Chances are, you have coconut oil in your kitchen for the odd recipe, but after watching this, you may need to invest in several bottles to keep around the house.
For those of you who never gave coconut oil a second thought, this video illuminates all the potential uses it has to offer beyond the pantry. Below, you'll find seven ingenious ways to incorporate coconut oil in your daily routine, from the moment you wake up in the morning to right before you go to bed at night.
For those of you who are wondering why this multitasking oil is necessary when you already have alternatives, such as lotion, deodorant, makeup remover, and all the others listed in the video, consider the costs. On Amazon.com, the brand used in this video is listed at $16.50 per bottle
(with free shipping) and is pure, unrefined, organic, extra virgin coconut oil.
On the other hand, based on the products she casts aside in the video, her costs for lotion are $25 per bottle
, deodorant for $2.47 per stick
, makeup remover for $24.99 per bottle
, shaving gel for $4.99 per bottle
(exact product unavailable, price taken from similar shaving gel), lip balm for $16.50 per tube
, wrinkle reducer for $105.99 per jar
, and toothpaste for $2.97 per tube
. Please note that this comparison is based on current prices as this article was being written and exact values are subject to change. From a purely price-driven perspective, it makes sense to replace all those separate costs that amount to over $180 with a single $16.50 bottle. Of course, the exact level of savings depends on the person and the products currently used, but in this specific instance the difference in cost is quite dramatic.
In addition to being economically friendly, coconut oil appeals to many people because it's an all-natural alternative to other cosmetic products. It's also edible, so it has been adopted as both a cooking oil and dietary supplement. Though it's been lauded as a "cure-all," WebMD
urges us to limit our intake of coconut oil to 7 to 10 percent of our daily calories, as it is still a saturated fat that may increase risk for heart disease. Consumption of extra virgin coconut oil is fine in moderation. It's also important to note that studies about coconut oil's health benefits when consumed
are limited and require further research.
Watch this informative video below, and be sure to let us know how else you use coconut oil as part of your routine. We've used it as a hair mask on a few occasions, and it worked wonders. Feel free to share your coconut oil experiences with us in the comments section!