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By now, you have probably been advised by a friend to head to Costco for a giant tub of coconut oil. With each passing day, we hear a new story about its healing potential or its versatility in the kitchen. Is this trend boosting the work of Goop matron, Gwyneth Paltrow? The jury’s out.

What is coconut oil?

In the simplest terms, coconut oil is an edible fat that is taken from the meat of coconuts. It has a thick, creamy white texture and a very high saturated fat content, which is why doctors advise against consuming too much of this well-hyped oil. That said, because of its high fat content, it oxidizes slowly and won’t spoil quickly–it can usually last for up to two years without going bad.

With people sharing so many tips, we wondered what you could actually do with this wonder oil. We uncovered 9 surprising ways to use it, and they’re not all for cooking. (Hint: at least one is for sex.)

Need more uses for the good stuff? We’ve got you covered: