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14 Amazing Uses For Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene

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14 Amazing Uses For Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene

Whether you’re an old hat, or just jumped on the bandwagon, coconut oil is suddenly HOT!

From celebrity endorsements to word of mouth on the playground, it seems everyone has tried it in one form or another, and best of all, it’s natural!

SAHM found some of these awesome uses for coconut oil to both pamper and protect your body!

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1. Moisturiser and Eye Cream

Just scoop it out of the jar and rub all over your body. The best thing is, you don’t need a separate eye cream, just apply under the eyes also to reduce puffiness and wrinkles.

2. Pre and After Shave

Prep your skin for the damage that shaving causes, and then heal it afterwards without clogging your pores. It is also great for stopping the blood flow with those inevitable nicks and cuts.

3. Deodorant

Combine 1/4 cup cornflour, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup coconut oil to make your own deodorant. Uber frugal!

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4. Hair Treatment

Grab a small amount of coconut oil and rub it onto the ends of your hair, then distribute through to condition. For a deeper treatment, finely coat the hair in about a tablespoon of coconut oil, cover with a shower cap and leave it in overnight! If your hair is prone to a little frizz, rub a little between your palms and either scrunch or finger comb through for a sleeker, more controlled look.

5. Toothpaste

Mix a little baking soda and coconut oil and brush, brush, brush!

6. Make Up Remover

Just dab the coconut oil onto a cotton swab and wipe away!

7. Lip Balm and Sunscreen

Coconut oil not only acts as a softening agent on dry and cracked lips, but it also has a small degree of SPF (around 4) so you get a little protection.

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8. Massage Oil and Lubricant

Get frisky with a natural product instead of those store-bought, chemical nightmares! It’s easy, just grab some and rub. Just note, coconut oil is not suitable for use with, or compatible with, latex!

9. Stretch Mark Cream/Nipple Cream

Coconut oil is renowned for nourishing damaged skin. Slather it on for stretch marks and sore, cracked nipples between feeds. No chemicals means it’s perfectly fine if bubs manages to ingest some whilst feeding.

10. Nappy Cream

Got a rashy bum? Coconut oil is not only great for nappy rash, but also thrush and those nasty, itchy rashes that little girls can get when they don’t wipe or wash properly.

11. Cradle Cap

Coconut oil will definitely soothe and nourish that dry skin on bub’s head. Just rub a teaspoon a day onto the scalp.

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12. Body Scrub

Your only limitation is your imagination on this one! Mix coconut oil and sugar together to make a scrub of your desired coarseness and add any essential oils you like! Rub all over your body in the shower and you’ll jump out super soft!

13. Healing and First Aid

Much like a bandaid, coconut oil forms a thin layer over the skin which protects from dirt and bacteria and when applied to bruises, it can speed up the healing processes by repairing damaged tissues. When applied to bug bites and skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning as well as speed up the healing process.

14. Treat Swimmer’s Ear

Mix one clove of minced garlic and two tablespoons of coconut oil and put a few drops in the sore ear for about 10 minutes, 2-3 times a day for 1-2 days.

Do you know other uses for coconut oil?

14 Amazing Uses For Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene

About Author

Jody Allen

Jody is the founder and essence of Stay at Home Mum. An insatiable appetite for reading from a very young age had Jody harbouring dreams of being a pu...Read Moreblished author since primary school. That deep-seeded need to write found its way to the public eye in 2011 with the launch of SAHM. Fast forward 4 years and a few thousand articles Jody has fulfilled her dream of being published in print. With the 2014 launch of Once a Month Cooking and 2015's Live Well on Less, thanks to Penguin Random House, Jody shows no signs of slowing down. The master of true native content, Jody lives and experiences first hand every word of advertorial she pens. Mum to two magnificent boys and wife to her beloved Brendan; Jody's voice is a sure fire winner when you need to talk to Mums. Read Less

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