Coconut Oil Beauty and Health Secrets – 50 Ways to Use Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Shower Scrub Video)

by Sugar on January 7, 2013 · 56 comments

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Are you using organic virgin coconut oil yet?  If not, you’re missing out on a secret, natural solution for healthy, beautiful skin, nutrition and so many other personal delights that come from the oil inside of this magical nut, the coconut.  My cousin, Donna, turned me on to Coconut Oil this summer and now I’m really hooked on it. It’s sort of a little miracle and I have to pass it on.

Of course you can eat it and cook with coconut oil, which is one of the reasons I wanted to share this with you, but I would be holding out on my readers and followers if I didn’t tell you about the endless amazing secrets of coconut oil.

First of all, coconut oil is great as a skin moisturizer, helping with dry skin. I also learned it’s great for your hair.  But the amazing thing is that you can put it everywhere on your body except in your eyes.  It can reduce or get rid of acne, does not clog pores, is a great base for scrubs and body lotions, is a natural sunscreen and is a healthy food to eat.

There are probably 1001 ways to use Coconut Oil, but I’m going to list my top 50 here, right below the video featuring my shower scrub.  Feel free to leave a comment telling me about how you use it. Once you do, you’ll never know how you lived without it.

Here is use 1 out of 50 – “Sugar’s Coconut Oil Shower Scrub”, which I detailed in my video:

In addition to my shower scrub idea, here are 49 more ideas for how to improve your life with coconut oil. These focus on the use of organic virgin coconut oil. These next uses are the ways that I’ve actually used coconut oil myself:

  1. Moisturizer – coconut oil is a nearly perfect moisturizer to use anytime of day, especially if you live in a dry or cold climate.  I like to use it after a bath or shower and in colder climates, I’ll actually put a little bit all over myself before I get in the shower and then soap won’t be as unforgiving.  The coconut oil keeps your skin soft all day and will not irritate or leave you overly greasy.  If you use my shower scrub, you’ll leave the shower already exfoliated and moist.
  2. Massage Oil – scoop and apply all over your partner’s body. Massage. Switch.
  3. First Aid – coconut oil is awesome for cuts and scrapes. Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and coat with a thick layer of coconut oil.
  4. Lip Balm – this is a no brainer. Most of us ladies have lipsticks and other balms in our bags or by our bedside table but you can get rid of all of your chap stick.  Put a little tiny container with a screw top that you would carry a small makeup in, next to your bed, and in your pocketbook, with a little bit of the the coconut oil and use it whenever you just need a fresh gloss on your lips.  Whether you’re traveling, at work, in the car, getting ready for bed or ready for a smooch, coconut oil is your best bet.  And it both smells and tastes great, naturally!
  5. Face Wash/Make-Up Remover – get rid of your make-up removers and pads and just use a thin layer of coconut oil all over your face and eye area, then wipe clean with a warm washcloth! Magic, I tell you!
  6. Eye Cream – no need to lug along your container of eye cream. Coconut oil will do the trick!
  7. Acne Breakout – A little coconut oil on nearly any kind of blemish can fix it. I have friends with adult acne who are using coconut oil to get rid of it and my kids’ friends are also doing this. The anti-bacterial properties combined with a moisturizer that does not clog make this a miracle cure for many blemish sufferers.
  8. Sun Burn Relief – If you stayed out in the sun too long and need some relief for that sunburn, apply an unlimited amount of coconut oil to soothe your tender skin.  This will help to heal and soothe the burn at the same time.
  9. Control Hair Frizz – travel always brings out the worst in my hair. It’s frizz gone wild! A small dab of coconut oil always gets my hair back to “normal” which isn’t saying much as I rarely do much to it anyway.
  10. Soothe a sore throat – eat a 1/4 teaspoon of it to soothe your throat
  11. Relieve itchy nose – when your nostrils are a little irritated from dry or cold air or during a cold, dab a little on a cotton swab and rub on the inside of your nostrils
  12. Personal Lubricant – although I’m told that you don’t want coconut oil anywhere near latex condoms, you can use coconut oil on your personal areas and do so without the irritation that comes from massage oils or other products that cause irritation.  You really can put it everywhere.Here are the rest of the ways I have heard and read about using coconut oil. I have not tried all of these yet but I plan to, and I’ll update as I go! 
  13. Hemorrhoid Relief – sounds like a plan.
  14. Deodorant – not sure about this with clothing but I’m thinking that when I head out in my bikini, I can use one product all over and if moisturizes and is also a deodorant, all the better!
  15. Stomach Ache / Upset Stomach Remedy – Coconut oil apparently has a form of anti-microbial acids that can help ward off bacteria and parasites which cause stomach upset. Those acids can also soothe a stomach when you’re suffering from motion sickness.
  16. Toothpaste – coconut oil mixed with baking soda makes the perfect travel toothpaste! Clean teeth, fresh breath!
  17. Nipple Cream – for breastfeeding, swap out your lanolin with coconut oil.
  18. Diaper cream – Coconut oil makes a great diaper rash soother, preventer, and barrier cream!
  19. Anti-Itch Cream – bug bites, poison ivy, stress rash,food allergy hives.
  20. Fade Age Spots (also known as liver spots) – apply on skin.
  21. Birth Marks and other marks – can be used after a laser removal treatment to aid in healing.
  22. Hand, Nail, and Cuticle Cream
  23. After Shave – heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn.
  24. Balding – apply several times a day to affected area of hair loss to aid in cell regeneration.
  25. Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.
  26. Healing for Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.
  27. For Cradle Cap – rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily
  28. Dandruff – moisturizing dry scalp and relieve symptoms of dandruff. Also helps to control oil secretion from the scalp, another leading cause of dandruff.
  29. Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
  30. Face Wash/ Soap – mix with olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil and castor oil and use in place of soap when washing your face. Wet face, rub oil in and leave on for two minutes, rinse and pat dry. One teaspoon should be adequate.
  31. Hair conditioner/ Deep Treatment – use as a leave-in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! Wear a shower cap to prevent getting the oil onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
  32. Hair Gel – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
  33. Mole Remover – apply after an apple cider vinegar compress for several weeks to make moles disappear.
  34. Nipple Cream – nourish cracked, sore or dry nipples.
  35. Fix Oily Skin – Use a small dab underneath makeup or by itself to reduce the appearance of oil.
  36. Pre Shampoo Treatment for Hair – rub a little into scalp and hair before shampooing. This is especially useful for those with course or frizzy hair.
  37. Pre-Shave – coconut oil will prep skin for shaving and reduce razor burn from happening in the first place.
  38. Relieve skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
  39. Stretch Mark Cream – aid in reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
  40. Tattoo Healing and Moisturizer
  41. Wrinkle Prevention and Wrinkle Reduction – in addition to moisturizing, coconut oil makes your skin look and feel moister and younger and will prevent acceleration of wrinkling.
  42. Breastfeeding – for breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily can enrich the milk supply.
  43. Bones and Teeth – coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.
  44. Digestion – the saturated fats in coconut oil help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
  45. Energy Boost – boosts energy and endurance by adding some to your shake.
  46. Fitness – coconut oil can stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat while increasing muscle.
  47. Nose bleeds – Dab a little coconut oil in you nostrils with a QTip.
  48. Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
  49. Weight loss – the saturated fats contribute to weight loss and controlling cravings. Also increases metabolic rate.
  50. See my Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub, which makes 50.  For hundreds more ways to use coconut oil, check back here as I update.  Until then, please also visit Hybrid Rasta Mama’s blog of over 300 ways to use it!
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Kelli says:

I use coconut oil to shave! I have used every shaving product on the market and by far coconut oil is my favorite! It makes shaving your legs a breeze, smells wonderful and your legs are so silky soft until your next shower! I also use it mixed in vanilla chai tea, and not that I need any personal lubricant, but I was so very intrigued by the idea that I tried it. OMG can you say HOT/SEXY/TURN ON?!?! It adds to the smell, taste and feel of, well…you know ;) Enjoy Ladies!

Sugar says:

LOL Kelli it is all true. :) I can’t live without it now. Thanks for the feedback.

Easy Health says:

im forever coming back to this site to check for updates i really enjoy it here.

Sugar says:

Thanks for the sweet feedback. :)

Shirley says:

Hi Sugar, I just watched a couple of your videos and you are such a comfortable and informative gal! I am wondering about using the coconut oil to replace regular cooking oil or margarine for baking or frying. Would the coconut oil be a healthier alternative and if so, would you also be saving calories? Thanks for having this site and I look forward to using your recipes in the future!

Sugar says:

Shirley,
Hi, thanks for the sweet feedback. Well, I’m certainly no expert on coconut oil. I do use it sometimes in baking and cooking but not to replace olive oil or other oils. It does have more calories than butter so you need to realize that it’s not a low calorie choice. It does have good fats that are beneficial though. Also keep in mind that when you cook with it you will have that coconut flavor so you want to use it in dishes and baking when that flavor will enhance what you are making. I hope this helps. Enjoy!

Noemi says:

Hi Sugar :)
-Question can I use pure coconut oil, organic extra virgin coconut oil or does it have to be organic virgin coconut oil only.. Please reply soon im looking forward to try this shower scrub!! :)

Sugar says:

Hi,

Organic virgin is what I use and you can find it in most stores. Enjoy!

Elysia says:

I just used coconut oil for the first time as a face moisturizer, and it IMMEDIATELY reduced the redness of my skin! My best friend told me to put it on my face before I went to sleep to help clear my acne…so far, so good! Thank you!

Sugar says:

I’m so glad it worked for you. That is GREAT! Do be sure to share my site with family and friends so they can try it too. It’s like God’s miracle nut. :)

Stephanie says:

Sugar,

I just wanted to let you know that this recipe is AMAZING! I’ve been using the scrub for only about two weeks now and my skin has never been so soft and glowing. I’m sure that I will never buy a body wash ever again, all natural, smells amazing, and inexpensive. What else could you possibly want?! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, i’m going to spread the word about this magical creation!

Stephanie

Sugar says:

OH I am so happy to hear this. Everyone always tells me my skin feels so soft and I tell them about this. Do be sure to pass this post on so they can see the video too. Thanks for the great feedback. :)

Andria says:

Just wanted to take a quick second to let you know that I used this in place of butter on the girls’ grilled cheese sandwich today and they loved it the same as with butter! I was worried that the bread would not get as crispy but it was perfect! I love that I can replace that in their meal :-) Now…I am so curious as to how my favorite peanut butter chocolate chip cookies would taste if I replaced the butter there too! Time for some fun experimenting :-)

Sugar says:

Andria, glad to hear the girls liked it. Let me know how the cookies come out. Yum!!!

lori says:

OK Arly….I made myself a jar and I also put a little bit of the granulated brown sugar in it for extra scrub. God knows I need it with the cold winter, itchy skin here in Jersey. I LOVE it and since it’s competiton cheering season here for us, I was sitting for hours on the bleachers at one of the comps and someone actually asked me what I was wearing because I smelled so good, they said I smelled like a cookie….lol. I told everyone about the scrub & to check out cookingwithsugar.com and now are addicted to your recipes and you. Johnny boy is a lucky, lucky man and I’m sure he knows it too. You’re a wonderful, refreshing soul!!! oxoxo

Sugar says:

Oh Lor you are too funny. Smelling like a cookie is a good thing. LOL!! XXOO

Dee says:

I couldn’t agree with you more about the many uses for coconut oil, but it’s sorta funny because 30 years ago I was extolling the virtues of using coconut oil for all sorts of things to my co-workers. And now all of a sudden it’s becoming the “in” thing. Go figure!

Back in the 80s we were living on Kitsap Peninsula in Washington state and there weren’t any local places to buy it. The closest place to find it was by taking the ferry over to Seattle and going to this little shop in Pike’s Place Market. So 3 or 4 times a year I would go to this shop to buy some and I always had quite a few people request that I also bring back some for them. Most times I’d end up buying anywhere from 8 – 12 containers of it at a time. One time the gal at the shop asked me why I was buying so much at one time. I kept a very straight face and told her that it was for our annual orgy. You should have seen the look on her face!!! ;-D

Sugar says:

Oh Dee that is too funny. I buy a ton of it too and last week the guy in the store said to me how come all these ladies keep buying up all this oil. So I told him and he looked at me like I was crazy. Men!! They just don’t get it. :)

Samantha says:

Hi Sugar!!
I’m so happy your back to your blog and into the videos again! Can’t wait for the next video. Love LOVE coconut oil! From now on, no more acne for me!! :D

With love,
Samantha

Sugar says:

Oh thank you so much for the sweet feedback. :) Glad to hear you like the coconut oil too. I can’t get enough of it.

lori says:

Not to be gross or turn anyone off in anyway but someone in our house got lice from school ): and of course we ALL FREAKED. I was SOOOOO UPSET to have to use a heavy duty chemical on P’s hair….I wanted to cry. Billy went to our Natural Food Market to ask them if they have anything natural and he came home with a GIANT jar of all natural coconut oil. Put it on your hair, shower cap on and leave it on as long as you want. Supposedly the little critters hate the smell and the oil smothers them too. We also used tea tree oil and eucalyptus. It’s more the smell than anything else. So I put a small amount of all of these ingredients ALL THE TIME in our shampoo bottles. We cook with it too since we have a gallon…lol. Love the video…good thing you’re married to the videographer. “ANYWHERE” haha (;

Sugar says:

Lori,

That is so good to know. I will make sure to pass that on the the families here because my kids are big now so they are less likely to get it, but the little ones seem to have an out break every fall. Thanks for sharing. XXOO

p says:

As an esthetician I love using organic coconut oil for my facial massages and it not only leave my clients skin moisturized and glowing it leaves my hands amazing as well.

Sugar says:

Yes that is an added perk for working with it. Thanks for the feedback. :)

Samantha says:

Hi! I just bought a jar of coconut oil, because I have a wounderful coconut rice recipe. I am glad to know what else I can use it for.

Sugar says:

Great to hear. Enjoy it !

anja_mariee says:

Sugar, I absolutely loved this video! I’ve heard great stuff about coconut oil but I never knew how much I could actually do with it! I love sugar scrubs (this can save me tons of money), I get occasional breakouts, I have a daughter who sometimes get diaper rashes, my hair is so frizzy from all the heat damage…so now I’m so excited to try this for all of these issues! Thanks so much for the video&tips doll! Glad to see you’re back youtubing =)

Sugar says:

Oh yes it will save you a fortune. Make sure you use the raw oil on your face not the scrub. I just heard from a lady who said it works great on her babies diaper rash. When using it in your hair only use a small amount on your hands and work through the hair because it is pure oil so it goes a long way. Enjoy and thanks for the feedback. XXOO

thank you so much , bought a jar and am using it as a moisterizer but am so excited with about all your ideas. thank you again

Sugar says:

So glad you like them. Thanks for the feedback. Be sure to share it with your friends and family. :)

Regina Milner says:

Where can I purchase organic coconut oil? Is there a special name that I need to know?

E-mail me all the particulars. Thanks

Sugar says:

Regina, you can get it at most grocery stores, Costco, Whole Foods and even online. Just look for organic vergin. Good luck

Leigh says:

I canNOT begin to tell you how glad I am to see you in a video again. It was great still getting your wondreful recipes, but it is good to see you “in person” so to speak. Glad you are back and CAN’T WAIT to try coconut oil and all it’s benefits… :)

Sugar says:

Oh you are so sweet. Thanks for the great feedback. It is nice to be back. XXOO. Do try it and be sure to share this with family and friends it’s just super great stuff.

Nidia says:

Thanks for the recommendation!!! As soon as I saw your video, I ran to my local health food store. So far so good!!! I made the sugar, and I love it!!! Then after my shower I applied the coconut oil all over my body. I couldn’t believe how smooth it left my skin feeling, and the delicious aroma it left! I’m a believer!!

Sugar says:

OMG I’m so happy you like it. Now you know why I had to share it. It’s all natural so cheep and works great. How can you beat that?? Do make sure you share this link with family and friends so they can enjoy it too. Thanks for the great feedback. :)

Joyce says:

Frying eggs are the most wonderful and frying potatoes they just slide out of the pan.
I had an ulcer at one time and was told to use coconut oil and it really helps.
If you have an Indian store near year they have great coconut oil. Costco sells it also.

Sugar says:

Joyce thanks for the tips. My friend just bought a huge tub of Coconut oil at Costco so I am off to get some this week. :)

Maria Boyer says:

Hello Sugar, I am going to try this! I love coconut and have had psoriasis since I was a young girl. I have some scarring and some skin damage from being out in the sun too much. (The sun heals my skin) I will let you know how it works for me!

Maria

Sugar says:

Oh great Marie please do and good luck with it. Keep me posted and be sure to share this with friends and family. :)

Jenn says:

Gonna have to try it now! Pinterest is all over some coconut oil… now you? Must be legit!

Sugar says:

I’m telling you, you are gonna love it. LOL!! :)

AnneMarie says:

I bought a jar of (organic, virgin) coconut oil when I read glowing results about using it as a hair conditioner. Sorry to say I did not have good results. :-( It was almost like putting glue in my hair and then I could not wash it out. Had to shampoo several times, over and over, and then my hair was stripped of oils so bad it looked burned. Ouch. But we did end up using the rest of it to make popcorn and fry taco shells. What on earth did I do wrong that I had such horrid results?

Sugar says:

Oh AnneMarie it sounds like you used WAY TOO MUCH! This is pure oil so you only need a small amount. If you are using it for dry hair just rub a small amount on your hands and apply to dry or wet hair and then shampoo. Experiment with it again and I am sure you will love it. Also try it in the scrub. It’s just awesome. XXOO :)

lori says:

You definitely used too much. We use it all the time and the heat from your head with make it more liquefied. A very small amount goes a long way and I have very fine hair which naturally get oily on it’s own. Try much less.