The use of coconut oil isn’t what you’d call breaking beauty news—but it has weaseled its way into our everyday routines since “organic” became synonymous to “effective.” Nowadays, beauty girls are using coconut oil for just about everything: cleanser, body lotion, mouthwash (no, really, Karen Pamintuan does it!). It’s come to the point that we’re convinced there is nothing coco can’t do! Here, for instance, are 15 ways you can incorporate the tropical oil into your beauty regimen. Don’t blame us when you get addicted!
1. MAKEUP REMOVER
Apply it straight to your face to melt away makeup. Your waterproof mascara doesn’t stand a chance!
2. SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
Revive fried and frizzy strands by dousing your hair in coconut oil. But if that’s too much oil for comfort, use shampoos and conditioners that use coconut oil as the active ingredient.
3. BODY OIL
Chuck out your cream lotion for a bottle of coconut oil. Apply it all over your body after a shower so you are moisturized from head-to-toe—minus the sticky feeling.
4. BODY SCRUB
Turn your coconut oil into a body scrub by mixing it with equal parts salt or sugar. The moisturizing effects will linger long after bath time is over.
5. STRETCH MARK TREATMENT
Expectant mothers can slather on coconut oil as a natural remedy to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
Scrub your teeth with coconut oil and baking soda to reveal a brighter smile.
Try oil-pulling! And by that we mean make use coconut oil as a natural alternative to mouthwash to whiten your teeth and get rid of bad breath.
8. LIP BALM
Coat your pout in coconut oil before bed to wake up to kissable lips! When you’re on the go, use a solid formula.
9. SHEET MASK
Try a sheet mask made with coconut fibers for a complexion-boosting treatment.
10. EYE CREAM
Apply coconut oil directly underneath your eyes for an instant pick-me-up.
11. COFFEE POWER-UP
If you like your cuppa extra potent, add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your morning coffee and stir it in. Wide-awake, the natural way! (BTW, the gelatinous layer on top is normal.)
12. HAIR SERUM
Take a dime-size amount of coconut oil and rub it into your strands from the mid-shaft and downward. This delivers frizz-free hair that’s high on shine.
13. SHAVING CREAM
Replace your shaving cream with coconut oil for the closest shave you’ve ever had.
14. GROWTH SERUM
Where hair is sparse, you can apply coconut oil to stimulate growth. We recommend applying it on your eyelashes and eyebrows with a spoolie every night.
15. MAKEUP-BRUSH CLEANER
Mix one part coconut oil with two parts antibacterial soap for squeaky-clean makeup brushes!
L-R: The Souq Oil Pulling Mouthwash with Virgin Coconut Oil, P774, Leaders InSolution Coconut Bio Mask with Broccoli, P148, Be Organic Virgin Coconut Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner, P148 each, Hurraw! All-Natural Coconut Lip Balm, P280