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3 year old son has Smell Aversion to Coconut Oil

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 06, 2011 at 3:51 PM

So, I have just started using Raw Coconut oil for cooking and other uses and my 3 year old HATES the smell of it. As soon as he smells it, he starts crying and will even start gagging. It's crazy.

Any ideas on what's going on? Could be be allergic?

Thanks! Maranda

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on July 14, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Like a sunburn, perhaps?

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on December 07, 2011
at 06:23 PM

I too haven't found any plastic-y refined coconut oils.

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on December 07, 2011
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I've used spectrum a couple times and never noticed a plastic odor or taste.

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on December 07, 2011
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I love the taste of virgin/non-refined coconut oil. I use the Nutiva brand, but there are lots of other good ones out there. However, the refined stuff, while still healthy, has a plastic odor and taste. Sadly the Spectrum brand--which is refined--seem to be the one most people find in their regular grocery store. I think that may be where most (but not all) of the negative reviews come from. The unrefined brands have a distinct coconut odor and a mild flavor. The taste isn't quite as rich or strong as coconut milk, but if you like one you'll be more likely to like the other.

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on December 07, 2011
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I'm just curious... I've seen a lot of people write on here that they can't stand the taste of coconut oil... is it comparable to coconut milk? Cause the milk is out of this world!

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on December 06, 2011
at 05:38 PM

Some people just don't like the smell of some things. I think it is called "being a human" :)

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on December 06, 2011
at 04:51 PM

it should say and gag on it but no reactions

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I wouldn't say it has no taste; it tastes (and smells) like plastic to me. But, it definitely does not smell or taste like coconut so it would solve that problem.

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on December 06, 2011
at 04:12 PM

Refined coconut oil is taste less and less allergenic.

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on December 07, 2011
at 05:19 AM

I'm just curious... I've seen a lot of people write on here that they can't stand the taste of coconut oil... is it comparable to coconut milk? Cause the milk is out of this world!

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on December 07, 2011
at 02:33 PM

I've used spectrum a couple times and never noticed a plastic odor or taste.

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on December 06, 2011
at 04:29 PM

I wouldn't say it has no taste; it tastes (and smells) like plastic to me. But, it definitely does not smell or taste like coconut so it would solve that problem.

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on December 07, 2011
at 06:23 PM

I too haven't found any plastic-y refined coconut oils.

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on December 07, 2011
at 02:08 PM

I love the taste of virgin/non-refined coconut oil. I use the Nutiva brand, but there are lots of other good ones out there. However, the refined stuff, while still healthy, has a plastic odor and taste. Sadly the Spectrum brand--which is refined--seem to be the one most people find in their regular grocery store. I think that may be where most (but not all) of the negative reviews come from. The unrefined brands have a distinct coconut odor and a mild flavor. The taste isn't quite as rich or strong as coconut milk, but if you like one you'll be more likely to like the other.

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on December 06, 2011
at 04:43 PM

Maybe you should check to see if he does have an allergy.

But to be honest, he sounds like a normal kid. Kids always have varying preferences when it comes to food, but that doesn't mean they know what's good or bad for them. When I was young I used to hate the taste of broccoli and cauliflower, but I'm glad my mom forced me to eat it because its healthy!

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on December 06, 2011
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Aversion to scent is a protective mechanism. maybe he is allergic/sensitive to coconut? or perhaps it triggers the memory of a bad experience; maybe a painful rash that was treated with a cream that smelled like coconut?

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on July 14, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Like a sunburn, perhaps?

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on July 14, 2012
at 12:47 AM

I have a scent triggered allergy to coconut.. when i smell it i start to gag and my throat will swell shut.. if he is crying and gagging you may want to take him to an allergist to do a skin test to check.. i lived 25 years before this allergy hit me and its supper dangerous to leave be even for a few minutes without an epipen handy. in the event he has an anaphalactic allergy to it you would be prepared and not have to go through that trama

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on December 07, 2011
at 04:21 PM

When I first began using coconut oil I found that the smell was near enough to make me want to shut the stove off and leave the room. After about a week of use, the smell no longer bothered me. I've noticed that different brands do have different pungencies, as Sara S. mentioned, so you might try switching things up. However, after not using the oil I found I liked best for a week or two (just fell into a routine of butter and lard), I bought a jar and again had the same smell aversion as when I first started using coconut oil. I have no idea what causes this, but, for me, after some exposure, I don't even notice it and even start loving the smell. Good luck!

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on December 07, 2011
at 04:35 AM

Maybe your kid isn't keen on being close to your stove while you're cooking, per se. Just saying.

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on December 06, 2011
at 05:57 PM

You might try different brands. I have a smell aversion to some brands of coconut oil because they smell soapy to me. I get a jar home, open it, and can't eat. Other brands smell delicious. I've also had a problem with older coconut oil smelling terrible. Even within the same brand: sometimes it smells ok, other times it smells bad. My favorite so far has been Dr Bronner's coconut oil. Second favorite was Tropical Traditions. The Spectrum brand has been the spottiest for me, but perhaps it tends to be on the shelf longer at the store. Whole Foods's 365 brand has been mostly good to me but sometimes bad.

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on December 06, 2011
at 04:50 PM

It's not just kids I'm 50 and gag but no allergic reactions on it, but I'm good with refined CO I eat it out of the jar

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on December 06, 2011
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it should say and gag on it but no reactions

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