Coconut oil has been on the holy-grail list in the wellness world longer than the phrase “January detox.” And for good reason. Naturally anti-bacterial, this delicious smelling, multi-purpose staple has earned its place in our medicine cabinet. But it’s more than just a moisturizer—here are five ways to use it anew this year.
Before your shower.
DIY Body Scrub: I love a good scrub. Full disclosure, my company, Organic Bath Co., has an entire line of crowd-pleasing scrubs. Cult favorite? Java Jolt! But if a Java Jolt isn’t handy, I can easily mix up a simple exfoliating scrub with coconut oil and sugar. My skin definitely misses the nourishing blend of oils we use in Java Jolt, but in a pinch coconut oil and sugar will do the trick.
Hair Mask: High in protein, vitamin E and lauric acid, coconut oil makes a great hair mask as a base or on its own. Leave on for at least 10 minutes.
In the shower.
Shaving Oil: I’ve used coconut oil as my shaving cream plenty of times and it leaves my legs smooth and moisturized. Warning: This will clog the razor if you don’t rinse it well with hot water, so don’t use your boyfriend’s good razor. Been there, done that. Learn from my mistakes. 🙂
Out of the shower.
Skin Moisturizer: I use a shea butter-based body butter most of the time (shameless plug: Organic Bath Co.’s Drenched Body Butter has won multiple awards and is our top-selling product). While coconut oil doesn’t penetrate my skin as much the multiple ingredients in Drenched, it still works well for moisturization.
Hair Moisturizer: A little dab of the oil on dry hair is a great natural moisturizer for your hair. It goes a long way, so I use coconut oil to add a natural sheen to my hair, as well as tame flyaways.