Coconut Oil Soap: 5 Myths you should know

Hello there, today our topic is – myths about coconut oil soap. So, grab a glass of your favorite beverage - wine, beer, orange juice - basically whatever’s handy, and come sit with me.

First, let me say that I absolutely adore coconut oil – for my skin.

It’s really moisturizing, and it’s great for the lips before you put on lipstick – if you use lip balm before applying lipstick you’ll have ‘oily’ lips when you apply lipstick, and the lipstick will easily come off.

But, if you use coconut oil you’ll get moist and not oily lips, and your lipstick will stick to your lips much longer. Trust me, I’m an expert at this. 

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Coconut oil is also great for that annoying cuticle at the edge of your nails – you know, the one that dries up and hurts like hell, or the one that just grows across your nail for some reason – just rub in some coconut oil and it melts away. 

Also, if you have any coconut oil left at the end of a recipe and don’t know what to do with it, my tiny hint is to put some sugar, or salt in it, whichever you prefer, and use it as a scrub.

You can use it as a body scrub – to prevent acne, or as a lip scrub – to get rid of old skin which prevents your lipstick from applying well and staying on, and you can even use this scrub before shaving - just remember to wash it off first. 

Myth 1: Coconut Oil Soap is Great for Hair 

Myth 1

Now, I have used both – coconut oil and coconut oil soap for washing or moisturizing my hair. I saw this trick in a YouTube video and the girl had such pretty hair afterwards that I had to try it!

But beware, it may work awesome on your skin (as it does on mine) but it can be a total letdown on your hair.

I wanted less ‘frizzy’ hair, because I have a lot of split ends and long, straight hair. And I thought coconut oil soap will make it slick.

So, I used my regular shampoo, and then just simply put it on half of my hair – from my neck down, instead of a conditioner. 

When I washed it out I was left with such oily hair that it looked even worse than before I washed it! It was so oily that the hair ‘clustered’ together into sections, and it was all sticky, and just nasty looking. So, it isn’t great for all hair.

I have a suspicion that it works well with curly hair, but for straight hair it’s just an oily mess.

This may not be your experience with it, but in case you’re wondering how this soap reacts with your hair – I recommend first trying it on a section of your hair to observe the reaction.

Myth 2: Coconut Oil Soap is Great for Shaving

Myth 2

It’s true that coconut oil is one of the ‘foamier’ soaps, which is why one would naturally think that it is great for shaving. 

I myself have very dry skin on my legs in the summer, and I can’t just shave with solely water, I need shampoo or foam - otherwise I shave off my skin, not my hair!

I’ve seen this beauty hack with this soap, which really impressed me because her skin looked so much moister and healthier when she shaved with coconut oil – because the oil sank into the skin. 

My skin looked dry even after I used a shampoo or foam, and I always had to use moisturizing creams after shaving, but this beauty hack promised that this won’t be necessary because it is so moisturizing itself.

So, naturally, I tried it.

Now let me tell you something – oil and razor blades and hair – don’t mix.

Shaving soap works fine, but coconut oil still has that little bit of oil oozing out of the soap bar.

So it does give you that lovely smooth feeling, but when you shave – after a few strokes your razor blades get stuck with tiny hairs because of the oil that clusters them together. 

And no, you can’t just shake your razor under the water like usually to get rid of the hairs, they don’t come off because of the oil. I had to take a loofah and scrub the hairs out of razor blades every two strokes. Too much work for too little result, if you ask me.

However, if you wash your legs or any other body part with oil AFTER shaving, that actually softens your skin, so it’s not all bad.

Myth 3: There Must be at least 30% of coconut Oil Present in the Soap Bar to Have Great Lather

A lot of people say that if you want a foamy soap bar, your soap recipe has to include at least 30% part of coconut oil. It is true that coconut oil gives great lather, opposite of olive oil which hardens the soap bar and makes it oily, but that statement is untrue.

For a foamier soap you only need about 20% of it.

But, do be careful while mixing it with other vegetable oils, it may ruin the end product! If you mix together the wrong oils, the soap won’t get foamier, worse, it can even get extremely oily! Quite the opposite of what we want.

Myth 4: Coconut Oil Needs to be Fair Trade to Make all Natural Soap

Myth 4

I know this statement makes a lot of sense. It does, but it’s technically incorrect.  Fair trade doesn’t mean organic. Coconut oil needs to be organic to be all natural.

However, this statement gives a powerful message. Palm oil for example, when provided with the sticker ‘fair trade’ means that you’re protecting the world against global warming, and animals from losing their home. 

Palm oil is largely produced by chopping down miles of natural palm forests, which destroyed the land and killed off a lot of poor animals. Coconut oil has a similar problem.

A lot of farmers who farm coconuts (i.e. in Sri Lanka) are the poorest people among farmers. See, a lot of our ‘westernized’ world is obsessed with coconut oil for soap, creams and so on, but we’re not willing to pay a high price for it. 

Which is extremely bad for the farmers because they have to lower their price, and mostly sell their coconuts - $0.12 - $0.25 per nut. Which is quite outrageous, isn’t it? Imagine making such little money… While fair trade it isn’t necessary to make all natural soap, it certainly is, well, fair.

Myth 5: People With Nut allergies Can’t Use Coconut Based Products

Ah, here we are, the last myth. It is common sense actually – coconut has the word ‘nut’ in it, so people with nut allergies shouldn’t use it. But is that true?

Is it actually a nut?

Botanically it is a one-seeded drupe, but it can also be classified as three things: a fruit, a seed, and a nut. So yeah, it is a type of a nut – a tree nut (in the US at least), but in some countries it is only classified as fruit.

However, even if you’re allergic to nuts, you aren't necessarily allergic to coconuts and coconut oil. It is actually extremely rare for someone who has a nut allergy to be allergic to coconut – only 4 people in 5000 people who have a nut allergy are also allergic to it.

So, if you’re allergic to nuts, but unsure if coconut oil soap is safe for you to use, I suggest you go to your doctor so he or she can confirm or deny your possible coconut allergy.

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