But not everyone’s got the DIY gene and enjoys spooning out globs of the pantry staple to fight frizz or remove pore-clogging makeup over the bathroom sink.
Fortunately, a bunch of lovely of beauty brands are now including high-quality coconut oil in more sophisticated bottled forms—and for ingenious beautifying uses.
Here, natural beauty expert Spirit Demerson, founder of online beauty store Spirit Beauty Lounge, helps us pick some of the best on the shelves right now… —Melisse Gelula
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Coconut oil plays a best-supporting actor role in this eyeliner by minimizing bacteria and, unlike some drier pencils, “the coconut oil gives it a smooth, soft glide,” says Demerson.
Fair-trade, wild-crafted shea butter blends with coconut and olive oil to make a moisturizer that’s ideal for dry, combo, and even acne-prone skin (just use it judiciously). “Lauric, capric, and caprylic acid in coconut oil have antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, which make coconut oil great for problem skin,” confirms Demerson.
RMS “Un” Cover-Up ($36)
This amazing concealer, which comes in several shades, moisturizes as it covers dark circles and blemishes without a bit of gloppiness or cakiness. “I can’t live without this!” affirms Demerson.
This is a brilliant combination of a nourishing body wash with natural, understated scent blends—think Frankincense & Coriander and Lavender & Vetiver—from the natural perfumer. “They leave your skin feeling super clean yet hydrated,” says Demerson.
Coconut oil’s most popular use is as a hair-nourishing treatment and frizz fighter, so it makes sleek-and-shiny sense in this natural bottled conditioner from sumptuous UK brand, Ila.
Two clean-beauty-loving Brooklynites are behind this six-ingredient lip balm, which protects and soothes lips with coconut and macadamia nut oil.
This waterless wonder balm can do about 18 daily beauty tasks—one our favorite uses is as a cleanser. It’s loaded with coconut oil, mango butter, and extracts of chia seeds, so you stay dewy and hydrated even after deeply removing dirt and makeup.