One word. Coconut oil. Oh wait, that's two words.
You might already know I've been using oil to moisturize my face so you're probably not at all surprised I've also been using it as body lotion. What will this crazy lady do next? I could make a luxurious homemade body lotion, but I prefer the simplicity of oil. It's all you really need.
What is coconut oil like?
I already have coconut oil because I make my own homemade deodorant with it. It's a soft solid when kept under 76 °F, so it's easy to grab out of the jar and melts as you rub it across your skin. It is quickly absorbed so you won't feel like a greasy mess.
What kind of coconut oil should I buy?
Unrefined, cold-pressed, extra-virgin coconut oil is best because it's the least processed and will retain more of the good stuff that your skin will love. I bought my 15 ounce jar for about $8 at my local health food store, but you can also find it on Amazon or Mountain Rose Herbs. It's also one of the healthiest cooking oils. For all you multi-taskers out there, cook dinner and moisturize at the same time!
Are there other oils I can use?
You don't have to use coconut oil just because it's my fav. Any of these oils I listed over here will work nicely. They are chock-full of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, without the yucky chemicals and preservatives in commercial lotion.
Is coconut oil expensive?
Coconut oil actually saves me money. Before coconut oil, I was using a "natural" lotion from the health food store. Here's the cost break-down:
$1.00/oz. Desert Essence Organics Hand and Body Lotion, $7.99/8 fl oz.
$0.53/oz. Nutiva Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil, $7.99/15 fl oz.
Do you use oil to moisturize? I'd love to hear about it.
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