Coconut oil can be used for many things. People often prefer it as a substitute for butter or other oils in sauteing and stir-frying. Some even have it in their morning coffee for an energy boost.

However, one of the best things about coconut oil is its varied use outside the kitchen. One jar  can wear many different hats around the household and is a great natural alternative to many chemical-laden products.

1. Moisturizer

Coconut oil works as a natural moisturizer that soaks into your skin while protecting it from drying agents.

At room temperature, the solid oil is soft enough to scoop out small amounts with your fingers, and it melts quickly into a luxurious, silken texture on your skin.

The unrefined type leaves a subtle scent on your skin. Refined, “extra virgin” coconut oil, on the other hand, leaves little to no scent, which can be good if you have a sensitive nose or if you don’t want the scent to clash with your perfume.

2. Deep Hair Conditioner

Many people use coconut oil either before or after a shower. Straight from the jar, just a little oil works great as a leave-in conditioner to seal moisture into your hair and keep your hair looking shiny and healthy.

Make sure not to use too much, and focus it on your ends for the best effect.

However, it really shines as an intensive deep conditioner if you heat it in a bowl for a few seconds before massaging it into your scalp and hair. Tuck your hair into a shower cap and leave on for at least a few hours before washing your hair.

3. Makeup Remover

Unlike drying makeup removers, coconut oil manages to take off even the stickiest powders and creams while still nourishing your skin. Dab just a little onto a cotton ball or pad and then wipe as you would with a standard makeup remover. Just remember to wash it off afterwards, as itl can clog face pores and cause acne if left on for too long.

4. Shaving “Cream”

Coconut oil takes a little time to soak into your skin, which leaves a slick surface that’s perfect for your razor to run over. Rub a generous amount onto your chin, armpits, legs, or wherever else offending hair grows, and shave in shallow strokes.

5. Natural Deodorant

Surprised? The solid oil actually has many antibacterial properties that prevent those smelly bacteria from thriving on your skin. Plus, it is much better for you and the environment than using standard aluminium-laden deodorants. It works best when mixed with baking soda, but using plain coconut oil also works to keep body odour at bay.

So while coconut oil is a great addition to your kitchen pantry, it’s also great to add to your skincare and basic hygiene routine.

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