All coconut oil is created equal, right? Wrong. I went on a hunt to find the very best and what the differences are. The two top brands (in my opinion) are Tropical Traditions and Nutiva. The only kind to get is the unrefined. Many, if not most, coconut oils are dried, refined, bleached, and treated in such a way to kill the “stink”. It’s a process they do to dried coconut. Simply put: First they dry it, press the oil from it, then process it. Whereas unrefined coconut oil is taken directly from fresh cut wet coconut and immediately cold pressed. Can anyone say fresher?
Every household should own a jar, or two, or three. Personally we have 4. One in the kitchen, one by baby’s changing area, and one in each bathroom.
So who ultimately wins the battle? Tropical Traditions. It’s smooooooth. Their gold standard is by far unsurpassed. In addition to it being 100% USDA organic, it is packaged in a glass jar (so no contaminants or plastic leaching can occur). Smart!
Nutiva has a slightly more “coconuty” scent… which is wonderful. Even my husband loves the scent. It is a little gritty compared to the smooth Tropical Traditions. Not a terrible thing being that it’s USDA organic certified, BUT! They package it in plastic. Bummer. Nutiva is a close second choice for those two reasons alone: Gritty, and in plastic.
The many uses for coconut oil:
- Face lotion
- Fine lines
- Body lotion
- Baby diaper cream
- Cooking / Baking
- Lip conditioner
- Hair conditioner
- Pregnant bellies
- Stretch marks
- Bamboo cutting board conditioner
- Popcorn topper
- Butter your bread with it
- Leave a comment below to share your ideas!