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Lesson #9: Coconut oil is the key to kissable lips.

Determined to use my raw coconut oil on virtually every part of my body possible, I slathered it onto my lips. No surprise: My lips soaked it in like a sponge, resulting in a perfectly moisturized pucker. (I recommend blotting once with a tissue for less shine.)

For a similar outcome with the added perk of highly concentrated color, I test-drove RMS Beauty's double-duty lip2cheek ($36; RMS Beauty). Coconut oil, the formula's star ingredient, lends the tint its creamy texture and is responsible for nourishing your lips, while natural pigments add sheer, yet buildable color. This coconut-derived tinted balm is a one-two punch solution for those with chapped lips who want a pop of color too.

Photo: RMS Beauty

Lesson #8: Coconut is a bath-time booster—and smells amazing!

Rumor has it that immersing yourself in a coconut oil-enhanced warm bath is supposed to thoroughly moisturize your skin. To verify this claim, I scooped some raw coconut oil into my tub. The results were immediate and obvious: baby-soft, satiny-smooth skin. While applying coconut oil directly onto your skin provides extreme hydration, this method is better suited for anyone who just needs some lightweight lubrication.

For a similar emollient effect, I suggest Herbivore Botanicals' Coconut Soak ($18; Herbivore Botanicals), which is made with dehydrated coconut-milk powder. In powder—instead of oil—form, the bath soak leaves you with a sweet coconut-vanilla scent and seriously supple skin. Goodbye, scaly legs and rough knees!

Photo: Herbivore Botanicals

Lesson #7: Your dry, brittle strands will drink up coconut oil.

While I'd heard coconut oil praised as a magic elixir for hair (the fix for frizz, dandruff, and the list goes on), I was interested in its legitimacy as a deep-conditioning hair mask. "Due to its structure, coconut oil is able to penetrate the cuticle of the hair shaft to help hydrate and repair dry or damaged hair," says Dr. Weiser. "It contains polyphenolic acids that are potent antioxidants and can help reverse signs of sun damage and aging."

To prove this theory, I coated my tresses from root to tip in my Coconut Melt. Forty minutes later, after I'd shampooed my strands clean, my hair appeared significantly shinier and surprisingly fuller (especially the next morning). While I expected the former, I attributed the latter to the fact that coconut oil is supposed to help with hair growth—which may have contributed to my slightly more voluminous-looking locks.

If you're in a rush, Pacifica's nourishing Coconut Super Power Damage Control Mask ($16; Ulta Beauty) is a speedier way of incorporating coconut oil (in addition to jojoba-seed oil and fruit extracts) into your hair routine. As instructed, I applied the formula post-shampoo and rinsed clean. It took only one or two applications until I noticed softer strands, fewer tangles and funky knots in the mornings, and an overall healthy shine—proof that coconut oil may very well be a hair-care superpower.

Photo: Ulta Beauty

Lesson #6: You can ditch your deodorant for coconut oil.

Combined with arrowroot powder or various other odor-fighting ingredients, antibacterial coconut oil can make a natural, better-for-you deodorant you can whip up at home. "It contains three different fatty acids—caprylic acid, capric acid, and lauric acid—of which caprylic acid is known to inhibit the growth of candida, a common yeast," explains Dr. Weiser. "Additionally these medium-chain fatty acids have natural antimicrobial properties against some bacteria, viruses, and more."

If you don't have arrowroot powder on hand (I didn't), Simply Fair's all-natural, aluminum-free Deodorant Balm ($12; Simply Fair) is a great alternative. A blend of coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, and the elusive arrowroot powder, this formula helped fend off odors over the course of an entire workday. As a bonus, it helped keep my underarms supple and hydrated—which isn't usually the case when it comes to your everyday deodorant.

Photo: Simply Fair

Lesson #5: Coconut is changing the sheet-mask game.

Another mask I tried and loved was from Farmacy's line of supercharged coconut gel masks (Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask, $24 for a set of three; Farmacy). While I'm still a huge proponent of sheet masks, the structure of gel masks helps them better adhere to the unique contours of your face.

Farmacy's mask-making process is special: The brand infuses fermented coconut fruit with fresh botanicals, then presses the formula into cellulose fiber to create each mask's consistency. That means the fabric itself packs plenty of natural moisture. Thirty minutes later, my skin felt moist to the touch and appeared restored and replenished.

Photo: Farmacy