I want to love Coconut Oil…but I Don’t

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.

No love for coconut oil

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.

My kids in animal bath towels

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?


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  • I’ve found the best use of coconut oil in the kitchen for me is to use it in baking. I’ve subbed it in for oil in chocolate cake, and added it to muffin recipes. I don’t particularly like using it in my day to day cooking, and I don’t use it in the bathroom anymore.

    • I haven’t used it in baking yet. Does it make it taste like coconut?

    • Yes, I agree. I use it a lot in my baking. I don’t think it makes the baking stuff taste like coconut because it’s masked by the sugar (or honey is usually what we use for sweetener) and vanilla extract. I actually like the taste of the coconut oil better than olive oil in baking stuff. Not better than butter, but coconut oil is better for you. (Unnecessary side note: anytime I have the coconut oil out, my 7-year-old will come by and swipe some. He loves it. So gross. It seriously makes me want to throw up to see him eat it raw!)

      Also, we use it to make deodorant (one part baking soda (without aluminum), one part organic cornstarch, and solidify it with coconut oil, then add whatever essential oil you want) and sometimes use it as the oil in our homemade bread. You can’t taste it as well there. My husband tried to use it one night for our homemade pizza, and that was the night I ended up in the hospital with my appendix threatening to rupture…so we haven’t done it since (no connection, of course, but in my mind there is!). 🙂

      • This is perfect because Ellie and I were just talking about homemade deodorant yesterday, so now I may have to try this.

        I’ve heard others say their kids really like to eat it just raw, but yuck! I may give it a try in baking now that I have two recommendations and see how that goes.

  • Ok I love this post but not because I don’t love coconut – mostly because I feel the exact same way except with the whole avocados in smoothies/desserts thing! Everyone says you can’t taste it but no matter how hard I try all I can taste is the avocado and it is sooo not my thing. Some trends work some don’t – at least you tried it!

  • I hate cooking with coconut oil. I won’t saute anything in it unless I’m actually jonesing for that coconut taste. But I bake with it all the time and I don’t taste it at all. And oil pulling was definitley a no go for me. I totally hear ya on the fat-like consistency lol

  • Oh man I love coconut oil! I don’t really taste it in my cooking though but perhaps it’s something you just don’t notice anymore after a while. I considered trying oil pulling but haven’t yet. I have been reading about it everywhere! I’ve really only used it for cooking 🙂

  • I don’t bake so I have no idea how it works. I really only use it when I cook something that I want to have a cocount-ty taste. I love it with curry. I haven’t tried it on my skin yet, and I’m pretty sure I won’t be trying the oil pulling 🙂

  • I am the blasphemous one who uses the more processed coconut oil made for high heat because it *doesn’t* taste like coconut! But i like how quickly it melts and how it doesn’t burn unlike olive oil. There are just times though that butter is best. And I’m not afraid of a little butter fat so no big deal to me! Don’t feel like you have to go with trends 😉

    • A Facebook friend mentioned the processed coconut oil to me for the same reason! Agreed that sometimes butter is the way to go.

  • I have to agree with you on the clogging of the pores. I tried using it as sunscreen last week and not only did it give me a few back pimples, which I’m prone to, it didn’t protect me from the sun. All-in-all, though, I’m still a fan.

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