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I’m Coconuts for Carrington Farms Organic Coconut Oil!

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uses for carrington farms coconut oil abound! A closeup of the coconut oil container

Hey, hey! It’s Jessica, one of Collin’s sidekicks!

I haven’t always had a love affair with coconut oil. Mine actually started pretty recently.

I first started discovering the different and unique uses for Coconut Oil about two years ago. I had heard stuff in passing and had seen a thing or two about it on social media before then, but I never really paid much attention.

That is, until I took advice from the least likely of people – my husband. 😉 I should explain that. He’s not really one to try new things per say, and I’m not one to listen to his recommendations on many things – not because I don’t think they are good recommendations, but mostly because we tend to like very different things. For instance, he prefers spicy food and I can only do mild; he likes sweets while I tend to go for the more savory foods. He loves the outdoors while I love my air conditioner, and so on. However, I must say, he grabbed my interest with this one.

uses for carrington farms coconut oil abound! The coconut oil container on a counter

My husband has always been the cook in our family, and I started to notice him using coconut oil to cook with instead of the vegetable oil he’d been using for years. Then, I saw him put it in his coffee… “okay?” I thought… maybe he likes his coffee a little thicker now?

But then IT happened. One day I saw him put it on his face. Yes, my husband was putting coconut oil on his face. I know what you’re thinking, he’s crazy town. For a minute I thought the same thing, but he informed me (rather quickly I might add so I would stop looking at him like he was a madman) that he’d been researching the uses of coconut oil lately. And that it’s healthy to consume, and it could be used to moisturize and even clear up your skin! He said he was using it on his face to help his dry skin.

Hallelujah! 💃

And guess what you guys… it worked! I was so happy – for one because it was proof my husband wasn’t out of his ever-loving mind, but even more, because I thought now I could get my skin to look as good as his!

So I started trying it, but not just on my skin, I used it in a TON of different ways. These are some of my favorite ways to use AND reap the benefits of coconut oil.

I add coconut oil to my coffee for energy.

uses for carrington farms coconut oil abound! Coconut oil in coffee

The next thing I wanted to start trying right away was to add a tablespoon to my coffee each morning. Now, this might not be for everyone. I barely noticed it in my coffee… it just seemed a little thicker and creamier. It has this awesome coco-nutty flavor, but some people cannot handle the texture or taste. If this sounds like you, I would recommend putting it in the blender along with your coffee and a natural sweetener until you get used to it. Soon, you’ll be replacing your dairy creamer with it completely!

But why should you? Well for a multitude of reasons, actually. Not only is it healthier than a dairy creamer, it’s a no-carb oil which helps decrease your appetite and burns fat. It also improves digestion and gives you an extra boost of energy!

If you prefer smoothies over coffee, I’ve got you covered! You can add one to two tablespoons of coconut oil to any fruit smoothie to get the exact same benefits (plus it improves the smoothie’s creamy texture).

I cook with coconut oil for great flavor.

uses for carrington farms coconut oil abound! Coconut oil in popcornLike I said before, my husband is the cook in our house, but I dabble every once in a while. Whether you want to fry, bake, or use it as a topping for your popcorn or baked potato, you can do it AND it tastes yummy!

I use coconut oil for supple skin.

Because of the quick and effective results that my husband had with his skin, I decided to try that first (as I mentioned above). By placing the oil directly on my face, it quickly melts, absorbs, and moisturizes my skin. I wash my face as usual after. If you are looking to reduce wrinkles, age spots, and dark circles (YES, PLEASE), just dab a little bit on the area you’re looking to improve and let it do its thing overnight. I’m telling you, it’s a miracle worker!

I use coconut oil for shiny hair.

Ok, HAIR. I’ve got a ton of it and it can get to looking rather unhealthy at times due to my over processing, over blow-drying, and way too much flat iron use (especially in the early 00’s, am I right, girls?). So this is how I use it to detangle AND deep condition my hair (well, my daughter’s hair so I could get better pics)…

uses for carrington farms coconut oil abound! Coconut oil in a Pyrex

First, I get two bowls, one small and one a little larger. I put my coconut oil (I used about a spoonful on my daughter’s hair and I used two spoonfuls on mine, but it would depend on the length of your hair) in the smaller bowl. I then place the smaller bowl in the larger bowl and partially fill the larger bowl with hot water – it is important to note that you do not want to completely submerge the smaller bowl, just partially.

uses for carrington farms coconut oil abound! Combing hair with coconut oil

Once the coconut oil has melted, take a nice glob of it and massage it into your scalp. If you are deep conditioning, wrap your hair up in a towel and let it sit for about 45 minutes before you wash it out with shampoo (which is what we did). If you are using it as a detangler, you can just put it on your ends and work your way up to your roots and brush them out. Voilà! Pretty hair!

uses for carrington farms coconut oil abound! Pictures of hair after coconut oil use

I swish with coconut oil for mouth health.

One of my favorite things to do with this magical stuff is something called “oil pulling”. It sounds more difficult than it actually is. All you have to do is swish a tablespoon around in your mouth for about 20 minutes, two or three times a week, to help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. I also think my teeth look a little whiter after I oil-pull, but that might just be in my head. Because oil can harden and clog your sink, you’ll want to spit out oil in the trashcan when you’re finished swishing.

Where do I find coconut oil?

Great question. You’re going to want to buy a higher quality coconut oil and not just the first bottle of coconut oil you see. Some refined versions lose key nutrients and therefore are not as beneficial to you. Look for pure, virgin, unrefined, cold pressed organic coconut oil for the best results.

My favorite go-to brand is Carrington Farms 100% Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I tend to buy in bulk because I use it for pretty much everything, but if you aren’t a crazy coconut oil lover like me just yet, start out with just one smaller jar as it really does go a long way.

uses for carrington farms coconut oil abound! A closeup of the front of the coconut oil container

You can get this product at all major grocery stores as well as from Amazon. I purchased my last 24 oz jar at Walmart for $15.49, but to get the best bang for your buck, you’d want the 52 oz jar from Walmart. Currently, they have it priced at under $18. This may seem a bit pricey but I promise you it’s worth it. Quality is key with this stuff!

Another brand I’ve tried and loved is Nature’s Way Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. A 16oz jar will run you between $10 and $11, while a 32 oz jar goes for between $13.29  and $16 on Amazon.

The benefits of using coconut oil and the list of things you can do with it are huge. I’ve only scratched the surface with this article. Speaking of scratches, if you find yourself with a scratchy throat, you can use coconut oil to help that, too! 😍

And no, Carrington Farms has no idea I’m raving about their product!

Join The Discussion

Comments 34

  1. Michelle Masterson

    Wal-Mart is carrying more “healhy” selection items. I will definitely look for this there. Thx.

    • Jessica (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re welcome! Walmart has plenty of different products to choose from! Just remember to choose pure, unfiltered and unrefined to get the most benefits!

  2. Mani

    We in India use lot of coconut oil in everything what we do.
    Hair Oil, Moisterizer, Apply them on Wounds/Cuts/Scratches on skin, cooking oil (great aroma) and salad dressing….
    They are healthy oils and as long as you use unfiltered unrefined flavor of it.

    • Jessica (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I haven’t tried it as salad dressing! Thanks for the tip!

  3. Juma

    I love coconut oil I keep a jar in the kitchen, bathroom and I have a jar just for my dogs food. I love doing weekly hot oil treatments and I use it around my scalp edges and ears when I color my hair. I also use it as touch up moisturizer in hair during the week awesome stuff and lots of good uses. Thanks for posting

    • Jessica (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great idea to use it around your scalp and edges when you’re coloring your hair – I have used Vaseline in the past but it takes forever to wash off so I will definitely be trying this out! Thanks!

  4. Dee

    I have a big unused jar of “gifted” coconut oil sitting in the pantry. I’d probably use it more, but it’s oily and makes everything taste and smell like coconut. And I’ve read what real dietitians are saying, that’s it’s not as healthy as it’s touted to be. Oil pulling is the same as swishing water around in your mouth. A toothbrush or Waterpik does a better job. Most of what I’ve read is that it’s another fad, soon to be followed by yet another “miracle” product we’ll all buy until the next big thing comes along. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but it’s a waste of money for me.

    • Katie

      To each their own, but I think you’re a bit misguided about this.

      • Dee

        Because I disagree with you, I’m misguided? Show me the scientific studies (not articles from Natural News or other dubious sources, but actual research) and I’ll reconsider my point of view.

        • Cassie

          Dee, you’re wasting your breath. All of these coconut oil claims are total pseudoscience nonsense.

  5. P

    I like the suggestions to cook(taking in consideration of fat/calories) and use as hair conditioner(can just take a little a time and use hands to warm it up instead of bowl).
    However on face and mouth swishing,please use caution since if might cause existing problems even worse(acne,plaque etc).

  6. Katie

    When I had my son, a lactation consultant recommended using coconut oil as nipple cream. It has some natural anti-bacterial properties, so it is great for this. I used it throughout – and was glad to use something I already had at home instead of having to buy some expensive commercially packaged cream.

    • Jessica (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      What a great idea! I wish I would have known this when I was breastfeeding!

  7. Matt

    Coconut oil is so good for so many things. And this brand is the best!

    • Jessica (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I agree! 🙂

  8. Cassie

    Whatever floats your boat. Just be aware that coconut oil is high in saturated fat (just below butter) and has SCIENTIFICALLY shown to raise LDL (bad) cholesterol.

  9. Meg

    Most Indian use coconut oil for many things as mentioned above and many more. They especially cook with it but people here can’t stand the smell of Indian cooking. They apply to their hair regularly and people say “too much mousse”.
    I noticed that all things like yoga, meditation, turmeric, Ghee (clarified butter) and now coconut oil is the new THING for the westerners. 🙂

    • Robyn

      Another use if you are ever “fortunate “ enough to have a kiddo bring home head lice like we were a I got the advice from a friendto to use coconut oil with a couple drops of tea tree oil & soak it into my daughters hair which I did because I wasn’t liking the thought of using the heavy duty chemicals on her because she was so young & it worked!

      • Jessica (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        WOW! This made my jaw drop! I agree that I hated using the chemicals on my daughter’s hair when we were gifted with hair pets last year so I will be trying this if we are ever that lucky again:)

    • Robyn

      Of course still using the little comb etc

    • AZ

      It’s not that people can’t stand the smell of Indian cooking, b/c Westerners are clearly obsessed w/ eating it…it’s that nobody likes the smell of Indian cooking in people’s homes and on their bodies. It’s a strong and offensive odor to most people. And greasy hair just looks sloppy and unkempt….you can use coconut oil in your hair and then wash it out before leaving the house. Sorry but as a Desi, I see no reason for anyone to smell like Indian food or walk around with oil in their hair.

  10. Beth

    We just started doing Keto about a month ago and I’ve been using coconut oil so much more! Loving my coffee with coconut oil and heavy cream. My entire life I used French vanilla creamer filled with sugar and chemicals and I thought that would be the hardest thing to give up. I have lost 15 pounds and my husband has lost 30 in less than a month 🙂

    • Jessica (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Congrats on the weight loss that’s awesome! I am on the Keto bandwagon as well and I hope to have as much success as you’ve had!

  11. Kellie

    To those of you that say that it is just a fad and doesn’t have any proven uses; I have a cockerspaniel that has skin allergies. I started rubbing it on her skin and the redness and irritation have cleared up. I work in healthcare and have very dry hands because of washing my hands all of the time. I would use copious amounts of every lotion and cream out there and my hands continued to be dry. I started using coconut oil on them and they have never been softer and my cuticles have quit splitting. No science there just first hand experience talking.

    • Jessica (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thank you so much for this comment! I am so happy you and your cocker spaniel (such cute dogs) have experienced the benefits of Coconut oil!!

  12. PC

    Coconut oil is comedogenic- so for anyone w/ acne-prone skin, use discretion and patch test before applying it to your entire face b/c it can break you out.

    • Jessica (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Agree! It helped clear up my skin but everyone’s skin and sensitivity is different:)

  13. CWDsouza

    i use it as a butt cream on my toddler & it works well 🙂 no chemicals

    • Jessica (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      LOVE this! The fewer chemicals the better!

  14. Ashc

    Random but I use coconut oil to shave. It makes my legs, under arms and bikini area soft and smooth also reducing razor burn. My husband now uses it to shave his face and is shocked by not only the smoothness but the healing properties because he went from a ton of razor burn to none.

    • Jessica (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I am so glad you mentioned this! My husband also uses it to shave his face! I am going to try using it on my legs as well!

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