2

votes

What are the best brands of coconut oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 20, 2012 at 3:48 AM

I would love to know your opinions on coconut oil! Which brands are the best? For cooking, for eating, for skin? Virgin, extra virgin, cold-pressed? Help!

D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

(1042)

on March 06, 2013
at 02:42 PM

Yes, it is unrefined. I'm pretty sure it does mention that somewhere in the text on the jar. Maybe they have updated it since last October. You can tell, cause it smells so goooood!

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on February 16, 2013
at 03:13 PM

I've tried lots of brands... most of the ones mentioned here, actually. I can't tell the difference between any of them and Vitacost... except Vitacost is $22 for 54oz!!

918ecd2369c4e8cd6a2d66846c20137c

(285)

on February 16, 2013
at 04:56 AM

Less than $0.10/oz? Do you have a link you can share? Thx.

76211ec5301087de2588cfe3d6bccba9

(1173)

on October 18, 2012
at 12:27 AM

if it doesn't say unrefined, then it probably isn't. that's usually something worth touting for manufacturers.

76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

(4620)

on March 27, 2012
at 09:59 PM

I believe you're right about the virgin=extra virgin thing.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on March 27, 2012
at 09:45 PM

That is Alpha btw.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1061)

on March 21, 2012
at 02:31 PM

I can't afford non-pet Tropical Traditions (someday...) but Spectrum IS good! I haven't purchased it in ages since I found cheaper alternatives but I remember it being very coconutty. And you're welcome!

3058079ae822f066c06e55071d74b634

(164)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:53 PM

I agree on the tj subpar taste. Not a fan. Spectrum and tropical traditions (non pet) are both quite good. Thanks for that vita cost link.

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 20, 2012
at 02:15 PM

Michael! Could you/would you post your coconut bark recipe? I've been getting my sweet fix with an occasional cherry larabar but that doesn't always cut it.

  • Eea48ea8a2d50ac3ed486958dc7d9456

    asked by

    (190)
  • Views
    57.7K
  • Last Activity
    705D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

25 Answers

2
99ac392257e444e014be6d4da6a900e4

(1036)

on January 27, 2013
at 05:02 AM

Can't beat vitacost.com

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on February 16, 2013
at 03:13 PM

I've tried lots of brands... most of the ones mentioned here, actually. I can't tell the difference between any of them and Vitacost... except Vitacost is $22 for 54oz!!

1
2f54aed1b9a309b2ec517a19d3db6e16

on March 20, 2012
at 11:35 PM

I love Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil. I use it for my hair and skin, as well as consume a tablespoon per day to help me with energy and digestion issues. I have to invest in a really big jar because I seem to go through it so fast!!

1
D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

on March 20, 2012
at 01:15 PM

For skin and lips, I get the coconut oil for pets from Tropical Traditions. It tastes pretty bad, but it still has all the nourishing properties and it has really helped my keratosis pilaris, even as a refined oil! And my sister's dog loves it (the cat just confusedly pawed at it, though) if you have some pets who could benefit from it. It's actually on sale for 70% off right now if you're up for it.

For eating, I'm a real cheapskate and I'll never cough up the amount of money that some of the big-name brands cost, but even without cost as an issue, Vitacost's organic virgin coconut oil is surprisingly one of the best brands I've ever tasted, and it's really cheap ($19.95/54 oz).
Also, if you've never used Vitacost before you can get $10 to spend just for signing up through the referral program (full disclosure: I get $10 if you buy something, so everyone wins) which makes it even cheaper.

When I don't buy it online, I get Trader Joe's organic virgin coconut oil, which is definitely subpar in terms of taste but it's very decently priced. And if you want a more neutral flavor in cooking, then it's a good one to have compared to the more aromatic, coconutty oils out there.

3058079ae822f066c06e55071d74b634

(164)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:53 PM

I agree on the tj subpar taste. Not a fan. Spectrum and tropical traditions (non pet) are both quite good. Thanks for that vita cost link.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1061)

on March 21, 2012
at 02:31 PM

I can't afford non-pet Tropical Traditions (someday...) but Spectrum IS good! I haven't purchased it in ages since I found cheaper alternatives but I remember it being very coconutty. And you're welcome!

1
Ecac6e407506399e184e8242d3d99523

on March 20, 2012
at 12:03 PM

I like both Nutiva and Tropical Traditions. I use it in my coffee and I fry my eggs in it. I also make awesome coconut bark. Melts in your mouth and is so delicious.

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 20, 2012
at 02:15 PM

Michael! Could you/would you post your coconut bark recipe? I've been getting my sweet fix with an occasional cherry larabar but that doesn't always cut it.

1
A115b8aa3c375f10d5bde0c0d06b6143

on March 20, 2012
at 05:43 AM

I like Trader Joe's brand (although it's out of stock everywhere at the moment) and Nutiva. I think virgin = extra virgin when it comes to coconut oil - fellow hackers, please correct me if I'm wrong about that. Also, unrefined is best.

"For cooking, for eating, for skin?" Yes.

76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

(4620)

on March 27, 2012
at 09:59 PM

I believe you're right about the virgin=extra virgin thing.

1
Medium avatar

(10663)

on March 20, 2012
at 03:59 AM

I alternate using Dr. Bronner's and Nature's Way coconut oil for cooking. I don't notice a difference between them but they are both organic virgin unrefined. Lately I've been using Nature's Way more because it comes in a bigger container with a larger opening so it's not a tight squeeze for my hand when I scoop it out.
I see a lot of people who like Nutiva and Artisana brands.

0
10112f962c8edf414dc787797e97cb57

(0)

on April 03, 2013
at 12:53 AM

Has anyone heard of the Clover Brand Coconut Oil. It has no smell. It doesn't say unrefined but it says 100% coconut oil. Also is there a bit significant difference between using a refined or unrefined coconut oil (in regards to cooking, hair use, and skin use)?

0
Eb5ad630bb366c5f7dcf656810aa3f95

(506)

on March 06, 2013
at 04:48 PM

I'm in the UK, I buy biona (from dolphin fitness). That seems to be the best option in terms of cost and quality - it's raw and organic.

0
582e89904fef55ad5c7dac673653ef8c

(281)

on March 06, 2013
at 12:26 PM

The ideal oil would be organic, fair trade, unrefined, hand-milled, non-gmo, virgin/extra-virgin(don't be fooled into paying more because these words are interchangeable for coconut oil.), unheated (the word raw is just advertising here because the coconut growing in tropical conditions can get VERY hot inside. You just don't want the processor to be cooking the oil before you get it. Some methods like expelling and centrifugal can also get heated to high temps.) If you also worry about eco friendliness then your oil should come from a family plantation that isn't in Asia. The oil should also smell and taste like coconut.

My preferred brand is the Tropical Traditions. I wait for free shipping and/or a sale on what I want. In a pinch I can also make my own.

0
530142fc1f9c45d3939187220fc03107

on March 06, 2013
at 11:40 AM

Hi, I like using Coconad coconut oil. It is the product of KLF Industries. KLF Coconad is a 100% pure premium coconut oil made with the finest copra extracts of Kerala. This is the best cooking oil manufactured in Kerala. This Coconut oil is considered as the best edible oil.

0
4c6d8532661bb70e5f2ecd7282391076

on February 16, 2013
at 03:15 AM

CAN ANYONE IN AUSTRALIA PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I CAN PURCHASE GOOD QUALITY CERTIFIED ORGANIC 5L OR 20L CONTAINERS OF COCONUT OIL FOR COOKING AT A REASONABLE PRICE?

IT IS JUST TOO EXPENSIVE TO BUY IT IN SMALL PACKAGES AND POSTAGE ADDS TO THE COST!

THANK YOU ALL

KERRY

email [email protected]

0
089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5650)

on January 27, 2013
at 04:50 AM

i've tried so many coconut oils and the best tasting one i've had is trader joe's. it so cheap compared to others and the quality is amazing.

0
8cdc0a55ff121a0bbaffdc07d3f6d159

on January 27, 2013
at 03:22 AM

I like Nutiva and Tropical Traditions. In fact, there is no strict standard of 'vrigin' coconut oil. Try to understand the production process when comparing different brands.

0
Ee2c03bbe9c17e4b2e4a0f99457e279a

(120)

on November 14, 2012
at 08:49 PM

Only ever buy Nutiva cos it always seems to be the best value. Tastes great too

0
576cb2aedcca9f65df9c584e177f5e3e

on November 14, 2012
at 04:25 PM

I use Kelapo coconut oil. www.Kelapo.com - they have a coocnut oil cooking spray that is great!

0
F26fbc92b18f4689769d6f8746ea40f7

(334)

on October 17, 2012
at 11:22 PM

For New Zealand/Australia residents: Blue Coconut for the processed kind (contacted the manufacturer to gather some infos in terms of processing procedure and this stuff is as good as it gets for a processed oil; no chemicals used whatsoever); Zenian for the virgin coconut oil.

0
E5af16127ad102924cf8c880fa6d35c8

on October 17, 2012
at 11:06 PM

Does anyone know if the Trader Joes Brand is unrefined? It doesn't say on the jar.

76211ec5301087de2588cfe3d6bccba9

(1173)

on October 18, 2012
at 12:27 AM

if it doesn't say unrefined, then it probably isn't. that's usually something worth touting for manufacturers.

D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

(1042)

on March 06, 2013
at 02:42 PM

Yes, it is unrefined. I'm pretty sure it does mention that somewhere in the text on the jar. Maybe they have updated it since last October. You can tell, cause it smells so goooood!

0
A86ce2e71815be92e664204ed0a8a05f

on September 05, 2012
at 01:07 PM

I Love TIANAs Extra Virgin Coconut oil... I have tried many brands but this one retains all the health benefits and can be used for more than just cooking. Definitely HIGH QUALITY. It's Organic, Fair Trade and 100% raw.

Premium Fair trade Organic Raw Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil http://www.tiana-coconut.com

0
1fced59a49221a3cda2c7ac5638b4152

on March 29, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I love Kelapo! Their quality is the best I have found. They are 100% organic, extra-virgin and fair trade! http://www.kelapo.com/

0
8767a1533a7b3ed96dd3edb70df9bc90

on March 27, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I'm about to place an order for coconut oil from these folks.

I just got my 5 gallon, food grade bucket, so I can store it properly.

It works out to about $1.50 for 16oz (including shipping) and it tastes SOOOOO good! :)

918ecd2369c4e8cd6a2d66846c20137c

(285)

on February 16, 2013
at 04:56 AM

Less than $0.10/oz? Do you have a link you can share? Thx.

0
2b160d4a308e7f4fb85d60b2dc4e0bab

on March 21, 2012
at 12:54 AM

Tropical Traditions has the best deals online. They carry 4 different kinds, from Gold Label to refined. http://buycoconutoil.com/

0
2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

on March 20, 2012
at 09:04 PM

Buy DME (Direct Micro Expelling), meaning its raw, unprocessed and all the nutrients are intact. We plan on buying a huge tub (20 kg). That way we can share with family and friends and keep costs down. People are catching onto it and the prices are rising!

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on March 27, 2012
at 09:45 PM

That is Alpha btw.

0
914e96354b6976e591bd98a62d8024b7

on March 20, 2012
at 07:04 AM

Been lurking, but new here as far as posting.

Coconut oil is such a staple this is something I'm always looking for myself (since it's so damn expensive.) I know Oija makes good stuff, I get mine from Aknightsarmor.com since it's the cheapest I've found. I'll have to check out the above recommendations though and do some math crunching. Thanks!

0
65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on March 20, 2012
at 05:22 AM

I like nutiva, artisana and Maison D'Orphee. I can get Nutiva for the least money locally ( about $38/ 54 0z). I will by whichever of those are on sale and cold pressed organic, but the quality appears to be similar.

0
0eba2cda101e1ef460ca0291aeb2e975

on March 20, 2012
at 05:17 AM

I like 'Coconut Oil Supreme' from these guys: http://www.coconutoil-online.com/ I buy it 3 one-pound packs at a time because it works out cheaper on international post (I'm in Australia). Their coconut oil is really yummy and they have cheap sample lots so you can try it first. I really like it! (BTW I'm not affiliated with them or anything, I just really like their coconut oil and I wasted a lot of money trying some other brands that had a funny NQR taste).

I go through coconut oil so fast, it always surprises me. Love it in coffee.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!