Sunday, 23 February 2014

Coconut Oil - my favourite ways to use it!

Coconut Oil is one ingredient we all probably have in our kitchen and are never really sure what to do with it. As a natural oil coconut oil is a perfect moisturisers, lightweight, absorbs really easily not to mention smells divine. I am a huge fan of coconut scent products whether it is a cream, hair mask, face-mask or sun tan lotion.

Just mentioning all of the above means that it is an item you can incorporate into your beauty routine, especially if you are on a spending ban, wanting to save money, are having a bit of a DIY moment or are simply wanting to try something new.  All you need to do is Google Coconut Oil uses and within seconds before your eyes you will have over 4.3million pages to look at and go through.

The lovely people at Viridian sent me a lovely jar of organic raw virgin coconut oil** and it smells amazing, I absolutely love it.

Coconut Oil - my favourite ways to use it!Coconut Oil - my favourite ways to use it!
Coconut Oil - my favourite ways to use it!

So rather than read all of those pages, I thought it would be a good idea and a good post if I picked my favourite 5 ways to use Coconut Oil and share them with you below.

1.) Eye Makeup remover: This is a tip I was given by a friend when she was training to be a beautician.  Coconut oil will gently remove your makeup, all you need to do is place some on a damp cotton pad and rub gently in circles around your eye area to get rid of makeup.  Once you have finished be sure to wash your face thoroughly.

2.) Hair Mask: Use coconut oil as a DIY hair mask to soften your hair and add moisture. Just scoop some out into the palms of your hands to warm it through and then apply to your hair, focusing on the ends (if like me you have greasy hair, then definitely avoid the root area altogether). Once applied, leave it on for around 30 minutes and then rinse it out in the shower before shampooing and conditioning your hair.  You can also use this method as an overnight treatment, just put a towel on your pillow to make sure it doesn't stain and then wash out in the morning.  I do this when my hair is feeling really dry, particularly at the ends when my hair is due to be cut and my hair feels so soft and smooth after using.

3.) Body Scrub:  You can make your own body scrub really easily and there are a lot of tutorials which show you how to do just that.   Below is one of my favourite home made body scrubs which the people at Eco Market sent to me to try a few months back.

Combine coconut oil with: 
  • 1 small organic lemon

  • 1 small organic lime

  • 1 cup organic pure cane sugar
1/2 cup organic coconut oil
1 teaspoon organic peppermint essential oil/extract
You can, if you like also add some mint leaves and lemon & lime peels. Mix the coconut oil, the peppermint oil and the juice from both the lemon and lime. Then pour in the sugar and mix it up well. If you want to add the mint leaves and citrus peels then stir them in at the end. Transfer the mixture to a clean, dry container like an old jam jar and you're ready to scrub.

This is such an effective exfoliator and definitely one to try if you fancy trying a DIY version because it is so easy to do and it smells so good.  You can also use this scrub on your feet, hands and lips!

4.) Shaving Cream:  If you run out of shaving cream/foam or whatever you might use, instead of reaching for your misters (oops yes I do) or using shower gel, grab some coconut oil and warm it between the palms of your hands, massage onto the skin and then you'll see how easily your razor glides over the skin leaving you with hair free soft smooth skin.

5.) Cuticle oil: If your nail beds look really dry, cracked and are a bit sore, get a cotton bud and your jar of coconut oil and dab some onto each fingers around and on your cuticle and massage it on.  If your cuticles need a little bit more TLC then don't massage it in, put some gloves on overnight whilst sleeping, in the morning you will notice quite a difference.

Those are just some of the ways I use coconut oil and naturally there are lots of other ways because it is just such a good moisturiser and so kind to the skin.

Have you ever used coconut oil in your beauty routine? How? 

  1. Tell me in the comments!


  1. I love it too! For a intensive hair mask and for cooking x

  2. Wow who knew there were so many useful ways to use coconut oil! May have to get some, I love coconut

    Claire x

  3. I used to love using coconut oil, it was about 99p from Superdrug and used to make my hair look so glossy!! I might need to re-invest.

  4. Great post dear...loved the innovative ways in which you used coconut oil...thx for sharing dear...:-)

  5. That coconut oil looks so lush! I especially love using it as a hair treatment like you suggested. Never heard of using it instead of shaving foam - will defo try it out.


  6. I bet your house smelt amazing whilst making all of these! Will definatly be trying these out! :D
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  7. And you smell like a Bounty ;) x

  8. I have a coconut oil, but it's from Superdrug, so I can't use it for cooking :-( I love it on cuticles, hair and I used it in a DIY lip scrub awhile ago. Never tried it for removing eye makeup though! xx

  9. I love coconut oil! I use it for all of these purposes, and also a a night time moisturizer :)

  10. I love coconut oil, and use it everyday! It works wonders on my dry skin, and I adore the scent xx


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