It’s no wonder coconuts come from the land of the tropics, better known as paradise. Besides helping you survive on a beautiful island, coconuts contain the incredible coconut oil. Just one jar of organic coconut oil harbors the utility of numerous products. You might find yourself stocking up your kitchen, your bathroom, your beauty box and your garage with coconut oil. This is how versatile the affordable, non-toxic, all natural substance is.
9 Incredible Coconut Oil Hacks
1. Moisturizer. I grew up in an oil-hating frenzy. As a kid, the media and most beauticians considered oil an enemy to the skin that clogs your pours, causes breakouts and makes you obnoxiously greasy. Nowadays, beauty and oil go hand in hand, especially high quality oils like almond oil, sesame oil, grape seed oil etc. Pure coconut oil functions just as well if not better than most over the counter moisturizing body lotions. The best part about it: you know for certain there’s no controversial ingredients that are banned in Europe.
2. Sun protection. Well, if you’re going to moisturize, why not also protect? Coconut oil has SPF 4 in it! However, SPF 4 is super low. I don’t recommend it for a day at the beach, but as a replacement for daily non-SPF moisturizers. Why not add a little SPF 4 to your routine?
3. Creamer. A spoonful of coconut oil in your coffee or tea functions not only as an indulgent creamer, but also as an essential health supplement!
4. Eye makeup remover. A little coconut oil on a cotton ball goes a long way. I can swipe off even the most stubborn eyeliners with this stuff. The first time I used it in this way, I was completely impressed. The makeup came off, my eyes felt NO stinging or irritation and the oil is great for my skin.
5. Healing ointment. I bet you didn’t know that coconut oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It works in the same way that Neosporin or burn ointments work.6. Acne-fighter. Because of coconut oil’s skin healing benefits, it works wonders for acne too! (I use it daily in a face scrub which is made of table salt and coconut oil). You can also just dab it onto the zit itself.
7. Furniture treatment. We sit on our chairs and eat off our tables at almost every waking minute, and yet we don’t recognize the ingredients in our wood and leather conditioners. Unlike most popular furniture care products, coconut oil is non-toxic. This keeps your favorite leather lazy boy safe for even the tiniest of critters. The oil moisturizes wood and leather in the most friendly way possible.8. Anti-frizz. A little bit of coconut oil in the shower is just like a conditioner. Keep it closer to your ends and rinse it off for epic conditioning. You can also use a little as a blowdrying serum or an anti-frizz serum.
9. Chapstick. Stop swallowing petroleum, and use coconut oil for your lips. It moisturizes, heals, adds a glossy look and protects from the sun (remember its SPF 4!). Carmex and Smith’s Rosebud Salve offer no SPF and rely on nonorganic ingredients. Coconut oil is a cheaper, better and healthier option for your pout. A great tip is to spoon a bit of the oil out into a small container and keep it in the fridge. The fridge hardens it, just like a store bought balm, plus the cold temp is soothing.
Are you coconuts for coconut oil yet?