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    Hey everyone,


    I just picked up some coconut oil nearby. Its Laxmi Brand and it doesn't have any additives as far as I can tell.


    However this is my first time buying this product, and it has a very strong chemical-ish smell to it. Nothing sweet or aromatic like normal shredded coconut.


    Is it possible that it is no good or is this normal for coconut oil? The consistency is very think and almost wax-like.


    Thanks


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    Hey there,


    It is normal for it to be thick like that. I just gave mine a sniff and it just has a very mild smell not chemical at all. I bet it is just the brand you got. Was it in the fridge when you got it? I know that it can go rancid after a while.

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      Yea it wasn't refrigerated. It also doesn't say "extra virgin" if that makes a difference. It has probably been on the shelf for a while.


      I went back to the shop (an indian grocery mart) and the clerk said that is the normal smell but I'm not sure I believe them.

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        Is it in a blue bottle?

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          I've had that smell regardless of how "unprocessed" the jar proclaims it to be! I haven't been able to figure out why there's such variance. I don't remember the last brand I had but it was the worst. Artisana is pretty good but Nutiva has the best aroma and flavour of any I've tried so far. I can eat Nutiva straight out of the jar.

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            Okay well I got one from the indian grocer and I thought it smelled like hot dogs!!! So I just use it fo lotion, I would never eat it. Just go ahead and go to the health food store and get some... its very faintly sweet and coconutty.

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              TT -- I bet the hot dog smell drives the men wild ;-)


              I bought some from walmart -- I was dissapointed that it is flavorless. the 365 brand from WF has a nice coconutty taste.

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                Why was the coconut oil in the fridge? That seems a very odd place to keep it. Especially when it's shelf-stable for years.


                Also, extra-virgin is a marketing scam. There is not extra virgin coconut oil. Virgin is fine.

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                  @fleet_fox: Does it say "hair oil" on the bottle? Indian stores carry refined, deodorized coconut oil for external use/as hair oil. I'm almost certain that it is not cooking oil. The blue bottle that Tara is talking about is certainly "hair oil" and it's a brand called Parachute.


                  Don't use it or return it if you can. Or you can use it as a moisturizer. There are lots of brands of virgin coconut oil that you can buy in health stores or online. Try Tropical Traditions or Nutiva, the 2 brands that I've tried and like. I believe you can get a gallon of Nutiva for under $50 on their website.

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                    I would be wary, as Maba above states.


                    The coconut oil I buy to cook with, is very different from the stuff I make soap and body products from. It likely is cosmetic grade and not food grade. See if you can find the food grade disclaimer on the bottle.


                    I would be wary about buying from a place like that, only cause I want fresh, and I'd be worried how long it sat on a shelf. I tend to buy from places that have several different types, that way I know there is a demand.

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                      Thanks for all the responses. I think I'll have to find a non-eating use for it and get some edible stuff elsewhere.


                      Any tips on using it as a cosmetic product?

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                        Coconut oil is great moisturizer. Or you can use it to massage your scalp before washing your hair.

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                          I use it as a moisturizer/lotion - love it on my face after a shower too.

                          If you have long hair you can use a teeeeeny bit (rub between your palms) as a leave-in conditioner. I did that when my hair was down to my hips and it really kept the length healthy, strong, and un-frizzy.

                          Or like maba said, using it as a pre-wash scalp massage is a great way to do a deep conditioning treatment now and then.


                          If you put some in a tiny container you have a great lip balm too. mmm tasty too.

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                            Sir G- I havent tested this theory... hmmm. I added grapefruit oil to it so now it smells more like fruit, less like hot dog!


                            FNW I tried to use mine as a lip balm but in the summer its a melty mess. I melted some down with a little beeswax to harden it up and had mucho success.

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                              Seconding maba and FNW.


                              I use coconut oil on my skin as a moisturizer, and also on the end of my (long) hair.


                              The BF thinks the light coconut scent is super-hot, btw...but I use Whole Foods 365.

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