Trader Joe’s: Organic Coconut Oil $5.99

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on January 4, 2012

Look what I found at Trader Joe’s the other day — Organic, virgin, coconut oil for just $5.99 for 16 oz glass jar. I was so excited about this because Amazon deals have been pricey this last year (it is currently $6.75 for Subscribe & Save if you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s which is the best it’s been in a few months). It was found near the baking section on an end cap. Let’s hope they keep it around for a while.

I love using this in my baked goods, treats and breads, but I’m not a big fan of it in my savory dishes. It might go well cooking chicken for a Thai dish. Does anyone have any good savory, dinner dishes they like to use coconut oil in?

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Pam April 17, 2014 at 8:56 am

I’ve been using this particular brand of organic, unrefined coconut oil for about a year now. I, too, appreciate that Trader Joe’s uses glass jars. And, in my humble opinion, there’s not one thing it does not enhance in terms of flavor. For example, I’ve found it’s a great substitute for butter in everything from oatmeal to popcorn. So, it’s pretty versatile. It even makes toasted bread taste better! In fact, I’ve used it for everything but Thai recipes.

The greatest benefit, however, is in found in the numerous ways it supports good health. It has helped me with my energy and weight control.


Nikki November 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

When I found TJ coconut oil I was really excited to use it for my skin, hair, weight loss, and energy. It did nothing. I felt something was wrong but just disregarded it. I recently purchased Spectrum unrefined and I can immediately tell the difference. The TJ brand is really watered down.


Patrick October 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

I read up a lot about Coconut oil can cure or reverse Alzheimer. Hoping this trader joe brand does the trick. Have anyone use it for that purpose? Thanks.


RIAN February 10, 2014 at 8:03 am

For Alzheimer’s look for LONGVIDA CURCUMIN

Also, you can purchase a good quality turmeric powder. Put some coconut oil, or good quality peanut oil and heat. Put in some turmeric powder, some cayenne or chilli powder, or fresh red, green hot peppers (to taste and tolerance). You can add garlic if you like as well as ginger. In this nicely heated mixture (but not burned) put in some organic green or white cabbage, or any other vegetable. Put in some corriander, or dill or parsley as well.

Basically, the People of India, already figured this out in their cooking in their diet. They have the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s in the world! They have used turmeric, powder and root for thousands of years. Its of-course best to find turmeric that has not been extracted using hexane, or other not so good solvents.

So, the base of turmeric in various oils, fats makes it bioavailable and digestible.

Read up on it. Good luck.


Donna July 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Hi, I also found the TJ organic coconut oil, Im on my 3rd jar. I use it as a face and body moisturizer daily, I havent tried cooking with it yet, I love it!! I hope TJ’s keeps it, OH I also mix it with pure unrefined shea butter from Africa for my moisturizing, Im Happy, Happy with it :)


T- June 8, 2013 at 11:55 pm
T- June 8, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Oh Boy…Yet, here’s another site below
Does Cold press and Un-refined plus Virgin or Raw all in the same meaning?
I’m going to be so educated after all these discussions…Lol :)
Good -Luck to all on the one to get for food and or body use.
I want to buy one for all- is it possible?
Thanks for any and all who help with a BRAND that contain all above mentioned.


Jacque July 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Lots of companies, both good & mediocre have decided to get in on the coconut oil bonanza. You should get the book by Bruce Fife “The Coconut Oil Miracle”. To answer your above question: the ‘refined’ is cheaper because it is of the mediocre class. Nutiva is my favorite, but pricier. It is available at Costco, online, eBay, & everywhere. Having started using coconut oil about 11 years ago, after reading Mr Fifie’s book that I found at Sprouts. My advice is you can’t go wrong if you make sure the label says all those things that are confusing you. MUST BE: Organic+ Unrefined+ Cold-pressed + Virgin. I use it for my body and cooking and in my smoothies. I think the refined is best used externally, but I am just guessing about that so I will now research it for sure. Good Luck & Good Health.


T- June 8, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Here’s another about the process of the making in different names


T- June 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Found this link answered my own question :)


T- June 8, 2013 at 11:17 pm
Listed one above for Trisha and here’s another.

I’m so confused on which oil to get myself, I here un-refined for skin and hair care, is this true?
I want some for cooking and for skin and hair.
But would have to get different ones?…What does this all mean?
All I know is I what organic and don’t want added chemicals or cheap stuff…as in what they put in it…Would like a good deal, but don’t want to be ripped off, if I can find one of the same ingredients at a lower price…Hmmm?… Decisions.. HELP!


Trisha May 3, 2013 at 7:38 am



Erica June 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Trisha: Trader Joe’s doesn’t have an online store–only “brick and mortar” stores. So, the only way you can get the $5.99 Trader Joe’s coconut oil is to go and purchase it in one of their stores. You can find the nearest one here:


Trisha May 3, 2013 at 7:36 am

Ok all this talk about how its so cheap $5.99 Give Me a Link so I can order it PLEASE!


Mary z March 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

I love to make yams with coconut oil instead of butter with a little cinnamon on top ^.^ yummy!


Lynn Pierson March 9, 2013 at 1:22 pm

A friend of mine swears by this stuff. She has a naked dog (not from abuse! She just has peach fuzz. LOL!) She rubs it on rhe dog’s skin every day and I must say, the dogs skin is lovely.


Marilyn October 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Does anyone know if the $5.99 is refined or unrefined?


Kate October 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm

unrefined. Costco is now the better deal. It’s Nutiva and only $.28/oz


Foster September 8, 2012 at 9:07 am

Hey Everyone,
I’ve had Actinic Keratoses for years and I know it has to be a problem with my diet. Has anyone ever used CO to get rid of AK? Also could someone suggest what foods I should eat and what foods I should stay away from?
Thanks a million for your help!


Nelly September 5, 2012 at 8:40 am

I recently started using coconut oil
And love it!! I put it on my toast with a sprinkle of sea salt and it is amazing!!! We also cook with it all the time. :) :)


Erica August 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

For all of you wanting more info than is supplied on the label. This is straight from Trader Joe’s own website: “To make our Organic Virgin Coconut Oil our supplier starts with freshly harvested coconuts that are de-husked and grated. Then, when the meat of the coconut is still fresh, it’s cold pressed and filtered to remove any remaining pieces of the fruit. That’s the process. Nothing more. Some coconut oil is extracted using high heat, chemicals and even bleach. Not ours. Producing the oil in this more pure, natural way, we are able to retain the nutrients, flavor characteristics and aromas of fresh coconuts.”


Jewels August 15, 2012 at 1:20 am

I use it in my stir fry instead of vegetable oil. My hubby is really picky about oil and taste especially in stir fry over rice.. it is always delish and so healthy for you too!

Answer to Len: As far as I know virgin or cold pressed coconut oil is not hydrogenated which means that if it gets hot out its very soft and oil but if its cool its more like a butter that you can put on toast.. very good for you, and your body knows exactly what do to with it unlike other oils that just plain clog your arteries! Also I found this in a statement by Tropical Traditions website.. “You are unlikely to find hydrogenated coconut oil as an edible oil in the market today. It would only exist as an ingredient in tropical cultures, in such things as candy bars where they do not want the coconut oil melting. Hydrogenated coconut oil is virtually non-existent in the US market, since the FDA started requiring trans fats to be listed on labels several years ago.”


Vivian June 21, 2012 at 4:36 am

Please let me know how to use CO on the hair. Dry or after shampoo?


Dar June 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I use CO for moisturizing, lip gloss, cooking, I love it especially melted on my cereal and when I put cold milk in it, it hardens and makes yummy cereal clusters!!


Laura June 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I have terribly dry skin and someone in the beauty business told me to use coconut oil. What a miracle this stuff is!! My skin feels like silk and the smell does not linger at all. I highly recommend this product as a moisturizer.


kiki June 1, 2012 at 10:10 am

Use coconut oil as Body Oil. Apply to damp skin immediately following your shower, then follow that with your favorite body lotion. You’ll IMMEDIATELY notice the improved, softer skin that lasts. Coconut oil is fragrance free, so you won’t smell like a coconut. One 14-16 oz. jar lasts about 3-4 months (daily use). Can’t beat it!


Susan May 28, 2012 at 12:14 am

To use coconut oil as a deep hair conditioning treatment, do you apply to dry hair let it soak in, then wash, or do you apply after shampooing, like w/most conditioners? How do you apply the solid oil? Does it rinse out of hair w/o shampoo?


Len April 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

The label doesn’t indicate if this is hydrogenated or not. Does anyone know?



Trixie April 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I have used Nutivia and garden of life, Trader Joes is every bit as good, If you want to pay more, well that’s up to you!! I use it to cook but I use it as a moisturizer, hair conditioner, and tanning lotion, Yep I have a tanning bed in my home and have not bought tanning lotion for some time. This saves me 150.00 a year. My favorite thing to fry in this oil is plantains.. OMG they are the best.. If you have not tried TJ brand, you really should..


Georgia April 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I began using coconut oil about 2 wks. ago. For cooking and eating off the spoon. Too soon to tell its effects. Saw the TJ’s brand today and it was $5.99. I was shocked it was so cheap. I’m using Barlean’s and I love it. Costs twice as much, but will stick with it for now and maybe try TJ’s later!


Dan March 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I use it on toast and use about a tablespon when making eggs in the morning. Delish.


Renee Colaizzi March 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

I love Trader Joes Coconut Oil. I have been using CO for a long time now and have tried lots of brands, Nutiva, Garden of Life, Dr. Mercola’s, etc. Trader Joe’s is just as excellent. The price is fantastic as I go through one jar a week. I use it after a shower, on my toothbrush with some baking soda, on my skin all day at work, in my hair, cook pancakes, cakes with it, mix it with a little raw butter for popcorn and frying. And I eat a tablespoon ever day for breakfast :) I haven’t had a cold, any type of flu or any pain for years. After spending the day with my little nephew who found out he had Strep the next day, I didn’t even get it. I work in a Hospital environment where germs are rampant but no sick days needed. And it gives you energy beyond belief.


Norma Phagan March 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I love this product but am having a hard time getting it i live in Palm Springs and the store has been out for 2 weeks I have also tried to get it in Riverside and they are out too.Can i order it on line?


Patti July 18, 2012 at 11:39 am

I got my first jar at Sprouts (Corona area), but am off to TJ’s this afternoon!!! I think there is a whole foods in PS, try that too!


sam vernola February 27, 2012 at 1:28 am

The lable does not specify wether or not it’s hydroginated.
If hydroginated it would not be healthy.


cureous March 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm

no, it is not hydrogenated. All it contains, per it’s label is 100% virgin coconut oil, which is what you want. If it were hydrogenated, it would not be virgin.


Elaine February 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Does anyone know if it is Non-Hydroginated?


Bekah February 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I have not yet cooked with it. I do want to say I have been searching for Virgin Organic Coconut Oil to use as a beauty product. I have nothing to compare it to. I will never buy all over body lotions or hair treatments again! I have been using it for a week and my skin is no longer tight, dry, itchy. It looks radiant and feels amazing! I also applied it to my hair overnight (no stains on the sheets). I cleansed and styled my hair the next morning. I received so many comments about how healthy, shiny and beautiful my hair was. (I use Hair One and ditched the shampoo/conditioner bit 2 weeks ago) I am so glad TJ’s is carrying this at an excellent value! Still feeling guilty about spending years and hundreds of dollars trying to find good skin and hair care!!! :)


Susan May 28, 2012 at 12:17 am

Love your idea of using CO to deep condition hair. Do you apply to dry hair let it soak in, then wash, or do you apply after shampooing, like w/most conditioners? How do you apply the solid oil? Does it rinse out of hair w/o shampoo?


Anne February 14, 2012 at 7:50 am

Coconut oil will not go rancid –it can be heated to any temp. Is this brand made with dried copra–if so then it is not good quality–there usually is a good reason to spend more if should be natural raw unrefined from fresh organically grown coconuts not dried copra.
Hope this helps!


terea t February 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm

is it fattening to eat it by the tablespoon 3X a day?


Heather July 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm

No! It’s not fattening, just need to completely eliminate grains and PUFA’s and increase fruits in place of grains. Get rid of legumes too. Those make us fat! Saturated fats are actually good for us


Maxina Ventura February 2, 2012 at 12:47 am

My daughter (17 now) has used it for a few years every day on her face. Bad acne runs in the family and hers just disappeared. You’ll notice that people who use the horrid (and also expensive) pharmaceutical anti-biotics never have the acne clear, and often it doesn’t even improve.

So, you can spend tons of money, put toxic stuff on your body to be absorbed into your bloodstream, causing immediate and longterm side-effects, and you can continue to have that bad acne or… you can pay $6-$15 for an organic food product which wipes out acne (partially because it has anti-bacterial, as well as anti-fungal and anti-viral properties by nature) and lasts a long time per pint, plus you can cook with it and otherwise eat it, and moisturize your whole body with it.

Hmm…. now which road should I take?


cassie January 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Can you please tell me how she used it on her face? I am thinking about trying this out….do I wash it off? let it soak?


Gerry February 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Coconut oil – A Real Eye Opener!

Is Trader Joes coconut oil hydroginated ??


Gerry February 14, 2012 at 10:55 am

It is not Hydroginated.


Jude February 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

OOPS! Just read some of the comments on TJ’s coconut oil. Like I said..I have been buying mine from Tropical Traditions..& have nothing but good things to say about it. It is more expensive..but read the article on it. They always have sales going on. So far this is the best I’ve found. Good Luck!!


Jude February 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I have been buying mine from Tropical Traditions..but it costs way more. I have been using it for over 3 yrs. It is excellent for UR skin too. It helps restore collagen. If U go onto Trop. Trad’s website..they have recipes. Coconut oil has lots of healing agents. Very good 4 U.


Rich January 23, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Is it non-hydrogenated?


Sarah January 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I just got the coconut oil from Trader Joe’s and I am severely disappointed. It’s really low-quality compared to other coconut oil’s I have tried. It smells and tastes really off to me, almost as If they mixed it with cheaper oil. I was excited about the low price but I guess that should have been a tell-tale sign. The best I have tried so far is Kelapo (organic, fair trade, unrefined) Extra Virgin Coconut Oil–so amazing!


Kate January 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

Thanks for the update. I think you could return it. Trader Joe’s will take back their products if you’re not satisfied. I’m a huge fan of Nutiva and I had planned on trying the Trader Joe’s when I was finally out, but now I think I’ll hold off. Thanks for the heads up.


susie April 2, 2012 at 5:59 am

I bought the Trader Joe’s Virgin Coconut Oil and it smells delicious! it is wonderful! It’s in my coffee now, and I’m using for a hair conditioning treatment as well!


Erica August 28, 2012 at 9:36 am

Can you further describe the differences between the Trader Joe’s product and he Kelapo? I have only ever used Trader Joe’s. According to corporate, Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is made thus: Freshly harvested organic coconuts are de-husked and grated. Then, when the meat of the coconut is still fresh, it’s cold pressed and filtered to remove any remaining pieces of the fruit. That’s the process. Nothing more.


Nikki November 25, 2013 at 11:50 pm

This post is old, but I still very much agree. TJ is very low quality compared to other brands. Read an article stating TJ says their products are organic, but they really aren’t. Don’t know how true this is. But the claims for this oil, cold pressed, organic, virgin, etc., I really feel are false. Maybe this is why its not on the bottle and only on their site.


tom kaufman January 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Never mind the cooking..coconut has great anti fungal and anti viral effects. It cleared an interal yeast infection. I recently tried it just as I was feeling a scratchy throat and it helped supress the cold virus. One table spoon 3X daily


Cindy Silver January 12, 2012 at 9:17 am

Is the TJ’s coconut oil considered to be Pure coconut Oil?


Krista January 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

Coconut Oil is one of my favorite things! I found it when I was looking for something to treat my daughters eczema. Now I use it mainly for greasing pans (like instead of crisco or veg oil) and once the pan is greased, I just rub it into my hands and arms like its lotion! Its awesome!


Rachel H January 5, 2012 at 9:50 am

Here’s some more information about coconut oil:

I forgot to mention, it was originally recommended to me by holistic health coaches as a healthful approach to gaining calories/weight for my pregnancy diet.


Grace January 5, 2012 at 7:48 am

Some coconut oils do not have a flavor, which I prefer. I noticed the Trader Joe’s bottle doesn’t say “cold pressed.” Is there a big difference?


Marissa January 5, 2012 at 8:00 am

Yes, it is cold pressed, but I had to call TJ’s corporate office to get the details on that. I wanted to make sure where the coconuts were from and how they were processed. So, according to them at corporate their official description says it’s cold pressed.


Angela H. January 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm

My dad’s a chiropractor & he got me some and told me this: Olive oil is healthiest when it is not heated, so like in a vinaigrette. If you are heating the oil, coconut oil is the way to go! I use it to cook my eggs in the morning (it’s a very mild coconut taste, at least to me) AND the best way to use it is to pop popcorn, like Rachel said. Oh my! Sooooo good!


Kristen January 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I like to use it for pad thai. And a lot of asian dishes.


Rachel January 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I saw it at TJ last night myself and got excited, because the same size jar goes for $10-12 at the supermarket.

Coconut oil is GREAT for using to pop your popcorn. Dang! It’s delicious; you need to try it.

I know holistic health coaches who will advise using it as skin moistuizer too, straight from the bottle. Just put it directly on your skin (or in your hair as a moisturizer). I haven’t tried that yet, it sounds a little bit gross to me for some reason, but I have heard it from 3 or 4 reliable sources now.

Also, I’m told it is one of the only/best “medium chain fats” which means your body can break it down easily, but it’s also pretty healthy, relatively speaking.


lisa January 9, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Coconut oil as a moisturizer is fantastic – especially right out of the shower – I have used it on my face for years now – best moisturizer out there – also use it to wash my face – read about the OCM method (oil cleansing method).

Coconut oil is amazing for so many things – you can use it as a deodorant, you can brush your teeth with it, you can treat your hair with it, you can kill lice with it, you can shave with it – the list goes on and on – oh, and you can cook with it too! :-) Coconut oil has a higher melting point, so it is much healthier to cook with – as much as I love extra virgin olive oil, I don’t cook with it – the oil can become rancid when heated – save the olive oil for your salad dressings, and cook with coconut oil!


Melissa January 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

I totally love it on popcorn!!! I use coconut oil everyday, for everything such as frying my eggs, spreading it on toast, using it on my skin, as well as just taking some on a spoon and consume it like that…love the taste!!!


Jen January 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I haven’t used it before. Do you just substitute it for veg. oil in recipes?


Iris January 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm

What we do is melt a bit, and substitute it partially for vegetable/canola oil in baking. It has such a strong taste (but a really good one), as well as being quite expensive, that we really don’t need to use more coconut oil than about a quarter of the total oil volume. But that’s just us. I am sure opinion varies here.


Sara January 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

we use it for more than baking… hair oil, deoderant, toothpaste, it is antimicrobial so I use it in sore areas on my baby’s fat folds LOL , diaper rash ointment etc. WE also put it in smoothies.
I do use it with my halang-halang chicken. Coconut chicken. but not really anything else savory. I like to use the non-virgin for savory dishes.


Iris January 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Yup–I found this product a couple of weeks ago (and I’m sorry that I forgot to post it to the FLNW Facebook page, which I had intended to do). GREAT price, and it tastes great too.


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