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Kourtney Kardashian uses a coconut oil mask for glossy hair

Here?s a beauty riddle: What do our favorite smoothie and Kourtney Kardashian?s hair have in common?

Answer: coconut oil, a cooking oil that?s gaining popularity with celebs and health gurus as the new toxin-free beauty must-have. Kardashian uses it as a hair mask. Mary-Kate Olsen says it has so many uses, it would be her one desert-island product. Gwyneth Paltrow suggests mixing it with sugar for a homemade body scrub.

California-based Carrington Farms has just come out with a new 12-ounce size ($8) of its extra-virgin, organic and unrefined coconut oil. (Previously, you had to buy the huge 54-ounce bottle, which, when using just a few tablespoons a day, takes forever to finish.)  

We?ve been using the magic potion to bookend our day--swapping it for butter in our morning eggs and as an all-over moisturizer after our evening bath exfoliation. It?s a milky white solid at room temperature, so you'll need to warm it up in your hands before applying. Just scoop a teaspoon?s worth out onto your palm, wait for it to liquefy and then rub it all over your legs, arms and winter-chapped lips. 

Available at Whole Foods, 239 N. Crescent Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-274-3360 or

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