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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