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    I recently read The Coconut Oil Miracle, and it was a real eye-opener to say the least. I've since started using it more often than any other oil/cooking medium, and I even use it in place of lotions for my body and my face. I can really tell a difference, especially in my face and my hands.


    Anyone else use coconut oil liberally?


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    I use coconut oil on my face, especially under my eyes. If I shower in the morning, I'll put a small amount on my palms and just rub it all over my face, and if it's too oily I'll towel some off.


    I haven't used it as a hand lotion, yet. I might even try a small amount in my hair! (yes, I'm a guy )


    p.s. My fiancee gave her mom and aunt a facial yesterday using bensonite clay and finished off with coconut oil and it made a huge difference on their faces!


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    I use CO on my hair, body, and hands, but don't like it on my face. It makes the skin feel stiff.

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    I actually whip the CO with a bit of beeswax and hot water. The result is a lovely light whipped moisturizer!


    Hmmmm next batch is going to have to go on the blog I think.


    I heart CO! lol

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    I use it all over, except for my hair.

    lil_em...I really like your idea. Please do post the recipe?


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    I'm a soapmaker and it's one of my primary ingredients.


    I would not advise using water in your formulation unless you also use a preservative. Water is a growing medium for mold and bacteria, so unless you are making one time use batches or storing it in the fridge and using it within a month, I would avoid it. You can make yourself or other people very sick.


    As a thinner, I would instead use sweet almond oil (it's non pore clogging, in a pinch you could use olive oil, but see how your skin reacts) instead of the water and then you don't need to worry about mold and bacteria growth.


    Melt the oils and waxes and whip as it cools and you'll make a lovely moisturizer.

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    Thanks, Elora.


    I love the straight CO, but it's a little taxing to apply in the winter, as it's pretty solid in my cool apartment. I'm going to make a batch of the whipped kind :-)


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    Thanks elora. I do make tiny batches at a time, but I will try the almond oil for this next batch!


    Do you have a prefered ratio? I'm still playing around with the amounts!

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    When I make lotion bars I tend to stick to 1/3 brittle (hard oils or waxes), 1/3 soft (your coconut for instance) and 1/3 liquid.


    Start there and find the consistency that works for you. If you like the one that you've been making, just sub out the hot water and use SAO instead.


    For those that find CO oily on your face, you can add a touch of arrowroot powder (or corn starch) to cut the "grease" but get the benefits of the oil.

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    When I used to use it on my hair, I noticed a great deal of new hair growing, especially at the hairline. But I stopped using it because its beyond help... I'm going bald. -_- It does work though.

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