I’m a tad bit nuts for coconuts! Well, the oil that is. In many countries in South America or islands in the Caribbean such as Grenada or Dominica, it is easy to find homemade coconut oil produced in kitchens and backyards of the older folk. My aunt from the interior (forested part of Guyana) extracts large amounts of oil from the coconuts found on her farm at least once every two months, which she bottles for me. I use coconut oil more than any other oil for more things than I can count on one hand. It is fresh, healthy and inexpensive! Below I have listed the top five ways I use my coconut oil.
Eye Makeup Remover
Coconut oil works just as good as my Neutrogena eye makeup remover to rid my face of stubborn mascara, eye liner and the brightly colored shades of eye shadow I wear on a daily basis. Apply a generous amount to a cotton ball or pad and use to clean makeup away without any residual streaks or stains.
Whether you have a bad case of dry, flaky scalp or recurring dandruff that leaves your scalp itchy and inflamed- coconut oil is your remedy. After washing my hair or at nights when I’m twisting my hair for bed, I like to apply coconut oil to my scalp and massage for a few minutes. Making this a part of your daily or weekly regimen will help to keep the scalp healthy and fungi free.
Natural Anti-frizz Serum
The Caribbean always has high dew points and based on the season (dry or rainy), the humidity is almost unbearable. So when I say my hair is frizzy, I am in no way being subtle. Coating your locks with coconut oil after moisturizing works by preventing moisture from the atmosphere from penetrating hair strands. Your hair will be less prone to frizz and will also look shiny and healthy.
My favorite homemade deep conditioner is a mixture of coconut oil and honey.
Recipe: ¼ cup coconut oil, 2 table spoons of honey.
Place coconut oil (in applicator bottle) in a bowl of boiling water. Leave for 5 minutes. Remove and mix with honey. Apply to tresses and cover with shower cap. Leave in hair for 15-20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
I don’t ever spend any money on shaving creams or foams. They are usually expensive and not pleasing to my skin at all. Before shaving, I apply a generous amount of coconut oil to my legs (think slippery), this not only gives me a smooth shave but also leaves my legs feeling silky and supple post-shave.
If you’re not as lucky as I am to get your own batch of homemade coconut oil, check out some of my favorite store bought coconut oil below: