I’m not a fan of coconut oil. There, I said it. I feel like I’m alone in this and the hippy in me who loves natural alternatives to everything really wants to love it. But I just can’t, and here’s why.
1. It makes everything tastes like coconut.
Listen, I LOVE coconut. I’ve long been a fan of it in my desserts and Thai soup (and, more recently, coconut chips!), but not everything should taste like coconut and if you cook with it, that’s exactly what happens. Not to mention that my hubby really does not like the taste of coconut, so I can’t even get away with it in a dish I think can handle the flavor.
2. It doesn’t moisturize well.
When I bought my first jar of organic virgin coconut oil from Trader Joe’s, I bought it to moisturize my skin. Talk about disappointment when I realized that it just didn’t do the trick on my winter-dry knuckles or cracked lips like petroleum jelly did. Yes, I know, petroleum jelly. It is what it is.
3. It clogs pores.
I mentioned in my oil cleansing post that I first started out using coconut oil until I read in numerous places that it actually clogs pores. Pretty much the exact opposite of what I was going for.
4. It feels nasty in my mouth.
Oil pulling–have you tried it? Of course I have because of my hippy dippy tendencies, even though I can’t quite wrap my brain around how it actually works. But hey, I’ll give anything a try. You know that feeling when you take a bite out of a piece of meat and it turns out to be all fat? Ick. Well, that’s basically the feeling I get from putting a spoonful of coconut oil in my mouth. Feeling it melt from solid to liquid makes me want to vomit, no joke. Plus, as I said earlier, not everything should taste like coconut and I’d much rather my mouth be minty.
Believe me, I’m disappointed that I can’t jump on the coconut oil bandwagon after hearing everyone else rave about it. But you know what? As much as I love all natural products, less natural ones were created for a reason–because we needed something that works better. That said, there are plenty of alternatives to everything above that are still good for you. Other than petroleum jelly. I’m pretty positive there is no alternative that works better.
I still keep my jar of coconut oil in the bathroom and use it to lotion up the kids after bath (works well enough for their skin) or do an oil treatment in my hair, but I’m not sure I’ll buy another jar after I use this one up.
Tell me I’m not alone–anyone else out there also not share the same coconut oil love as everyone else?
What else can you add to the list?