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Where to buy: Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Costco, Amazon, Nutiva.com

– make sure to buy organic unrefined extra-virgin

Recommendation: Small jars can be bought from TJ’s and Whole Foods (but more expensive). Costco sells a big jar of Nutiva.

The best deal is buying direct from Nutiva. Shipping is free and you can save $10 by using a coupon from Retailmenot.com. I buy a 1 gallon tub from Nutiva for $50. I eat it, use it as a cooking oil, and body/face moisturizer. It lasts me about 5-6 months.

Cost: $10 for 14 oz — $50 for 1 Gallon.

Organic unrefined extra-virgin organic coconut oil has been the only thing I’ve used to moisturize my face and body for over three years now. I was introduced to it by my mom, and after reading The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife, I decided to test it out on myself to see if all the benefits that were discussed in the book were actually true. They were.

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Why it’s better to use coconut oil instead of commercial face moisturizers and lotions

No matter how glamorous lotions may seem in ads, the truth is that most lotions only provide temporary benefits and actually promote dry skin. The reason for this is that the main ingredient is water (followed by a ton of chemicals). As water enters the skin, it temporarily expands the tissues to make wrinkles fade and the skin feel moisturized. However as soon as the water dries, you’re left with your original dry, wrinkled skin.

Additionally, many commercial lotions contain petroleum-based ingredients that can suffocate the skin. Also, any oils used in commercial products are often highly processed and are stripped of the protective antioxidants that are essential for maintaining healthy skin.

Organic unrefined extra-virgin coconut oil on the other hand, is rich in nutrients and locks in deep, healing moisture. It helps strengthen connective tissues, making your skin stronger and tighter. It also helps remove dead cells on the skin’s surface, making skin smoother and more even textured.

Here are the other benefits that I have noticed on myself:

  • Very soft, smooth, even-toned  youthful-looking skin
  • Gives you a healthy glow (not like an Oompa Loompa) and makes you look naturally tanner without having to bake in the sun for hours  oompa loompa
  • Healthy nails. My nails are stronger, look healthier, and grow faster
  • Keeps your skin tight
  • Helps eliminate acne and redness.
  • Anti-fungal
  • Great at reducing bags under the eyes (with sleep, lots of water, and reduced stress of course…)
  • Great for healing rough and dry skin. Coconut oil is supposed to be really good for people suffering from eczema.
  • Makes a good lip balm (2nd main ingredient in Burt’s Bees)burts bees
  • Can be used as a hair conditioner
  • Can be used as a make-up remover
  • You smell fresh and coconutty
  • Cheaper than buying lotion
  • No pesticides, harmful chemicals, or processed oils

How to apply:

Treat coconut oil like lotion, but apply just enough to lightly cover your face and body. A small amount goes a long way. A teaspoon of coconut oil (solid) is enough to do the job.

It will feel a bit greasy at first, but unless you use too much, the coconut oil will absorb very quickly.

For Face: Rub in lightly in an upward circular motion. Moisturize the area around the eyes and watch the bags disappear in time.

*rubbing coconut oil (or any oil) on your nose will zap out all of the black heads like a Biore Pore Strip. And it’s gotta be less painful than ripping a $5 blackhead bandaid off of your nose.

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For rough elbows and knees: Give some extra TLC to these spots, and other rough areas until softened.

For nails: rub coconut oil into all nails until they are shining back at you. Since using coconut oil, my nails have become stronger and cleaner looking. They also seem to grow at almost twice the speed as before…

How to store:

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It isn’t necessary to refrigerate coconut oil. I keep small bowl of it by my sink and scoop it out with a teaspoon.

Coconut oil is liquid at 76 degrees or warmer.  It will most likely stay in a solid state if kept in the bathroom.

I just found out that even my 2nd favorite Victoria Secret model Miranda Kerr has been on the coconut oil train for a while now. She added it to her diet and has been using it on her skin and hair for years.

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Miranda Kerr’s Beauty Secret: Coconut Oil

Yes, I coco-nut all over myself every morning and night! Damn proud of it too 😉

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