You may already cook with coconut oil, but did you know that it also does wonders outside the kitchen? We’ve listed 30 of our favourite ways to use coconut oil – as a beauty product, as a home remedy for all sorts of ailments, and even for babies and pregnant mothers. Can a jar of coconut oil really work magic? Try it for yourself and tell us what you think!
1. As a skin moisturizer
Instead of your usual moisturizing lotion, try a tiny dollop of coconut oil. A little goes a long way!
2. As a conditioner
Deep condition your whole scalp or just use coconut oil on the ends of your hair for shiny tresses.
3. As an ingredient for homemade soap
Coconut oil, water and lye combine beautifully to make homemade soap!
4. As a lip balm
Try this lip balm recipe to protect those puckers. Coconut oil will even give your lips a very mild SPF protection from the sun!
5. As a body scrub
Melt some coconut oil and stir in sugar. Let it cool and voila – you have an exfoliating body scrub.
6. As a makeup remover
Rub coconut oil onto your face with your fingertips and rinse it off with water for a gentle and natural makeup remover. It even works with waterproof eye makeup.
7. As a massage oil
Using coconut oil for massages not only helps moisturize your skin, it also leaves you smelling wonderful!
8. As a shaving cream
Coconut oil is a perfect in-shower shaving cream since oil doesn’t dissolve immediately in water. It leaves your skin soft and protects it from razor burns. Try this recipe.
9. As a nail and cuticle treatment
Coconut oil is a cheap, natural substitute for store-bought cuticle oil. Simply rub a little into your cuticles and over your nails.
10. As a deodorant
Mix one part of arrowroot powder with three to four parts of coconut oil and apply as needed.
11. To lighten blemishes
Coconut oil can help lessen the appearance of a wide variety of skin blemishes, including sun or age spots. Rub coconut oil onto the spots daily.
12. To reduce dark eye bags
Rub a little coconut oil under your eyes before bed to reduce puffiness and eye bags.