20 Mama & Babe Approved Uses for Coconut Oil

20 Mama  Babe Approved Uses for Coconut Oil | Mama Papa BubbaOne thing our family just can’t go without anymore is coconut oil.  From the kitchen to the beauty cabinet to the first aid kit, it truly fits the term ‘multipurpose’.  We love it so much in fact, that we have several different jars stashed around the house at any given time.  Here are the ways we (Gracen and I especially) use it in our home…

1. Baked Goods (muffins especially)

Instead of using grape seed oil, our usual butter/margarine substitute in muffins, we’ve been using coconut oil recently.  Makes them super moist and they won’t dry out as the days pass.  (THESE are delicious!)

2. Body Moisturizer

Great for when you’re fresh out of the shower or your just before your babe heads off to bed.  It soaks in quickly and smells delicious!

3. Eye Make-up Remover

Simply massage a tiny pinch of coconut oil into your eye area, then wipe off with a damp cloth or cotton pad.  Voila – make up gone! 

4. Face Cleanser

Massage a small pinch into your face, then use a hot, wet washcloth to wipe your face clean.  Most likely, you won’t need moisturizer afterward.

 5. Diaper Cream

Coconut oil is soothing, has anti-fungal properties, and gentle on skin – perfect for using on little bottoms!  Plus, it’s cloth diaper safe too!

6. Pan Frying

Great in high temperatures, coconut oil can be used when pan frying meat, veggies, or grilled cheese sandwiches.

7. Hair Mask

Take a generous amount of coconut oil, work it into the ends of your hair, and leave it sit for 15 to 30 minutes.  Wash it out as usual afterwards and notice how silky your hair feels.

8. Face Paint Remover

Simply rub a little coconut oil onto the paint to loosen it up, then wipe it away with a damp cloth.  Magic!  And no more stained pillow cases.  (Remember THIS?!  Perfect example!)

9. Face Exfoliant

Take a small amount of coconut oil and warm it up in the palm of your hand.  Add a sprinkle of baking soda, mix the two together, and rub it onto a clean face in a circular motion.  Rinse and dry.

10. Bites, Cuts, & Scrapes

Apply a thin layer of coconut oil as a topical cream to your little one’s cuts and scrapes.  It’ll form a protective barrier and speed healing along. 

11. Lip Balm

Super moisturizing and perfect for before bed.  We keep a tiny container of coconut oil in Gracen’s reach so she can moisturize her lips any time she feels the need. 

12. Smoothies

With tons of nutritional benefits, adding a teaspoon to your morning smoothie is a fast and easy way to add coconut oil to your diet.

13. Stove-top Popcorn

We use coconut oil exclusively when popping popcorn.  It can handle the heat, it is healthy, and depending on the type of coconut oil you purchase, it leaves your popcorn with the faintest coconut-y flavour. Yum.  (If you haven’t already, you have to try THIS.  Double yum.)

 14. Homemade Deodorant

Mix some arrowroot powder, baking soda, essential oil, and coconut oil and you’ve got yourself a deodorant sans the harmful aluminum.  I’ve been been using it for months now and it works.

15. Homemade Bubble Bath

Mix some pure castile soap, coconut oil {in its liquid state}, and almond oil, and you’ve got a luxurious, moisturizing bubble bath.  When using it with wee ones, just be sure to have some sort of no-slip grip on the bottom of the tub as it does tend to make it slippery.

16. On Toast

Spread a thin layer on warm toast as a great butter/margarine substitute.  Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, and you’ve won Miss G’s heart. 

17. Foot Treatment

Slather dry feet generously just before you go to bed, throw on some socks, and wake up to seriously soft feet.

18. Hair Tamer

Tame fly aways or add shine by rubbing a tiny amount of coconut oil into your hands first, then onto your locks.

19. Homemade Body Scrub

Mix up some coconut oil, sweet almond oil, coarse/brown sugar, and pure vanilla and use it in the shower.  It smells delicious and leaves your skin soft and smooth.

20.  Straight Off Your Finger

Miss G’s personal favourite!  Each night after she’s had her bath and we’ve slathered her body in the stuff, she digs out a little chunk of coconut oil with her finger, and pops it in her mouth.  Slightly strange? Perhaps.  But you should see how excited she is about that part of her night. 

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11 thoughts on “20 Mama & Babe Approved Uses for Coconut Oil

  1. Melissa Lim says:

    Thank you!!! i have a huge jar and always wonder what to do with it!!

  2. jkossowan says:

    Oh my goodness, Melissa – you’re welcome! Once you crack it open, and start using it, you won’t want to stop! I’ve even used it as a leather shoe polish, a WD-40 replacement for a squeaky door, and as a goo remover after finding stickers in mysterious places around the house. 🙂

  3. Broccoli and Rice Cakes says:

    I’m gonna have to get myself some of this. I have wondered what all the coconut oil hoo haa was all about (understandable given it’s extensive uses it seems…)

  4. We have just discovered coconut oil and think it is great! Thanks for all the suggested additional uses. Really useful!

  5. Oh how I love it as rash cream (especially since we cloth diaper.) that stuff heals up a rash, burn or cracked skin like nobodies business!

  6. Rhonda says:

    I agree, coconut oil is amazing. We even used it for cradle cap. We rubbed on coconut oil 20 minutes before my daughters’s bath, and brushed the spots with a comb or soft brush just before putting her in the bath. Then shampooed as usual. It would remove the cradle cap and left her hair so soft.

  7. That’s too funny! My son does the same thing with our ‘moisturizer’ jar of coconut oil- sits on my bed in the morning while I get dressed and just licks it off his fingers! And I let him because a. I need to get dressed and b. he’s below average on the weight scales and he needs the calories. 🙂

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