A bit of paradise: coconut oil

We all know that coconut oil can be used for an assortment of baking and cooking recipes, but did you know that it’s good for the outside of your body as well?

When we think of doing good for our bodies, we only make considerations for our diet and forget that what we put on our skin and hair gets absorbed by the body. That is why it is important to avoid using harmful chemicals in our beauty products as well.

Coconut oil is a great conditioner and lotion. I love it because it has a nice neutral scent and a little goes a very long way. I’ve included a recipe for shampoo below. It calls for coconut milk, but I used oil and love it all the same. It will be kind if clumpy at first, so gently shake the bottle before application.

For lotion, take a tiny tiny, like pea sized, amount and start rubbing it in. You’ll be amazed by how much just a little bit goes. It can be a little oily at first, so if you’re concerned about it staining your clothes, you can avoid applying it to the legs and torso.

Natural Homemade Shampoo Recipe:

1/4 cup coconut milk (this is my favorite that is organic and BPA free) but any will work
1/3 cup Liquid Castile Soap (like Dr. Bronners)
1/2 of a teaspoon (or several capsules) of Vitamin E oil (completely optional)
20 drops of Essential Oils of choice (I’ve used peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange or combinations of those)
For dry hair: add 1/2 tsp olive or almond oil (optional)

How to Make Natural Shampoo:

Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar of some kind (pump soap dispensers and even foaming dispensers work well for this. If you use a foaming dispenser, add 1/4 cup of distilled water)
Shake well to mix.
Keep in shower for up to a month.
Shake before each use.
Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.
If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shaving cream- just dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water!

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  1. Earla Perry says:

    I love coconut oil. I love it in oatmeal, yogurts, and cooking fish in it makes it taste great. I also keep a small container in the freezer and in the summer after showering, I rub it on my skin and it feels refreshing leaves me so soft. I use it to take off makeup and condition my hair. Love it!

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