One of the unique qualities of the Coconut Oil Shop is that we sell fermented or not fermented regular cold pressed coconut oil products.
Is fermented oil right for you? Traditionally, fermented oil has been all there was. The original coconut oil which became popular, like Paul Sorse’s oil, was fermented coconut oil. It was taken from his father’s traditional Philippines method, and popular in his region of the US when he adjusted the fermentation process. Even after his death at well over 100 years old, Paul’s fermented coconut oil is still popular in the US.
We have been selling fermented oil for some time. For a long time we’ve offered Ancient Wisdom Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (extracted without machines, and without heat). Then we introduced, napoBIO® skin oils which are also fermented, for better absorption into the skin. Sometimes people assume that we think fermented is better. We don’t. At home we use both.
Start here to compare fermented oil with unfermented oil
In summary, fermented coconut oil appears to us to be more potent and easier to absorb into the skin than unfermented oil. But regular Coconut Oil is the choice for many of our customers for the sake of the taste and smell.
Fermented food is considered by Weston A Price Foundation to be a traditional food, which requires less digestion. Mrs Sally Fallon and Dr Mary Enig have a lot to say about fermented food in their books, “Nourishing Traditions” and “Eat Fat Lose Fat.”
What does the Coconut Oil Shop say?
When we’re asked on the phone or by email which oil we recommend, we always asked the following questions.
1) Has anyone recommended a particular brand to you? If no, then we ask about taste and smell.
2) Which is more important to you: taste or health?
3) If you don’t mind about the taste and smell, we make a recommendation based on your conversation or email to recommend one of our fermented oils, or even an unfermented oil.
Some people, and their family just can’t stand the idea of a coconut taste or smell. For some of them, Ancient Wisdom is the solution, as it does not have a lot of coconut taste or a strong coconut smell.
Some people can’t stand the thought of a fermented taste or slightly fermented smell. A few have even mistaken it for rancidity! Zenian Fully Fermented oil is not for them, that is for sure. So we recommend an unfermented coconut oil.
Which Coconut Oil To Choose?
When faced with three types of similar Virgin Coconut Oil, which one do you choose?
Here is a simple comparison of three brands.
| White Gold
||Sea Breeze from Tonga||Ancient Wisdom Fermented|
|White Gold: Most classic coconut taste and smell||Sea Breeze from Tonga: Least coconut taste and smell
||Ancient Wisdom: Most absorbent on skin|
|Raw: Oil is extracted by cold pressing.||Oil is extracted by cold pressing – low tech 1Tonne Press Pacific Island “DME” operation.||Raw: Oil is extracted by traditional fermentation – extremly low tech Pacific Island operation.|
|Smell: Very coconut. Really classic coconut smell.||Smell: Mildest coconut. Faintly savoury, but every fresh.||Smell: Mildly coconut. Faintly fermented, but very fresh.|
|Spread: Smothers on skin, goes well on salad too.||Spread: Smothers on skin, goes well on salad too.||Spread: Glides like silk on skin, spreads well on bread too!|
|Taste: Very coconut||Taste: Mildly coconut||Taste: Mildly fermented coconut|
Still can’t decide?
It doesn’t matter that much which brand you choose from our shop because what makes us different in the New Zealand market place is that we specialise in the supply of virgin coconut oil. We specialise in Virgin Oil, fresh from the nut because it is a complete product which requires no refining to deliver its life giving properties to those who eat it, oil pull with it, and use it on their skin or hair.
So while you may be recommended to buy say, “centrifuged”, or expeller pressed, or cold pressed or whatever, here investigate some similarities between “Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and our Organic Extra Virgin Fermented Coconut Oil options.
Talking specific brands, we mean White Gold and Ancient Wisdom, and soon Sea Breeze of Tonga.
All three have totally different tastes, and smells.
All three have similar nutritional value and shelf life.
For general use on the skin and hair:
Ancient Wisdom is the one that is premium in terms of potency, and easy absorbtion, especially on the skin. Many people who are not used to coconut oil don’t think of it as having a strong fermented smell, or taste.
In terms of coconut taste:
White Gold is the premium product of the three mentioned above, in terms of taste. In addition, Thai Black Label Virgin Coconut Oil, tastes wonderful too. But again, it is a totally different more creamy taste.
I hope that helps you to get some handle on the offerings here.
Each person needs to evaluate things for themselves. And you know what? That’s why we have so many brand options – just in case you don’t want one type, or your favourite brand runs out for a while.
Need some extra help?
Feel free to take the “Which Oil? mini course for more basic coconut oil information. Click on the red button below to learn more.