50 uses for coconut oil

(UPDATE:  See my follow-up post for 50 more ways to use coconut oil!)

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile then you know that I’m a huge fan of coconut oil.

I’ve shared some reasons why you should be using it, but today I’m going to tell you exactly how you can use it.

You’ll be amazed at how versatile it can be!


50 ways to use coconut oil


  • Apply as a deep conditioner for your hair.   Just leave it on for 5-10 minutes, and your hair will be shiny and hydrated.  Just be sure to rinse thoroughly!
  • Use in place of perfume during the summer for a light tropical scent.
  • Use in place of serum to eliminate frizzy hair.
  • Rub into the skin to soften rough and dry patches.
  • Add about a teaspoon to your hot chocolate for a subtle flavor and some healthy benefits.
  • Use as a total body moisturizer.
  • Use to polish stainless steel appliances by applying with a cloth in soft circular motions.
  • Use as a makeup remover.  It’s particularly great for taking off eye makeup.
  • Add some to your morning coffee.
  • Add some to your smoothies- especially a Grass Skirt Smoothie!
  • Use in place of olive oil when roasting vegetables.
  • Treat psoriasis and eczema with it.
  • Aid digestion and eliminate heartburn by consuming one tablespoon.
  • Drizzle on a baked sweet potato in place of butter.  This is delicious!
  • Melt over popcorn with some sea salt for a great snack.
  • Use it to soften cuticles.
  • Give yourself an at-home pedicure, and apply coconut oil as a foot cream.
  • Take internally to boost your metabolism and support weight loss.
  • Use as a diaper rash cream alternative.
  • Use as massage oil.
  • Apply topically to your earlobes to soothe any irritation caused by wearing earrings.
  • Exfoliate your lips by mixing some coconut oil with brown or regular sugar.  Scrub gently for smooth soft lips.
  • Who needs makeup?  Take the oil internally to get naturally healthy vibrant skin.
  • Apply a tiny bit to your fingers and run through your hair to tame fly-aways.
  • Use it to heal cracked heels and elbows.
  • Spread it on toast in place of butter.  It tastes even better with a little raw honey.
  • Use it to heal severely chapped lips.
  • Apply it to alleviate razor burn.
  • Use it to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.  I can tell you first hand that it works!
  • Use as a natural non-toxic alternative to sunscreen.
  • Ditch shine sprays and use coconut oil to make your hair shinier.
  • Use it to soothe your skin after waxing or plucking.
  • Use it to heal cuts and scratches.
  • Use it in place of shaving cream.
  • Drizzle it on ice cream, cakes, and other desserts.
  • Make kale chips or sweet potato chips with it.
  • Apply it to your face to get rid of acne.
  • Use it as a nighttime facial moisturizer.  If you have oily skin, it might be too heavy to use during the day.  If your skin is dry, give it a go!
  • Use it in place of store-bought hand lotions.
  • Soothe a sore throat by adding it to some hot tea.
  • Use it to alleviate painful sunburn.
  • Soften calluses with it before exfoliating your feet.
  • Conceal split ends by adding just a tiny bit to the ends of your hair.
  • Rub a tiny amount onto a baby’s head to eliminate cradle cap.
  • Add it to the bath for ultra moisturized skin.
  • Add it to your own homemade granola, or try my Cinnamon Spiced Granola.  It’s addictive!
  • Make your own tinted lip balm by mixing it with some of your favorite blush or lipstick.
  • Use it as a natural toothpaste when mixed with baking soda.
  • Use it as a highlighter for your face by applying over your makeup for that Victoria’s Secret model glow.
  • Use it to relieve cracked nipples when nursing.


Pretty impressive, right?

Like Windex, you can basically use coconut oil for anything.

(In case you’re confused, that’s a reference to My Big Fat Greek Wedding.)

If you’ve never used coconut oil before, I hope that you’ll give it a try.  You can find coconut oil online, in health food stores, and even in most regular grocery stores these days.  There’s practically no excuse not to try it!

Do you use coconut oil for anything?  Any uses that aren’t on my list?  Please share!



  1. Thanks for this list, you hav given me so many great ideas for coconut oil. I just bought my first jar a few weeks ago and did not know it had so many usues… just like windex (yes, I watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding).
    On a totally unrelated topic, are you going to try to attend any conferences this year? I know it might be difficult as a new mommy, especially when you don’t want to leave your little one at home.

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    Oh! I’m so glad that you liked the list! There are seriously SO many ways to use this stuff. It is incredible! (I just realized that I answered your question only under the wrong post. LOL.)

  2. I have been wanting to try coconut oil because I hear everyone talking about it. Now I know what to do with it! Visiting from sits.

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    Yay! I hope that I turn you into a coconut oil lover. :) Thank you for visiting!

  3. Wow! What a great list. I had no idea that I could use it for chapped lips. I’ve been needing something and I could have just gone to the kitchen. :)

    Happy SITSSharefest!

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    So glad that I could help! Thanks so much for visiting. I’ll be heading on over to your blog as well! :)

  4. Seriously? Why have I not jumped on this bandwagon? Great post, definitely going to look into some of these. I’ve been skeptical of coconut oil since I have sensitive skin, but you’ve convinced me. Stopping by from SITS :) Have a fabulous weekend, and feel free to stop by my blog and visit if you get the chance!

    Diary of a Debutante

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    I also have sensitive skin and was very skeptical about applying oil, but seriously, it is amazing! I hope that it works for you too. :) Thanks so much for stopping by. Heading over to your blog now. :)

  5. I LOVE coconut oil as well! But I had NOOOO idea that there was this many uses for it. I’ve heard of a bunch of people putting it their coffee, so now I’m going to try it!

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    Yes! I love putting it in my morning coffee. Definitely give it a try. :)

  6. I LOVE this list and I pretty much do all of these! I am a huge fan of coconut and I always think its just like “Windex” too!! Love that you referenced that!! Signing up for your blog emails. Visiting from sits, but I have read your blog a few times before and I need to follow more often! Anything “Hawaiian” is tops in my book!!

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    Aw. Thank you so much! I’m really happy that you enjoyed the post and my blog…and the Windex reference. :)

  7. When I saw the title to this post on the SITS link list, I had to stop by! I have heard so much about coconut oil, but I was really unsure of what to use it for. I may have to head over to Trader Joes and pick some up ASAP. Thanks for the great list.

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    You’re welcome! I’m so glad that I could help. :)

  8. I think I am going to need a bigger container of coconut oil now! :)

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    LOL. That’s what I like to hear! :)

  9. Love your blog! Jumped on over from Shanna’s blog. Just the mention of coconut oil gets me pumped…it’s so healthy for you and good for your skin. (Use it in OCM, oil cleansing method for face.) Feel the same way you do about coconut oil…similar to my thoughts on apple cider vinegar and baking soda! Love the Windex reference, too, from My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Hahaha! Great post, thanks! Pinning…

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    Aw. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post and my blog. Comments like this one always make me happy. :)

  10. Erin…you always have great info! Thanks for linking up at our Show Off Blog Party.

  11. Thanks, Erin! I was just reading another blog post on coconut oil! My son has eczema and I am not a fan of steroid cream, so I am always looking for holistic ways to soften his skin and stop the itchies. I am definitely going to use this. Maybe in his bath? Thanks for linking up at The Show Off Blog Party. We look forward to seeing you again next week!!

    The Wondering Brain

  12. Wow I definitely need to get some coconut oil! Love the idea of using it on your cheekbones! Thanks Erin! <3

  13. Amanda

    We use it as a personal lubricant… 😉 No more irritation from those scary synthetic types!!

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    Well, that’s a use that I never even thought of! 😉

  14. I am excited to follow along in your new series. I am also doing a similar one that was totally inspired by a great friend at work with a new baby. I am so excited and can’t wait to see what all you come up with. This is a great coconut oil post! Glad I found your blog via #LetsBeFriends
    Love and Blessings,


    thegrassskirt Reply:

    I am so happy that you are excited about the series and that you enjoyed my coconut oil post! It is seriously amazing stuff. Thank you so much for stopping by. I just visited your blog and subscribed! :)


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