This Is Coco

Hi and welcome to This Is Coco: the coconut queendom.
A place dedicated to everything coconut and vibrant plant-based living.

Whether you’ve been using coconuts for a while and are looking for more ways to implement them or are a coconut newbie and curious what all the coco buzz is about, you’ve come to the right place!


Here you will find:

1. Healthy, delicious plant-powered recipes

They are made with coconuts and coconut products such as coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut water, coconut flour, coconut sugar and coconut butter.

Eating healthy and tasty can go together perfectly and I’m passionate about showing you how much fun it is.
The recipes are simple and easily customizable to meet your personal preferences, so feel free to use your creativity.

All my recipes are dairy-free, vegan and refined sugar-free.


2. Natural DIY beauty recipes for skin, hair, nails and oral health

A healthy lifestyle is the key to our wellbeing. This goes for what we put into our body, as well as what we put on it.

Nature’s nourishing and healing properties found in its amazing variety of plants have so much to offer us. They are a healthier and more sustainable alternative to many store-bought products that contain synthetic ingredients.
Going natural is good for you, the environment and the animals. All the ingredients that I use are vegan, cruelty-free and sustainably sourced.

Coconut oil is a very versatile product that moisturizes, strengthens, protects and restores both skin and hair.

I also love using shea butter, coconut milk, argan oil, essential oils and CBD extract in my beauty recipes.

You will see how easy it is to make your own deodorant, moisturizer, hair mask, massage oil, after-shave, lip balm, eye cream and more. And how well they work!

3. Articles about everything coconut related

I write about the different ways you can use coconut oil, what you need to know when you buy packaged coconut water, why coconut milk is so healthy, if coconut sugar really lives up to its hype, how to make cold-pressed coconut oil and many other subjects.



The coconut queendom - four coconuts



This is Erika

I am Erika Naomi, the creator of This Is Coco: the coconut queendom.

Originally from Amsterdam, I’ve spent the past 15 years living in different corners of the world in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Food is a very important part of my life. There are few things that I enjoy more than preparing, eating and connecting with others over a great dish!

Over the years I’ve become more conscious of the impact that food has on me.
This made me focus on using ingredients that not only taste great, but provide the fuel that my body needs to be at its best.
Food is our medicine and how we feel, function and look, depends largely on what we take in.

I’m also very passionate about sustainability, human and animal rights and try to be as conscious as possible to reflect these in my daily choices.

Healthy living is the essence of both my private and professional life.

My own health journey started twenty years ago, after having lived with severe eczema and asthma for most of my life. Doctors told me I had to learn to live with it, but I wasn’t willing to do this and started to go to a naturopath. This was an important step in the right direction and slowly over the years I managed to get my health back again. Eating the right things and using products that were good for my skin played a huge role in it.

I wanted to share my experiences with others so that it can hopefully also help you to maximize the quality of your life.  Wherever it is that you are on your journey. This is an essential part of why I started this platform and I have so many plans for it!

The recipes on This Is Coco are an eclectic mix of my own kitchen adventures, inspirations from travels, people in my life and random experiments.



Coconut queendom - Erika


In 2002 I opened a health food cafe in the Mexican Caribbean, serving smoothies, pancakes and salads. This was an amazing experience and my first professional one with healthy food.

Afterwards, also in Mexico, I had my own Martial Arts school. I used to practice Taekwondo and passed my exam for first Dan black belt in 2007.
I love traditional Martial Arts and their philosophy. Nowadays I practice yoga and inline skating.

Over the past ten years I’ve been active in visual design, specializing in branding and visual identity.
I love working on conscious projects with soul and to help people express the essence of their brand in an authentic way.

I run my own design & branding studio where I create digital and print design, website design and more.

More information and answers to regular questions can be found on my FAQ page.

Thank you for stopping by and come say hi! I love hearing from you and getting to know other coconut lovers. You can connect with me on social media @coconutqueendom or send me an email.


Where to get started?

An introduction to coconut oil

The coconut products guide

Coconut oil benefits for your skin

Why you should use coconut oil for your hair

30+ coconut oil uses for your hair, skin, nails & oral health

Oil pulling with coconut oil

The different types of virgin coconut oil


Enjoy the Coconut Queendom!


With coco love,
Erika Naomi