Monday, May 14, 2012

Coconut Oil: 100% Natural Body Lotion

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.

This post is linked to: Frugal Friday, Tiny Tip Tuesday, Frugal Days Sustainable Ways, Works For Me Wednesday, Strut Your Stuff Saturday, Get Schooled Saturday


  1. Thanks for sharing all of these great reasons to use coconut oil!

  2. FYI: Researchers have found that ketones found in coconut oil slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. I recently saw a video on CBN on it and have been using it for cooking frequently.

  3. Love, love, LOVE coconut oil! I use it for everything! Including body lotion :) Thanks for sharing and linking up at Tiny Tip Tuesday!

  4. I use coconut oil for everything! I use it as a deoderant, for my face (kept in a separate container), for my legs after shaving. I also try to take it internally too. My husband can pop a spoonful in his mouth and suck it until it liquifies, but I really need to melt it first then down it. It's so good for you.

  5. I use coconut oil in the winter with my regular lotion as lotion isn't enough for my dry skin. I like it but it seems to make my hair oily even when I am careful to not get it in contact with it...that is the only thing I don't like. The coconut oil works really well for dry skin. Love that it is all natural and a really good price at Trader Joe's!

  6. i was just wondering if you use normal coconut oil,not virgin coconut oil.what will happen to the lotion.

  7. i was just wondering if you use normal coconut oil,not virgin coconut oil.what will happen to the lotion.

  8. I am from a region where coconut is plenty and the oil as well as coconut is used extensivly for cooking.But for the past 2 decades we all cut down on its use due to high colestrol.The fight between coconut lobby and medical association still going on. I love the smell of coconut it reminds me of childhood.We use cocnut water,coconut oil,cocnut milk, cocnut grated,sliced also coconut shell. Coconut shell usd to make ladle and serving spoon (my mom still uses it) . Coconut fiber is our everyday bath scrub. the uses goes on. I love everything about coconut but do your research before consuming it.

  9. When I was a massage therapist, I used coconut oil. :)


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