Can I be real with you for a sec? I think I am dangerously addicted to coconut oil. I seriously love this stuff!
I use coconut oil in my cooking, in my hair, in my homemade deodorant, and this summer, I’ve even started using it as shaving cream! I don’t know if that’s weird or just borderline brilliant, but either way, I thought it was finally time that I share it with you.
Here’s what I love about coconut oil as a shaving cream:
- Coconut oil is safe for your body (and the environment). Our skin is our body’s largest organ and when we put chemicals (i.e. most commercial beauty products) on our skin, we’re putting these chemicals into our bodies. That scares me. It’s also nice to know that I’m not adding more chemicals into our water supply.
- Coconut oil is affordable. I know some brands can get a little pricey, but when you compare the cost of a little coconut oil to commercial beauty products, you’re saving big bucks, trust me.
- Coconut oil doubles as a moisturizer. Thus, it saves time because you simply slather it on once and you’re ready to go!
- Coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties. This is especially helpful if you are prone to razor burn or are shaving delicate skin.
- It smells amazing! Enough said.
Since I use coconut oil for cooking and in so many of my natural beauty remedies, I’ve started buying it bulk because it’s more cost effective. I really like the Tropical Traditions brand because it’s organic and they always have a ton of sales going on. Nutiva also has a pretty good deal on their giant tubs and I’ve even seen Trader Joe’s carrying coconut oil now!
Here is how I use coconut oil for shaving:
1. Shave at the end of your bath or shower. The warm water opens up the hair follicles, which means that you get the closest shave.
2. Rub a small amount of coconut oil on your legs. If your coconut oil is solid, simply warm it up between your palms before applying to the skin. It’s usually easiest to apply the coconut oil to dry legs, but since I’m usually in the bath and mine are already wet, I usually apply it with my legs slightly damp.
3. Shave using a sharp razor. A sharp razor will allow you to get the closest shave and you’re less like to have razor burn because you won’t have to repeat areas. Rinse the blade in-between strokes, or wipe the blade on a damp washcloth to remove the used oil.
4. For extra-soft skin, exfoliate with a body scrub before shaving. My DIY body scrubs are usually a mix of oil, salt or sugar, and other ingredients to add fragrance. Lately I’ve been using my Margarita Body Scrub but one of my favorites is my Citrus and Coconut Body Scrub. It will make your skin feel soo silky!
One thing I will warn you about though is that coconut oil can make the tub a little slippery! I usually keep a wash cloth handy and wipe down the tub as soon as I exit. This means I won’t have extra cleanup to do later and I won’t have to worry about slipping the next time I get in.
What are your favorite beauty uses for coconut oil? Have you tried it as a shaving cream?