Although I’ve always viewed DIY beauty products with suspicion and love nothing more than a hall of factory-manufactured product, my descent into using coconut oil has been gradual, and I’m now in pretty deep. The best part is that because it’s pretty cheap (relative to other beauty products) I now spend more money on a really, really good serum and moisturiser.
Although it’s more expensive, use good quality, organic coconut oil like this one (especially if you’re oil pulling – the flavour is so much better!).
1. Face wash
Coconut oil is now the only face wash I use (although you may want to use another if you have oily skin). Warm some up in your hands and spread gently over your face and neck. Run a face cloth or small towel under hot water and hold over your face for a minute before wiping the oil (and the dirt with it) away!
2. Night cream
Simply warm some up in your hands and then apply to your face and neck. A little goes quite a long way! Don’t get into your eyes if you’re hoping to see clearly afterwards.
3. Conditioning hair mask
In a trick from my curly-haired friend Silvana, rub melted coconut oil through the ends of your hair and leave overnight (or even for a few minutes) before shampooing. Once clean your hair will be glossy and conditioned.
4. Softening foot mask
Massage coconut oil into your feet after a shower, and cover with socks.
5. Lip balm
Leave some next to your bed or decant into a little tub to have on the go.
6. Insect repellent
Mix melted coconut oil with an essential oil like lavender or tea tree and dab to keep insects away.
7. Oil pulling
Reputed to be fantastic for dental care, this ancient Ayurvedic technique involves swirling a tablespoon of coconut oil around your mouth before flossing or brushing. It’s meant to help keep teeth white and bright, improve breath and remove germs and toxins. Read this account before you try it.
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I’ve done it most days of the week for about two months, and it’s not too unpleasant (although I haven’t really noticed any miraculous changes).
Continuing the trend of dental health, mix coconut oil with some bicarb for a whitening toothpaste.
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9. Makeup remover
As most cleansers don’t take off makeup, you need an oil based solution. Even after a late night, this is quick and effective (there’s nothing worse than using one of those makeup remover wipes and having makeup still smeared across your eyes – even after you’ve been a good girl and made the effort). Simply follow the face wash method in number one, paying special attention to dissolving your makeup around your yes. (You will look like a dirty panda for a few minutes – and that’s ok.)