The coconut has a lot to live up to. A popular new super-food, it’s taking center stage thanks to celebrities’ endorsements, editors loving its oil, and now, an increasing number of beauty products spotlighting the nut. It may be a trend, but it’s one that lives up to the hype. The super-affordable oil can be used to nourish your scalp (Khloe Kardashian swears it makes her hair grow faster and thicker), soothe dry skin, tame cuticles, and it adds healthy fat to your diet when used in the kitchen. Coconut water—‘nature’s Gatorade’—is as delicious as it is healthy: the low-calorie water is full of electrolytes and vitamins. And cosmetics? It’s an easy way to work the extract into your routine without messy jars of oil. You’ll find our ten favourite coconut-laden products—including oil and water recommendations—in our slideshow!
Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee ($22) is a buildable cheek stain made from 50 percent coconut water. Blend a little onto cheeks with your fingers for a light flush, adding a second or third coat for more punch.
Designed for people with eczema, sensitive, and itchy skin, Capri’s Clear Moisturizing Spray ($7) is 100 percent coconut oil in a leak-proof bottle, plus it’s fractionated, a process that removes the fragrance but leaves the nutrients.
Not all oils are the same. For the maximum amount of nutrients, look for the words virgin, extra virgin, or unrefined, which all mean the oil hasn’t been processed. Don’t let the word natural fool you; it can still be refined which removes many necessary nutrients. We like Spectrum Essentials’ Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil ($10) or Nutiva’s Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ($9).
Deborah Lippmann’s tropical-smelling Cuticle Oil Treatment ($18) is a mix of coconut and jojoba seed oil to calm dry cuticles without leaving fingers greasy.
Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Makeup ($12) goes on smooth, covers flaws, and leaves skin hydrated, thanks to coconut water.
Of course we couldn’t forget coconut water on our list. If your grocery store or farmers market isn’t stocked with fresh coconuts—and willing to puncture a hole for easy sipping—the next best thing is Harmless Harvests’ Raw Coconut Water.