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Beauty DIY: Coconut oil

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It’s no news that coconut oil promotes a wealth of health benefits, from gastronomical to beauty purposes! When buying coconut oil, it’s best to buy unrefined extra virgin coconut oil as it’s closest to it’s natural state. Below is a list of some handy homemade coconut oil beauty treatments with ingredients and instructions: 1. Body scrub (via New Leaf Wellness) – ¼ to 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, depending on how coarse you want the scrub to be – ½ cup of coconut oil – 1 tablespoon citrus fruit zest (the zest from one piece of fruit) (optional). 2. Whipped coconut butter lotion (via The Nourished life) – 1 cup of coconut oil – 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil (optional) – a few drops of essential oils Do not heat the coconut oil and whisk well with a kitchen aid or hand whisk.

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Image Source: “Onctuosite” by La Eswa  Licenced under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0  via Flickr 
3. Shaving cream (via Hello Natural) – ¼ cup of aloe vera (or use conditioner) – ¼ cup of coconut oil – 4-6 drops of essential oil (like lavender or peppermint, etc.) Melt the coconut oil and combine with other ingredients, then store in a plastic container. When using, lather on skin and let it sit for a couple of minutes before shaving. If the coconut hardens or separates between use, just use the steam from your shower to melt it. 4. Cheekbone highlighter  (via Live Strong) Coconut oil is used as a base in many makeup brands, so it’s only natural that it can be used as a highlighter. Swipe on your cheekbones, brow bones, bridge of your nose and cupids bow for a glowing look. 5. Homemade deodorant (via Coconut Mama) – ¼ cup of baking soda – ¼ cup of arrowroot powder – 4 tablespoons of coconut oil (soft and at room temperature) – ¼ teaspoon tea tree oil (optional) Mix all ingredients together until combined and store in an air tight container. You can melt and pour the deodorant into air tight containers. 6. Coconut rose lip balm (via My Baking Addiction) – 1/8 cup of coconut oil – ¼ cup of beeswax – 1/8 cup of shea butter – 1 tsp of coconut or vanilla extract – ¼ cup of rose petals (or any other petals of your choice) – 1 tsp of sweet almond oil Put all ingredients into a small saucepan and gently heat. Pour into air tight container and let cool for a couple of hours then use!

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Image Source: Brit + Co
7. Coconut oil and honey hair mask (via The Every Girl) – 1 tbsp organic coconut oil – 1 tbsp organic raw honey Heat and mix in a saucepan. It’s best to apply to wet hair from top to bottom, focusing on the ends of the hair. Wrap hair in bun and let soak for around 30-40 minutes. Then wash hair as you regularly would with shampoo and conditioner.
Cover image source: “Coconut Oil Biscuits” by Meal makeover moms. Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Flickr
 
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