11 Uses for Coconut Oil Outside Of The Kitchen

I wrote this article for the Bulk Powders Blog a while back.  I’ve tweaked it slightly for my page: 

There’s not many products in the Bulk Powders range that can be used outside of the kitchen – we don’t recommend pouring Pure Whey Protein into your bath or mixing Complete Pre-Workout in your washing machine, but we do recommend you take your Bulk Powders Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil out of the kitchen and into the bathroom.

Coconut oil gets top marks for powerful antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral properties, thanks to it’s high content of lauric acid. And with it containing the most amount of lauric acid than any other substance on earth, it’s clear why the media are going crazy over it.

We all want to look and feel good in the Bulk Powders community regardless of our sport – whether a bodybuilder, powerlifter, endurance athlete or first time fitness enthusiast. We are bombarded with hair and beauty advertisements, promising to make us more attractive and they do a pretty good job of enticing most of us.

I am here to give you an alternative to your collagen stimulating, volumising, probiotic, vitamin enriched, split end rebuilding, virgin rose petal crushing products….

You can replace most of your bathroom essentials with this one product and get the same, if not better results.

The following has, is and will continue to work for me until forever (except for the beard bit….. I don’t have a beard because I am a girl).

The beauty of this post is that you do not need any digital scales, elaborate kitchen gadgets or mixing processes.  For the hardcore go-getters, there is an ‘advanced’ section at the end…. But first, I’ll invite you into my hippy world slowly……

1. Body Moisturiser
Ingredients: Coconut Oil
Recipe: Take a very small amount from pot
Warm in hands
Apply to body
Enjoy soft, supple, healthy skin

You’ll smell like ‘holiday’ all day long

It’s so gentle, it can even be used on babies.

2. Hair Oil
Ingredients: Coconut Oil
Recipe: Take a very small amount from pot
Warm in hands
Apply to hair
Enjoy detangled, conditioned, healthy hair.

Coconut oil can also help prevent dandruff.

3. Beard Oil
Ingredients: Coconut Oil
Recipe: Take a very small amount from pot
Warm in hands
Apply to beard
Enjoy a tame, nourished, shiny beard and lots of ‘beard’ compliments

(Make sure to use it sparingly. You don’t want chunks of coconut oil hanging off your face……. although it could make for a good talking point or even a good snack later in the day?)

4. Hand & Foot Lotion
Ingredients: Coconut Oil
Recipe: Take a small amount from pot
Warm in hands
Rub into hands and feet
Enjoy soft, callus-free hands and feet.
Coconut oil’s antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, means it’s great at keeping foot infections and stinky feet at bay.

5. Lip Balm
Ingredients: Coconut Oil
Recipe: Take a small amount from pot
Apply to lips
Enjoy soft, hydrated lips.
Be Aware: Kissability increases with it’s delicious coconut taste.

Can you see a theme occurring?  Keep going…..

6. Skin Cleanser
Ingredients: Coconut Oil
Recipe: Take a liberal amount from pot
Warm in hands
Massage onto face
Leave for a few minutes
Wash off with a gentle soap
Enjoy soft, supple, healthy skin

It’s unlikely your skin will need moisturising after this. If it feels dry, apply a small amount of …. you’ve guessed it…. coconut oil.

Girls – this will also remove make-up, eye make-up and waterproof mascara too.

7. Shaving Cream
Ingredients: Coconut Oil
Recipe: Take a liberal amount from pot
Warm in hands
Apply to area
Shave
Experience nick-free shaving and smooth, soft skin

Now I have impressed you with 7 basic coconut oil beauty uses, brace yourself for the advanced section……..

8. Mouth Wash
Otherwise known as oil pulling (google it)
Ingredients: Coconut Oil
Recipe: Take a tablespoon of coconut oil from pot
Put in mouth
Swirl around in mouth (ideally for 20 minutes – yes, I know this is a long time)
Spit into the bin (not down the sink as it will block it)
Brush teeth
Enjoy white teeth and fresh breath

Confession:
I have yet to try this technique for the full 20 minutes, mainly because I would struggle to find the time, however I have tried it for a few minutes.  After controlling my gag reflex, I was pleased with the result. I dare you to try it ; )

9. Deodorant
Ingredients: Coconut Oil
Recipe: Take a small amount from pot
Warm in hands
Apply to underarms
Enjoy pong-free underarms for the rest of the day

Advanced ‘Added Clout’ Recipe:
Mix 6 tsp of coconut oil with 4 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
Follow recipe above
If this can withstand my sweaty twice-a-day training regime, then it’s ability to inhibit the growth of horrible odour-expelling bacteria will work for anyone!

Please Note: this is not an anti-perspirant, just a deodorant.  It’s good to sweat!<

10. Massage Oil
Ingredients: Coconut Oil
Recipe: Take a small amount from pot
Warm in hands
Massage into tight, tense muscles

Advanced Recipe:
Mix a few drops of essential oil with coconut oil
Find suitable sexy human to massage

Sensible Stuff:
Find aromatherapy recipes online and make sure to follow the dosage guidelines.

11. Medicinal Purposes
Ingredients: Coconut Oil
Recipe: Take a small amount from pot
Warm in hands
Apply to irritated, stretch marked, age spotted, sunburnt, bitten, infected skin, itchy or sore skin- externally or internally!

Medicinal uses for coconut oil can get very creative – perhaps that’s a different article for a different website. Think feet, head, hands, elbows, knees, arms, legs, bums, and everywhere else in between…. yes… I do mean there…..

You can see it can be used for anything and anywhere…..

On that note, grab a second pot in your next Bulk Powders order and pop it on your bathroom worktop to enhance your health, wellbeing and complexion.

Laura Try is a health conscious, hippy-chic, fitness fanatic.  She is taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge next year to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic ocean. She will be packing several pots of our Bulk Powders Organic Extra Virgin Coconut oil on board her 7m long rowing boat for all her nutritional, medicinal and beauty (if she gets time) needs.

 

Happy Coconut-ing : )