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greengeeny 10-04-2013 10:38 AM

Coconut oil
 
What is your opinion of coconut oil? I was going to buy it today because I am interested in making fat bombs, but it is expensive. Are there other ways to use it? It looks like lard to me lol. I found a Carrington Farms brand. I just don't want to buy it and for it to go to waste.

DownSizin' 10-04-2013 10:48 AM

I use EVCO for cooking and in bulletproof coffee, as well as fat bombs. I wouldn't be without it in the house. I even use refined CO to cleanse and moisturize my face!

greengeeny 10-04-2013 10:49 AM

Wow...for your face? The one I saw looked like lard...would that be the EVCO?

MtherGoos 10-04-2013 11:11 AM

I also use it for everything! My skin, my hair, and cooking. LOVE it!

dawnyama 10-04-2013 11:21 AM

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Originally Posted by MtherGoos (Post 16630167)
I also use it for everything! My skin, my hair, and cooking. LOVE it!

Me too :) use it for everything!!! I love it :love:

Ntombi 10-04-2013 11:23 AM

If you do a search for coconut oil here, you'll find hundreds of threads. :)

I cook with it and use it externally; I use it all the time. It has a melting point of about 74*, so depending on when and where you are, it'll be solid or liquid.

It does not have to be expensive! Look in Trader Joe's, Target, even Walmart, they all sell extra virgin coconut oil for very reasonable prices. If you don't want the coconutty smell or taste, get the refined kind. They have basically the same health benefits.


ETA: and BTW, there's NOTHING wrong with lard either. :) I use my own rendered pork fat or bacon fat in cooking as often as possible. It's a healthy fat, contrary to popular belief.

dawnyama 10-04-2013 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by greengeeny (Post 16630148)
Wow...for your face? The one I saw looked like lard...would that be the EVCO?

EVCO = extra virgin coconut oil and the bottle/jar will say if it is extra virgin coconut oil. This one tastes like coconuts and I do NOT bake/cook with it. I use this one for my face, oil pulling and anything other than cooking/baking. I don't know about you, but I don't like coconutty eggs, and neither does my family.

Expeller pressed coconut oil is the one that doesn't taste like coconuts and the one I buy for my cooking/baking.

dgidaho 10-04-2013 11:26 AM

I must ask this---how do you use coconut oil in your hair? I've heard of it before, but just cannot imagine how it works without making hair a greasy mess!

For the face and body, I assume you just rub it in like lotion?

greengeeny 10-04-2013 11:27 AM

So there are definitely two different types of coconut oil. Does anyone use one oil for both cooking and hair and skin? Or, is one meant for cooking and one meant for health care?

dawnyama 10-04-2013 11:29 AM

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Originally Posted by dgidaho (Post 16630183)
I must ask this---how do you use coconut oil in your hair? I've heard of it before, but just cannot imagine how it works without making hair a greasy mess!

For the face and body, I assume you just rub it in like lotion?

Yup! It is great for my underarms--gets rid of the stinky ketosis smell in the summer when wearing sleeveless. I put it on, let it dry a few mins, then put on my deodorant.

dawnyama 10-04-2013 11:30 AM

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Originally Posted by greengeeny (Post 16630184)
So there are definitely two different types of coconut oil. Does anyone use one oil for both cooking and hair and skin? Or, is one meant for cooking and one meant for health care?

If *I* had to choose only one oil to get, I would buy the one that has no taste. I want my family to use it as well and they DO NOT Like coconut.

Ntombi 10-04-2013 11:33 AM

For body, I mix it with lotion. I find it adds to the moisturizing properties, and the lotion lets it absorb better.

For my face, I use it a makeup remover. Spread on my face, wipe off with warm washcloth. It removes all makeup without drying my skin.

For hair, I use it on my scalp and hair before washing, let it soak in for about an hour, then wash as normal. If I'm having trouble with seborrhea (I'm on a med that can cause it), I use a mix of EVCO and a few drops of tea tree oil on my scalp. Think of it like a hot oil treatment. :)

I also use that mix on problematic skin issues. I've been on heavy duty antibiotics since January, which means I sometimes get something like a yeast infection on my trunk. I use the CO/tto on the area, and it clears up within a few days.

Ntombi 10-04-2013 11:34 AM

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Originally Posted by greengeeny (Post 16630184)
So there are definitely two different types of coconut oil. Does anyone use one oil for both cooking and hair and skin? Or, is one meant for cooking and one meant for health care?

I use extra virgin coconut oil for both cooking and external use. I obviously only cook with it when I either won't be able to taste or won't mind the slight coconut undertones.

kay9 10-04-2013 11:58 AM

Earlier this week at Sams Club i saw some virgin coconut oil stacked on a end section pallet. Brought one and so far have used it for my morning k cup coffee (two table spoons) and gotta say i like it. Unfortunately, by 12 noon i did some KABOOM-ing at the office rest room "groans".

Is it ok to still include a dash of DaVinci Syrup in the coffee in addition to the Coconut Oil or is that counter productive?

Ntombi 10-04-2013 12:04 PM

I still use my sweetzfree liquid Splenda and HWC along with CO and/or butter in with my coffe or tea. :)

greengeeny 10-04-2013 12:13 PM

I don't know if coconut oil would work in my coffee. I like iced coffee...

vanilla_latte 10-04-2013 12:34 PM

I use it in hot and cold things - coffee and shakes. It just takes mixing it well as it can form little bitty bits. :D Which still are rather tasty!

I'm having to buy both refined and the extra virgin (coconutty) this weekend as I've been having Bullteproof Coffee like crazy lately. It's good stuff. Just start out with a teaspoon and work up as it can create havoc with the tummy till you get used to it.

MtherGoos 10-04-2013 12:35 PM

If I want to put it in cold drinks, I use MCT Oil, which is the best part of the coconut oil, but stays liquid, and has no flavor, so you can use it in just about any cold drink.

millergirl1976 10-04-2013 01:13 PM

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Originally Posted by greengeeny (Post 16630184)
So there are definitely two different types of coconut oil. Does anyone use one oil for both cooking and hair and skin? Or, is one meant for cooking and one meant for health care?

I use the Trader Joes brand for everything. I love it.

dgidaho 10-04-2013 01:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Ntombi (Post 16630195)
For body, I mix it with lotion. I find it adds to the moisturizing properties, and the lotion lets it absorb better.

For my face, I use it a makeup remover. Spread on my face, wipe off with warm washcloth. It removes all makeup without drying my skin.

For hair, I use it on my scalp and hair before washing, let it soak in for about an hour, then wash as normal. If I'm having trouble with seborrhea (I'm on a med that can cause it), I use a mix of EVCO and a few drops of tea tree oil on my scalp. Think of it like a hot oil treatment. :)

Thanks Ntombi! After I read your post, I rubbed some coconut oil on my hands (they are really dry, which makes them look OLD). It didn't take long to soak in, and it feels really nice! How do you mix it with your lotion? Do you melt it first and put it all into a different container?

I think I'll try some CO as a makeup remover tonight. My face has been really dry too, so hopefully it will help.

Now, for the hair, I shampoo in the morning, so that wouldn't work for me unless I make a special point of using it. Have you ever used it on dry hair as a "leave-in" conditioner? I've used Moroccan oil and really like the way it absorbs, but it doesn't provide quite enough moisturizing for the flat-ironing that I do!

Ntombi 10-04-2013 02:06 PM

Using a tiny amount before flat-ironing would work well. I know that some people use it that way. It has a high smoke point, which is good, and it's protective. You don't have to let it soak in before you shampoo, I just do that because I wash my hair at night, and it helps my scalp feel healthy without a lot of product.

As for how I mix it, I literally just take a bit in my hand and add the lotion. A little goes a long way, which I love, and, depending on the weather, it's either liquid or semi-solid, but it always melts in your hand. I keep one jar in the kitchen, and one in my bedroom.


Try it on your face, I love it. I don't use cleanser on my face, but if you do, just do your normal steps after you've used the CO to remove the makeup.

greengeeny 10-04-2013 02:37 PM

I am loving all of these tips for coconut oil. I am seriously thinking about going back up there tonight and buying it!!! I need something to beautify myself with :) And...I do use a flat iron every now and then. My face still looks very young, but I am afraid that once I lose some weight, the fat won't fill my wrinkles in quite as well. I am going to need some type of moisturizer!!!!

greengeeny 10-04-2013 02:47 PM

I have a bad thyroid and i just read some reviews, and it says that consuming coconut oil helps with thyroid?? That is awesome. I think that just sealed the deal for me.

makrida 10-04-2013 03:06 PM

I use it to make a kind of nutella, with unsweetened cocoa and peanut or almond butter and a couple of packets of stevia, and I use the same jar as a face and body lotion at night. makes the skin very soft !

dgidaho 10-05-2013 08:21 AM

I used coconut oil as a makeup remover last night--didn't use any cleanser, just a warm wet washcloth to wipe it off. It felt wonderful! And my skin felt clean and didn't need any moisturizer afterwards. Who'da thunk it?!!! :)

Also, I used another small clump as hand lotion before bed. This morning my hands look younger and don't have those crepe-y wrinkles! Woohoo! I've found my new go-to beauty product! :jumpjoy:

Cayenne 10-05-2013 08:32 AM

Glad to hear all the tips on the coconut oil. Now I know to look for the refined one. I'm not a fan of coconut flavor, nor is DH. And I can use it as a moisturizer too--yay! I've actually used olive oil as a moisturizer in the past--makes a great exfoliant when mixed with salt or even sugar.

micheleredit 10-05-2013 08:36 AM

Its around $5 at Trader Joes which is the cheapest ive personally seen it for.


I drink it in my coffee and cook everything in it.

Soo good and it makes your skin look amazing!!!!

theredhead 10-05-2013 08:46 AM

For coconut oil with no flavor, but it's still great for cooking, LouAna can be found at Walmart. For really tasty coconut oil, I love to buy from Puritan's Pride. They run specials all the time, where you can get Buy 1 Get 2 Free, or Buy 2 Get 3 Free, etc. It varies, but I've saved a fortune that way.

QueenBacon 10-06-2013 07:19 AM

if you have access to costco they have a huge jar for 16$

I use it for everything, morning coffee, desserts, on my body, on my scalp, with cooking, its great for dandruff! its great for stinky under arms, great for diaper rash or other types of rashes.

I need to get me some MTC OIL!!!!

QueenBacon 10-06-2013 07:20 AM

oh i wanted to add that its extra virgin and organic!


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