I made the switch to natural cleaners for my house a few years ago - a nasty allergy made this one an easy change to make - but I was a bit suspicious of substituting beauty products with foodstuffs until now.
This switch was born out of being disorganised, I ran out of my usual moisturiser, and trying to economise a bit now that I am self employed.
Ease of switch: very easy!
I already had a jar of coconut oil but if you don't it is now available in most large supermarkets. Using a spoon that had been dipped in hot water I scooped out a chunk of cocunut oil (it is solid at room temperature) and put in in a sealable tub. To use, just scape out a small amount, soften in your hands and apply to your face like a normal moisturiser. It feels a little greasy at first but very quickly sinks in.
Success of switch: Great success.
I've been using coconut oil as a facial moisuriser for two weeks now and have found it just as effective as a normal moisuriser. My skin is quite sensitive and I've had no adverse reaction.
Cost / Cost Saving: Saving £53.37 (on 283ml of product)
I bought Groovy Food Company Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. It is available at Tesco for £6 for 283ml (£2.13 per 100ml). I usually buy Boots Time Delay Day and Night Cream at £10.49 each for 50ml (£20.98 per 100ml!!). That saved me a massive £53.37 if I use the whole tub as moisturiser and that's before you take into account the other things I seem to pick up when I am in somewhere like Boots just because they are in front of me! You also only need a tiny amount of oil so I suspect the saving will be increased over time becuase the product simply lasts longer.
The obvious benefit is that the product is completely natural so if you are trying to cut out chemicals from your life this is a great easy switch.
Another unexpected bonus is that coconut oil has many other uses - this makes it a brilliant product to travel with. Just fill a small container and you have facial moisturiser, hand and body moisturiser, eye make up remover, lipsalve and deodorant!
Eye make up remover: a small amount warmed to soften it then dabbed onto a cotton ball or cloth makes a really effective eye make up remover. I forgot mine and the cocunut oil removed all trace of thick eyeliner from my eyes with no stinging.
Hand and body moisturiser: Smells lovely and is very effective
Natural deodorant: I didn't really believe this one but I did try it and was pleasantly surprised! Warm a small amount in your hands and rub it into your armpits. It left no marks on my clothes and I still felt and smelt fresh at the end of the day. I haven't tested it out at the gym or a run yet and think I'll stick with a normal anti perspirant for that for the moment.
Is it worth trying? I'd say definitely.