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April 2, 2013

Many people who are very choosy about what they eat often forget that their skin is their largest organ, and what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Unfortunately, many conventional soaps, lotions and other beauty products are filled with chemicals and toxins.

To replace your chemical-laden products with health-sustaining natural ones, all you need is a jar of coconut oil and a few minutes of free time! This superfood isn't just great for better-balanced hormones, and a stronger immune system--it can feed your skin as well, leaving it soft, glowing and youthful-looking. (Not to mention delicious-smelling!)

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Once you’ve replaced your standard beauty products with coconut oil, you’ll never go back. Instead, you’ll smile secretly to yourself every time someone asks you how you got such soft, glowing skin.

Here are five easy-to-make beauty products that use coconut oil as a base. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to incorporate coconut oil into your daily beauty routine!

Makeup Remover

It doesn’t get much easier than this! Simply warm a bit of coconut oil between your palms and brush your hands over your face and eyes. Wipe the oil away with a damp cloth and you’ll be left with clear, clean, fresh skin.

Deodorant

Conventional deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum, which has been linked to cancer. Luckily, homemade deodorant is quick and easy to whip up! Mix together 2 parts baking soda and 2 parts cornstarch with one part coconut oil. (For example: two tablespoons each of baking soda and cornstarch and one tablespoon of coconut oil). The coconut oil will keep your skin hydrated, while the baking soda takes care of odors, and the cornstarch keeps you dry. If you like, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance.

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Toothpaste

To make homemade toothpaste, mix together equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. The baking soda will help keep your teeth white and shiny. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oils for a crisp, minty flavor. Some people also add a few drops of stevia for tooth-friendly sweetness. 

Keep in mind that coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so it’s important to rinse your sink with hot water when you’ve finished brushing your teeth. 

Shaving Oil

Coconut oil is the ideal shaving oil! Simply rub a generous amount onto your skin and use your regular razor to shave. When you’re done, you’ll find that your legs are smooth and clean – and you won’t even need to moisturize them.

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Body Butter

You can rub coconut oil directly into your skin. While it might feel a bit oily at first, it will all get absorbed. Some people find that their skin absorbs the oil more quickly when they apply it after a warm shower, while their pores are still open. Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer that will help keep your skin hydrated and youthful-looking.

If you prefer something a little bit more decadent, or if you’re tired of trying to dig solid coconut oil out of the jar, it’s easy to whip up a body butter using coconut oil as a base. Simply combine coconut oil with a few drops of your favorite essential oil and whisk it until it takes on a light, frothy texture. Spoon it into an airtight container and enjoy!

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Nicole Geraci
Nicole Geraci

Nicole Geraci  is a Certified Health Coach, writer, raw food chef and motivational speaker who lives on the shores of Lake Ontario in Western New York. She travels extensively leading workshops inspiring others to achieve better health through whole foods and plant- based alternatives. She has created personalized health and wellness programs and is a Certified GreenSmoothieGirl Health Coach. Nicole is currently working on her first book about her personal journey overcoming auto-immune disease.