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I know that coconut oil is basically taking over the world right now so I might be a little late on the uptake here.

Nonetheless, I figure the many many things that can be accomplished with this one, pure and natural goldmine need to be addressed.
Get it HERE or at pretty much any grocery store.

Coconut oil. Perfect travelling companion.

1. Shaving Cream –
My legs were in a bad way over the winter. They were itching so bad at one point I briefly considered the relief of scrubbing them down with an an SOS pad on them. I went to the interwebs to find a cure and The Pioneer Woman hooked me up. She claimed it was my shaving cream causing all the problems and suggested I use something pure and simple to shave with. So was the birth of my coconut oil shaving routine and the death of my itchy leg syndrome.
2. Body Lotion –
This stuff sinks into the skin enough to properly hydrate and leave you with that gorgeous tropical scent.
3. Eye Makeup Remover – 
Obviously this one isn’t oil free like the one photographed above but it is perfect for ridding your eyeballs from the black stuff.
4. Frizz Control-
Rub a little oil in your hands and tap down any flyaways. You can also run it through your ends to combat dryness and add some shine.
5. Lip Balm-
Smear some into your pout for an instant moisture lock.
6. Hair Deep Conditioner-
I mix about 1/4 cup coconut oil + half an avocado together and massage it into wet hair. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse. It will leave your hair shiny, silky and moisturized.
7. Protect your tresses from the chlorine-
Before you jump in the pool wet your hair and oil it from about the nape of your neck down. Then throw it in a bun. Now you don’t need to worry about chlorine fried hair.
And that’s just the beauty stuff! It can also replace pretty much any other fat you use in the kitchen.
Be sure to let me know any of your cool ways to use it I didn’t discover yet..

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    May 1, 2013 at 4:14 am

    You can also mix it in equal parts with baking soda to make an awesome face scrub!

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    May 1, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Oh and you can mix it with Vitamin E oil to make eye cream 😀

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    Liz Tea Bee
    May 1, 2013 at 4:48 am

    It can clog pores for some people but I use it on my face all the time. It’s also great cuticle cream.
    My SIL uses it on my little nieces’ skin in the winter, too

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    May 1, 2013 at 5:23 am

    I’ve been using it, but not for me…I add it to my dog’s food to help with his dandruff! It works great and he loves it too. I’ll definitely try some of those suggestions in your post for me 🙂

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      May 1, 2013 at 7:37 am

      How do you add it to his food? My dog has horrible skin allergies and Im wondering if it would help.

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        May 1, 2013 at 9:42 am

        I just plop a tsp onto my dogs food in the dish. Do you make a kong for your dog? You could add some in there for him.

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        Betty Nauman
        May 3, 2013 at 11:16 am

        I use coconut oil in my dogs food. You want to start out slow so they don’t get an upset belly, my dogs are 60 pounds and I use about a tablespoon twice a day.

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    May 1, 2013 at 6:40 am

    I mix it with baking soda, and arrowroot powder to make a chemical deodorant, as well as adding it to my infant’s food hen they start on solids. It helps their bellies break it down a bit better. And it works great on cradle cap!

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    May 1, 2013 at 6:40 am

    *chrmical free*

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    Kim Sugars
    May 1, 2013 at 6:45 am

    I have an allergy to parabens which are found in just about everything we put on our bodies. Last year I discovered the wonders of coconut oil and have gotten my family on board. I use it for my moisturizer (whipped for 8 mins in my stand mixer makes it easier to spread), make-up remover, body scrub (mix of coffee grounds, sugar and coconut oil), hair conditioner, curly hair tamer, I cook with it (chicken, shrimp and curries are kicked up to levels beyond!) and put it in my coffee. My children are bi-racial and use on my son’s curls to keep them looking great and keep him paraben free as well. My skin is now under control and has a more even tone. The best deal I’ve found is at Costco…organic, cold pressed, 3.75 lb tub for $16.99. LOVE coconut oil!

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      May 1, 2013 at 7:36 am

      do you just melt a little and put in coffee? Ive never heard of this, but Im looking for something for my coffee so I can stop using those sugar laden creamers.

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        Kim Sugars
        May 1, 2013 at 7:41 am

        Doesn’t take much heat to melt coconut oil…I just drop about a tablespoon into my travel size mug and stir well. It will separate while drinking, just swirl and sip! Read something recently it’s good to eat 3Tbsps a day. I haven’t gotten there yet, LOL.

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        Betty Nauman
        May 3, 2013 at 11:23 am

        If you want to get away from sugar creamers try making your own with coconut milk. I mix a can of coconut milk with almond milk, put it in a shaker and volla. When you refrigerate coconut milk it will set up so that’s why I also use the almond milk. Top your coffee off with a dollop of coconut oil. My favorite brand is dr bronners . You could also look up bullet proof coffee.

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          December 15, 2013 at 11:30 pm

          You can also use organic coconut sugar if you love your sugar with coffee. It’s more natural and I love the taste. I never use regular sugar anymore.

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    May 1, 2013 at 6:56 am

    I love to use in shower. After i scrub and be ore i get out i rub it on while still wet it locks in the moisture. It makes my skin (especially my legs) look and feel amazing.
    I also spread it on bread (when cold does not spread well) sprinkle chia seeds and toast in toaster oven. Yumm!!sometimes i add it to my coffee.

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    May 1, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Virgin coconut oil is best! Just make sure to use low-medium heat if you cook with it. It burns easily.

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      May 1, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Coconut oil has a very high smoke point so you can cook it on high heats.

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    May 1, 2013 at 7:32 am

    I suffer from eczema and my skin gets red spots and my back breaks out. I began to gargle a tablespoon of coconut oil for 15 minutes every morning. If you gargle it slow you’ll be surprised how long you can do it. It cleans my body of toxins and clears my skin, my nails and hair have grown. My teeth are whiter. ( the idea is that your body does most of its toxin cleaning between your nose and throat) I have been doing this for 3 months and the results are awesome! I will never go without it !!

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    May 1, 2013 at 7:32 am

    I’ve been wary of coconut oil ever since I tried using grape seed oil as a moisturizer and all my clothes started smelledng like musty oil. anyone have this problem with coconut oil?

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      Kim Sugars
      May 1, 2013 at 7:44 am

      Not at all! The light coconut smell will dissipate in about 30 mins. Keep in mind though, a very little bit goes a loooong way.

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    May 1, 2013 at 7:34 am all the ideas…I use it also in all the ways you listed in your post…also on my 9 mo little girls curls..makes them so soft. Im going to have to try some of the other ideas.

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    May 1, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Love this post! So many great ideas, I just bought coconut oil for the first time & so excited to try it all! PS. I am loving your allure beauty posts, you are SO TALENTED. Thanks for all the awesome tutorials! I am officially in love with Benefit Watt’s Up thanks to you!! 🙂 XOXO

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    May 1, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Never thought about using it as a makeup remover. I have rosecea BAD, I put some on my face at night and sleep with it on. Seems to calm the redness. 😉

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    May 1, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I feel like a may be getting the wrong coconut oil? As you mentioned the smell is good for the lotion, but the oil I have has NO smell. Am I getting the wrong kind?

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      May 1, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Make sure yours is virgin coconut oil! If it doesn’t have a smell its probably refined. No bueno.

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        May 1, 2013 at 12:15 pm

        Thank you Natalie, I knew something was off!

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        May 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        is the refined coconut oil bad then? I am new to the coconut game and haven’t bought it yet but just wanted to see what the difference is?

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          October 18, 2015 at 9:15 pm

          You need to get cold pressed, unrefined extra virgin coconut oil.

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    May 1, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Okay, I must add one more..
    The very best place to use coconut oil is in the bedroom! It is not only ‘safe’ for your lady parts, it is better than any lubricant and cheaper too! It smells amazing, it’s moisturizing and my SO loves it! We use it for massage oil too! However, do not use this with condoms, as oil breaks down rubber.
    Seriously though, buy 2 jars: one for the kitchen, and one for the nightstand!

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      May 1, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      I was going to add this use! I haven’t tried it but my girlfriends all swear by it! xo

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      September 28, 2013 at 2:37 am

      Yup! I’m a sexuality educator and I rec coconut oil often. Best lube ever! *Again, latex and oil don’t mix (oil breaks down latex in seconds- so if you use latex condoms (or toys), avoid any oil.

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    May 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I just started using it myself and I LOVE IT!! I can’t believe how long it took me to get on the bandwagon as well – I have mostly been using it in the kitchen, but after all these posts I am going to get another jar just for beauty!!

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    May 1, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I bought Dr. Bronner’s virgin coconut oil a couple weeks ago. I love it and it smells so good! I use it on my lady parts too and on my skin as a moisturizer. I have suffered with hemorrhoids for years after having children. I started using it and it has been helping ease the pain of them. 🙂

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    Maddy Cane
    May 1, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I seem to be using it for everything at the moment, and it smells amazing too! xxx

    Maddy from

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    May 1, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I use it on my hair. I put it on before I shower and leave it in for an hour or so. When you get in the shower, put shampoo in your hair BEFORE YOU GET IT WET. This will help the coconut oil wash out much easier.

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      July 26, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Wow thanks, I have super thick curly hair and have to shampoo 3 times to get out an oil treatment. I love how it is after but hate how much work it is so I don’t do it often enough to keep the dry frizz at bay. I’m totally trying your tip tomorrow, thanks!

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    Hope Howland (@HHDesigns)
    May 1, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I used it on my legs after I shaved and it was incredible! Love it!

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    May 1, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I get mine at Trader Joe’s. I use it instead of oil in homemade pancakes… AWESOME! (I substitute some of the white flour with oat flour and wheat germ so they are pretty rich but more fiber than plain white pancakes.) I also use it when making popcorn. It adds a sweet flavor and only needs a wee bit of salt for POPCORN PERFECTION!!!!! I can’t believe all the other ideas on here! Who knew?!

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    May 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Not to be lewd, but LUBE. Makes the best all-natural, non-irritating lubricant. 😉

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    Heather Osborne
    May 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I use mine as a scalp treatment AND i bought the supplements because of all the wonderful health benefits…and those taste yummy!

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    May 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I have oily skin , but I wash my face with it too! I love it!

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    May 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Cara, thank you soo much for posting this! I have heard so much about coconut oil! I just got home with a jar from Trader Joe’s and after browsing Pinterest about how to use it, I thought…”What does MaskCara say?” And of course, again, you have all the answers just waiting for me! I LOVE your site 🙂 I’m going to try the hair mask right now.

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    May 1, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Cara, thank you so much for this post. I am an organic vegan and I live by coconut oil. It’s a total beauty secret.

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    May 1, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I too am a Coconut Oil devotee!! I use it for just about everything! It has helped my hair and eyelashes grow like CRAZY!!!! Great for my face, which is on the oily side but doesn’t seem to block my pores! It’s also an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial so good for taking the redness out of pimples and helping them heal without scarring after they’ve popped!
    Love MaskCara! Just wish I could vote in the Beauty Blogger Awards 🙁 It won’t let me vote outside the US!!

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      May 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      @ Karla- Me too!! LOVE Maskcara, but live outside US!!! Hope she wins!! She’s awesome, and has THE BEST blogs loaded with great DIY ideas!! 🙂

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      May 26, 2014 at 11:40 am

      How has it helped your hair grow? I do hair masks with CO very often and my hair looks healthier and shinier but hasnt grown. I use the refined LouAna kind.. could that be why?

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    May 1, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I am in love with this post. I’ve just been using my EVCO as a hair mask or on my ends…it’s great to hear everyone else’s input and ideas. I had no clue! Thanks Cara!!

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    May 2, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Love this post! I also use it when my girls diaper area starts to look red, if it gets super red I o course use actual diaper cream…but CO helps so much with the reddness after a overnight diaper!

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    May 2, 2013 at 8:22 am

    It is a GREAT hair conditioner. Put a handful in your hair overnight or for a lazy weekend and wash. The shine is amazing.

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    May 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    This stuff is worth it’s weight in gold! I started using it for cooking, then using it as a facial scrub, mixed with some sugar and vanilla (super tasty!), then on my face as a moisturizer (overnight [literally] it made my skin stop producing excess oil. I went from having super-oily-teenage-like-skin, to normal adult like skin!), on my legs for shaving, and all over my body for lotion. I will definitely be trying it out in the bedroom tonight and I totally need to try it on my hair too!

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    May 2, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I love this stuff! It pretty much got rid of my keratosis pilaris.

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    May 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    oh my gosh it gets rid of keratosis pilaris?! that is honestly the best news i’ve heard in ages… i’m so self conscious of wearing shorts because of all the horrible red bumps on my legs! they’re on the backs of my arms too. I jjust got a jar of it, i hope it works! All of these are awesome uses for CO, i can’t wait to try some more of them. 🙂

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      May 3, 2013 at 8:13 am

      It got rid of mine too!

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    May 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I use is as an eyelash treatment! and 1tsp in a smoothie is good for you!

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    May 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I tried to vote for you but couldn’t as I’m not from the US. Too bad, bet you have alot of Canadian readers.

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    May 2, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Coconut oil also works wonders for stretch marks!!

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    May 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I love coconut oil – I recently took a trip to South East Asia where I discovered it as a replacement for eye makeup remover, deep conditioner, and body lotion.

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    May 3, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE coconut oil. It has literally changed my life. I cook with it, of course, but I have a little tub of it in my bathroom that I use for everything you listed and more. I have suffered with acne since I was 12, and at 35 now, that is a long time. I started using it about 8 months ago as a moisturizer on my entire body, and not only is my acne finally under control after many years, but it’s minimizing my scars from it. I also have psoriasis flare ups in the winter, and this past winter I hardly had a problem. I try to put a little on my hair before bed and when I wash my hair in the morning it is much softer. On a general health note, coconut oil is said to help your brain stay healthy, helping prevent Alzheimer. I highly recommend the book, “The Coconut Oil Miracle” by Bruce Fife. They are finding out all kinds of exciting things about the benefits of it.

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    May 3, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Cara~ I recently blogged about a way to whip coconut oil with your mixer to make a very light and fluffy lotion. I know you mentioned using it as lotion but I just love the whipped consistency and it doubles the size! You can see that post here.

    Also, if you mix a little coconut oil with cornmeal, it makes a GREAT face scrub!

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    May 4, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Coconut oil is great for diaper rash too! It’s a natural antifungal which also makes it a nice deodorant, although I had some issues with getting stains on my clothes. Nothing a little Dawn dishsoap can’t fix!

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    May 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I’m coming in late here, but I LOVE coconut oil. I mix it 3/4 coconut oil to 1/4 olive oil and put it in an old contact solution container of my hub’s. If it’s winter and it thickens up I just run it under hot water for a few seconds. I use it to rub on after I shower and I put it in my bathwater. I rub it on my crows feet at night and take off my eye makeup with it. It’s GREAT for hands, awesome on feet and sinks in quickly. I rub a little on my hands and put it on my hair from the nape down to keep away frizzies and dryness. I rub more in my hair 1/2 hour before I bathe and then shampoo and condition as normal. Sometimes I just goop in straight from the container on my hair like conditioner, put it up and lounge in the tub with a book for awhile, then rinse and wash.

    Oh, and it makes AWESOME popcorn. A little salt and it’s just like movie theater…and a lot healthier.

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    May 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Where to start! I mix it with a bit of honey and cocoa and then fridge it for the Best Dark Chocolate Ever! Oh which also helps with hormonal problems and thyroid as well as being anti oxidant, anti bacterial, anti viral, anti fungal (yes it battles yeast infections! … etc… etc… I also use it as a hair mask, daily lotion for myself and my 2 year old daughter, natural sunscreen (mixed with zinc oxide). We have also been using it on cuts and scrapes to help things heal faster. I am pretty sure my wrinkles have gone down a lot and my cellulite is smoothing out! One of my favourite tricks is to mix it into a thick foundation (I use Este Lauders long lasting stuff) to give it a cream foundation feel and a sheer appearance. Makes it last so much longer which is great for the budget!

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    May 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Can coconut oil be used on hair that has been treated with keratin straightening products?

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    May 25, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    What brand do I get?

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    May 26, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I have bought my first coconut oil jar. I used it in my diet but soon I started to use it topically and i use it for everything.

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    July 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    So totally late to this game but I have to share. I heard all the raving about coconut oil and started using it in many of the ways listed here. Made my mother buy a jar to start helping herself (wishing she would get away from all the nasty chemical products) She is totally over the moon in love with this stuff… BIGGEST help is that it is healing up her scar tissue on her stomach from multiple surgeries. I’m talking before they had technology scopes, when they totally slit you. The scar tissue is “dissolving”, instead of the dark purple/red color they have lighted into a healing pink color. I use it on all our cuts, scraps, bruises and kiddos have no scars (some of the scooter wipe outs this summer should have left red knee caps)
    Love coconut oil and Love this blog, thanks so much maskCara!

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    October 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    For coffee lovers try MCT oil to make Bullet Proof coffee. It is stronger than coconut oil! Google Bulletproof executive or if in Australia Optimoz.

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    October 18, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I have bought and made so many different frizz remedies for the past 15 plus years, all of them fails. I never would have thought to check the baking isle to find my dream come true solution for my hair. Not only is my hair not frizzy, it now looks like the Victoria secrete model hair I thought could never happen with my hair. I can’t wait to try other the other uses for coconut oil!!!

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    October 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I used it for my son’s diaper rash when he was little. He got a really bad one with once while we were traveling and had open sores. All the products on the shelves for diaper rash just burned his skin and the sores and weren’t doing much to help. A friend suggested coconut oil and I swear it cleared that rash up in days. I mean completely healed in less than a week. And b/c it is natural it didn’t burn him. I never used store bought rash creams again.

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    November 27, 2013 at 11:00 am

    can anyone recommend a brand?

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      November 29, 2013 at 7:34 am

      Go to and enter a search for extra virgin organic coconut oil. The brand doesn’t matter it just needs to be organic and make sure it says cold pressed (not refined). I don’t know where you live but you can buy it at Wal-Mart and Costco (should be with cooking oils) or a whole foods store or nutrition store should have it.

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      December 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Nutiva! It’s the best!

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    January 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Late on this post as well. Did you know you can use coconut oil in the shower to help with cellulite. Been using it on my legs, stomach and arms. A small dab goes a long way, combine it with a cellulite glove…it works miracle’s in way of cellulite appearance.
    My girlfriends and I swear by it!

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    Jill Hogg
    January 24, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Hi just found this post, but I have replaced nearly everything in my bathroom with virgin organic coconut oil and some dr bronners soap. I love it, it is also great if you get itchy under your boobs or in the folds at the top of your legs, or if you have any folds of skin anywhere! I rub it absolutely everywhere! Have also replaced all fats in kitchen with coconut oil. I even brush my teeth with it x

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    April 3, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve been using coconut oil for a little over a year and love it for so many things. Recently I have also started using avocado oil and I think I might like it even more. Check it out, you will not regret it.

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    April 16, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I live in Sc and can’t find extra virgin coconut oil, and I’m on a budget. Haven’t worked in past few months BC of epileptic seizures. Any advice? Can co help with seizures or psoriasis on my shins? Any comment is greatly appreciated 🙂 love this blog and all advice

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    May 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Sunscreen! It’s a natural SPF 7.

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    Sharon Mcalister
    July 7, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Hi hi hi … everyone. My name is Sharon ..I just stumbled on this. .coconut oil…like the kind I see in grocery store ? I seen it in liquid form is this the same…I think this is could save so much money …please help…Thanks so much…. Have a great day..My email address is [email protected]..please help im just learning the computer. ..Thanks Again

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    Suzy Pugh
    July 25, 2014 at 6:31 am

    I couldn’t live without my coconut oil. I use it on my hair, skin, in cooking, on the cats dry food, you name it. One of mother natures best products ever.

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    Erin Foreman
    December 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I have tried it with shaving, but it clogs up my razor.

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    March 28, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Question for those of you using coconut oil for beauty-related purposes: I recently developed a rash (similar to eczema) around my eyes, and I have tried every cream and treatment out there for this, but have yet to find something that works.
    Does anyone think coconut oil might help? Should i be buying virgin coconut oil?

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    Keela Huotari
    August 27, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    i love coconut oil for almost everything. I recently found out about the SPF factor and haven’t burned yet this summer. It also works great with a little lavender mixed in it for after sun soothing too! Here’s a great artical:
    Enjoy all you coconut freaks out there…..(that statement totally includes me!)

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    December 15, 2016 at 1:07 am

    I also use coconut oil all the time for various beauty purposes.
    My favourite is using it for dry cracked heels/

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