Some of my foreign readers are asking for a recommendation of virgin coconut oil. The brand we buy, Carica is a local brand. I’ve been to their main office and there does not seem to be any organized effort from the company to seriously market the same brand abroad. I believe it is important the the virgin coconut oil come from countries where coconuts are grown organic by default. Then the process is truly unheated, which makes the coconut oil truly virgin.
This brand, Nutiva Virgin Coconut Oil seems to have good reviews when it comes to taste:CheeryToes says: “Delicious – I’ve tried two of the major coconut oil brands that I order via the internet. I’ve been using the oil in food and on my skin for about 5 years. I ordered this just to see how it tasted because the price was so good, if it didn’t taste right, I’d just use it on my skin. It is the BEST tasting oil I’ve tried. Tropical Traditions, Coconut Oil Supreme pale in comparison. This is truly a coconut oil you could eat right out of the jar. If you want to try a coconut oil that tastes as good as it smells, this is it. And the price is fabulous. Yea, Nutiva and Amazon!”
H. Hill says: “I love this coconut oil! It has a delicate coconut aroma and flavor. I have only just started using it but have found it to be delicious when making pancakes in lieu of using butter. I have also used it as a substitute for butter when making grilled cheese sandwiches and baked sweet potatoes. It will do wonders for your hair and skin too. I especially like using it as a hot oil treatment for my hair. I mix the coconut oil with a few drops of lemon essential oil and rub it into my hair. It smells like dessert and good for my hair and scalp. Try it with your favorite essential oils!
Warning: It melts at 76F. Be careful when opening a jar that’s been sitting in a warm cupboard.”
Oh, I see, virgin coconut oil seems to harden in cold climates. VCO never hardens in my country, the Philippines, it does not get cold enough here. My family uses VCO as a cooking oil, for massages, as a deodorant, for insect bites, for dry skin, for dandruff as hot oil in the scalp… and for those doing detoxing, we use VCO for the very powerful VCO Detox!
Nutiva Virgin Coconut Oil product description: “we press our coconuts within 2 hours of chopping. No refrigeration required. Solid at room temperature and melts at 76 degrees. Any coconut husk fibers at the bottom of the jar are indigenous to the processing and harmless. Coconut oil contains medium-chain good fats with 50-55% lauric acid – a healthful nutrient that supports the metabolism. Certified organic by QAI. Product of the Philippines.”
Alright… Product of the Philippines, our country’s gift to the world.
We usually order a big case of 500ml bottles in the Philippines. But I think my relatives in the USA use gallon sizes.