Coconut Oil: The Secret Behind the Best DIY Gifts

Coconut Oil for DIY GiftsWe love DIY beauty products because you get to choose what ingredients you use to make them. It's always great when the ingredients are organic, non-GMO, chemical-free and even gluten-free. Plus, you can use your favorite essential oils to scent the products. And you'll have a blast personalizing all the products to be exactly right for your lucky gift recipients.

Ever thought about making homemade deodorant? You're probably asking, but does it actually work? It does! In fact, a lot of us here at Barlean's use it on the daily. DIY beauty products can be an easy and thoughtful gift, especially during the holidays.

There are endless recipes for DIY beauty products, but the recipes we like the best all have one ingredient in common: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. Barlean’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is cold-pressed, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, certified kosher and fair trade. It doesn’t get much better than that, right?

But why coconut oil?

Here’s why: Commercial moisturizers often use water as a main ingredient, which feels hydrating to the skin but is really drying the skin out. Coconut oil provides the lasting nourishment your skin needs, especially in the dry winter months to avoid dehydration. Many commercial moisturizers tend to contain petroleum-based ingredients which can suffocate the skin. Coconut oil absorbs easily into the skin and allows it to breathe. Your skin will be thanking you this winter if you add coconut oil into your beauty products line-up!

Another benefit of choosing coconut oil as a base in DIY beauty products is that coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs. MCTs help retain the moisture in the skin and protect skin cells from losing moisture through the pores. 

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Next question: what DIY beauty recipes are the best?

Since it can be time consuming to figure this out on your own, we searched high and low across the Internet to find the best recipes. These are our favorite DIY recipes that use coconut oil. They're easy to make and will ensure your gifts are the highlight of any gift exchange. For an extra touch, include a candle and some Epsom salt for a spa-at-home experience your friends will love.

DIY coconut oil beauty product recipes:

1. Pumpkin Spice Sugar and Vanilla Sugar Scrub from Wellness Mama 

2. Shea Butter Body Lotion

3. Peppermint Cocoa Butter Lotion 

4. Eye Cream 

5. Lip Balm

6. Coconut Oil Hand Cream

7. Deodorants

8. Lip Scrub 

9. Headache Salve