5 Uses For Coconut Oil

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACoconut oil is something every beauty bargain hunter needs in her arsenal. It has so many cosmetic uses  aside from the fact you can obviously cook with it, here are five of my favourites..

Cleanser

This one may be obvious, it’s something that’s been talked about a lot and that’s part of the reason I’ve put this post off.. I assume everyone knows the benefits of coconut oil but for those who don’t, this may be interesting for you! You can use it directly out of the jar to remove makeup and cleanse your skin in place of a pricey balm. You can add in essential oils/other ingredients to make a fancier cleanser if you wish (would you like a post on this?) but in the interest of ease and using it in its raw form you don’t have to for it to work well.

Moisturiser

This is something to take with a pinch of salt – not literally, that would be gross. As someone with oily skin i don’t use particularly rich face creams every day however when my skin is feeling dry or chapped (Winter, I’m looking at you!) an oily or heavier lotion is called up on and this can take its place. It would work as a moisture mask if you only wanted to leave in on for an hour or so and it’s also great as a body/massage oil.

Deep Conditioner

I have a holy grail hair saver from Charles Worthington that honestly does nothing that coconut oil can’t do. It comes in a similar form too, a hard, oily wax that melt when heated and used in the same way I see identical results. I scoop out a few table spoons into a bowl and micorwave them until they’re almost liquid, applied to my hair and left overnight it’s a miracle treatment for dry, over-processed blondes like me! It also doesn’t affect my colour in the way other oils can. They can bring out the brass which is not ideal but this doesn’t cause that problem.

Hair Oil

on that same tack I would recommend using a tiny amount in place of an oil or serum as a finishing product. I once had something from The Body Shop that was a coconut hair shine (or something like that) which was a compact, hard oil in a tin that you would rub to get on to your fingers and apply. You can use the natural stuff in exactly the same way, straight from the jar but don’t go mad.. you just need a LITTLE!

Face/Body Scrub

Lastly another common tip, add sugar/salt to your melted oil then store at room temperature and it will retain a consistency you can scoop out and use on your face or body to exfoliate. My favourite scrubs are packed with granules and leave an oily residue to repair the skin and this DIY fix will do just that and you can make it as scrubby/gently as you like by adjusting the amount of sugar/salt you add!

They are just a few ways to use this oil but there are countless others! If you have your own please let us know in the comments, I know people have said it works really well for skin ailments such as eczema, it helps to grow eyelashes.. I’m sure there are uses I’m yet to hear about so I’d be interested to hear how YOU use it if you do. I will try and bring you some more DIY/natural home remedies over the month to hopefully keep us on the spending straight and narrow but again if you have your own to share (coconutty or not) feel free!

Miss BB

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  1. 5 January, 2015 / 7:55 am

    I love coconut oil. I cook with it all the time.

    As for beauty uses, I like to use it as a heel softener. I get really dry heels and terribly hard skin (yuk!), and I soak my feet in coconut oil with a pair of socks on overnight. Just pumice in the shower next day and they’re much more acceptable in public. 😉

    • missbudgetbeauty
      5 January, 2015 / 12:04 pm

      oh that’s a great suggestion! I’m going to try that this evening!

  2. Harriet
    5 January, 2015 / 8:55 am

    I would love to see a post on coconut oil as a cleanser. I saw one suggestion online (I can’t remember where) which said add bicarb, have you ever tried this? What do you do for the rest of your skin care regime if you use coconut oil to cleanse?

    • missbudgetbeauty
      5 January, 2015 / 12:05 pm

      I just use everything else as normal, the coconut oil just replaces my cleanser

  3. 5 January, 2015 / 9:20 am

    I make a chocolate body scrub with it! (http://wp.me/p147zG-1YC) and use it as a moisturiser for my body, with the addition of some essential oils (tea tree & grapefruit), I don’t use it as a make up remover because I use baby bottom butter for that and having found something that my skin likes, I’m not prepared to risk changing it!

  4. Maria
    5 January, 2015 / 3:20 pm

    I would like a post with a fancier cleanser recipe!!! I use baby oil to remove make up!
    😀
    thanks!

  5. Jane
    5 January, 2015 / 4:29 pm

    I have a small tub of Coconut oil at home and at present only use in the dry skin on my feet and knees. I’d be interested in a post about how to use it as a cleanser.

  6. 5 January, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    Oh wow, I had never thought of using it for anything other than cooking! Thanks so much for this, I’m definitely going to give it a go as a cleanser.

  7. 5 January, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    I’m a huge fan of coconut oil and I use it for all of these purposes! It’s such an amazing multipurpose product 🙂
    Maeve // Thrift O’Clock

  8. mysteries1984
    5 January, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    I love coconut oil for my hair and removing my eye makeup BUT it should be pointed out that it rates relatively high on the comedogenicity scale so definitely isn’t suitable for everyone. Anyone considering it should patch test first!

  9. 5 January, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    Coconut oil has to be one of the most versatile things out there!! Definitely going to buy some soon and save this post! xx

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  10. 5 January, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    Oh I love coconut oil! I use the Lucy Bee one as well! I love it for putting a tiny bit on hair to tame frizz (I know you said hair but it works instead of serum/mousse as well as a deep conditioner), it’s also good on your nose after it gets chafed when you have a cold, it’s also a great lipbalm and I spread it on my toast in the morning so I get the benefits inside and out!

    I recently heard there’s the “coconut oil method” for hair dying because the coconut protects your hair a bit from the peroxide, I tried it when I did my roots and noticed my scalp was less dry but I haven’t tried putting it on my lengths before colouring yet, because my hair isn’t getting any more all over colour for a long while! xx

  11. 5 January, 2015 / 10:46 pm

    I like to grind granulated sugar into a finer, but still gritty, powder with a mortar a pestle, add a little tea tree oil and coconut oil and use as a scrub if my skin is feeling particularly awful, I can even let it sit for a while. The tea tree oil feels really cleansing but the coconut oil makes sure it’s not too harsh and makes the skin feel soft – and ground sugar isn’t as rough against the skin 🙂

  12. 6 January, 2015 / 1:46 pm

    I use this every night during winter time as night cream, I have very dry skin though.

  13. 6 January, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    Its also nice on toast xx

  14. 7 January, 2015 / 3:08 am

    My favorite use for coconut is definitely taking my eye make up off at night. Nothing quite does the trick, it doesn’t take out my eyelashes from over scrubbing to get off mascara and moisturizes at the same time. So very much on the coconut oil train!
    Thanks for the post,
    Ashleigh
    http://mermaidonthemove.wordpress.com/

    • 7 January, 2015 / 9:13 pm

      I have not tried the superdrug coconut shampoo and conditioner but I have tried another make and I think coconut smelling shampoo and conditioner has to be my fav xx

  15. Sandy
    10 January, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    Just a tip for winter when the coconut oil goes solid and is hard to scoop out. I whip it up with a hand blender and add in my essential oils. Turns it to more of a cream consistency .I fill up some small containers and use as cleanser/moisturiser/hair serum. Love the stuff

  16. 10 January, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    Coconut oil really is a wonder product! I’ve known about it’s uses for yonks and use it regularly myself. Nice to see someone else spreading the word on something more natural!

    My dog gets a teaspoon a day in his raw food and has THE most amazing coat! It also helps you to break down and use turmeric as a natural anti-inflammatory! Great for digestion too! I could go on and on… It’s fab fab stuff! 🙂

  17. 2 March, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    I use coconut oil as a body moisturiser , its wonderful

  18. Lisa
    6 March, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    I love coconut oil! It’s fab for cuticles, soothing chicken pox spots, other rashes and even thrush as it’s anti fungal. It also makes heavenly roast potatoes!

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