The Best (Unexpected) Ways To Use Coconut Oil

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As one might predict, we—along with the rest of the beauty-obsessed community—could sing the praises of coconut oil endlessly. By now, you’ve likely heard of the multi-tasking formula being used as a daily moisturizer (in place of your body lotion), in your hair as a quick masque and perhaps for oil-pulling’s alleged teeth-whitening effects. But the miracle formula’s abilities don’t stop at that—there are a myriad of other resourceful ways to use the yummy-smelling stuff. Employ these 6 simple techniques to further put the all-in-one wonder to use.

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To Make Natural Deodorant

As we're continually challenging ourselves to try out a more natural beauty routine, concocting a DIY deodorant is worth a shot. Mix equal parts coconut oil with baking soda (to help eliminate odor), add 2/3 part arrowroot, then finish with a few drops of your favorite essential oils for desired fragrance. Apply to your underarms as needed.

Eucalyptus Oil

$13

NOW Solutions

Arrowroot Starch Flour

$5

Bob's Red Mill

Pure Baking Soda

$2

Arm & Hammer

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

$18

Spectrum

Organic Cotton Rounds

$4

Studio 35

To Remove Eye Makeup

To rid of stubborn mascara, rub a bit of coconut oil over closed lids and gently wipe clean with a cotton round. This technique is celeb-approved—Brittany Snow swears by it.

In A DIY Body Scrub

Use coconut oil as the base of a sweet-smelling (and invigorating) body scrub.

Organic Cinnamon

$5

Celebration Herbals

Classic Roast Ground Coffee

$14

Folgers

Fusion Black Nickel Razor

$90

The Art of Shaving

As Shaving Cream

Simply swap out your standard shaving cream for a helping of oil instead—it does the trick just as well as (if not better than) the former.

Double Ended Brush Set

$68

Sephora Collection

To Clean Makeup Brushes

Heat up the oil in the microwave, then dip your brushes into the warm liquid. Dab them on a washcloth or paper towel to clean off the product residue, then rinse with water.

Stainless Steel Cuticle Pusher

$18

Tweezerman

To Nourish Cuticles

Before bed (or when you get out of the shower), use a cuticle pusher to clean up your nail bed, then rub on a bit of coconut oil to nourish the delicate skin.