10 Surprising Uses For Virgin Coconut Oil

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10 Surprising Uses For Coconut Oil

1. As a Deep Cleansing Facial Oil

Almost every girl and their bffs are into cleansing oils. If you haven't tried it yet, there's no time like the present! Start with dry skin and gently massage some unrefined virgin coconut oil onto your face. Let the oil sit on your skin for about half a minute and then wipe off with a damp wash cloth. The coconut oil will bind with the existing oils on your skin, picking up dirt and impurities without stripping or drying out your face. Best part? No moisturiser needed after.

2. In Your Morning Coffee

Give your daily dose of caffeine an extra kick by adding 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to black coffee. Blend together and enjoy that creamy, nutty goodness. This trick is said to give your coffee an extra energy boost and will leave you reaping the benefits of your cuppa for longer.

3. To Brighten Your Smile

Oil pulling is a ancient practice which has been used for centuries in India. All you have to do is swish 1 tablespoon of melted virgin coconut oil in your mouth for 15 - 20 minutes and then spit it out. The coconut oil will extract bacteria and toxins from your mouth. Continuous use will improve the overall health of your teeth, gums and brighten those pearly whites.

4. Mixed Into Your Foundation

Mix 1 drop of virgin coconut oil with your foundation for a smoother application. It will also lighten up your base and give you a hydrated feel like a tinted moisturiser. This works especially well during those dry winter days when your skin's really parched and your foundation sticks to every minuscule flake of dry skin.

5. Makeup Remover

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Massage melted virgin coconut oil onto dry skin and watch as your makeup dissolves. Even the waterproof stuff doesn't stand a chance. For the delicate areas of your eyes, use a cotton bud. Rinse off with water and continue with your usual skin care routine.

6. Sunburn Relief

Spent too long at the beach and got a bit red? Fret not, just slather on some virgin coconut oil and your skin will be soothed instantly. This also works great if you accidentally burnt yourself on a hot oven tray.

7. Shaving Oil

Everyone has unexpectedly run out of shaving cream and reached for conditioner instead. Next time break the virgin coconut oil open. It provides a silky barrier between the razor and your legs. It also has anti bacterial properties to treat any nicks you may get. Bonus points: your legs will be extra smooth after!

8. Foot Moisturiser

Before going to sleep, massage some virgin coconut oil on your feet and cover them up with a pair of socks made from a breathable fabric like bamboo. Hop into bed for your 8 hours and wake up in the morning to baby soft feet!

9. Highlighter

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Get glowing like Gigi by dabbing a little virgin coconut oil on your cheekbones and high points of your face. The results are dewy, subtly highlighted skin that stays hydrated. If you want to take it one step further, layer over your regular highlighter. Bam!

10. Personal Lubricant

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Say what? Yup, that's right, this miracle oil helps you in the bedroom as well. Use it as a massage bar in solid form and let it melt on your partner's body or go straight for it in liquid form. This is great if you're sensitive to commercial lubes that are laden with chemicals. One thing to consider is coconut oil isn't suitable for use with latex products like condoms, so plan ahead!


What do we use virgin coconut oil for?

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As the main moisturising ingredient in our Coconut Body Scrub!

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