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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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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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!
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!