Crazy for Coconut: 10 Ways To Use It

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I promised myself that 2014 would be the year that I finally started taking better care of my body. I don’t know if it’s hitting 30 that’s done it, or the fact that I’m going to be on the road so much, but I desperately feel the need to give myself some TLC as often as possible. I’m eating better, I’m trying (but failing) to drink less, and I’m investing in some really great beauty products and treats. But taking good care of yourself doesn’t have to be an expensive exercise.

My newest obsession is coconut oil. In fact so enamoured am I with my latest discovery that I’m dedicating a whole blog post to it. You totally need to jump on the coconut train with me! Not only is this one stupidly cheap product (I bought a massive 800g tub of Biona Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil on Amazon for less than £15) but it has so many amazing uses!

Here are ten genius ways you can incorporate coconut oil into your daily routine:

1. Eat it! In smoothies, fry with it in instead of other oils, spread it on your toast, blend it into a milkshake… there are so many yummy ways you can eat this stuff. The possibilities are quite literally endless.

2. As the best make up remover you’ll ever own. Fact. Plus it makes your face smell delicious.

3. As a pre-wash hair conditioner. This is my favourite use and I can’t believe it took me so long to discover it. Rub it into your hair (mostly the ends) and leave in for an hour – or overnight if you’re feeling extra indulgent – and simply wash out with shampoo in the morning.

4. Shaving lotion. Close shave + hyper-moisturisation. So long Gillette.

5. Facial Scrub! Combine coconut oil with rock salt and apply to face. It’s so moisturising that your skin will feel positively glowing afterwards!

6, Lip balm. You can either apply it directly to your lips or add an extra dimension with the addition of a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

7. As a Sexual Lubricant. Apparently. OK so I haven’t tried this, but you know, if needs must…

8. Massage Oil. Coconut oil is the perfect substitute for massage oil. It’s not too greasy and has a relaxing scent. The only battle will be who’s going to get massaged first!

9. As after sun lotion. If you’ve spent too much time in the sun a quick slather of this and your scorched skin will feel a whole lot calmer.

10. Bath soak. Add a dollop to your bath for a relaxing and lovely bath time treat.

Have you discovered the wonders of coconut oil yet? What do you use it for?

18 comments

  1. Nettie

    Coconut oil has been a fixture my entire life! My mum would use it on my hair and skin when I was a little girl.
    I can attest to its virtues as a makeup remover, and I tend to get a bit of an itchy scalp using it on there definitely helps. I’ve been told its great for shaving your legs with but I haven’t tried that yet.
    When I was younger I’d just use the Boots own coconut oil, but was later turned on to Tiana extra virgin coconut oil.

  2. Maddy

    Excellent choice! I have become a fan of coconut oil since travelling in India and it’s truly incredible. Cooking with it, putting it in my hair and as a moisturiser are all favourites! Due to its incredible healing properties you can use it as a mouthwash too although I have yet to try that one!

    X

  3. Hazel Robinson

    I know a lot of my friends use it as a nappy rash cream or for their babies or as an eczema cream, I really ought to get round to buying some!!

  4. Kerry

    I use it with Turmeric and black pepper for a health boost, and feed the same mixture to my dogs and cats!!!! Its an aquired taste but its shown fab results, my hair and skin are the best theyve been! xx

  5. Martyna

    I use it literally for everything, I’m obsessed with it:) tip: if you feel under the weather and have sore throat, add a spoonful of coconut oil and honey into your tea.

  6. Louise

    I use it for my dog, Maggie, shes is a St Bernard, which are in fact the dirtiest dogs ever, She has a tablespoon a day (she loves it) it helps give her coat a lovely sheen as well as helping keep her smelling lovely. I might try using it as a conditioner on her coat next time I bath her…I may also try some of these out :-D

  7. jacintamulcahy

    have just discovered coconut oil, got a 500g jar of organic virgin coconova oil 15.99euro, and use it as a body moisturiser, its fab, love it

  8. I use it instead of butter in all my baking. It’s amazing stuff. I also use coconut flour now for a gluten free option.
    Totally going to use it on my hair and face and in my bath now too.
    Great post. Xxx

  9. Jenni

    My daily routine revolves around this stuff.. Mouth wash (oil pulling), dollop in mine and my daughters porridge, body oil instead of moisturise cream, hair conditioner, treats exyma on my little girl, softens hard skin on feet, even helps eliminate fungal nail infections! I use Lucy bee’s organic from sainsburys.

  10. Audra

    I have super sensitive and dry skin, so en lieu of regular lotion I use coconut oil as a moisturizer. I love it so much!

  11. Fay Adans-Derry

    I rub it into my tortoises shell. He gets a wee massage and shiny shell, and I get lovely moisturised hands.

  12. This stuff is quite simply amazing! I use it in cooking and it’s a great hand moisturiser for after I’ve finished a craft project – it totally heals sore hands! Magic!

    However, after reading these comments, tonight I’m going to be using it in my hair, on my body and eating it on toast… perhaps whilst drinking honey and coconut oil tea.

    Big love,

    Kerry

    Designer/Maker
    Be Brave Creations
    http://www.bebravecreations.co.uk

  13. I have been using coconut oil for pretty much everything for about a month. Mum and I use it to cook everything that will need oil. I have made cupcakes and cake pops with coconut oil and coconut flour. I use it everyday for oil pulling. I put a teaspoon on my tea and drink it. It is incredible and our house smells like coconut all the time. It is amazing stuff!

  14. Gillian

    I currently moisture, hair & lip condition, massage and eat coconut oil and my newest discovery this very week has been…oil pulling! Only a couple of days in and my mum has joined me too.

    Will definitely be trying out make-up removal, shaving balm and as bath soak! Thanks :)

  15. Samantha

    Love love love coconut oil to the point of wanting to keep it a secret and just for myself! ( selfish?me?) I use it for all the above and have found its good for healing tattoos as it is antibacterial. It really is a miracle and it’s totally natural. Makes me feel good to know that I’m not forcing chemicals into my skin. Great for waterproof mascara too x

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