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What are the best brands of coconut oil?

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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!

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1032 · March 06, 2013 at 2:42 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!

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3442 · February 16, 2013 at 3:13 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!!

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285 · February 16, 2013 at 4:56 AM

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

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1173 · 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.

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4620 · March 27, 2012 at 9:59 PM

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

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3043 · March 27, 2012 at 9:45 PM

That is Alpha btw.

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1061 · March 21, 2012 at 2:31 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!

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164 · 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.

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55 · March 20, 2012 at 2:15 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.

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1036 · January 27, 2013 at 5:02 AM

Can't beat vitacost.com

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3442 · February 16, 2013 at 3:13 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!!

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10 · 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!!

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1061 · March 20, 2012 at 1:15 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.

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164 · 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.

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1061 · March 21, 2012 at 2:31 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!

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6 · 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.

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55 · March 20, 2012 at 2:15 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.

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865 · March 20, 2012 at 5:43 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.

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4620 · March 27, 2012 at 9:59 PM

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

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10653 · March 20, 2012 at 3:59 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.

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0 · 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)?

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506 · March 06, 2013 at 4:48 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.

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281 · 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.

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0 · 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.

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0 · February 16, 2013 at 3:15 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 lollipopzebra@gmail.com

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5650 · January 27, 2013 at 4:50 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.

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0 · January 27, 2013 at 3:22 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.

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120 · November 14, 2012 at 8:49 PM

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

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0 · November 14, 2012 at 4:25 PM

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

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334 · 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.

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0 · October 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM

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

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1173 · 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.

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1032 · March 06, 2013 at 2:42 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!

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0 · September 05, 2012 at 1:07 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

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0 · March 29, 2012 at 9:31 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/

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272 · March 27, 2012 at 9:31 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! :)

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285 · February 16, 2013 at 4:56 AM

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

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60 · 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/

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3043 · March 20, 2012 at 9:04 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!

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3043 · March 27, 2012 at 9:45 PM

That is Alpha btw.

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0 · March 20, 2012 at 7:04 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!

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3049 · March 20, 2012 at 5:22 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.

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120 · March 20, 2012 at 5:17 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.

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