Coconut Oil: do you prefer it solid or liquid?

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    Smile Coconut Oil: do you prefer it solid or liquid?

    Hi there!

    This is all about the most amazing stuff...coconut oil!

    Depending on temperature, EVCO (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil) can be solid or liquid. Being a triglyceride of mainly saturated fatty acids (primarily lauric), it melts at between 20 - 25C (68 - 77F).

    To use Coconut oil in the shower, some people have mentioned that they prefer to scoop it up as the solid from, and apply to the wet skin while the water is still running. This is fine if the temperature is cool in the bathroom...so it will be solid.

    However, in the warm seasons it will usually be in the melted liquid form, so it might be easier to measure and apply the liquid coconut oil from the palm of the hand?

    I was wondering, what would be ideal...if the cocount oil in your shower was always in the solid state, or perhaps always in the liquid form?

    I know a bit about product formulation, so I could come up with natural blends:
    1. Coconut oil/wax that would always be solid at temps below 29C. Used in a jar, so you can scoop it out with the fingers.

    2. Coconut oil/monosaturated oil that would always be liquid at temps above 10C. Used in a bottle to squirt into the palm to apply.


    What do you seasoned veterans of EVCO reckon?

    Looking forward to hearing from you!!

    Thanks

    Annuu
    Last edited by Annuu; 08-13-2006 at 01:42 AM.

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    Looking forward to hearing from EVCO users, thanks

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    I bought some yesterday and I like the soild form because it feels nice when it melts on the skin. I have only been using it one day though. I think that the liquid could get quite messy. I have not had a problem with it melting in the bathroom even when I had the jar sitting on the shower

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    Solid for sure. When it melts I end up using too much. I never have a problem with it turning to liquid when I leave the jar right outside the shower door.

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    Thanks for the feedback. Two votes for solid so far!
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    I always find that coconut oil turns to liquid in the summer months, but in the winter (here in NZ right now) it is invariably solid.


    I will play around with various combinations of extra virgin coconut oil & waxes to see if I can come up with a nice solid coconut oil combo, that melts and stays put on the skin, but is manageable in a jar anywhere in the home (even when stored at temps up to 30C).

    Should be fun!

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    i love the solid form. it doesn't bother me, however, when it melts down. i think it is great that you are trying to come up with a blend and all....but I think that nothing beats 100% EVCO. I have also been using a moisturizer with a coconut oil fatty acid cream base and blended with essential oils.....and though it feels/smells amazing and I like the option of having something else.....I would always like the pure oil itself instead. just my point of view. thanks

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    Solid for me. Liquid is too messy.

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    Thanks guys, solid it is!

    Just in case anyone was concerned that a EVCO blend would lose its effectiveness...it will still be 95%+ EVCO (maybe more). The wax would be a natural one and just used to keep the blend nice and solid at temperatures found at home. I would also like to include vitamins A, E and the purified plant extract (centella) to help healing of kp scars.

    So it would be a kp balm, that contain no water, no preservatives, no emulsifiers, no perfume, no colours...nothing that could possibly irritate kp. It would be suitable for use on the face and for young kiddies.

    I will also seek out, and work with small producers of EVCO in the South Pacific, so the oil is fresh and directly helps the local community!

    Sounds cool, eh?

    Annuu
    Last edited by Annuu; 08-11-2006 at 04:57 AM. Reason: I think 'balm' sounds better than 'butter', so I renamed it

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    Nice work Annuu! I'm a bonafide EVCO connessieur also and just got my sis to start using it. She's a believer now. I mentioned in another thread that I will start using it in the shower and see if that works better. I usually apply it after bathing. I found that it liquifies if left in the shower but I like it solid as well. It's a little easier to control when solid and doesn't turn into a runny mess.

    Does anyone else have a regimen where they loofa/scrub the oil into the skin first then wash it off? I heard one guy say he does that. If not, what is the routine that works best for you? Just trying to get more ideas.

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    I have been using EVCO in the shower. It has worked very well. I wash with an exfoliating soap, wash my hair and the last thing I do is apply the oil. I step out of the flow of water, slather it on, then gently rub it in under the water. I turn the water off and rub again, slather on extra if I feel necessary and allow it to soak in as I get ready. Note: I have long hair and since I do not want look like a grease ball who didn't wash their hair , I clip it up onto the top of my head before slathering on the oil. If you get a scoop of the oil quickly applied, it doesn't get too messy. I occasionally use an exfoliating mit, no more than 2x a week as it gets too harsh for my sensitive skin. This is the only way that I have done it......I haven't applied it out of the shower as you have....do you towel off first and then apply or while you are still wet from the shower? I am interested to know if it takes a while to soak in or if you feel like an oil slick while waiting for it to absorb??

    Also.....annuu.....after you explained what the blend would consist of....I find myself VERY interested in trying your new product. Do you have an ETA on it's availability? I am in Los Angeles, CA.......will it be available to me?

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    Hi Boodle:

    Thanks for your very encouraging comments!

    When I have the EVCO blend figured out (in a matter of weeks) it will definitely be available to people in the US, or any other country!

    Cheers!

    Annuu

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annuu
    Thanks guys, solid it is!

    Just in case anyone was concerned that a EVCO blend would lose its effectiveness...it will still be 95%+ EVCO (maybe more). The wax would be a natural one and just used to keep the blend nice and solid at temperatures found at home. I would also like to include vitamins A, E and the purified plant extract (centella) to help healing of kp scars.

    So it would be a kp butter, that contain no water, no preservatives, no emulsifiers, no perfume, no colours...nothing that could possibly irritate kp. It would be suitable for use on the face and for young kiddies.

    I will also seek out, and work with small producers of EVCO in the South Pacific, so the oil is fresh and directly helps the local community!

    Sounds cool, eh?

    Annuu
    Wow, that sounds very cool.

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    Hey Boodle...I usually towel dry just a little but leaving my skin damp. Then, I rub the oil in. It takes a bit of time for the oil to soak into my skin which is why I sometimes do it at night instead of in the morning. I don't mind getting a little grease on my sheets since I change them everyday. It helps avoid getting my clothing messed up. In the morning, I'll usually apply the BBW Eucalyptus lotion instead of the oil.

    I'm going to start applying it in the shower now and see how that works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chyna
    Hey Boodle...I usually towel dry just a little but leaving my skin damp. Then, I rub the oil in. It takes a bit of time for the oil to soak into my skin which is why I sometimes do it at night instead of in the morning. I don't mind getting a little grease on my sheets since I change them everyday. It helps avoid getting my clothing messed up. In the morning, I'll usually apply the BBW Eucalyptus lotion instead of the oil.

    I'm going to start applying it in the shower now and see how that works.

    Thanks so much, I am going to try that as well and see if it makes a difference. I have been, occasionally, using Evening Primrose lotion by Aubrey Organics. Whenever I have to get ready quickly and can't wait for oil to absorb. It is also made of a coconut oil base and feels fantastic.

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