The benefits of Coconut Oil

Hi guys!
Today my lovely friend Mara (who lives in the US) takes over my blog for the day! Exciting, no?! 🙂 When it comes to coconut oil, she’s the expert.. So I really hope you guys like this post! Talk to you soon, xo Jo!
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So when someone mentions ‘coconut oil‘, you probably think of cooking right? Well yes, of course, I did too! However, today I want to talk about some other uses for coconut oil! If you want to know more ways in which coconut oil can be used, keep reading… 🙂
Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking
What is coconut oil?
Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking (which is normally the main reason people use coconut oil). However, I prefer to use it for Beauty purposes.
Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking
Benefits
First, it is affordable & multi-purpose. Thus, it helps you save money & counter space!  Second, it’s all natural so you dont have to worry about using a bunch of nasty chemicals on your skin and/or hair. I buy my coconut oil at Trader Joes in the US. You can also buy it at most health food stores or order it online at http://www.vitacost.com. Jo, who lives in Belgium, buys her coconut oil at a store called Essenza (see picture above).
collage_1 These are a few of my favorite ways to use coconut oil:
Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking
1. Make-up Remover – I apply this right to my face and gently rub it around. It’s quick and gently breaks up the make-up. Then, I rinse it off with my face cleanser and water. I have combination-/ breakout prone skin and coconut oil works great for me!
Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking
2. Moisturizer for face and body – It feels great, smells delicious & is super moisturizing.
Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking
3. Lip Balm– Again super hydrating! If you accidentally ingest it, its ok. It’s all natural!
Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking
You can also use coconut oil as a hair mask. Personally, this does not work for me. Its a bit too heavy and leaves my hair feeling greasy. However, I know a lot of girls who swear by this, so it might work for you! (But I suggest you wash your hair twice after using coconut oil on your hair 😉 )

Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking
Have you ever tried coconut oil? If so, what did you use it for? If not, you should definitely try it! 🙂

xoxo, Mara
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Tip of the week! Scheren met… / Shaving with…

… een body butter! Wist je dat je een body butter kan gebruiken in plaats van echt scheerschuim?

1) Je wint extra tijd wanneer het ‘snel snel’ moet gaan. Gewoon wat body butter op je benen smeren
en scheren maar! 😉
2) Je kan scheren ZONDER water te gebruiken. Handig, niet?
3) Je bespaard geld want hé, wie heeft er nu geen body butter in huis?!
3) Het geeft je benen meteen een zijdezacht gevoel en laat ze lekker ruiken. (Als je een lekker geurende body butter gebruikt tenminste).

PS. Je kan deze tip ook op andere delen van jouw lichaam gebruiken, maar wees voorzichtig: een body butter laat je scheermesje vlot over je huid glijden en je weet wat er dan kan gebeuren… *auw*!

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… a body butter! Did you know that you can shave with a body butter instead of a regular shaving foam?

1) It saves you time when you need to shave your legs fast. Put some body butter on your legs and
shave away. 😉
2) You can shave WITHOUT using water. Easy right?
3) It saves you money because hey, who doesn’t own a body butter?!
3) It leaves your legs feeling super smooth and hydrated + they will smell nice! (If you use a nice smelling body butter of course).

PS. You can use this tip also on other parts of your body. But be careful: body butter will make your skin slippery so shave slowly or otherwise… *auw*!

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