Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of mature coconuts. It is used as a primary cooking oil in many parts of the world. It also can be used in a wide variety of cosmetic and personal care products. I have been using coconut oil for quite a while now in cooking and baking. I’ve also tried shaving with it. Today I share my experiences with using whipped coconut oil as a body moisturizer. Does whipped coconut oil make a good moisturizing body lotion?
- Better for you – virgin, unrefined coconut oil is a pure, all natural product with no chemical fillers, preservatives, or sketchy things you don’t want to be absorbed by your skin
- Better for your kids – coconut oil is ocmpletely safe to use on a child’s sensitive skin as well
- Coconut oil does not harm the waste stream the way that run off from chemical filled lotion might
- Easy – with a stand mixer you can whip up some creamy coconut oil lotion with almost zero effort
- Smells great – the scent of unrefined, virgin coconut oil will take your senses on a trip straight to the beach
- Saves money – a little bit of this oil goes a long way, and is a better price per application than many body lotions and creams
- The whippy-ness of whipped coconut oil seems to disappear quickly
- Spreading oil over your body can be messy
- Not really moisturizing enough to handle rough, scaly patches
A couple months ago, I shared how shaving with coconut oil just did not work for me. But while I was doing the shaving experiment I did notice that my generally dry and pregnant-lady-itchy-skin legs were feeling much softer and smoother. I decided that I just must try out coconut oil as a body moisturizer soon!
The only problem is that right now, in winter, coconut oil tends to be rather hard at room temperature. Dig your fingers in and it makes an oily mess under your fingernails. I didn’t like the idea of having to dig a chunk of hardened oil out of a jar, and rub that chunk across my skin while it also melted in my hand. I really like the smooth-over-and-rub-in easiness of traditional body lotions and creams.
Well, Pinterest to the rescue, once again! I came across this nifty link to The Coconut Mama website who recommends whipping the coconut oil into a lotion-like consistency before using it. Genius! I promptly whipped some up with my stand mixer (you could use a standard hand held electric mixer as well).
The coconut oil (lotion) whipped up very nicely. I was able to smooth it over my skin in a very thin layer without making a mess. It absorbed quickly and didn’t make me feel greasy after application. The whipped coconut oil worked great!!
Within two days the coconut oil lotion had lost it’s creamy whipped texture and was back to being a coconut oil brick. Annoyed, I continued on with daily applications but it turned out a lot like I had imagined: digging a too big chunk out of the container, rubbing the chunk around on my skin to melt it, having it melt in my hand, and generally getting too much oil everywhere. I got coconut oily spots on the bed sheets, and on my clothing. I found that without the whipped consistency, I just spread way too much around.
I also found that the coconut oil didn’t really do too much for my rough, dry patches – i.e. elbows, knees and ankles. I rubbed in as much as I could, but it never really seemed to make a difference the way a nice body butter does.
Finally, when I thought about it, my legs were still rather itchy. The coconut oil wasn’t as moisturizing as I had hoped. This was the most disappointing, as I had better results when applying it in the shower while shaving. Perhaps there is a special wet skin, steamy shower, mess gets washed away combination that made it work better before. However, I don’t want to use it IN the shower, because it makes the tub dangerously slippery.
Overall, I found the whipped coconut oil didn’t work so well for me. Mainly because it didn’t stay whipped. Once it lost it’s fluffy, creamy texture, application became too much of a hassle. Also, the big moisturizing benefits just weren’t there for me. Sigh… I had such high hopes.
Have you ever tried whipping coconut oil for a body lotion? Do you have any tips or tricks to maintain the whipped texture? Or do you have any other tricks to get around the mess?