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6 DIY Beauty Recipes Using Coconut Oil

DIY coconut oil beauty products

Since moving to Texas, my hair and my skin have been going absolutely berserk trying to figure out the strange new climate — my skin is oily and breaking out like I’m back in junior high and my hair is as dry and breakable as the bristles on a broom.

Before spending a ton of money on new products to compensate — or buying up a bunch of Groupons for facials and keratin treatments — I decided to finally try some of the DIY beauty recipes I’d been collecting on Pinterest. Hey, it’s Spa Week this week, too, so why not!

I’m still an absolute failure when it comes to doing my own nails at home — seriously, how DO you cut your own cuticles? Can someone please teach this righty how to paint her right nails? — but I was super excited by how these 6 DIY beauty treatments made with coconut oil turned out. Especially the salt scrub, which I can’t get enough of now that I’m spending 8+ months a year in sandals, and which smells of the beach, which I miss every day. 


  • 1/2 cup coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 6-8 drops lime essential oil or juice of one lime
  • Zest of one lime

Modifying a recipe from The Idea Room — swapping out sugar for a mix of coarse salt and Epsom salt, for sore & tired muscles — I simply mixed together melted coconut oil, the salts, the juice and zest of one lime juice in a bowl, and then transferred it to a decorative jar. Easy peasy.

Aside from the 30 seconds it took me to melt the coconut oil in the microwave, and the 30 seconds it took me to zest the lime, this entire recipe took less than a minute to make — and is just the thing for sloughing off dry skin and softening “summer feet” before winter’s harsh dryness takes hold. (It’s also gentle enough to use on chapped lips to exfoliate dry skin before applying lip balm.) I absolutely love the transportive staycation scents of coconut & lime for darker days and beachy dreams. If you use fresh lime juice and zest, make sure to refrigerate the jar of scrub in between uses to extend its lifespan, which should be about a month before it starts smelling bitter (only 2 weeks at room temp!).

Ginger even got into the coconut oil & honey hair mask, and he was a lot happier with the results than he was with the process. (The Dapper Dan man references on Facebook when he posted this were amazing.)

Do you have a favorite homemade beauty treatment? Love to hear all about it — share a link to your blog or Pinterest below, if you have one!