I have not used coconut oil a lot. The one thing I have used coconut oil for is to make my own bars (or cubes) of lotion. My second daughter is allergic to glycerin which is in almost every lotion easily accessible. So a friend had sent me a recipe to make my own lotion. It was very easy to make. I had to just have equal parts of coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter. I ordered all the items off of Amazon, carefully brought all the items to a liquid state. (I melted them over very low heat or on a low power in a microwave, tending it carefully. I have since seen where one lady melted something very similar on low in her crockpot–she used a liner first.) Then I poured the mixture into ice cube trays, put the ice cube trays in my freezer to cool it, then popped them out of the trays when hardened. I put the cubes in a ziploc bag, and my daughter can even take a cube to school in her backpack! The lotion is hard, and sometimes I would put a cube in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it; but usually it could be rubbed right on the skin.
When I got the coconut oil, I asked some of my friends in a facebook group I am in what they use coconut oil for. Here are just a few of the answers they gave me (again these are just normal people using it in their every day life–not doctors saying that you should use it for these reasons):
- They used it in recipes instead of oil or butter.
- They used it to wash their face.
- They made deodorant with it.
- They used it as frying oil for stir fries.
- They used it to put on mosquito bites.
- They used it as an ingredient in homemade mayonnaise.
Well, I knew that the coconut oil that Tropical Traditions sent me would work in my lotion cube recipe, but I wanted to bake with it! So I made a dessert recipe that I found on pinterest that you could use coconut oil in, and it was delicious! The recipe used a 8″ x 11″ pan, so I doubled the recipe and baked it in 10″ x 15″ pan. I froze the bars, and then took them on vacation with my whole family. They were the favorite of all the desserts for my mom, grandma and me. You can get the recipe HERE! The dessert bars were scrumptious!
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.