Having just purchased some "Dr. Bronner's" Coconut Oil, and being mindful of Dr. Bronner's love of using one product for a thousand things, I'm wondering . . .
What have you done (or tried to do) with Coconut Oil other than cooking with it or eating it by itself?
An obvious answer is to use as a body moisturizer, but is anyone finding it to be a wonder-substance that can be used for lots of other things like hair conditioner, face cream, burn salve, wood polish . . . ? Anything you tried to use it for, and it just didn't work out?
Sex, cooking, hair conditioner, skin moisturizer, sun block, skin rejuvenation post surgery, better wound healing, treating acne blemishes, stretch mark fading, quelling hunger in mid day with a spoonful in coffee are some off the top of my head.
I've started using the oil method for washing my face thanks to our very own beauty product maven AKD. I wasn't hopeful, but it works great. I just mix a bit of the oil with baking soda and washup up and rinse off. Smooooooth.....
Coconut oil is the only moisturizer I use on my body, face included...mixed with baking soda or salt, it's a great toothpaste, mixed with arrowroot and baking powder it's deodorant, it's the only makeup remover I use, a tiny bit in my hair keeps the frizz to a minimum, and yup! It makes a great lubricant, though I wouldn't trust what someone else posted about it not breaking down the latex in condoms, I don't see why it wouldn't.
I've heard that you can use coconut oil as a hair-styling balm. Haven't tried it yet because the melting point this time of year seems lower than the outside temperature, and oil streaming down my face is not appealing.
It's become my hair styling product of choice - a VERY small amount, melted and worked into combed clean hair, keeps my curls happy even in the D.C. summer air.
It's also a key ingredient in my homemade deodorant, my favorite body moisturizer, nice lip balm, and a supplement to the baby lotion I put on my face during the summer. (Too greasy to use alone in hot weather; in winter I use it on its own.)