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Posted by: 49064 (Guest), Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 1:31am
Hello fellow explorers,

I am a newbie here but have been interested and semi sort-of following my genotype diet for a couple of years now.  ;D.

My question is in regard to coconut oil. I know it's a no-no for explorer's but can I use it topically? I recently discovered that coconut oil is a natural sunscreen - 35% according to my naturopath doc.   8). I was skeptical so i decided to try it out. I've been laying in the sun every day (that the sun comes out in Ohio) only 15 to 20 minutes at a time and actually have a nice tan for the first time in years! It feels (and looks) great! No burning at all, not even once and I usually burn the first few times I go out. I really love using it this way.. My skin feels great too. Anyone have any thoughts?  ??). I know it gets absorbed through the skin but thinking its a small amount and hopefully nothing to worry about. Plus I love avoiding all the chemicals in commercial sunscreens.  :).
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 1:37am; Reply: 1
Usually, an avoid can be used topically unless it causes some rash, etc...
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 4:51am; Reply: 2
heard rice bran oil is a great sunscreen
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 4:57am; Reply: 3
I've been using lavender and myrrh essential oils in a base of coconut oil, both for a homemade sunscreen, as well as an after-shower skin softener. I'm a red-head, and have fair skin, but I'm "tanning".
Posted by: 49064 (Guest), Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 11:04am; Reply: 4
This is all great news.. I feel relieved now..  :D good to know about the rice bran oil, Ive heard that Shea butter is another natural sunscreen but haven't tried it. Adding essential oils.. what a great idea! Thanks everyone for your input.  :)
Posted by: san j, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 11:41pm; Reply: 5
Some essential oils are not to be used on the skin.
Some essential oils are not to be used on skin that is sun-exposed.
Do the research.  ;)
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 10:00am; Reply: 6
Quoted from san j
Some essential oils are not to be used on the skin.
Some essential oils are not to be used on skin that is sun-exposed.
Do the research.  ;)


I agree
I never ever use essential oils on skin - I have really sensitive skin and the advice here in DK is that babies, pregnant women and people with sensitive skin avoid all essential oils as well as perfume.
So I am a no scent person ;) except for the odd evening out.

However I have used coconut oil this year as a sunscreen and I have the best and nicest tan ever.
I am blond and blue eyed and normally burns easy- but not at all this year.
It must be said that the summer in Denmark has been amazing and I have slowly my tan up due to unemployment = lots of time in garden.
On days with high exposure I have used the oil 2 x a day.

Posted by: san j, Thursday, August 1, 2013, 3:03am; Reply: 7
Quoted from san j
Some essential oils are not to be used on the skin.
Some essential oils are not to be used on skin that is sun-exposed.
Do the research. ;)
Quoted from Henriette Bsec


I agree
I never ever use essential oils on skin - I have really sensitive skin and the advice here in DK is that babies, pregnant women and people with sensitive skin avoid all essential oils as well as perfume.
So I am a no scent person ;) except for the odd evening out.

There are actually essential oils prescribed particularly for sensitive skin. The use of therapeutic essential oils is not in order to smell nice, unless the therapeutic purpose involves
- improving body odor
- improving ambience odor
- psychotherapeutic effect of particular odors.

Many essential oils are very good for the skin.
But, again, some are distinctly to be avoided on the skin.
And some are not to be used on sun-exposed skin, such as the citrus-peel oils, with the exception of bergaptene-free bergamot (if the label specifies this). Grapefruit peel oil is safer in the sun, but I wouldn't mess with the category for tanning.
Posted by: wayland B+, Thursday, August 1, 2013, 4:24am; Reply: 8
If you do decide to add an essential oil, I think it might be wise to try a skin patch test first.
http://m.wikihow.com/Patch-Test-Skin
Even essential oils used on sensitive skin such as chamomile (which is in the ragweed family) can cause a skin reaction.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, August 2, 2013, 6:05pm; Reply: 9
Coconut oil is fine to use topically, unless you're allergic to it or you have a bad skin reaction when you use it. This is the general rule for using "avoid" oils or plant extracts on your skin.

Quoted from Dr D
My advice: Keep the lauric acid in your soaps and shampoos and the coconut oil in your moisturizers.


The above quote is taken from this blog post about why coconut oil is an "avoid" for so many people. I interpret the above sentence to mean that coconut oil is fine to use topically even if you're not supposed to eat it.
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