Happy Homesteading: Using Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer

Using coconut Oil as a Moisturizer - Great way to save MONEY!! @Happymoneysaver

Today’s Happy Homesteading post is all about me trying out Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer.  WARNING!!  You may see pictures below of my face before bedtime with greasy looking Coconut Oil on it. It may scar you for life. I also cannot be held responsible for any nightmares my naked face may give you. 😉

A couple of months ago I asked you all on the HappyMoneySaver Facebook page how you save money on facial moisturizers.  I had quite a few lovely readers say they used Coconut Oil and if I am being honest I was a bit grossed out.   Coconut Oil? Wouldn’t that be greasy? I wondered if it would make my face break out or make my skin look gross.

Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer 30 Day Challenge

I decided to try out that Coconut Oil as a moisturizer for 30 days to see how it worked. Because if it does work I would be saving a lot of money!

Before I started this challenge I was using Sephora’s Instant Moisturizer (1.69 oz. for $20).  I know! So flipping expensive.. If this would work I knew I would be saving a lot of money. But I anticipated breaking out or not liking the feel and going back to my Sephora kind (which I do love!)

Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer

DAY 1

Before I went to bed I washed my face with warm water, and took out my first bit of Coconut Oil from the container. For those of you who have never used Coconut Oil before it has the consistency of hard shortening. The heat of my fingers started melting the coconut oil which I quickly rubbed all over my face.

I won’t lie..it felt greasy.  I felt like a greased pig. A greased pig in need of an eyebrow wax (hee hee). 😉

But in about 5 minutes it started soaking into my skin and I felt much better.  Off to bed I went. I may or may not have had a dream that night of me working as the Greasy Fry girl for McDonalds…

DAY 2

Woke up in the morning, no new zits or breakouts! And my skin felt fine, not to dry or oily – Wow! That night I did the same thing, washing my face with warm water and adding coconut oil. No new breakouts all week long. It took some getting used to feeling that greasy feeling for 5 minutes, but soon it stopped bothering me.

DAY 7

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After one week of using Coconut Oil I was happy with the results. I mean I wouldn’t say it was a miracle youth serum or that it does anything fancy except be natural and save me money, but I was happy. No breakouts, no zits, no big changes.

DAY 30

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After using Coconut Oil for 30 days, I am happy with the results! It works as a decent moisturizer, and I didn’t get as many zits as I normally do during that (ahem) time of the month. I know these pictures are horrid of me with no makeup after a long day, but I wanted to keep it real and show you how this really worked.

I love the fact that I have Coconut Oil on hand and that jar will literally last me a year for around $5.00. That is some serious savings as usually I would spend $20 on that Sephora stuff and it would last maybe 2 months. I love this homemade natural way to trying things out. Next time I want to try a homemade body butter recipe and see how that goes. I am sure I will love that too.

The only concern I have is that there is no sunscreen in Coconut Oil and I need protection from that sun.  What do you think? Should I mix sunscreen in with some melted Coconut Oil? Or buy some ingredient? Or just apply sunscreen on over the coconut oil every day?

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WORTH THE COST? YES – it works, and costs around $5.00 for a years supply vs. $20 for a 2 month supply of what I was using.

WORTH THE TIME? Yes, there is no extra time involved. 

 

Coconut Oil…is there anything this stuff can’t do?  You can cook with it, I use it in my Burt’s Bees Lip Balm recipe and now for a moisturizer.  –>Go here for high quality sources of coconut oil.

 

Please share in a comment what YOU use Coconut Oil for? Any natural remedies or treatments you make?82 Comments

Happy Homesteading: Using Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer was last modified: May 17th, 2015 by Karrie

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Comments

  1. Bridget says:

    Love your site, glad I found you on Facebook and then here. I have been using coconut oil too, for many things, and am wondering what you would put with it to have a good sunscreen factor. I will check back and see what you come up with.
    Oh! I just found this other site that has a natural sunscreen recipe, apparently coconut oil has SOME sun protection already, but not much.(SPF 4) Check it out http://wellnessmama.com/2558/natural-homemade-sunscreen-recipe/

    • Oooh, I will have to try the scrambled eggs…sound interesting! I have used it to make pancakes and my coconut french toast too (recipe for that here: http://happymoneysaver.com/recipe-coconut-french-toast/)

    • yeps, I use it for my hair
      when im due to wash it in the morning I apply coconut oil generously
      a bit hard to wash off to nake hair look clean (and not oily) but according tm my hairdressee-its worth it (she said my dry hair is getting better!)

      • I use expeller pressed organic coconut oil for SO many things…but I love the way it cleanses and moisturizes my face. I apply a warm washcloth to my face to open the pores and clean some of the day’s grime away, then I cleanse with the coconut oil…again rinsing with warm water and finishing with a cold water splash.

        If I’m due to shampoo my hair the next morning, I’ll sometimes run my hands through the ends in order to moisturize it. I also sleep with a towel on my pillow…which is helpful whether or not you use coconut oil. It helps keep your face clean at night, reducing breakouts.

  2. Bridget says:

    PS..try cooking scrambled eggs in coconut oil. YUMMY! 😉 Might make that jar not last as long though. LOL..

  3. I thought I read Somewhere that coconut oil can be used as a natural sunscreen… I would not add commercially made sunscreen, but try making your own 🙂

    I put it in my hair this morning before my shower and waited 15 minutes before washing it out….(though I had to shampoo twice to get it all out).. My curly hair was so soft and not frizzy before I added my regular leave-in conditioner to tame the frizz. I’m sold!!

    • Oooh, you used it as a hair deep conditioner? Okay…I have GOT to try that out! Thanks Amy!

    • I’ve also read that coconut oil can be used as a sunscreen, so I wouldn’t bother adding any extra at all. Just putting coconut oil on will supply your sun protection while still allowing you to get your Vitamin D. It’s great stuff!

  4. Christina says:

    Regarding your Coconut Oil Moisturizer, great idea. I would recommend though that people use unrefined Coconut Oil. It is more expensive, but it has more of the “good stuff” in it. You want to look for Coconut Oil that is “expeller pressed” or “cold pressed”. If the oil doesn’t smell strongly of coconut, but smells almost like cooking oil or bacon, it isn’t the good stuff.

  5. Coconut oil is a natural sunscreen on its own. It’s good enough to slather on babies at the beach! Just have to reapply occasionally if you’re out in the sun for a while.

    • I have to say it does have quite a high spf. I put some on the tops of my dry legs last summer. Didnt put any sun screen on my legs as i didnt think it was that sunny. Fell asleep on the beach and ended up with very sore legs…but the tops were fine….the sun hadnt touched where i out the coconut oil. I use it on my face every day now as a natural sun screen 🙂

  6. Great post! Just wondering where you bought your coconut oil because that’s a great price.

  7. I used it on my belly when I was pregnant! We also use it for cooking since it does better at high heats than olive oil (which apparently does bad things at high heat).

  8. Hello Karrie….
    I buy Nutiva Coconut Oil at Costco.. a gallon a month ( I am stockpiling some thought) but we use coconut oil for lots of things..
    I make lotion with it…
    1 c olive oil
    1/2 c coconut oil
    1/2 c beeswax
    2 tbsp cocoa butter
    2 tbsp shea butter
    2 tsp vit e oil.
    EO of your choice, but we like the ‘cookie smell’ as my 9 year old puts it, so dont add any EO to the lotion. Lip balm… although we use Orange EO instead of peppermint.
    A dab on a q tip swiped in the ear will remove ear wax
    eating a tbsp a day will help with digestion
    I use it every few weeks to condition my hair…
    we cook with it…
    we use to replace butter ( I have allergies to dairy… and I can’t make butter with goats milk… it would take too much milk)
    I use the oil cleansing method for cleaning my face.. so i use a concoction of castor oil/olive oil/cocnut oil to clean my face…
    Shall I keep going??
    I made goat cheese the other day and thought of you… one of these days I will remember to document some of these things.. until then… you’ll have to trust me… the goat cheese came out fantabulous! 🙂

    • Aweee..thanks for thinking of me! My sister in law brought me some raw cow’s milk this past weekend and the kids LOVED it. I am planning on making some cheese really soon too, super excited! Thanks for sharing your recipe, I am going to have to try that one out for sure. 🙂

  9. Jessica says:

    I mix coconut oil and brown sugar and use it for exfoliating my face and legs! I love it! And since I’ve been using this combo I don’t even use moisturizer anymore!
    I also put it in my hair and rub it on my scalp and leave it in for as long as I can before washing. You do have to shampoo twice to get the grease out!

    • Rachelle Stropola says:

      Jessica,
      I just read your post and was immediately compelled to drop what I was reading and go mix some up with dark brown sugar (on hand for granola making)….HOLY MOLY!! I washed my hands with what was left on the fork after mixing and I feel like I just went to the spa!!! My hands LOOK and FEEL younger!! (I did wash them afterwards with a small amount of liquid soap to get the “grease” off) I usually bathe in the mornings because the kids use up all of the hot water at night, but since it’s late and they are sleeping, I cannot resist going indulge myself right now. THANK YOU for sharing this idea! LOVE IT!!!

  10. I used coconut oil to prevent stretch marks when I was pregnant with my daughter and am now doing it again because it worked so well. I also tried it on the hair, but I think it was way too greasy and didn’t work for me. Great idea to try it as a moisturizer! I think using that in combination with a natural sunscreen like Kiss My Face might work, too.

  11. Thanks for showing us your progress..I too was on the same trackk and noticed I didn’t break out and also healed the current break outs I had..Love it and lather myself after showering. I have also used is after shower I add a little quarter size to my hair ends to moisturize. I also moisturize my hair once a week. Also have another bottle for cooking. i cooked zuchinni it was delicious very crispy. I have switched to use coconut oil as you can cook on med/high heat and olive oil loses it nutrients at this range of temperature! I know that if you look up uses for coconut oil there are numerous ones! it’s also good to lose weight!!

  12. Nicole L says:

    Funny that I received another email about moisturizing with coconut oil after I got yours ! They whipped it to make it fluffy which might make it feel less greasy because of the air that’s added to it. It’s below ! I also love the idea a user posted about coconut oil and brown sugar. I might use the oil, coarse sea salt and turbinado sugar fora body scrub instead. Also ! If you are using it as a night moisturizer , using a light moisturizer with spf in the morning would be good.

    Place 1-2 cups solid coconut oil into a mixing bowl. Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for 6-7 minutes until whipped into a light, airy consistency. Spoon the whipped coconut oil body butter into a glass jar and cover tightly. Store in the refrigerator.

    • Ummmm…Nicole you are a genius!! I so want to whip up my coconut oil now…thanks!

      • Yes, whipping the coconut oil is a must. It makes is so much easier to use.

        • Rachelle Stropola says:

          I made the whipped coconut oil tonight along with the brown sugar scrub….you people are geniouses! I only used a small portion of my bottle of oil/lard (lol) and now I have three new uses for it on top of the large portion remaining for cooking purposes! This has been a rough week, so to spend my Friday night “alone time” pampering myself has been, frankly, SPECTACULAR!

  13. It has worked wonders on my baby’s cradle cap!

  14. where do you find coconut oil for $5.00?

  15. Angela S says:

    I have not tried it for this, but I hear it makes a great makeup remover and eye makeup remover.

  16. Pam Kir says:

    I use coconut oil as a eye makeup remover (eyeliner & mascara). I put a small dab on a cotton ball and hold it against my eyelid for a moment until it softens, and then everything wipes right off. I also use it as an all over body moisturizer in the “Ayurvedic” style, that is, applying it BEFORE my shower.

  17. I love, love, love coconut oil. I use it on my baby after his bath and have used it for his cradle cap. Works wonders. I use it for me a sa lip balm, pre-shampoo hair conditioning treatment, moisutrizer after shaving, moisturizer after sun. I tell you the stuff is amazing.

  18. These are great tips. I have a question about using it for cooking and popcorn. Does it give the foods a coconut taste? Does it have a strong scent it’s not my favorite smell but you all make it sound like I should try it.

    • I have never popped popcorn with it, the only thing I used it for with cooking so far has been pancakes and I didn’t notice any major coconut flavors or taste. But my sister mentioned she thinks it does have a coconut flavor. Anyone else want to share your thoughts on this question?

      • Rachelle Stropola says:

        I use coconut oil to make pancakes as well and have been dying to try it out as a moisturizer. Another thing I love to use it on is baked then broiled tilapia. I baste the tops of frozen fillets (quick week night meal) then season and pop in oven covered with foil….uncover the last 5 minutes and hit them with the broiler. They come out SO MOIST! I tried it with EVOO the next time to see if it was just my imagination and realized that the coconut oil was indeed the “succulent” factor. No, there is never a coconut flavor to anything I have ever cooked with this oil.

        I hope this helps, and I do encourage you to try it on top of fish…..soooo moist!!

      • Liz. beasley says:

        I think some recipes it does stand out more, for instant reg chocolate chip cookies, obvious, pumpkin cookies, not so bad!

      • Ashley Kay says:

        We use coconut oil to bake with and cook with. I think it gives all my recipes a cleaner flavor than the original vegetable oil ingredient did

        We use coconut oil in place of diaper creams too. Works like a charm on that adorable little bootie;-))

      • I LOVE this stuf! My mother started using it when I stayed with her and now I’m hooked! Lol. I think maybe it depends on what kind, how much, and what you are cooking it with. Personally, I love coconut so of course I cook with it a lot, on just about anytHing. To me, the kind that is pressed/unrefined has a slight taste depending on what your cooking it with. Like If I use it in place of butter. But..it is not sweet like the coconut you eat and its very light. I made my bf an egg/sausage sandwich this morning and used it in place of butter to cook the eggs…and didn’t tell him..hehe. He didn’t notice it and said it was good! 🙂

  19. My daughters hair is insanely curly and therefore frizzy with terrible dry scalp. We get the unrefined coconut oil from Vitamin world (about $12 a tub) and she uses it as a leave in treatment. Recently we have tried mixing it with Jamaican Black Castor oil since it seemed to dry out thru the day. The combination of the 2 has been awesome. We also use coconut oil as a foot moisturizer, soak your feet in warm water with some hydrogyn peroxide, dry then apply the coconut oil rather heavy and then cover with plastic bags or wrap. Cover with socks or towel. Does wonders for the upcoming sandal weather!

  20. It also works great as a “personal lubricant” I hope that’s not too personal, but it’s seriously the best thing EVER!

    • Angela, just want to point out that I have read coconut oil is fine for the body, but it can damage a condom – just in case.

    • I guess it depends on who is reading but I think it’s great that you shared that tip. I just recently heard about using it as a lubricant from another reader on another site and was soo thankful. As another reader here pointed out…it’s no good for use with condoms. But for PERSONAL use or In cases where a condom isn’t needed…it’s wonderful. Lubes can get expensive. Not to mention this beats having to go into some sex shop or someone in line at the store knowing your business.

  21. Liz. beasley says:

    We have been fortunate to get a 50 gallon drum of leftovers from a local potato plant, I do have to strain because it has been added to from the lingering drums from each on, so like the bottom left over from from 10 drums, put its great coconut oil! I use in my cooking in place of other oils, that with almond milk in pumpkin cookies into die for! Gave away containers to neighbors for lotions, cradle cap, dry itchy skin, hair issues, etc. something I have looked into but don’t have the stomach for is oil pulling. Great for overall health and dental health. Worth trying at least once or twice!

    • If you do oil pulling with coconut oil, it will whiten your teeth. I am an avid fan of iced tea, coffee and red wine. I always used whitening toothpaste in order to counteract my indulgences. I decided to try oil pulling with coconut oil about a week ago, and I have been astounded at how much it has whitened my teeth. Also, my tongue and gums are noticeably pinker and healthier. Another thing that I have used it for is as a bug repellant. Just add a couple of drops of rosemary and eucalyptus EO to the coconut oil.

  22. I have never used coconut oil but I will be here soon. I love the idea of preventing stretch marks since I’m entering my second trimester. I have very deep pours so I have to use a strong exfoliate. We go through a tun off coffee so I save the grounds and dry them out in the oven on low heat. Right now I mix a hand full in with a dollop of Noxema as a body scrub (it feels solo nice and the sent of coffee is one of my favorite smells). I think I’ll try it with the whipped oil though.

  23. Wow, these are all awesome ideas. I use coconut oil all the time for cooking and never thought of it for body care. Love it and can’t wait to get whipping it up. Thanks! And BTW lover your blog!

  24. HI.. love your page.. ! I have also been using coconut oil for skin care and have had awesome results…. I had a rash on my lower legs, bumps, itchy. … some dermatologists said an allergy, others eczema etc.. gave me prescriptions on and on .. NOTHING but worse.. one day it occured to me to just use the coconut oil that I usually cook with… within a week my legs started to look better and now they are great.. So much that I forget to use it..I now use it as my moisturizer! However have not dared to use it on my face as I have such sensitive skin… so here I go , trying that as well!

  25. Coconut oil has an SPF of about 4 not much of a sunblock on it’s own.

    If you want it to have more spf the main component of sunblock is zinc oxide powder.

    Be very careful if you do this do not inhale zinc oxide powder…

    Mix some into your coconut oil and you’ll have something with an SPF close to about 25 anything higher is pretty much a marketing lie any way so those 50 – 100 spf creams are garbage and contain things you don’t want on your skin or in your body.

    If you don’t spend ALL day in the sun you’re more than likely fine though… most people spend huge amounts of time inside these days so they actually are vitamin D deficient so a little sun is actually better than none at all.

    good luck!

    • k8fearsnoart says:

      I am SO glad to have read your comment, Edward! Coconut oil is not a good sunscreen at all. PLEASE do NOT use it alone for sunscreen. Heck, you know what has more sunscreen power to it? Coconut oil has many great uses, but protecting your skin from the sun is NOT one of them. Scientists have recently proven that using a good sunscreen does NOT prevent your skin/body from absorbing vitamin D, so that’s no excuse for not using a good sunscreen. What you DO want is a sunscreen of SPF 30 that offers broad- or multi-spectrum blocking against both UVB AND UVA rays. Also, SPF only refers to blocking UVB rays, not UVA. There are currently no ways to tell how much blockage of UVA rays a sunscreen offers unless you look at the ingredients. If you check out sites like the Mayo Clinic or even WebMD, they list what ingredients there are in the most effective sunscreens, and there ARE organic choices. Regarding coconut oil as a sunscreen: there are a lot of blogs and sites perpetuating this idea… they may be well-intentioned, but that doesn’t equate to actual medical knowledge. (I’m NOT trying to be a jerk, really, but I was in nursing for 15 years (before I ended up with more medical issues that you can shake a stick at) and have seen, firsthand, what can happen to people who don’t protect their skin from the sun. Being of a fair complection myself, I’ve had my fair share of sunburns, including a burn so bad that I had fever-induced hallucinations when I was a teen. I’m 40 now and can see the damage the sun did to my face from years spent trying to GET a tan. (Never used a tanning bed though, thank goodness!)
      Sorry for the wall-of-text, I just want people to be informed in order to avoid injury to themselves and others- ESPECIALLY kids!
      Take care, and thank you to those of you who took the time to read this!

      • Elizabeth says:

        I hope people read your comment. Having skin cancer is shocking and no fun. And neither is the rebuilding of the face after the removal of the cancer. And I never even tried to tan!

  26. Don’t you know that coconut oil is a natural sunscreen? I wear it in fact as a substitute for sunscreen.

  27. My daughter’s back had completely broken out in eczema a week ago. Rubbed coconut oil on it and by the third application it had cleared up. It is the only thing I have used that she did not complain of it burning. My new go to for her skin care!

  28. I use coconut oil as a hand cream/skin moisturizer too. It is fabulous. Have you tried a drop of oil in it yet? I’ve heard that lemon and coconut oil is good for any flabby areas (cellulite), peppermint for an icey-hot type of rub, or frankincense for skin/face/neck area care but haven’t been able to get the oils yet to give it a try.

    • I use coconut oil with frankincense (good for anti-aging) for a face moisturizer. I mix is with wintergreen or peppermint for a muscle painkiller, lemongrass and tea tree for bug repellant, and my favorite is with coconut oil/grapefruit essential oil, which totally works on edema and cellulite. I also use in the brown sugar scrub, but add essential oils for double benefits.

  29. I just wanted to say that I love this post and started using coconut oil as a moisturizer. However, wanted to point out that it does provide an SPF of 13…not much, but it is something.

  30. Rub it into your dog’s skin and fur. Play with him OUTSIDE for about 45 minutes to let it soak and condition. Bathe dog as usual and he/she will have less scratching and smell GREAT!!!

  31. I use coconut oil for everything mentioned above & a hundred more things… lol!
    Most recently as a burn salve & diaper rash treatment.
    Great post! Thanks for sharing! Just found your blog today & have lost track of time… been reading for a couple of hours now… Good stuff!! <3

  32. I use coconut oil as moisturizer but also in my coffee and cooking as they say it is good for dementia or to not get it. A doctor so they say reversed her husband’s dementia after using it for a number of months.

  33. Hi Karrie,

    Love your experiment. Thank you for sharing! I’m gonna try this during the winter when our cold Kansas air dries my skin out. I will tell you, per an article I read from health guru Christine Pirello, that last year I started exfoliating my face and body during my daily shower with a basic wash cloth. It greatly increased the natural oils in my own skin and helped reduce and smooth out the eczema bumps I get on the backs of my arms. Just use it with water (NO SOAP) and exfoliate in a circular motion over all of skin and rinse. She says in one month you will see a difference. I noticed a difference after 2 weeks and was able to cut back on the amount of body and facial lotion I use.

    As for coconut oil… it’s the main ingredient in the castile soap I just bought (I’m making 32 oz. liquid castile soap out of a $1.50 bar – it has 5 days to go so we’ll see if it’s a good experiment).

    On a yummy note, my Dad pops his own popcorn with coconut oil – delish!

  34. I started to use coconut oil on my body a few months ago and love it. I then started to put it on my face and developed milia. They are white bumps under the skin like whiteheads. They will not come out on their own. I had to remove them with a needle and the ones I couldn’t remove myself, had to be removed by a dermatologist. They are a white crystal, hard bump under the skin. They feel like a grain of salt. It was painful getting them out. If you Google milia, it can be explained. They are causes by clogged pours, from the oil. There are many blogs and info from other people with the same problem. Some people can use it with no problem but others it may do more harm than good. Lynn

  35. I have been using coconut oil as a moisturizer for about 3 weeks now. I buy the Sprectum Organic refined Coconut oil from our Food Co-op. I was expecting amazing results and I have to say I’m disappointed. While my skin is not dry, after using the coconut oil, it’s not super moisturized, like I thought it would be. I usually put it on after my shower and leave it on. Once it soaks in I get dressed. Any reason why this isn’t super moisturizing my skin? I have tried the oil pulling with it (rinsing my mouth with it for 30 mins at a time) and do notice my teeth are whiter. I also have used it as a make up remover, and I really like that. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

  36. Very informative post, thank you!

    I started using coconut oil as moisturizer recently and it works great, the skin absorbs all the oil in some minutes. I use a sunscreen after, the final effect is a dewy healthy look.

    I’m not sure if it’s available in your area, but I’ll recommend the sunscreen cream I’m using: http://www.za-cosmetics.com/product/skincare/whitening/day_protector.html
    It has minerals which bring luminosity to the skin, also makes my complexion look less red. Is does what it says on the bottle! 😉

  37. I love, love, love your website! I guess I have pinned 2 dozen or so of your homemade this and thats! I so wish coconut oil would have worked for me 🙁 My skin is so dreadfully dry that my Dermatologist said if I kept using the lotions and oils I was using (which were apparently drying my skin further) that my skin would be like paper. Sigh. I like home made stuff, but I am using my Curel with ceramides. I have to admit that it seems he was right (for me, anyway).

  38. Jackie Favarola says:

    Coconut oil has a natural spf of 4!

  39. Cecily McClanahan says:

    My sister in law cooks a lot with coconut oil which she purchases from Costco. I tasted some cookies she baked using it instead of the butter or shortening. They were so good. As for using it as a moisturizer, I would use sterilized make up spatulas when getting it out of the jar instead of fingers, especially if the jar last up to a year. This would keep any bacteria from getting in there and then getting rubbed into your face.

  40. I loved reading about your facial moisturizer and would like to add another two very safe and very cheap to use moisturizers: (1) olive oil, (2) petroleum jelly (vasaline). And the MOST important part of applying any moisturizer is to start with a damp/wet face before applying! I use a spray bottle to mist my face then apply moisturizer! – – – Also, I’d like to comment on the homemade toothpaste: The recipe looks easy, tasty and cost effective. However, I am even more economical and just brush my teeth with plain old baking soda. It tastes yukky but my teeth feel clean and it freshens my whole mouth. Can’t beat that. Can also use plain table salt to brush your teeth with, easy-peasy.

    I have 4 hens and 1 rooster and love having eggs. I love to keep a small vegetable garden but sometimes critters get to the vegetables before I do! Love your website and all the recipes – THANKS!

    • For cleaning your teeth, try wintergreen essential oils (one that can be ingested) and rub on your teeth or put a drop on your toothbrush. It feels like you just had your teeth cleaned and taste good. But my favorite thing is that is whitens your teeth. It’s amazing. I did it for a week and people started commenting on my teeth being whiter.

  41. I had been using coconut oil as a moisturizer for the winter. I have normal to dry skin type. The coconut oil gave me blackheads and made my pores bigger, so I switched to Arcona mousturizer for normal skin. It didn’t moisturize enough, I got dry patches on my cheeks and jawline. So I found the perfect combination is to mix them. 3/4 moisturizer and 1/4 coconut oil. Dry patches are nearly gone, blackheads are letting up.
    I’d warn most people, especially with oily skin, not to use this exclusively for moisturizer, especially on your T-zone.

  42. Erin Henry says:

    Hi, I’m new to the site and I just finished reading ‘Use Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer’. Loved the article, made me laugh. I just started using coconut oil (tonight was the first night), and I love it! I have rosacea and my skin tends to feel very rough and almost scaly; not tonight. The first time I years my skin doesn’t feel that way. I believe I may be a lifer for coconut oil. One last thing, during my many hours of research on coconut oil I read that coconut oil is a natural sun screen- actually a 4 SPF. I have signed up for your news letter so I am looking forward to your articles. Thank you again, loved your article.

  43. Regarding moisturizing your skin (face, hands, body): I use “Nutraderm Therapeutic Lotion – Original Formula.” It is recommended by dermatologists for dry, sensitive skin. It is non-greasy, lanolin-free and most important it is non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)! I’ve been using this brand for more than 30 years and cannot live without it. I ask the Costco pharmacy to special order it for me. It comes in a 16 fluid ounce. pump container and lasts me for 2 years (2 pumps/day). The price has gone up to over $10 but it’s worth every penny!

  44. Hi there, love the tips does anybody actually have a recipe for a daytime moisturiser with coconut oil in it?

  45. You could add youngliving’s carrot oil for sunscreen. And quit dissing yourself for not being “all made up”… A lot of people do not wear makeup…if you wear it… wear it for yourself! 😉

  46. You would LOVE Beecher’s Botanicals’s SKIN BUTTER. It can be used on the face, body, hands, hair, nails – you name it! It contains no pore-clogging greasy coconut oil and no stinky shea butter. It has only three ingredients – Organic Cold Pressed Triple Extra Virgin ARGAN OIL, Raw Organic Avocado Butter and Raw Organic Mango Butter. There is a NAKED version that is unscented, or you can choose SKIN BUTTERs with different pure organic essential oils 🙂 I LOVE this stuff. My skin has NEVER been so velvety soft! It is anti-aging, anti-oxidant, healing, protecting and softening. Great for eczema too! You should definitely check it out!

  47. I use it as a a lip balm especially in the winter, just get either an old contact lens container or small container and put some in there i tend to put a little bit of my eyeshadow in it to add a little bit of tint to it, works great and my lips stay hydrated. I also used it to shave my legs instead of shaving creams just because i have thick hair and using it makes my legs very soft, i have used it on my nails around the cuticles as well and my nails are getting hard so that’s a plus. And lastly i tend to make my no dairy no egg cake with coconut oil it comes out so nice and moist you won’t even know the difference.

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