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Whipped Coconut Oil For Hair And Skin

We talk a lot about oils here on the Free People blog, and for good reason – they’re amazing for both your external and internal health. Personally, I’m a fan of coconut oil: I cook with it, slather it on my skin, rub it into the ends of my hair, and even add it to my coffee and tea.

This incredible oil has been in the news a lot lately, and for good reason: Among its myriad of uses and benefits, coconut oil has positive antioxidant properties, meaning that it can actually stop free radicals from damaging  tissue and other healthy fats in our bodies. Plus, when you use coconut oil as a lotion, every day is like going to the beach, it smells amazing.

However, I have one complaint: The one thing that I don’t like about this miracle oil is how hard and crumbly it is straight out of the jar during colder months. With the cooler days of fall not far off, I went in search of a solution and found out that coconut oil can be whipped into a creamy consistency that actually stays relatively soft. To make this moisturizer even better, I’ve added soothing jojoba oil and one of my favorite essential oils for scent. The result is intoxicating, and a welcome relief to sun-soaked skin after a day at the beach now, or to parched dry skin after a cold day outdoors later.

Coconut Oil

You’ll Need:

1 cup organic unrefined virgin coconut oil (room temperature – unmelted)

A few drops of the essential oil of your choice

1 tsp jojoba oil

Coconut Oil

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix on high for seven or eight minutes. While you can use a hand-held mixer for this, I recommend using a stand mixer so you can leave it running while the concoction emulsifies. After the eight minutes is up, use a rubber spatula to transfer the moisturizer to a glass jar. Store in a cool, dark place indefinitely.

Coconut Oil

To use: Apply to freshly washed, slightly damp skin, as you would a moisturizer or rub a little into the ends of damp hair as a leave-in conditioner.

To decorate the jar: Trace the lid of the jar onto a piece of heavyweight brown paper and cut out the circle. Use glue to adhere the paper disk to the top of the jar, and wrap rough twine around the outside of the lid, fastening with glue. Allow to dry.

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rhiannon -August 20, 2014, 9:12AM
Hypnotica Vintage -August 20, 2014, 10:04AM

Good idea. I’m pretty stuck on argan oil though.

Lara -August 20, 2014, 11:43AM

This looks absolutely amazing! I LOVE using coconut oil in my hair and in facial scrubs. I will definitely have to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing!


Organic Fiji -August 20, 2014, 1:29PM

This is such a wonderful idea! Adding this to our long list of great things coconut oil can do for you :)

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Alexandra -August 20, 2014, 1:53PM

Pinned! Can’t wait to try it out . Thanks!

Warm regards,

Steph -August 20, 2014, 2:18PM

I’ll have to try this!!!

Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina -August 21, 2014, 11:58AM

This looks amazing, I’ve got to try this on my hair and skin, #pinning!

natural organic hair products -August 22, 2014, 2:20AM

Hi julie,

Here i get new idea about Coconut Oil. This is a nice idea! I like this blog. I have a own blog and i will share your post to my blog.

karina -August 22, 2014, 8:34AM

so i decided to use the diy shampoo and coconut oil conditioner… when i apply the coconut oil to my hair, it just gets greasy and gross and stuck together, even after rinsing a lot… i just used a pea-sized amount to the ends! :/ any tips?

Afrodusa -August 24, 2014, 12:57PM

My skin likes coconut oil, unfortunately my hair absolutely HATES it *sigh*.

Dave -September 6, 2014, 6:51AM

Hello Julie, Your blog is very nice. Using coconut oil is a one of the natural way to make your hair and skin soft, radiant, and healthy. Thanks for sharing this info with us.

Natalie -September 15, 2014, 9:22AM

Love how you guys always have natural homemade product recipes, however I’m allergic to coconut oil. Do you have any shampoo/conditioner/body product recipies that don’t contain coconut oil?

em -September 19, 2014, 12:43AM

I don’t know one person who actually likes coconut oil in their hair…. it leaves grease spots every time i’ve tried but if anyone knows how to prevent this i would loooove to know!!!

Leah -July 1, 2015, 4:45PM

Yes! You’re probably using wayy too much coconut oil in your hair. I use about a pin head amount. A tiny tiny bit and scrunch it through my wet hair and its amazing!

Alexander pope -June 27, 2016, 2:56AM

Caring for long hair doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. There are many treatments that can be done at home for a very modest price and without harsh chemicals that can do more damage than good. Coconut oil is a cheap, wonderful, and natural way to care for our hair.

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