You guys, I love coconut oil. So. Much. I buy it in big tubs and use it up at an alarming pace. I’m not eating it all – although you should eat it and cook with it. You really, really should. It’s good for your heart, supposedly promotes weight loss (I had to put the “supposedly” in there because people are getting a tad crazy with the claims – it can help, but it’s not magical, yo!), helps reduce blood sugar levels, and converts straight to energy. So eat it.
But I also use it in almost all of my skin care products. That I make. In my kitchen.
What? The girl that claims she doesn’t cook (I may or may not. It is *possible* that I botch it up and act clueless so people don’t expect much. Shhhhhhhh. Low expectations are the key to happiness.) makes her own skin care products? You bet your buns, I do! I’m like a mad scientist in the kitchen, cackling like a….witch? crow? hyena? What cackles? ← I write these things with the intention of correcting them later to make sense, but then I DON’T. Because there are so many more important things to be doing with my time, like fantasizing about Adam Levine calling me from a payphone. P.S. he hasn’t.
Anyhoo, back to the homemade skin care products….eventually. But here’s a peek at them so you know they actually exist.
As many of you know, I suffer from a lot of health issues. I’ve found that I have a lot of sensitivities to chemicals – especially synthetic fragrances. They make fibromyalgia flare-ups worse and cause immediate migraines. Just ask Toby about the “air freshener incident” that recently occurred in our household. It resulted in me gagging, holding my shirt over my mouth to breathe, and dramatically announcing my impending death every time I walked upstairs. For a week.
Obviously, I didn’t die. But there is a danger with the chemicals in our products.
Your skin is permeable and allows everything you put on it to absorb into your bloodstream, which is why you shouldn’t put anything on it that you wouldn’t eat. I looked at the ingredients list of my favorite lotions and deodorant and it didn’t look appetizing. So, I’ve gone all natural – natural beauty products, natural cleaning products, and I’m (gasp!) not even dying my hair. You guys, I haven’t seen my natural hair color in almost twenty years. But, I can tell you that it is 75% grey. Toby says I’m going to be his Silver Fox. I’m thinking I will be more like a Yellow-grey Mongoose, but what the heck.
Now I have some favorite beauty products that I’ve made with a coconut oil base. Coconut oil is moisturizing, antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, yummy smelling and soothing. These are my favorites (pictured above) in no particular order:
- Awesome, minty, scrubby toothpaste.
- Lemon-y lip balm that moisturizes and gently exfoliates.
- A body moisturizer that gives you wicked soft skin.
- Coconut oil deodorant. (I stuck my armpit in Toby’s face for weeks to test its efficacy)
- Ginger-lemon sugar scrub. I use it head to toe and it’s phenomenal.
Here’s the deal. I’ve borrowed some recipes and made them my own. There is something about substitutions that make me giddy – I just can’t leave a recipe alone. So, if you want to know more about any of these products, let me know and I’ll get you a recipe and instructions. Bottom line: coconut oil is bomb dilly and you all should be using it. And eating it. And writing long-winded, rambling posts about it. And then go read Crunchy Betty’s post about awesome things you can do with coconut oil, because that girl has done it ALL. And she makes me laugh.
Now, please excuse me while I go carve “I heart medium-chain fatty acids” into my desk.