Which oil – Lesson 1

Coconut Oil NZ: Where do you start?
caption”Coconut Oil in NZ: Where do you start?

Which oil? A beginner’s course.

In the interests of making sure you can buy a coconut oil that suits you and your needs, we’ve developed a very wide range of products. So where do you start?

You’ve decided to buy some oil, and you don’t know which oil

The Coconut Oil Shop has tried to offer a continuous supply of coconut oil. We can only do this by providing a wide range of oils. There is such a variety of oils it can be very confusing for those who are unsure of where to start. The goal of this page is to unravel one part of the mystery of which oil to choose.

There are many different ways to grade or sort coconut oil. To help you, we’ve reduced the types of coconut oil you have to think about by rejecting all but the most pure, least processed forms of coconut oil.

But let’s start at the start

Let’s look at some really basic mistakes that those who are absolute beginners make.

Coconut Water

Coconut Milk

Coconut Water in a Young Green Coconut Coconut Milk poured from a Mature Coconut
Coconut Water inside a Young Green Coconut Coconut Milk is Pressed from a Mature Nut

Mistake number 1. Coconut Oil is not the opaque water you see in the left hand image above, inside a green coconut.

Mistake 2. Coconut Oil is not the coconut milk being poured out of inner kernel of a mature coconut on the image on the right.

Coconut Oil is usually made from a mature coconut which is yellow on the outside, not green. Inside that yellow nut is the brown kernel we know as a coconut. Inside that brown hairy nut kernel is a thick, hard layer of white meat or flesh. This thick meat is grated out of the brown shell, and the meat is processed (squeezed or pressed, or wrung out). That meat produces milk, (seen pouring out of an ungrated nut above on the right).

The milk then produces oil. Coconut Oil is a wholefood revitalising product separated from coconut milk. So is coconut cream. Coconut milk makes cream or oil, but not both.

What colour is Virgin Coconut Oil when it is solid?

All of our human grade coconut oil is white. There is no “not white” coconut oil in our shop. There may be some speckled looking oil at the Indian grocery store, but not here. There may be some yellow looking oil elsewhere. But not here. (All of our oils are unrefined oils, so you may come across some sedimentation at the bottom of the jars/pails from time to time, and it is perfectly normal.)

All of our coconut oils are virgin (or extra virgin – which really is the same thing when it comes to coconut oil). The coconuts which produce oil for our shop have never been used to produce oil for anything else before they give you their best oil. (The best oil comes first – hence the idea of virgin oil.)

All of our oils can be used for anything. The oils we sell are vegetable oils. If you want to oil your cricket bat, surf board or even chopping board with some of our oil, (instead of linseed oil) that is fine. If you want to use the same oil for eating by the spoonful, that is also fine.

Here are some potential uses

  • Oil cricket bat, or surf board
  • Eat by the teaspoonful (or tablespoon)
  • Use for oil pulling (oil swishing in the mouth)
  • Rub it on skin for dry skin (may cause flaking skin in some cases – persevere)
  • Rub on or place on internal body orifices – roof of mouth, for example
  • Use in making soap or skin care creams

If you would use another vegetable oil, you can use coconut oil.

This is the end of the very first lesson on coconut oil from the Coconut Oil Shop. If you want help, feel free to ask a question below. We will reply, and try and answer it for you. Otherwise proceed to lesson 2.


Your homework before your next lesson is to take a look at the shopping aisles listed below.

This is where you can buy – the shopping aisles

  1. Beginner aisle
  2. Skincare Aisle
  3. Combo Aisle
  4. Fermented Coconut Oil Aisle
  5. Unfermented Coconut Oil Aisle
  6. Bulk Coconut Oil Aisle
  7. Non Coconut Oil Coconut Products
  8. Coconut Oil and Coconut Products Books

Leave your messages with questions below. They will be answered.

Proceed to Lesson 2 by clicking on the red button below (you will need to join the FREE Camp Coconut membership area for lessons 2+)

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35 thoughts on “Which oil – Lesson 1

  1. Your product is just magic. My skin has never looked so good and it is great with my animals also. Didn’t realise what a wonderful product coconut oil was.

    1. Thanks for letting us know how you got on Lesley. It’s wonderful to hear from you.

  2. I am using CeresOrganics Coconut Oil 600G (violet label) “deodorized by steam, pressure and mechanical filtering” for cooking and we need 3 Lt/mth.
    Which of your products in stock match this type?
    We can not stand the smell if it is not deodorized.
    Prior to this we use 400 ml Deodorized Chantal Organics which is not in stock.
    Thank you,

    1. https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz/products/extra-light-raw-value-pail-4-litres/

      The Ceres violet label, and Chantal deodorised oils which you are referring to are RBD (refined, bleached, deodorised). The oil is processed by steam distillation (very high heat) to remove coconut oil smell and flavour.

      We don’t supply any such oils because we don’t believe they are as good as unrefined virgin coconut oils in terms of health benefits.

      We do, however, carry Extra Light Raw Virgin Coconut Oil which is “extra light” in terms of smell and taste but still has the goodness of raw virgin coconut oil intact, so you may like to have a look?

      https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz/products/extra-light-raw-virgin-coconut-oil/ Also available in a 4 L pail.

      You can also mix coconut oil with other cold-pressed (non-hydrogenated) vegetable oils when cooking, and gradually increase the amount of coconut oil as your family becomes used to the taste and smell. coconut.

  3. Hi there. I’m interested in using coconut oil in baking. Can you please tell me – can I just substitute coconut oil for the same weight/measurement of butter in a recipe? Also, as coconut oil stays very firm in my climate (Invercargill), what’s the best method for softening (not melting) it for baking?

    Thanks – your products look great and I hope to place an order soon!
    Kind regards, Jenny.

    1. That sounds wonderful! Thanks for the comment.

      The Coconut Oil Shop

    2. Sorry, didn’t see the first paragraph before. Yes, you can substitute the same weight/measurement of butter in a recipe, even scones. But the texture may be considerably denser if baking sponge cakes or muffins. You could also use half butter half coconut oil etc.

      You could try keeping some coconut oil in a hot water cupboard or in a living area where you have the fireplace going, but well away from direct heat.

      A trick to soften coconut oil in a hurry for baking is to put the hard oil in a ziplock bag and beating it with a rolling pin.

  4. please advise total price for 1one ltr of virgin coconut oil iwish to pay by cheque rgds john

    1. Unfermented, Virgin Coconut Oil $43.70, by cheque https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz/zenian-original-1-l-glass-jar/

      Or fermented Virgin Coconut Oil $46.70 by cheque https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz/ancient-wisdom-premium-coconut-oil/
      No extra cost for postage.

      We look forward to your order.
      You can send your cheque to:

      Shy Sheep Ltd
      PO Box 55
      Oxford 7443
      Please note that cheque payment will take considerably longer to process.

      If the payment is not completed, your order will be deleted from our system after 7 (seven) days.
      You will hear from us again when your order is dispatched.

  5. I have read so much about coconut oil and now I want to start using it myself – in my cooking, taking a little every day and on my skin – which has a lot of sun damage and a little eczema. How do I choose which one to buy? And should I use fermented or unfermented? A little bit of help would be very appreciated as there is so much out there.

    1. Here is an answer

      What does Ancient Wisdom fermnted oil offer? (160 ml and 2 L)

      Being a fermented oil, Ancient Wisdom is the least processed oil we have.

      There is absolutely no heat applied. The coconut meat is fermented in liquid in the unpolluted rural Pacific Island outdoor air temperature.

      The oil is then scooped out for bottling. It’s all done by hand, in a rural environment. The oil processing has taken three years of trial and error to perfect under the care of a well educated indigenous entreprenuer who is suporting real Samoan indigenous peoples with a cash income. The processing is as natural as it comes.

      It also comes in a 160 ml jar.

      What does an unfermented coconut oil offer? (Fruit of Angels) 10 x 20 ml.

      Fruit of Angels is a manually processed “Cold Pressed” Virgin Coconut Oil which is pressed within an hour of dehusking.

      It has a mild taste and has a coconut smell. It is processed, like Ancient Wisdom, in a rural village on an Island.

      So the short answer is, decided if you want to choose fermented. Then decide if you want a small sample size like 160 ml or 200 ml to start off.

      160 ml fermented. Or 200 ml unfermented. https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz/order-coconut-oil/entry-level-and-regular-range/

      This is what we normally say about fermented, vs unfermented.

      It is written for the Ancient Wisdom sales page.


      Fermented Virgin Coconut Oil?

      Isn’t Virgin Coconut Oil good enough without fermentation?
      Dr Fife, is considered the world’s leading expert on coconut oil. He is known the world over for promoting virgin, unrefined coconut oil. But he doesn’t talk much about fermented coconut oil. However, in the book, “Coconut Cures” he starts the book off by recounting a tale about Paul Sorse a man who developed a career out of selling fermented coconut oil, without advertising or claims to it’s effectiveness as a cure. This story can be found on pages 9-17.

      Ancient Wisdom Coconut Oil tastes pleasant, but what else makes it special?

      The oil is developed with taste and smell in mind. It is:
      •not heated at all at any stage of production (No heat – low or high)
      •minimally processed
      •unrefined (naturally pure white)
      •virgin oil – first and only extraction of oil
      •not pressed (grated and fermented – no need for cold pressing)
      •completely raw and fermented

      Wisdom from ancient times demonstrates the benefits of fermentation. Fermented oil makes digesting health-giving acids easier. This is important for those with a sensitive digestive system.

      Ancient Wisdom brand of coconut oil has developed fermentation into a simple, cold process

      The way coconut oil is extracted from a nut changes the way it tastes, smells, and the ease with which it is absorbed into your body. The minimal processes being used to extract and ferment the oil include absolutely no heat being applied during the process. This approach is revolutionary!

      The developer of this oil took three years to perfect this method of extracting pure coconut oil by fermentation only – at ambient temperature. This means the resulting oil is ideal for those following RAW food diet.

      This is for the true raw & fermented food enthusiasts! While all the coconut oils we carry are cold-pressed, all the other oils are raised to a temperature of 45 -80 degrees Celsius. This fermented oil is not.

      Why fermented coconut oil?

      Fermented Coconut Oil provides your body with more of the nutrients (good stuff) to support your body. Fermented foods are very “gut friendly”.

      You’ll get more Lauric Acid (medium chain fatty acid, which is said to be good for your brains and your gut).
      According to Wikipedia online encyclopaedia, Lauric Acid is hard to come by, and there are few foods that provide it. The reason why Lauric Acid is so important is that it kills bad stuff in your gut and intestine area.

      Where do you normally find Lauric Acid?
      Information sourced from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauric_acid
      •6.2% of the total fat in mother’s breast milk is Lauric Acid
      •2.9% of total fat in cow’s milk is Lauric Acid
      •3.1% of total fat in goat’s milk is Lauric Acid

      How much more Lauric Acid is found in coconut oil than mother’s breast milk?

      Lauric Acid makes up just over 6% of the fat in breast milk, but just under or just over 50% of the fat in coconut oil.

      Dr Fife N.D., and Dr Newport M.D. state that Medium Chain Fatty Acids (including Lauric Acid) are good for your brain and your digestion. So if medium chain fatty acids like lauric acid are good for you, the more the better. Right?

      If half of the fat content of coconut oil is Lauric Acid, then there is 44% more of it in coconut oil than breast milk. So with those numbers, we can see Coconut Oil is a great source of the Medium Chain Fatty Acid called Lauric Acid. But why Fermented Coconut Oil?

      How much more Lauric Acid is found in Fermented Coconut Oil, rather than Unfermented Coconut Oil?

      The fermentation process “unlocks” foods so that more of the nutrients become available to the body. Up to 7% more Lauric Acid can be found in our other fermented product, Zenian Fully Fermented “Raw Virgin Coconut Oil”, than the regular oil from the same brand Zenian Regular “Virgin Coconut Oil”.

      How much higher Lauric Acid can be found in fermented oil?
      According to research documented by Zenian Organics, Fermented Oil contains 52.2% Lauric Acid, while Regular Coconut Oil contains 48.3% Lauric Acid, which is a high level already. One other refined, not virgin, but cold pressed oil describes their oil has having 45% Lauric Acid. So Zenian Fully Fermented oil, with 52.2% of total fat is high.

      More Lauric Acid, which is a Medium Chain Fatty Acid, is good for brain care, according to Dr Newport, in her book, “Alzeimer’s Disease: What if there were a cure?” http://www.coconutketones.com/whatifcure.pdf

      It also helps your body to fight bad stuff in your gut, because Lauric Acid is a triglyceride that fights pathogens.

      Fermenting food has been done for generations

      Fermenting food has been part of traditional cultures since time can be remembered, according to Dr Sally Fallon the author of “Nourishing Traditions.” Some people associate fermentation with heat. But with coconuts, fermentation occurs naturally through grating, pressing and leaving it at ambient temperature (such as 24 degrees C), for 24-48 hours for the initial ferment.

      Fermenting coconut oil is similar to fermenting cabbage. The difference is that fermenting cabbage requires salt, coconut oil requires nothing more than room temperature. There are naturally occurring bacteria that initiate the fermentation process.

      Another difference between fermented cabbage, and fermented coconut oil is that coconut oil has no residual probiotics, according to Zenian Organics. So traditional cultures have always favoured fermented foods, and some are considered very sacred.

      Fermented Coconut Oil can be considered special in that it provides 3.9% more Lauric Acid than Regular Coconut Oil from the same country of origin.

      Ancient Wisdom raw virgin oil is not RBD (Not Refined)

      It is:
      •not fractionated
      •not refined
      •not deodorised
      •not bleached

      Unlike RBD (refined, bleached and deodorised) oils, this oil has all the natural goodness of raw unrefined virgin coconut oil still intact, owing to its unique manufacturing process. It is not heated at all.

      So what makes it special?

      It is our only fully fermented oil from the Pacific Islands, processed in a revolutionary way, based on a traditional process. It is:
      •virgin oil – there is no first press, as it is not pressed
      •Cold processed – grated and fermented
      •Raw food processed only at ambient temperature
      •Fermented to unlock the goodness – fermentation is a gut-friendly process to help the body more easily take in lauric acid, something mother’s milk contains
      •NO strong fermented coconut oil smell, or strong back-of-the-throat fermented aftertaste

      This oil meets the criteria for low heat processing associated with raw food diets and those who need extra help with digestion of good acids

  6. […] people look for coconut oil, because of the Medium Chain Fatty Acids that’s are so good for our health. Because of that, […]

  7. Hi there is it true that drinking coconut oil in warm water before a meal can curb the appetite and give more energy. I have been through chemo and have no energy ….Will coconut oil help me and which one as I am
    really interested in your products Cheers

    1. It is true, but it’s important to start very small, especially if you’ve just been through chemo and tend to feel nauseous. 1/2 teaspoon will be a good start. If you tend to get heartburn, we don’t recommend taking it on an empty stomach. Mixing it into a hot meal at the table is the easiest way. Whichever way you take it, it will give you energy. We recommend starting with Ancient Wisdom.

      Coconut water may also boost your energy level.

  8. Hi I’ve heard amazing things about coconut oil was wondering if it helps reduce stretch marks ?

    1. Virgin coconut oil can do wonders for skin and hair, and we’ve heard that it helps reduce stretch marks, but we haven’t tried it ourselves. 😉 The best way to find out is to try: https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz/skincare-aisle/ (160 ml jar is available for skin at the bottom of the page)

  9. Hi,

    My 4 year old daughter has quite dry skin which can be itchy (but not red). We also like cooking with coconut oil. Which coconut oil would serve both purposes? We’re currently using Ceres High Heat cooking oil.



    1. Hi Annabelle, For problem skin, we especially recommend Ancient Wisdom Premium Coconut Oil which is also suitable for cooking and eating. However, if you are used to Ceres High Heat Cooking Oil which has absolutely no coconut taste or smell, then there’s a chance you may not like the taste of fermented coconut oil. In that case, White Gold brand is very pleasant and will probably be well liked by your family.

      If you are not sure which oil, you can compare the taste with the twin pack taste sampler here:

  10. hi i just ordered some pure gold coconut oil from u , can you tell me does this help weight loss? and i have used coconut oil in the past but found my skin started flaking and itchy so stopd using it do u know wat wld cause that ? hopefully your stuff will give me better results 🙂

    1. Regarding weight loss, you might like to see this page: https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz/weight-loss/

      Also look at these books, https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz/coconut-oil-book-by-gursche/, https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz/eat-fat-lose-fat-book/, https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz/eat-fat-look-thin-by-dr-bruce-fife/. The basic principle is that bodies that crave oil, and often they become fat in the process of not getting enough of it.

      Dr Libby has this wonderful phrase, “many women believe the false notion that they must eat like a mouse and exercise like a maniac!”

      Nutrient dense, real food, with sufficient real virgin oil helps the body to right itself. I hope that helps.

      Regarding skin, you said, “i have used coconut oil in the past but found my skin started flaking and itchy so stopd using it do u know wat wld cause that ? hopefully your stuff will give me better results :)”

      The answer is that yes it is likely you’ll have a better run with our Virgin Organic Coconut Oil. If your previous oil was without smell, it may have been altered with chemicals in the process of extraction, which may affect your skin.

      But also, any Virgin Coconut Oil will regenerate your skin, and that will result in flaky, skin. Some itch may be present, but it ought not to be too bad.

      Green Gear Balm helps with itch too. https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz/skincare-aisle/ So would our soap. But at the end of the day, if you still have itch as well as the expected flaking skin with our oil, persevere, it will go away, and you’ll have a beautiful new layer to your skin. We’ve seen it over and over again, with eczema.

  11. Hi there, just wondering which is the best type of oil for me to be using on the face?

    1. Hi Ashleigh, Ancient Wisdom Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is our most popular skin oil. A natural health practitioner said “It would be hard pressed to beat the absorption quality of Ancient Wisdom, which glides on like satin and leaves a wonderful radiance to the skin.”

  12. Perfect have ordered a pot to try, sorry another question. What is the best one to buy if I am wanting to have a tablespoon of it to eat a day?

    1. Plenty of people use Ancient Wisdom Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for both skin and eating. Having said that, our most popular oil taste-wise is White Gold Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

  13. Hello. I just bought some virgin cold pressed organic coconut oil. Is this good for taking internally for health benefits

    1. Your wrote: Hello. I just bought some virgin cold pressed organic coconut oil. Is this good for taking internally for health benefits.

      All of the brands of pure Virgin Coconut Oil in our shop are good for eating.

      But all napoBIO® have essential oil or other plant oil in them.

      In any case, you tell me what the brand is, and I might be able to answer the question.

      In general, all Virgin Coconut Oil is good to be taken internally, but I remember taking some from a certain group of Islands, and my eyes just about bulged out! It was so bad. It was doubtless safe, but not much of a taste.

      So it all depends!

      Read our page here. https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz/2012/04/why-we-dont-sell-deodorised-oil/

  14. Hi, I am about to start my 5 month old baby on solids. I have the Jude Blereau Wholefoods for Children book, which recommends using coconut oil in most meals / recipes. Which of your oils would be most suitable? Thanks.

    1. We recommend White Gold Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil:

  15. Hi there,

    I’m looking for a coconut oil that will help with the following:-
    Using on my baby’s and my own skin and hair
    To increase the quality of my breast milk
    Use for cooking
    Use for weight loss
    Use for Stretch Marks
    What would you recommend?
    Currently using Ceres Organics Coconut Oil (high heat cooking oil) for all of the above

    1. I’m looking for a coconut oil that will help with the following:-
      Skin – Using on my baby’s and my own skin and hair
      Skin – Use for Stretch Marks
      Eating – To increase the quality of my breast milk
      Eating – Use for cooking
      Eating – Use for weight loss


      An alternative is White Gold, but Ancient Wisdom is our premium food grade skin oil.

      I hope that helps.

      Kind regards,

      The Coconut Oil Shop Team

    2. Hi Rina,

      We recommend White Gold Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil here:

  16. Hello

    I want to use Coconut Oil for Oil Pulling. Are all your Coconut organic? Can you recommend which one to use, Fermented or Unfermented? So that I can purchase Coconut Oil tomorrow night.

    1. Sorry we were just about to approve your comment and reply. For oil pulling, we recommend Ancient Wisdom Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. It is organic, from Samoa. Comes in both a refill pouch and glass jars. The link to the glass jar is here:

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