Today I want to share my favorite personal care life hack: unrefined coconut oil. In my quest to reduce my exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (bad new for endometriosis), I've been using more natural alternatives to regular personal care products, and I've found that coconut oil is extremely versatile. Here's a list of all the products I've replaced with coconut oil:
1. Face wash/moisturizer
I use the “oil cleansing” method to wash my face, which basically just means I rub some coconut oil on my face, cover my face with a hot, wet washcloth for a while, and then gently wipe the oil away. It feels AMAZING and has worked really well (even though I’m lazy and don’t do it for as long as they recommend). This method also moisturizes your skin, although during the driest days of winter I would add a little bit more coconut oil to my face after washing it. My skin has never felt better. (Note: Oil cleansing works better for some people with a different oil, like jojoba. Your mileage may vary.)
2. Makeup remover
Oil cleansing allows me to combine removing makeup and washing my face in one step. Time saved in my bedtime routine=win.
3. Shaving cream
Bonus: your legs stay more moisturized, because coconut oil also works as:
4. Body lotion
(I still used a more traditional hand lotion this winter, just because the texture/container is a little easier to deal with when I need to use it a lot, but I'm hoping to make the switch there, too.)
5. Lip balm
I used to use Vaseline, and I realized that coconut oil has almost the same texture, without the petroleum! I also don't find coconut oil as “addicting”; I used to go crazy if I forgot to bring Vaseline with me on a trip, but I don't get that same feeling from coconut oil.
6. Hair gel
I didn't really use hair gel before anyway, but I've found that if my hair feels static-y or dry, a little coconut oil smooths everything out.
Even though I use coconut oil for all of these different things, I still haven't run out of my first jar of it. (In case you're wondering, I got it at Aldi, and the jar helpfully lists some of its personal-care uses!) I like that I'm (probably) saving money, reducing waste, and consolidating my packing list when I travel. I can't recommend it enough, so if you want to mix up your beauty routine, give coconut oil a chance.