13 Unexpected Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil


As far as I’m convinced, coconut oil is god. Seriously. That stuff is as close as I’m going to get to worshipping a deity, I think. Since I started using it on a regular basis about three years ago, I continue to discover new uses for it. It works on EVERYTHING. I’m not definitely not alone in my enthusiasm for coconut oil, as it seems everyone with even a slight interest in “natural” living sings its praises 24/7.

Coconut oil is key in my beauty routine, mainly because it has so many different uses. Here are thirteen more! Some of these aren’t actually too unexpected—I think you already know that oil is a good moisturizer—but hopefully some of these will inspire you to find even more ways to use up that gigantic jar of coconut oil.

1. Makeup Remover: Coconut oil is the only makeup remover I use anymore. It works like a charm, it’s cheap and it smells great. I just put some on a cotton ball and go to town.

2. Lipstick Extender: Want to extend the life of that last little bit of lipstick in the tube? Melt it with some coconut oil in a microwaveable container (or a small pot on your stove) and then pour the new mixture into an old lip balm tube or tin. Bam, instant tinted lip balm!

3. Lip Balm: Put some on your lips. Instant hydration!


I actually own this much coconut oil. Photo: Carrie Murphy

4. Shaving Cream: We’ve already brought you this tip, but it’s worth repeating. Coconut oil makes a great shaving cream!

5. Body Scrub: Combine it with some sea salt or organic sugar and maybe a drop or two of your favorite essential oil Then exfoliate like a mofo.

6. Brow Makeup: Mix coconut oil with eyeshadow or powder the same color as your brows. Way better than an eyebrow pencil!

7. Eyelash Lengthener: There is a contingent of the internet who swear by coconut oil to make your eyelashes longer. I can’t personally vouch for this method, but you can learn more, if you’re interested.

8. Teeth Whitening: Lots of people use coconut oil for oil pulling, which is supposed to make your teeth whiter. I’ve actually tried it and liked it, more so for the clean feeling it gives me than for any real teeth whitening benefits, but hey, it’s worth a try!

9. Cuticle Oil: Dry fingers? Coconut oil. It makes your nails shiny, too!

10. Fight Dandruff: Massage a good handful of coconut oil directly into your scalp and leave it for a few minutes or as long as you can stand to feel greasy. The massage motion helps to dislodge the dandruff and the oil helps moisturize your scalp.

11. Frizz Fighter: A dab of coconut oil is a great way to keep frizz down.

12. Conditioner: I use coconut oil as a deep conditioner once every few weeks. I rub it throughout my hair, put it in a ponytail and watch Reign for awhile, then shampoo it out. But it also makes a great daily conditioner, especially if you have very dry or thick hair.

13. Moisturizer: Yeah. Slather this stuff on your body. It can also be used as a facial moisturizer, although using it on your face is apparently controversial, as opinions are split on whether or not it can clog your pores. I’ve never had any problems with it!

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    • Colleen

      I use it for treating my eczema…slather on face before bed, all clear in the morning. :)

    • Crayzcheshire

      Where can I go to be dipped into a vat of this??

    • Amanda Wolfe

      I’ve started putting some on my face right after a shower and my complexion has drastically improved. It doesn’t cause acne either.

      • JLH1986

        I do the same, but a good friend had a major breakout after using it. So like everything else skin related….to each their own.

    • Bubblegumbanshee

      Haven’t tried it in my eyelashes, but after somehow chapping or scraping my eyelids (yeah, I don’t know what the crap I did either) I can say with supreme confidence that it burns like crazy when it eventually drips into your eyeball.
      That said, I mix it with my lotion to moisturizer, and it both dulls the smell that 99% of lotions overwhelm you with, and uber hydrates. Looooove the stuff.

    • Peter Brownlow

      I’ve been of the view for some time that it would be an excellent idea to base a religion around coconut oil. The claims that are made about coconut oil are both almost miraculous and multitudinous; and are all potentially provable. It would therefore differ from most other religions which rely on faith; on there perhaps being something some time down the track that might happen positively if one does or thinks something. As a business model of course this latter concept is brilliant, as you never need proof, just faith. But for me, I love the concept of “coconism”.

    • Anne Marie Hawkins

      I’m definitely on the coconut bandwagon. It’s the only thing that keeps my skin from cracking during winter.

    • LynnKell

      *clears throat” Personal lube…

      • Crayzcheshire

        DUDE… yes…I tried that and probably don’t ever want to use anything else EVER