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