Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Coconut Oil, a Natural Moisturizer

Coconut Oil is all the rage in natural beauty products right now, why not cut out all the excess BS and go straight to the source?

Yes, you can use pure Coconut Oil intended for consumption (although I would advise against eating it) for a variety of beauty applications.

Here just a few ideas: 

  • Hair Mask: slather on, let sit for an hour, shampoo out
  • Conditioner: rub oil into ends of hair as a conditioner to treat & soften damaged hair
  • Leave-In Frizz Fighter: learn what to do
  • Dandruff: massage into scalp, allow to sit, then rinse out
  • Body Scrub: blend oil with brown sugar to create an exfoliating scrub
  • Moisturizer: massage oil into skin (face, hands, legs, etc.) for extreme dry skin relief
  • Toothpaste: mix oil with baking soda for a chemical-free cleaning
  • Shaving Cream: lather on for a super smooth shave, perfect for sensitive skin (use caution - slippery)
  • Deodorant: slather under arms as the lauric acid kills odor-causing bacteria
  • Cuticle Oil: massage into hands and cuticles for softening & repair
  • Makeup Remover: 1/2 tsp. rubbed over the face, wipe off with wet cloth
  • Eye Cream: tab around the delicate areas of the eye to ward off crow's feet
  • Dry Feet/Hands: slather on, put on socks/gloves & go night night
  • Massage Oil: as the oil is not immediately absorbed, it provides slickness for long deep strokes
  • Bath Oil: add a few tbps. to warm bath water

If that list is not enough to convert ya, Coconut oil is naturally antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal (translation: kills the bad stuff on your skin); it also supports healing and repair of skin while also promoting anti-aging (anti-wrinkle, anti-age spots).

As with anything you put on your skin, make sure the Coconut Oil you are using is 100% organic as it will be absorbed into the body.

Aside from the all-natural goodness and using something on your skin that is edible (always the way to go), the smell of Coconut Oil is pure bliss!  It well...smells like coconuts, but actually reminds me of an Almond Joy (a beloved pre-vegan treat).  Best part, no chemicals - this scent is bona fide!

P.S. Coconut Oil is not tested on animals - triple score bonus!

Keep It Healthy!


  1. why do you recommend against eating it? It's the new craze amongst hypothyroid folk, but a danger for us hypers; regardless, I have no idea why it's less-than-ideal for normal folk?

  2. That's a loaded question. :) I actually follow the whole-food, plant-based, oil-free diet supported by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall and Dr. Neil Barnard that advises against eating all oils. Oils are essentially a processed product, are 100% fat and contribute to heart disease among other diseases. This article can do more justice for the great oil debate than I can: http://engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/the-big-oil-post-plus-a-giveaway/