Coconut Oil is one of those kitchen ingredients that has about 1,000 different uses. While a bit more expensive than other cooking oils (especially in Antigua), I justify the cost with the fact that I use it multiple times a day, and it has replaced a lot of my beauty products, too.
I use coconut oil every day for the following:
– Eye makeup remover (you only need a tiny bit, massage it on your face to dissolve the makeup for about 30 seconds, and wipe off with a damp cloth)
– Cooking oil (If you want to have the best plantain game, use coconut oil!)
– We add 1 tsp. of it everyday to Maya’s (our dog) food– she has dry skin, and the coconut oil has helped a lot to condition her fur and we’ve noticed she scratches a lot less than she used to
– Moisturizer– i have eczema and rubbing a bit on dry spots is one of the best remedies I´ve found
– Body Scrub
I read somewhere that you should never put anything on your face that you couldn’t eat. This scrub falls in that category, although I’m not sure I would want to eat it (but I definitely could)!
Since I love using body scrubs in the shower a couple of times a week but don’t feel like spending $15-$30 on what is essentially sugar/salt and fragrance, I made my own! I used coconut oil because I know it works for my skin, and I found that I don’t even need to put on lotion after showering if I use the scrub. Saving time & money 🙂
You’ll need Coconut Oil, Essential Oil, Salt, and a container with a lid. Kosher salt works best because the particles are bigger than regular table salt, giving you a more intense scrub. If you have sensitive skin, use sugar for a mild exfoliation.
Mix 1 cup of Kosher Salt with 1/2 cup of melted Coconut Oil and then add your essential oils. I used a mix of lemongrass and sweet orange (add about 4 drops each). Other combinations could include Tea Tree & Peppermint, Lavender & Eucalyptus, or Orange & Rosemary. I have these essential oils, and use them a lot in my diffuser.
And that’s it! Super easy, effective, and inexpensive. Use it 3x a week in the shower and you will notice a big difference in your skin. This makes a cute gift for the ladies in your life, too!