Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Great Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

Some of you may have read one of my previous blog posts, titled Is Coconut Oil Good for You? I am still undecided about consuming coconut oil, as it is a solid oil (unless heated to at least 75°F). I had almost a full jar of coconut oil when I decided to quit using it for cooking. Since I do not like to waste anything, I searched for other uses, and found the following two great ideas. These are beauty uses, rather than food hints; however, I think there are a few readers out there who will be interested in this information. 

A couple of the ingredients I used

Body scrub for silky-soft skin

I am on my second batch of this, and I love it! I love it for the silky-soft feel it gives my skin, and light scent. The information I read for this scrub says that is also diminishes cellulite, although I cannot speak to that. 

Mix together:
1 cup sugar - I have this on hand because I feed hummingbirds in season
½ cup coconut oil
20 drops grapefruit essential oil

To use:
Rub mixture over damp skin, rinse thoroughly, and then pat skin dry. Cover with robe for one hour to let penetrate.  

I keep a mixture of this scrub in a sealed container in the shower. After showering, I turn off the water, apply the body scrub, and then rinse it off.

Deep Hair Conditioning

I have tried this once so far, and I am very happy with the results! One use made my hair softer and shinier. My hair color is natural, and it has a reddish cast. The red color has been slowly diminishing as the gray moves in, and I noticed the reddish cast in my hair color is more pronounced after using this only one time. 

2 eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons coconut oil, room temperature or warmer
2 tablespoons olive oil

Whisk together all ingredients until well combined. Heat mixture in microwave for a few seconds, if the coconut oil is too hard to combine. 

Slather the mixture on hair and then wrap in cellophane or a shower cap for 10 minutes. Wash, condition, and style hair as usual.  

I thought it was easiest to dip my hair in the mixture and then work it through the strands and my scalp until they were well coated. The idea I read online said to try applying it with a [paint or pastry] brush; however, I did not think that worked very well. 

Let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to share this post for others.