I’m not sure why spring makes me want to clean everything. Pair that with the fact we just moved, and it means I’m purging the unused and unwanted items. This includes my vanity. I’m a product hoarder; I’ll try any gimmick, I’m sad to say. But I have gotten better at this pitfall by replacing a lot of my expensive creams, gels, and lotions with coconut oil!
So if you’re ready to take the plunge and purge your chemicals from your vanity – here are my top swaps.
Moisturizer: I love coconut oil as my moisturizer. It’s light and has a built-in sunscreen (not much, but a little). Not to mention, it smells amazing! Need something a little stronger? Try my Three Ingredient Moisturizer for an all-natural deep moisturizer.
Body Scrub: I love body scrubs – but have you looked at the ingredients? My rule is if you can’t eat it, it really doesn’t belong anywhere near your body. We have some great scrubs in a variety of different smells – like orange, jasmine, and citrus.
Deep Hair Conditioner: If you haven’t tried anything beauty related for coconut oil – this is a must. All you have to do is coat your hair in warm coconut oil and let it sit for at least four hours. Then wash it out (you might have to use shampoo twice to get it all out). Your hair is so soft and lovely, you’ll just want to touch it all the time. Not to mention – you can mix the coconut oil with other natural ingredients like caramel and eggs for a conditioning mask.
Face Cleanser: It sounds a little counter-intuitive to wash your face with oil, but it works with coconut oil. It’s called oil cleansing, not to be confused with oil pulling. Trust me, your face will love you back.
Shaving Cream: I don’t know about you – but my legs almost always hate me when I shave. But I’ve found a trick: coconut oil (in case you didn’t guess). My tip is to lather it on a little before you hop in the shower, then let the warm water open up your pores, then get to shaving. Talk about smooth. It’s even better when you rub coconut oil on your legs immediately after drying off. If you have razor burn, it’ll help with that, too.
Make-Up Remover: I saved the best for last. It’s my favorite trick when I tell people about coconut oil’s many beauty uses. I hate make up remover, especially around my eyes, that dries out my skin. Most I’ve encountered have alcohol as the first ingredient, not good. It’s so simple – just take a clean, dry cotton ball, dip into the coconut oil and swipe off any make up. And by any – I really mean any. It’ll take off everything from waterproof mascara to Halloween make-up.
Do you have any favorite beauty uses?