I love coconut oil. I’m obsessed. I buy the giant container from Costco. I use it often enough so I can justify the $30 and the pantry space it takes up. I use it in baking as a butter substitute, cooking and pretty much from head to toe externally. I also use it on my babies from time to time.
The stuff is magic. It smells good, tastes good and has so many health benefits. If you’re not already, you should be using it too! Side note, I actually want to try oil pulling but I’m scared it will take out my fillings. Does anyone know if that would be the case?
One of the things I use it for when it comes to beauty related is a DIY coconut and sugar scrub. A really yummy, desert like coconut and sugar body scrub. I like to give my body a good exfoliation. It renews your skin. It’s great before you apply tan too.
The only down side to an oil based scrub is the bottom of your shower can get a little oily, so you need to be careful. I like to apply the scrub when I know I’m going to clean the bathroom, so usually the night before.
Coconut oil is great for your skin. It contains Lauric acid which is a natural disinfectant and has antimicrobial properties which can protect your skin from infections if you have open wounds etc. It also contains Vitamin E, which is a well used ingredient in many beauty products. There are many benefits to Vitamin E like skin repair and renewal, protection against aging and it keeps your skin smooth and protected.
I chose castor sugar as the exfoliant because it’s a fine sugar which is less abrasive on your skin. The shredded coconut gives extra exfoliation and again is more gentle, I also just like the extra coconut smell. The vanilla essence is optional, but it gives a nice scent!
- 1/4 cup Coconut oil
- 4 Tbl shredded coconut
- A drop of vanilla essence
- 6 Tbl caster/granulated sugar
Combine all ingredients together in a glass or container with a lid. You can add more or less of the coconut oil, it depends on the consistency you like. I actually like that greasy feeling so sometimes I add a little more. I like to apply (gently) onto dry skin in circular motions. From my face to my feet and wash off in the shower. No need to apply moisturizer after, unless you really need the extra moisture!
The quantities given is enough for 5+ applications, just store in an airtight container in your fridge.
Let me know if you make it! Enjoy! 🙂