Growing up, Vaseline was my jam! I used it to moisturize my legs, mixed it in my lotion, and used it to keep my lips juicy. It was a part of my everyday life. Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, is a semitransparent jelly-like mixture of hydrocarbons that lubricates and is a base for ointments. While there is technically nothing wrong with Vaseline (as long as it’s triple-distilled and purified), I moisturize with coconut oil these days.
Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids, having antimicrobial properties that help combat many bacterial and fungal skin infections and conditions. What’s more, coconut oil reduces inflammation caused by skin disorders and aids in healing wounds. In my opinion, it’s most beneficial as a moisturizer. For dry skin, mild to moderate, coconut oil can add tons of hydration and is just as moisturizing as Vaseline.
While choosing your coconut oil, it’s important to know that all offerings aren’t the same. The oil is extracted in two ways. First, the dry process involves pressing the kernels of dried coconut meat to extract oil. It’s then bleached and deodorized to form a mild-scented refined coconut oil. This oil is best for cooking due to its high smoke point. Second, the wet process traditionally wet mills or presses out the oil from fresh coconut meat, milk, or residue. The process creates virgin coconut oil with an authentic scent that is the best choice for skin.
If you’re interested in using virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer, you can apply it directly to your skin. For more fragrant and nourishing hydration, try this simple recipe.
Coconut Oil Moisturizer
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 10 minutes | Servings: 5-7 days
- 1 cup of virgin coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon of vitamin E oil
- 2-3 drops of Lavender, Rose, or Ylang Ylang
- Melt coconut oil until it liquifies.
- Once melted, stir in vitamin E and essential oil and mix thoroughly.
- Pour into a container and allow to set.
- Use as needed.