There really isn’t just one particular brand of coconut oil you should look for. The main thing is to look for virgin or extra virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil that’s contained in a glass jar.
These brands all meet this criterion and then some:
Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade & Organic Fresh-Pressed White Kernel Virgin Coconut Oil
Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade & Organic Fresh-Pressed White Kernel Virgin Coconut Oil is cold-pressed from freshly dried coconut kernels with brown inner skins that were left on, for a more aromatic, nuttier-tasting oil. It has a fresh scent and fabulous aroma and is very versatile. You can use it for stir-frying and baking as well as for body care. In addition to being certified organic and including the USDA National Organic Program seal, it’s certified Vegan and Fair Trade certified, ensuring fair treatment of native coconut farmers and other workers.
This product has also received rave reviews on Amazon, with a 5-star average. A 14-ounce jar can be purchased on the site from this page.
Aunt Patty’s Fair Trade, Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil
When you buy Aunt Patty’s Fair Trade Virgin Coconut Oil, you’re helping assure fair wages for coconut farmers in the surrounding villages and towns of Butuan City in Northern Philippines.
Aunt Patty’s, based in the Pacific Northwest, is a brand under GloryBee Foods that was named after Pat Turanski, co-founder of GloryBee foods. “Cooking and baking with natural ingredients have always been one of Pat’s passions,” the company notes, “and all products were carefully selected for their flavor as well as their beneficial health properties.”
The oil is made from dried, ground coconut meat, then cold-pressed to produce a rich, aromatic oil for use in stir-fries, baking as well as moisturizing hair and skin. This Non-GMO Project Verified oil and is highly rated on Amazon for both consumption and beauty use. A 12-ounce jar is available from this page on Amazon.
Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil, Unrefined
Spectrum’s organic, unrefined coconut oil has a great, fresh coconut smell and can be used for body care as well as baking and sauteing at medium heat when you want to take full advantage of the coconut flavor. Although it isn’t Fair Trade, it is USDA certified organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, and is sold in a glass jar. A 14-ounce jar is currently available from this page on Amazon.
Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Nutiva Coconut Oil has been a top-selling coconut oil in many countries over the last decade, as it’s certified organic, non-GMO, Kosher, cold-pressed, non-hydrogenated, and unrefined. It also comes in a glass jar. Many feel that this brand isn’t as powerful coconut flavored, so if you’re looking for a more subtle coconut taste, it may be your best choice. You can purchase a 23-ounce jar from this page on Amazon currently.
Coconut Country Living Organic Coconut Oil Extra Virgin, Unrefined Cold-Pressed
This coconut oil by Coconut Country Living is organic, cold-pressed, virgin, non-GMO certified and comes in a glass jar. As such you can be sure that there are no traces of pesticides in it, nor hexane, bleach, BPA or trans fats. While it isn’t Fair Trade certified, the company states that it believes in fair trade principles and personally sources its coconuts from Sri Lanka, where they discovered the “freshest, tastiest coconut” they could find anywhere in the world.
Coconut Country Living coconut oil can be used as both a cooking and baking oil, or personal care product to benefit your hair and skin. A 16.91-ounce jar sells on this page on Amazon, and it even comes with a free ebook: Coconut Oil Secrets for Health & Beauty.
Anjou Coconut Oil, Organic Extra Virgin, Cold-Pressed Unrefined
Anjou Naturals offers this USDA certified organic, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil, for use in cooking and for the hair and skin. The oil is produced from Sri Lanka coconuts which Anjou explains: “Sri Lanka produces the best coconut: Old-fashioned, non-crossbred trees planted in nutrient-rich coastal soil under hot tropical weather produce the most delicious coconuts with a high content of MCT.”
A 32-ounce jar of the oil can currently be purchased on Amazon from this page.