Fan of cooking with coconut oil? I know I am, and if you haven’t discovered how versatile this oil is ( both in and out of the kitchen), you’ve got to give it a try! We cook everything from eggs in it and use it as a butter substitute in baking.
You can also use coconut oil in your daily skincare regime and as a substitute for toxic things like (makeup remover or cold cream).
Conditioning Hair Treatment
I make a mixture of organic coconut oil, castor oil, and rosemary essential oil as a deep conditioning hair treatment. I started doing this after I went to a hair salon to get some highlights in my hair and they basically destroyed it. I dyed my hair back to its usual dark hue, but the texture was so brittle I knew I had to start attempting to restore it.
I therefore use this oil-based hair treatment and also take he shu wu, a Chinese herb that can help with hair growth and is purportedly taken to restore hair.
If you make a similar coconut oil hair treatment, leave it on for a few hours and then shampoo it twice to make sure all of the oil is out of your hair. The product- at least for me- is softer hair.
Coconut oil is by far the best makeup remover I’ve ever used! Simply put a little on a washcloth or damp paper towel and use it to remove your makeup prior to bed.
DIY Body Scrub
Do you like coffee? Would you like to make an easy peppermint mocha body scrub? I bet you would, and guess what the base of our recipe is? Well yes, coffee. But the hydration part is coconut oil.
Mix organic brown sugar, coffee, coconut oil, and one or two drops of high-quality peppermint essential oil together and put it in a glass jar in your bathroom. You can add as much coconut oil to this mixture as you wish as the texture and consistency of this scrub is down to your personal preference.
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DIY Coconut Oil Lip Scrub
Similar to the coffee scrub, this easy to use lip scrub consists of just two ingredients: brown sugar and a little coconut oil. Mix the two together til you get the desired consistency of your liking and use your finger to massage it on your lips. Wipe off the mixture with a wet clot when you’re finished.
Shaving Gel Replacement
I’ve been using coconut oil instead of shaving gel or soap for several months and it’s been an easy adjustment. Plus, no harsh chemicals or fake scents that are in shaving gel. But it’s again down to personal preference. You may prefer a foaming type of cream when you shave or a rich lather soap, but it’s worth trying coconut oil as a substitute.
DIY Charcoal Toothpaste
Our favorite way to use coconut oil in our daily regime is as the base for our home-made charcoal toothpaste. While this recipe will make your sink dirty, it will make your teeth pearly white and it’s sans fluoride.
Like with the other DIY recipes I listed, how much coconut oil and other ingredients you add depends on what texture you want it to be. The ingredients we use to make this are activated charcoal ( we open & use two capsules), coconut oil, baking soda, and essential oil of choice ( we mainly use peppermint). Mix these ingredients until desired consistency is reached, then have fun brushing your teeth! We love this DIY coconut oil toothpaste so much that we never buy toothpaste anymore as nothing we’ve found makes our teeth this white.
With regards to cleaning your sink post use, because the toothpaste is in a base of coconut oil, it’s rather easy to remove; simply use a sponge or damp paper towel to remove the charcoal remnants from your sink.
What do you use coconut oil for in your home? Leave a comment below and let us know!