How I Saved $199.82 This Month Switching to Coconut Oil

It’s true….the average woman uses 12 beauty products on a daily basis. These are packed with 68 different ingredients and numerous harmful chemicals.

And besides these facts, when totaled up… they are also REALLY EXPENSIVE.

But you know what? They all can be replaced with Coconut Oil.

To demonstrate this, we asked our friend to Paola to replace as many beauty products as possible with coconut oil.

Let’s take a look:

How I saved $199.82 this month switching to Coconut Oil



Regular Products: CLINIQUE Take The Day Off Makeup Remover, $18.50, Neutrogena Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser, $7.99, Clarins Bright Plus HPBrightening Hydrating Day Lotion SPF 20, $65.00, CLINIQUE Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, $39.50, Chapstick Lip Balm Cherry, $1.99

Facial Cleanser: This one I was a little skeptical on at first. I had to do a little research for a facial cleansing method with coconut oil. Fortunately, I came across a ton of articles on the matter. I first started by massaging coconut oil into my face for nearly one minute. After that, I took a warm washcloth and gently wiped the oil from my face. Wa-lah! My face instantly felt very smooth and refreshed. I have to say I am very happy with the results of using coconut oil as a facial cleanser.

Eye Makeup Remover: I was extremely happy with how coconut oil was able to remove my makeup. I've struggled to find a makeup remover that does a decent job removing loads of eye makeup (mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow) I put on daily. Coconut oil removed all of the makeup easily and was not harsh on my skin.

Facial Moisturizer: It makes me want to cry when I think about all of the money I've spent over the years on expensive facial moisturizers. I'm always a sucker for trying the latest and greatest product. With that said, I was really hoping I would have success using coconut oil as a moisturizer. Luckily, after using coconut oil nightly as a facial cleanser, this alone accounted for my moisturizer. My skin felt hydrated enough where I did not even need to apply extra coconut oil as a moisturizer. Also, I was also able to find some information on how coconut oil is effective in preventing premature aging and for correcting facial wrinkles, making it a win-win.

Lip Balm: Unfortunately, this is one I can say I will not be able to make the complete switch to. It works at first but is a little too thin to be used strictly as a lip balm. 



Regular Products: It's a 10® Miracle Hair Mask,  $22.47, Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Leave-In Conditioner, $11.00, Bed Head Control Freak Serum, $19.99

Hair Mask: This was one product I was going to need a little more persuading on switching to using coconut oil as a hair mask. I had been using a product for years that I gave my hair great results. Anyways, I promised myself I would try everything with an open and unbiased mind. So, on Sunday when I normally use my weekly hair mask, I substituted it for coconut oil. After leaving it in my hair for approximately 30 minutes, I shampooed as normal. WOW! My hair felt super soft and silky. I also noticed it had a very healthy shine to it after using the coconut oil. I have to say I will now be switching out my regular hair mask product for coconut oil. 

Leave in Conditioner: I had to do some more searching on this before I abandoned my current leave in conditioner for coconut oil. The verdict I came to was that it was best to use at night after showering and then to shampoo off in the morning.  So that's just what I did. I applied the coconut oil to the end of my strands and worked my way up to the middle. I woke up with hair feeling very moisturized and smooth. Chalk this up as another switch I will be making. 

Anti-Frizz: Usually during these hot humid months my hair becomes really frizzy, especially after shampooing. I dabbed a little coconut oil on the end of my locks before I styled my hair. It immediately zapped the frizz. FYI: just a tiny amount of coconut oil will do the job.



Regular Products: Aveeno Positively Ageless Firming Body Lotion, $9.99, Skintimate SkinTherapy Moisturizing Shave Cream, $3.39

Dry Skin: For as long as I remember, I've slathered body lotion on in the morning and at night to combat my dry skin. I figured coconut oil would be just another product that temporarily gets the job done until it's time to apply again. Wrong. I noticed after a couple days of using coconut oil as a body moisturizer my skin no longer craved being fed with lotion twice a day. My skin now can go days feeling hydrated without having to re-apply. 

Shaving Cream: There's not much excitement with my regular shaving cream so I was excited as any chance to try something different. However, I was kind of scared thinking how an oil would work with a razor. Surprisingly, the coconut oil created an incredibly clean shave. Also, It moisturized so well that I did need to apply any lotion after shaving. 


Overall, I couldn't be happier with the results from switching my regular beauty products to coconut oil. Not only did the coconut oil work great, I will save $199.82 each month by switching from my regular products. I've also been trying lately to switch to a more organic lifestyle. I know I am doing my body a favor by protecting it from the many chemicals I have been applying to it daily.

Tell us: what is a beauty product you have replaced with Coconut Oil?

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