A few years ago I got my first jar of coconut oil and since then it’s become a staple in not only my cooking and baking, but also my beauty routine too! It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal, is an excellent moisturizer, gentle enough for sensitive skin…and smells amazing!
I’ll share some of the other ways I use coconut oil at the bottom of this post, but first I want to show you this great recipe I’ve been using to make your own Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter. With my nut allergies, I have a really hard time finding products that don’t contain nut products like shea butter and sweet almond oil.
This recipe creates a soft, silky body butter that soaks right into your skin and is especially great on very dry areas like elbows. It will leave your skin feeling extremely soft and smooth. Just a little amount goes a long way.
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What you’ll need:
- 1 cup extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 tsp vitamin E oil
- 3-4 drops of essential oil for fragrance (I like grapefruit for a refreshing scent)
To whip the coconut oil into a body butter, you’ll need a hand mixer or a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Just as you would with making whipped cream, it is best to start with cold tools. Place your mixing bowl and whisk attachment into the freezer for 30 minutes before you start.
Coconut oil turns into a liquid at higher temperatures and you need it in its solid form for this to work. Place it in the fridge to return to a solid if it’s too warm in your house.
Add the coconut oil to the mixing bowl and whisk for 6-7 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
Add vitamin E and essential oils, if desired, and whisk briefly to combine.
Spoon the whipped coconut oil body butter into a glass jar and cover tightly. Store in a cool room or in the fridge. It will warm up quickly in your hands when you apply it.
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Here are a few other ways I’ve started using extra virgin coconut oil in the beauty routine:
Makeup Remover: Even the thickest makeup melts away with coconut oil. Massage a dollop of warmed, liquified coconut oil straight onto skin, wipe away and rinse with warm water. It also helps to moisturize your eyelashes while removing mascara!
Hand Cream: Whenever I am using coconut oil in the kitchen, I rub some into my hands and nails too.
Hair Treatment: A little coconut oil applied to dry ends will work wonders in a pinch. You can also use it as a deep conditioning mask, just make sure to thoroughly wash the greasiness out with shampoo afterwards.