My Love for Coconut Oil
Guys, I’m not lying when I say I use coconut oil a lot. It’s basically my perfume lol.
I often get asked what I use on my skin because it looks hydrated and soft. The truth is…it is! I truly am a drug store junkie and I’ve tried so many different lotions and body butters. My Wal-Mart trips are never quick even when I intend them to be. I find myself walking down the lotion aisle scoping out new and improved body lotion. I didn’t think of coconut oil until I was reminded by my aunt that she used to use coconut oil on my skin and hair when I was a just a little wee babe. Well, of course it was the best thing she could ever tell me.
So, I went to a natural food store and picked up a small jar of natural virgin coconut oil. I started using it on my skin every night exactly the way I would use a regular body lotion. Yes, it’s much oiler than most lotions because it’s 100% oil, but within 5 minutes the oil is absorbed and what’s left is the softest, healthiest looking and feeling skin! I became obsessed with how it made my skin feel, so I had to go back to the natural food store and buy a larger jar. After finishing the large jar in no time I was on the hunt for a BIG jar of oil. You guessed it, Costco, baby! They have a huuuge jar of oil (Nutiva is the brand) that I’ve literally had for well over 6 months and it’s lasting so long considering how much I use it.
After being obsessed with putting it all over my skin, I started putting it on my hair and nails and had the same amazing results. Healthy, strong, and hydrated hair and nails. Read my tips for a long lasting mani here. Any hangnails or cracked skin I used to have around my fingernails were cleared up in no time. Some people can’t stand the smell because well, it smells like coconut. In that case I will say add a bit of lotion to it to eliminate the smell, while still treating your skin to some intense moisture. I can honestly say I can’t be without it because lotion just doesn’t give me the same feeling. If I ever decide to take a hot bath, I’ll throw in some coconut oil into the bath water and my skin instantly feels so silky. Not too much though, you don’t want all that coconut oil draining into the drain and clogging it up. It acts as a great shaving cream, too! I hate spending money on shaving cream, I feel like it’s such a waste.
I started to do a hot oil treatment on my hair weekly. Every Sunday I’ll heat up some coconut oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds so it’s warm, section my hair into 4, and apply a generous amount of oil to each section. I really saturate my hair, so I always wear a t-shirt I don’t mind getting oily, and I comb it through once or twice. I wrap my hair in a topknot and let it sit for an hour or so. Sometimes I get distracted and start cleaning my house, fold laundry, watch Netflix, do a quick workout, and completely forget about my hair. So what I intend to only be an hour, turns into half a day. No harm done though, it’s only coconut oil. I’ll rinse my coconutty hair in the shower and follow with shampoo and conditioner. My hair is super dry, so I find the oil adds well needed moisture. On a regular basis I’ll add some coconut oil before I style my hair for the day, but this hot oil treatment I’ll only do once a week. Because pure coconut oil is solidified, you’ll need to scoop some into your hands and rub them together to transform the hard oil into liquidy bliss! For more tips on how to treat your hair right, click here.
Another thing I hate to buy is eye make up remover. I feel like it’s totally overpriced and I use so much of it, that I’m constantly replenishing my stash. Have no fear, coconut oil is here! I started using coconut oil as an eye make-up remover and it works so good. Keep it mind when you’re using it on your eyes you’ll look like a crazy raccoon with two black eyes from the mascara, so you should immediately follow with a rinse using your regular face wash to remove the rest of the makeup off your face. Voila, flawless face!
Aside from using it on my hair, nails and skin, I use it for cooking too. I am no Chopped champion, but whenever I do decide to cook I’ll use a little coconut oil instead of olive or non-stick cooking spray. I find it adds a little flavor and it’s good for you! I’ve definitely tried baking a few times (key word tried) with coconut oil and you can hardly notice the taste in a traditional chocolate chip cookie once you get through the burnt bottoms. Lol, don’t judge me…I tried to warn you!
If you aren’t already on the coconut oil bandwagon, I suggest you hop on. You will end up saving a few dollars in the long run and it’s just an all around amazing product for your every life.
What are some of your own coconut oil uses?
I just started using coconut oil like 2 weeks ago. I absolutely love it!! I haven’t tried it on my hair, but I’ll definitely have to, my scalp gets so dry at times.
P.S I love your blog Chia! I was never really into blogs, but yours is awesome! Keep it up, I can’t wait to read more!
Yay, thanks Stacy! Keep using that coconut oil and you’ll notice a difference with eveyrthing. I promise.
Hey Chia! I loved this post. I used to use coconut oil to cook and on my hair all the time! There aren’t enough Costcos in my area, so I’ll have to see where else I could potentially find a huge jar of it, like the one you described. I want it!! I heard it’s good for your teeth, too. Coconut, in general, is just the best thing ever.
Totally true, what if you tried to find it online with Costco?
Oh goodness, I feel like we’re sisters!! LOL. When my sisters ask me for lotion, I offer them coconut oil!! Love the blog Chia!
YAS! Get them on that good good. =)
I LOVE coconut oil. I have two huge jars of it at home that I bought from Trader Joe’s. All natural organic Coconut oil is definitely a go to for my hair and skin. I love using it on my hair because it gives it a nice shine, because my hair can get kind of dull, and it moisturizes my hair without making it super oily of stiff. I definitely use it on my skin at night before bed too! I love smelling like sugar cookies before bed :). But, for makeup removal I actually use Witch Hazel, it’s a great product because it acts as a face cleaner, an astringent, and it’s natural! So no strange chemicals are going onto my skin.
I love your posts Chia! I always look forward to them. 🙂
Ahhh, I’ve been waiting for a post like this!
I have a huge jar of coconut oil just sitting in my pantry. No one rarely uses it, but after reading this post I now know more ways to incorporate coconut oil into my daily routine! I’m definitely going to try out applying the coconut oil to my cuticles because I, too, have hangnails for days!
I’m not sure if you tried this yet, but I’ve used coconut oil as a lip balm too. I’ll just take a cotton swab, scoop a teeny amount out of the jar, and rub that onto my lips. I find that it keeps my lips moisturized longer than any regular lip balm. Now, I save money without having to buy the lip balm. ?
Yes, on the lips is amazing! I feel like if I listed all the ways I use coconut oil it’d be a damn essay. It’s honestly great for eveerything!
Thanks Chia for the hair, cooking nails and etc. tips. Your advice is appreciated and I hope all continues well with your blog.
-Very Big Fan, Nya
Hey Chia! I love the blog. Keep up the great work. The beauty tips are awesome and I love your writing style. Can’t wait for the next topic!
Thanks mamacita! I’mma keep cranking out these posts for y’all <3!
I love coconut oil! I also use it as a treatment for canker sores.
Ooh, good idea!
Hi Chia! I’ve just started using coconut oil for different purposes, and I must say it’s a miracle product. Do you also use it on your face as a moisturizer, or do you have a specific regimen for you face? 🙂
I DO use it on my face, but I have post coming soon about what I use to properly cleanse and tone my face. Stay tuned!
Can you use it on acne prone skin, will it benefit it in any ways?
I’m not sure if it’ll actually help with skin conditions. You may want to visit a dermatologist for a more specialized skin routine.
Doesn’t the oil clog the pores on your face when you use it on your face?
I love using coconut oil for my hair, too! And I will have to try using it in all the other ways you suggested. I’m excited to try it as a shaving cream and eye makeup remover because I don’t enjoy buying those things, either!
Haha, I just use so much of eye make up remover and shaving cream so I feel like my money is wasted! You feel me?
Hello from New Zealand!
I’ve been struggling with my dry, frizzy curly mop of hair my whole entire life! I’m going straight to the supermarket to purchase some coconut oil. I’m so excited 🙂
New Zealand, wow! Thanks for reading. You’re so welcome, I hope you find it hydrates your hair the same way it hydrates mine! =)
I work at Sephora and some coworkers have been telling me that they put it on their face at night and it helps their skin so much. I was always worried that because my skin is so oily that it would break me out but after reading this post…I just ordered a 54oz jar online haha I can’t wait for it come!
Lmao! You dove right in! If you’re a little concerned with your oily skin, do a little test patch and see how it holds up! Coconut oil for life, I’m tellin’ ya!
I’ve been using coconut oil for almost a year now! I also use it as a deep conditioning treatment about 1-3 times a month, my hair is naturally quite soft and healthy but this adds amazing shine! I’ve also replaced my night face cream with it, and use it as a deodorant (add a little baking soda for more power 😉
And it is a really good moisturizer over all 🙂 I also give my dog a scoop each day, she loves it and the oil is good for them, helps her dry skin! So many awesome uses!! Gotta love saving money, and my boyfriend adores the smell 😉
Love your posts Chia!
I swear by coconut oil and I am glad someone else shares the same obsession.
I add it to my weekly hair mask (yoghurt, egg yolk, coconut and castor oil) and I pretty much leave it in all day (watch tv, nap and one time *whispers* I went out) glad I didn’t run into anyone I know,lol.
My friend absolutely refuses to use it, she says it’s too heavy and oily psh?
It’s an excellent makeup remover as u mentioned coz its moisturizing and doesn’t require rubbing so it’s a win win situation.
I don’t even know how I found ur blog but I’m glad I did, I am binge reading at the moment?
YES! It’s a super win-win situation. You go, girl!
Hey Chia, I usually use coconut in my hair once a week and I started using the coconut oil as a moisturizer for my skin. At first I was a bit skeptic because of scent and whether it’d actually keep my skin nice and moisturized. After two weeks of applying it to my skin, it’s flourishing. I’m so grateful for this tip. Could you give tips on your regular diet do’s and don’ts?
Glad to hear it’s been working like a charm for you. I’ll see what I can do about the diet do’s and don’ts!
Love your many unique ideas! Can’t wait to try something new!
You’re the best Chia! ❤️
Go for it! You’ll love it.
I just started using coconut oil a few weeks ago after reading your blog, and it is magic. My nails are usually very weak, but haven’t chipped one bit since I started using it. My skin is super soft, my hair feels well nourished, and I am just satisfied. Thank you so much for the tips! I’ve always looked up to you, and I’m just so happy that you’re finally sharing your sparkle with the world!
Awe, thanks so much! <3<3
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Hi Chia! This is a really helpful post but I wanted to know if you recommend I use coconut oil if I have oily skin and hair? Not sure if it’ll make it worse or not. Thanks! 🙂
For oily hair you could more of a treatment, rather than leaving it in daily. Apply a good amount right before your shower and do a thorough wash with shampoo and conditioner. As far as the skin goes, do a little test patch (maybe your chin or forehead) and see if you notice a change (for better or worse). This will be a good indication whether or not the coconut oil is going to be good for your skin.
Nealicia aka Nicki Mininja
Chia i Love the way you are just so natural. Im a new subscriber but i already love the way i can relate to alot of your videos. Please will you will post a video on “How You Grow Your Hair” I saw the Youtube videos of before, when you and your bf just met your hair was still short. Im struggling with hairloss and alot of breakage now and nothing helps as my hair is very dry and breaks as soon as i reach shoulder length, i dont really see any growth beyond that. Im Looking forward to hear a possible remedy. Ps: YOu & Timothy reminds me of My Bf & I, as we in a Long Distance Relationship too. Im in the U.A.E and hes in South Africa. Keep up the Goodwork You Came a long way im definitely following you all the way!!! 😉
Awe, thank you so much!! It’s so frustrating when your hair doesn’t seem to get any longer. Took me awhile! I swear the micro trims are everything.
I can’t thank you enough for following me on this journey.
another use for coconut oil:
oil pulling for your teeth!
It sounds like some BS hippie stuff but it kinda works! Look it up on youtube.
I’ve heard of this!
Thanks for the information Chia. You have a great blog. Does the coconut oil ever rub off on couches and bed sheets? Or does it effectively absorb into the skin? When do you apply it to your skin, right after a shower?
My pleasure! I apply coconut oil any time any where lol. I found that it doesn’t transfer to sheets, it absorbs pretty quick!
PREACH GIRL! I started using coconut oil daily about 4 months ago. I’m 23 (today hehe) and for as long as I can remember I have had eczema since we moved here in Australia from Philippines when I was a little kid. Now let’s just say, Philippines is a tropical country and is VERY humid therefore having dry skin was never a problem. As soon as I stepped into Australia my skin lost its shit and has hated me ever since! I have tried EVERYTHING. Every steroid cream, steroid pills, every antihistamine just EVERYTHING CHIA. Nothing worked for 10 years. This skin condition was ruining my life. I was itchy ALL THE TIME, couldn’t wear the clothes I wanted because my skin was horrific, blood stains on my sheets on a daily and I would often cry myself to sleep. But then I met my nurse aunt from Canada and she preached coconut oil to me and claimed Candana had similar drying weather and this had worked on her kids and patients. So I went back to Aus and bought a jar of Coconut oil.
This. Changed. My. Life.
The anti fungal, antibacterial and antiflamitory properties helped with the healing and itchiness of my skin and the healing and mouth rising properties helped with the scars and preventing further dryness and redness. I rub, I smear, I clean, I eat, I cook, I love and I breathe COCONUT OIL.
Like you, I preach the virgin and unrefined coconut oil but for those that REALLY cannot stand the smell, try REFINED organic coconut oil. Some might argue that this may even be better despit being less natural because it goes through a process of cleaning the oil from possible bacterial that can cause a reaction in your body and it gets rid of the smell too. But like I said I still prefer the unrefined because I actually LOVE the luxurious smell but if I’m cooking for others I use the refined oil so they don’t know *insert evil laugh here*
Sorry for the long message haha
Don’t apologize for the long message, I love it! Muahaahhahahh, thanks for droppin’ a comment!
ohh great article you have here.. I am glad to know more about coconut oil. Because its very useful thing for me. Thanks for your posting..
Thank YOU for checking it out! =)
What is you take on Tea Tree oil? I’ve heard so many great things about it. Do you use it or know if it’s as beneficial as people say it is?
I loooove me some essential oils. I do have tea tree, yes. It’s great for using as an antiseptic, helping with congestion, and applying to your cuticles! There are many, many more uses for tea tree and I use it when necessary =)!
I was doing some research on google over how to use it. I’ve read so many different articles that each contradict one another. I was trying to use it for scars from acne and just pimples I get every now and then. I have a really bad habit of picking at them. I also have heard it is great for ingrown hairs on the bikini line. I normally use the products from the place I get my Brazilian waxes done at but I wasn’t sure if it was okay to add tea tree oil to those products.
I can’t keep reading articles so I thought it would be best to ask you for information.
Of course, coconut oil delivers numerous benefits to our hair and skin. I have been using it for more that 15 days on my hair and I started to see the benefit. My hair is now more shiny than before.
Amazing! I am glad to hear this =).
Impressive and Helpful article!!
agreed, cold pressed coconut oil has endless benefits.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Thank YOU for tuning in! Glad to have positive feedback from you =)!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts here. My Mom used coconut milk or oil for a long time way back at her younger age. She recommended this to us with my sibling for our hair it did work great, I try to use this for my face, but I think it’s not suitable for me, so I stop using this we all know that the skin on our face is more sensitive than the other part of the body. But then, I still use this as my skin moisturizer and for my hair. Let me share the other benefits of coconut oil which I read recently perhaps it may help your readers https://nucific.com/coconut-oil-for-rosacea/, thank you”