A couple of years ago we bought our first big tub of coconut oil. We’re very happy we decided to try it and use it for almost everything. One of the big reasons we got it was for my husband Dean. He read it worked well for weight loss. He hasn’t been consistent in the use of coconut oil for weight loss so we don’t really know if it does work.
We substitute coconut oil for butter and oil when cooking. It’s good to use in stir-fry to saute the veggies. Coconut oil gives a good flavor when used on toast or in bread recipes. And very good on popcorn! Another yummy recipe I found (I prefer this to store bought ones).
Chocolate Ice Cream Shell
- ½ cup coconut Oil
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup raw honey or maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
Gently heat the coconut oil, cocoa powder and honey together in a small saucepan over low. Stir until ingredients are melted. Add vanilla and salt and mix. Pour warm magic shell sauce over ice cream. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Reheat over low heat to reuse.
I have used coconut oil and made my own products we use daily.
- toothpaste – I’ve had issues with store bought toothpaste that numbs my whole mouth and I don’t need all those chemicals in my mouth either. The baking soda helps keep teeth white. Especially if you drink coffee like I do. The toothpaste recipe is easy.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 10 drops of peppermint oil (optional)
Mix together. Put in small container.
- lip balm – After reading what’s put in lipstick and lip balm, I stopped using it. Some of the products were words I’d never heard of before. That worried me, not knowing what was being put on my lips. I found this easy recipe for lip balm.
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons beeswax
- 1 1/2 teaspoons beet root powder – for tint (optional)
- 30 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Melt the coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler over medium heat, stirring often until it’s all melted. Add essentials oil and tint powder (if desired). Carefully pour a small amount of the liquid into each tube. Let cool for about an hour and then use as you would regular lip balm! I use old lip balm tubes I’ve cleaned out but new tubes can be bought in craft stores.
- conditioner – Lots of store brand conditioners really don’t do much for my hair so finding this recipe was perfect. My hair feels and looks so much better.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
Melt the coconut oil. Add the honey and apple cider vinegar. Mix well to combine. Apply to hair starting at roots moving the conditioner to the ends of the hair. Leave for 15 minutes. Wash out with shampoo. No need for conditioner.
- coffee body scrub – I like to drink coffee as well as use it as an all over body scrub. I feel so silky after using this.
- 1 cup ground coffee
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
Melt coconut oil and allow it to cool but not solidify. Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. I also like the brown sugar scrub. I think the combinations are limitless for this scrub. Brown Sugar Scrub – ½ cup brown sugar & ½ cup coconut oil. Mix together.
I haven’t made these last two products yet. I use tea tree oil for a facial cleanser. Tea tree oil is another great natural product without all the chemicals.
- deodorant –
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 1 tablespoon grated beeswax
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- 5 drops some other essential oil
Melt the coconut oil & beeswax over a double boiler. Stir constantly until melted. Stir in remaining ingredients. At this point, you’ll have a runny paste. This will change quickly. Work quickly: pour your deodorant into an empty deodorant stick. It will begin to solidify at room temperature.
- mascara – all natural homemade mascara
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 4 teaspoons aloe vera gel
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon bees wax pellet
- 1 – 2 capsules of activated charcoal (for black) or cocoa powder (for brown)
- a clean mascara container
Due to temperature differences you may want to add more beeswax to give more “hold” to your mascara. Increase the beeswax to 3/4 or even 1 teaspoon if you want more of a “waterproof” mascara. Instructions: Put coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and grated bees wax in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until beeswax is completely melted. Open 1 – 2 capsules of activated charcoal (depending on desired color, about 1/4 – 1/2 tsp) and pour into oil mixture. Stir until completely mixed. Remove from heat. Pour into a small plastic bag, pushing the mixture down to one corner. Then cut a very small hole in the opposite corner of the bag. Squeeze into a mascara container.
I also like to use coconut oil directly on my skin as a lotion. It’s a bit greasy so I only use a small amount. Hopefully these homemade products will help you save money and have less chemicals in products you use daily.