If, for whatever reason, you’d been with me over this past Christmas, you would have seen some amazing things. First, you’d hear me say, “Who are you, and what are you doing in my house?” Then, after we cleared up the confusion, you would have had the rare opportunity to see me as I reached over my menorah to pull my Christmas gifts out of my Christmakuh stocking. (I come from a mixed household, religion-wise, and we do our very best to accommodate all parts of our cultures.) What did I grab? Oh, nothing weird–just an economy-sized bottle of coconut oil.
I wasn’t particularly surprised by this because my mom basically moonlights as a hippie. By day, she can’t wear tie dye t-shirts and Birkenstocks like I know she wants to, but she does burn a lot of incense in our home and attends Bonnaroo, at least sporadically. So, this gift made a lot of sense to me, considering that it’s one of the latest health and beauty fads for cool hippies everywhere, having been touted and embraced by everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Shailene Woodley.
Ever since I got that jar (and, just FYI, I haven’t even totally gotten through it yet–it’s that big) I’ve been figuring out the myriad of uses for which I can implement it in my beauty routine and, let me tell you, there are a ton. Here are 18 of my favorite ways to use coconut oil:
1. Shaving Lotion:
Don’t fret if you run out of shaving cream–if you lather some coconut oil on your legs, it works just as well (without the harsh chemicals that shaving cream has).
2. Cheekbone Highlighter
Don’t drop $25 on a highlighter pen! Instead, apply a small dab of coconut oil to the tops of your cheekbones, just like you would with regular highlighter–for precision, use a small brush (maybe one from your old highlighter bottle? Just a thought! *sips tea*)
3. Facial Scrub:
Mix sea salt and coconut oil for the best facial scrub you’ll ever experience–super exfoliating and super hydrating.
4. Body Scrub:
For the body scrub, mix sugar and coconut oil (you’ll smell amazing afterwards and everyone around you will be like, “Yas, kween”).
5. Makeup Remover:
Literally just rub coconut oil on your eyes to take even the toughest, most waterproof eyeliner and mascara off. I mean, not too much. And, like, close your eyes. But it totally works.
6. Homemade Deodorant:
If you’re over the aluminum in conventional deodorant but don’t really want to go the Tom’s of Maine route (too many hippie connotations, and not the fun kind), you can make your own low-maintenance version with coconut oil.
7. DIY Lip Balm Or Gloss:
You can either just literally rub some coconut oil on your lips or follow the instructions from the link above! Either way, it’ll keep your lips soft and adds a nice, natural shine.
8. Body Lotion:
You can follow a recipe or you can do what I do and just rub some coconut oil (are you noticing a pattern here?) wherever you need some moisture. It’s especially great for areas that get particularly dry, like elbows and knees.
9. Facial Moisturizer:
You can also use coconut oil as a facial moisturizer–just make sure to use only about teaspoon size. Otherwise your face can get really greasy really fast.
10. Tanning Oil:
I can’t advocate laying out, but if you must do it, use coconut oil. It’ll protect your skin from UV rays about as well as your SPF 3 Banana Boat (which is to say: basically not at all), but at least your coconut scent will be legit.
11. After-Sunburn Care:
And, you know, after you get burned from laying out, coconut oil also works as after-sun care. ~Multi-purpose~
12. Hair Mask:
Coconut oil is legitimately the best overnight hair mask I’ve ever used. No joke. (Not that I would joke about hair masks. I have standards, you know.) I usually just put about a teaspoon size in my hair–or whatever is about the same about that you would use with conditioner–but this hair mask from The Every Girl is also great.
13. Flyaway And Split End Tamer:
You can also wear coconut oil in your hair throughout the day to tame any flyaways or split ends that you have. Lucy Hale does it, so, obviously, you should too.
14. Hair Static Reducer:
If you’ve got static-y hair, rub a little coconut oil between your hands, put it in your hair, and the static will be gone.
15. Homemade Toothpaste:
If you’re ever in a pinch without toothpaste, you can combine coconut oil and baking soda to make a DIY version–plus, it’ll taste really good (but don’t eat it, because that defeats the purpose).
16. Teeth Whitener:
Plus, like, potentially a BUNCH of other stuff. You can try something called “oil pulling,” which basically entails taking a tablespoon of coconut oil and swishing it around in your mouth for twenty minutes. It’s supposed to stave off illness, detox the body, and whiten your teeth. I tried it once, and the only thing I really got from it was whiter teeth. But they really were much, much whiter!
17. Cuticle Oil:
If your cuticles need…treatment (I don’t know, I have literally never done anything with my cuticles), apparently, coconut oil is really great. Cool!
18. Hydrating, Anti-Acne Face Mask:
The antibacterial agents in coconut oil make it an awesome acne cure, so give it a shot the next time you’ve got a breakout.
Do you ever use coconut oil? Did I forget any ways to use it? Are you, too, in love with the coco? (Sorry.) Let us know in the comments!