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Coconut’s 50 Best Health & Beauty Uses

Follow enough health and beauty journals, and you could easily find yourself wondering, “is there anything coconut cannot do?” If you want the full story about this miracle fruit, our friends at An Organic Conversation have an interview with the foremost expert on coconut, Dr. Bruce Fife of the Coconut Research Center.

But if you’re just looking for the white paper on this beneficial ingredient used from the kitchen to your bath cabinet, we’ve got you covered. Read on.  And, spoiler alert: coconut is everything it’s cracked up to be.

Coconut oil possesses potent enzymes and nutrients that have been used for centuries to heal and nourish the body, skin, and hair. Here’s what you need to know:

Nearly 60% of coconut's fatty acids are lauric acid and caprylic acid, powerful antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal agents.

These fatty acids are medium-chain, a particularly usuable form of fat that can be burned almost entirely for energy and which promotes weightloss by helping unlock and burn stored fat in the body.

Coconut is an antioxidant, making it beneficial inside and outside the body against oxidative stress and signs of aging.

Coconut has hydrating, emollient and elasticizing properties which counter formation of wrinkles and strengthen hair.

Coconut soothes & conditions the skin, maintaining softness while nourishing and calming.

Coconuts are a sustainable crop and are predominantly grown without chemical fertilizers.

Now for the fun part: 50 ways you can start using coconut oil right now for health and beauty. These are our favorite, delicious, and gorgeous tips with coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut water, and coconut meat:


  1. Saute with coconut oil instead of olive oil
  2. Roast with coconut oil instead of olive oil…
  3. ...ESPECIALLY mushrooms. Yum.
  4. Melt over popcorn instead of butter
  5. Replace butter with coconut oil in baking; they’re both saturated fats that are solid at room temperature
  6. Add healthy fat to your smoothie with coconut oil or coconut milk
  7. Add electrolytes to your smoothie with coconut water
  8. Drink coconut water as a hydrating post-workout beverage (electrolytes and potassium!)
  9. Use coconut oil in place of egg whites in chocolate mousse
  10. Chill coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight, scoop out the coconut cream on top, then whip for a non-dairy whipped cream
  11. Coconut flour makes a great gluten-free and paleo-friendly flour alternative
  12. Use coconut milk as a non-dairy alternative in your coffee…
  13. ...or try the metabolism-boosting coffee craze of putting coconut oil in your coffee (blended, not stirred)
  14. No-Bake Macaroons in 6 ingredients: 3 cups coconut flakes, ⅓ cup melted coconut oil, 1 cup cocoa powder, 1 cup maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt to taste; freeze; devour.
  15. Make dairy-free chocolate ganache with full-fat coconut milk instead of heavy cream
  16. Quick Curry: simmer 1 ½ cups of coconut milk with 2 tablespoons of curry powder and sea salt to taste; serve over rice and vegetables
  17. Quick Omega-3 Pudding: 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed, ½ cup coconut milk, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, stevia to taste and a pinch of sea salt
  18. Spread coconut oil on your toast instead of butter; layer with jam or nut butter
  19. Stir coconut oil or coconut milk into your oatmeal
  20. Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate. Need I say more?
  21. For adventurous spirits, crack into a young Thai coconut and blend the fresh coconut meat with cocoa powder, vanilla, and sea salt for a healthful chocolate pudding
  22. Finally learn how to make Thai Coconut Soup. Essential: coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, ginger, and chili. Veggies are up to you.
  23. Hands-down one of the best savory breakfasts when sauteed with coconut oil: Poached Eggs with Sauteed Greens and Mushrooms
  24. For sweet breakfast lovers, spread coconut oil over pancakes or waffles and top with maple syrup
  25. Frozen dessert: place 1 medium-sized baked sweet potato and 1 cup coconut milk in food processor with desired sweetener to taste; puree and freeze.


*coconut oil unless otherwise noted

  1. Face Moisturizer; supermodel and raw foodist Carol Alt swears by this
  2. Body Moisturizer; especially for rough spots like elbows, knees, and heels
  3. Makeup Remover
  4. Moisturizing Mud Mask; combine coconut oil and clay
  5. Eye Cream
  6. Lip Balm
  7. Deep Conditioning Hair Mask; try with either coconut oil or coconut milk
  8. Moisturize Split Ends of Hair
  9. Hair Smoothing Serum, Frizz Control, or Shine Booster
  10. Hair Detangler
  11. Shaving Balm; no need to moisturize afterwards!
  12. Aftershave; soothes skins and prevents razor burn
  13. Cuticle Oil; stimulates nail growth and eliminates skin peeling
  14. Deodorant; combine coconut oil, arrowroot powder and baking soda
  15. Massage Oil; just add your favorite essential oils for a sensory experience
  16. Make your essential oil perfumes last longer; apply over a base of coconut oil; it doesn’t evaporate as quickly and helps the scent better fix to your skin
  17. Gentle DIY Moisturizing Exfoliator; combine coconut oil and ground coconut flakes
  18. Whitening Toothpaste; combine coconut oil and baking soda
  19. Breath Freshener; combine coconut oil and peppermint oil (antimicrobial, remember?)
  20. Oil Pulling: an ancient Ayurvedic tradition that promotes body detox by reducing bacteria in the mouth; swish 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes, then spit into trash can.
  21. Insect Repellent; apply coconut oil to skin and hair; mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas don’t tolerate the smell, and it makes it harder for them to stay on your skin.
  22. Decongestant; combine coconut oil and eucalyptus essential oil, then rub on chest and breathe deep
  23. Blemish Spot Treatment (antibacterial, remember?)
  24. Protect and heal minor cuts and scrapes
  25. Proven to reduce dark spots, even discolored skin, and fade stretch marks

Credo Beauty has over 70 products featuring coconut. Check out a few favorites below, or browse a larger list here.


1. Cocovit Coconut Oil

2. Juara Radiance Vitality Oil

3. One Love Organics Skin Savior Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm

4. Dr. Jackson’s Coconut Melt 04

5. Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream

6. Intelligent Nutritients

7. Coola Organic Sunscreen Mineral Sport SPF 35 Citrus Mimosa


1. Ilia Vivid Concealer

2. Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation

3. Studio 78 Paris Liquid Lipstick

4. Suntegrity 5-in-1 Self Tanner

5. RMS Living Luminizer

In health,

Sitarani Palomar
Host of An Organic Conversation
Contributing Editor for Credo Beauty

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