Coconut Oil is AMAZING, But Only If You Buy the Right Kind: Here’s What to Look For


turmericwebWritten by: Lindsay Sibson

Do you remember the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding who thinks that putting Windex on everything “fixes” it?

No? Lucky for you, I found a clip HERE.

How that dad feels about windex is precisely how I feel about COCONUT OIL.

Dry skin?  Coconut oil!

Natural toothpaste?  Coconut oil!

Frizzy hair tamer? Coconut oil!

Coconut oil is incredibly versatile, healthy, beneficial and a natural solution to many “problems.”

However, not all coconut oil is created equal. There are 2 main type of coconut oil: virgin and refined.

Let’s take a closer look at 5 things you must know about coconut oil:


(Nutvia Organic Virgin Coconut Oil)


(Nutvia Organic Refined Coconut Oil)

  • Coconut scent and flavor
  • Neutral scent and flavor
  • Heat up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Heat up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Made from fresh coconuts
  • Made from dried coconuts
  • Unrefined
  • Steam refined, no chemicals used
  • Certified organic and non-GMO
  • Certified organic and non-GMO

How Is Coconut Oil Made?

  • Fresh coconut meat is scooped out of the shell then cold pressed.
  • The result is leaving behind just the oil.
  • Has a pure coconut flavor.
  • Made from dried coconut meat, or copra.
  • Gently steam refine the oil to achieve a neutral flavor.
    • NOTE: Some companies use harsh chemicals to produce refined coconut oil – beware!

How Can You Use Coconut Oil?

From baking and cooking to body and hair care, coconut oil has MANY uses. Both virgin and refined coconut oil can be used interchangeably, based on your personal preference for the coconut taste and smell.

When cooking, refined coconut oil has a higher smoke point of 400 degrees, which makes it ideal for stir-frying, baking and sauteing. It also has a neutral flavor which makes it preferable when a coconut flavor is not wanted.

Which Coconut Oil Is Better For YOU?


They share the same nutritional profile. It is up to YOU to decide; depending on if you enjoy a coconut aroma and taste, both refined and virgin coconut oil have 63% medium chain triglycerides, including 50% lauric acid.

How To Shop For Coconut Oil

When buying coconut oil, there are some key characteristics you should look for.

  • Certified organic
  • Verified non-GMO
  • Confirm that virgin coconut oil IS:
    • Cold-pressed
    • Made without hexane
    • Never deodorized or bleached
  • Confirm that refined coconut oil:
    • Has never been refined using harsh chemicals
    • Be sure to check that it is steam-refined

What is YOUR favorite and most creative use for coconut oil?

I love to use mine to take off my makeup and brush my teeth.

SHARE your ideas in the comments below and then send this article to your coconut oil-loving friends!



Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.

Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (

Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
Lindsay Sibson


Add comment

E-mail is already registered on the site. Please use the Login form or enter another.

You entered an incorrect username or password

Sorry, you must be logged in to post a comment.


by Oldest
by Best by Newest by Oldest

You don't say how to find out if it's REALLY cold pressed, made without hexane, never deodorized or bleached, refined without harsh chemicals, or that it's really steam refined????


it will say on the jar.




It says on the Container


What they are saying is buy "NUTVIA" brand. Either choice of that brand is good. The choice is to smell or not smell the coconut. If you can't find Nutvia, read labels.


Simply research different brands, the processing methods they use, find out if they are responsibly sourced etc. Most will say on the container how it is processed, if it doesn't you probably want to look it up to be sure, or find one that does state this info 🙂


I make deodorant using coconut oil, baking soda, and essential oils. It is amazing!


I'm sure it smells good, but don't you get greasy arm pits?


I just use coconut oil for deodorant. Works great


Please can you tell me how You made deodorant with coconut oil? I am allergic to most commercial deodorant.


There are recipes online just Google homemade deodorants. I just experiment. I add cornstarch to mine for antiperspirant effect


Just apply coconut oil...a light coating underarms is all you need


Yes! & SO much better than most of what you can find in stores! Glad to see lots more commercial healthy deodorants, but making your own anything is always the best when you can 🙂


Hard to give a favorite but since today is Thanksgiving I will share my major use for today, so much time spent with hands in water either cleaning dishes or veggies & fruits I keep a bowl with coconut oil near the sink to coat my hands & protect them from getting chapped & raw. No harmful chemicals or smells on me or my food. Enjoy.


I luv to make popcorn with it. It taste so good like it came from a specialty store 😋


do the triglicerides do harm


Coconut oil is a healthy fat


The Medium chain triglycerides (MCT's) are actually extremely beneficial & necessary for our health! MCT's are easier for our body to utilize as energy than carbohydrates even & are a great way to boost healthy fat intake & get extra sustainable energy at the same time.


My husband use the 100% vergin coconut oil on his vegetables and salad all the time it helps with blood vessel problems and I love to use it on my skin too it makes my skin feels so soft.


I was out of the country in Fiji and my baby got a horrible diaper rash and yeast infection. I couldn't buy diaper cream so I got fresh coconut oil and used it. The rash and yeast infection cleared up in record time and I have used it ever some! It's the best rash preventer I have found! Never going back to diaper cream!!


Absolutely! I used coconut oil for my baby's diaper area from day 1 in the hopspital 🙂 Good for everything & gentle & non-toxic! Win, win win!


Spray over pork skin to crackle it is created amazing very crunchy but softer crackle because of the flash point of the oil.


I use both. They both do what they are supposed to do.


Oh just tell me which one to buy.. I'm still confused


I us it after washing my face to remove any residual mascara smears. Love coconut oil!


I also use it to remove my make up, as a mask for my hair, AND I put a heaping tablespoon in my coffee every morning.


Yes!!! Me too.... Best eye makeup remover EVER - even on stubborn waterproof mascara, I used to have to scrub with remover to get it off & irritate my eyelids. When I finally tried coconut oil because my eyelids were irritated, I was annoyed at myself for not trying it sooner. Keep a jar of it on my vanity now too, as well as in my kitchen for eating/drinking & bathroom for moisturizing.



I love it on my fresh washed hair and body! But use it on my skin too


What is your favorite brand?


I use it for natural deodorant:
6 TBSP coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon baking soda (careful may irritate)
Essential oil (choose smell you like)
Put into glass container with cap


are you saying 1/4 cup baking soda, then 1 teaspoon baking soda? I'm confused about this...


Can I use it to oil my wooden cutting board without turning rancid?


Coconut oil is an excellent oil to use for your cutting boards!

34's better than butter!!


Two favorites.....
1. Popcorn...cooked in popcorn popper with coconut oil, tumeric powder and fresh ground pepper.
2. Instead of my flavored coffee creamer....i mix and use a couple tablespoons of coconut oil, honey,cinnamon and a little vanilla mixed together mixed together in a jar by my coffee pot.😊😊😊😊

Jenie tolentino

I used it for deodorizer put on rubbing alcohol when dried apply coconut has longer protection than the commercial deodorant.


I use cocount oil to clean my face. I mix coconut oil, baking soda and a few drops of tea tree oil. Perfect for winter skin and my eczema.


Mix coconut oil with African Shea Butter. I used my electric mixer. After it was blended, I added essential oils. I used sweet orange. You'll have to experiment to know how many drops of oil you want. Its amazing how it soaks into my skin and really moisterizes and softens it.


I can tell the author does not know coconut processing...sorry but it is true. Unfortunately tons of bloggers want to join the wagon of being coconut expert w/o knowing about it (except for recycled information in the internet). Guys, cold pressing, organic,fair trade are not enough measures of quality. It is more than that.


What it is the difference between Cold Pressed and Expeller Pressed?


Use Carrington Coconut Oils!!
There is a difference- sold at all Vitamin Plus locations....


What brand you will recommend for the kitcen and health? Thanks.


Carrington Farms has a line of fabulous Coconut Oil products
You don't have to worry if you are getting the BEST Coconut Oil that the industry has to offer:
Unrefined, Organic, Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed and Non GMO
There are many excellent brands however Carrington covers all the features & benefits!

What Our Clients Say*

During my FitLife transformation, I lost 70 pounds! That's why I signed up for the protocol, but the most exciting result is that I found ME in the process. I had been hiding under a pile of pounds, self-doubt, and grief! FitLife changed my life and I knew I had to share it with others.

-Lynne, Longwood FL

I started with Fitlife back in 2011-2012…I wrote into Fitlife asking for an extreme amount of help. I was 300 pounds, with high cholesterol, and Drew helped me transform my life. I lost over 130 pounds and I no longer have high cholesterol. Not only did I lose weight, so did my husband, who lost over 70 pounds!

-Jaclyn, Martinsburg NE
View More Testimonials
*Results may vary by individual

Join The Movement

Mindset MasteryNutritional GuidanceFitness TipsCommunity Support
Join Now