Coconut oil is amazing stuff. Truly. I’ve been using it as moisturizer for a while now with great success. I LOVE IT, actually. It’s natural, pure, free from scary chemicals, cheap and readily available, leaves my family’s skin glowing, heals acne and spots, smells great, I don’t need to buy sunscreen anymore (which is even scarier to me than facial lotion)….I could go on and on.
But in the winter I feel like I need a little something more. Which doesn’t make much sense since you would think oil would be enough to cure dry winter skin. But, it’s not. :) I was left feeling itchy even after slathering the coconut oil on. Then I ran across this post at the Nourished Life. She had the exact same problem as me. (She also had problems getting the coconut oil out of the jar in the winter since it is solid when it’s really cold. But after a shower mine is pretty easy to get out, since I keep a jar in the bathroom.) Her solution left her with what she calls her “personal holy grail moisturizer”!! I knew I had to try it out.
Homemade Whipped Coconut Oil
What you need:
1 cup of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil (optional) (I opened about 10 capsules to equal 1 tsp)
A few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional) (I omitted)
What you do:
Place coconut oil (doesn’t have to be melted) and Vitamin E oil in the mixer with the whisk attachment and whip for 6 or 7 minutes until it is light an fluffy.
Put it in a jar.
Use it. :)
And it really does feel luxurious.
I’ve seen recipes for whipped body butter that use half coconut oil and half Shea butter. I might try that someday for fun, but as far as I’m concerned, I have found my moisturizer! I’m no longer plagued with the winter dry skin itch. I’m not sure if it’s the addition of air with whipping or the addition of the Vitamin E that does the trick, but I like it!
Let me know if you try it out.
If you’re interested in learning more about the health benefits of coconut oil I really like these two books by Bruce Fife. Very interesting reads. :)