Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Style Page discovers six (non-food!) uses for coconut oil

In my post Seven fave skin care products, I teased:

In a subsequent post, I'll reveal a product that adds sheen to the skin and protects the skin from the elements. It also adds shine to the hair and smooths flyaways. And it's 100% natural, food-grade, vegan, and organic! Interested??!!

The suspense is over. The miracle product is: coconut oil!

Source: via STYLE on Pinterest

I don't mean to push Barlean's over other brands, as I have no basis for comparison, but this is the brand that the staff in the personal care department of Whole Foods recommended and I bought.  The difference is that she uses it for cooking purposes (including popping corn!) and I use it on my skin and hair.

Barlean's is solid in the jar at room temperature, but liquefies when rubbed in the hands.

Six uses for coconut oil:
  1. Use as a makeup remover.
  2. Apply coconut oil on dry patches over your regular serum or moisturizer.  Coconut oil provides a barrier to the elements: good to know in colder weather.
  3. Apply to add shine to the legs.  Coconut oil is water-resistant and lasts through more than one bath.
  4. Apply a layer of coconut oil on the legs before shaving. It provides "slip." You don't need a body wash or shaving cream or gel.
  5. Coconut oil is a hair care staple for women in the tropics.  Apply it to the hair for shine.  Until I "discovered" coconut oil, I bemoaned the lack of shine in my hair.  
  6. Use coconut oil to tame flyaways.
  7. Use coconut oil as a substitute for those highly fragranced hot oil pre-shampoo treatments.  I comb coconut oil through my hair and cover my hair with a disposable shower cap and a terry turban over the shower cap to let the oil penetrate.
Barlean's costs $16 for a 16 oz. tub, whereas rms beauty charges $18 for a 2.5 oz. jar of its raw coconut cream.  I find Barlean's perfectly serviceable, and see no reason why I should be paying more for less.

1 comment:

RChelle Mullins said...

Coconut Oil is great!!I swear by it!