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Green Beauty on a Budget: Coconut Oil

Alrighty folks, here's the long awaited post about a very special product that can increase your health and beauty while decreasing your checking account debits. A great way to save money on a beauty care product is to buy something that has a variety of uses and that you can buy a lot of. We try to buy beauty products that are food-grade (good enough to eat) since the ingredients will end up in the body. The downside is, more times than not, these food-grade products are very expensive. We have found one very special food item that you take straight from the kitchen to the powder room and it's affordable! So here it is...


Tip #9: Get a Taste of the Tropics with Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil has an incredible amount of benefits and uses for the body! Not only is it great for the inside of your body, it is also a great product to apply to your skin and hair. If you spend any time researching the benefits of Coconut Oil, I'm sure you'll be impressed by the long list of benefits to the body. Unrefined, organic Coconut Oil has an anti-aging effect on the skin, and provides moisture and elasticity to any skin type. You can apply it directly to your skin just as you would any lotion or body butter after a shower. It is wonderful for use as a hair conditioner and also has been said to prevent dandruff in dry months. While there are a variety of coconut oil brands to choose from, we suggest not putting anything on your skin that you wouldn't put in your body (since it will end up on the inside eventually.) As with most "natural" products, all are not created equal. According to our research, it is best to buy organic, non-GMO, unrefined, unbleached, undeodorized and unhydrogenated Coconut Oil. (I know, that's a long list!) We've found a couple brands that meet up to this criteria: Nutiva and Fresh Shores. I could go on and on about the benefits of Coconut Oil, but I think Dr. Mercola does a great job of summarizing all of the research I have done. Check out this article and video of Dr. Mercola raving about Coconut Oil. He mostly covers it use as a food product, but he touches briefly on it's benefits for skin and hair. Either way, it's very useful information and I bet you'll be enlightened.



In trying to find high-quality Coconut Oil, I ran into the cost barrier quite a bit. It's not cheap as far as a cooking oil goes (although I would argue that it is worth every penny.) When you look at it as a beauty product, it starts looking like a value. In researching different brands of Coconut Oil that I could recommend to you, I found an amazing deal that I couldn't wait to share with you. So, right now you can get a 15 oz. jar of Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for $6.95 (regularly $11.99) through Vitacost.com. So, there couldn't be a better time to try a little lifestyle change with Coconut Oil. Added bonus: you can feel like you're in the tropics all year round!

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Image courtesy of Nutiva.com.

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