Coconut Oil Uses

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Coconut Oil

You will often see coconut oil in the supermarkets and 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 £6.99 for 2x tubs and it is beginning to replace some of my existing beauty products. Example seller:   here
 
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.

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Use 1: Intensive heel repair

 
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 (I have used soap and glory and sanctuary – nothing changed).

Instructions
 
If like mine your coconut oil is pretty solid, with your fingertips scrape a small lump of coconut oil out of the tub and apply it directly onto the problem area. Massage the oil into your skin with your fingertips until melted.
 
The oil will leave an oily / greasy film on your foot, which will be, absorbed gradually.
 
For cracked heel / skin: apply at morning and night until the skin is repaired.
 


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Use 2. 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 high-street shampoo and conditioners (lush Curly is one of my favs).
 
I have curly and sometimes-frizzy hair and when I apply a coconut oil mask, afterwards my hair is less flyaway and more tamed, as well and smooth.

Instructions

  • Take a walnut sized lump of coconut oil and place in a bowl
  • Microwave the oil for about 20 seconds or until the oil has melted
  • Allow to cool to about room temperature
  • If you occasionally have a flaky scalp, add 3-5 drops of ginger essential oil into your melted oil.
  • Apply the oil by hand to towel dried hair and massage it into the hair and scalp with finger tips for about 3 minutes
  • You may want to comb through the oil too
  • Leave the mask for about 10 minutes
  • Rise thoroughly with warm water
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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.

Ingredients: 
  • -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 Instructions:
  • 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

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