6 Quick tips on using coconut oil

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Whenever I am about to try something new, I like to do some research and find out what works for other people. After using coconut oil for 9 months, I wanted to share some coconut oil tips that work for me. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment and add to the list to share with others.


Quick Tips on using Coconut Oil:


1. Know the different types: 

Virgin Cold Pressed/Unrefined: First choice for baking and cooking— it has a higher fatty acid content and has limited filtering. (This is what I have been using for everything – even face.)

Refined Expeller Pressed: Great choice for cosmetic purposes, like making soaps. I tried it on my face and it instantly clogged my pores and I had some strange bumps all over my face. Def not a winner for a facial moisturizer! I’ll stick with unrefined for that.


2. When using for baking, make sure to warm the oil until it is in liquid form to get an accurate measurement. I use the microwave and just watch it melt.


3. Buy in bulk. Since I am sure you will be hooked as well, I recommend buying the larger sizes and save some money in the long run. I first bought the 2-pack of Nutiva 54-oz sizes from Amazon for $54.  Now I buy  from Mountain Rose Herbs (they have a great reputation and sell both types of coconut oil in bulk amounts).


4. Have multiple containers so you can separate your cooking and your beauty uses. For starters, have one in your bathroom and a big one in your kitchen for cooking.  For cosmetic use, I recommend whipping the oil, like Elizabeth recommends, over at The Nourished Life to give it a nice texture. (I did it myself which you can see in the picture above).


5. Less is more. When using coconut oil, a little goes a long way on your face! I have learned this personally after I turned into a greasy mess. At night I do slather it on to moisturize those fine lines. In the morning after I wash my face, I just lightly apply it to my face and sometimes blot it with a towel.


6. Experiment! Everyone is different and every recipe is different. You just have to try it out and tweak it until it works for you.


What’s all the hype over coconut oil? Check out: Why I Love Using Coconut Oil


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7 Responses to 6 Quick tips on using coconut oil

  1. Ericka March 23, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    I enjoyed this article. Thanks for the great tips!

  2. Carla Reed March 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    I started using organic unrefined coconut oil (Whole Foods brand) on my face a few weeks ago. I notice that I started breaking out REALLY bad on my face. I know I’m not allergic to it because I use it on my body and in my food all the time. I read on the web that it’s better to use refined on your face (less bacteria etc in refined). Do you think that’s my problem? Should I switch to refined for my face and continue using unrefined in my cooking? I would appreciate your thoughts. Thank you!

    • familysponge March 26, 2012 at 10:21 am #

      I would definitely try the refined for your face. Mountain Rose Herbs recommends this for beauty use and unrefined for cooking. Maybe that will help you out. I haven’t had any reaction to using unrefined, surprisingly. But I did just order my first gallon of unrefined from Mountain Rose Herbs to try it out and see if I notice a difference. I’ll post back about the differences if I notice any. Good luck Carla!

    • Deanne June 6, 2015 at 4:06 am #

      I use only Fractionated Coconut Oil. It’s a bit more expensive but already in liquid form and non hardening. In my experience thus far it’s been great! My face and body love it. I tend to add some jojoba most times I use it and my skin loves that!!

  3. rosmarin January 6, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    I love unrefined organic coconut oil!
    Use it for face body cooking everything!
    Here in the UK its fairly expensive but lasts for ages.
    The smell is heavenly..
    Love all things natural – in tune with nature – avoid harsh chemicals in house and garden also.

  4. Polyurethane Injection Foams April 19, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    Thank you for your article and sharing useful information.

  5. Margie April 24, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    I have one question! how to whip it ?
    please advice

    I am using Coconut oil for cooking, my hair, my face, my body, and will be making toothpaste this weekend.. any advices ? 🙂

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