Today I’ve got something special for all my readers and guests.
I’ve got something what I truly love myself.
Let me explain to you why I love it so much and share with you a few of my favorite recipes with coconut oil in them.
It’s been 2 years since I bought my last body lotion or facial cleanser.
A year from my last purchase of deodorant or shampoo.
For a few months now I’ve used home-made body wash as well.
Body scrub, Eye cream, face cream, diaper rash cream, all home-made.
For a long time I had made body lotions based on olive oil or almond/hazelnut oil, where the emulsifier was an emulsifying wax. At some point I have decided to try to make something that do not require any artificial ingredients.
Then I found out about coconut oil and about how wonderful it is for our bodies.
I’ve made a coconut oil-cocoa butter deodorant and I was hooked. This deodorant is the best one I have ever had in my life. (download the recipe in pdf from here).
After that I made a coconut oil eye cream which has become a face cream and a diaper rash, since then (pdf file with the recipe here).
Later I discovered something called whipped coconut oil and have decided to experiment with it. I was able to make whipped coconut oil-cocoa butter body butter and I loved it (download the recipe in pdf here)
Just for this post I have made something special:
2/3 cup coconut oil,
1/2 cup fresh brewed strong coffee, cold *
4 capsules vitamin E
* coffee can be substitute by GREEN TEA. In this case this cream is great to use as a baby body lotion.
So, I am going to tell you from my experience how it works for me EVERY SINGLE TIME I make it.
The coconut oil HAS to be in its hard state. Preferable if you put it in the fridge for 10 minutes before starting to work with it.
Using KitchenAid whip the coconut oil like you would beat egg whites, until stiff peaks form. It might take time and you might have to put the bowl with the oil to the fridge for a few minutes once or twice.
When the oil is whipped and have a silky gloss, add 1/2 cup cold coffee. At this point you will have to cover the mixer with a towel if you don’t want to get yourself and everything around splashed.
Turn on the mixer on high-speed and whip for another 3 to 5 minutes stopping and scraping the sides of the bowl a few times. For sometime it will look like the coffee is separated from the oil and it doesn’t want to combine well.
Just keep mixing and it will all come together as a wonderful mocha coffee scented cream.
When the cream is almost ready, with a sharp knife, poke a hole in vitamin E capsules and squeeze the content into the cream. Mix the mixture for a few more seconds.
With a clean spoon transfer it to a clean glass jar. Preferably if the jar and the spoon were sterilized (5 minutes in a boiling water will do).
Store the jar in the fridge. The cream will get hard like butter.
For all my home-made cosmetics I use plastic spoons to scoop it out whenever I use it.
I reuse those spoons (washing them in a dish washer).
For easy use take the jar to the bathroom every time you go to take shower or a bath. While in the bathroom it will soften and get easier to scoop out. I NEVER PUT MY BARE FINGERS INSIDE THE JAR. That way I limit the amount of bacteria that can get inside the lotion/cream and cause it to go bad quickly. As you need to realize those lotions do not have any artificial preserves!
This butter melts almost immediately on skin. It applies easily and absorbs wonderfully.
It smells like heaven, too!!!
Using COCONUT OIL in homemade cosmetics is not the only way I use it.
Here are a few of my my favorite ways to use it in foods:
– in pasta salad instead of dressing. It gives it an amazing and light coconuty flavor.
– drizzled over a mango-avocado salsa!!! – gosh! it is DELICIOUS!
– 1 tsp to my morning cup of coffee – check my previous post with the link-up. Gabby@veggie nook shared her recipe for it!!! it is awesome!!!
– or to my apple cider vinegar detox drink
There is many more uses for coconut oil but I’ll stop here as I have to get to the point of this post. Thanks to Tropical Traditions
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