9 Reasons To Keep Coconut Oil In Your Bathroom

There are countless everyday uses for coconut oil. I use coconut oil in my cooking and in my homemade body care products. Here are 9 of my favorite uses for coconut oil in my bathroom (#1 is my favorite)!

9 Reasons To Keep Coconut Oil In Your BathroomI write a lot about using coconut oil in recipes but many don’t know of the benefits of using coconut oil outside of the kitchen.  We keep a jar of coconut oil in our bathroom always! Coconut oil is a wonderful skin moisturizer  as well as a leave in hair treatment. Below is a list of 9 ways our family uses coconut oil in the bathroom.

9 Reasons To Keep Coconut Oil In Your Bathroom

1. Oil Pulling

Have you swished with coconut oil? Oil pulling is a traditional way to cleanse the mouth of bacteria. Start your day with oil pulling by swishing a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth. Try to swish for at least 10 minutes. If you can, swish up to 20 minutes.

2. Carrier Oil

When I’m stressed or need to relax I mix a spoonful of coconut with a few drops of my favorite essential oils.

3. Shave Your Legs

That’s right! Coconut oil is a girls best friend when it comes to shaving. If you want baby soft legs, rub a small amount of coconut oil on your legs before shaving.

4. Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

Have you tried coconut oil for hair? It’s amazing! Coconut oil helps reduce protein loss when used as a pre or post treatment. I swing towards pre-treating my hair by adding a 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil to the roots  and work the oil down to the ends. I then leave the coconut oil on for an hour before rinsing.

5. Skin moisturizer

I use whipped coconut oil body butter almost daily! Coconut oil is known to help reduce scaring, stretch marks and prevent sagging skin. It’s a natural “miracle” cream! Try my whipped coconut oil body butter here.

 6. Rash and Burn Cream

Coconut oil helps to sooth rashes and burns. I’ve witnessed this when my children have had diaper rashes. A small dab of coconut oil has always helped to reduce and even eliminate diaper rash.

7. Eye Makeup Remover

Another wonderful reason to have coconut oil on hand in the bathroom is for removing makeup! Wash your face and then use coconut oil to remove the remaining eye makeup.

8. Cuticle Treatment

Coconut oil does wonders for your nails! Massage your finger nails and toe nails with it as often as you like to help keep rugged cuticles tame. The anti-fungal properties of coconut oil are also helpful for keeping  toes clear of fungal infections.

9. Frizz Tamer

Coconut oil is my go-to when I need to tame my daughters beautifully wild hair. Only use a small amount though. Too much coconut oil will leave your hair with an oily look.

Looking for more ways to use coconut oil? Try some of my homemade body care recipes!

Do you use coconut oil in your bathroom? What is your favorite use? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below!

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About the author: Tiffany is a real food mama who lives in Oregon. She is a stay at home mom of three coconut babies. She is passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, she uses coconut products in almost all her cooking. Subscribe to The Coconut Mama’s Newsletter for more articles like this one.

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  • Susie August 18, 2016, 2:00 pm

    I tried your recipe for deodorant and I love it! I have been using coconut oil deodorant for a few years now. It’s easy to make, works terrific, lasts a
    long time and Iam not getting all the chemicals in store deodorant.
    I also use coconut oil as a moisturizor, again no chemicals and it softens skin better than anything else I have ever used.

  • Kerrie February 22, 2016, 5:48 am

    After you whip the coconut oil, does it stay that texture after you put it in a container?

  • Sue October 29, 2015, 7:23 pm

    I have been using coconut oil for years as a body moisturizer —put a little on my face then my usual serum and face cream overtop…I have been using for maybe 10 years and have no dry skin whatsoever…I swear by coconut oil..really believe it has halted my wrinkles etc..I also use to take my eye makeup off…well like the article above …many good reasons to keep in the bathroom.

  • Brunella October 22, 2015, 4:57 pm

    I use coconut oil as a night cream and a soother on my eyelid allergy itch. love it. also on minor scratches and such.

  • rose August 12, 2015, 9:01 am

    How do you use the coconut oil on your hair? Can you use it straight out of the jar and apply to hair? I’m a newbie to this. My daughter, has eczema on her arms can I use coconut oil on her arm?

  • michele June 28, 2015, 11:02 am

    I use coconut oil as a face moisturizer. I have acn3 prone skin and Oddly enough it doesn’t make my skin oily like many of the “oil free” moisturizers I have tried. And one drop on your fingertip is all it takes, so it is by far the least expensive option for moisturizing!

  • raju gupta-chaudhary June 13, 2015, 11:32 am

    just wanted to say you are beautiful

  • Felix June 9, 2015, 5:42 am

    Does anybody buy the coconut oil in a special cosmetic size jar or do you just buy the large cooking size containers? Is there any pure virgin coconut oil on the market that also looks nice on the bathroom shelf?
    What are the main factors you look for when buying coconut oil that you will use on your skin?
    Thank you!

  • Sharon May 25, 2015, 9:01 pm

    My family and I have been using coconut oil for almost 4 years now and love it! It’s wonderful to cook with, great for haircare and I started Oil Pulling about 2-3 months ago. Started off pulling every day. Now pulling about 4 mornings a week. Mouth so refreshed and I really appreciate it’s cleansing. Leave in for atleast 10-15 minutes?…you benefit from internal cleansing as well. I’m receiving numerous responses from many others inspired to try it. Truly appreciate all the great tips here also! Going to start shaving with it! Good info. Thank you!

  • Sheryl May 16, 2015, 8:10 am

    For menopausal vaginal dryness, coconut oil is great!

  • Laura April 15, 2015, 12:26 pm

    some of you have hinted at this but I use bc and otherwise which dries me out “down there” and have a hard time getting wet naturally. My hubby and I keep a little jar next to the bedside table and it works soooooo well!! My gyno told me this and I’m so glad she did. You can get it on your hands and just run the extra oil on you or your partners body so no yucky stuff on the bedroom sheets! Seriously the best thing for my sex life!! Try it now. You will not regret it! (Also less irritation after sex as well) <3

  • Skye April 13, 2015, 7:53 am

    Love it and use coconut for all of the above. Worried about clogging the drains?? Anyone know if this may happen? Prevention?

    • Deb Weyrich-Cody March 12, 2017, 8:22 am

      Prevention? Do NOT put coconut oil down the drain. It WILL cause serious plumbing issues eventually. Use your garbage can for disposal.

  • Caitlin April 12, 2015, 7:28 am

    For a few days I tried to use coconut oil as body moisturizer but after few hours it started to stink with an acidic smell and it destroyed my good quality clothes. The smell was not coming out in 40 degree wash. So some of them I could to wash in 60 degrees and it came out, but the other ones which I could not wash in 60 degrees i had to wash in a vinegar to get rid of the smell. Also when I put the coconut oil on me after the bath and went to bed I though I was sleeping in a vomit because the smell was so acidic like from the stomach when you vomit. So I stopped using coconut oil on my body. I use it for all other purposes. Don’t know if other ppl had similar effects.

    • Deb Weyrich-Cody March 12, 2017, 8:29 am

      Caitlin, if you’re still watching this post, knowing that using coconut oil pulling draws toxins out of the mouth, you should perhaps try pulling yourself. But first, please go to your doctor and have your blood pH tested for acidity?

  • cmv April 8, 2015, 3:25 pm

    I use it alone for scar cream.

  • Donna April 8, 2015, 11:04 am

    Give 1/4 teaspoon coconut oil daily to cats to relieve fur balls and it helps with shedding.

  • Nancy March 2, 2015, 7:51 pm

    I see the jar at the top of the page and the coconut oil looks creamy. Mine is very hard and I have to dig it out and melt it in my hands to apply to my face, hands, etc. Is there a way to make it creamy and have it stay that way for easier use and not change the chemistry of the coconut oil?

  • Ceilli March 2, 2015, 1:40 am

    I give 1tsp coconut oil to my cat daily to help prevent fur balls (the oil pulls any hair out through her system). She absolutely loves it. I also comb a little through her fur to help her flaky skin & give her a shiny coat. I also find putting 1-2 tbsp in the bath is extremely softening for the skin & feels heavenly!

  • Linda P March 1, 2015, 6:41 pm

    I have 2 jars of coconut oil in my bathroom. One is plain (but whipped) for cleaning my face and shaving . The other is a scrub made of sugar and coconut oil. It makes the best exfoliating scrub – it cleans and conditions all at once! I also love putting a dollop in my bath water with Epsom salt and baking soda, it makes the best soaking bath! I only do this in the summer, I am afraid the oil will clog my pipes in the winter.

  • liberty March 1, 2015, 10:53 am

    i mix coconut oil with brown sugar to make a scrub to use in the shower.
    leaves skin feeling great and the oil does not gunk up the tub like baby oil does!

  • Meg February 17, 2015, 7:47 pm

    Your coconut oil looks so fluffy and soft in your picture at the top. Mine is hard as a rock, what am I not doing? I can barely scrape it out of the jar and I have fingernails…lol. I bought the Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil, I hope that’s the right kind. Please any help would be appreciated!

  • Mrs.B February 6, 2015, 9:20 pm

    Our Lab recently got kennel cough from the dog next door. We gave him 1 tblsp coconut oil, 1 tblsp honey and 1 tblspn lemon. It only took 24 hours and the foamy cough was gone.

  • Brenda January 27, 2015, 11:16 pm

    I keep coconut oil everywhere. I do use it to cook with in place of regular cooking oil. I suffer from fibromyalgia and this stuff has been amazing! I use it as a moisturizer for my face, it helps tremendously with wrinkles and dark circles under eyes. A trust Godsend!! A teaspoon in my coffee everyday helps for over all aches and pains and has strengthened my fingernails. It can be rubbed on your body anywhere for arthritis aches. I use in my hair as a leave in treatment. Shave my legs with it. I use it as a chapstick. As just plain lotion. I am really unsure if there’s anything this stuff won’t fix or treat. It helps with weight loss… And FYI… I absolutely HATE coconut…Can’t stand the taste or the smell…Thank God, coconut oil has no taste or smell.

  • Amanda January 18, 2015, 6:03 pm

    Love coconut oil.

  • cassie January 18, 2015, 5:42 pm

    My husband HATES the flavour of coconut oil (not a huge fan myself although I will put up with it) are there any that don’t have a strong aroma and taste

  • Genene January 16, 2015, 12:27 am

    I add hydronic acid and vitamin c crystals to coconut oil, I use it every morning and night as a face cream on slightly damp skin. I’m told my ski. Looks great….

  • Karen January 15, 2015, 2:32 pm

    What is oil pulling?

    • Bobbie Brewer January 18, 2015, 1:01 am

      Pulling is putting coconut oil in your mouth and swishing it around for as long as you can stand and then spitting it out. It kills bacteria. I also use it with a mixture of baking soda — make a paste — and brush with it. It feels so good and clean and makes my teeth so much whiter. After brushing with the paste, then rinse mouth with salt water.

    • Krista February 17, 2015, 2:45 am

      Karen, I was about to ask the same thing….well I had been reading all the comments for so long that I forgot about #1 at the top of this page, “9 Reasons to Keep Coconut Oil in your Bathroom”

      1. Oil Pulling
      Have you swished with coconut oil? Oil pulling is a traditional way to cleanse the mouth of bacteria. Start your day with oil pulling by swishing a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth. Try to swish for at least 10 minutes. If you can, swish up to 20 minutes.

    • Michele February 27, 2015, 4:12 pm

      There are several places on this site that talks about oil pulling but to get complete information go to http://www.oilpulling.com. Basically you put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swish it around, “pulling” it between your teeth, for about 20 minutes. Afterwards spit it out into the garbage can and rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If you can’t handle the whole amount or time you can work up to it. You can use any food grade oil but I prefer sesame or coconut. I have been doing it for almost two years. I started out doing it every day but now about 4 times a week. I went from having very deep pockets around my teeth to none.
      I also use coconut oil for cooking, brushing my teeth, as a moisturizer, and anything else that I think it may benefit.

  • Alyssa January 15, 2015, 7:52 am

    Just dropping in to say I’ve started using coconut oil for shaving, but I go about it a little differently. I found that when I shave right after applying, my razor gets super clogged after just a small patch of skin, which can be frustrating when you’re all wet and oily and your hair is everywhere… is that just me?

    Anyway, what I do is apply the oil liberally to my entire body while I’m waiting for the shower to warm up. Then I get in and wash my hair and put in conditioner, and while the conditioner soaks in and does it’s thang I shave. It’s beautiful. My skin is sooo silky soft when I’m done, and the rest of my body is too. Even after washing (with a moisturizing soap) I’m still nice and soft. If it’s nighttime, I add more coconut oil to the areas I’ve shaved, but if not it doesn’t seem to matter, my skin stays hydrated but less oily.

    I highly recommend this technique of moisturizing to people who want the benefits of coconut oil with less of the greasy feeling!

  • Amy January 15, 2015, 3:20 am

    I use coconut oil as a deodorant. I mix 1/4 c. of baking soda, 1/4 c. of cornstarch, and 5 tbsp. of coconut oil. I put it into a little container and use it by applying with my fingers. If you perspire a lot, you can also apply talc free baby powder over the deodorant. I use a loose powder container and disposable make-up removal pads. You could use reusable cloths as well.

  • Ashlee January 13, 2015, 9:20 pm

    How do I know which coconut oil to use?

  • Kate January 13, 2015, 8:50 pm

    I love coconut oil for a lot of things. But I read several people post on other sites that oil pulling can cause crowns to come off. All my back teeth are crowns so afraid to try it.

  • Jean Towe January 13, 2015, 1:11 pm

    I also love CO but had no idea of so many different uses!! Very helpful ideas, thank you!!

  • TMan January 13, 2015, 6:19 am

    Nasal passage soothing. The winters here are extremely dry and it really irritates nasal passages. A little dab on a qtip and apply in nasal passage (as high as possible) and the dryness at night is alleviated, and it helps reduce nasal buildup. Works much better that the commercially available nasal lubricants.

  • Ali January 11, 2015, 5:58 am

    I use coconut oil to wash my face every night. Just message it onto your face, your eyelids; it breaks down your toughest makeup and eye makeup. Use a washcloth with hot water to remove the oil and dirt from your face. I love the way it makes my face feel.

  • Goddessunthesun December 10, 2014, 9:16 am

    I hate to run out of coconut oil.

  • Katherine October 22, 2014, 10:18 am

    Lovely blog, dear! Definitely going to try some of the things here that you mentioned. I have also heard that for some people, it helps with eczema.

  • shannon October 12, 2014, 10:43 pm

    What is the difference between coconut oil and mana?

  • Lindsey September 12, 2014, 8:59 am

    Coconut oil also works for “chub rub” ha! I ran a 5K in new running pants (I know a total no no) and got a bad rash. I tried treating it with different rash creams that weren’t helping at all. I out coconut oil on the rash and it was almost gone the next day! Yay!

  • LindaRae September 6, 2014, 7:23 am

    I keep a container of coconut oil in my bathroom as a balm for vulvodynia. I suffered greatly for years, trying everything on the drugstore shelves. When I started learning about the health and skin benefits of coconut oil I said “why not try it for the vulvodynia?” Sooo glad I did. I never suffer any more. As soon as I start to feel a bit sore/stingy I apply the coconut oil to the lady parts and the discomfort is GONE! If you or anyone you know suffers with this mysterious, undiganoisable vaginal/vulva condition, which doctors haven’t a clue about, past this tip on to them. They will thank you.

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  • Gloria September 3, 2014, 12:57 am

    I was a little late with the coconut oil hype and actually have no plans on trying it at first. I used virgin olive oil for my dry hair. But when a friend recommended coconut oil to me, I was so amazed on the countless benefit you can get. And with your site I even learned more and will continue using it. Thank you very much for this wonderful site.

  • Victoria August 11, 2014, 3:42 pm

    This article has great ideas! I’ll have to try coconut oil when shaving! Thanks for sharing such great tips. By the way, I use coconut oil for my face as a cleanser. Leave it on for ten minutes, then wash off.

  • Brittainie August 6, 2014, 12:07 am

    I use it for massage oil, sugar scrubs, cuts, sunburns, dry skin and in my solution for cloth wipes! I will be using some of these ideas!

  • Marg August 5, 2014, 2:42 pm

    I have recently become a huge fan of coconut oil! I started using it for cooking and it has gradually moved into my bathroom as well. I initially used it as a body moisturizer after my showers but then about 3 months ago read an article about using it as a cleanser for my face. I was really skeptical but thought what the heck? I haven’t looked back or used soap or commercial cleansers on my face since and the improvement in my face is amazing!

  • Sandi August 4, 2014, 11:54 am

    I don’t know that I would suggest using coconut oil on burns.

    Water? Yes.

    Coconut oil? No!

    Just use water on a minor burn to rehydrate the burn area!

  • Penny August 4, 2014, 9:50 am

    I started using coconut oil just over a year ago now..i use it for every skincare you can imagine just about! My hair, moisturizer, makeup remover, and cleanser, shaving legs, scrubs, you name it and i’ve probably used it! I have never gotten more compliments on my skin and hair in my life! I am 47 yr old, and I have had several ppl tell me that they thought I was in my early to mid 30s! So coconut oil is a keeper for me I’d say! 🙂 Wished I would have known about it years ago now!

  • Lisa July 23, 2014, 7:55 am

    We recently rescued a puppy. When we brought her home she was covered with fleas. I rubbed melted coconut oil into her hair and skin and the fleas all died within minutes. It has been a few weeks and we have not seen any more fleas or scratching. I will say, she did look like a little grease ball for a few days but it did the job.

  • Amanda July 18, 2014, 5:56 am

    Annnnnnnnnd: forgot to mention that I use CO for oil pulling and in my sugar and salt scrubs.

  • Amanda July 18, 2014, 5:52 am

    I’m the poster child for allergies and skin sensitivity. Coconut oil has been a blessing in my life since my cousin, Yolande, introduced me to this miracle oil a few years ago. I use it as a moisturizer from head to toe, inside and outside. I cook with it, I add it to baking soda and cinnamon for a wonderful toothpaste. I love baked sweet potatoes in the fall and winter—I rub a little coconut oil on my potatoes before baking them and eat potato and peel. Of course, no smoothie is complete without a spoonful of coconut oil. If I’m in a hurry, I just eat a spoon full on my way out the door. It’s my sunscreen. A couple of years ago, as one of my students gave me a morning hug, he turned to his daddy and said, “Come see, Daddy-she smells so good.” It is worth it’s weight in gold to me.

  • Donna July 11, 2014, 10:52 am

    I also use cocnut oil for many things most recently I started mixing xoxnutoil with baknig soda and use it for deodorant! It works very well better than crystal and toms

  • Ruth July 11, 2014, 5:23 am


  • Jacqueline July 8, 2014, 8:19 pm

    Thank you for doing this it is truly a blessing to me to learn all these different ideas for a more natural life in so many ways!

  • Shauna July 5, 2014, 3:04 pm

    Wow! Used it to remove my eye makeup… works better than anything else I’ve tried!

  • Chris July 3, 2014, 7:33 am

    I use it for all my moisturizing products, and sugar scrubs

  • Robert June 20, 2014, 12:02 pm

    Coconut makes a wonderful foreskin lubricant and much nicer
    than astroglide.

  • Joni June 16, 2014, 10:44 am

    I just tried to whip coconut out to make moisturizer, and it would not whip. It darkened a bit in color, but did not thicken very much. Any suggestions?

  • Lillie June 13, 2014, 4:34 am

    What kind do you used? I wondering if would work to kill ants?

  • Stephanie June 12, 2014, 3:35 am


    I’ve recently started oil pulling with coconut oil after having a lot of cavities pop up and some troublesome dental work. I quite like the effect it’s ad, although its early days still, but I’ve now developed an infection where the dentist had previously filled a ‘large’ cavity and require a root canal as I’ve also developed a lump on my gum (from the infection). He’s given me antibiotics to start, but I’d rather not do a root canal – do you have any experience or advice you can share? Has anyone had a similar problem and tried a natural remedy that worked?

  • Margareth June 11, 2014, 5:49 am

    Is there a specific brand that’s good (for skin)?

  • Barbara June 10, 2014, 12:31 pm

    What is your favorite brand of coconut oil and why?

  • Amy-Sue June 10, 2014, 10:04 am

    Does it work well on sunburns?

  • Kath June 6, 2014, 4:56 am

    I love using coconut oil on stretch marks and as a body lotion but I’ve come into a weird problem…when I use it and then wash & dry what I was wearing my clothes smell bad! I am using organic, refined (expeller pressed) oil and Method laundry detergent. The only way to get the smell out is a very hot wash including bleach! Any help is appreciated–thanks!

    • Deb July 17, 2014, 10:29 am

      Add some vinegar to the wash (along with your measured detergent) – a glug or two is what I use. That usually takes care of most smells. For really persistent smells, I soak the laundry load overnight with the vinegar in the wash water.

  • Patrica May 31, 2014, 2:28 pm

    I use it in my hair and on my face and it works wonders for me.

  • Lois May 31, 2014, 2:05 pm

    I’ve used coconut oil for 2 months now. I use it in smoothies, in my oatmeal or coffee, for oil pulling, make up removal, cooking, and I even give it to my dogs. My skin has never been better, my mouth always feels clean, and my poor 10 yr. Old bichon frise with skin allergies is scratching much less (and is better tempered!) I highly recommend it!!

  • JudyT May 31, 2014, 10:34 am

    I use coconut oil for oil pulling, as a facial moisturizer and more recently for popping organic popcorn!! Love using it in cooking, too.

  • Nora May 31, 2014, 7:36 am

    My coconut oil jar says refrigerate after opening. Is it really okay to keep it in the bathroom? Thanks.

  • JulieB May 19, 2014, 9:57 pm

    We use it to moisturize our dry feet. I also make a scrub with brown sugar and coconut oil and use to wash my face and exfoliate before shaving. It is the best moisturizer for the entire body, and to help reduce dry scalp 🙂

  • Sasa May 17, 2014, 12:28 am

    DONT use Coconut Oil on a burn! I speak from experience and a ruined vacation!

  • Mark April 23, 2014, 4:11 pm

    I just started the oil pulling about 10 days ago. I have worked up to 20 minutes every morning. It really does give your mouth a wonderful clean feeling. I highly recommend it. Thanks for a great post.

  • Brenda April 23, 2014, 1:01 pm

    I use coconut oil every day under my breast. It is great to prevent perspiration and heat rash/yeast infection. Helps speed healing time for bruises too. Great in smoothies too.

  • Lani April 19, 2014, 8:40 pm

    Coconut oil is highly comedogenic, so not good for those who are acne prone!

  • anna April 19, 2014, 8:36 am


  • Lisa April 15, 2014, 1:48 pm

    I use straight coconut oil to wash my face almost every night (if not coconut oil, I use raw honey with my clarisonic). After I wash, I slather on some hyaluronic acid serum, rosehip oil and argon oil. I’ve never had better skin! I make toothpaste with it too and I love the way my mouth feels afterwards

  • Christo April 15, 2014, 5:57 am

    Weird, if even the smallest amount of coconut oil touches the skin on my face I get a pimple there 100% of the time. Other than than I love it and use it for all kinds of things.

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  • Patricia April 13, 2014, 5:01 am

    I love the new discovery of coconut oil and have subscribed to your newsletter. I have found the healing effect of coconut oil by using it on a particularly sore place near my tailbone that tends to drain at times. Just smooth a scant amount over the spot after my shower and it done….no more soreness! Also love using it as a deodorant; I could go on and on but thanks to Coconut Mama, I’ve made some real changes in my personal care and diet!

    • Paris Cobb July 10, 2014, 4:28 am

      You could have a pilonidal cyst. They are located at the tailbone and will sometimes drain. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/pilondial-cyst

      I hope this is helpful.

    • elizabeth July 10, 2014, 4:19 pm

      i suspect you have an Pilonidal Cyst. You should have your Dr. check it for you. here is a link to the Mayo clinic to help you.

  • Melissa April 12, 2014, 2:35 pm

    I also use on my post bikini area shaving. Keeps it from getting all itchy later on in the day.

  • Leonna April 10, 2014, 8:16 pm

    I use coconut oil on my daughter every time I change her diaper and she never gets a rash. Also as a daily moisturizer all over my face and body. My dog loves it too, she licks my legs when I put it on!

  • Chrisla Khillawan April 6, 2014, 9:12 am

    A drop or two of coconut oil in my ear keeps the ear cool and softens the wax, also after swimming helps in draining out the excess water that remains in the ear and leaves a cooling effect.

  • Mary Lynn April 6, 2014, 8:31 am

    My son was badly burned in an auto accident 10 months ago and I use the coconut oil on his healed skin. It was so dry and now it’s soft. Works a lot better than what we were given to use.

  • Tressa April 5, 2014, 4:23 pm

    Coconut oil newbie, here. Can I use the coconut oil I use for cooking?

    • Beth April 13, 2014, 4:31 am


  • Cheri April 4, 2014, 6:24 pm

    Do you not have to keep it refrigerated after opening? The coconut oil, I have says too.

  • Leslie April 4, 2014, 5:09 pm

    Coconut oil is a great substitute for KYJelly or massage oil. That’s all I’ll say!

  • Julie April 4, 2014, 3:48 pm

    Coconut is great for sunburn’s you have to apply it about every hour for the first day I had a Granddaughter get a sunburn I applied Coconut oil several times and the next morning when she got up there was no sign of sunburn could not believe how great it worked

  • Kristin April 4, 2014, 2:18 pm

    Which is better, refined or unrefined?

    • Bobbie Brewer January 18, 2015, 12:52 am

      I don’t think it would matter whether it is refined or unrefined — I would think both would work equally as well for all purposes mentioned here. I have heard that being refined from the meat of mature coconuts insure there is no flavor or aroma of the coconut. Most likely, the unrefined will probably have the coconut smell. Also, I believe the cost is relatively less for the refined — for 30 ounces of either Kroger brand or LouAna brand, I pay $5 to $6 — never pay more than that. I use it for so many things and the low cost allows me to use more.

  • phil April 4, 2014, 2:13 pm

    As I have vitamins in bathroom, I take a little for the fat soluble ones….

  • Leaha April 4, 2014, 11:29 am

    I keep a paste of baking soda and coconut oil in the bathroom. I use it for deodorant, face scrub, and occasionally toothpaste.

  • Mike Hawk March 31, 2014, 3:37 pm

    Edited: Thanks Mike for your comment but that isn’t appropriate for this site.

  • Laurie March 30, 2014, 11:08 pm

    I absolutely hate coconut…including the smell. Any other type of oil that I can use that will have the same benefits. I really want to use it but just don’t know if I can stand the smell of myself. Thanks! Also…where do you find it? In the beauty aisle or the food aisle. Thanks again.

    • Beth April 13, 2014, 4:27 am

      Laurie, you could try certain brands of expeller pressed coconut oil, such as Wilderness Family Naturals (online), which has a neutral, not coconutty scent and flavor.
      Or you could try plain jojoba for the skin, etc.

    • Linda May 25, 2014, 5:22 am

      Laurie, my daughter has her own jar in the bathroom that she uses for oil pulling because she too does not like the taste of coconut. Hers is Organic Refined and Expellier Pressed. Any brand should be fine if it is processed this way, but hers happens to be Krogers Simple Truth.

    • Aneitra September 16, 2014, 9:11 am

      Sesame oil is also great for oil pulling. Avocado oil is a great moisture also, I use it after cleaning my face with Pure African black soap. Works wonders. Hope this helps. HeyFranHey has a video on YouTube about the different oils for oil pulling as well.

    • Bobbie Brewer January 18, 2015, 12:43 am

      I have never found any coconut oil that had a smell. I use the Kroger brand and the LouAna brand – both are 100% pure. Coconut oil has so many benefits that I would not use anything else for my facial wrinkles, for softening my feet and other skin, for brushing my teeth, for a laxative, or just about anything — not to mention it is great to use in cooking when a recipe calls for oil — I substitute coconut oil — it has no flavor or smell. I think maybe you just believe it would smell because it comes from coconuts — but that is not the case.

    • joanne Byrd January 19, 2015, 6:56 pm

      I only use sesame oil on my skin and for oil pulling. I find coconut oil drying.

  • Stacy March 30, 2014, 7:48 pm

    You should never oil cleanse with coconut oil! its very likely to clog your pores and cause breakouts

    • Tammielee March 31, 2014, 10:17 pm

      Not sure where you got this info. As an esthetician for many years I can tell you if you cleanse with coconut oil and remove with a warm washcloth you will not clog pores! But you will get gorgeous skin!

      • karen April 23, 2014, 12:11 pm


        • Lori May 3, 2014, 12:29 pm

          Hi Karen

          I use it daily as a moisturizer on my face. My skin has improved so much!! It does not clog the pores. I put it on after washing my face with just warm water and do not rinse it off. It keeps your skin smooth and radiant looking. I also make an oatmeal and almond scrub with coconut oil in it and use it in the shower…its awesome. When applying to your face, you just need a little bit and smooth over your face and neck.

        • Tami January 17, 2016, 11:14 am

          I use coconut oil for everything.. Oil breaks up oil.. water based products do not.. So oil will not clog your pours.. mix with a lil tea tree for acne.. I use it for canker sores (makes them go away almost immediately) wonderful hot oil deep conditioner for hair. Great make up remover, personal lubricant, body moisturizer and has natural sun screen abilities. Whitens teeth.. awesome make up remover. I don’t have enough good things to say about it

      • Vanessa October 10, 2014, 1:00 pm

        I used coconut oil on my face and the next day had the worst breakout ever. It didn’t even look like pimples they looked like blisters. They hurt so badly. I’m not allergic BC I have used a sugar scrub for quite some time before that. I think some people just have sensitive skin. Other than on my face I love coconut oil.

      • Valerie October 12, 2014, 5:37 pm

        I have been using a mix of coconut and castor oil to cleanse my face for years (and before that I used pure coconut oil to moisturize) and have never had any clogged pores from it… HOWEVER I gave my recipe to a friend who’s face breaks out much more easily than mine and she said it caused more breakouts for her.
        Moral of the story – know your skin… Things react differently for each person.

    • Terry May 28, 2014, 5:03 pm

      My experience with coconut oil is that it prevents clogged pores.

  • Bernadette March 30, 2014, 4:14 pm

    Thinning, greying hair? I made a batch of boiled stinging nettles and mixed with entire jar if coconut oil in food processor, then just poured back in jar and refrigerated. I use as a hair wash/conditioner and body wash. Stinging nettles should be handled carefully when “raw”, but once boiled, are fine to touch. They have great properties as well.

  • Trish March 30, 2014, 2:05 pm

    Tooth brushing….It’s great. You can add things to it like mint extract or cinnamon oil or clove oil. Make sure all the things you add are food grade.

  • joann March 30, 2014, 10:22 am

    I like too mix with sugar and do sugar scrubs also

  • Tee March 30, 2014, 7:39 am

    Can you use any kind of coconut oil or just organic virgin? I have used both kinds. I use the less expensive on my body and save the organic for internal or cooking.

  • Lisa March 29, 2014, 4:45 pm

    I used coconut oil for my baby boy’s cradle cap. I spread the oil on the areas and used a baby soft toothbrush to comb it through and massage gently – it worked great! The cradle cap lifted and easily came off… in one treatment!! I couldn’t believe it 🙂

  • Jenn March 29, 2014, 11:42 am

    I apply it to my armpits then dab on a mixture of baking soda and cornstarch for an awesome deodorant.

  • Monica March 28, 2014, 7:25 pm

    I use coconut oil to reduce cellulite and stretch marks. I use it daily as a body moisturizer and I have notice that the cellulite in my legs have disappears completely. I have not changed my exercise, which is little to none more my diet but I have used the coconut oil and it works wonders!!!

    • sharina May 15, 2015, 3:30 pm

      Really?want kind of coconut oil is that?wat exactly the brand or name i nid to buy to achieve that benefits using coconut oil?

  • Melissa March 28, 2014, 4:16 pm

    Just gonna put this out there… if you are a bit yeasty and having some female discomfort,(itching, etc..) coconut oil is immediately soothing, and i suppose fights the yeast.

    • Wendy February 17, 2015, 8:03 pm

      Coconut oil is able to penetrate the cell walls of yeast that’s how it gets rid of yeast build up. I had leaky gut due to yeast overgrowth and oil pulling helped plus I just like the taste so I way a couple tbls a day. Don’t swallow the oil you use for pulling you will just put what ever it removes back in your system.

  • Dawn March 28, 2014, 2:24 pm

    Hey, I LOVE LOVE anything coconut! I keep hearing about all the benefits from it but dont know where to get 100% from. Do you have a link or maybe a recipe to make it myself? Thanks ahead!!

    • Debra April 5, 2014, 2:14 pm

      Costco has a 54oz jar of pure, unrefined, cold pressed 100% organic extra virgin Coconut oil at a really good price.

    • Letha September 25, 2014, 5:14 pm

      Tropical Traditions has (in my opinion) the best coconut oil and products. Love everything they have, and there’s a ton of recipes on the web site also.

    • Bobbie Brewer January 18, 2015, 12:31 am

      If you have a Kroger in your area, I found their 30 oz jar of their own brand — clear plastic jar that looks like a mayonnaise jar with a brown label is the best buy of any I have found. It is labeled “Pure Coconut Oil” with no artificial flavors or preservatives and runs less than $5. You can also find a large organic jar at Sam’s Wholesale Club usually for a fairly good price. But for me, Kroger is the most reasonable price for me.

  • Megan McD March 28, 2014, 2:18 pm

    I’ve read that oil pulling shouldn’t be done if you have crowns and fillings. Is this true? I would like to try it, but I have 5 crowns and a couple fillings in my teeth. The fillings are “tooth colored,” not silver, and the crowns all have that dark line around the base of them at the gum line. I don’t know if that means there is metal in the crowns? I thought they were ceramic.

    • Monique April 13, 2014, 12:36 pm

      Yes there is metal in the crowns. Most likely nickel. The metal is shaped and then a thin layer of ceramic is fired over the top to make them look like teeth.

      I’ve recently had all of my silver fillings replaced and also had 3 teeth with root canals/crowns extracted. I’m becoming quite the expert on what is in dental materials that they don’t tell us about!

      • Rita April 24, 2014, 5:01 am

        Why did you have the 3 teeth with root canals extracted?

      • Lisa April 24, 2014, 3:56 pm

        Wow Monique! Did you get implants in place of the root canal teeth? I read an article once about root canals & how they’re not a good thing for you. Sounds like you’ve had a lot done. I would love to know more info on what you’ve learned.

    • Linda May 25, 2014, 5:41 am

      Megan, I’ve worked in Dental for a long time…. the dark line at the edge of the crown is where your gumline has receded slightly over time. That metal is stainless steel for strength and is covered with porcelain. Dont worry about it unless it affects your smile. If it’s a tooth in the front, talk to your dentist about options to fix it.

    • Bobbie Brewer January 18, 2015, 12:27 am

      I have white natural fillings and crowns as well, but the coconut oil has no adverse effects for me. I have never heard of anyone having any problems in this area.

  • Tanya March 28, 2014, 1:26 pm

    I keep some in my bathroom in an old body butter container. I use it mostly on my face, which is getting brighter and softer, and in my hair. I also use it on my entire body, from head to toe, when I want to feel extra moisturized. I absolutely love it! Friends laugh at me now when I say, “I use coconut oil”, because I say that about everything.

  • April March 28, 2014, 12:14 pm

    I’ve used coconut oil as makeup remover and moisturizer for a while, and I just started oil pulling a few weeks ago. I am curious, though, about using it in the bath and the risk you run with clogging pipes. Has anyone had a problem with this? I just don’t want to cause any plumbing problems!

    • The Coconut Mama March 28, 2014, 1:35 pm

      Plumbing can be a problem with coconut oil. I always spit the coconut oil into the garbage when I oil pull. I think fractionated coconut oil might be a better option for oil cleansing.

      • April March 28, 2014, 7:44 pm

        Thank you very much for the suggestion!

        • mel April 4, 2014, 10:36 pm

          To keep pipes clear, rinse your coffee grinds down the sink. This works great for most buildup 🙂 Also, coffee grinds are good in houseplant dirt and to stimulate elastascity in skin ( mixing with a cream, lotion, bodywash or coconut oil ) dont forget to rinse!!

          • Torito May 12, 2014, 10:23 pm

            I use coconut oil for my teeth, my hair, my skin. I’ve been doing this for 3 months. In the last month and a half we’ve had terribly slow drains in the sink and tub, especially in the tub. First my husband used a snake to pull out hairs and junk but he didn’t really find too much. Then he used baking soda vinegar and hot water. And it resolved a little bit of the problem. Then my husband used 2.bottles of drano in the shower drain and it got a little better. Not even a week or two later we have slow drains again. I don’t want to give up the coconut oil, it’s been great for my skin and hair. How do you fix your drains? What do you do to avoid these problems? Do you pour the coffee grinds down the tubs drain?

            • Lee January 12, 2015, 6:56 am

              Pour buttermilk down your drain and allow to sit over night, restaurants do this all the time to keep their drains running clear.

          • Fern December 23, 2015, 6:54 pm

            Spit the oil out into garbage. If you keep it in the bathroom, I pour baking soda and white vinegar down the drain regularly, then run hot/boiling water because the oil will harden.

    • Sarah February 6, 2015, 12:37 pm

      How does it help with acne?

  • Toni Sicola March 28, 2014, 11:12 am

    I have been using coconut oil as a make up remover for a while. I realized how much it helps to get rid of eyeliner and mascara residue when I was washing my face with coconut oil to help with acne. I grew up watching my mom use baby oil and constantly having gross stuff in her eyes, and have been trying to get her to switch to coconut. I’ll share this article with her!

  • Debbie March 28, 2014, 9:12 am

    Shaving bikini area… no razor bumps afterwards!!

  • DebraLee March 28, 2014, 8:48 am

    I use it for underarm deodorant and it can be a great personal lubricant as well.
    I use for all of the above mentioned that you wrote about as well 🙂
    Good stuff!

  • Simi March 28, 2014, 8:35 am

    I use coconut oil for everything! I’ve used it for years as my only all-body and facial moisturizer (I recently turned 60, but people always think I’m in my 40’s). I also use it for oil pulling, and as a hair treatment. It is also a fabulous personal lubricant…my sweetheart loves the feel.

    • B March 28, 2014, 9:37 am

      Yes, and in that regard, it’s a great lubricant for post-menopausal women. Can be used inside and out in that region. Remember that it’s naturally antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, etc. An elegant and versatile substance!

  • Rebecca Scott March 28, 2014, 8:20 am

    I use coconut oil for many of the things you mentioned, and for those dark, crusty skin spots that just seem to grow as we age. I also rub it into my feet generously, and have less callous buildup and nicer looking toenails.

  • Nancy A. March 28, 2014, 7:55 am

    I love coconut oil, too, and always have some in the bathroom. It is great as a moisturizer and for dry hands. Used it on a burn I got on my hand, and it took the sting away and the redness!! It is so great for so many things. Use it every day for lots of things. Oh! I start out my day by putting some in my cup of coffee–really good!!

  • Cindy March 28, 2014, 7:37 am

    I eat coconut oil by the tbsp full to keep my bowels regular, every other day works for me, no cramps or sudden urges .highly recommend.

    • Bobbie Brewer January 18, 2015, 12:23 am

      A great way I find to take coconut oil is to add 2 to 3 tsp. to my coffee. It definitely will keep you regular.

  • Ana Monterroso March 28, 2014, 7:30 am

    Apply on scaly feet, dry hands. It seems it might work against skin fungus.

  • Brigitte Loureiro March 28, 2014, 5:53 am

    I knew nothing about this. Will try

  • Suzanne March 27, 2014, 10:33 pm

    Coconut oil is a must have in my bathroom! Only way to manage the curly frizz that is my hair. Tried oil pulling but it made me gag…need to try again. Will definitely try for shaving my legs!

    • Patti April 16, 2014, 7:59 pm

      Made me gag too, the first time I used it. Then I decided to use much less and now I oil pull every day. Give that a try and hope it works for you…

    • Mrs.B February 6, 2015, 8:56 pm

      I melt a tablespoon in a small bowl before putting it in my mouth. I couldn’t handle the lump of solid oil straight into my mouth.

  • Marena March 27, 2014, 7:59 pm

    I use coconut oil for everything! I keep jars and containers of it in just about every room in my house. But my jar in the bathroom helped the other night with my sore nose (from blowing/wiping too much). I have bad seasonal allergies and woke in the middle of the night with a dry, chapped and runny nose. I dipped regular tissue in my coconut oil and blew my nose a couple of times. Dabbed a little oil on it and above my upper lip and went back to bed. By morning, my sore nose was feeling SO much better! It wasnt dry anymore and just the scent of coconut helped me sleep better!

    • Debi March 30, 2014, 7:42 pm

      Get rid of those seasonal allergies!!!!! And potentially all allergies! Add oregano oil to your daily routine. You’ll love me if you do it! Cheers! (Oregano oil is *hot* alone, so if it’s too hot for you, mix with coconut oil for added benefit.

      • Liana April 1, 2014, 7:46 am

        Do you eat the coconut oil with the oregano oil??

        • Arnie Adam May 31, 2014, 4:18 pm

          You can consume oregano oil, but be aware that it is very powerful and will kill not only the bad bacteria in your intestinal tract, but also the good. So supplement with a good probiotic to replace what you kill off. Think of it as the antibiotic of the plant world.

      • Katie September 7, 2014, 7:15 pm

        Raw, local honey is also a good way to prevent seasonal allergies. Eat a teaspoon or two a day, try to start a few weeks before allergy season. MUST be raw and MUST be local (so you’re being exposed to the local pollens causing your allergies).

  • Amy March 27, 2014, 7:36 pm

    I use coconut oil as my body lotion, lip balm, hair conditioner, acne treatment and a whole bunch more. It’s all we cook with when frying or sautéing. And I’ve recently started learning about pulling & using it for teeth/mouth cleaning.

  • Anne March 27, 2014, 5:18 pm

    I love making toothpaste with coconut oil.

    • Lilian March 28, 2014, 4:42 pm

      How do you make toothpaste?

      • Bobbie Brewer January 18, 2015, 12:20 am

        I make toothpaste with a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda. It makes my teeth whiter and feels great. After brushing, rinse mouth with salt water.

    • Bobbie Brewer January 18, 2015, 12:19 am

      I like making a paste with the coconut oil and baking soda to brush with, after pulling. It makes my teeth so white. Do you use it with the baking soda? If not, try it — you will like it as well.

  • Barbara Gazley March 27, 2014, 3:19 pm

    How do you make the facial cleansing wipes?

  • Annmarie March 27, 2014, 10:23 am

    We love coconut oil here in my home as well. It gets used for brushing teeth, oil pulling, moisturizer, either alone or mixed with oil of oregano or cloves it gets used for healing external cuts, abrasions or burns, massage oil. I even polish my stainless steal kitchen appliances with it (after reading about Olive Oil for this and not having enough, so I used Coconut oil) and I had one of my neighbor’s children ask me to call her mom and tell her what to use to make the appliances look so shiny and nice! I LOVE Coconut Oil for so many reasons!!!