natural beauty

coconut oil face wash

Coconut oil has so many incredible uses and the list just keeps piling up, from oil pulling to healthy cooking.  Now it’s my new favorite way to wash my face. What can’t it do? I am going to go out on a limb here and just outright say, it’s the bomb.

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Please excuse my awkwardness. Clearly, I like to think that I am more comfortable in front of the camera than I actually am… or maybe it’s being makeup-free in front of thousands.

For years, I have had the same routine. Washing my face in the shower and moisturizing with my old go to lotion (Target’s Up & Up moisturizing lotion with SPF 15) immediately after. With my face taken care of, I would rub my arms down with whatever seasonal scent Bath & Body Works lotion was appropriate for the day. I didn’t realize it, but I was starting each day with a number of questionable and downright dangerous chemicals. Our beauty products are filled with many ingredients that can lead to cancer, reproductive issues, and skin irritations. Here is a list for ingredients to look out for.

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I may not smell like walking perfume ad anymore (those sensitive to smells, like Ryan, are glad for that), but like I have told you many times before, I feel better than ever. My skin has never done so well ‘on its own.’ Instead of managing one problem with another, I am actually healing my skin and protecting my body.

Last year, I first started using coconut oil to replace olive oil and taking a spoonful down the hatch for a natural energy boost (you think oil pulling is challenging?). But hey it works. I had heard coconut oil was a good moisturizer, but it wasn’t until an old friend shared her love for using it as a makeup remover and face wash that I really considered switching things up. This easy shift forever changed the way I wash and moisturize my skin. I say skin rather than face because I rub down in the stuff.coconut-oil-face-wash

After washing my face with the coconut oil mixture, my skin is soft and moisturized. By day three my driest spot (above my nose just between my eyes) is asking for more. I suspect in the winter I will lean more towards every day. I haven’t used any lotion anywhere in months. Clearly, the coconut oil holds up to all the hype.

As it was suggested to me, I mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. I create the mix in a ramekin and keep it within arm’s reach of the shower. The mix usually lasts me a week or more. The baking soda exfoliates and the coconut oil works its moisturizing magic. I can use it every day, or go a few days without and my skin remains clear and smooth.

Heads-up- Use this face wash mix on a small portion of your skin to test first. I’ve used this daily for over a year and am still head-over-heels for the stuff, but some folks can have a negative reaction.

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In the shower, I rinse my face well with water, scoop a little of the mix out, and rub it all over paying closer attention to my forehead and around my nose. I don’t let it sit, so I rinse my face immediately. It will most likely feel a little oily while still wet, but do not fret. Pat dry with a towel and that is it, voila instant smoothness. If you like it on our face, you must try it on your feet, especially the heels. It’s heavenly and that’s real talk.

In case you need more of a reason to consider the switch, I recently read that coconut oil acts as a sunblock, screening 20% of ultraviolet exposure. One of my favorite reasons for switching is that it’s safe for the water system. Many face washes contain exfoliating beads that are actually made of plastic. So, not only are the chemicals from the wash going down the drain and contaminating water supply, so are those microscopic plastic bits.

I have come to terms that this might not be the perfect fit for Ryan. As much as I rave about it and tell him how much my sister and her husband enjoy it, he just doesn’t like it (I think it’s the beard). When I find my bearded, sensitive skinned, texture particular man his perfect cleansing match I’ll be sure to share the update with you.

With all that said, If anyone has a favorite natural cleanser they use, please share! I’d love to hear.

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16 Comments

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    Nikki
    June 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I love what you are doing – making your natural dream tangible to those of us who wish we could be more tangible. You inspire me. I believe you have always inspired me…. Maybe even since middle school

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      Nikki
      June 4, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      I meant- to those of us who wish to me more “natural”

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      this natural dream
      June 6, 2014 at 8:53 am

      How incredibly sweet, I am truly touched. Thank you so much for your supportive and encouraging comment.

      -K

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      Wendy
      February 26, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      I actually use baking soda in my shampoo to strip built up hairspray then put coconut oil on my hair …pull it up … Leave it on for a while wash and use my normal conditioner, great moisturizer for your hair!

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    Lisa
    August 20, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I loved the idea of your homemade face wash. I am always looking for new ways to reduce the amount of chemicals and pollutants in my home. I have been using just coconut oil as a face wash and thought the addition of baking soda would make a great scrub. However, I had a horrible reaction. I started developing these small sores on my face. After the first day I had 3. Now, 4 days later I have 13 sores. At first I just thought it was something else, I mean baking soda seems so harmless. But I did some checking online and baking soda totally messes up the ph balance of your skin. So I have gone back to just coconut oil and am hoping my face will begin to heal. Just wanted to let you know so you could let others know that this might not be for everyone.

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      this natural dream
      August 27, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Lisa, so sorry to hear about your experience! One of my girl friends can’t use coconut oil on her skin due to a similar reaction. I’ve been doing a little research and it seems split- some folks love it and others have reactions as you described. Thank you for sharing!

      Cheers,

      -K

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    Cynthia
    October 25, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    I’m trying this face wash for the first time and have taken a “before” pic. If all goes well. I will send and after one as well to you to show the difference. Crossing my fingers:)

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      this natural dream
      October 26, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Fingers crossed! I’m still singing its praise.

      Cheers
      -K

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    Becky
    December 18, 2015 at 5:00 am

    I have to take a lot of medications which unfortunately plays havoc with my skin. I am 42 & get the most awful spots all over my face, I’ve tried everything & nothing works. That was until I discovered coconut oil! I don’t mix it with anything. I just wash with it at night & in the morning I just splash my face with cold water. I’ve been doing this for 6wks & my skin has never looked better, I’ve even had people complementing me on how nice my skin looks. When u read the science behind it, it makes sense as to why it’s so effective.

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    Stacy
    January 8, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Very excited to see your face was recipe. I was given a scrub with coconut oil, EO peppermint and sugar, and I have been using on my face and IT IS GLORIOUS!! The scrub is too harsh for daily so I was looking for a new recipe.
    Do you think adding essential oils to the recipe will mess with the baking soda? Thanks and I love your blog 😉

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      this natural dream
      January 8, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Awww, thank you, Stacy! I definitely think you’d be safe to add an essential oil to the recipe, but just to be safe I’d try the combo on a small spot of skin before washing your entire face with it.

      Cheers!
      -K

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    Tmrw
    April 27, 2016 at 5:21 am

    I had a horrible rash on my face. Now taking antihistamines.
    So stupid to follow anything and everything on Internet : (

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      this natural dream
      April 27, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      That’s awful- I’m so sorry to hear! Unfortunately skincare is not a one size fits all ordeal. I recommend using anything new in a small area first just to see how you’ll react. Again, I hate that this was your experience- hope you find something natural and chemical free to meet your needs.

      -K

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    HJ
    July 17, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    What kind of coconut oil do you use. Essential (coconut) oil or regular (coconut) cooking?

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      this natural dream
      July 19, 2016 at 10:49 am

      I use a solid organic virgin coconut oil from Trader Joe’s.

      Cheers!
      -K

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    EO
    October 17, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    How often can you use this? Once a day, or, both morning and night?

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