35 Coconut Oil Beauty Products You Can Make at Home

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Most people want to know what ingredients go into their beauty products. However, with so many toxins, fillers and foreign ingredients in beauty products, it’s difficult to be sure. 

One way to stay as natural as possible when it comes to what you put on your body is to make it yourself. Coconut oil is a natural ingredient with many, many uses. It can be used on its own as a moisturizer, lip balm or hair treatment. It can also be jazzed up with a few simple ingredients to create some really useful homemade products.

Here we’ll cover 35 coconut oil beauty products you can make in the comfort of your own home. From your hair to your skin to other parts of the body, this list covers everything. Feel free to use the below links to jump from section to section or skip to our infographic below.

Face

Body

Hair

Personal Care + Hygiene


Face

1. Perfect Skin Facial Moisturizer

Coconut oil on its own can be too moisturizing for many people’s faces, but this mix of ingredients creates the perfect lotion. The inclusion of vitamin E can help brighten your skin, and the lemon scent is invigorating. 

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 drops vitamin E oil

Directions: Whip solid coconut oil with a hand mixer until fluffy. Fold in the lemon juice and vitamin E oil. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

2. All-Natural Facial Exfoliator

For an at-home spa facial without the hefty price tag, try this all natural face scrub. It’s gentle but does a great job of removing dead skin cells and any rough skin that might be on the face. Try it once a week for smooth, radiant skin.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted or soft
  • ¼ cup baking soda

Directions: Mix the ingredients until they are blended and creamy. Store at room temperature in a sealed container for up to 3 weeks.

3. Anti-Aging Facial Cream

If you’re looking to avoid chemicals but still enjoy a cream that can help moisturize and make your skin look younger, this cream is for you. Coconut oil has been shown to have numerous health benefits like skin barrier repair, an anti-inflammatory effect, and could even help with wrinkle prevention! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops rose essential oil
  • 10 drops neroli essential oil

Directions: Whip solid coconut oil until it becomes light and airy. Next, add the rest of the ingredients and whip again. Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Woman cleaning her face with a makeup remover pad

4. Coconut Oil Makeup Remover 

One of the easiest ways to use coconut oil is as a makeup remover. You can use this basic recipe to create one that is sure to hydrate your skin while removing all of your makeup. Simply dab it onto a soft, warm washcloth and gently rub the makeup remover into your skin. Rinse and moisturize! 

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Directions: Whip the coconut oil until it becomes fluffy, then fold in the olive oil. Pour the mixture into a jar and store at room temperature for up to 3 months.

5. Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

If your lips are in need of exfoliation a lip scrub does wonders. This particular lip scrub is not only easy to make but also tastes delicious! Once you combine the ingredients you can use your finger to gently scrub your lips until they are smooth and soft.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions: Mix all ingredients together and transfer them to a small, sealable container. Store at room temperature up to 2 months.

6. Eyelash Growth Serum

Overuse of eye products or long-lasting mascaras can wreak havoc on your lashes. Take care of them by using this growth serum daily. Once you make the below recipe, store it in a bottle and use an old mascara brush to apply. 

Ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon castor oil
  • 2 drops vitamin E oil

Directions: Mix the ingredients in a small bowl. Funnel mixture into a small, lidded bottle and store at room temperature up to 3 months.

woman in winter rubbing lip balm on lips

7. Coconut Oil Lip Balm

Of course, you can use coconut oil as a lip balm on its own, but this recipe takes it to the next level. Not only will this balm moisturize your lips, but it will leave them feeling soft and soothed. Simply follow the recipe below and use at your leisure!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets

Directions: Heat both ingredients in a double boiler until they are completely melted to incorporate the ingredients. Spoon the balm into a small, sealable container and put it in the fridge to harden. Enjoy for up to 6 months. 

8. Tinted Lip Gloss

One way to make an easy tinted lip gloss is to combine coconut oil with something that will slightly tint it. Some people like to use the very last bit of a darker colored lipstick. For a more natural lip gloss, you can use flavored drink mix! Simply mix the ingredients, put them in a small jar and use as you wish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon flavored, colored drink mix 

Directions: Melt the coconut oil and mix the ingredients together until incorporated. Allow the mixture to cool in the fridge so that it has a wax-like consistency. Store in a lidded jar for up to a week.

9. Healing Eye Cream

The skin under your eyes is very sensitive and one of the first places to show signs of aging. One way to naturally treat that area is to use coconut oil. This particular recipe adds the benefits of vitamin E capsules and rosehip oil to create a gentle cream that you can use nightly.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 drops vitamin E
  • 3 tablespoons rosehip oil

Directions: Melt the coconut oil. Add the vitamin E and rosehip oil to the liquid coconut oil and stir until combined. Store eye cream in a glass jar at room temperature for up to 3 months. 

Man washing his face

10. Glowing Skin Face Scrub

Baking soda is a great exfoliator, so this coconut oil face scrub is sure to leave your skin looking luminous. Not only is it effective, but it smells great too. This scrub should be used on your face about once a week or once every other week to maintain that fresh, healthy glow!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil

Directions: Mix the ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Wet your face with warm water and scrub into pores. Rinse off, pat dry and dispose of leftover scrub. 

11. DIY Mascara

Mascara has been used since ancient times, but throughout the years the formula has been updated to include many kinds of chemicals. For those who would rather avoid synthetic ingredients, use this all-natural mascara recipe. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon beeswax pellets
  • 2 capsules of activated charcoal

Directions: Melt the first three ingredients in a double boiler. Once melted, add the activated charcoal and stir to incorporate. Remove the mixture from the heat and funnel it into an old mascara tube. Apply like regular mascara and store for 4 – 6 months.

12. Handmade Tinted Moisturizer

Tinted moisturizer adds a subtle level of coverage without having to actually use concealer or powder foundation. It’s the perfect quick, summer cover up for the pool or any time you don’t want to spend a lot of time on your makeup. To make it simply mix some of your powdered foundation with the other ingredients in this recipe and apply like you would your regular moisturizer. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 10 drops vitamin E oil
  • ¼ – 1 teaspoon powdered foundation 

Directions: Melt the coconut oil in a small, glass bowl. Allow it to cool and then add the vitamin E and powdered foundation. Mix until ingredients are combined and smooth. Allow to come to room temperature and use for up to 1 month. 

Woman and little boy playing with lipstick

13. All-Natural Liquid Eyeliner

If you’re trying to live an all-natural life, this might be the eyeliner for you. Since it’s made from aloe vera, coconut oil and activated charcoal it actually conditions your eyelids while you’re using it. Feel free to experiment with the amount of activated charcoal you use depending on how dark you want your eyeliner to be! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 leaf’s worth of aloe vera gel
  • 1 – 2 capsules of activated charcoal

Directions: Melt the coconut oil and mix all of the ingredients together. Transfer the mixture to a small jar and use a clean, small brush to apply to the eyelids. Store for up to 1 week.

14. Detox Face Mask

An important part of every skincare routine is finding a face mask that works well. This recipe uses bentonite clay, which has been shown to draw out impurities in the skin. Other ingredients like lemon juice and honey have antibacterial properties. This is great for people who want clearer skin or to remove impurities.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • ½ tablespoon raw honey
  • Juice of half a lemon

Directions: Mix the ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Apply the mask to your freshly washed face and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Rinse and discard the leftover mask mix.

Body

15. Three-Ingredient Whipped Body Butter

This easy-to-make, creamy body butter is sure to make your skin feel super hydrated. Since coconut oil melts on your skin, it goes on smoothly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue!

Ingredients: 

  • ¾ cup cocoa butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil

Directions: Melt ingredients until they become fully liquid. Place them in the freezer to slightly harden (for about 20 minutes). Whip the slightly-hardened mixture with an electric whisk for 5 minutes until creamy. Store for up to 3 months. 

16. Soothing Citrus Salt Scrub

A salt scrub helps soften and exfoliate skin, and this coconut oil-based scrub is safe enough to use on sensitive skin. You can make it with or without the essential oils, but we love the invigorating scent of this citrus combination.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut oil
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 3 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 3 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
  • 3 drops orange essential oil

Directions: Slightly melt coconut oil and mix all of the ingredients together. Store until ready to use (discard after 3 months). 

17. Whipped Coconut Oil Lotion

While you can always rub coconut oil straight on your skin, creating a luxurious lotion is a fun and easy way to use it. By creating the below recipe, you will be able to reap the benefits of coconut oil without sacrificing the scent and vitamins you would get in a store-bought lotion.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 3 drops essential oil of choice

Directions: Blend the ingredients together in a kitchen mixture for six to seven minutes until it has a whipped consistency. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

legs sticking out of a bubble bath

18. Soothing Bath Melts

There are few things more soothing than a nice warm bath. By using these bath melts you can turn your water into a healing, moisturizing soak. These don’t fizz or bubble like bath bombs, but instead dissolve slowly like lotion. You’ll leave your bath feeling smooth and soothed!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup shea butter
  • 20 drops jasmine essential oil

Directions: Melt the oil and shea butter in a double boiler, remove from heat and add essential oils. Pour the mixture into molds of your choice (candy molds work well) and set for 24 hours. Refrigerate 30 minutes before use, then store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

19. Natural Stretch Mark Cream

Store-bought stretch mark prevention and treatment creams can get expensive, yet they are one of the most popular beauty products on the market. Many people don’t realize that coconut oil can be very effective for the treatment of stretch marks. Simply whip up this recipe and use on your stretch marks daily.

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ½ shea butter
  • 4 drops of vitamin E oil

Directions: Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Let the mixture cool to room temperature for about 20 minutes, then and add the vitamin E oil. Pour the mixture into a lidded storage jar and cool in the fridge. Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.

20. Honey Sugar Hand and Foot Scrub

This recipe can be used on either your hands or your feet to exfoliate. It also fights dry, cracked skin. Best of all? It’s all natural! Simply mix the ingredients in a bowl and then gently massage about a tablespoon onto your hands or feet for about a minute. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • ¼ cup sea salt
  • ¼ cup organic sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions: Stir together the honey and coconut oil in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl mix the sugar, salt and lemon juice. Combine the two and stir until they become smooth. Store the scrub in a lidded glass mason jar for up to 1 month.

Two women laughing with face masks on

21. Sea-Salt Body Polish

Body polish is used to exfoliate and moisturize the skin as well as nourish it. Sea salt has plenty of minerals that promote healthy skin. If you want to prep for beach or pool time this is the best recipe. The best part? It smells just like the ocean! Use weekly for best results. 

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup finely ground sea salt
  • ¼ cup Epsom salts
  • 10 drops coconut essential oil

Directions: Mix the coconut oil in a bowl until it’s soft enough to combine easily (melt a bit if needed). Add both salts and stir until blended well. Add in your coconut essential oil and transfer the mixture to a lidded mason jar. Store at room temperature for up to 1 month. 

22. Coconut Body Wash

If you want to make your own body wash, this recipe is a great place to start. It lathers and moisturizes – both very important components for a good body wash. To top it off, it only includes six ingredients and is so easy to make. 

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ⅓ liquid Castile soap
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 10 drops coconut essential oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil

Directions: Heat the coconut oil in a double boiler until it’s melted. Remove from the heat and add the rest of the ingredients before transferring the body wash to a bottle. Store for up to 1 month in a cool, dry place and shake before each use.

Hair

23. Hair Repair Treatment

If your hair is feeling dry and brittle, coconut oil can be a great natural solution all on its own. However, if you have extra dry hair you can try adding these essential oils to your recipe.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2 drops myrrh essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions: Melt the coconut oil, then add the essential oils and mix to combine. Apply 3 tablespoons to dry hair and comb through. Wrap your head in a shower cap or towel and wait an hour. Afterward, shampoo and condition as usual. Discard leftover treatment. 

24. Sea Salt Texturizing Hair Spray

If you are a fan of beachy waves, a natural sea salt texturizing spray is what you need. However, these can be very expensive at the salon or grocery store. This coconut oil version not only texturizes but also moisturizes and hydrates your hair.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm water 
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 4 – 5 drops coconut essential oil (optional)

Directions: Mix the ingredients and funnel them into a spray bottle. Spray on wet hair and style as usual. Store the spray for up to 1 week.

25. DIY Honey Hair Mask

If you style your hair using blow dryers, use a lot of product in your hair or are out in the sun very often, it’s likely your hair has sustained some damage. If your hair is feeling a little rough, a hair mask can work wonders. This recipe includes honey, which helps repair hair follicles and coconut oil that moisturizes. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey

Directions: Mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Apply to your dry hair immediately. Wait 40 minutes, then shampoo and condition like normal. Discard leftover mask.

Comb running through long brown hair with detangler

26. Anti-Frizz Hair Detangler

If you happen to be having a bad hair day, this detangler can work wonders. This is especially effective for those who have dry or curly hair. Just mix up these ingredients and work through your hair post-shower before running a comb through it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • Alcohol-free witch hazel

Directions: Pour the first four ingredients into a 2-ounce spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with witch hazel. Shake well and spray on tangled hair. Store up to 1 week.

27. Frizz Tamer

Shampoos, dyes and the weather can cause hair that’s less than sleek and shiny. Coconut oil is able to hydrate damaged hair, so this frizz taming recipe is very effective. Use this as a leave-in treatment or put a small amount on dry hair to tame flyaways. 

Ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon of coconut oil 
  • 2 leave’s worth of aloe vera gel
  • ½ cup distilled rose water

Directions: Scrape the aloe vera gel from the leaves. Combine it with the rest of the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before each use and store up to 1 week.

Personal Care

28. Aloe Vera Sunburn Cream

Anyone who has ever gotten a sunburn knows that it’s no fun. This aloe vera sunburn cream not only soothes but moisturizes, making it the perfect natural remedy. Gently apply it to your sunburnt skin and let it soak in. You might be surprised how quickly it works!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 – 3 leaves worth of fresh aloe vera gel 
  • ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil

Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend well. Transfer to a sealable container and use within 1 – 2 days.

29. Moisturizing Shaving Cream

While shaving, the best way to avoid nicks and cuts is to use a nice shaving cream. However, store-bought ones can be expensive and full of chemicals. For a natural option, try this moisturizing DIY shave cream! Coconut oil is super moisturizing, and mixing it with shea butter and almond oil creates a cream that is rich in A, E and F vitamins. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 drops sweet almond oil

Directions: Place all of the ingredients in a glass bowl and melt over a pot of boiling water. Once the ingredients are fuzed, remove the bowl from the heat and let the mixture solidify. Whip the mixture until it’s smooth. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

30. DIY Ingrown Hair Treatment

Ingrown hairs are anything but attractive — unfortunately, they are a part of life for most people who shave. While you can exfoliate beforehand, sometimes ingrown hairs will pop up regardless. This natural, coconut oil-based ingrown hair treatment is the perfect natural treatment to be pool-ready in no time.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 12 drops tea tree oil
  • 6 drops lemongrass essential oil

Directions: Mix all of the ingredients in a small jar. Apply a small amount to the affected area after hair removal. Store up to 3 months.

woman rubbing sun block on her shoulders

31. DIY Coconut Oil Sunscreen

Depending on how long you plan on being in the sun, natural sunscreen can be a viable solution. Not only do they lack the harsh chemicals that many commercial sunscreens have, but they work! To make your own coconut oil and zinc oxide sunscreen, follow the recipe below, then apply like regular sunscreen.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup shea butter
  • ⅛ cup jojoba oil
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons zinc oxide powder
  • 1 tbsp carrot seed oil
  • Essential oil of your choice (we like coconut or vanilla)

Directions: Melt the first three ingredients in a double boiler. Remove the mixture from the heat and whisk in the zinc oxide powder. Let the mixture solidify in the fridge for about 15 minutes before whisking with an electric mixer. Add the carrot seed oil and essential oil of your choice. Store in the fridge for up to 6 months.

32. DIY Natural Toothpaste

Did you know you can make your own natural toothpaste? This recipe features coconut oil and baking soda, which are used in many commercial kinds of toothpaste. Store it in a mason jar and use a popsicle stick to dip into the toothpaste and apply to your toothbrush to avoid contamination.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 tsp stevia
  • 1 – 2 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Whip with a mixer until you get a light, creamy texture. Pour the mixture into a mason jar and store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

33. All-Natural Deodorant 

Many people want to avoid the harsh chemicals in regular, commercial deodorant by buying natural deodorant. But people don’t realize that you can make your own relatively easy at home. This particular recipe uses baking soda, cornstarch and coconut oil which have been proven to be effective ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 5 – 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup cornstarch

Directions: Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until they are combined. Funnel the mixture into a jar that seals and store at room temperature for up to 6 months.

Father and daughter brushing their teeth and laughing

34. Fresh Breath Mouthwash

A new trend in the health community is the act of oil pulling. In it, coconut oil is used to cleanse the body through the mouth. This DIY breath freshener combines this method with traditional breath freshening materials. Simply combine the ingredients and swish it in your mouth like you would with mouthwash.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 – 3 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions: Pour all of the ingredients into a jar and shake to combine.  Shake before each use. Gargle 1 – 2 minutes and spit out. 

35. Makeup Brush Cleaner

Cleaning your makeup brushes should be a monthly routine and this inexpensive, easy to make brush cleaner is perfect for the job. Coconut oil is great for cleaning oil-based makeup from your brushes and the antibacterial soap will make sure they’re sanitized. 

You’ll want to mix these ingredients in a wide-mouthed bowl so that you can dip your brushes in, rinse them off then let them dry.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons antibacterial soap
  • 2 cups of water 

Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together in a wide-mouthed bowl. Clean your brushes. Dispose of after use.

Now, you should be set up with all of the natural coconut oil beauty products you will ever need. Your skin hair and body will thank you for using these gentle, moisturizing concoctions. For the last step in your beauty routine, you might consider looking into some perfume choices. Just one spritz and you’re ready to greet the day. 

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