a deep conditioning treatment once a week. To apply it, section your hair in pieces and apply 1/2 teaspoon to each section. You can let it sit for a few minutes before washing out, or if you want an extra deep conditioning, try wrapping your hair with a warm towel for 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
shaving cream: I always seem to run out of shaving cream and forget to replace it so coconut oil is a perfect replacement for me. I just mix 2 parts coconut oil and 1 part body wash to make a shaving “cream”. It is exceptionally moisturizing for a super smooth shave.
body scrub: When I need a good body scrub, I just mix equal parts of coconut oil and sugar to get a gentle body scrub. Easy.
eye makeup remover: Before I started using coconut oil and I would run out of eye makeup remover, I would just use lotion. But, lotion doesn’t completely remove makeup whereas coconut oil does and is gentler on the eyes. To use coconut oil as an eye makeup remover, rub a very small amount on a cotton pad and wipe your eyes clean. I remove my makeup first, and then follow with my face wash and the rest of my skin care regimen.
Have you used coconut oil for any of these? Or, do you have any other uses for coconut oil? Let me know in the comments below!