It’s strange, my addiction to coconut oil. Far be it from me to ever turn down a pina colada or a slice or two of rich coconut cake. Maybe my love for coconut oil was destiny. It all began with this tub. I didn’t even splurge on the expensive stuff. This is just cheap, Food Lion beginner coconut oil.
Being that the coconut oil was found in the cooking oil section, one would logically use it for cooking. Don’t get me wrong, I do use it for cooking. Cooking with coconut is very beneficial to our health, per Dr. Oz.
However, on Pinterest, the holy grail of ideas, I discovered that it could be used in many other ways. So, for the last two weeks, my bathroom has been a test laboratory for coconut oil studies.
Listed below, are the results of my studies.
Facial moisturizer. I was skeptical. VERY skeptical. Oil on my face? That’s just asking for breakouts on my ever-so-sensitive skin. Before I went to bed, after my tretinonin cream, I slathered on the oil. It immediately melted in my hands. It felt greasy at first, as I anticipated. When I awoke in the morning, my skin felt very soft and all of the oil had been absorbed. I checked the sheets…..no grease on the sheets, either. The bonus? The few little irritated breakouts on my face had healed. Goodbye, expensive named-brand moisturizers. I’ll do just fine with my $7.00 tub of coconut oil! In fact, I am now using it all over. My rough heels are softer than ever. The only side effect is that Smokey finds my skin VERY tasty. I am his new midnight snack. Also, a huge tub of oil isn’t attractive on my vanity. I will work on that later…..
Toothpaste. Yes, I had to try out the pin I pinned on Pinterest. Who makes their own toothpaste? This girl! Actually, is was a very fun experiment. Maybe I’m loony, but my teeth seem brighter than ever and my mouth isn’t nearly as dry. It makes you wonder what type of additives they actually put in store bought toothpaste!
Hair de-frizzer. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! Truly, this was a horrible hair day. The coconut oil didn’t absorb as it did on my skin. After this incident, I promise to be loyal to my Moroccan Oil. Note that I did not take a picture….not even with my memory.
Antibacterial. Thankfully, I haven’t had many incidents to test this theory. I did notice that the oil healed the blemishes quickly on my face. I did have a slight rack burn from my stove the other day. Instantly, the coconut oil soothed the burn and made it feel much better. I even tested it on Smokey. Bless his heart, his allergies caused him to take a chunk out of his fur, leaving a bald, raw spot. The results were inconclusive as he continued to lick off all of the oil, causing the sore to become more irritated. There is no picture of Smokey, either. The sore is too gross!
Makeup Remover. Yes on this! It did remove my heavy mascara, eyeliner, and mascara, while leaving my eye area smooth. Good-bye traditional eye makeup remover! That’s one less item to buy.
Shaving Gel. Not a winner. It made my razor gummy. When in the shower, I prefer to shave with my husband’s cheap shampoo or conditioner. I do slather on the coconut oil AFTER I shave, as an antibacterial moisturizer.
In all, I can save money using the coconut oil while cutting out some of the chemicals in the products I was previously using. Not a bad deal! Any money saved is more money to spend on shoes (or wine).
Do you have any uses for coconut oil? Are there any others that are loco for coco(nut)?