You know that feeling when you never knew something existed, and then the minute you find out about it, you can't live without it? Meet coconut oil. Fairly certain coconut oil invented that feeling, just sayin'.
The Benefits of Coconut Oil:
- Coconut oil is packed full of natural healthy fats, primarily medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). That means it's not only fabulous for providing sustained energy and helping you lose weight, but also helps to lock in moisture and nourish the skin.
- Coconut oil has powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial properties as well. Goodbye bacteria and infection and hello beautiful skin--without any of the harmful chemicals or toxins found in traditional beauty products. Hashtag winning.
- Bonus: coconut oil makes your skin smell like you just came in from the beach in Bali. So there's that. Wink, wink.
I've been making an effort to slowly get rid of the harsh skincare products most of us are accustomed to using, and replacing them with natural options, and am excited to share a few simple favorites with you today! I promise they only take a few seconds to whip together, and are gentle on even the most sensitive of skin.
1. Coconut Oil Body Scrub
- Black lava sea salt
- Coconut Oil
Add 1/2 kiwi, 1/4 cup salt, & 1 TB coconut oil to a small bowl. Mix until combined. Scale recipe as desired.
Lather on hands and body and gently exfoliate. Rinse. Store body scrub in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to two weeks.
You can substitute the black lava salt for any kind of course salt, but the black lava sea salt contains activated charcoal (you know, from the volcanos) that's been shown to help support the body's natural detoxification process. Plus, it looks gorgeous--and would be a thoughtful gesture to put in a pretty bowl in the guest bathroom when you're entertaining guests, or a considerate gift to put in a small jar to pamper a new mamma.
2. Coconut Oil Hair Mask
Whip coconut oil with hand or stand mixer if desired. Whipping makes the oil easier to work into hair, but is not necessary.
Lather into hair, working your way from tips to roots until completely coated. Let mask sit at least 20 minutes or as long as desired, rinse and wash.
My sister turned me on to this, and you can just add this to the list of reasons I'm forever indebted to her. I love to apply a coconut oil mask and then put my hair up in a tight top knot, and then carry on with the day! My hair is a tad darker, so it really doesn't even look greasy, just shiny, and I'll often leave it in the entire day. The coconut oil is so nourishing to your hair, and helps to lock in moisture and protect from damage to the hair follicle. Also, it smells fantastic, did I mention that already?
3. Coconut Oil & Aloe Vera Cooling Lotion
- Aloe vera plant
- Coconut oil
Use a sharp knife to cut off an outermost, mature aloe vera leaf that is at least 8 inches long. Run under clean water and gently rinse. Slice the aloe vera leaf lengthwise, and softly scrape out about 1 TB aloe per cup of coconut oil. Whip together until combined.
Generously lather lotion on your body, and reapply as desired. If the aloe leaf still contains aloe, wrap tightly in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and continue to use up to 1-2 weeks.
This is the simplest, refreshing, and 100% natural lotion and I just love, love, love it. Aloe vera is a rich source of antioxidants including Vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene, and is proven to help treat minor rashes, burns, infections, and even acne. That's not even touching the benefits of coconut oil--you could say coconut oil and aloe vera are quite the power couple. So go ahead, lather up lady!
P.s. Did you know toxins from chemicals--like those found in beauty products--are stored in fat cells? That means when you lose weight and those fat cells shrink, you release toxins in your bloodstream that can be harmful to your health. Another good reason to be selective in your beauty products.
These beautiful prep bowls are handcrafted from the sweet Jillian of Lafayette Avenue Ceramics. When I read her mission to connect, nourish, and sustain through beautiful, lasting pottery pieces, my heart skipped a few beats. I couldn't agree more that we should all do a bit better at taking a moment to stop and slow down, eat real, fresh food from the soil, and let the pieces in our kitchen tell a story, connecting us to our food and to each other. If you'd like to purchase some pottery for yourself or for a friend, you can shop Jillian's collection here. Thanks for the beautiful gift Jillian!
Photography: Lauren Carnes Photography