Sunday, December 11, 2011

A "Nutty" Beauty Secret

I LOVE coconut oil for cooking. It has good high-heat tolerance and makes everything taste yummy and bake flaky.

But did you know that coconut oil has many uses? Here are some out-of-the-Box uses for coconut oil. I found these online and thought I'd share them since I've used coconut oil several of these ways myself.

I first started falling in love with coconut oil, water and coconut milk and all its wonder when I began following Mark'sDailyApple website.This website is about a healthy living lifestyle and has changed the way I eat and exercise.

You may know all about the good fat in coconut oil and how cooking with it can be beneficial for your overall health, but did you know that it can highlight a certain part of your face? Check out these 10 not-so-typical uses for coconut oil...

Cooking at high heat. Ok, this one is more of a "normal" use, but since some oils are unsafe to cook with at high temperatures, coconut oil is a great alternative.

Try popping up some popcorn made with coconut oil 
and add sea salt to yummy--yet good for you!

Cheekbone highlighter. Apply a small amount on cheekbones over makeup. A slightly 'dewy' look is better and more natural than a dry cakey look.

Shaving "lotion." A close shave and a moisturizer at the same time.

Deep conditioning hair treatment. Rub a small amount of oil into hair (mostly at ends), comb through and put hair in a loose bun before bed, and wash out in the morning.

Eye makeup remover.

An all-natural facial moisturizer.

Massage oil.

Body moisturizer. Applied directly after showering or bathing, it helps retain moisture and is better for your skin than most lotions. I've applied coconut oil to DRY hands and feet at bedtime and it works like a charm. (Wear thin socks to let the oil you can walk around)

Hair flyaway tamer. Use VERY sparingly on ends or areas with flyaways.

Gluten free and vegan cooking. Another food one, but it adds a little something extra to a dish.

BTW, you can now purchase at my local Trader Joe's a 14 oz jar of coconut oil for $5.99! It lasts a long time too.

Source: Prevention Magazine


  1. Thanks for these ideas for the use of wonderful coconut oil! I've been using it quite some time in my baked goods, swapping it out for shortening. I've also used it for make-up removal, moisturizer and to highlight my cheekbones, but you've given me many more ways to try it. Now I'm off to check out Mark's Daily Apple! Thanks again!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  2. Fabulous Sherry! I'm just now discovering it for baking and it's wonderful.

    I'm loving his website and both my DH and I have lost weight by following these Primal BP lifestyle changes!

  3. Yes coconut oil is fantastic! I use it as hair conditioner, body moisturizer after showers, eye makeup remover, and I even use it as facial cleanser with a pinch of white sugar to exfoliate. The virgin type is anti-bacterial, so it helps to clear my skin when I have those occasional once a month breakouts.

  4. Faith,

    Thanks for sharing even more beauty tips with coconut's got to be nature's best creation, don't you think?

  5. Wonderful!!!!...thanks for the information.


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