|And there it is! It's cute, no?|
Here are my reasons:
1) It smells like heaven. Not "fake sun tan lotion type smell".... I'm talking rich, intoxicating, REAL coconut. Mmmmm. Seriously, you want to eat it.
2) A jar lasts a really, really long time. I've been using the same jar for months now and it might be halfway empty. That means it's pretty darn affordable, especially if you buy it in bulk. It has a shelf life of 2 years, unrefrigerated.
3) It's not just for slathering over your body. You can also use it for baking or sauteing food as a butter alternative. The side of the jar I have recommends using it in a pineapple upside down cake. Yum. I'll take one of those, please. And you can use it as a moisturizing treatment for your hair.
4) It's just straight up oil, plain and simple. Have you ever looked at the ingredients list of some moisturizers at the store? Yeah, pretty sure if I can't pronounce it I don't want it on my skin. And like I listed above, you can eat it. Doesn't get more natural than that.
Okay, so it sounds perfect. What's the problem?
Coconut oil stays in solid form until it reaches 76 degrees. That pretty much means it's always in solid form at my house. I usually dig a little oil out of it's jar with my hand after I get out of the shower, but it can be tricky to get the amount I want out when it's solid. I wondered if there was an easier way.
Of course there is!
I figured if I melted the oil down and poured it in my trusty silicone heart mold, I'd have a lotion bar of sorts.
Turns out I was right.
Here's how to do it:
1) Scoop out a couple tablespoons of coconut oil into a saucepan.
Optional: I also added a tiny bit of beeswax to mine since summer is approaching and I wanted it to be less melty once the temps start warming.
2) Melt oil over low heat. Once oil is melted, you could add any additional essential oils (lavender or orange or lemon could be really swell) and pour it into your mold.
3) If oil doesn't quite reach the top of your mold, scoop out some more solid oil and add to pan. It will melt fast because the pan is hot. Do this until your mold is full.
4) Let cool. I popped mine into the freezer for a few minutes to firm it up before I pushed it out of the mold. (NOTE: This is a tip I will use in the future when I try to get soaps out of this mold, as I had a problem with this in an earlier post. It works like a charm!)
5) Slather the goodness!
Having coconut oil in a bar form makes it SO much easier to apply! Just slide it over your skin and it melts instantly. I keep my bar on a small dish in the bathroom cupboard.
So...any tidbits of joy you want to share with me?