Simply put, it's one of the single cheapest, most effective products I've ever tried for those little bumpies on the back of my arms. And while it won't work for folks who are looking for oil-free remedies, it's a great alternative to slathering on alpha hydroxy acid. And that's good news when beach season rolls around, because the downside to alpha hydroxies is that they make you burn more easily.
Does It Work?
It's slightly less effective than my other favorite product, Lac-Hydrin 5, at reducing redness, but I found it easier on my skin in the long-term. And, as previously mentioned, it's probably better for you come summer time, as long as you apply in the evening after your shower, and cover up with a good sunscreen during the day. (In other words, do not put oil on, skip sunscreen, and go out and sunbathe. You'll regret it.)
Texture, Feel, and Smell:
And on the upside, if you love coconut, you'll be super happy for those fifteen minutes. Weirdo.
Ease of Use:
I found that it was best to apply this after my shower. Typically, I'd towel off, gouge out a chunk of solid coconut oil, and warm it in my hands for a few seconds. Then I'd apply in the same way as a moisturizer.
The only drag was that I'd then have to stand very still not touching any of my clothes for a few minutes while the oil sunk in. So you may find that you want to apply this and then rinse off, so that you don't have to haunt your bathroom for awhile after applying.
Bang for Your Buck:
Price: $8 or under.
Is It Worth It? Despite the scent and the inconvenience, I wholeheartedly recommend this product. It's easy to find, cheap to buy, and it actually works. Plus, there's something very satisfying about buying, essentially, a grocery item and using it as a beauty product. You sort of feel that you've gamed the system.
My only caveat is that folks who suffer from keratosis pilaris on their faces might want to investigate another option, preferably with the help of a dermatologist. I'd never recommend that anyone with skin issues apply oil straight to their faces. Ask your doctor for a recommendation instead.