Coconut 2-Part Series
Welcome to part 2 of this series on Coconut. Part two is all about Coconut for DIY Body.
When we think of coconut, we usually think about it as a food ingredient.
However, you will learn some of the benefits of coconut used as an everyday beauti & body product outside the kitchen!
In part 1 of this 2 part series, you will read about the nutritional benefits of coconut and some delicious dairy-free receipts!
Take a look at part 1 here Coconut the Dairy-Free Replacement.
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.
These are the four coconut products for DIY body and beauti that I will cover:
Coconut Oil (1)
Coconut oil is cold-pressed from the flesh found inside the shell. It is an excellent carrier oil for itchy, sensitive skin. (1)
Always look for unrefined coconut oil to get the best results! And, it’s resistant to rancidity. (1)
Plus, it has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties. Which is especially important for skin health. (2)
For instance, many types of skin infections, including acne, athlete’s foot, and yeast infections, are caused by bacteria or fungi. (2)
The fatty acids found in coconut oil have anti-microbial properties that effectively kill bacteria and fungi. (2)
Therefore, applying coconut oil directly to the skin may prevent the growth of these microorganisms. (2)
In addition, it can be moisturizing and serves as a protective layer, helping to retain the moisture in your skin. (1)
However, I would not use solid coconut oil on your face.
Coconut oil is mild and generally safe for people with inflamed, irritated, and sensitive skin. (1)
Can also reduce symptoms of eczema. (2)
Another study shows its effectiveness as a weak sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. (2)
Plus, coconut oil can also be protective against hair damage.
Coconut oil is also used in a process called oil pulling. Oil pulling can kill some of the harmful bacteria in the mouth, improve dental health, and reduce bad breath. (2)
Fractionated Coconut Oil (2)
- Fractionated coconut oil: Mainly used for various household and personal care purposes, like a moisturizer, hair conditioner, and massage oil.
- Liquid coconut oil: This is an ideal addition to vegetarian, vegan, raw, whole food, paleo, ketogenic, and gluten-free diets.
Coconut Water (3)
Using coconut water for skincare has hydrating and re-mineralizing properties.
Plus, coconut water is a natural acid sterile solution. Rich in essential amino acids, sugars, vitamins, mineral salts, and cell growth factors.
Therefore, coconut water can be very beneficial to your skin when applied topically.
Here are some of the positive results you could have when using coconut water as a natural moisturizer, toner, or cleanser:
- Glowing skin
- Wrinkle reduction
- Even skin tone
- Reduced oil and greasiness
- Natural moisturizer
Coconut Milk (4)
There are various anti-aging benefits that can happen when using coconut milk. (5)
For instance, coconut milk is rich in various vitamins and minerals. Because of this, it can help promote healthier skin, boost hair growth, and treat common skin ailments. (4)
Coconut milk can alleviate wrinkles and give skin an overall firmer appearance. It’s made up of protein, copper, and distinctive fatty acids. (5)
Plus, lauric acid contains antibacterial and anti-viral properties. Which helps fight the free radicals that our skin and hair are often exposed to. (5)
Note: Coconut water and coconut milk need to be refrigerated after opening.
So, if you plan to make DIY beauti products with these two items, you will want to make small batches and use them within 7 to 10 days. Store in the refrigerator between uses.
You can also, you can make it for single-use.
DIY Body and Beauti Recipes
Coconut/Cocoa Hand and Body Butter
Makes 8 oz.
Cocoa butter is super moisturizing and has the delicious aroma of chocolate!!! What a great way to have chocolate on your hips without adding any extra pounds, HA! 😉
Coconut for DIY Body and Beauti
Add 1/4 cup Cocoa butter – Antioxidants, vitamin E, moisturizing
Plus 1/8 cup Beeswax – Natural moisturizer, prevents parts from separating
Then 1/4 cup Coconut oil – Moisturizing, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial
Add 1/4 cup Shea butter – Healing, cell renewal, vitamins A&E, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory
Optional – 1 tbsp. Avocado oil – Increases Collagen, moisturizer, skin tightening
- In a double boiler over low heat, add beeswax and cocoa butter until melted
- Then add Shea butter and coconut oil, heat until melted
- Add avocado oil (optional)
- Remove from heat, let cool a bit 5 to 10min
- Then blend with a hand mixer for 4 to 8 min
- Store butter in an airtight 8oz. jar
A little goes a long way! Start with a half of a pea-sized amount or less, and add more as needed.
Vaginal Health and Lubrication
Coconut oil is excellent for your vaginal health and makes a very effective lubricant.
After menopause, it gets pretty dry down there, and having sex can be pretty uncomfortable and painful.
Not anymore! Coconut Oil is the best lubricant for any age!!! It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
So, it helps to fight infections. As a result, it’s great for keeping the vaginal area healthy at all stages of life.
Store in airtight 4oz. glass jar
- When there is any itching or discomfort
- Apply to the inside of the vagina area
- Use after sex
- Apply liberally to both partners. Enjoy!
For more info. look at this post called:
An all-natural cleanser for vagina, bum, underarms, anywhere!
Fresh wash cleanser is fantastic! It is great to use every day for personal hygiene. And, any time you need to freshen up. It’s also great to take when camping too!
Coconut for DIY Body and Beauti
2/3 cup Alcohol-free Witch hazel – Fight bacteria relieve itching, irritation, and burning, antioxidant, cleaning
1/3 cup Rosewater – Antibacterial, antiseptic, vitamin C, antioxidant, cleaning
1 tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s castile soap unscented – Cleaning
8 pumps fractionated coconut oil – Moisturizer, kills bacteria, antioxidant
- Add all ingredients to an 8oz glass spray bottle. Shake well before each use.
- This cleanser is very gentle on your skin and will leave you feeling clean and fresh every day!
I first discovered this cleanser from One Good Thing by Jillee.
However, I tweaked it a bit to my liking. For instance, I don’t add any essential oils to this blend.
Note: During my essential oil studies at Aromahead Institute, I learned how essential oils penetrate the skin.
It all depends on the permeability of the skin. The more porous the skin, the quicker the oils cross the layers and enter the bloodstream. (1)
The genitals are very porous, and is not the best place for essential oils unless you are dealing with an infection.
Then you must speak with a aromatherapist trained in this type of application! (1)
Makes 4oz. ~ 1% Blend
Sometimes our feet get a little itchy & tired and need a little love! This receipt will do just that by keeping your feet soft, and itch-free!
3 oz. Coconut oil – Moisturizing, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial
1 oz. Shea butter – Healing, cell renewal, vitamins A&E, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory
8 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil – Antibacterial, anti-fungal
6 drops Peppermint Essential Oil – Cooling, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal
- Heat coconut oil and Shea butter over low heat until soft, not melted
- Blend with a hand mixer for 4 to 8 min. until creamy (If the butter is warm, let cool for a bit before adding the essential oils)
- Add in the tea tree and peppermint essential oils
- Blend essential oils for 10 to 20 seconds to disperse
- Store in airtight 4oz. glass jar
Apply a pea-size amount to feet and rub in, especially between toes and on toenails.
Let absorb a bit before putting on your socks or walking around. *For best results, apply before bed.
*Caution ~ Coconut oil could be slippery with bare feet
Some other uses for DIY Coconut Oil:
- Makeup remover
- Oil Pulling
- Tame frizzy ends
- Soften cuticles
So, there you have it! Coconut is a fantastic product to add to your body, beauty, and health routine!
Here’s to Coconut for DIY Body and Beauti!!!
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1 – Aromahead Institute
2 – Healthline
3 – Devera Naturals
4 – Mercola
6 – Bustle