As a natural ingredient, coconut oil has multiple uses in our daily lives. Plantie has listed the top 10, chemical-free, eco-friendly uses of coconut oil below:
1. Face and body moisturizer
Coconut oil contains fatty acids making it a great natural moisturizer. It contains no harsh ingredients and is gentle enough for all types of skin, and poses no risk to the eyes. Because it creates a glow, it can be used as a moisturizer and body shimmer, as well as an illuminating primer.
2. Makeup remover
Coconut oil acts in the same way as any other oil-based makeup remover, gently wiping it away without breaking or damaging the skin. It also contains zero chemicals that can hurt the eyes and as such, is perfect for removing waterproof mascara. It is also free from alcohol which dries out the skin.
3. Sugar scrub
Mix two parts coconut oil with one part sugar to create a sweet exfoliant for the lips and body. The grains will melt in the shower and scrub away the dead skin and dirt while moisturizing the body. The lip scrub is safe to eat and is a savior for chapped lips.
4. Massage oil
Melt down some coconut oil and add a few drops of essential oils to make a great smelling massage oil that can be stored in the fridge; it will melt with body heat. It is completely natural, which makes it safe for sensitive skin, and feels both soothing and hydrating.
5. Hair mask
Coconut oil is equally good for hair. Massage some coconut oil into the hair and scalp and leave on for 15 minutes to act as a mask, before showering. This conditions the hair and leaves it shinier, as well as fighting dandruff or itchiness on the scalp. It can also be applied to wet hair to lock in moisture.
6. Lip balm
Like the lip scrub, coconut oil works as a lip balm and is especially great during the cold months when it stays relatively solid. It is easy to decant into something that is convenient to carry around and can be mixed with a small amount of lipstick or lip-safe pigment to make a tinted gloss.
7. Hand cream
Coconut oil can also be used as a gentle hand cream to moisturize the nails, cuticles, and skin. It has a light pleasant scent and does not feel too greasy – perfect for hands that are dry from frequent washing.
The rise in popularity of zero waste and eco-friendly products has led to many people making toothpaste at home. Coconut oil can be used in combination with bicarbonate of soda – and peppermint oil if you like – to make your own toothpaste. Its fatty acids whiten teeth, while antibacterial properties stop teeth decay. The same effect can be achieved by rinsing the mouth with coconut oil for a few minutes.
As with toothpaste, more and more people are making their own deodorant. Coconut oil is an antifungal which can be mixed with arrowroot powder to absorb sweat, and baking soda to reduce body odor. Essential oils can also be added to create a gentle fragrance of your choice.
10. Makeup brush cleaner
Because it clings to makeup and dirt, coconut oil can be used to clean makeup brushes. Melt a little coconut oil and rub into your brush, rinsing, and repeating until clean. Finish by washing with a little cleanser or soap to get rid of any leftover oils.
We hope these eco-friendly uses of coconut oil have been will be of help to your sustainability lifestyle.