As you have probably noticed, I am a huge fan of coconut oil and its beneficial properties for the skin, hair and our health in general. I have mentioned my favourite Hair treatments and also recommend it to my clients for cooking and skincare. The market for coconut oil has exploded in recent years, giving birth to hundreds of new companies, claiming to have the ‘best’ coconut oil and using its beneficial properties to attract more sales. I have tried quite a few brands and discovered only 3 that meet my criteria for 100% goodness and top quality. Here is the list with the reasons to choose each one.
1. PinkSun – based in West Yorkshire, the company is committed to bringing some of the finest quality products from around the world, such as wheatgrass, barley powder, goats whey and coconut oil. Their coconut oil is deliciously light and creamy with the natural aroma and taste of fresh coconuts. It is not hydrogenated, refined, bleached or deodorised. What makes it superior to other brands is the making process – it is cold pressed at less than 38 degrees so is considered “raw coconut oil” and has all the benefits of the oil preserved.
To produce great tasting, the oil is sourced from the finest organic coconuts in tropical Sri Lanka. These organic coconuts are harvested at the optimal time when the coconuts are bursting with oil. The organic coconuts are then husked and the raw coconut meat (white inner part) is separated from the hard shall which is recycled as bio-fuel.
The price is £9.45 for the 500ml glass jar or £9.00 for a tube package – the cheapest from all and being truly RAW makes it a real Winner. the only drawback is the colour of the jar – you must keep it outside direct sunlight, airtight and not at a very warm part of the kitchen. They also offer bulk buying for additional savings.
2. LucyBee – their Extra Virgin Fair Trade Organic Coconut Oil is imported in food grade barrels from the Philippines and is bottled in a BRC Grade A plant in Manchester, producing the finest quality Fair Trade product at a very reasonable price. Choosing this brand gives you an ‘ethical’ benefit of supporting a fair trade product which aims to improve workers’, farmers’ and producers’ quality of life through sustainable community development. The temperature of cold-pressing is not mentioned on the site but they claim to have it 100% Raw.
I personally love their brand engagement and attitude toward customers. They have an interesting blog page and offer lots of delicious recipes on how to cook with the oil. You can also get a free jar if you send 12 labels of your already empty LucyBee jars.
The price is £9.95 for the 500ml glass jar which is again in clear colour and will require you to keep it away from the sunlight.
3. Viridian – this is the most expensive of all but with the least information available about it. It is sourced from the Philippines and is certified by thy Soil Association. Unfortunately, we don’t know the temperature of cold-pressing and whether it’s fair trade. What I like about this one is the glass jar – dark colour and easy to store.
The price is £15.00 for the 500ml glass jar.
I have given you three options, depending on your budget and purchasing criteria. What I often recommend is a rotation of the three so you try for yourself and see if you find a difference in taste.
Hope this helps and you enjoy your new coconut heaven.
With health & balance,