View Full Version : Other uses for coconut oil instead of eating it?
11-19-2008, 01:32 PM
I bought a gallon of raw, organic, extra virgin coconut oil and when I received it, it was not at all as good as what I was used to. I actually thought something was off with it....maybe old or whatever. So, I contacted the place I purchased it and they sent a replacement from a new batch after a couple of weeks. Well, it's just the same. :mad: I went ahead and paid for it a second time since I don't want to cheat anyone and it's supposed to be such excellent quality even though the taste is yuck.
So, what can I do with this oil to use up a lot at a time? We managed to use a whole gallon of it since we bought it, but it's hard to use. For foods that normally would taste fantastic, now taste like the nasty coconut oil. What can I do with the second gallon? I don't want to eat any more of it. I want to get back to the usual brand and stick with that one.
Has anybody made soap with coconut oil? Can it be made without lye? Any suggestions on how to use it up would be appreciated! I know it wouldn't taste so bad if it were heated and used to fry something, but I'm not about to do that.
I know, next time don't buy a whole gallon unless I know it's what I want. :(
11-19-2008, 01:40 PM
Rub it into your body - it is awesome for your skin.
11-19-2008, 01:41 PM
Give it to me??? :confused::p Maybe make some 'rubs' for family and friends and give as holiday gifts...?
just send it to MD! me & veganforlife can share it. :D
yep. great as natural moisturizer and oil pulling.
11-19-2008, 02:02 PM
I like to use it in my hair as a leave in conditioner (a little goes a long way.), I also use it as a body lotion. Works great for my little neice who has eczema
11-19-2008, 03:16 PM
I now swear by this method of cleansing with coconut oil, the hot face washer on the face is the trick!
I'm surprised no one has mentioned it yet!
You could do this as an all over body treatment. I'd also suggest ingesting a teaspoon of coconut oil a day (it'll be quick!) for your skin and general health.
And if you have a juicer, the spinning metal parts (not the bit that comes directly in contact with the juice) can be lubricated with coconut oil.
Also, if you don't like the above oil method of cleansing and moisturising, you could always make creme moisturiser out of the coconut oil. Or soap. There are heaps of recipes on the net, and I can get my mum's homemade soap recipe (which uses coconut and/or palm oil) and give you my homemade moisturiser recipe (which I'd say can be adapted to use coconut oil).
11-19-2008, 03:19 PM
Rinda, what brand is it? Coconut oil is great for skin and hair, as everyone has said. Found a soap recipe. You can probably replace the milk with coconut oil.
11-19-2008, 05:22 PM
You know it's hard to pass up a Bargain. Ask your Friends and have them ask their Friends, somebody near you is looking for things we have and we don't know about it until later. Hope you come to the right decision.
11-20-2008, 06:23 AM
Thanks for the suggestions!
I tried the oil cleasing method last night and I liked it! Will definitely keep doing that. I read through the whole thread on the oil cleansing method and it seems to be a fantastic thing to do. klomasius, I sure appreciate you sharing that!
It's a good oil to apply to the skin but how can you rub it in to where you are not left oily? Would it do any good to rub the whole body with it and then shower?
Alright, for those of you who would like me to share, you all can stop by and and we'll divide it evenly.:D
GilmoreGirl, I don't know if I should share what brand, I don't really want to bash them because they were very kind as to send out the replacement (I actually did pay for the second gallon then but I still didn't care for it. Just thought if this is how it's suppose to be and it's supposedly good quality I should pay for it.)
In the past I've used Nutiva and love it. So different in taste from what I have currently.
11-20-2008, 10:35 AM
try rubbing it on your skin and reask your question... you'll find you have no question to ask!
the coconut oil absorbs into your skin and you are not oily afterwards. :)
11-20-2008, 01:48 PM
I don't know if I should share what brand, I don't really want to bash them because they were very kind as to send out the replacement (I actually did pay for the second gallon then but I still didn't care for it. Just thought if this is how it's suppose to be and it's supposedly good quality I should pay for it.). I understand. Just thought it might be something we should be aware of. Are you sure it's good quality though? Nutiva's isn't truly raw, at least I don't think they came out with that version yet. The good stuff should work well in recipes. I'm normally not a big coconut fan, but love it raw and in recipes.
11-20-2008, 03:48 PM
What a bummer that it doesn't taste good!
However, all the other suggestions about incorporating coconut oil into skincare stuff couldn't be more right on. The simplest use of all is just applying it to the body(and face, if it likes it)while the skin is still damp - that way it seals in the moisture. At first it might seem greasy, but like veganforlife says, it is easily absorbed. Christmas is coming, so get going on some skin gift goodies with this!
11-20-2008, 07:17 PM
You could give it to a food bank.....or if your wanting to use it and not ingest it, you could put an essential oil in it to make it smell nice and put it on your skin.
11-20-2008, 07:48 PM
I use it on my skin but also I use it on my wet hair just after a wash. I have curly hair and this works a treat at producing beautiful separate curls and no frizz!
11-21-2008, 07:22 AM
Did the coconut oil come in a plastic container?
I only buy oils in glass now, because I've found that if they are packaged in plastic, they taste like plastic (blech).
11-21-2008, 06:23 PM
Rinda, glad you liked the oil skin cleansing method!
I'm a big fan of passing on good natural health care tips and this one simply takes the raw cake in my opinion!
As for the taste of the coconut oil, I've been wondering if there's a difference to the taste in the types you've tried because one is filtered and/or cooked and one is not?
Where I live there are two main types, one is the super filtered one that doesn't really taste like anything at all and I suspect it's produced for those who don't actually like the taste of coconut. It's cold filtered and I still reckon its healthy.
The other is one that's only slightly filtered (to remove large pieces) and so has all the taste of the original coconut and I'd say a few more nutrients.
I buy the less filtered one because I like the taste of it and because it's less processed. Both are from the same company so I'd suggest they are of the same original quality. But I find the friends that taste the two say they much prefer the filtered one as they think the other has a strong taste, some say a little yucky.
Maybe this is the case with your coconut oil? Maybe it isn't rancid just the unfiltered version that some people think tastes off?
12-11-2008, 12:37 PM
I put a generous amount on my face and neck before I go to sleep.. when I wake up it has all soaked into my skin!
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