November 26, 2013

"Bruder bought a coconut, he bought it for a dime."

"You put the lime in the coconut and drink 'em bot' up!" No really, drink 'em up. Coconut oil is the topic of the day here at the Cupcake Blondie! Tell me, have you ever used it in a recipe as a substitute for vegetable oil? How about in your hot tea when you've got a sore throat? If you didn't know already, coconut oil is edible and can help with your health in oh so many ways. But today we're going to look at the beauty benefits of this wonder oil!

Take a look at your vanity or your bathroom closet, wherever it is that you store your beauty products. Do you have multiple lotions, facial moisturizers, or face cleansers? And take a look in that shower of yours. How many shampoo bottles, conditioning treatments, and shave creams do you keep in there? You can technically fulfill all of these and more with one bottle of coconut oil. That's right! I recently discovered that a lot my friends are buying this stuff and using it for their skin. Come to find out, it has a plethora purposes!

Primary Beauty Uses:

  • Makeup remover - cuts through waterproof mascara and liner like no one's business!
  • Prevent stretch marks during pregnancy - this is an awesome alternative to cocoa butter!
  • Kills yeast infections topically - and it's way cheaper than those kits we have to buy.
  • Intensive nighttime moisturizer - more cost effective than expensive creams.
  • Sugar scrub - mix equal parts coconut oil and brown sugar.
  • Natural chap stick - bonus jonas it has a natural coconut taste!
  • Shave gel and after shave - it's super slick so your razor won't tug and it will sooth skin afterwards.
  • Destroys cellulite - with continuous use you'll rid that cellulite in no time!
  • Treat and diminish acne - it will dry out the pimple but not your skin, and it's naturally anti-fungal!
  • Stimulate hair growth - when used as a conditioning treatment.
  • Removes frizz associated with split ends - seals the cuticle to reduce the frizzle-frazzle.
  • Soften cuticles - and strengthen nails at the same time!
  • Alleviate flaky skin on elbows - perfect timing with the weather change upon us!
  • Coconut body balm - whip it with shea butter with a hand mixer and slather yourself up!
  • Subtle highlighter - it's moisturizing properties add a sheen to your high cheekbone when applied sparingly.
  • Deep conditioner - apply a quarter sized amount to your hair, cover with a shower cap and leave on for a few hours, shampoo and rinse.

How does it work exactly? The fatty acids in the coconut oil naturally and safely soften hair and skin. Since it acts as a conditioner it detangles the worst knots, hydrates to the core, fights frizz by sealing the ends, and repairs dry and/or damaged hair. As a hair conditioner you'll want to warm it in your hands then apply the oil from the root to the ends to fully concentrate the oil on your hair. Some people will simply rinse it off but if you aren't used to or don't like the feeling it may leave, you can certainly shampoo it out. I have my father's hair and my roots get greasy fast so I would shampoo myself.

Because it is an oil it slides makeup right off your face; try a water-based cleanser and an oil-based cleanser on your full face of makeup and you will see that oil-based cleansers get your heavy duty makeup off faster and more efficiently than water-based. The oil breaks the makeup down and in turn it is easier to remove.

I've attached some links below of some brands that are on the market. I have also heard you can find it at bulk grocery stores in large gallon tubs. I'm going to snag a smaller jar first to try out how I want to use it! What about you? If you already use this, where do you buy and how do you use it? Leave it in the comments! Thanks for reading!

Spectrum Naturals: Organic Coconut Oil
Nature's Way: Organic Coconut Oil
Nutiva: Organic Coconut Oil

xo K