You will often see coconut oil in health stores but it isn’t always clear what you can do with it. I bought my first batch from e-bay for about £5.99 for 2x tubs and it is beginning to replace some of my existing beauty products.
My special little tubs of coconut oil have proved to be very inexpensive, mainly because a little bit goes along way AND it works! But what do you use it for I hear you call… moisture and skin/hair repair.
Intensive Heel Repair
I am sure you don't want to know about the in’s and out’s of my summer worn cracked heels and dry feet, but let me tell you a secret. You do not need the thick, poorly absorbing, terrible performing high-street cosmetic remedies for cracked heels and dried feet which, in my experience, do not provide long lasting recovery from dryness. AND some brands make no difference whatsoever (more recently Soap and Glory and Sanctuary).
If your coconut oil is pretty solid you will need to scrape a small lump of coconut oil out of the tub (with fingers or a spoon) and apply it directly onto the problem area. Massage the oil into your skin with your fingertips until melted and absorbed.
The oil will leave an oily / greasy film on your foot, which will be absorbed.
Apply at morning and night until the skin is repaired.
Moisturising and Refreshing Sugar Scrub
I prepared these as Christmas presents for friends and family, they went down a treat. The coconut oil adds a layer of silky moisture, whilst the sugar gently exfoliates the skin. I made a batch for myself too and will no longer be buying shop bought scrub, thats for sure.
Adding the scrub to a cute jar with a fancy bow makes it look fab too!
For a decent jar full – like in my picture.
- 2.5 Cup of sugar
- 1 Cup coconut oil
- 8 Drops of chosen essential oil (peppermint or grapefruit smell great!)
- 2 tbsp vitamin E oil
- Natural mineral mica colouring
- Clean container
- In the microwave safe bowl, melt coconut oil (if it is not in a liquid state already – mine is always solid!)
- Drop in essential oil, vitamin E oil and sugar - stir until well combined.
- Separate mixture into two bowls. Using your food colouring colour 1 bowl of scrub red.
- Spoon your scrub into your jar, alternating between the white and the colour.
- Store in a covered container at room temperature
Conditioning Hair Mask
As you become a coconut oil fan, you will begin to see that coconut oil and coconut properties are key ingredients in loads of high-street shampoo and conditioners (Lush's Curly Wurly is one of my favs).
I have curly and sometimes-frizzy hair and when I apply a coconut oil mask my hair is less flyaway and more tamed. Coconut oil has great nourishing and calming effects.
Here is the method I use:
- Take a decent walnut sized lump of coconut oil and place in your hand, it should melt to touch.
- If you occasionally have a flaky scalp, add 3-5 drops of ginger essential oil into your melted oil in a bowl
- Apply the oil by hand to towel dried hair and massage it into the hair and scalp with finger tips for about 3 minutes
- Make sure your hair is covered
- You may want to comb through the oil too
- Leave the mask for about 10 minutes (or leave it in overnight)
- Rise thoroughly with warm water
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Homemade liquid soap is quite different from the usual shop bought soaps, mainly because of its more watery consistency and absence of skin-drying chemicals.
As well as on my body (instead of shower gel) and hands, I use this soap on my face. Generally I use the soap on my face at night time as it is good at removing make up whilst not drying out my face and provides an over-night moisturising process, which replenishes my skin.
Throughout winter I usually suffer with dry lips and flaky dry skin on my face. But this year has been a different story – I have been using this recipe, which combines good quality oils and does not include harsh ingredients.
Ingredients that I use:
- 1/2 cup water (distilled)
1/2 cup Dr. Bronners Castile Soap (where to buy)
- 2 tbsp Jojoba Oil (nourishing oil)
- 1 tbsp Hemp Seed oil
- 1 tbsp vitamin E oil
10 drops Lemon Balm essential oil (where to buy)
Depending on your skin type, you may want to play around with the ratio’s of oils and Castile Soap, adding more Hemp Seed / Jojoba oil.
- Use a clean bottle that has either a pump or cap top.
- Add the water in first (to help stop the mixture bubbling too much). 2nd add your oils and lastly drop in your essential oil. Shake the bottle to mix.
- Shake the soap gently before use to mix any separated ingredients.
Instructions for use on your face
Apply the soap by massaging it into your skin. Run warm water over your face cloth and apply it on to your face, hold over your face for a minute and then gently wipe clean, rising the cloth as you go.
If you are wearing make up – apply the soap to a cotton wool ball and wipe the area to remove the make up.
Effective, hardworking, non-toxic, natural everyday cleaner. This is much much much softer on hands than the stuff in the shops! Here I have added Botanist Petitgrain Essential Oil which is a natural antiseptic.
Ingredients for mixing:
425ml Distilled water (you can use bottled water)
30ml White vinegar
30ml Castile soap
15g Baking soda
35 drops of Botanist Petitgrain EO
2g Coconut oil ( optional - makes the liquid cloudy, but is kind on hands!)
Mix and store in a pump top bottle. Done.