In recent years, coconut oil has become widely popular as a health and body care ingredient, and with good reason!
Not only does it contain antibacterial and antifungal properties, it is rich in antioxidants like caprylic acid. Great for camping or traveling light; simply pack a few ounces of coconut oil and leave the bulk of your other products at home.
1. Eyebrow Gel with Coconut Oil
For unruly or lackluster eyebrows, rub on a small amount of coconut oil and brush into shape with an eyebrow brush or finger. It will define the eyebrows and help maintain their shape.
2. Coconut Oil Foot Smoother
Gently soak rough, cracked feet in an epsom salt foot soak. Follow with a generous layer of coconut oil, or try this coconut oil based peppermint foot rub. Cover feet with socks and wake up to smoother, softer soles.
3. Facial Cleanse
Forget the soap and give your face a purifying oil cleanse that will deeply clean without stripping skin of moisture.
4. Makeup Remover
Try this gentle coconut oil based makeup remover to leave your face cleansed and hydrated before bed.
5. Lip Gloss
Rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, coconut oil helps heal and moisturize chapped lips. Simply rub a small amount on your lips for instant natural shine.
6. Makeup Brush Cleaner
Makeup brushes need to be cleaned regularly to prevent buildup and bacteria growth. For a simple DIY cleaner, combine 1 part coconut oil with 2 parts castile soap.
7. Hot Oil Hair Treatment
Use fatty acid rich coconut oil as a hot oil hair treatment to deeply penetrate and repair the hair shaft.
8. Shaving Cream
Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, coconut oil is a perfect choice for an irritation-free shave. Try this whipped shaving cream recipe.
9. Frizz Tamer for Ends and Fly-aways
A little bit of coconut oil rubbed onto brittle or freshly curled ends or fly-aways will instantly tame your tresses.
10. Pre-conditioner Before Swimming
Before heading to the pool or beach, rub some coconut oil through your locks. This creates a barrier between your hair and the drying wind, saltwater or chlorine, preventing damage and tangles.
Forget your toothpaste? No problem. Make up a quick and easy paste using coconut oil and baking soda, or try this remineralizing toothpaste.
A quick gargle with naturally antibacterial coconut oil and warm water does wonders for your teeth, gums and breath. Mix up enough for just one use, as there are no preservatives in it to keep bacteria from growing if left out.
13. Body Scrub
To help slough off dead skin and create a natural glow, mix up coconut oil with salt or sugar for a simple exfoliating scrub.
This baking soda based deodorant can be made using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. Antibacterial coconut oil helps keep you feeling cool and fresh.
15. Itch Relief
Use a dab of coconut oil to soothe bug bites, rashes and irritated skin.