The green transformation gets greener, and I’m now up to my eyeballs in organic, homemade products in my house as I’ve got an easy, all-natural and organic face moisturizer that I don’t even have to make! Sometimes I feel like I work in an old-fashioned apothecary or pharmacy as my kitchen smells like lavender, tea tree oil and coconut. Such a treat for the nostrils!
I started going green in 2011 by making my own shampoo and conditioner, then it grew into cleaning products, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent and has now expanded into cosmetics! I saw on the forums of mothering.com that many use Coconut Oil as a face moisturizer – all by itself! So easy, I couldn’t turn that down, and I bought a pound of it from Amazon for only $8.49 (pure, unrefined, extra virgin and organic is the most healthy for your skin) and used it first as an ingredient in my homemade deodorant and body butter. It’s also sold by a really cool company called Tropical Traditions*, that makes their coconut oil by hand!
Now I apply it to my face after every wash with my baking soda body scrub and really like how soft my skin feels. I apply just a tad on the tip of my finger and it’s plenty, so this pound will last forever! Coconut oil has a high melting point, so it is usually solid (but soft) in my house, unless it gets hot outside and our windows are open. It is on the oily side, and I find that if I wear my glasses after putting it on, my eyelashes rub the oil all over my lenses, so it is a bit annoying.
UPDATE Nov. 2012: Since getting pregnant, I have not been able to use coconut oil on my face anymore because it has made my skin break out in acne. It is a known comedogenic. I instead use Castor Oil or other carrier oils and just a dab goes a long way! However, the rest of the skin on my body has gotten incredibly dry, so I’ve been slathering my arms, legs, chest, belly and even hands with it and have been very happy.
Besides being antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial, coconut oil is effective in reducing wrinkles and is loaded with vitamins. It can also be rubbed on the scalp to treat dandruff and dry scalp. It is also effective in treating psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections (source – organicfacts.net) and is an excellent butter alternative in the kitchen (great for vegans!).
You can also use it as a conditioner where you actually apply it BEFORE washing, unless you use baking soda shampoo, like me, then you could apply it afterwards as a hair gel of sorts. However, with my thick, curly, dry hair, I did not like it as a frizz reducer or gel. My hair was frizzy and oily when I used it.
For a list of more oils you can use as face moisturizers, visit Our Homemade Happiness, which has many posts similar to mine and is a great site!
See my Green Living posts for more green diy, tips and recipes for homemade green products!
*If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.
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