Hi there! If you haven’t noticed I’m a pretty huge fan of coconut oil. I started buying it a few years ago and discovered that you can use it for both baking, health and beauty related things. In fact, I often go through a jar of coconut oil once a week. Seriously it’s fabulous and smells AMAZING!
I wanted to share some of my favorite coconut oil uses. If you haven’t already been using it for some of these ways, I highly suggest giving them a try:
1. In your coffee. I know this sounds weird but adding a tablespoon of coconut oil to your morning cup of joe is a great way to start the day. DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE HEALTHY FATS. Even a teaspoon is good and I promise, the flavor is incredible.
2. Make a deep conditioning hair mask. This is probably one of my favorite ways to use it. Every week I mix 1 tablespoon of honey + 1 egg yolk (not the white) + 2 tablespoons of melted and cooled coconut oil. I slather this all over my ends and then put my hair in a bun and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Just remember not to cover your roots; it’s not necessary! Shampoo and condition your hair afterwards and prepare to discover beautiful, shiny locks!
3. Use it as a shaving cream. That’s right, I no longer use shaving cream! Instead I use coconut oil. I actually keep a jar of coconut oil in my bathroom specifically for this. Just slather a tablespoon or two on your legs then shave them as you normally would. You’ll have soft, moisturized legs and no razor burn.
4. Make-up Remover. Forget buying those expensive make-up removers! I use coconut oil all the time to remove my eye make-up because it’s gentle and also provides my sensitive skin with extra moisture. LOVE! Just put a small amount on a cotton ball or directly on the skin and then remove.
5. In a detox bath. I love putting 1/4 cup of coconut oil in my bath. It leaves your skin feeling luxuriously soft and smooth. Often times I’ll add in some sea salt for a nice soak or a little baking soda. Trust me, it’s amazing.
6. In place of butter in baking recipes. In many baking recipes, you can use coconut oil in place of butter. The best part is that you can actually use LESS than you would if baking with butter! I typically use about 3/4. So if a recipe would call for 1 cup of butter, I would use 3/4 cup of coconut oil instead. Just an example and you might have to play with it a bit, but it usually works for me.
7. As a nighttime moisturizer. If my skin is incredibly dry, I’ll use a small amount of coconut oil on my face at night. I find that I wake up and my skin feels soft and youthful looking. In the winter, coconut oil is particularly useful for cracked and dry hands. Slather them in oil and help to bed, then wake up to baby skin soft hands.
I actually wash my face with it in the shower. 🙂 After years of trying various oil-free face washes to fight my acne, I finally found something that works and doesn’t irritate my skin. My skin is actually less oily than it was when I used oil-free acne face washes. Guess you really do have to fight fire with fire.
I LOVE coconut oil! I also use it as a make-up remover and moisturizer. It works so well!
I use it for everything! I love it as a lotion 🙂
Amazing tips Monique, thank you so much!! I would’ve never thought about it as makeup remover!
I am totally obsessed with Coconut Oil! I am going to have to try that hair mask and shaving cream! I also use it as my make up remover (which is way cheaper than the Clinique one I have bought for years). I sometimes feel like it gets the mascara running in my eyes though… have you experienced that? I still use it anyways! I also use it for oil pulling/dental health, make a cellulite scrub with sugar and coffee, put a teaspoon or so in my smoothies in the morning for added nutrition, etc etc. I just love the stuff! This post made me also think about this short video haha… it’s so true.
THAT IS INCREDIBLE!
Great tip! Who knew coconut oil was so versatile?
I just bought a GINORMOUS couple of bottles at Costco and now I don’t have to worry about how to use them. Thanks for the tips!
I go through coconut oil fast! I use it to make hair oil (Amla/goosberry + coconut oil) Combined, they help stop dandruff and hair fall. I also use it in baking & cooking. Shared your post post on my website, thanks!
Great ideas!! I am actually going to try the coconut oil in my coffee now! Genius. 😉
Coconut oil, lavender oil, and caster oil applied to not only the face but across eyelashes along your nightly regiment will keep eyelashes soft, healthy, and help promote growth like crazy !!!!