Coconut Oil, How I Use It

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There are tons of brands of coconut oil on the market.  There are also a million uses for them.  You can find them all over Pinterest.  Just type in “coconut oil” in the search box and bam, there they are.  Pinterest is were I started with coconut oil.  I saw different posts about how to use it and began to try them out.

Over the last 2 years, I’ve narrowed my uses down to what I like and what works best for me thus far.  I currently use coconut oil for a moisturizer/hand and body lotion, instead of something like this:

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You do not need much.  Just the size of a pea for your hands.  You can use more for the rest of you.  It may seem greasy at first, but just wait, it soaks right in.  I love it.

I also make my own sugar scrub for the shower and to shave my legs.  I usually mix equal parts of coconut oil and sugar to fit in a small jam jar. I like to add some Wild Orange Essential Oil; about 10 drops.  That will vary depending on the size of jar you use.  The sugar exfoliates my skin to remove the build up of dry skin cells.  I get a smoother shave and the coconut oil softens my hair and skin.  It’s a win win without what I feel to be harmful chemicals in products like this:

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I stopped using Mary Kay make up remover and opted for coconut oil.  Unfortunately, when I stopped using products with parabans, I had to let go of my beloved Mary Kay products which I had used for over 10 years.  I believe my skin is in great shape and I look at least 5 years younger than I am due to Mary Kay products.  However, coconut oil works great to remove all the eye make up I put on and moisturizes my skin as well.  So no more products like this:

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I have long, moderately thick, slightly curly hair.  With that hair type comes frizz.  I have tried several products to moisturize and/or smooth my hair and really, none of them work that great.  Besides that, I believe they have harmful chemicals in them that I would rather not put in my hair.  So I use coconut oil.  Just a tad, the size of a pea is enough for my hair.  When it’s wet, I rub some in the palm of my hand and run it through my hair.  I don’t use any thing else.  Nope, no other products for taming the frizz and enhancing curl.  Just natural, organic coconut oil.  I love it instead of products like this:

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One of the things that we all seem to need only once in a great while is Goof Off.

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You know, that really stinky liquid that is used to remove sticky labels among other things?  The bottle says to use in well ventilated areas.  Well ya, have you smelled that stuff?!!  Yuck!!

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I like to purchase items that come in glass jars if at all possible.  When I do, I like to keep those glass jars to use for other things.  The greatest thing to remove the sticky sticker from the jars is a mixture of Coconut Oil, Baking Soda and Tea Tree Oil.  It works great.  You will need to soak the jar first to get the initial paper off, then mix the ingredients into a paste and put on some gloves.  If you do not wear gloves the baking soda will make your fingers really rough.   I also used a plastic scraper from Pampered Chef.  This takes a little elbow grease so to speak, but I prefer this over Mr. Yuck.

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A really cool use for coconut oil is furniture polish.  I mix a little coconut oil with some EO, like Lemon or Wild Orange and  you now have an all natural furniture polish with no harmful chemicals instead of something like this:

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I love using cast iron pans for cooking. However, they take a bit of maintenance if you want them to stay non stick.

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The best thing to do when you purchase your first cast iron pan is thickly coat it with coconut oil and bake it in the oven on 250 for 3-4 hours.  Once you’ve done that, simply wipe it out and it’s ready to use.  When you wash it, I wouldn’t recommend using soap.  Some people say other wise, but the majority say never to wash your cast iron with dish soap and my daddy never did.  He’d wash it with hot water and scrape where needed.  Then he’d dry it on the wood stove in the living room.  That’s how dad did it.  That’s how I do it.  And, it’s worked out pretty well so far.  (I hear Robert Downey Jrs. voice in my head when I say that).lol  It’s off of “Ironman”.

The last thing I use coconut oil for almost all the time is in cooking.  Almost any time a recipe calls for olive oil, I use coconut oil.  Not every time.  I wouldn’t use coconut oil in vinaigrette dressing.  lol  Also, any time vegetable oil, Crisco or canola oil is called for, I use coconut oil.  It’s much better for you than this:

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I like to use coconut oil in place of butter most of the time.  It is said that coconut oil is better for you.  However, that isn’t why I use it.  I just like that flavor of coconut oil.

There is one way I plan on trying coconut oil.  I want to replace this:

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I think if I mix coconut oil, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide together, with maybe some peppermint or winter green EO, I could make some pretty amazing toothpaste.  So we will see …

If you’ve never tried coconut oil and would like to, you can purchase it from my Thrive Market affiliate link.  You can get a 15 oz jar of organic coconut oil for $7.95 or a 29 oz jar of organic, non gmo coconut oil for $16.45.  What ways do you use coconut oil?  What is your favorite way to use coconut oil?

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