For a few years now, I’ve been using coconut oil. It was my last year of college and I discovered a shop that had a bunch of scented oils. Out of curiosity, I decided to take a peek in and there it was: coconut oil. The rest was history. I noticed that people would be able to smell the oil even as I walked by (it couldn’t have been more than a second or two and with one to two drops of oil at that), and I realized that I found my signature scent.
I got my first official job; my co-workers knew when I passed by, and some customers started to call me “The Coconut Lady.” After dabbling with that coconut scent for a bit, I did some research to find out what else coconut oil could do (besides making you smell really good).
Here are some additional ways I use coconut oil now, and I’d like to share them with you.
1. Tumeric-Coconut Face Mask
This one was dripping a bit and stained my white tee (I should have known), but I liked the way it made my face feel after. I found this recipe from She Can’t Eat What?! and I was interested to find out what the results would be. This recipe calls for 1/2 tablespoon of tumeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Even though the recipe says to gently heat the coconut oil, personally I would prefer the oil in its solid state to keep the face mask intact (also noted: honey can be a bit runny). Leave that bad boy on for about 15-20 minutes and…voilà! Glow-up initiated.
2. Heating Base for Popcorn
Popcorn and wine became an increasingly popular snack choice after Scandal appeared in our hearts and homes in 2012. Popcorn wasn’t really my first snack choice (or my favorite), but after finding out how healthy it can be, I decided to give it a try. After making it from scratch, I was hooked. Every Thursday, you would find me heating up that vegetable oil, burning the bottom of the pot, and eating the kernels that weren’t burned as much. My popcorn popping skills improved with each returning episode of Scandal. I found this hack out by accident, but again I should have known. I went over to a friend’s house and brought some kernels to make popcorn from scratch. She didn’t have vegetable oil, so she used coconut oil as a substitute. After everything was done, I tasted the popcorn and it tasted better in my opinion. No more vegetable oil for me!
Pour about 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil into a pot or pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is heated, pour in the kernels (the package should tell you how much), and wait for the kernels to start popping (lower the heat a bit). When the popping begins, cover the pot slightly until the popping slows down, and you’ll have some popcorn! You can add flavors if you like, but I’m still learning about that myself.
3. Deep Conditioner for Natural Hair
Every two weeks to a month (or two months, I’m being real with you all), I would slap some ingredients from my kitchen together to make a hair mask or deep conditioner for my hair. The base of this hair mask includes 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 1 tablespoon of shea butter. I like to throw in 1-6 drops of jojoba oil (my hair likes it a lot) and 1-6 drops of coconut oil to make the mask smell good.
Before applying it to my hair, I gently heat the shea butter in the microwave then add the rest of the ingredients. After shampooing my hair, I add the mask. Try to comb it through, so all of your hair gets the action. Also, make sure the water is not too hot or you’ll have fried eggs in your hair. As I said before, honey is runny. I usually cover my head with a shower cap, place some paper towels where the shower cap and my hair meets, then tie my head with a towel. You can leave this mask on for 30 minutes to an hour, then rinse it from your hair completely.