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This post reflects my belief that if you shouldn’t put it in you, then you shouldn’t put in on you. But what kind of lotion is edible?
Where it started
When I moved to the desert, my skin couldn’t adjust to a brutal humidity level that sometimes went down to only 3%. My skin was cracked and dry, and I couldn’t consistently soothe my alligator legs. The OTC lotions that I previously used were too light and contained too drying alcohol. On the other hand, straight shea butter was too greasy and difficult to handle. Someone suggested coconut oil to me, and I finally found the perfect fit.
My interest in coconut oil started a broader interest in the properties of natural oils and their best uses. In fact, it’s probably what started my journey towards all natural products. There are many great oils out there, but this blog won’t cover them all. It’s impractical to own many of them because they expire and clutter your fridge and cabinets. That being said, coconut oil is one my favorites, and I recommend it as a staple for any household.
Where it ended
I’m the coconut queen. Coconut belongs in both my kitchen and my bathroom; I cook with it and it’s also my number one body lotion ahead of whipped shea butter. I often apply it as a lotion right after showering. It’s light and easy to control the thickness. Coconut oil is healing and has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. It proved itself to me when I kept bumping into open desk drawers at work and scratching my legs, because the scratches healed more quickly when I used coconut oil daily.
I use organic cold-pressed and unfiltered coconut oil, (which is often cheaper at most grocery stores). Chemicals are sometimes used to extract oils instead of mechanical force, so I always look for “cold-pressed” or “expeller-pressed.” Trader Joe’s has good prices, and it often appears on sale at other grocery stores. It can be a pain to get out of the jar, so I keep a spoon in my bathroom to scoop it out.
As much as I love coconut oil, I don’t recommend using it in hair during cold weather, because it becomes a solid below 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Normally, it will stay close enough to your body to remain relatively warm. However, freezing weather may affect this and cause the coconut oil to form a noticeable white residue after it solidifies. Also, people with sensitive skin may want to avoid putting it on their face. Coconut oil has a high comedogenic rating, so a better facial oil might be jojoba or argan oil.
Coconut oil has many other uses, internally and externally. I think coconut oil as a moisturizer is enough reason alone to begin keeping it in your house. Begin the coconut craze!