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We Dames have been a little heavy lately, so today’s post topic is a little lighter and fun and introduces a new series we will be working on: budget beauty and house tips! Today we tackle the magic that is coconut oil. Let’s get started!
From my Taking Stock series, Part One and Part Two, you know that I went through all of my possessions Marie Kondo style. When I hit the bathroom I was surprised at how many items I had in there. Now I’m not that into makeup or hair appliances or nail polish collections like many women. I always considered myself somewhat a minimalist in the accessories I have in my bathroom space. So why then did I have so many things taking up my precious bathroom space? What were all these things?
I know you’re just dying in anticipation right now, so I’ll tell you. I had multiples of products for the same jobs. I had multiple hair conditioners, multiple face washes, multiple lotions. And many of them were expired. Didn’t know lotion expired, did ya?
Well I have found the product to replace all those others I had. A, some may say, magical tincture to cure what ails you!…as long as what ails you is multiple bath products. And this magic potion is…duh duh duuuuuuhhhhhhh:
- makeup remover
- main ingredient in DIY makeup
- cuticle and nail care
- shaving cream
- around my nose when it’s all dry…hey! It works! Don’t you judge me! 😉
- deep hair conditioner
And while $6 a bottle seems a little steep for some oil, that one 14 oz bottle has lasted me going on four months now. That’s four months of not buying lotion, not buying shaving cream (which I always felt was some sort of racket and somewhat of a sexist marketing strategy), not buying special face moisturizer, or chapstick! I estimate that I’ve saved at least $70 over these last three months by using coconut oil instead of purchasing new products marketed for very specific functions. It’s not a specialist, it’s a generalist and I like that!
Some tips I’ve learned from using my beautiful, beautiful coconut oil:
- do not get it in your eye. It’s a great eyeliner and mascara remover, but it will blur your vision for 10 minutes if you accidentally blink it
- a little bit goes a long way
- use a little soapy water to help rinse your razor after each stroke
- the jar is a little cumbersome to use, so just put it in a pot of warm water so the solid oil melts (around 75 degrees F) and pour into a pretty container. Aren’t we fancy!
- it smells pretty!
Give it try and see how you like it. I recommend testing on a small portion of skin before jumping in just in case, but this stuff is pretty amazing. And it is saving me money, and I can’t argue much with that.
Stay beautiful, people!
Anyone have any other uses for coconut oil? (you know, besides cooking) 😀