Happy Wednesday 🙂 This is a short post on one of my absolute favourite oils: coconut oil. I can’t quantify how much I swear by it but I can give you a million reasons and DIY uses to back up why I do! (We’ll stick to four for today). Believe me, after this blog you’re going to understand why coconut oil is an essential in your home and why I’m coconuts for coconut oil!
My washday routine is highly dependent on coconut oil, from start right to finish. While coconut oil doesn’t necessarily work for a lot of people, it’s definitely my go-to for pre-pooing, conditioning, and moisturising. The night before I wash my hair (especially when I wash with shampoo, hence “pree-poo”), I use a spray bottle to dampen my hair with warm water before I generously apply coconut oil to it. You don’t need to do this meticulously – I simply section my hair in 4 and go crazy! I later put a shower cap on my head overnight, and when I remove it in the morning, my hair is super soft, moisturised, and ready to be washed. For more on my washday routine, read this blog post.
A step I NEVER neglect in my routine is deep conditioning. I always use my own home-made DC and sometimes switch up the ingredients, but it usually consists of a mixture of conditioner, oil, and honey. Coconut oil serves me well in this process because it helps to tame frizz and also adds shine to my hair. Fabulous! Finally, I use it as a regular hair moisturiser in my LCO (Leave-in, Cream, Oil) method of oiling my hair. Coconut oil is great for this as it helps to reduce dandruff and itching. Mix it with a few drops of tea-tree oil and massage into your scalp for relief from itchiness.
I’ve had slightly problematic skin in the past and finding the right products to use that will not irritate it hasn’t always been easy! However, since I started using more natural products on my skin such as African Black soap and organic coconut oil as a moisturiser, my skin has really seen a change (apart from the occasional period-related breakout). Coconut oil can also be mixed with sugar to make a DIY exfoliant or lip scrub- so you get to save money by using products around your home for some of the important steps in your skincare regimen! For a more detailed breakdown of my skincare routine, go here. After cleansing my face, I rub a small amount of the oil in my palms and apply it to my face for a soft, smooth feel.
Another really handy use for coconut oil is using it as a makeup remover. I rarely buy actual makeup remover because coconut oil does the job super well for me. Just apply a small amount to a cotton pad and rub into your skin in circular motions to safely remove your makeup (including your lipstick!) Speaking of cost-savings, your girl has NEVER gone to a salon and paid money to have eyelash extensions removed! Yeap – coconut oil has come in clutch for that too. The oil works to safely break down the glue in the lashes, making it easier to slide them off on your own. I simply use my thumb and index finger to rub the lashes with the coconut oil – leave the oil on for a few minutes and then wipe away with a cotton pad. Boom. $15 I get to keep in my pocket.
Did you run out of massage oil at the wrong time? Uh… use coconut oil boo. It’s perfect for moisturising and softening dry skin, while simultaneously stimulating relaxation through its light, pleasant scent. Yes please. Speaking of dry skin, winter is upon us, bretheren. If you have cracked heels and need a working solution, apply a generous amount onto your feet at night, slip some socks on, and allow the oil to work overnight. This also works to generate more heat on your feet and ultimately your body, in the winter. Perfect for veterans like myself who can’t fall asleep when their feet are cold.
Coconut oil works wonders for stretch marks too, particularly for pregnant women. The fatty acids in coconut oil help to relieve dry and itching areas around the belly, preventing the appearance of stretch marks. Right before bed is, again, a great time to apply the oil. Apart from that, you can add coconut oil to your bath water along with Epsom salts to detox and relax your muscles after a long week. The great thing about coconut oil is that it’s safe to use anywhere on your body, including the vagina.
Around the Home
You thought I was done? If all the uses above don’t make you go out and buy a tub of coconut oil right now then IDK what will hahaha. Honestly though, I keep a jar in my bathroom and one in the kitchen too because coconut oil is also a delicious ingredient to cook AND bake with. The oil has a high smoke point, which means it’s safer to use for frying or cooking at higher temps. However, I would encourage you to do your own research about cooking with coconut oil because I’m no nutritionist or anything. Other useful applications include cleaning hands that are sticky from glue, dirt, or paint. Highly recommendable because it’s both child and pet-friendly (if nobody’s allergic).
So there you have it! Coconut oil has been and will continue to be a staple in my….apartment LOL. What other great uses have you found in coconut oil? Share with us in the comments!
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