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ONE INGREDIENT PAMPER - COCONUT OIL



Sometimes I'll go into sudden death pampering mode.  You ever get that?  Where all at once the beauty stars align and not only do you have time to exfoliate your entire body, do various masks and manicure your hands and feet, but you can already picture the most efficient order to do it in?

Of course, Murphy's law dictates that everything else can be perfectly set up, but you'll have run out of your favourite hand exfoliant or Whitestrips.  That's okay -- coconut oil to the rescue!

Start with a hair mask -- I comb a palmful (I have giant hands and super coarse hair so your experience may vary) of coconut oil through my hair from root to tip.  Give your scalp a massage while you're in there.

Head on over to your bathtub with a mix of equal parts sugar and coconut oil and scrubadub.  Get into all the nooks and crannies that you don't normally detail (elbows, knees, shoulder blades, and heels, it's all fair game).  If you're finding the texture too coarse, add more oil.  After you're done completely scrubbing up, fill your bathtub and dump another cup of oil into the running water.

While your tub fills, apply a thick layer of coconut oil to your face.  Is it cheating if I ask you to mix in a spoonful of honey and a few drops of tea tree oil?  Up to you, but my acne-prone skin needs that antimicrobial love.  After applying a layer all over your face, neck and chest, get into the tub. Relax and breaaaaaaaaaaaathe.

After your post-bath shower, take a few minute to revel in your glowy, smooth skin.  In fact, take all the time you need -- you're the boss of your own pamper day.

If you want to be super fancy, grab some cotton socks and gloves, apply a thick layer of coconut oil to your hands and feet before you slip them on.  Then never take them off.

Kidding, obvs.  Wash your hands the next morning.

20 comments :

  1. You write the most original posts! I've been meaning to give coconut oil a go, but a part of me is a little scared of the mess factor. After reading this post, I'm seriously considering letting go of the neat freak in me for just once :)

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    1. It can get messy, but as long as you do it all in one go the clean up is pretty easy! I would just put down a bath mat and wash it immediately after :-)

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  2. Awesome post! I LOVE coconut oil! I use it on my skin and hair. This bathtub idea sounds great :)

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    1. I honestly feel bad when people gift me bath products now, I just don't use anything else!

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  3. It must smell lovely when you take that bath <3

    -gems

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    1. The smell is quite mild but pretty pleasant!

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  4. Stars align for me maybe once every 2-3 months. But how glorious it is when it happens! I'll be trying a few of these next time.

    Northern Beauty

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    1. That's about as frequently I do this :-P let me know how it goes!

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  5. I go loco over coco, dude! I use it after I do my mani and pedi, I use it on my elbows, on any rough patches that I may have, to remove make-up, it's awesome!

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  6. I have heard so much about coconut oil!!

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    1. I'm obsessed! I want to commit to oil pulling, I'm just not quite there yet haha

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  7. YAS THIS SOUNDS FUN. AND A GREAT WAY TO USE UP THAT TUB OF COCONUT OIL SITTING IN MY PANTRY. I tried using coconut oil as lip balm once. Didn't go too well as I ended up licking it right off because it smelled so good.

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    1. LOL me too. I mixed with brown sugar and basically just ate it.

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  8. I have some coconut oil, but I'm so scared to try it on my face. I mean, I'll try chicken fat (emu ha ha) on my face but for some reason coconut oil freaks me out. Weird. I should get over that bc there are just way too many uses for it!

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    1. I want to try emu oil! I've heard amazing things. do you use it on your face mostly?

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  9. Ooh, coconut oil, honey, and tea tree face mask? Yes, please! We cook with coconut oil all the time- I need to steal some for my face too :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. YES -- it keeps the honey + tea tree from sliding off your face. Ive started cooking with coconut oil as well, it's just so convenient to have one oil for literally everything

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  10. What's the best coconut oil to buy? The one in this pic? I've always wanted to try it for multipurpose beauty hacks but have no clue which to get.

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    1. I like this one, but I've used a bunch. Unrefined is probably technically better for you, but the texture's not as uniform and I find it expires a lot faster. As long as it's organic and not too processed it should be fine!

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