24 August, 2013

Feeling Coco-Nutty

Now, people have been raving about coconut oil for quite some time. I've been using it myself for a while, but I didn't really want to share my views before I really put it to the test. So it's been about 2 months and I think I have some things to share on my coconut experience so far.
I use cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil from Cocoya. I have a 473 ml jar, which costs around £20. And for the amount of things I use it, it's definitely worth it.
I started using it as a deep conditioning mask for my very fine hair. I put this in an hour before washing; from ends to roots, focussing on the ends. This happens twice a week and my hair is softer, shinier and more manageable - happy cheer
Next to that, it is a great moisturizer for feet, legs and the chest area. It does leave a fairly amount of residue, so a no go if you want to put clothes on immediately after; this is more for a pamper day/night. I also use it as a cuticle oil as the last step of my nail painting routine.
While pondering on buying the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, I read coconut oil also works well. I figured I'd try it before splurging on the Emma Hardie one - because let's face it, it ain't cheap. And it's great! I massage a teaspoon-size amount of the oil into my face. The oil breaks down all my makeup and then I remove it with a damp cloth. Although it doesn't sting your eyes, it will leave a weird 'filter' on them afterward; so don't put too much around the eyes and you'll be fine. 
(I did read that some break out when they use it on their face. My skin seems to be okay, but you might want to buy a small jar at first. If you do break out, you can always use it as a hair mask.)
And if you don't like to use coconut oil for any of these things, you can always use it in the kitchen. It has many healthy properties, which means it can also help your skin from the inside out!  Have you ever tried coconut oil for any of these things? What are your thoughts?