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10 completely effective DIY beauty tips with only one purchase . . . Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil!

Stop!  Don’t spend your money on 10 different items that are full of harmful chemicals and equally harmful to your budget.  Buy just one and use it for hand cream, cheek highlighter, shaving cream, deep hair conditioner, body moisturizer,  hair repair, eye make up remover, facial cleanser, body scrub and massage oil.

Harvest Bay Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is in my kitchen and in my bathroom.  I love it for cooking and beauty-enhancing my life!  Any organic EVCO will do. Enjoy trying out your new DIY beauty tips and replace 10 products with just one product for around $13.99, instead of $100plus, then take a loved one out for a very nice dinner with your savings!

Tell them, Stephanie Wolfe, The Whole Food Health Coach paid for it!

1. To soothe dry hands  This won’t work for dry digits when you’re on the go, but at home, coconut oil for skin can work wonders on your dishwashing-parched hands. You can get a jar at your local grocery store.  Keep a jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil by the kitchen sink and put a little on after washing my hands to keep them soft and moist.

2. As a cheekbone highlighter.  Nothing perks up a tired face like a little highlighter, but you don’t need store-bought products to achieve the same effect. Simply sweep a small amount of organic coconut oil on top of makeup and leave it alone. It looks like your skin but glowier, which is why many natural makeup brands use it as a base ingredient in their formulas. If you’re looking for a more portable option, I hear there is one called Living Luminizer by RMS Beauty, which has a coconut-oil base and light reflecting pigment.

3. To shave your legs.  Conventional shaving cream is an expensive cocktail of chemicals that you don’t need to get a nice clean shave on your legs or underarms. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is inexpensive, naturally antimicrobial, and smells divine. Plus, its skin-soothing properties will leave your legs looking hydrated (but never greasy).

4. As a deep-conditioner.  There’s a reason many conditioners contain coconut oil: It’s better able to penetrate hair (and prevent protein loss) than mineral and sunflower oil, according to research. I use coconut oil for hair and on my skin for deep conditioning. Apply a quarter-size dollop to your hands and then onto the lower part your hair and through to the ends.  Then comb it and then pile it into a loose bun. You’ll want to place a soft towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap. In the morning, shampoo as usual with a gentle cleanser.

5. To add shine.  Smooth a tiny amount of organic coconut oil onto your ends of your hair to add a little shine, or on flyaways. Remember that a dab will do you: Any more and your hair might appear greasy. I often just run in through the ends, and leave it in and go about my day.

6. As a body moisturizer.  A recent animal study found that when applied topically, virgin organic coconut oil for skin can speed up wound healing, and a human study found it to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin. It smells delicious, is very affordable, and leaves skin feeling nourished and smooth.
7. To remove eye makeup.  (I hear it even works on waterproof mascara, though I do not use, nor do I recommend waterproof mascara). Put a little of Organic Coconut Oil on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes, paying attention to your under-eyes as well. The oil does a great job breaking down waxy, inky eye makeup, and leaves the delicate area hydrated, too. Once you’re done, wash your face with it too!8. To clean your face. Because coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, moisturizing and, according to research, great for atopic dermatitis, many women swear by its use as a nighttime moisturizer for their face, too. Try the double-cleansing method: Simply rub the oil in circular motions all over your face and neck, giving yourself a gentle massage as you go. When you’re done, wash off the residue with your favorite cleanser. (If you’re adult-acne prone, avoid this technique unless you know your skin tolerates coconut oil.

9. In a luscious body scrub
Here’s a little DIY beauty secret: That store-bought body scrub you save for special occasions? It’s a waste of money and more often than not contains harmful chemicals like most lotions do. You can make one yourself with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. It’s wonderfully moisturizing, great for the skin, inexpensive, and blissfully absent of chemicals you can’t pronounce! To make your own, melt ½ c of coconut oil at very low heat. Pour it over 1 c of brown sugar or salt and stir well. If you have some on hand, add in five drops of your favorite essential oil or some pure vanilla extract for a scrub so fragrant you’ll want to eat it. Scrub your dry dead skin away to your heart’s content!

10. For a little rubdown. Many store-bought massage oils have either coconut or jojoba oil as their base. Cut out the middleman and go straight to the bottle. It’s skin-friendly, pleasantly fragrant, and moisturizes, too.

PS If you cook with coconut oil—you can sub it for butter in baking recipes because it’s solid at room temperature—

Stephanie Wolfe, Whole Food Health Coach