Monday, June 11, 2012

The Jury Is Still Out On Coconut Oil

So a few weeks ago I posted about how I was planning on trying to use coconut oil in various ways and see if it lived up to its hype. Aaaaaand the results are mixed.

I found it didn't really do much for my hair, though to be fair I only used it twice before I gave up. The first time I left it on my hair for about 45 minutes, and the second for almost 2 hours. My hair was pretty frizzy and weird to manage, and not terribly noticeably softer.

I was pretty happy with how it made my thesis (thesis-aftermath) undereye circles a little less horrendous, though. I guess any good moisturizing cream or any oil might do this, but coconut oil is significantly cheaper than anything you could buy at a department store so bonus points! And although I hate to admit it, the smell is growing on me - makes me feel like I'm at the beach all the time.

As for a general skin moisturizer, it really is pretty awesome. It makes my skin SO soft and nice (and nice-looking!) and even makes all the weird bumps and rough patches go away. But since it's an oil, it can be a bit weird/gross if I'm wearing pants and a bit greasy if its super hot out. My skin gets dry again after a night's sleep, but nothing lasts forever right? Then again, the longer I use it, the softer and nicer my skin feels! Definite A+ as a moisturizer.

but seriously, my legs look like this now

I still haven't worked up the courage to put it in my food, so no news there. I did try it on my cuticles which also was pretty good, but that's about it. Thinking about using it as a foot cream next?

Have any of you had crazy good/crazy bad experiences with coconut oil? Have recipes for a good smoothie or something? Let me know!


  1. Hey Liz!

    Coconut oil is AWESOME in food, and you should totes try it. It's great for making stove-top popcorn, stir-frying veggies, and baking! Check out Smitten Kitchen's recipe for Double Coconut Muffins... It uses coconut oil, and I tried it and they came out amazing. Enjoy!

    xx Nicole

    1. Thanks Nicole!! I'll definitely try it out! I'll let you know how they turn out :D