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Homemade coconut oil beauty recipes

 

We are all familiar with the multiple and highly beneficial ways in which coconut oil can be used; as a beauty product and as a healthy and delicious oil to cook with. A large range of beauty products can in fact be made at home using coconut oil as the primary ingredient and not much else. The result is a beauty product that is cheap, wholly organic and personalised to your own tastes. Here we reveal some of our favourite and innovative ways of using coconut oil in DIY recipes.

Coconut oil on its own has been a popular choice as an all round moisturiser. However regular users can sympathise with the effort that is required to apply coconut oil on, especially when it hardens in colder temperatures. The process is made more tedious by having to heat the coconut oil up before application. One solution is to therefore use coconut oil to make a moisturiser in a whipped or bar form: 

Whipped coco-nutty body butter 

You will need:

1/2 cup (preferably organic)

  • Coconut oil (solid) 
  • Shea butter
  • Cocoa butter 
  • Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin e oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of desired essential oils
  • KitchenAid or electric mixer of some sort 

Step 1: Heat up the cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil until melted - preferably with a double boiler but if not a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water.

Step 2: Mix with a whisk and leave the mixture to cool in the fridge for one hour until firm 

Step 3: Whip the mix on high speed (either in a KitchenAid or hand mixer) until the consistency is light and airy. Add essential oils and mix again. 

Step 4: Empty the whipped mixture into a glass jar. 

Note: A blender or food processor will not work on this oil recipe as it may warm the oil too much and prevent it from whipping up. 

Sugar body scrub 

Using the whipped recipe above, just add one cup of brown granulated sugar (or equal to the amount of coconut oil) to turn your whipped body butter into a luxurious body scrub! Use this scrub for all over the body, foot, hand... everywhere! 

Coconut oil lotion bar 

 

You will need:

  • Mould - muffin tin 
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil 
  • 1/2 cup pure beeswax
  • 1/2 cup shea butter 
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil

Step 1: Heat oil and beeswax in a saucepan on low heat

Step 2: Add in the essential oils once melted

Step 3: Pour mixture into mold / muffin tin 

Step 4: Let it cool and store at room temperature

Note: If you fill a cake tin you can make enough 

Avo-nana hair mask 

Make use of your overripe fruit and veg to repair any summer damage that your hair has endured. 

You will need:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 (over)ripe banana 
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil 

Step 1: Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend together until mixed 
Step 2: Spread the mixture thoroughly over your hair and let it set for 20-30 minutes

Step 3: Rinse out with regular shampoo and conditioner 

Tip: Add an egg yolk in the mixture if you want some extra protein 

Make the rinsing process somewhat easier by pressing the mixture through a sifter to remove any large chunks. 

Coconut coffee scrub cubes 

Here we have a slightly more enjoyable way of getting rid of cellulite, stretch marks and puffy faces in the morning. 

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup fresh coffee grounds
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil 
  • Brown sugar for texture
  • Muffin tin or ice cube tray 

Step 1: Microwave the coconut oil so that it is of a liquid consistency and combine the coffee grounds into one mixture

Step 2: Divide the mixture into the tin / ice cube trays and then freeze 

Step 3: One frozen they can be popped out and kept in the freezer if they are not to be used immediately. Once in room temperature they will soften. 

Eye cream

Make a simple eye cream with just vitamin E oil and coconut oil. Why vitamin Vitamin E oil? Because of its anti ageing benefits reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Antioxidant qualities also aid in fighting against everyday pollution that produces free radicals. 

You will need:

  • Vitamin E oil (either capsule or liquid)
  • Coconut oil (solid)
  • Small container
  • Tooth pick or wooden skewer to mix 

Step 1: Fill the small container with coconut oil (solid) and put it into the microwave for a couple of seconds until it starts to melt

Step 2: Poke a hole in the capsule and add to the melted coconut oil and stir the mixture together 

Step 3: Keep the blend in the fridge so that it solidifies 

 

Coconut oil shaving cream 

Create your own affordable shaving cream free from any perfumes of preservatives! Coconut oil will help to prevent ingrown hairs, razor burns and general irritation when shaving. 

You will need:

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 4 tbsp shea butter or aloe vera
  • 2 tbsp almond oil 
  • 10-12 drops of your favourite essential oils / oil blend (peppermint is especially cooling) 

Step 1: Mix the oils and shea butter together in a glass bowl and melt on low heat 

Step 2: Add essential oils and then place the mix in the fridge to harden 

Step 3: Whip with a mixer until the consistency is similar of to that of frosting 

 

Top tips with coconut oil 

🌴 Add turmeric in your daily coconut oil pulling routine for naturally whiter teeth (see link below)

🌴  Massage into the skin to help prevent and diminish stretch marks

🌴  Massage into your scalp for dry and damaged hair 

 



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