Personal hygiene products and cosmetics often hide harsh chemicals that are absorbed into your skin and make their way into your bloodstream.
The David Suzuki foundation reports that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors (1).
Even natural skincare care brands like Burt’s Bees and Lush use ingredients that are known allergens, hormone disruptors and cause organ system toxicity (2,3).
1. Massage oil
Coconut oil is the perfect consistency to be used as a massage oil. Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make it perfect for soothing sore muscles (1).
Most toothpastes on the market contain fluoride preservatives and coloring. However, studies are showing that coconut oil contains enzymes that contribute to better oral health and prevent tooth decay. You can even use it to make your own vegan toothpaste.
3. Insect repellent
Coconut oil repels mosquitoes and other annoying bugs. Mixed with rosemary and lemongrass, the oil can be as effective as chemical repellents such as DEET. The oil can also relieve the pain and itch of bug bites. Find out how to make your own bug repellent here.
4. Lip Balm
Rather than use Chapstick or Vaseline -which are toxic and don’t actually hydrate your lips- nourish them with coconut oil.
5. Stretch Mark Prevention
Coconut oil is often used by pregnant women to hydrate their skin and prevent stretch marks. Simply rub it directly into your skin 3-4 times a day and let it soak up.
6. Tattoo Healing
Tattoo artists typically suggest that you use a thin layer of antibiotic or vitamin E cream for the first few days after getting a tattoo (5). Although they prevent infection, these cream can leach out your fresh ink and distort your tattoo. Instead, use coconut oil to heal and nourish your skin.
7. Heal Burns
Coconut oil accelerates the healing process of burns, particularly sunburns. It can also prevent infection and minimize scars by boosting collagen production (6,7).
Coconut oil has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. It prevents body odor by killing bad bacteria that feed off moisture and produce smelly pits. Coconut oil is actually the main ingredient in natural aluminum-free deodorants. Learn how to make your own here.
9. Fight Dandruff
Dandruff is a condition that can be caused by dry skin, fungal infection or autoimmune disorders (8).
Coconut oil contains 3 different fatty acids (Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid, Lauric Acid) that have each been found to be effective against candida yeast. These acids also hydrate the scalp and relieve inflammation (9).
To use, comb coconut oil through your hair, massaging it through your scalp. Cover it overnight with a showercap and wash it out in the morning.
10. Body Scrub
To make a natural body scrub, mix two tablespoons of sea salt or raw sugar with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Use in the shower on wet skin and rinse thoroughly.
11. Eyelash Conditioner
If you tend to use a lot of mascara, eye liner or fake lashes, it’s a good idea to nourish the roots of your eyelashes. This will keep them full and long and prevent hair loss.
Simply rub a bit of coconut oil between your fingers and apply to your lashes before bed.
12. Nail Strengthener
Believe or not, nails can get bristle and dry, just like your hair. While nutrition is the most important element of nail health, it’s a good idea to rehydrate them during the dry season (10).
This is particularly important if you wash your wash a lot or spend a lot of time outside. Just rub a little oil on each nail and let your body soak it up.
13. Makeup Remover
This olive and coconut oil can easily remove the most stubborn waterproof makeup, even eyeliner and mascara. Just pour a little on a cotton pad and wipe it over the makeup you wish to remove. Follow up with face-friendly soap and moisturizer.
14. Facial Moisturizer
Coconut oil actually help fight acne-causing bacteria without clogging your pores. It can also minimizes the appearance of pores and face acne scars (11,12).
Coconut oil relieves razor-burned skin. Apply some coconut oil on the problematic area, and it will heal the irritated skin.
You can even use it as shaving cream Just mix a combination of 3 tablespoon of coconut oil, 4 tbsp of shea butter and 2 tbsp of sweet almond oil, let it harden and whip until it has the consistency of frosting.
Believe it or not, coconut oil actually protects your skin from sun damage. It has a natural SPF of 2-8, which can go as high as 40-50 if combined with carrot seed oil or raspberry seed oil.
17. Cuticle Cream
Prevent cuticle injury by softening them with warm water, pushing them back and massaging them with coconut oil. It’ll take your manicure to the next level!
18. Hair Treatment
Ad mentioned above, coconut oil is safe to use on your hair and scalp. It’s especially helpful for split ends and brittle hair.This mask can also prevent hair loss.
To use, comb 2 tablespoon of coconut oil onto your scalp and work it through your hair until the tips are saturated. Cover it with a shower cap and leave it overnight.
In the morning, shampoo your hair thoroughly and condition with apple cider vinegar. Repeat weekly for best results.
19. Eye Cream
Coconut oil fight dark circles by gently moisturizing the delicate skin under your eyes. It also reduces puffiness and swelling under the eyes.
20. Wrinkle Cream
By increasing collagen turnover, coconut oil firms the skin and slows skin aging. How’s that for an all-purpose beauty product?!