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15 Most Effective & Healing Coconut Oil Recipes for Skin

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Unrefined, virgin coconut oil is one of the healthiest habits you can adopt whether it’s ingesting it or applying it to your skin. With it’s extreme healing powers, I have added coconut oil in many of my personal recipes! In this post, I’m sharing my top 15 coconut oil recipes for skin that you’ll want to make ASAP!

Coconut Oil DIY RecipesI’ve been on a huge coconut oil kick lately!  Coconut oil was all the rage about 5-8 years ago .  Remember that meme where that little boy with a mean look on his face was holding up his fist to the camera with the caption, “My mom’s got 99 problems and coconut oil solved 86 of them”?  So funny but yet still pretty true.  Coconut oil, while not as popular as it was, is still a very valid tool to improve overall health.  

I was doing some maintenance on my blog and realized that some of my most effective, most popular and most personally used DIYs contain coconut oil as a base and I wanted to round them up for you today!

Why do I use coconut oil in so many of my DIYs?  The biggest reason is because it is so healing.  On top of that-it is anti fungal and antibacterial which is so beneficial in many of these DIYs.  Plus, if you choose a high quality oil, it is very high in antioxidants which we all know are beneficial when it comes to aging.  Read more about the benefits of coconut oil HERE.

Organic Deodorant

If I don’t have this solid deodorant on hand, I typically don’t use deodorant.  I love this deodorant recipe because it’s so healthy and it works!  It’s easy to make, doesn’t sting and is 500x safer to apply under your arms then normal deodorants.  

homemade deodorant

DIY Toothpaste

Coconut oil and essential oils can be so good for the teeth and gums.  Plus, this diy toothpaste recipe contains baking soda which helps whiten teeth.  It’s a great DIY with zero toxic ingredients unlike most brands you’ll find.  

Homemade toothpaste



Vaseline is a staple for many people but the problem is-it contains petroleum.  That’s no bueno!  It’s easy to make your own diy vaseline with ingredients that will actually heal and nourish your skin.  Plus you can stir it in order to get a more vaseline like consistency.  

Uses of Vaseline + DIY Vaseline Recipe


Healing Salve

My homemade healing salve is hands down, one of my favorite DIYS.  Not only do I use it constantly, I sell it too.  We use this balm as a lip balm, neosporin alternative and even a moisturizer.  It’s even safe to use on dogs!  It is incredibly healing and smells so good!!  Buy it HERE!

DIY Neosporin

Vapor Rub

I make a huge batch of my homemade vapor rub every fall to help clear stuffy noses and decongest.  We can’t be without it.  It not only clears a stuffy head, it also heals a raw nose.  This is another DIY I love so much that I sale it.  Buy it HERE.

Homemade Vapor Rub

Hair Conditioner for Shiny Hair

Summer wrecks and ravages my hair.  I try to apply this homemade leave-in conditioner before going out int the sun because it literally brings my hair back to life.
DIY Hair Conditioner

Eye Makeup Remover

Removing eye makeup with oil is the most gentle way you can effectively remove mascara.  You’ll be shocked at how this coconut based balm melts eye makeup away effortlessly!  Plus, I’ve formulated it to nourish the lashes as well which is vital for last health and regrowth.  

DIY Eye Makeup Remover with lid off and colorful cloth


Lotion Making For the Beginner

If you get excited about hand-making skin care but haven’t delved into lotion making, this recipe is for you.  In this post I give a very detailed step by step guide on how to do it with only 3 ingredients, one being coconut oil!  You’ll love making lotion-it is so rewarding! 

How to Make Lotion-Step by Step Picture Tutorial


Kitten Balm (Tiger Balm Alternative)

Got sore, achy muscles?  Or maybe just a crick in the neck?  I used to use Tiger Balm until I realized the mile long list of yucky ingredients it contains.  My version of Tiger Balm is not quite as strong but feels and smells so good! 


DIY Tiger Balm

Beeswax Coconut Lotion

My beeswax coconut lotion recipe incorporates aloe, coconut oil and beeswax to make a beautiful lotion. Because I used beeswax to emulsify, it is a harder consistency but none the less creamy. 

DIY Lotion


Bug Bite Balm

I end up using this creamy bug bite balm for itch relief more than anything.  It’s got a great texture and because it contains just the right essential oils, it really does calm the skin and reduce the inflammatory, histamine response.  In this post I also suggest putting the balm in a lip balm tube for on the go relief.   

Bug Bite Balm

Plumping Lip Scrub

A homemade lip scrub might seem a bit high maintenance but if you try this recipe, you’ll understand why it’s necessary.  So much dead skin can accumulate on the lips and by gently exfoliating, you will be shocked how soft and smooth your lips can be.  Not to mention, lipstick goes on so much prettier!  

DIY Lip Plumping Scrub

DIY Belly Butter

A pregnant belly should never be without a replenishing oil.  NEVER. It is vital to support skin that is rapidly being stretched and stressed.  This DIY belly butter recipe is full of super healing antioxidants that will help keep stretch marks at bay as well as keep the skin from getting uncomfortable and itchy.  


Anti Wrinkle Eye Stick

This anti aging eye recipe is one of my most popular products ever.  I believe it was the #1 DIY for 2 years straight.  What readers loved about it besides the fact that it lessened the look of crow’s feet was that it was buttery smooth and glided so gently over the delicate eye area.  


Beeswax (burt’s bees) Lip Balm

I love to do a DIY or BUY post and this one was extra fun!  This beeswax lip balm recipe turned out awesome, leaving me no need to buy a Burt’s Bees Lip Balm ever again! 

Burt's Bees Lip Balm DIY


Diaper Rash Cream

When I first started this blog, one of my daughters was still in diapers.  She would get the worst diaper rash.  I knew that Desitin wasn’t the answer so I quickly concocted my own.  Since then I have approved upon that first creation and just recently came out with my new chamomile infused coconut lavender diaper rash cream with clay recipe.  It contains coconut oil for healing but it also contains clay for keeping little booties dry.  DIY Diaper Rash Cream

Which Brand Has the Most Effective Coconut Oil?

The best brand of coconut oil is Healthy Traditions.  They are truly a HUGE cut above the rest.  They wet-mill and hand make their coconut oil in order to retain the highest possible amount of antioxidants.  They also do NOT mass produce their coconut oil. It is made by families who are coconut farmers using old-fashioned traditional methods that have been used in the Philippines for hundreds of years. The families who produce the oil are also trained according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards and re-certified each year.  Plus, they test for the deadly herbicide, glycophate. Find their coconut oil HERE.

There you have it-my 15 coconut oil recipes for skin that I personally think are the best!  Have you made one of the items?  Please share!!

xx, Jenni



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Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 9 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on how to achieve beautiful skin the natural way.

5 thoughts on “15 Most Effective & Healing Coconut Oil Recipes for Skin”

  1. Hi Jenni,
    I love getting posts from you in my inbox. Can’t wait to try some of these!
    I’ve been happy with all your DIY’s. You do great work.

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