By now many of you may have heard about endocrine disruptors, BPA, and the many other chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis. Many of these chemicals can wreak havoc on our health, but solutions seem to be so expensive! As a student on a limited budget, and with very little free time to concoct my own potions, I’ve had to learn to pick my battles. Over the next few posts I’ll be sharing with you the battles that I’ve managed to win!
Makeup remover? Coconut oil. Moisturiser? Coconut oil. Lip balm? Coconut oil. Hair serum? Coconut oil. You get the point.
Coconut oil is hands down my best discovery. You can fry with it, bake with it, eat it out of the jar… but who knew coconut oil could be such a useful beauty product? Our skin is our body’s largest organ, and with almost two square metres of the stuff, what we put on it is so important to our health. Coconut oil can be used for just about all your beauty and skin care needs, and is free of the nasty chemical concoctions that you will find in most mainstream products- just make sure to buy organic!
If you’re not a fan of coconut oil (then you should be!) then at least make sure you get on the organic skincare bandwagon. Natural products are springing up everywhere, and awesome brands like New Zealand’s Skinfood (review coming soon!) can be bought from most supermarkets for the same or even less than their regular counterparts.
For those of you with your tub of coconut oil ready to go, here are a couple of ways you can start…
As makeup remover…
I keep a small jar of coconut oil on my side table for daily use. Note that a little goes a very long way so you really only want a tablespoon or so. For makeup remover, simply get a small amount on your finger tips and dab onto the made up area. Wipe with a cotton pad like normal
As above, keep a little in a jar and dab on a small amount. Rub in and voilà! You only need a very small amount, so use much less than you would use of normal moisturiser.
As mouth wash…
I have found oil pulling very effective in helping desensitise my teeth, as well as keeping them looking whiter. This Ayurvedic practice helps eliminate bacteria and toxins from your mouth, just like a mouthwash but without the nasty chemicals.
Take two teaspoons of solid coconut oil, and let it melt in your mouth before swishing it around like any regular mouthwash. You want to aim to get swishing for twenty minutes, so gradually build this up starting with as long as you can manage, and increasing a little each time. It is a little time consuming, but I find it’s really easy to do other chores and get ready as I swish away, so as long as you’re not required to be conversational in the morning (which let’s face it, most of us aren’t anyway!) then it’s great. Once you’re done (no more than twenty minutes to prevent toxin reabsorption), spit, rinse and brush as normal. I prefer to rinse with warm water as I find it helps cut through the oil a bit more than cold, but it’s up to personal preference.
If you’re not a fan of coconut oil on its own then the first time can definitely feel unpleasant, as we’re not used to having so much oil in our mouths, but I promise after a couple of tries you won’t notice the taste, just the lovely fresh mouth you now have!
As hair serum…
Apply a small amount to the tips of your hair as with regular serum.
As lip balm…
Use as is, or add your favourite essential oils to make a lovely lip balm. Make sure to keep cold or else in a liquid-proof jar, as the oil will melt in warm temperatures.
Mix with sugar as in my recipe here to make a lovely coconutty body scrub. You can use baking soda or finer sugar for face or lip scrub, and coarser sugar for the rest of your body.
And, of course the best use of all…
Get your favourite to give you a massage with this stuff and you will be instantly transported to a sunny, tropical island…. Okay not quite, but a Coconut scented massage and some tropical punch is close enough 😉
I hope this helps, enjoy!
Coming up next post: Household cleaners