A great place to get inspired is Pinterest and a few years back I was inspired to use coconut oil for everything. EVERYTHING. That’s right! There were hundreds of pins about coconut oil and its miraculous wonders and I pinned them all! I might have pinned a few twice, because I was basically obsessed.
I pinned them, because it sounded so heavenly. A one-for-all product is like a panacea for the modern day woman! That’s why more and more cosmetic products have 5-in-one or even 10-in-one claims (think BB and CC creams, lotions with multi-purpose uses, etc). In hectic, busy times, we cannot be bothered to use 7 different products on our faces and another 10 on our bodies, we want one product to rule them all. At least I thought that was what I wanted.
However, I failed miserably incorporating coconut oil into my daily routine of everything. This list by the Wellness Mama (http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/) is quite a comprehensive one and I printed it out so I was reminded to use coconut oil for all those proposed uses.
I bought two jars, one for cooking and one for body care. Thinking of mixing these two uses gave (and gives) me goosebumps and shivers. Brrrrrr. I gave coconut oil the chance to moisturise my face, my dry shins, my undereye area, my elbows, my hair, my feet, basically every inch of my body was being aquainted with coconut oil and I thought I loved it. I quite liked the scent, as it was coconutty, but not too overpowering, my skin felt smooth, my hair was shiny, I was in coconut heaven!
But as the day grew older I started to recognise that the oil has gone rancid on me and smelled „off“. The lovely tropical scent from the morning turned into a sickly sweet, rancid mouldy funk. I’m sure the vultures were circling above me as I cycled home, because they thought I was dying. I felt terribly uncomfortable and was happy to wash the stuff right off first thing I came home. Urgh. I vowed to myself that I would never use coconut oil on my skin again. I have far too much fun with millions of cosmetics anyway and I actually love using 17 different cosmetic products with 17 different scents! (Here’s proof: The Lent Series #2: Quitting on cosmetics)
But now I had two jars and those weren’t exactly cheap, as I bought organic stuff as recommended all over Pinterest! So I tried to cook with coconut oil and I was impressed. Coconut oil can be heated up to a very high degree and it mostly loses it’s coconutty smell and taste, so it is safe to fry vegetables and meat in it. I read that coconut oil is one of the healthiest fats you could ever eat and since I like to be healthy, all I buy for frying or cooking until today is coconut oil.
And actually, once in a while I scoop out a handful of the oil and put it in my hair like a mask, wrap a towel around it and leave it overnight. After washing it out with normal shampoo in the morning, my hair is revitalised, full, shiny and smells very good.
So all in all I still have 2 uses for coconut oil and I really like it for these purposes, but I would never find 101 uses for it.