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20 Uses for Coconut Oil

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20 uses for coconut oilRecently, I heard one of the best lines about coconut oil “Always have three jars- one for the bathroom, one for the kitchen and one for the bedroom.” Meghan Telphner is brilliant. Simply brilliant.

Seeing as coconut oil (click here to purchase– affiliate link)  is so affordable, readily available and completely natural I use it for everything. I just bought a 5 gallon container of it. True story. And, yes, I have three jars. Coconut oil is just so multifunctional that everyone should have a jar or two or three handy. The possibilities are endless when it comes to coconut oil.

There are a gazillion uses for coconut oil, but I narrowed it down to 20.

  1. Deodorant: it can be used alone or mixed with a few other ingredients for a simple DIY deodorant. (find the tutorial here)
  2. Lip Balm: during those cold winters, use coconut oil as a lip balm or throw a few ingredients together and make a fancier version. (find the recipe here)
  3. Exfoliator: add some coconut oil to some sugar and now you have an exfoliating sugar scrub. (find the recipe here)
  4. Lotion: whip with shea butter and a few other ingredients to make shea butter scrub (find the recipe here). Looks fancy.
  5. Homemade toothpaste: this is on my personal to-do list. (find the recipe here)
  6. Sunscreen: many homemade sunscreen recipes (find the recipe here) use coconut oil because it naturally has an SPF of 4.
  7. Pink-eye: I remember reading somewhere that applying coconut oil to the affected area can help to heal pink-eye.
  8. Eye Make-Up Remover: The only way I remove make-up is with coconut oil.
  9. Oil Pulling: for gum health. (read more here)
  10. Hair Conditioner: Apply it all over your head and massage into the scalp. Leave for 30 minutes or more. Shampoo and rinse. You may need to shampoo and rinse more than once.
  11. Diaper Cream: use as a cloth diaper (read more here) safe cream. Just generously apply it to the bum area and voila nice, smooth and rash-free bottom.
  12. Cradles Cap: simply massage it into the head, leave for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm cloth.
  13. Moisturizer: it makes for a great full body moisturizer.
  14. Lubrication: it is an all-natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex. (find the lubrication recipe here)
  15. Cooking: it is great because it has a high smoke point.
  16. Baking: I use it for all my baking needs.
  17. Smoothies: add to a smoothie (find smoothie recipe here) for a nutritional boost.
  18. Homemade Chocolate: Have you ever made your own chocolate? Coconut oil is one of the 3 ingredients in this recipe (find the recipe here).  It is seriously so easy and the best tasting chocolate.
  19. Popcorn Topping: enjoy some freshly popped organic popcorn as a snack and toss with coconut oil as a topping (read more here) instead of butter.
  20. Removes Labels on Jars: run warm water over your jar and rub with coconut oil to remove those labels. (read more here)

What do you use coconut oil for?

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43 Responses to 20 Uses for Coconut Oil

  1. diane July 2, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    Thanks for sharing my shea butter scrub! It makes a great Christmas gift or just a decadent shower experience!

  2. orneryswife July 2, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    It is the only oil I have in my house. I use it exclusively for cooking. I keep meaning to use it for other things, but I am not sure about using it for my hair since oils build up in the drain/pipes and can cause some expensive issues. I may do it anyway, though. I also want to use it for oil pulling, but I just can’t seem to get past the idea of swishing oil in my mouth. I have a really strong gag reflex and textures sort of get to me… I am about ready to take the plunge, though. Your scrub sounds awesome, and I will certainly try it for personal lubricant. It has many anti-bacterial/anti-viral properties, so that seems like a natural choice.

    • Good Girl Gone Green July 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      I use olive oil for salads and stuff but only coconut oil for cooking! I have not tried the oil pulling, not sure I will be able to swish it around for 30 minutes or more.

  3. Kristina (The Greening Of Westford) July 2, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Thanks for sharing my lip balm recipe. In a pinch, I’ve just slathered on straight coconut oil on my lips. Works great!

    I love using coconut oil as eye makeup remover. An added bonus is that it makes a great eye cream. Plus I just read that it has anti-aging properties as well! Woo Hoo!

    • Good Girl Gone Green July 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

      My pleasure, Kristina! I love the smell of coconut oil on my lips, too. Eye cream- good idea! :)

  4. Tiffany (NatureMom) July 2, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    I adore coconut oil. Great ideas!

  5. Lori Popkewitz Alper July 2, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    So many great uses all in one spot! Thank’s for the shout out Stephanie!

  6. Laurie July 2, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    For the past two weeks I have been nicely healing a chronic case of eczema with only sunlight and unrefined, organic coconut oil- I use it topically and I add it to snacks.

  7. Jen @ Go Green July 2, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    I love the idea of having 3 different jars! I do that with apple cider vinegar so I should do it with coconut oil too!

    • Good Girl Gone Green July 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

      I knew you would, Jen! 😉

    • kale October 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      What do you use apple cider vinegar for that you need so much??

  8. Sommer July 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Alright this is a great post with an amazing collection of links! I love coconut oil and I’m thrilled you included me, thank you! BIG HUGS! I wish I would have used it for my kids when they needed diaper cream! Okay, off to go read all of these post and tips! Thank you!!!

  9. Poly @ how to find a man July 8, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    I’m used to using olive oil, and never heard about using cocnut oil in so many different kinds of uses.

    Will it smell?

    • Good Girl Gone Green July 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

      If you use unrefined raw coconut oil it will smell like coconut but if you use refined coconut oil it smells like nothing. I would recommend unrefined because it is less processed and better for your skin. Refined is good for high heat and cooking and baking.

  10. Gretchen@HealthfulMama July 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    I don’t know how I missed this when it published, but thanks for including the link to my sunscreen post! I love this list, and I had no idea that coconut oil could be used to remove labels! Awesome!

  11. polythenepam July 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    I am totally cocoloco – I use it for all the above but have to say I really love it as a conditioner. I put it on my hair before I shower but only for a few minutes – I have very oily hair. It works really well and my hair looks great. Fantastic list x

  12. Amy July 19, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    Were do you buy large containers of coconut oil???

    • Rene S July 24, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      I buy large container of organic coconut oil at Costco.

    • Good Girl Gone Green July 25, 2013 at 12:21 am #

      I buy mine through But I don’t think they send to the USA yet. Also try Tropical Traditions like Annie mentioned.

  13. Annie July 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I’ve been using coconut oil for years, and I have 3 jars too! :) It is so amazing and versatile. And I love that chocolate recipe, definitely have to try it out.

    Amy, check out (and no, I’m not affiliated with them in any way.) They sell high-quality coconut oil in 1 and 5 gallon pails at good prices.

  14. Rene S July 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    I use coconut oil in toothpaste (with baking soda, bentonite clay, xylitol, and cinnamon extract). It took some getting used to but now I really like it.

    Coconut oil is my favorite makeup remover. I also deep condition my hair with it–I put in a little before bedtime, brush through, wash in the morning.

  15. Debbie August 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Great ideas! I have just begun exploring the uses of coconut oil. This is such a great list to use for a kick start.

    • Good Girl Gone Green August 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

      Thank you. I use coconut oil on my face everyday! And my face smells so yummy! 😉

  16. Debby Ray August 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    I have some in my pantry to cook with and have used it on my skin which is very dry, I have never heard of some of these uses,,,very interesting. It’s good stuff!

  17. Amanda September 28, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    I use coconut oil as my conditioner and it never fails to give my hair a healthy shine. :) In my case, this also prevents dandruff so I really find coconut oil really useful and cheap alternative to expensive, cosmetic hair products.

  18. Meagan October 15, 2013 at 3:34 am #

    Great article! :)
    But note- the smoke point isn’t high. Virgin coconut is 350. Regular is 365. Grapeseed is more of a safe option for high baking/cooking at high temps, having a smoke point of 485.
    I am a huge huge fan of coconut as well! The buttery, but fresh flavor that virgin coconut adds to my steamed veggies is amazing. Yum yum!! & it is The Best skin conditioner ever! Heals chapped baby bottoms like nothing else & is even better put on theor bottoms as a preventative. Great stuff!

  19. Tricia October 15, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    I use it as a face cleaner and make up remover. My skin has never looked better. I’ve also used it as a lip balm, to soothe chafed areas, to shave my legs and as an eye cream. Oh, and I cook with it too! I’m in love with coconut oil!

  20. Dorsey October 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    I had been experiencing dry eye during the night. They say it is because my eyes don’t close fully in sleep. I had done some research and another lady commented she just used coconut oil in her eyes at night. I tried it and it works like a charm. The side benefits is that my 72 year old eyelashes are much longer and noticeable and the wrinkles around my eyes are less intense. :-) I just rub some along the lash line at night so it will melt into my eyes.

  21. Anna Menchaca October 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    I do already have a jar in the kitchen, bathroom and in the bedroom and have been using it for a while now. I love it although I don’t put in on my hair because it took three days of repeatedly washing my hair to finally get it all out. What I do now is after I apply to my body I then run my fingers through my hair, that is just enough to make it nice and soft without feeling greasy. I already do everything on your list plus I take a Tbsp 3 times a day.


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