Coconut oil has worked it’s way out of my kitchen and into my bathroom. It all started when I got pregnant with Nate and really started looking at what’s in the products I was using on my skin. Most of them had to go. I needed a safe, all-natural solution. After trying many, many different products, I found that coconut oil has more uses than baking and cooking.
I use virgin coconut oil for cosmetic purposes. It’s less refined and retains more of it’s natural healing properties.
My favorite lotion, Hard Lotion from MadeOn, uses coconut oil. They also carry rash cream, lip balm, and bug block. All of their products are preservative and paraben-free. They’re all-natural and have the date they were made on the bottom of the container. Every time I order product, they’ve been made within the last month. I know most skin care companies can’t say that! MadeOn is definitely worth checking out if you love using coconut oil on your skin.
Here are some of my favorite ways to use coconut oil when not in the kitchen.
My mom used Pond’s Cold Cream when I was growing up. I never understood why she rubbed that thick, greasy stuff on her face until I tried to take off my eye make-up with coconut oil. It just melted away. No residual black lines from my eyeliner or mascara.
Method: Gently rub a small amount of coconut oil into your skin or your eye area. Use a very hot washcloth to gently wipe away the coconut oil and dissolved make-up.
Get silky-soft legs – no shaving cream required!
Method: Before getting into the shower, rub coconut oil over your legs. Don’t be skimpy! You want to cover all of the areas you’re going to shave. One in the shower, lather your legs with your favorite soap and shave. I love how soft my legs are after shaving with coconut oil.
I started using the oil cleansing method when pregnant with Nate. Coconut oil worked well for me for a period of time, but then it started to dry out my face. I switched to jojoba oil, and have been using it ever since. Some people have great results with coconut oil, though.
Method: Turn the faucet on and let the hot water run while gently rubbing coconut oi into your face. Rub for about 2 minutes or so. You want the water to be as hot as you can stand it.
I cloth diaper and make my own wipes. Coconut oil has anti-bactierial, anit-fungal, and anti-fungal properites and it moisturizes at the same time. It’s the perfect addition to homemade baby wipes. We even use coconut oil when we notice a little diaper rash coming on.
Method: Add 1 – 2 teaspoons of coconut oil to your homemade baby wipes solution.
I have my hands in water all day long. I’m either washing bottles, dishes, getting stains out of clothes, or washing hands. A little coconut oil goes a long way to keep my cuticles healthy.
Method: Before bed, rub coconut oil into your cuticles. If desired, sleep with cotton gloves on for extra moisturizing.
Tame Dry Skin
Sandal season is upon us. Use coconut oil to fancy up your feet!
Method: Rub coconut oil all over your feet right before bed. Put on cotton socks and snooze away. In the morning your feet will be softer and happier.
Scalp and Hair Conditioner
Pregnancy sends my hormones in crazy directions which makes my scalp very dry. Coconut oil moisturizes and restores balance.
Method: Massage coconut oil into your scalp and, if desired, your hair. Allow it to work it’s magic for 20 minutes or so. Wash well. Repeat once or twice a week until your scalp is happy again.
Here are some fun coconut oil recipes for the skin you might want to try:
- Lotion Bars from Wellness Mama
- Coconut Oil Lotion from Little House Living
- Coconut Oil Lotion Bars from The Coconut Mama
How do you use coconut oil outside of the kitchen?