Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (All brands)


892 reviews

90% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$


Cocos nucifera

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I like to use this on my hair as an overnight treatment, and sometimes to massage my scalp. I find it really helps if you have dry scalp or dry ends. The smell is delightful and it really works! You can use it on other parts of your body, like elbows/feet, but I would refrain from applying to your face. I will definitely repurchase, and want to incorporate this into some recipes also!

on 12/5/2009 11:46:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

my skin: moderate to severe acne on my chin, clogged pores on my forehead. before i used this had a lot of little pimples and bump all over my chin. i also had a lot of inflamed acne (only on my chin) i had a lot of hope for this product and stuck with it for 3 weeks. all the little bumps and whiteheads i had on my chin came to the surface for the first 2 weeks, which i thought was going to happen. i was SO broken out!!!!!!! so i thought that after the 3 weeks this phase of breaking out would stop and my skin would start healing- it didn't i just kept breaking out all over my face, not just my chin. i didnt even feel like it moisturized my body or my lips very well : (

on 12/3/2009 12:21:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

i use it as a conditioning treatment for my hair before washing it out. does a great job at making the hair soft and shiny, also gets rid of dandruff.

on 11/25/2009 10:49:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This was one of those things I'd thought I would try after my jojoba disappointment. I've been using extra virgin coconut oil for over a year now and am glad b/c the stuff works for me. I use it regulary about 3/4 of the year on my face (all seasons but summer). I put a little on at night, then use cetaphil cream over it. Strangely, if I use it alone, it is too drying for my face. In the summer I don't use it b/c it's too greasy. I don't know how it works, but I don't have the problems like I had with jojoba oil. It's cheap enough to try, but since people have report having breakouts be cautious if you notice bad changes. I use it in my shins - moisturizing and seems to help to decrease the ingrown hairs. Also use it occasionally for my hair. It makes it soft and shiny, just a bit messy while it's in. I haven't tried cooking with this.

on 11/25/2009 9:58:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I use it for my body right after the shower, over stretch marks, in my hair as a mask, and in my morning smoothies! Soooooo many benefits to this!! You must get the pure, raw, unrefined kind like Nutiva. I buy the huge tub of this stuff. Expensive but so worth it, puts all your other beauty products to shame! My boyfriend loves it too. DO NOT use it on your face though!! Use jojoba oil instead. It's too thick and will cause the sebum to rise to the surface and then cause you to break out. My boyfriend and I both got a few pimples when we tried it on our faces. Amazing for everything else. Yes you can eat it, it helps you lose weight! Don't believe me? Do the reasearch yourself on Google. It's a saturated fat that's extremely good for you since it's plant based. Better than fish oil supplements or biotin! Makes your hair incredibly shiny and healthy(I have hair all the way down to my butt thanks to this stuff!!)

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 11/22/2009 5:39:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Yes, I would buy this again but I'm not sure I'll need to! I've had my jar for over a year and I've barely put a dent into it. Coconut oil is a fantastic multitasker. My favorite use for it is as a hand moisturizer. There are plenty of okay hand lotions out there that protect you from chapping but in my experience don't really moisturize. Coconut oil is perfect for my hands. I usually swipe them through the ends of my hair after rubbing it in (be careful! it's, you know, oil). You can cook with it as well. It gets a bit messy in the summertime since coconut oil melts at around 75 degrees, but pop it in the fridge and everything should be fine. I haven't tried it on my face because jojoba oil was such a disaster for me and I'm prone to milia, but for those with more tolerant skin I'm sure it would make a nice eye cream.

on 11/20/2009 9:02:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I love this, this made my skin feel sooooo soft after I used this, without my skin being oily the next day, my skin just felt...healthy :]
I love this, and it cost me like $5 at whole foods. the only bad thing is that you have to warm it up before you use.

EDIT: This broke me out so much, and it made my skin a little flaky after a while, sometimes I still use it for my cheeks though because it gives them a health glow which i do love.

on 11/13/2009 1:12:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

okay, I've read books on coconut oil, and I've seen the reviews here. I have to say I have seen NONE of the benefits. I used it for a few months on my face - HORRIBLE breakouts. I could feel the zits popping out on my face. I had read in one of the books that it cleans out your pores - it sure didn't do that for me. At first it was okay, I had no more zits than from my previous moisturizer. But after a few months, wow. I didn't realize it was the coconut oil at first and thought it was peri-menopause. But finally I had SO many zits, and each one had a hard sort of PIECE in it that I actually had to pry out with a pin or it never went away. And PAINFUL- OMG. So I went online and read that in fact coconut oil is extremely clogging - it was in the most comedogenic category. I switched to a jojoba oil/aloe vera moisturizer (Desert Essence) and have not had one zit since. Not one. I'm totally annoyed that I suffered for months with zits that I thought were caused by peri-menopause but that were actually caused by top quality extra-virgin coconut oil. Never again. (P.S. I also never noticed any benefits from eating it either.) Two thumbs down on coconut oil. (I never found it particularly moisturizing, either.)

7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

on 11/6/2009 2:30:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

SLOWLY, slowly I am trying out all natural products/oils to see if I can replace some of my skincare products and cut down on the number. I had disastrous results w/ jojoba oil (apparently, I'm allergic) which led to months and months of no more experimenting.

As I have found several wonderful uses, I will be posting this particular review under lotions/creams, skincare (face) and hair.

I purchased a jar of Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at Valley Natural Foods (I don't have a Whole Foods near me) for not much $ (forget the price, but I'm pretty sure it was under or around $10).

PROS: (1) just minor, barely detectable smell (I do love the smell of coconut so this could be a con, but I'd rather have a slight vs an overpowering smell)

(2) inexpensive

(3) tastes really good on toast (instead of butter) :)

(4) worx well on my legs as a moisturizer after shaving - my legs get positively parched and irritated after shaving no matter how moisturizing of product I use - this immediately calms the shaving reaction down!!

(5) works well as a pm under-eye moisturizer = no more seperate undereye moisturizer for me!! (use my regular moisturizer/SS during day under my eyes)

(6) works well as a partial facial moisturizer at night (by partial, I mean I can't use around my nose or I break out), but works beautifully everywhere else, especially on my flushing-type rosecea on my cheeks.

(7) calms down minor chem burns - I accidently left on my Nair Facial Hair removal creme 2 minutes too long = total redness (and I mean BRIGHT red) and PAIN! Applied this after applying cold water = w/in 2 minutes = great reduction in pain. After an hour, redness gone, pain gone, only left w/ small red mark on my chin which actually took several days to heal (peeled and everything - YUK)

(8) works well as a hand and foot moisturizer under gloves and socks at night - once I'm done w/ the products I normally use, I will replace w/ this. :)

(9) removes my long-wearing lipsticks and my MMU from my cheeks (excluding my nose - see above)

(10) worx well as a pre-shampoo conditioner - didn't hurt my color, did impart some shine and extra body :) (I also tried as a deep conditioner post shampoo - not a good idea = too greasy after drying my hair.)

CONS: (1) breaks out my nose area

(2) is too greasy to use during day

(3) does not remove my waterproof mascara completely...I do believe it would completly remove non-waterproof mascara, however, due to the little amount of wp product left behind.

However, I do highly recommend for all the other reasons listed above!!!

UPDATE 01/20/10: Have switched to grapeseed oil for both cleansing/eye MU removal. Continuing to use as a body lotion, foot lotion/hand/cuticle lotion (at night), pre-shampoo conditioner = still love!!

UPDATE 02/09/10 - saw a LARGE jar of the Nutiva brand at Walmart for approx $20

UPDATE 08/25/10 - I should have written this a few months ago, but:

1. after just a month of using at night on my hands under gloves, I now have to cut/trim my fingernails because they have become so strong and this is the only product I have been using (besides regular hand lotion occasionally)

2. since using this on my feet (and between my toes) at night w/ socks, I have not had a re-occurrance of athlete's foot. Normally I get it at least 1/month = haven't had in 7 months! Since this was the only product I've been putting between my toes (no matter what other moisturizer I may slather on the rest of my feet) the coconut oil gets full credit for this!

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

on 11/4/2009 10:45:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown

OK, Since no one else has mentioned it..... Coconut oil is the absolute best PERSONAL LUBRICANT. I keep the big jar in the back of the fridge and scoop a little out and put it into a small cleaned jar and keep it on the nightstand. Works great for massage because it is absorbed - but lasts long enough to have a nice massage and does not leave a greasy mess on the sheets.

As a lubricant it is fabulous! Not sticky and does not need to be reapplied - it lasts! And it has no funny odor and only a very slight coco nutty flavor. Warm it slightly on your hand first or first contact can be a little cool. Swiping rather than digging in the jar works best. Just be careful because a tiny little bit goes a long way. You don't want too much or it reduces friction too much.

I have a tiny little glass jar that holds about an ounce that I use. I fill it half way and then microwave it just to let it melt into a solid piece in the jar. Then I throw it INTO my Kleenex box. Everything is right there.

Forget all the so called products with preservatives and fragrance, etc. This is the BEST !!

60 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

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