ten beachy uses for coconut oil, and...

posted on: 5.21.2012

 A Song, a review, a giveaway and a whole lot of fun too!

I was thinking in the name of summer and coconuts and... well, I was thinking we should set this little post to music.  Shall we?


How about this lively syncopated tune right here.
If you wanted to dance along well, I'd be dancing right along with ya.
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Oh, you guys it's almost summer time, can you believe it?  
Oh, no sir I am not ready for bikini season-- frankly that ship sailed off in to the sunset long ago with the arrival of baby number one.
 But, that doesn't mean I can't still love a season in the sun.  
So, about two weeks ago I received a box from Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil and ever since then I have been trying it out here there and everywhere-- did you know there were so many uses for coconut oil?  
Oh, summer is right around the very next corner and geesh wouldn't it be lovely if coconut oil could help us get ready for the beach and sun and surf.  
Well, I gathered and tested and put together a list of...

Ten Beachy Uses for Coconut Oil:

One.  Mix coconut oil with sugar to make a yummy bikini ready body scrub.

Two.  Smooth a small amount on lips to moisturize; just a little bonus: with a natural SPF of about four (I found that here)you get some sun protection as well.


Three.  Rub a few drops on to tired and dry feet before and after the beach. 

Four.  Dab a small amount under eyes to moisturize and help with wrinkles.

Five.  Place a small amount in your palms and work in to hair for a leave-in conditioner that will add shine and tame frizz.

Six.  Use as a massage oil after the beach.  Or any ol' time-- it's summer guys, do as you like!

Seven.  Smooth all over body to enhance a summer tan.

Eight.  To deep condition before shampooing rub coconut oil in to hair and let sit for a few minutes before shampooing as usual.

Nine.  Use a small amount to remove eye makeup and moisturize.

Ten. Mix with baking soda for a facial scrub. 


And when those guys over at Tropical Traditions said go ahead and give some away too, well of course I had to do that just for you.

 So here's a little review based on my own adventures using coconut oil on body and hair.  
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Seriously guys I wanted to really try Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil out in a whole bunch of different ways before I shared it with you all, you know, just in case it wasn't good enough for you, and so far over the past two weeks, I haven't found a use that it hasn't worked wonderfully for.  

The sad, sad truth is I've been out of makeup remover for a few months now and while that isn't the worst sin ever committed, ever, well I've noticed that as I age I have to be more gentle with my skin, especially around my eyes, and so washing with soap and rubbing with washcloths to get stubborn eye makeup off is probably not the best approach. 

So that of course was the first test I gave the oil.  
Coconut oil as eye make up remover-- totally love it.
  
And as an added whoo hoo, it super moisturized the skin under my eyes filling in wrinkles and smoothing out fine lines too.  Really truly, it did that too.  Although, I suspect the results aren't permanent, I'm thinking they'll diminish as soon as I stop  regularly applying the oil, which I really have no plans of doing so I may never, ever find out the answer for you-- sorry guys. 

About a day before I wash my hair it's usually pretty dull from hair product and life and such so of course that seemed the perfect time to try out coconut oil as shine booster. 
I worked a bit in to my hair and watched it shine, shine, shine-- it is oil so a little does go a long way, but with that in mind it adds a nice little boost to dull hair.  

And then I thought my feet and hands, which in Hawaii are always exposed to sun and salt and beachiness, well, I thought they were looking awfully dry and so I rubbed in a bit of oil focusing on dry spots around my cuticles and finger nails and ankles and worked my way up to dry patches on my knees and elbows and I'm still glistening from the morning application.  
Again, it's oil so a teensy tinsy bit goes a very long way. 

There is a slight coconutty smell to the oil-- it is coconut oil guys.  But, you know, really it's not as smelly as tanning oil and it all says summer to me so I don't mind it one bit.

I've tried out a few recipes with coconut oil if you wanna meet in the kitchen tomorrow we can cook up something yum, yum, yummy.

Oh, and of course about that giveaway...
Leave a comment here and you will be entered to receive a quart of Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil just in time for summer.


I sure do hope you win.


live sweet,
n


Update: For an extra entry subscribe to Tropical Traditions newsletter here.

Disclaimer: This is a review and more guys.  Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

19 comments:

  1. Hi Nicole,

    I can't wait for summer! I love the sugar/oil scrub and using the oil to remove make up!
    have a terrific day!
    new follower via Aloha Blog Hop :)
    Duni

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    1. Duni,
      I'm so glad you're with us for this little ride. Seriously can't wait for summer-- and boy, oh boy do I love a good body scrub.

      xoxo,
      Nicole

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  2. OMB, this post excited me so much. We go through shocking amounts of coconut oil! Cooking, deodorant, soap, you name it. You're a girl after my own heart!

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    1. see Kate,
      You have to enter our giveaway-- you're already a lover of the stuff and I'm sure would know just what to do with it. I on the other hand am on a journey of the very newest of discoveries when it comes to coconut oil.

      =)

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  3. Who would have known that coconut oil had so many uses! Thanks for the review! I wish we had beautiful palm trees like you those really remind me of summer! Summer will be here before we know it and I can't wait for the sun and summer fun! Have a great day! :)

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    1. Shantel,
      I really had no idea. None. Apparently Dr. Oz swears by it, although I can't imagine being so in to it that I'd swallow it by the spoonful-- I'm think that might be just a little to coco"nutty" for me, besides, I really don't think my body needs that much fat in any form. Unless it's chocolate cake-- yeah that could be something I could very well need.

      =)

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    2. Um, yeah... "I'm think" should read: "I'm thinking". oops.

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  4. i've only ever cooked with it, but am eager to try your endorsed uses for eyes (yep, it's starting for me too) and feet...so, so dry. personally i love the smell...thanks for the thorough list of all the amazing uses!

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    1. Oh, you'll have to let me know what uses you find for it outside of the kitchen. Yes, please do.

      =)

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  5. I've been out of blogger land for a while but had to make a quick stop here. Very cute and I'm excited to see what you do with the coconut oil in the kitchen!

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    1. Love it Tina, the recipes are up you'll have to let me know what you think.

      Thanks, always, for the Aloha.

      xoxo

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  6. Hey. It's Elizabeth over at State of Shenanigans. Feel free to use my paleo granola recipe with coconut oil as a link on your page. :) I'm also entering to win as well because I love that stuff and would like more in my pantry!!

    http://ryanandelizabethshideler.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, Elizabeth, thanks so much, I love that your recipe was up just in time to be added to this little coco"nutty" collection.

      Aloha,
      N

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  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)
    The bikini ship sailed for me when I was about 16! Long before baby number 1! But I still love Summer and love me some coconut oil too!

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    1. Kate,

      Too funny, you know I never really did so well on board ships so I suppose the "bikini ship" really didn't stand much of a chance with me. Here's to summer bikinis or not.

      xoxo,
      N

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  8. I honestly didn't know there were so many uses for coconut oil!!! I love the smell of real coconut oil. It's yummy. I actually switched my milk recently to So Delicious Coconut Milk because it's so good for you and I'm somewhat lactose intolerant. I love all of the uses you've come up with!! Awesome as usual!

    xoxo

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  9. newest follower, thanks for linking up for the "favorite things" blog hop! :)

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  10. I'm hopping by from Favorite Things Friday. I'm a new GFC follower. Please come by and link up sometime!

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  11. The post is sharing ten beauty uses fro coconut oil. The post is very useful

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