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    The many uses of coconut oil

    Waterproofing my hiking boots~they are as soft as glove leather now!
    Conditioning the stiffened, starting to crack leather seats in the car~supple once again
    Lubing the moving parts of my greenhouse vent fan.
    Oiling a maple branch for use as a hiking stick.

    I've heard you can even cook with it!
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    Oiling my wooden salad bowl sets. And I once used it as a hair pomade - I have really independent hair, even tho it is straight (tons of cowlicks all over) and use some kind of grease to give it a little polish and just happened to be in the kitchen, showered, and too lazy to go upstairs for the usual goop.

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    I use it to wash my face and moisturize. Treat a sunburn. I have oiled my hair with it for a deep condition.

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    I hear you can mix it with baking soda and arrowroot powder (or non-GMO cornstarch) for a super awesome "Man-scent killer" deodorant. Haven't tried it yet, but I plan to see if it works on my husband's man-scent (and my own lady-scent).

    Check it: Easy Homemade Deodorant That Really WORKS!!! « The Mommypotamus The Mommypotamus

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    It is just not for my coffee anymore! I also use it as a skin moisturizer.
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    Coconut a marval of mother nature! Not many things you can't do with it!

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    Seconded for use in hair. I have ultra-fine medium-length hair that is sort of wavy and live in high humidity. I used to put about three different products in my hair, a john freida serum for the ends, a mouse for the roots, and then no-frizz (100% silicone) over the top to keep it all smooth. Within a few hours my hair was always fluffy-ratty and the ends were super dry. I'd have to comb my hair multiple times a day to keep it from turning into a nest. A friend who is a hairstylist told me that I should probably just get a keratin treatment.

    I started using coconut oil in my hair - about a tablespoon worth, starting at the ends and then working my way up. No frizz or poufyness, the ends are much better, and I do not need to comb my hair, ever. I just finger-comb when dry. I feel like an infomercial talking about it, but the results actually are amazing.

    I've also used it as a body moisturizer. The key is to remember that a little goes a long way. Seems greasy at first, but after a few minutes that goes away. Doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. Last week I went back to using my fancy Olay body lotion because I had a bit left in the bottle, and the skin on my back broke out terribly. Ugh.

    I keep a tub of LouAna's in the bathroom (with the Nutiva reserved for the kitchen). Easier to make sure that I don't cook with something that might have hair in it, and I'd rather spend the $15 I save on more meat to eat. And it doesn't make me smell like a pina colada.

    Never heard of the deodorant use. I will have to check that out. My husband's under-arm glands swell up after he uses regular stick deodorant, so we're experimenting with milk of magnesium right now. I think it works well, even in the tropics, though it's sort of runny.

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    oh so many uses...

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    Oo, I can't wait to try some of these. I bought some cheap coconut oil at the Indidan grocery last week. While I won't make a habit out of it (I have Nutiva on autoship from Amazon), it occured to me that it is perfect for other uses -- cooking for groups when they are not primal, medicinal uses, hair, oiling, lotions...For 4 bucks for 16 oz, you can't go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen View Post
    I hear you can mix it with baking soda and arrowroot powder (or non-GMO cornstarch) for a super awesome "Man-scent killer" deodorant. Haven't tried it yet, but I plan to see if it works on my husband's man-scent (and my own lady-scent).

    Check it: Easy Homemade Deodorant That Really WORKS!!! « The Mommypotamus The Mommypotamus
    It does work! I made some last week out of boredom (and nothing else works) and have been shocked by how well it has been working. I can skip a day of re-applying and not gross myself out (which, previously, if I didn't reapply every six hours or so, I had gross b.o. stench mixed with whatever awful fragrance was in the deodorant).

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