Do you have a gallon of coconut oil stowed away in your cupboard? I sure do! I love cooking with coconut oil. I think it’s delicious and I love how healthy it is. But coconut oil isn’t just good for eating. You can use this oil to replace a lot of other undesirable products in your home - even toothpaste and eye makeup remover! Try out these recipes below and see what you think:
Coconut Oil Toothpaste
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
A few drops of liquid stevia or a small amount of xylitol
Several drops of spearmint or peppermint essential oil
Mix well and add water to reach desirable consistency. This is an inexpensive alternative to fluoride-free toothpaste. It’s also suitable for people with sensitive teeth.
Eye Makeup Remover
This one is easy: just plain coconut oil! I’ve tried this one out myself and it really, really works. Plus it’s gentle and moisturizing unlike chemical cleansers.
Moisturizing Shower Scrub
1 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup baking soda
I actually replaced my body wash and lotion with this. It works really great with exfoliating gloves. Just rub about a tablespoon of this mixture into your gloves and get scrubbing! It provides gentle exfoliation with plenty of healing moisture. I am acne-prone and believe it or not, I do not break out at all with this. I just apply it generously, scrub it in well and then rinse as usual. By the time I get out of the shower and dry off, the excess oil is gone - and I don’t have to apply any lotion to boot! Plus, my skin feels seductively soft. Can’t you tell I love it?
Coconut Oil Deodorant
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol
Several drops of your favorite essential oil
This provides a surprising amount of odor protection. And definitely no aluminum like commercial deodorant!
Note: During the winter, it may be helpful to gently soften the coconut oil by placing a small container of it in a warm pot of water. Otherwise the coconut oil might be too hard to stir!
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these recipes and how you liked them. Do you know of any other creative ways to use coconut oil?
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Another interesting way to use this oil is for a coconut oil detox, a therapeutic diet for detoxification.