Posts Tagged ‘Coconut Oil

DIY – Hot Oil Treatment for your Hair

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Fresh off my epic Went-to-the-Library-From-Home, I tried a new hair mask (or masque if that makes it sound cooler).

 

I had read in multiple spots that coconut oil was great for the follicles.  Interestingly enough, most sites also said Olive Oil would work equally as well to moisturize and tame my tresses.

 

 

By now, I am sure you know my motto of “Why Not”.  So, I mixed one TBS of Olive Oil and one TBS of coconut oil.

 

Then I popped it in the microwave.  Why?  I remember as a teenager using HOT VO-5 Hair Oil and I thought this would be cool.  I also couldn’t figure out how to get it on my hair.

 

My scientific approach was to microwave it at 15 second intervals until it was warm and runny.  This timed out at 45 seconds for me.

 

I should mention I did this when Craig was out taking advantage of Kohl’s night owl sales.

 

What ended up happening was comical.  I ended up with slick hair al-la Miley.  I did not rock the look like she did.

 

I was a little up in the air on how long I should leave the concoction in.  My first thought was to leave it on all night and shower in the morning.

 

 

One look at this face quickly solidified the fact I needed to shower immediately.  Otter, like me, has a thing for coconut oil.

 

In the end, I washed the oil out of my hair in approximately 20 minutes.

 

I will be honest – it took a lot of washing.  Overall, I think this is a once-in-a-while type of thing.  Or, maybe, if my hair was longer and more damaged.

 

The plus side was my hair was indeed shinier and bouncier for days.  I finally used a styling product Monday morning.

 

So, if you are looking for a hair masque for dry, damaged hair, I would give this one a try.

 

It also doubled as an awesome Baby Oil.  I tried it on my legs and it made them really smooth!

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Score Another Point for Coconut Oil ! Use it as a Moisturizer.

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Does it seem gross that I have been using oil on my face?

 

I have  spent a lot of time in the sun, so in order to not look like a shar pei when I finally grow up, I thought I should be using something on my face.     I had been using a (free full size sample) of Olay but stopped after the animal testing epiphany I had recently.

 

I needed something that went on nice and easy, wasn’t greasy and made my skin baby-bottom soft.  Oh and didn’t cost a boat-load of money.  Enter my favorite non-living thing in the world – coconut oil.

 

Mentally I had issues scooping it out of the big jar and applying it to my face.  I mean, this is the stuff I use to cook and bake with!  I ended up putting a heaping spoonful into this Tupperware and left it in the bathroom.

 

 

I apply it once (sometimes twice) a day right after a shower or washing my face.  I have normal to dry skin and it has worked spectacularly.

 

My only mistake? Leaving the toilet seat down.  Otter sure had a good time licking the coconut oil out of my tupperware.  Thankfully, it is good for beagles too.

 

Coconut Oil – King among Oils.    Love this stuff!

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Paper Plate Gourmet : Dizee-Pop (Popcorn Made with Coconut Oil)

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Organic Popcorn made with coconut oil

 

Ah…. Popcorn.  A snack staple from my weight watcher days.

 

Back then, I used the microwavable stuff – you know the one with the yellow kernels and the warning to not inhale the fumes.

 

Well, knowing my intense love of all things coconut oil and my current weight loss resolution , it was only a matter of time before this happened.

 

You see where this is headed, right?

 

I made my own popcorn with coconut oil on my stove.  Just call it Dizee Pop.

 

 

Ingredients

 

3TBS of Coconut Oil

1/3 cup of Organic Pop Corn Kernels (thus avoiding the dreaded GMO kernels)

Sea Salt, to taste

Seriously, just those 3 ingredients

 

Directions

  1. Put a nice size pot on the stove, add the 3 TBS of coconut oil & wait for it to melt
  2. Rub any extra coconut oil from the spoon into your elbows or hands.  Don’t waste it!
  3. When you think the oil is warm enough, add 2-3 kernels to the pot and wait until they pop.  (Mine popped clear out of the pot and onto the floor.  It made one of the pups very happy)
  4. Add the rest of the kernels and put the lid on the pot
  5. Get ready for a party in that pot.  Shake the pot every thirty to forty seconds or so to prevent burning
  6. When the popping calms down, dump the popcorn out onto a paper towel lined baking sheet.
  7. Sprinkle with Sea Salt

 

The whole thing took only minutes.  Even Craig enjoyed it.  To quote

I don’t taste the coconut oil.  This isn’t half bad.

 

Now, obviously, this opens the door to all sorts of crazy combinations – garlic, cheese or possibly chili powder.

 

Does anyone pop their own popcorn?  What is your favorite topping?

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DIY – Even More Uses for Coconut Oil

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Ok, so here is a little secret – I love coconut oil.  What?  Did you know that already?

 

 

I was able to pick up this “Value” size coconut oil from Fairway for $13.99.  Score, since these are a few of the new uses I have for it:

Make Up Remover

Yes, it takes off makeup like no one’s business – even my mascara.

 All I do is rub a little bit between my fingers and it almost instantly begins to melt.   Then I rub it on my eyes and rinse off. 

Everything should be this simple.

 

Face Wash

I guess this is almost the same as above.  Maybe I should have lumped these two together.  It is the exact same directions as above except (wait for it) across your whole face.

 

Shaving Crème

Hum… almost the same directions…..  Rub the coconut oil on the area you want to shave and then – shave!  I get a nice, close shave and my legs are so soft when I am done!   I also noticed I have not nicked my legs since using the coconut oil.  Although there is a chance I am just paying more attention to the process.

 

 Eczema

I have had a terrible patch of skin on my chest for quite a while.  I have used powders, lotions, scratching and could not get rid of the scaly, yucky skin.  Last week I decided to try this miracle oil.  Guess what – it has finally begun to clear.    I am in utter disbelief. 

Mosquito Repellent

I read online that Coconut Oil is an excellent mosquito repellent- which is incredibly exciting to me.  I am the mosquito’s favorite delicacy.  I get bit multiple times just taking the dogs out.  Dizee is on their menu at any time of the day.

So, I lathered myself up, called the dogs and somehow made it out the door.  While I did not get bit by a single mosquito I was licked almost to the point of paralysis by three hungry beagles.  So much for using this around scent hounds.

I hope to test it out again sometime….

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DIY – All Natural Face Scrub Made With Stuff You Have!

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I am in LOVE!  And this is totally the forever kind of love.

These face scrubs are really super simple and it makes my skin incredibly soft! Plus it costs pennies to make! Score!

I have two different concoctions that I use depending on my mood & what I have on hand.  

 

Olive Oil & Sugar Scrub

 

 

Olive Oil is a great moisturizer and sugar is a gentle exfoliator.  I simply add equal amounts of each to a bowl and stir. I apply this to my face in the shower.  I also use it on my elbows, knees and feet. 

I don’t even put on moisturizer after I get out of the shower.   It is that good.

 

 

 Coconut Oil & Sugar Scrub

Coconut Oil has approximately 4 million uses.  Seriously – it is like a miracle product.  Same as above, I mix equal parts of coconut oil and sugar and scrub my face.

 

 

Fantastic and smells even better than the Olive Oil scrub.  Be wary of random people sniffing your face, though. 

 

I have used both mixtures multiple times with no issues – no greasy face, no red skin, no dry patches.  My face did not fall off.  However, be smart.  If you have sensitive skin, test a small area before you try this at home. 

 

 

 

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