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15 Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil

15 Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil

You know that you can use coconut oil to cook, but did you know about these other surprising uses?

 

I recently started using a lot more coconut oil both in my cooking and around the house. What changed? I’ve been able to find a few places selling fair trade coconut oil at more affordable prices. Until a few months ago, fair trade coconut oil was just way out of my price range for regular use.

Shopping for Ethical Coconut Oil

I totally get shopping on a budget, but when it comes to coconut oil, buying fair trade or organic is really important. Like with chocolate and with vanilla, coconut production can be associated with unsafe and inhumane labor practices. When you choose fair trade or organic, you’re supporting companies that support their workers.

Related Reading: How ethical are those Valentine’s Day chocolates?

I don’t do a ton of shopping at Trader Joe’s, but they’re actually my first stop for coconut oil. They sell a 16 ounce jar of organic, unrefined coconut oil for $6 to $7. You can also find fair trade or organic coconut oil at Whole Foods or on Amazon. Do a little bit of comparison shopping to find the place with the best price for you.

Coconut Oil

Refined vs. Unrefined Coconut Oil

If you want to use coconut oil but don’t dig the taste or smell of coconut, refined coconut oil is for you. To refine coconut oil, producers subject it to high heat, which gets rid of the coconut smell. The process can cause trans fats to form, so you need to weigh the health drawbacks against your feelings about the coconut smell. If you’re only planning to use your coconut oil topically, this isn’t an issue, but for cooking it is.

15 Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil

1. Oil Pulling – Coconut oil works well for this oral cleansing method.

2. Lip Balm – Use candelilla wax in place of beeswax for a vegan recipe.

3. Three-in-One Beauty Balm – This recipe is a moisturizer, an eye makeup remover, and an eye cream.

4. Hair Mask – Too much coconut oil can leave your hair greasy, but the right amount gives it a healthy shine.

5. Vegan Creamer – Use coconut oil in place of processed vegan creamer in your coffee.

6. Fight diaper rash – You can rub coconut oil right on your baby’s skin to moisturize and prevent diaper rash.

7. Natural Deodorant – Coconut oil is the vehicle for this deodorant recipe, and it moisturizes your pits while you wear it.

Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil: Make Vegan Butter

It's shockingly easy to make vegan butter from coconut oil!

8. Vegan Butter – I’ve been using coconut oil to make my own vegan butter instead of buying processed tub margarine.

9. Moisturizer – This is another use where you don’t need any other ingredients. Just rub a teeny bit of coconut oil into your skin for lasting moisture.

10. Homemade Toothpaste – Coconut oil is the base for this homemade toothpaste recipe

11. Feed it to your dog. – A little bit of coconut oil is safe for your pup and has a ton of health benefits.

12. Feed it to your cat. – Your kitty can benefit from coconut oil, too!

13. Nipple cream – All-natural nipple creams are expensive, and this coconut oil recipe is a great DIY alternative.

14. Cuticle Cream – Massage coconut oil onto your cuticles to soften them up for a home manicure.

15. Insect Repellant – This site includes 10 uses for coconut oil, and the bug repellant recipe is number seven on the list.

 

Related Reading
The Truth About Coconut Oil
Why Coconut Oil Is the Best Vegetable Oil
5 Tasty Coconut Oil Recipes & Their Benefits

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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1:54PM PDT on Oct 29, 2014

Thank you for sharing. Very interesting:)

2:37PM PDT on Aug 3, 2014

Very informative article. Thank you so much.

4:14AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

Great post! Thanks for sharing

8:01AM PDT on Jun 25, 2014

Interesting article.Thanks

7:19AM PDT on Apr 9, 2014

Great post!! Coconut oil is excellent and I use it for most of the things mentioned in this post except cooking. I have tried using refined coconut oil but I just cannot get over the smell and taste of it in my food. After doing much research, I found Saffola oil to be the best oil for consumption and also has many health benefits. It is a blend of safflower and rice bran oil and my taste buds are finally agreeing to the food. It is as good as coconut oil and it helps in controlling cholesterol and helps keep cardiovascular diseases at bay. I hope this helps people looking for health benefits but cannot digest coconut oil.

7:19AM PDT on Apr 9, 2014

Great post!! Coconut oil is excellent and I use it for most of the things mentioned in this post except cooking. I have tried using refined coconut oil but I just cannot get over the smell and taste of it in my food. After doing much research, I found Saffola oil to be the best oil for consumption and also has many health benefits. It is a blend of safflower and rice bran oil and my taste buds are finally agreeing to the food. It is as good as coconut oil and it helps in controlling cholesterol and helps keep cardiovascular diseases at bay. I hope this helps people looking for health benefits but cannot digest coconut oil.

8:33AM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

I have become obsessed with Coconut oil. You can now get a 3lb jar at costco for ablout $16
This is a wonderful site , full of information

9:29PM PST on Feb 23, 2014

I use coconut oil for oil pulling,deep conditioning,detoxing and i use it as a lip balm for my dry and cracked lips.
http://happyhealthytips.weebly.com/1/post/2014/02/look-beautiful-using-coconuts.html

7:37PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Thank-you for posting this informative article.

6:09PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Thank you.

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