Although I'm quite the beauty product hoarder (as you might imagine), coconut oil is the one thing that could replace more than half of the products I use in my everyday routine. Seriously.
It's a health conscious, minimalist's dream - and a single jar, selling for just under $10, lasts forever.
(I currently use Ziggy Marley Organics' Coco'Mon Original Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil).
Here are the 7 products coconut oil can completely replace in your arsenal, as well as it's benefits.
+ 1 Makeup remover.
I don't know about you all, but sometimes taking off a full-on glam look at the end of the day can take way longer than I want it to. Four face wipes and a half-bottle of makeup remover later (that stings my eyes, might I add), and my mascara is still clinging to my lashes. The answer that changed my life: coconut oil. Take a small pea-sized bit of the oil (a little goes a long way), rub it through your hands, and just press your hands over your eyes and let the oil work it's magic. Not only will your skin, lips, and lashes get a blast of hydration, but your mascara will no longer damage your lush lashes. (And fair warning: it will look like your makeup is literally everywhere, but with a single swipe of a face wipe, warm water, or your typical cleansing routine, and your skin is suddenly a clean slate).
+ 2 Mouth wash.
Now, this one needs a bit of explaining... There is this magical thing called "oil pulling" where you don't actually swallow the coconut oil, but swish it in your mouth upon waking for about 15-20 minutes. Sounds super weird, sounds like a long time, but it actually isn't all that bad - and the health benefits of this practice are out of this world. Whiten your teeth, kick-start your metabolism, hydrate your lips, prevent plaque and gum disease, detox your body, strengthen your jaw, prevent bad breath... shall I go on? Wake up, swish some coconut oil, make your morning coffee, take a shower, pick out your outfit for the day - and before your know it, time is up! Simple as that.
+ 3 Cooking oil/butter.
This may sound a bit obvious considering it is usually sold right next to the olive oil, but coconut oil can actually replace the oils and butters in your kitchen - and add a different taste to the foods you love. Instead of slathering butter onto my toast, I have gotten into the healthy habit of spreading some coconut oil instead, and sprinkling a bit of cinnamon on top. Quick, healthy, and a sweet start to any morning.
+ 4 Nighttime face cream.
When I first started using coconut oil on my skin, I have to admit - I was a bit intimidated by the heaviness of the oil. Though everyone is different, I found that when using it on clean skin before bed, I woke up with a smooth, healed, and plump face - the perfect canvas for a dewy makeup look, or rocking your completely natural (and beautiful) skin. Why nighttime face cream? Well, when using it in the morning, I found that my skin felt a bit too oily during day. Using it at night and sleeping with it on acted more like a face mask, allowing the oils to really soak into my skin and "dry" a bit before that dreaded morning alarm clock. And just a tip - try not to leave too much oil around your sensitive eye area. Because the oil is so heavy, over time, it can actually weigh down your skin that is a bit thinner. Stick to your usual eye cream. I love Honest Beauty's Depuffed Eye Gel and Burt's Bees' Radiance Eye Cream.
+ 5 Shaving cream.
Summer is on it's way, which means shorts, skirts, rompers, and sundresses are upon us. Avoid nicks and cuts while getting the smoothest shave ever. And forget about the lotion you would have used after you get out of the shower - the coconut oil takes care of all of that for you.
+ 6 Hair mask/conditioner.
One of my favorite ways to use coconut oil is on my hair. About once a week, I like to completely coat my hair in coconut oil for about 2-3 hours before rinsing off. (I have also seen people cover their hair in a wrap and sleep in the oil, but I have yet to try that). It acts as a deep conditioner for your strands, leaving them silky and smooth once you get out of the shower. Just make sure you shampoo, rinse, and repeat - that last thing you want is leftover oil leaving your hair greasy at the roots.
+ 7 Lip treatment.
Last but not least - coconut oil has become my go-to lip treatment and lip balm. Prime your lips by dabbing a bit on before slaying a loud lipstick look, or keep your pout natural and protected all day long with the oil on it's own (coconut oil naturally has an SPF of 4, and can make the difference in saving your lips from harsh UV rays). Another perk? Mix with some raw sugar and honey for a natural DIY lip scrub. Your lips will thank you.
Crazy for coconut oil yet?
Stay tuned for a DIY deodorant recipe using coconut oil on the blog soon!
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