When it comes to natural beauty, ask almost anyone what their number one essential product is and the answer will be the same: coconut oil.
Lately I’ve been relying on this tropical-smelling oil for pretty much everything, and this time of year I find myself craving coconuts themselves, and coconut water, more and more. Refreshing, hydrating, delicious, and the taste… I can just close my eyes and pretend I’m on a tropical island somewhere. Here are some of my favorite of the many, many uses for coconut oil – what are your favorite ways to use it?
Moisturizer: Coconut oil all by itself is an amazing moisturizer. Use it on dry patches of skin, the cuticles, or after you’ve been out in the sun to replenish your skin. It also contains a little bit of natural SPF!
Conditioner: My hair tends to get really dry, really easily. I like to rub a little coconut oil on my hands and run them through my hair to keep it moisturized – plus it smells great! Coconut oil works great on its own as a leave-in conditioner, but you can also use it as a base with other ingredients to make your own shampoo or conditioner!
Lip Balm: Just as it helps to moisturize skin and hair, coconut oil is my go-to for chapped lips!
Makeup Remover: Coconut oil is an effective way to remove eye makeup – just dip a cotton ball in it and wipe gently around the eyes. An added bonus? It can also help your eyelashes grow!
Deodorant: Mix coconut oil with baking soda, arrowroot flour, and your favorite essential oil to get an amazing-smelling, effective all-natural deodorant.
Face Scrub: Mix coconut oil and sea salt to make a great exfoliating facial scrub that will leave your skin feeling bright, moisturized, and fresh!
Lip Scrub: Exfoliate and prep your lips just by mixing coconut oil and some sugar!
There’s something really satisfying about cracking a coconut open and drinking the water straight from it – here’s a little reminder on how to crack a coconut!
Once you’ve finished the water, you can eat the “meat” or, my favorite – add it to a smoothie! Try this coconut strawberry smoothie.
How do you use coconut oil?
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