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Top 10 Best Coconut Oils in the UK 2021 (Lucy Bee, Vita Coco and More)

It’s fair to say that coconut oil has now transcended the ‘fad’ stage and has become a mainstay for many people's dietary and beauty regimens, and for good reason. This nutritious oil is said to work wonders for the whole body, from boosting fat burning and raising good cholesterol in your cooking to protecting your face, hair and teeth. 


However, the eruption in popularity for healthy, keto or paleo diets has also meant an eruption on the shelves, making it difficult to identify which type to buy. Below we’ll get into the differences between virgin, organic, raw, refined and unrefined oils, before moving on to some of the best available today from sites like Amazon, Tesco and eBay. 

  • Last updated: 07-04-2021
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How to Choose a Coconut Oil in the UK – Buying Guide

In this segment, we’ll look at the main factors to consider when buying coconut oil. We’ll look at the differences between refined and unrefined, tackle the marketing mumbo-jumbo and decipher if there is something in the 'glass is better than plastic' packaging debate. 

Refined Vs Unrefined - Which Is Best for Your Needs?

The first point to consider is whether refined or unrefined coconut oil is best for your needs, so consider what you'd mainly like to use it for – cooking, beauty, or multiple tasks? Here, we’ll quickly break them both down so that you can see and understand the key differences. 

Refined Is Better for Cooking at Higher Temperatures

Refined Is Better for Cooking at Higher Temperatures

Refined coconut oil is made from dried coconut meat (copra). It can be processed in one of two ways: either steamed or through a chemical process. If it has gone through a chemical process then it will often contain the letters RBD (refined, bleached, deodorised) on the packaging. 


They'll have a neutral scent and flavour, and a higher smoke point (204° C). This makes them ideal for those who cook at higher temperatures whilst stir-frying or sautéing, as well as for baking or when you simply don’t want a coconutty flavour. They're also capable of being used in body care and are the cheaper option.

Unrefined Has a Richer Aroma and Taste

Unrefined Has a Richer Aroma and Taste

Unrefined (or virgin) coconut oil is made from fresh coconut meat that has not been dried. This is then put through a process called cold-pressing, where the oil is separated. It results in a higher quality crude oil, made without any additives


This type of oil has a lower smoke point (176° C) and a stronger coconut aroma and taste, which makes this a better addition to tropical recipes where its flavour is desired. Again, this can be used on the body and hair as well as in cooking. 


It is generally advised by practitioners that if you’re looking for an oil that is high in nutrients, then unrefined is the way to go. Of course, the quality of virgin coconut oils does mean you'll pay more. 

Watch out for Marketing Mumbo-Jumbo

Watch out for Marketing Mumbo-Jumbo

Other than refined or unrefined, you’re going to see a lot of marketing speak on the labels of coconut oil. While some of them are useful, others can be misleading and result in you paying more for essentially the same product. 


'Virgin', 'unrefined', 'cold-pressed', 'raw' (it has not been heated over 45 degrees), 'refined', 'RBD' and 'fairtrade' (if certified) are all legitimate terms used to describe a manufacturer’s product, whereas ‘organic’, ‘non-GMO’ and ‘extra virgin’, are sadly often used incorrectly. Also, the difference between virgin and extra virgin with olive oil isn’t the same for coconut oil, so the price may be raised for no real reason.


In terms of organic, coconuts aren’t shown to have significant pesticide residue, so even non-certified oils won't really contain any pesticides, although if you'd like the peace of mind of the certification, you can look out for it. There are also no known genetically modified varieties of coconut. 

Packaging Can Affect More Than Your Trip to the Bins

Packaging Can Affect More Than Your Trip to the Bins

Ideally, coconut oil should be packaged in glass. This is not only many user's choice environmentally, but due to the fact that glass is more protective than plastic, as coconut oil can spoil if exposed to multiple temperature changes. 


Plus, some research suggests that plastics containing BPAs can seep toxins into products over long periods. This is not so much of a problem if you use your oil often, or you don’t intend to eat it. But with coconut oil's 2-year shelf life, it's possible that it'll stick around in your cupboard for a while, so BPA-free containers may be the best option. 


On a related note, some plastic packaged products are available in a spray instead of a traditional jar. This can make applying them during your beauty routine or watching how much you cook with that little bit easier. 

Top 10 Best Coconut Oils in the UK

Now that you are familiar with what you are looking for, let’s take a look at our favourites. Whether you’re looking for a taste of the Caribbean or wanting to lather it on your locks, we’re sure to have something for everyone! 

10

NutviaOrganic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

£11.29

Refined/UnrefinedUnrefined
Beneficial FeaturesVirgin
ContainerBPA-free plastic
Volume444 ml
9

Kiki HealthOrganic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil

£11.63

Refined/UnrefinedUnrefined
Beneficial FeaturesVirgin, raw
ContainerGlass
Volume200 ml
8
Refined/UnrefinedRefined
Beneficial FeaturesFair trade
ContainerPlastic
Volume150 ml
7
Refined/UnrefinedUnrefined
Beneficial FeaturesRaw, cold-pressed
ContainerGlass
Volume283 ml
6

Vita CocoOrganic Virgin Coconut Oil

£7.49

Refined/UnrefinedUnrefined
Beneficial FeaturesRaw, cold-pressed
ContainerGlass
Volume500 ml
5

The Body SourceExtra Virgin Coconut Oil

£13.99

Refined/UnrefinedUnrefined
Beneficial FeaturesRaw, cold-pressed
ContainerGlass
Volume1 L
4
Refined/UnrefinedRefined
Beneficial Features-
ContainerGlass
Volume500 ml
3

Lucy BeeFair Trade Extra Virgin Organic Raw Coconut Oil

£3.45

Refined/UnrefinedUnrefined
Beneficial FeaturesCold-pressed, raw, Fair Trade
ContainerGlass
Volume300 ml
2

MitusoOrganic Coconut Oil

£10.99

Refined/UnrefinedUnrefined
Beneficial FeaturesVirgin
ContainerGlass
Volume1 L
1

Coconut MerchantOrganic Coconut Oil

£14.99

Refined/UnrefinedUnrefined
Beneficial FeaturesRaw
ContainerGlass
Volume1 L

Compare the Best Coconut Oils

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1
Coconut Merchant Organic Coconut Oil 1

Coconut Merchant

2
Mituso Organic Coconut Oil 1

Mituso

3
Lucy Bee Fair Trade Extra Virgin Organic Raw Coconut Oil 1

Lucy Bee

4
Tivi Pure Coconut Oil 1

Tivi

5
The Body Source Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 1

The Body Source

6
Vita Coco Organic Virgin Coconut Oil 1

Vita Coco

7
Groovy Virgin Coconut Oil  1

Groovy

8
Palmers Coconut Oil Body Spray 1

Palmers

9
Kiki Health Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil 1

Kiki Health

10
Nutvia Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 1

Nutvia

Name

Organic Coconut Oil

Organic Coconut Oil

Fair Trade Extra Virgin Organic Raw Coconut Oil

Pure Coconut Oil

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Body Spray

Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil

Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Features

A Pure Oil With a Secret Ingredient: Sound Ethics

Great Value and Quality Oil Made from Sri Lankan Coconuts

An Ethical Oil From a UK Family-Run Business

Tasteless and Odourless for Those That Strictly Want the Health Benefits

For Those Looking to Use This Ingredient Multiple Times a Day

Coconut Oil From the Concrete Jungle

Crafted From Hand-Picked Coconuts

An Oil for the Beauty Queens and Kings With an Added Summer Scent

For Those Focusing on Skin Care

An Excellent All-Rounder

Price£14.99£10.99£3.45£6.99£13.99£7.49£4.00£5.51£11.63£11.29
Refined/UnrefinedUnrefinedUnrefinedUnrefinedRefinedUnrefinedUnrefined UnrefinedRefinedUnrefinedUnrefined
Beneficial FeaturesRawVirginCold-pressed, raw, Fair Trade-Raw, cold-pressedRaw, cold-pressedRaw, cold-pressedFair tradeVirgin, rawVirgin
ContainerGlassGlassGlassGlassGlassGlassGlassPlasticGlassBPA-free plastic
Volume1 L1 L300 ml 500 ml 1 L500 ml 283 ml 150 ml200 ml 444 ml
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How Much Coconut Oil Should You Be Using?

How Much Coconut Oil Should You Be Using?

Just like any other part of our diets, it's wise to follow the guidelines when consuming coconut oil. Being a 1-ingredient food, the fat, calories, and so on are typically no different to one another, however, dieticians advise between 2-2.5 tablespoons per day, depending on your calorie intake


This amount should see that you get the benefit of the medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s), but also leaves room for other healthy fats in your diet. 


For total newcomers, it's recommended that MCT-containing foods are introduced slowly so that you avoid any (rare) side effects that can happen with a high intake, such as digestion issues or nausea. Start with 1 tablespoon per day and gradually increase up to 2 tablespoons over 1-2 weeks. 

More Natural Beauty Suggestions

More Natural Beauty Suggestions

Nuts for the plant-based goodness of coconut oil in your beauty, skin, and haircare routine? We have a few more articles to help you discover which other ways you can introduce sustainable, natural products into your bathroom cabinet. 

Summary

Thus concludes our voyage through the tropical world of coconut oils. Not only are they a better choice for your waistline and beauty regime, but they also taste utterly delicious! We hope you've found our article useful and discovered a product for all your requirements. 

Author: Lewis Clark

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