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12 Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil That Will Save You $250

12 Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil That Will Save You $250
Amy Baum Jun 26, 2017
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You’ve read about it all over the Internet. You’ve seen it on TV and in YouTube videos. It’s touted as a miracle cure for pretty much everything. Coconut oil has been hyped up for years now, and people absolutely love it. But is it really all that it’s chalked up to be? In many ways, it truly is.

In this post, I’m covering the ways the benefits of coconut oil in beauty routines. There’s no need to spend hundreds of your hard-earned dollars on beauty and health care products. When you learn about coconut oil benefits, it can be your go-to product to save you money – up to $250! I’ve even offered some financial comparisons to show you details about how you’ll save so much cash. Let’s take a look!

Some Fast Facts About Coconut Oil

Before we jump into the numerous ways coconut oil can be used, let’s take a look at some straightforward facts. There’s a lot of mystery and misconception surrounding this incredibly popular oil. Here are some things you need to know:

Now that you know some coconut oil facts, it’s time to look at all the money-saving ways you can use it in your beauty and self-care routines! I’ll base the total savings off of a 54-ounce jar of Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, which is about $17.

1. Indulge In An All-Natural Deep Conditioner

One of the most common uses of for coconut oil is the treatment of dry, damaged hair. The vitamins, minerals and lauric acid are excellent for soothing and strengthening your locks. I personally treat my hair with coconut oil once a week or more. It’s incredibly nourishing and repairs damage better than many salon brand reconstructors that I’ve used.

How Do I Use It?

The amount of coconut oil you’ll use depends on the length and thickness of your hair. Some people need a tablespoon, while others may need ¼ cup.

  • Apply the oil to dry hair. It won’t absorb properly into wet hair.
  • I recommend blow drying your hair for about 30 seconds to help open up your hair’s cuticle.
  • Apply the oil and focus on the ends of your hair and damaged areas.
  • Wear an inexpensive shower cap if you want to avoid getting oil stains on your clothing or linens. I use ones like these and re-use them to save cash.
  • Sleep with the coconut oil in overnight for maximum results. You can also wear it for just an hour or so.
  • Wash your hair thoroughly and rinse with warm water to remove the oil. If you have long hair, you may need to wash it twice. Follow up with your regular conditioner.
How Much Money Can I Save?

Treatments like ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor are about $12. L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm is about $10. I replaced both of these popular products with coconut oil and saved $22.

2. Use It As A Gentle And Effective Makeup Remover

Coconut oil is comedogenic, so it can clog your pores. However, I find that as long as I wash my face thoroughly after using it, I have no issues. It’s a powerful makeup remover that works well on stubborn lipstick, waterproof mascara, and other long-lasting cosmetics. It’s also very gentle, so it doesn’t irritate the skin.

How Do I Use It?
  • Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your face, eyes, or lips. You should only need about ½ to one teaspoon to remove a full face of makeup.
  • Rub the oil in gently but thoroughly.
  • Use cotton rounds or cotton balls to remove the oil and makeup from your face. You may need to use cotton swabs to remove traces of eyeliner and mascara.
  • Follow up with your normal face wash, toner, and moisturizer.
How Much Money Can I Save?

The amount of money you save really depends on what kind of makeup remover you use. I used to use Almay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads for my eyes, and they cost about $6. I’d also use products like Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes, which are about $5 for a 30-count pack. Switching to coconut oil saved me $10.

3. Whip Up A Homemade Vapor Rub

Vapor rubs are a saving grace when you’re suffering from a cold or similar illness. The main ingredients in ‘Vicks VapoRub’ are camphor, eucalyptus oil, and menthol. While these ingredients are undoubtedly effective, you can create your own soothing vapor rub for pennies per batch. Coconut oil is the base of the rub.

How Do I Use It?
  • Scoop ¼ cup of coconut oil into a glass bowl. You may want to microwave the oil for about five seconds or so.
  • Add about 5-10 drops of eucalyptus oil to the coconut oil. You can also add peppermint oil or lavender oil for enhanced soothing relief.
  • Mix the ingredients well, and store in an airtight glass container.
  • Apply to chest, underneath the nose, and other areas when you are experiencing a cold or congestion.
How Much Money Can I Save?

Vicks VapoRub is about $18 for a two-pack that totals 12 ounces. A bottle of eucalyptus oil costs about $6, and it can be used to make numerous batches of vapor rub. Even if you just make 12 ounces worth of it, you’re saving yourself $12.

4. Use It As A Nourishing Nail And Cuticle Treatment

Dry nails and cuticles can be a nightmare for any woman. Unfortunately, they’re pretty common issues, but there are a lot of products used to treat them. I’ve personally tried many nail and cuticle treatments to strengthen my brittle nails.

However, nothing has been quite as effective as coconut oil, and this seems to be a popular sentiment. The vitamins and lauric acid make it incredibly nourishing, so it quickly soothes dry nails and repairs cuticles.

How Do I Use It?

It’s simple! Just use a few cotton swabs to apply coconut oil to your nail beds and nails. I recommend doing this before you go to sleep. Do this nightly or a few times a week, and you’ll likely notice a significant change in the health and strength of your nails.

How Much Money Can I Save?

Nail Tek New Restore Damaged Nails Kit costs about $12. On the cheaper end of the spectrum, Nailtiques Nail Protein Formula is about $6. When you use coconut oil instead, you can save up to $12 and get healthy, strong nails.

5. Use It As A Carrier Oil For Essential Oils

Essential oils are diverse natural oils that are used in many beauty and self-care routines. It’s important to dilute essential oils in a carrier oil. Not doing so can cause dangerous side effects when applied to your skin. Adding a few drops of essential oil to a carrier oil dilutes the essential oil and makes it safer to use. Fortunately, coconut oil makes a wonderful carrier oil for many beauty-related purposes.

How Do I Use It?
  • Add lavender essential oil to coconut oil to create a soothing massage balm.
  • Add peppermint oil to coconut oil to create a topical ointment for minor aches and pains.
  • Add tea tree oil to coconut oil to treat bug bites, nail and toenail fungus, dandruff, and more.

These are just a few of the many ways you can use coconut oils and essential oils in your beauty and health routines.

How Much Money Can I Save?

It’s pretty difficult to put a number on how much you can save with this coconut oil use. Let’s use tea tree oil as an example; Healing Solutions Tea Tree Oil is about $6. Hyland’s Homeopathic Bug Bite Ointment is about $7.50. No Miss Antifungal Fungus Killer is about $6.50. Glovers Medicated Ointment for Dandruff is about $6. If you combine tea tree oil with coconut oil, you can create larger quantities of product AND save about $14.

6. Soothe Dry And Cracked Heels

Dry skin on the heels of your feet is often inevitable. For me, this problem arises primarily during the cold winter months. The good news is that it’s easily fixable, and you don’t have to spend a dime on fancy foot creams. Coconut oil is a nourishing option that heals your skin, and the antifungal properties can benefit your feet.

How Do I Use It?

It’s pretty simple! I suggest slathering your heels and other dry spots on your feet with coconut oil prior to going to bed. Put on an old pair of socks to protect your linens from any oil stains. Adding this into your nightly routine only takes a few minutes, and you will likely see results quickly. For me, I usually notice a major difference in less than one week.

How Much Money Can I Save?

Glowzone Cracked Heels Foot Care Repair Cream is about $20. The cheapest creams I found online vary between about $6 and $9. With coconut oil, you can save up to $20 while still soothing your cracked heels.

7. Create An Organic Toothpaste

All-natural and organic toothpaste is quite popular. Many people prefer it due to the simple and gentle but effective ingredients. The only downside is that natural toothpaste can be fairly expensive. The good news is that you can create your own toothpaste using coconut oil and other ingredients. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties, freshens breath, and may even whiten your teeth.

How Do I Use It?

When I created my own toothpaste, I used this recipe from I opted not to use any stevia or myrrh, so this left me with only three ingredients – coconut oil, peppermint essential oil, and baking soda.

  • Soften ½ cup of coconut oil. I do this by microwaving it in five-second intervals or less.
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda. If you opt out of using stevia, I’d suggest using two tablespoons. Baking soda has a very salty taste.
  • Add 15-20 drops of peppermint oil. You can also use cinnamon oil as mentioned in the linked recipe.
  • Stir well and store it in a glass jar. I use a small spoon or cotton swab to apply the toothpaste to my toothbrush when using it.
How Much Money Can I Save?

If you don’t have baking soda on hand, it’s about $1 or less at most grocery stores. Stevia is about 3.50 at Wal-Mart, and peppermint oil is about $7. Organic Peppermint Toothpaste made by Krista’s Natural Products is about $12. If you make your own coconut oil toothpaste, the price evens out – but you’ve got enough ingredients to make multiple batches. You’ll easily save $12 or more.

8. Use It As A Conditioner For Longer Eyelashes

Wanting lush, full lashes that look and feel healthy is common. But the price of those magical ‘lash growth serums’ isn’t appealing. However, many people use coconut oil for eyelash growth and conditioning. This article explains the benefits and attributes the fatty acids in coconut oil to eyelash growth and health. Another article presents a test someone performed to see if coconut oil truly helps eyelashes grow. She was pleased with the noticeable results!

How Do I Use It?

I haven’t really found an exact “recipe” for this DIY beauty treatment, but here is a general guide:

  • Melt coconut oil until it is completely liquid. Make sure that it’s not too warm when you apply it.
  • Use a clean eyelash comb or spoolie to apply the oil to your lashes. You can buy one for about $1 at Target or Wal-Mart.
  • Dab away any excess oil using clean cotton swabs.
  • Repeat this process nightly until you begin seeing results!

From the forum comments I’ve read, the length of time it takes to work may vary. It seems to take a few weeks minimum to see any growth. However, many women commented that they immediately noticed how much softer their lashes felt.

How Much Money Can I Save?

Babe Lash Eyelash Serum costs over $30. RapidLash Eyelash Serum costs about $40. When you use coconut oil instead, you can save up to $40 – that’s impressive!

9. Coconut Oil For Treating Skin Rashes And Irritation

When my son had a diaper rash, someone suggested I put coconut oil on it. I was an avid coconut oil fan at this point but was admittedly a bit skeptical about this. Still, I figured it wouldn’t be harmful so I gave it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised to find that coconut oil cleared up my son’s rash better than the half dozen rash creams I’ve tried. This is likely due to the antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties in coconut oil.

How Do I Use It?

If you don’t have a kiddo, you can still use coconut to soothe other rashes and skin irritations. It works well for chafing and razor burn in my experience. Just apply a small amount to the area for a few days, and you’ll likely notice relief and reduction in redness quickly. If you’re using it for diaper rash, I recommend doing a small patch test to avoid any allergic reactions.

How Much Money Can I Save?

Let’s say you’re using coconut oil to treat diaper rash and chafing. A three-ounce bottle of Burt’s Bees Baby Bee 100% Natural Diaper Rash Ointment is about $8. Blue Steel Sports ANTI-CHAFE CREAM is about $19. If you opt for coconut oil instead, you can save about $27 while still getting rapid relief.

10. Use It As Protective And Effective Shaving Balm

A clean, smooth shave can leave your legs feeling silky smooth…unless you don’t prepare your skin. It’s important to make sure your skin is thoroughly moisturized prior to shaving. That’s why shaving oils and balms are so popular. But there’s no need to buy these pricey products when coconut oil works just as well.

How Do I Use It?
  • Apply coconut oil to dry skin prior to showering or shaving.
  • When you’re ready to shave, apply your preferred shaving cream on top of the oil. I use cheap hair conditioner in place of shaving cream. It’s cheaper and leaves my skin softer.
  • Shave as you normally do, and rinse the oil from the razor in between strokes.
  • Wash and rinse when you’re done. You’ll have ultra smooth, hair-free skin using one simple and affordable ingredient!
How Much Money Can I Save?

Lather & Wood Shaving Unscented Pre-Shave Oil is about $20 for a two-ounce bottle. When you use coconut oil, you can save yourself $20 while still having a high-quality shaving experience.

11. Create An Ultra Moisturizing Body Scrub

Exfoliating and moisturizing are essential parts of any good skincare routine. Exfoliating removes dead, dull skin cells from the top layer of your skin, and moisturizer keeps your skin quenched. There are plenty of good exfoliating products on the market, but you can make your own very easily. Creating a body scrub with coconut oil is frugal and very effective!

How Do I Use It?
  • Scoop ¼ to ½ cup softened coconut oil into a bowl.
  • Add ¼ to ½ cup of sugar or sea salt (equal to however much coconut oil you use). I prefer using brown sugar because it’s a bit more grainy than white granulated sugar. It also has a nice naturally sweet smell.
  • Mix well and store in an airtight container.
  • Use the exfoliator while showering. I particularly enjoy using this scrub before shaving.
  • Follow up with body wash and/or warm water to remove any excess oil.

If you have any essential oils on hand, you can add a few drops for a pleasant scent. Just make sure to store the exfoliating scrub in a glass container if you add essential oil.

How Much Money Can I Save?

Dead Sea Premier Dead Sea Salt Scrub & Coconut Oil is about $12.50 for a 23-ounce jar. If you create your own coconut oil scrub, you can save over $12 and make multiple batches!

12. Whiten Teeth And Eliminate Bad Breath

A writer documented her use of coconut oil to whiten her teeth. As you can see in the photos, it was a success! In an Everyday Roots article, it is explained that the whitening process stems from lauric acid killing the bacteria that causes yellow teeth. The antibacterial properties in coconut oil help eliminate bad breath, too.

How Do I Use It?

To achieve white teeth, oil pulling with coconut oil is a common practice. Here’s how to go about oil pulling:

  • Put one tablespoon of solid coconut oil in your mouth. The texture and taste may feel very strange at first.
  • Swish the oil around in your mouth for about 20 minutes. I recommend doing this while you’re showering; it takes your mind off of the process. If you cannot stand doing it for 20 minutes, start at 10 minutes and work your way up.
  • Spit the oil into a trash can or disposable container. Don’t spit the oil into your shower or sink drain; it can solidify and cause clogs.
  • Repeat this process at least once per day.
  • Continue oil pulling until you see results. I personally saw results in about two weeks, while the writer had visible results in one week.
How Much Money Can I Save?

Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects costs about $40. Philips Sonicare Breathrx Antibacterial Mouth Rinse costs about $9.50. If you use coconut oil instead, you can save a whopping $50!

Coconut Oil For Hair, Skin, Nails, Teeth…And So Much More!

These are just a dozen of the multitude of ways coconut oil benefits your daily beauty and self-care routines. With these simple changes, you can save as much as $251 – and that’s factoring in the cost of virgin coconut oil!

Additionally, you can use the oil for eating and cooking, so you’re getting even more value for your dollar. As you can see, the money you’ll save is nothing to shake a finger at. If you want to save even more money with your beauty routine, read 20 Fashion And Beauty Sites That Offer Free Shipping and Top 20 Best Drugstore Foundations Under $20 to learn more.

Amy Baum


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