When the coconut oil craze first started a few years ago, I was a little bit skeptical about it. I was sure that it was probably a fad. However, that quickly changed, when a friend of mine showed me all of the ways it can be used around the household. That’s when I learned that this product could be used to cook, used as a beauty product and can even be used as a makeup remover. Every day, I find more and more uses for this marvelous product.
Of course, as this product became more popular, the number of brands available seemed to skyrocket overnight. And not all of these brands that I’ve tried using have the level of quality that I would expect from good coconut oil. That’s when I decided that I would find out which brands were excellent and which brands should be avoided. Using that as a guide, I’ve crafted the following list of top ten products currently available and the ones that I feel are worth using.
My Picks for The 10 Best Coconut Oils
#10 Vitacost Extra Virgin Organic Oil
It can sometimes feel difficult to find coconut oil that’s not only a high-quality product but also one that’s made from certified organic coconuts. Fortunately, this oil manages to mark off both categories. It’s unrefined oil that’s made from certified organic coconuts and is free of adulterants such as milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, shellfish, gluten, and titanium dioxide. It’s also a product that’s considered to be non-GMO and is kosher-free as well. And since it’s packaged in an environmentally-friendly way, it’s also packed in a jar that’s BPA-free, too. All of which makes this cold-pressed oil ideal for anyone who is health conscious or is mindful of the environment.
#9 Snappy Popcorn White Coconut Oil
Whether this oil is used for making popcorn, deep-frying chicken or baking pies, it’s sure to meet just about anyone’s expectations. It provides all of the nutritional value one could expect from a coconut-based oil, but it does it without tasting or smelling like coconuts. This allows is to be used for just about any recipe without having to worry whether it’s going to significantly alter the taste of the finished product. And since it has a high smoke point, it’s excellent for not only making fried chicken but also for frying French fries. And as its name suggests, it’s especially well suited for making popcorn, just don’t expect it to impart a butter flavor.
#8 Snappy Popcorn Colored Oil
Unlike Snappy White Popcorn Oil, this coconut oil has a great buttery flavor that makes movie-theater popcorn taste so great. It’s trans-fat free, helps to keep popcorn kernels fresher longer, and gives the popcorn a nice buttered look. It also has a butter-like consistency that makes it easy to use, and it’s basically drip-free. To use it to make popcorn, all a person has to do is scoop the appropriate amount, and use it in their favorite popcorn maker. Popcorn isn’t the only thing this oil can be used for, however. It can be used in virtually any recipe where oil is required, just as long as you don’t mind the butter taste.
#7 Anjou Organic Coconut Oil
This 100% organic product can be used for a variety of different projects, both inside and outside of the kitchen. It can be used in place of other oils or fats for cooking or can be used for cosmetic purposes as needed. It’s manufactured using coconuts sourced from Sri Lanka, and it has a nice creamy texture with a light, beautiful scent. It’s capable of being used for baking, deep-frying, hydrating skin or to soothe itchy skin. No matter what it’s used for, it’s sure to meet the expectations of anyone using it. It’s a high-quality product and is USDA certified.
#6 Barlean’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
This product has a number of things going for it. For starters, it comes in a form that’s very convenient to use. When used at higher temperatures, it’s a liquid. When it’s used at lower temperatures, it’s a solid consistency. This allows it to be used for all kinds of applications. It can be used for cosmetic use or for baking. It’s Kosher, solvent-free, Vegan and is made from Fair Trade coconuts. It also doesn’t have any trans-fat or cholesterol and is both soy-free and gluten-free. And finally, this product is considered USDA organic and is made without GMO ingredients. And since it has a mild coconut aroma and flavor, it also brings a tropical element to just about any application.
#5 Viva Naturals Extra Virgin Oil
This unrefined and unfiltered coconut oil is sourced from fresh coconuts, which not only ensures that it’s a high-value product but also that it’s extremely potent. The coconuts used in this oil is grown in volcanic soil in the Philippines and creates an oil that is nutrient rich and has a pleasant tropical scent. This product is Kosher, contains non-GMO ingredients and is certified gluten-free. It’s also free of trans-fats, hexanes, and bleach, too. And since this oil is obtained only by cold-press extraction of the coconuts, it’s texture is silky and extremely pleasant. All of this makes for an oil that’s truly useful for a number of cooking, beauty, and projects around the home.
#4 Wildly Organic Refined Oil
This product is coconut oil that doesn’t taste or smell like coconuts. That’s because it goes through filtering and two stages of cleaning that produces a refined oil that’s suitable for all types of frying, baking, and cooking. And since no chemical solvents are used during the manufacturing process, users can rest assured that they’re getting a wholesome product that’s conveniently packed in a container which is BPA-free. Since it has a melting point around 75-degrees Fahrenheit, this product can be used in its solid form or in its liquid form as needed. This means that it can also be applied to the skin or hair for cosmetic reasons or can be melted down for deep-fat frying.
#3 Nutiva Cold-Pressed Unrefined Oil
The quality and the purity of this product is considered from the moment they harvest the coconuts to the moment they create this oil. It’s made from quality coconuts and then put through a cold-press extraction process that extracts and oil that is not only Vegan but is also gluten-free and meets USDA certified organic standards. It’s also packed in a container that’s BPA-free. This light nutrient oil contains approximately 50% lauric acid and 63% medium-chain triglycerides. This makes this product idea for vegetarian, whole food, paleo or ketogenic diets. It also makes it suitable for natural moisturizing or hair conditioning.
#2 Nature’s Way Organic Oil
Free of hexane and verified to contain no GMO ingredients, this product is suitable for all different types of uses around the home. It’s sourced from high-quality coconuts that are cold-pressed but aren’t otherwise bleached or refined. This creates pure and creamy oil that has a nice light aroma and taste. This oil can be used in either solid or liquid form and contains approximately 62% medium-chain triglycerides. This oil is also certified organic and is gluten-free as well. Whether it’s used for deep-fat frying, making cookies or conditioning hair, it’s sure to provide the level of quality that people expect out of good coconut oil.
#1 Carrington Farms Virgin Coconut Oil
Using high-quality coconuts sourced from the Philippines, this oil is a high-quality product that I felt was extremely impressive. The coconuts used in this oil are unrefined and cold-pressed for quality and have to pass a whole battery of supplemental testing before it’s sold to the public. It’s also filtered four times before it’s packaged in its BPA-free container. This means that this product is gluten-free and hexane-free. It also has a light taste and aroma that’s sure to give a little pizazz in the kitchen. It’s coconut flavor really creates an interesting effect when its used in just about any recipe.
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Top Household Used For Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has a variety of different uses. Regardless of whether a person uses a refined or unrefined product, and regardless of whether it’s scented or unscented. Although most people realize that coconut oil can be used for baking and deep-fat frying, few people realize that it can be used for a whole lot more. In fact, this particular type of oil is probably the most versatile product available. Below are just some of the things that coconut oil can be used for around the home.
Make Better Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise that’s bought in the store is full of not only preservatives but also soybean oil. And trust me, soybean oil isn’t all that good for your health. Fortunately, you can make your own mayonnaise using coconut oil. And it’s not only easy-to-do but also a whole lot of fun. Here’s the recipe:
- 1/2-cup olive oil
- 3/4-cup melted coconut oil
- 2-egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2-teaspoons lime juice
- Salt & Pepper
Using a blender, add in the egg yolks, mustard and a teaspoon of lime juice. Once added, blend on a low setting. Now drizzle in your olive oil and your coconut oil. When the mixture has absorbed the oil, add the other teaspoon of lime juice and then add salt and pepper. Now all you have to do is place the mayo in the jar. Viola! You’ve made some pretty tasty mayo!
Increase HDL Cholesterol
Although this oil does raise cholesterol levels in some people, there is a significant amount of evidence that it increases HDL cholesterol, otherwise known as the good cholesterol. However, as is the case with most items in your diet, you should use your best judgment and don’t eat too much of any one food item—including coconut oil.
Make an Insect Repellent
No, coconut oil won’t keep insects from biting or stinging you, but it can be used with essential oils that can be used to repel insects. Some essential oils have been shown to effectively repel insects from most people. However, these oils can’t be used by themselves, they need to be added to a carrier oil, and this is where coconut oil really can come in handy. Mosquitoes can be repelled with the followed essential oils added to coconut oil: citronella, lemon, basil or thyme. Ticks can be repelled with rose or geranium essential oils, and fleas can be repelled with eucalyptus, tea tree or lemongrass essential oils.
Make Natural Deodorant
Human sweat doesn’t have a distinctive smell to it, either good or bad. No, what makes sweat smell is the bacteria which feasts upon it. Fortunately, coconut oil has strong antimicrobial properties, so it can be used effectively to combat these critters. All you have to do is incorporate it into your own natural deodorant. Below is a recipe for a deodorant that doesn’t contain aluminum or other harmful chemicals that store-bought brands often do.
- 6-Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 7-Tablespoons Baking Soda
- 4-Tablespoons Shea Butter
- 2-Tablespoons Cornstarch
- A few drops of your favorite essential oils, if desired.
Using a mason jar in a saucepan of warm water, melt your coconut oil and Shea butter. Once that’s been done, remove it from the heat and add your baking soda and cornstarch to the solution. Now add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. You can use any essential oils in this deodorant, but the following are extremely useful: tea tree oil, lavender, rosemary, peppermint or eucalyptus. Now place the solution in a glass container. It will take a while to solidify, but once it does you have an effective and natural deodorant.
Remove Eye Makeup
Few people realize that coconut oil can be used to remove eye makeup. I use it all the time by simply applying the oil with one of those round cotton pads and then wiping the makeup until it’s all removed.
Make Salad Dressing
Yes, not only can you make your own mayonnaise using coconut oil, but you can also make your own salad dressing. And in my opinion, it’s a whole lot better than store-bought dressings because it’s not loaded with preservatives, sugar or salt. Here is my recipe for a nice Coconut Salad Dressing:
- 1/3-Cup Olive Oil
- 1/3-Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2/3-Cup Melted Coconut Oil
- 2-Tablespoons of Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/2-Tablespoon of Natural Honey
- 1/2-Teaspoon of garlic
- 1/2-Teaspoon of Basil
- 1/2-Teaspoon of Sea Salt
- 1/4-Teaspoon of Freshly Ground Pepper
Add all of your ingredients into a mixing bowl and then use a balloon whisk to make sure that it’s all blended together. Now move the finished product to your favorite dressing bottle. Allow it to sit for approximately 30-60 minutes on your counter before moving it to your refrigerator. Since coconut oil is the main ingredient in this dressing, it will solidify in the refrigerator, so be sure to leave it out so it can return to liquid form before using. It’s not as convenient as a store-bought dressing, but I feel like it’s a whole lot better.
So far, we’ve seen just how many different things coconut oil can be used for around the house, but we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of what this product is capable of doing. It can also be used to get rid of stains. All you have to do is mix one part coconut oil with one part baking soda and make it into a paste. Apply it directly to the stain in question and then wait for 5 to 10-minutes. Now wipe it off, and the stain should come along with the oil.
This product also makes a highly effective hair conditioner. That’s because the lauric acid can get down into the shaft of the hair cuticle in ways that other fats simply can’t do. This can help the hair to retain moisture and prevent it from losing too much protein after shampooing. And if one of the lightly scented oils is used, it can also give your hair a nice light coconut scent.