In today’s post, I’ll be trying out a few things relating to coconut oil. Now, I have never bought coconut oil in my life, I don’t like the taste of coconut so I tend to avoid all product that contain or smell like coconut. However, thanks to Pintrest, I’ve learned that there are so many amazing benefits to coconut oil. I saw the below post on Pintrest recently and decided to finally get my hands on a jar of coconut oil and see what all the hype is about.
I got the Nutiva Refined Coconut Oil but apparently after rereading the post, refined coconut oil wasn’t the best. Though, I did read that Nutiva makes great refined coconut oil, so I decided to give it a shot regardless.
coconut oil in skincare: Healing and Hydrating Mask
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp honey
When I first opened the jar of coconut oil, I expected it to be much more solid than it actually was since I always read that coconut oil is a solid form. Anyway, I mixed the two ingredients together and applied it to a cleansed face. I didn’t really know what to expect but followed the instructions and left it on for about 15 minutes. The first thing I noticed was the smell of the honey which wasn’t very pleasant to me personally but it faded after a few minutes. 5 minutes in, the oil started melting and started to run down into my eyes, not the best feeling in the world so had to wipe that part of. As time went on, it started melting onto my lips which I didn’t even realise until I had to take the mask off.
I rinsed the mask off with some lukewarm water and my face still felt a bit oily. Not as oily as the olive oil from the sugar scrub I did recently but it did leave more or less a film on my face. I hopped in the shower and did apply a face scrub to get rid of that feeling. Once dried, I applied a thick moisturiser to my face and had a look to see if it did have immediate results.
I was surprised to see that my lips were fully hydrated in such a short time, I’ve tried many lip balms before from high to low price points but this was by far better than anything I’ve tried. When I inspected my face a bit closer, I could see that it brought all the congested pores to the surface. This was a plus point for me as my face has been feeling congested lately thus this will help to clear it up faster. In terms of hydration, I didn’t notice any dry patches on my face after I got out the shower which is very common for me, so this of course is another bonus. Overall, I was quite impressed with the results, though I will be testing this out a few more times to see whether the results will change or improve next time.
Coconut Oil as a shaving cream
One thing I absolutely hate is spending money on shaving cream. The fact that it’s harder to get shaving cream for women (i.e. it doesn’t have that men fragrance), the prices they set it at and how fast it’s finished just puts me off shaving in general. I do shave about twice a week, but it’s such a hassle in general. I’ve tried the shaving blades with the cream surrounding it for a while but it can get pretty drying on my legs and you run out of the cream very fast. So, when I read that you could use coconut oil as shaving cream, I just had to try it out and man.. I’m so glad I did. The tiniest amount goes such a long way, it doesn’t have a smell and it leaves my legs so moisturised at the end as well. This one is such a win and I will for sure use coconut oil as a shaving cream from now on. Also, with how little you use and the price this is an absolute steal. If you do shave a lot, whether you’re a man or woman, try some coconut oil instead of shaving cream!
Coconut Oil as a Hair Mask
I did try a hair mask with just coconut oil and let it sit for 15 minutes. I didn’t really notice a difference to be honest and I did apply a deep conditioner afterwards. So to give you my thoughts on it now would be a bit unfair, so I will continue to try out different hair masks using coconut oil. If you have any good ones, let me know!
Coconut Oil to cook
So the reason I got the refined coconut oil was, not only did it say it won't smell like coconut, but also that it won't taste like coconut. I haven't been able to put coconut oil to the test yet while I'm cooking, but once I do I'll let you know how it goes.
To conclude this post, I can now see why coconut oil is a staple in so many households. I will check out the virgin coconut oil that isn’t refined to see what the difference is but all in all this product will permanently have a place in my household.