Is Costco’s Coconut Oil Junk? Or the Real Deal?

Costco sells Carrington Farms Coconut Oil-is it cheap coconut oil or the real deal? Seems like the price is too good to be true - but is it? Is Costco selling junk just to make a buck? Read this and find out the truth.

Do you shop at Costco?  More and more Costco has great deals on whole foods and gluten-free products and our family has enjoyed taking advantage of the savings at this “big box giant”.

But have you seen their great deal on coconut oil?

We use coconut oil for everything – from homemade moisturizer to gluten-free baking to homemade popcorn, so we go through a ton of it.

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I saw Costco’s coconut oil offering and wondered myself–“Could this really be high quality coconut oil at this price?”  So I bought some about 4 months ago and put it on my shelf.

Many have been thrilled about being able to purchase a great wholesome fat like coconut oil at Costco for a great price.

But not everyone is happy about it.

I honestly was almost in tears this past week seeing what can happen when due diligence isn’t done, accusations are made carelessly, and apologies don’t come.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, read on.

I worked on this post for quite awhile to make sure I had the whole story covered and covered well. There is a lot of misinformation to clear up, and it’s going to take awhile, so please hang with me for another “longish” post :).

This past week, a post called “Why Buying Coconut Oil at Costco is Risky Business” came out on a very popular healthy living blog, The Healthy Home Economist.

In a nutshell, one person contacted the owner of that blog, Sarah Pope, on her Facebook page, and told her that she had purchased Carrington Farms’ Coconut Oil from Costco. She stated:

“I just opened and began using a big container of coconut oil (got it at Costco) that I’ve had for maybe 3 months and it has sat on my pantry shelf (outside in my garage, I live in Texas so it’s gotten hotter than 100 degrees). It smells like burned marshmallows, or maybe the inside of a pumpkin on Halloween. Since I can’t find any web sites that describe the smell (other than “yucky” and “very, very bad”) for rancid coconut oil, could you please help me out? I can’t stand to put it on my face….but can I still cook with it?”

First of all, Sarah’s advice to her reader that she not use the coconut oil was good advice.

But that is where the good advice stopped.

Sarah then went on to vilify Carrington Farms and Costco and to cast aspersions on almost the entire US Coconut Oil market.

Here’s what went down and how it went wrong:

Accusations Against Carrington Farms–and the Truth

Accusation #1: Costco’s oil spoiled because there was something wrong with the oil

Sarah assumed, without doing any research, that the Costco customer’s oil was “bad” due to either poor quality, poor filtration, or the oil being just plain “old.”  To quote her:

It’s anybody’s guess, but one thing is for sure.  It was not fresh, high quality Grade A coconut oil.   Cheaply priced coconut oil at a discount store is going to get you exactly that:  cheap oil that is likely old, improperly filtered (manufacturer’s defect) and not the best choice for your health.

Response: There is no way to know the cause of the problem without more evidence

After reading this post, I thought that I would contact Carrington Farms myself to learn more details about the situation.

I talked to one of Carrington Farms’ Vice Presidents, and she said that they haven’t had any other recent complaints about their coconut oil being bad, and that they never got any information from Mary M. about their oil– no lot number and no expiration date. Nothing.

So while she admitted that there is a slim possibility that there was something wrong with the oil, she said that it is much more likely that the oil was opened and something foreign got in there to cause the problem.

For example, perhaps Mary had opened the container, used a spoon to get some coconut oil out, and the spoon had something on it. Or some such “user error.”

However, there really is no way for them, or for us, to know anything because all we have is Mary M’s message and Sarah’s response.

UPDATE (7/3/13):  A few readers have mentioned that it was likely the fact that Mary stored the coconut oil in her hot garage that led to it spoiling.  I don’t know. Of course, the label says to store in a cool dry place, but I have read in numerous places that people have stored their coconut oil in a hot place with no problem. Furthermore, Sarah mentioned in her post:

I have never had it go off, even when kept for a year or two in my garage where the temperature easily reaches a 110-120F on humid August afternoons.

so I decided not to blame the smell issue on the hot garage.

2.  Accusation #2: Costco sells inferior or old food products

To quote Sarah:

the big box wholesalers like Costco have been faced with a dilemma – how best to capitalize on the coconut oil frenzy while keeping the price dirt cheap. I’ll admit that I’ve been suspicious of the big box wholesaler brands of coconut oil for quite awhile. The price just didn’t jive with the price I knew to be necessary to ensure a quality, pure product.

Response: Costco carries quality food products – Carrington’s oil is one of them

I’ve been a Costco member for many years, and mostly we’ve been thrilled with their quality. And I’m not easy to please about some things (maybe you can guess that as you read my posts and see the lengths I go to at times to make sure I am getting a good product). In fact, I’ve had to return some things to them and they aren’t always happy about that. But that is too bad–they claim to have high quality and consumers should hold them to that.

But I have never ever thought that they intentionally partnered with companies that sold junk. There are, of course, companies that sell bulk name brand clothing to stores like Costco that are lower quality so they can sell them inexpensively, but to my knowledge, there are no “lower quality foods” being sold to Costco.

I think Costco has some things to learn about getting and keeping more and more whole food products in their stores (I am petitioning them every time I go to get the Coleman Natural Hot Dogs back.  So if you are a member, drop that message in their suggestion box for me too, OK – “Get Coleman Hot Dogs year round :)!”  Thank you!!)

Anyway, about Carrington Farms’ super reasonable coconut oil at Costco . . .

What Carrington’s VP said to me is that the low price of their oil at Costco is simply a matter of the economy of scale.

Carrington sells coconut oil in 12 oz and 54 ounce sizes.  The 54 ounce size is what Costco carries.

They sell their 54 ounce for $24.99 on Amazon and for $15.99 at Costco. And they also have their own website.

That $15.99 is a real steal, but here is the deal.

It takes the same amount of work for Carrington to sell 1 container of coconut oil off their website as it does to sell 20,000 jars to Costco.

They have to take an order, pack it up, and ship it.

I know how this works.  I sell products on my Natural Store page.  The main products I sell are zeolite and soap nuts.

I sell one bottle of zeolite for $15.25 and 12 for $100 (instead of $183 at the “per bottle” price). I sell 1 ounce of soap nuts for $2.50 and four pounds for $52.30 (instead of $160 at the “per ounce” price).

So even though the size of the coconut oil at Costco is the same as the one on Amazon, they sell so many more at Costco that they can offer the coconut oil at a better price.

Carrington’s VP said that they sell many full truckloads to Costco weekly–versus 1 case each week at a regular grocery store.

It’s the same oil…..just the economy of scale working for Costco members.

PLUS – My Carrington Farms oil (that I bought about 4 months ago) has an expiration date clearly marked on the label – 2/20/15.  That is NOT old oil. And besides, it will likely last long beyond that date.  Coconut oil is known for its stability.

3.  Accusation #3: Carrington Farm’s Coconut Oil is not pure.

Sarah said that “Inexpensive Coconut Oil is Likely Poor Quality” and then went on to list the following possibilities  reasons why a coconut oil might be of poor quality, insinuating that Carrington Farms Coconut Oil is either

  • possibly not 100% coconut oil
  • improperly filtered
  • old

All it took was one phone call to Carrington Farms to straighten this out, and that is what I did.  I talked with one of their Vice Presidents who spent a lot of time on the phone with me going over their quality control.  And believe me, they are on top of their coconut oil’s quality.

Response: Quality-Related facts about Carrington Farms’ coconut oil

1.  Carrington Farms coconut oil is unrefined and no chemicals are used in the processing of the oil.

2.  The coconuts are grown on certified organic farms in the Philippines.

3. Representatives from Carrington have visited the farms to ensure quality of the growing process and a partner in the company visits to ensure that their representatives are doing everything they can to guarantee that everything is as they say it is.

4.  The coconuts are grown on several farms to avoid problems of “single site sourcing”–should there be a natural disaster in one farm, they can still get coconuts.

5.  The coconuts are processed within 4 days of being picked.

6.  The coconut oil is filtered twice before being moved to a bottling facility, and then it is filtered again.

7.  Carrington Farms does third party GC/MS testing on each lot of their oil.  If any other vegetable oil was cut into the coconut oil, it would show up on these tests.

8. The oil is tested for microbes, e-coli, salmonella and more.

9.  Their containers are BPA-free.

10.  Their coconut oil is unrefined, unbleached, and is not deodorized, and their processing is hexane and heat free. I think you can see that they care about quality.

Just because a product is one you haven’t heard of, doesn’t mean it is junk.  I too wondered about Carrington Farms Coconut Oil when I saw it at Costco.  I bought some and I am very happy with it.  

4.  Accusation #4: Carrington Farms is involved in fraudulent marketing because they label their coconut oil as being “Extra Virgin”

To quote Sarah,

There is no such thing as “extra virgin coconut oil”.  It is either refined coconut oil or virgin coconut oil. A friend of mine who is the owner of a company that is a quality purveyor of virgin coconut oil had this to say: “… any product that uses the term ‘extra virgin’ and it does not pertain to olive oil is using the term outside its definition… Trying to market something that does not exist.”

Response: The truth about “Extra Virgin Coconut Oil”

Well, to be fair, Sarah is right–there is no such thing as Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

But what Sarah should have checked before sharing this post is that the coconut oil that she recommends to her readers has been marketed as “Extra Virgin” too.

In her post, she said “the only way to ensure a quality product is to buy from a quality small business.” Interestingly, the words “buy from a quality small business” are linked to Village Green Network (the blogging network which Sarah is a big part of)’s affiliate portal where you can then click to see what coconut oil (and other products) they recommend.

The problem is that the coconut oil they recommend (Radiant Life) was also marketing themselves as being “Extra Virgin”.  In addition, when you can click around and check out their recommended products, VGN members don’t just get paid when you purchase, they get paid per click, so getting click-happy on their Resources page puts a lot of money in their pockets.)

I digress.

Some of Sarah’s readers called her on this “Extra Virgin” conundrum. Then Sarah said that she had contacted Radiant Life about it and they were changing their marketing. I don’t have anything against Radiant Life, but it is again, poorly researched.

In fact, here is a screen shot I pulled off the internet when I found out about this story, just so you could see that Radiant Life has been, and still is, marketing their oil as being “Extra Virgin.”

If you type in “Radiant Life Coconut Oil” into Google, up comes this description of their coconut oil.  This description is set by Radiant Life when they set up their product for Google: Radiant Life Coconut Oil Screen shot 2013-06-26 at 4.53.42 PMAnd here is an entry on Radiant Life’s blog about making your own “Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Lotion

(Update: In case Radiant Life changes their post, here is a screenshot of the top part of the post):

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - Radiant Life

Radiant Life – Advertising how to make “Extra Virgin Coconut Oil” with their “Extra Virgin Coconut Oil”

What Carrington Farms’ VP told me is that, while there is no “Extra Virgin” designation for coconut oil, when they started marketing their oil, almost all of the other coconut oil companies in the US were marketing their oil as being “Extra Virgin,” and so they thought it would be both confusing to the customer, plus it would put their coconut oil in a negative light if they only labeled their oil as “Virgin.”

(Please note: The Amazon links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking, I might make a commission, but your price does not change. I thank you oh-so much for your support!)

Click on these links to see that a bunch of companies also market their coconut oil as being “Extra Virgin”:

1.  Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

2.  Nutiva

3.  Nature’s Way

4.  Barlean’s

5.  Jarrow

6.  Source Naturals (these are capsules, but they are called “Extra Virgin”)

7.  Vitacost

8.  Vitamin Shoppe

9.  Artisana

This list represents a mix between companies known for being inexpensive and those know for high quality.

But the point is that they all use the term “extra virgin” to describe their coconut oil. In fact, I think one is more hard pressed to find a company that doesn’t refer to its coconut oil as being “extra virgin” than one that does.

And the Carrington’s VP told me that they sell the exact same coconut oil in Canada as “Virgin Coconut Oil” because Canada has laws about coconut oil labeling that the US doesn’t have.

Now, let me be clear.  I could have just kept silent on this.

Sarah has a big blog and a lot of influence in the whole foodie blog world. It’s not really advisable to write something negative about someone that big. But, I really felt I had to stick up for a company that is being hurt because of this mess.

Just like Sarah wrote about the lessons she thinks should be learned about what type of coconut oil to buy, and where to buy it, I am adding my own set of lessons to be learned here:

1.  Don’t go on just one person’s word when accusing a company, or someone, of wrongdoing.

Sarah wrote that ” evidence is now emerging that my suspicions [that big box wholesaler brands of coconut oil are junk] have been justified.”

One person’s comment without sufficient details (such as lot number, expiration date, whether the container was opened previously or not) is not evidence.  It is just conjecture until the facts are checked out.

And just to put this out there, there are plenty of folks who just do mean things to hurt others.  I am not saying that Mary’s or Sarah’s intentions are such, but there are people who spread lies in order to hurt others and build themselves up, so we need to be really really careful when putting out negative claims about a person or company.

2.  Do due diligence before making a sweeping accusation. Sarah should have called Carrington to find out their side of the story before publishing something so damaging to their reputation.

3.  Say you’re sorry when you are wrong.

What You Can Do to Help

I think that Carrington Farms has really been through the ringer unfairly on this one. I am sure that their sales are hurting and that is just not right. I have a jug of their coconut oil right here and I will say it smells and tastes wonderful.

1.  Go to Costco and buy some Carrington Farms Coconut Oil.

2.  Go to Amazon and buy some Carrington Farms Coconut Oil.

3.  Subscribe to my blog.  I go to great lengths to make sure that I am doing good, solid research on everything that I share with you. It takes time and I am super busy. But I will not try to get you to read my blog by posting stuff that’s unnecessarily sensationalist.  It would mean a lot to have your vote of confidence by having you as a subscriber to my blog updates.  And besides–you wouldn’t want to miss anything, would you :)?

4.  Share this post (see sharing buttons below) with others so they can find out that Carrington Farms is a decent company with high quality products.

Finally – what about buying local and from small businesses?

That’s really a whole other topic.  I love supporting small businesses. But frankly, I can’t do it all the time.

I can’t do anything all the time–Blog, be a great homeschool mom, keep a clean house, recycle, get the best bargains, be a kind and loving wife.  I need work on all of those things.

Some more than others.

But right now, I buy local when I can. (I just got a flat of organic strawberries from a local farm and I buy eggs from a friend at church. UPDATE:  I was just accused of not supporting local businesses, so I am updating with more information: I just bought 15 local chickens and we have 2 local deer and a local pig in our freezer.  And the most local thing I do is we have a huge garden out back :)!)  As for coconut oil?  I am sticking with Tropical Traditions and Carrington, and Nutiva for now.  That doesn’t mean there aren’t other great companies. But a gal can only do so much research at once–and right now I am off to find a new brand of stevia :).

For more “controversial topics” that might interest you, check out:

1.  The FDA Says, “Probiotics are Dangerous? Arsenic is Safe

2.  Is There Engine Fuel on Your Almonds? – A must read.

3.  Which Essential Oils Company is Best? – you will see here that I did a TON of research into oils and oil companies. And I was very clear about my limitations and why I made the conclusions that I made.  And if I ever find something negative out about the company that I recommended, I will pull my recommendation. Plain and simple.

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  1. Thank you for this blog. I have mostly found Costco products of very good quality. I buy the Nutiva Coconut oil (Canada). and it bothers me that someone would do a negative blog because of 1 persons complaint. (keeping food in the garage….really…?) I use coconut oil for everything and go through a large container within 2 months. So I for one is very happy with the prices from Costco. Canadian price is $24.99, Same jar in Health food stores is between $45 – $ 50. I guess for Sarah it is difficult to be impartial.

  2. Hi. Thank you for being honest and conscientious enough to refute that erroneous attack on Costco and Carrington farms wonderful coconut oil. I work at Costco and I shop there. I have tried several brands of coconut oil as we use a ton of it (I add it to my daily coffee!). And we use it for oil pulling. This is on my top ten list of great whole foods products that Costco sells. Thanks again for doing the due diligence against a more powerful blogger that didn’t bother to get her facts straight.

    • I love Costco! You have a great job I am sure!!! I’ve started oil pulling too. Yes, I was concerned about writing about her errors and I for sure don’t want enemies – but I had commented numerous times on her blog about her issues and never got a response so I didn’t know what else to do. Thanks!

  3. Awesome post!!! I have been using this oil since they started carrying it at Costco and absolutely LOVE, LOVE LOVE it!!! I tell everyone to pick it up there since the price AND quality are amazing…and I have tried so many brands in the past (have been using coconut oil since 2000 since I have many food allergies and this oil is a great substitute…and I bake a lot) and have been disappointed so many times by other more expensive brands (by their taste and smell, .or simply by the results they produce in my baking)…I bake with this oil all the time and have awesome results! Would never go back to any other brand…so thanks for clearing this up and doing your due diligence…I am also very happy that Costco carries such a grate product, making it available to more people (who would otherwise not consider using it).

  4. The coconut oil carried at my Costco is their own ‘Kirkland’ brand. I also use coconut oil for many things and have used many different brands. To me this coconut oil tastes and feels different, like it’s cut with Crisco. I was wondering if I was the only one that thought this. I know olive oil is notorious for being cut with other oils without our knowledge and without consequence…who’s to say it’s not the same for this coconut oil?

    • I personally don’t care for the new one but it tastes like Tropical Traditions’ brand to me. I love their quality but I don’t love the taste so I suspect it isn’t cut with anything at all but just is different. Thanks!

    • John Larson says:

      IMHO if it say organic unrefined virgin coconut oil that is what it is and that is all I am worried about. the other thing I will say on this is Costco has an excellent return policy .

      • I agree with you except that I guess they could be lying about it as in the totally corrupt olive oil industry. I don’t know if it’s going on w/ coconut oil but it could be. Thanks!

  5. Great article but there is no date of publication. That is very bad practice, especially for a review of a product as ephemeral as a Costco product. Costco products can disappear from the shelves a week later. The most dramatic example of this is when I first joined Costco, I found a 28g bottle of the very highest grade Valencia saffron for $30. I snapped one up thinking that this would always be available. When I went there the next week it was gone and it has never been replaced. I just bought a 2-jar package of Kirkland brand Organic Coconut Oil–$24 for 2 jars, each 1200g (42.3 fl. oz.). The ingredients are ‘Organic virgin coconut oil’, Certified Organic by OneCert, product of Philippines or Sri Lanka, ‘Cold pressed, unrefined, and chemical free’. I don’t know if this is the same brand as you reviewed but it is pure white and smells fantastic, like fresh coconuts.

    • Hi there. I used to have dates on all of my posts, but I removed them to try it out since many readers would ask something like “I know this is an old post so do you still feel such and such a way” so I figured this might be a better way to go. Yours is the first comment I have gotten regarding a different point of view. I know how Costco works with its products, but they have had the Carrington oil for a very long time and it is still in about 2/3 of the country as of about 3 months ago.

      The Kirkland Brand is for sure not the same. In my opinion the Carrington is superior but of course that’s subjective. :). I hope that helps.

      • I don’t quite follow your reasoning for not posting the date. Obviously it is important as reagards this particular product, especially considering it is no longer available at Costco. I don’t know where you got your “2/3 of the country” data, but I can’t imagine that Costco would make that information available. If you do a search on ‘coconut oil’ on the Costco site, you only get one hit: Kirkland Signature USDA Certified Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (™-USDA-Certified-Organic-Virgin-Coconut-Oil-6-pack.product.100140910.html). The store we go to has a really high turn-around and is always jammed with customers, so what they carry is definitely the freshest latest offerings. The date on the jars I got is 12/09/2016. I’d check the date of any discontinued product that is still being sold. It could be expired. The only Costcos I found that might still carry the Carrington Farms Organic ‘Extra’ Virgin Coconut Oil brand (|96594|96596|96600&N=4057738&Mo=21&No=8&Nr=P_CatalogName:BD_579&cat=96600&Browse=1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&hierPath=96594*96596*96600*&topnav=bdoff) are the 9 Costco Business Delivery locations ( Maybe… I haven’t checked the local one but I’m already very satisfied with the Kirkland brand. If the store doesn’t carry it, you have to pay $19.99 a jar plus a $25 ‘delivery surcharge’. You yourself say that Costco products are superior and I have heard nothing but praise for their Kirkland brand. We get their Balsamic Vinegar, Extra Virgin olive oil, various nuts, and other foods and are completely satisfied with the outstanding quality. You say “The Kirkland Brand is for sure not the same. In my opinion the Carrington is superior but of course that’s subjective.” How do you form that conclusion? Without any hard evidence, it can only be subjective. I mean how do you know that the Kirkland brand is not a rebranded Carrington’s or possibly even a superior brand? Do you really think that a company committed to a superior natural product would pander to an uninformed consumer market that demands ‘extra’ virgin coconut oil, which doesn’t exist, just to increase their market share? Especially after admitting that Costco is their main customer? At least the Kirkland brand gets it right by dropping the somewhat misleading, erroneous ‘extra’. Both brands claim to be organic, unrefined, cold pressed oil. I could find no real technical information about either brand. The only credible technical information I found about the Kirkland brand was an Amazon review ( by an engineer who has written many detailed, credible reviews, and who provides rankings of coconut oil by extraction process, Centrifuge Coconut Oil being the highest, and Cold Pressed being second out of fourth:

        “What’s my expert opinion as a professional chef, and coconut oil lover? COLD PRESSED is the best. … It’s the best overall for ALL USES – cooking, skin care, and raw. … Kirkland is true cold pressed, and is a VERY GOOD cold pressed. The flavor is rich, the texture is perfect. In my view Kirkland has reached a near ‘Utopian’ level with this, and I would stock up! … I’ve had the most expensive, most carefully handled centrifuge coconut oil on the planet, and I still prefer Kirkland’s Cold Pressed. While the Centrifuge was GOOD raw, on the spoon, it was pretty lousy in cooking, especially higher temps.”

        There is also this review ( by another top reviewer who dedicates an entire paragraph to how Canada does not allow the ‘extra’ term on the label and claims that Canada produces the best VCOs, then lists definitions of Grades A-D oils, and says that Kirkland’s is grade C:

        “GRADE C: Unfiltered, Certified organic by the USDA, Kosher, cold-pressed from fresh coconuts. Unknown if first pressed, Not Fair Trade, Not Ecocert, Not raw oil produced in couple hours or less like Grade A. … This is GRADE C VCO. Not Fair Trade but at an excellent VCO at $.31 an ounce.”

        Not that these reviews are in any way conclusive. They don’t quote sources and so can only be taken as seemingly informed opinions. But they are more technical than anything else I’ve read about both these products.

        • Hi there. Sorry if I wasn’t clear enough. I meant that many people would comment on posts something like this: “I am sorry that this is an old post. Do you still recommend this company? / product?” or something along those lines. So I guess the problem can go either way.

          Costco still carries this product. I don’t know how many stores now but the last time I talked to Carrington they were still in about 2/3 of the country so that’s how I know.

          I love a lot of Kirkland products but I personally prefer the Carrington brand to the Kirkland coconut oil. Were you ever able to try it?

          Of course my thoughts on the coconut oil are subjective. I never claimed otherwise. I have tried tons of coconut oils and the taste of Kirklands is like Tropical Traditions. I love TT’s quality but the taste isn’t my favorite for baking and cooking. I contacted Carrington and TT and am sure that this is not a rebranding of either of those company’s products.

          I hope that helps. Thanks.

          • I too would like to know the date posted. You may need to field questions as a result, but it shows you’re still getting views, and you have a chance to give an update at that time. I think you’re serving a very useful purpose with your columns, and I appreciate your honest, specific style- I know when it’s your opinion, what sources you used, and I like your approach even though I don’t always agree or may have other experience that leads me to a different conclusion- for example, I am confident that Young Living is the “industry leader” because of their high quality, uncompromising practices and active research & development in health support. Their business model isn’t my style, but that doesn’t stop me from using and promoting their products. Now that I’ve read your entries on oils I’m interested in checking out NAN. It sounds like they don’t offer as many products, but at least worth a look. Thank you for the information on oils and this post on coconut oil. I’ll be back!

            • Hi there. It’s hard to know what to do but I will talk to my IT folks about it. If I leave the date, readers comment asking me if I still feel the same way. Now I have had 2 comments b/c I don’t have the date. Either way, I guess folks can read the comments to see the dates :).

              I would say that NAN probably has more options, but not necessarily. They have several varieties of many oils which leads some to shop with Rocky Mountain Oils instead. Those who are more “aficionados” appreciate the selection that NAN offers. Hope that helps and thanks for the encouragement!

              • Geoffrey Plauche says:

                There’s an easy little trick readers can use to find out when the post was published and last modified. Using Google Chrome as an example, simply right-click on the page and select “view page source” from the context menu. Then scroll down a little bit until you see the following strings:

                • Geoffrey Plauche says:

                  The strings didn’t show up. Trying again. They are “meta property=”article:published_time” content=”2013-07-02T13:19:48+00:00″” and “meta property=”article:modified_time” content=”2015-08-07T13:47:31+00:00″” and “meta property=”og:updated_time” content=”2015-08-07T13:47:31+00:00″”.

                • That is very helpful – thanks!!

  6. Thank you so much for being brave to speak out against the sensationalist no-research tactics of some natural health blogs. You did a good job of being respectful while pointing out the facts. I feel like the sensationalist blogs give a bad name to the natural health community among more mainstream folks, Personally, I stopped reading The Healthy Home Economist a while back when I saw how she vilified vegetarianism as causing tooth decay when the study she cited said no such thing. By the way, I’m not a vegetarian, I just don’t like sensationalism.

    • I just read that post. I found that to be very odd. The title didn’t match the cited article nor some of the content of the post. I used to be a vegan – mostly b/c of my son’s life threatening allergies to dairy and egg, and my fear of having heart disease. I don’t eat copious amounts of animal protein now but I do try to get some every day. Thanks for commenting. Hope to see you around again. I do like a lot of what Sarah does, but I have a hard time with posts like that. One should correct mistakes like that. Thanks again.

  7. Lisa, San diego says:

    I just received my order of Kirkland coconut oil; and it is wonderful. I have had lots of Nutiva in the past and this is just as good. Quality, texture, melt ability, flavor ALL pass my expectation and the price from Costco was great. I use it every day.

  8. Thank you so much for taking the time to research this. You were very thorough and complete. It amazes me to see the lengths people go to sensationalize and alter the facts.

  9. Monica Robinson says:

    I want to thank you for this article. I was a bit taken aback by the accusations against Carrington Farms coconut oil as I have been purchasing it for over a year now. I appreciate all the work and time that you took to uncover the truth. I am thrilled! I will continue to purchase this quality item from Costco, thanks to you!


  10. Costco only marks up products 5 to 15 % that’s why they cost less, they also have great buying power because they buy in bulk so they get the best price, it has nothing to do with the quality of the product, other stores mark things 50 to 75%….even more if they know it is trendy.

  11. Thank you so much for this article. It’s amazing to find someone ready to research and write the truth and it usually rings through to the reader. I’m so happy to be able to continue to use this great product that I have available at Costco for a great price.

    • I am envious that you can still get it – it’s not in my area anymore :(. Thanks for the kind words!

    • Andrew Barker says:

      I like Carrington Farm’s product and never had an issue. I wish Costco still carried the brand. Instead of worrying about great inexpensive products, maybe Sarah Pope should think about consumers that are screwed by companies which jack up the price, because they think the consumer doesn’t have a choice. Who does Sarah think she is? Does she have any food safety credentials? She’s just a foolish person who enjoys the attention. Giving such people any credibility just encourages this kind of behavior.

  12. Carolyn Binger says:

    I read both blogs regarding this issue, yours and Sarah’s. I subscribe to both of you and very much enjoy both blogs. Everyone is capable of making a mistake. Some days are just harried no matter what your profession…. I must say that you did a very thorough job of uncovering the truth on this article. I am sure Sarah will learn from this “Mistake”. Thank you for having the courage to set the record straight. May everyone learn from this.

    I have and continue to buy the coconut oil from Costco but must admit that I use it for personal skincare. I don’t usually ingest it because I was afraid it may not be top quality. I prefer the taste of Dr. Bronner’s coconut oil. After having read your article, I will taste the Costco oil and see how it compares. Thanks again!

  13. Thank you! I just bought this oil tonight. Trader Joe’s is out of their brand until the end of the month. And Costco did not have their Kirkland brand, which I have used before (purchased from Amazon).

  14. I came across this post while looking for coconut oil info and I have to say I am disappointed that Costco wasn’t given ANY benefit of the doubt. My best friend has worked for them for over ten years and my husband works for a company that provide the west coast Costco’s with product. I can tell you that they are very specific in the level of quality that they expect and demand from their vendors. They do regular walk through at my husbands facility and of all the brand lines that they make Kirkland is right there at the top. Without sounding too much like a commercial for Costco I can say that they make quality a priority for their members. They are also not shy about asking their vendors to change and improve product on their members behalf.

    • I think Costco is amazing regarding their quality. I have had issues w/ some of their clothing and a few of the vendors they have in there (with them not telling the truth) but the food products I love. Thanks and go ahead and advertise for them.

  15. Thank you for your post!

  16. I bought the Kirkland on Amazon. The Carrington Farms I purchased at Costco.

  17. Michaela Ellison says:

    Well researched and well said!
    I’m in the UK buying Costco coconut oil and it is cheaper than elsewhere but also bloomin great quality x

  18. Thank you so much for all of your research! I just bought this coconut oil at a Costco in Canada, and I thought I’d look to see if there was any opinions of it online. I became curious because I noticed it was slightly more opaque when solid than my previous tiny, more expensive jar of coconut oil. So far I have no complaints, and I feel more confident because of all of your due diligence. Thanks for looking out for us consumers!

  19. Danielle A says:

    I just read the article in question and was uncomfortable that there was no reference to labels, websites etc. Glad I continued looking for info. Thank you for the article and the research!

  20. Thank you so much for putting some “sensible light” on the Sarah post. I live in southern UK and Costco’s warehouse in my area was opened just under 18 months ago. I can honestly say that apart from their fresh fruits, every other food I have tried both fresh and frozen puts our supermarket equivalents to absolute shame, when one takes into account the smell, taste and texture. I only came across the offending coconut oil article a few days ago when I was doing some product comparisons. Since then I have had this constantly on my mind and telling others. Wanted to write a post but been to busy to do so until now and so glad to see that you have had time to do the research and produce and open minded post. My stress levels are now back to normal! As a final comment and someone who has years of experience in vitamins, minerals, enzymes and natural foods, there is something in my opinion that people need to get and that is the more purified and natural a foods becomes the less natural and health giving it is. White flour and sugar are perfect examples of this. Also just because an oil can remain stable at higher temperatures for short periods, for example whilst cooking, common sense in my view would tell me that any truly natural product would degrade. Especially when left in the sort of temperatures talked about, after all the Carringtons container does state to “store in a cool dry place”. To many people on this planet do not accept responsibility for their actions and then complain. This causes all sorts problems as a result of the many others who take what they see, read and listen to quite literally without checking the facts. Thank you again for your efforts and a great post. I look forward to my 2 gently fried, free range eggs in coconut oil and wholemeal toast tomorrow morning; all purchased from Costco, yummy!

    • Thanks for the kind words and hello to you across the ocean :). My father is from Ireland – haven’t been to that area of the globe in a long time but maybe sometime. Your breakfast sounds fabulous!

  21. Thank You for all the info. I have just used my first container of Carrington’s Coconut Oil and was very happy with it, I am a new user of any coconut oil. I purchased my Carrington’s at Walmart, it seemed very fresh and had a good taste. I may now buy a bigger container at Costco.

  22. Michael Stoddard says:

    I am a regular user of coconut oil and have been buying it from Costco in Watford England for a little while. I am very surprised that the container does not say whether or not the product is GMO free! My friends who know about such matters say that if a product is labelled GMO free then it probably is GMO free. But if the label does not say GMO free then it almost certainly is not GMO free. Obviously its because discerning purchasers like I am generally don’t eat GMO products, they are just not natural and therefore subject to suspicion.

    I would appreciate a reassurance as to whether or not Costco’s Carrington Farms coconut oil is GMO free. If it is not, then I will purchase another brand which is GMO free, even if it is a lot more expensive.

    • Hi there. I got this response back from the company:

      Regarding the below, when a product is USDA organic and certified by a reputable certifier (we use QAI – I believe it is one of the biggest), the product can not be GMO. All organic products are non gmo. As far as I know there are no gmo coconuts. Anyway, due to the confusion on this issue we have applied for and received Non Gmo Verified status and you will begin seeing this symbol on our organic coconut oil packaging in the near future.

      I hope this helps.

      • Cypress says:

        The information I gained through my own research echoes the company’s: there are no GMO coconuts. Coconut palms aren’t even routinely sprayed with pesticide, because they are naturally disease- and pest-resistant (though note, not disease- and pest- *proof*). While coconut oil may “in fact” be “organic,” this designation has also been used by retailers of other organic products to justify giant markups on these items. In “coconut world,” however, there isn’t a justifiable foundation for these giant markups simply based on its “organic” designation.

  23. I have bought 3 Carrington CO and miss it…The new one Nutiva, is smaller, much more expensive and not as good IMO.

    I love the Carrington brand and never had any problem with it. Like with anything else, you can get a lemon. If I’m not happy with something from Costco, I bring it back, end of story….Why does everything have to be a big deal?

    • I prefer Carrington myself, but I do think Nutiva is pretty nice. You’re completely right about just returning it…..but if I left it in my garage in TX I probably wouldn’t have done that even. Take care!

  24. Stephanie W says:

    Thank you so much for writing this post! It is refreshing to see someone brave enough to call out a poorly researched post, and to actually do the research to get to the truth. I just discovered Carrington Farms on Amazon, and was hesitant to order it, but now feel confident in giving it a try. Thanks so much!

  25. Thanks for the thorough post. I just recently saw the afore mentioned coconut oil at my Costco here in New Mexico and was wondering about it. I will be sure now to pick some up this weekend when I go shopping!

  26. Cypress says:

    Thank you for doing the legwork on this! I’ve been hemming and hawing about whether or not to buy this at Costco… it seems the best thing to do is to just purchase some and experience it firsthand. If it doesn’t seem right, I can always return it to the store for a refund. A side note: Nutiva has changed all their labels to say “virgin” instead of “extra virgin.” Some customers, posting in the comment section on the Nutiva site, went completely (expletive removed by blog owner) about it. As they say, “perception is everything”….

    • Thanks so much for sharing this, I really appreciate it. I hope you enjoy the oil – it’s really my favorite and I can’t get it at my store any more :(.

  27. Elizabeth Nobles says:

    I’ve been buying and using Nutiva coconut oil from Cosco for quite awhile, We use 1 a month. Well about 4 months ago, much to my dismay they have kirkland brand. I love coscos price on coconut oil so I tried the new stuff. The first time I tried it, there was a wierd texture, kinda like vaseline, with the Nutiva I could eat it right out of the bottle, this new stuff had a bad feel that made me gag.. I exchanged the oil and the second batch wasn’t so bad,so I decided to use it, still couldn’t eat it straight though. Today I purchased some more and when I got it home noticed that the bottom of both jars were yellow, which means it is poor quality. Anyway keep an eye on this stuff and I will be buying mine from Amazon from now on.

    • I don’t care for it either. Tastes a little “off” but I have noticed that with another brand of oil that is supposed to be high quality.

  28. Elizabeth Nobles says:

    I must add that at my Cosco, they don’t carry Carrington’s Coconut oil, they have their very own Kirkland brand and I don’t like it one bit.

    • Hi again – I’m guessing you added this since you didn’t see your other comment approved yet Sorry — I monitor all comments. I don’t really care for it either. I have to figure out what I am doing as well. Thanks and take care!

  29. Thank you so much for all your hours you put into research. The Internet can be so confusing when trying to find the authencity of a product. I trust your information. And I can say that because I do my research too, so I have some knowledge….a little at least. Thank you for giving me another resource in which to check my facts against. I had always wondered about the super price for coconut oil at Costco . I have been using coconut oil for years — for absolutely everything—- and yes I go through a lot. Picking up a jar at the grocery store each week for 10.00 was heavy on the grocery bill!!!! I have purchased Carrington’s coconut oil many times. The quality is great and I’ve never had any issues. My only negative would be is that it’s in a plastic container. Maybe they will rectify that in the future or maybe that will make the cost rise. We need to go back to the days where return glass for money!! :)

    • You are so welcome. I will say that I work w/ Miessence company and they did research that apparently resulted in them thinking that plastic was more sustainable than glass. I can’t find the data now and would personally think glass would be better, but I don’t know for sure now. Take care and you are fortunate to have the Carrington in your store!

  30. thank you for the great info and research you’ve done on the Carrington Farms Coconut Oil. I had also bought a large jar at Costco, but unsure about the quality, etc. I’ve been very pleased and no complaints. I use it mixed in my lotions, makeup remover, etc. but also use it in cooking. Even tho I had no complaints, I had no idea if it was the quality I was looking for. I do take precaution to not contaminate the oil by using smaller clean jars and spoons when using for personal care and cooking. I store it in a kitchen cabinet with no problems. You certainly did your homework above and beyond in my opinion. Thank you again,

  31. Great article, Adrienne! Thank you for taking your time to conduct proper research on the topic. My family buys great amount of organic food from Costco, and we are regular user of Carrington Farms Coconut Oil., we never had any issue with it. Accusation about you are not supporting local business is a wrongful and unnecessary accusation. First of all, local product is not available all year long, so we have to rely on the national distributors from time to time. Second, in the 21 century, grass root sustainable living is impossible with our busy life schedule, no matter how much we care about our environment. Buying local is a great movement, however supporting a national brand is not a bad thing either, if such brand conduct business practice responsibly. Third, it all comes down to business ethic of company regardless local business or national brands. Therefore, one’s integrity should not be simply judged base on buy local or not. Adrienne you have no need to answer to those irresponsible accusations. Keep up all the great works.

  32. I am so glad you wrote this about Carrington Farms Coconut Oil. I read Sarah’s blog yesterday and got pretty angry about it. She kept referring to it as “Costco’s coconut oil” which it is not. And I was stunned that she didn’t research it. She jumped on the Mary bandwagon even though very little information was given. AND, since the jar says “store in cool, dry place,” if it did go bad as a result of being kept in a blazing hot garage, whose fault is that?

    Slamming Carrington Farms AND Costco (an excellent company that is known for the CEO’s outlook on how to treat employees) because Costco is able to sell this (and other) products at amazingly reduced prices stunned me as well. OF COURSE this is a result of the massive quantities that Costco buys and sells. IT JUST MAKES SENSE! I buy Bully Sticks for my dog at Costco because they are WAY cheaper than the best sale prices I can find online.

    I have no idea how long Costco sold their Coconut Oil. I never looked for it and just discovered it last year. I was SO excited! I knew the brand and knew their quality. And when I first tasted it I was IN LOVE! It was, by far, the best tasting coconut oil I ever had. (And it gets really good reviews online…..another chance Sarah missed for possible research.) Thankfully after reading that blog I read many of the comments her followers posted and most of them were NOT happy with that blog. They were surprised that it was written the way it was. That really told me that she completely missed the mark. People said that they had been following her, and liking her posts, for a long time and felt she had gone over the top on this one.

    Unfortunately, the last time I was at Costco (2-3 weeks ago) to buy coconut oil (I use it for EVERYTHING…even .give 4-6 Tablespoons a day to my dog….and I buy 2 jars at a time because I go through one in approximately 3 weeks!) I was extremely disappointed to find that they no longer had Carrington Farms. They now had KIRKLAND Coconut Oil in 40-some ounce jars sold in two-packs. The Carrington Farms Coconut Oil sold so well that they decided to have their own made. Also unfortunately. I do not like it anywhere near as well as I like Carrington Farms. It has a bit of a funny (smokey?) taste. So I am now looking to buy 54-ounce jars of Carrington Farms online.

    • HI – thanks so much for taking the time to write. I LOVE Carrington too and am so sad my Costco doesn’t carry it anymore. I would suggest putting it in the suggestion box. I had been doing it but need to do it again. I don’t really care for the Kirkland Brand near as much either. Hope to see you around again!

  33. I also brought a jar of Carrington coconut oil from Costco Canada. It smell and tasted like coconuts and white in color. it real coconut oil. I had no issue with Carrington coconut oil. Only isssued is they use plastic containers, and if you put plastic containers in the heat for long period of time it will change the chemicals in the coconut oil or any oils for that matter.

  34. Joshua Kingdon says:


    Thanks so much for taking the time to put together this thorough blog about this topic. Right now I’m researching various options about which coconut oil to use for my sweetpotato slice product that I’m developing and this was very helpful. The Kirkland brand organic coconut oil at Costco is cheaper than other organics even when purchased in bulk 5 gallon size (currently I buy two 42 oz containers for 24.99 at Costco…$0.29/oz.) So I was skeptical about the quality but I’ve never had any problem with it before and your blog is reassuring towards that end. Keep up the great blogging! Thanks again!

  35. Sorry I’m a little late to this party! I personally love coconut oil and have been a fan for over a year. When I saw the Carrington Farms brand at Costco, I admit I was a little leery because it was so inexpensive (which is NOT the same as being cheap!). I decided to try it. I had just had a bad experience with jars from the local grocery store having a very unpleasant smell, so I was prepared for the worst. To my delight and surprise, it had a very pleasant odor (it smells of fresh coconut, as it should, not something processed or burned), and it was very consistent in texture. It was very smooth on the tongue and absent of any graininess, which can occur.
    Once that jar was gone, I went back and stocked up. The next two jars were bad or off, in my opinion. The smell was different, as were the taste and texture. Did I feel that the product was inferior?? No. I feel like it was a bad batch. It happens. Maybe the coconuts used had an issue. Maybe a contaminant was somehow introduced. Who knows? The solution? I simply returned the jars and got different ones. The new jars were fine, lending credence to my hypothesis of a bad batch. Short story long – the product rocks!!!

  36. Thank you for this thorough piece! And I live in Issaquah, WA so Costco is local. And as much as I get the whole sustainable, buy local movement, I am thrilled at the success of my home-town companies. They were all small businesses once. Were they supposed to stop growing when they had opportunities to expand? I know, a whole ‘nother topic for another day!

  37. Thanks for doing your research on this! I get so frustrated when posts circulate that don’t give the full picture. Too many people are wording their opinions as fact online. As a fellow blogger, I know how much time you must have put into this. Thank you again. I do want to add that I was looking for the date as well to see how current this information is. Anytime I am reading about a product, I like to know I have the most current information.

    • Hi there. It was published in 7/13. I am on the fence about dates on posts. I had a bunch of folks seeing older dates on some posts and then asking me if the info was still valid. Now this comment (your type) happens occasionally. I guess the comment dates would show when the post was published? I guess either way it’s an issue of some sort. Thanks for sharing and for your kind words!

  38. Good lord this is lengthy! However your desire to voice all aspects is appreciated. The REASON your article came up on my pinterest page was . . Coconut Oil/Costco. We have been purchasing Coconut Oil at Costco for well over a year, We began with Nutiva but we are currently using the twin pack via Kirkland ALSO a Costco Product. It pays to know WHAT you are purchasing and the differences between Refined/Unrefined, Organic Virgin vs. GMO, Cold pressed vs. Expeller pressed. The real beef isn’t even WITH Costco. Our Costco sells more than one brand of Coconut Oil, (which are all good in their own category) There is no ‘Grade A’. There is YOUR preference and yes, that requires research and homework of an informed consumer. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all took a little more responsibility for our own choices or at the very least directed our frustrations towards the actual party in a position to resolve things for us? Thanks for the heads up. I’m sure this will all take hold like wildfire . . things certainly seem to.

    • Thanks for reading the lengthy stuff :) and for commenting. Take care and hope to see you around again. I so wish Carrington were back in our Costco :).

  39. I purchased Carrington Farms Coconut Oil from Costco months ago and I have been very satisfied with it. I liked the price, the quality, and the quantity. I use it for cooking, too deep condition my hair, and on my skin. As a matter of fact I am disappointed that I haven’t seen Carrington Farms Coconut Oil at the Costco in Baton Rouge, Louisiana since I purchased mine about 8 months ago and I’m really hoping that it is brought back to this store.

  40. Justine A. says:

    Well I never leave comments but I just had to say this is not the first time The Healthy Home Economist has published some poorly researched (or not at all researched) article. I am so impressed that you countered Sarah’s crazy assumptions with a well-researched post. It is pretty sad that there are so many people who view her as an authority on health and yet she sometimes publishes misleading information.

    The very last article I ever read of hers discouraged people from drinking green smoothies AND she used her own blog posts as the sources for that article. This had a lot of people up in arms, including myself, and it was then that I stopped trusting the site and will never return to it. I think I shall frequent this blog more from now on! Keep up the great work.

    • Well, I too am saddened by that Costco post – and others elsewhere without good research. I for sure make mistakes – an can’t be right about everything, but I am trying to write only things that I see as valid. Thanks for the kind words and look forward to seeing you around again.

  41. Benjamin says:

    I got a bad batch of Carrington Farms coconut oil. It smells and tastes absolutely revolting. Like an old campfire that’s been doused with water. I simply cannot cook or oil pull with it, and Carrington Farms refuses to stand behind their product and allow me to return it. What does that tell you about this company? Up until this point I have always been satisfied with their products. I wish you could try it! Yuck! I am very disappointed and will never purchase from them again. Also, just because you’ve never received a foul product from this company doesn’t make them reputable. That’s just like, your opinion, man.

    • Hi Benjamin,

      I am sorry to hear that you had this problem. I have continued to talk to the company and they have told me that they occasionally have complaints about products but they always replace them.

      They stated that “We can not refund money if they do not buy it directly from us but most retailers will give them back their money and even with them returning the product we still replace it.” I did ask them if they had heard from you and they do not have your email address in their email database so they aren’t sure what the situation is. They recommend that you contact customerservice {at} carringtonfarms {dot} com and they will gladly replace it. They did state that they will need the lot number and exp date so we can make sure this isn’t a systemic issue and just one ‘off’ jar.

      Hope that helps. Let me know if I can do anything more.

  42. Thanks for the info. I used the Carrington brand for many tears and the quality was great. What do you know about the Kirkland brand that Costco is now carrying?

    • I don’t know anything. When I called they didn’t have details yet – I should try again. I do know that I don’t care for the flavor as much – do you?

      • I’ve not used it. I no longer live in the US and was wondering – a friend will be sending me a few jars.
        Thanks for the quick response.

  43. I purchased Carrington coconut oil from Costco and its a great product. The recent heatwave melted it but it solidified again and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. I use it for my eczema and it’s superb.

  44. I bought the Carrington Brand coconut oil from Costco when I ran out of a different popular brand I was using.. I put it in my tea in the mornings, eat about a teaspoon, and use a small amount for oil pulling. I must say it worked wonderfully, I found it to be excellent for my use and the price was very affordable. I would certainly purchase it again but the Costco I shop at stopped carrying. If they bring it back, I would be happy to purchase it..

  45. Wow. Well-researched and incredibly thoughtful article. Good on you for being a wonderful skeptic and asking the right questions, then actually finding the answers. Thanks.

  46. Hannah Johns says:

    I so appreciate your research! You’re a person after my own heart! Give me a hint of something that doesn’t
    smell right and I am on it like a hound!

  47. I have always used Tropical Traditions but because of your post, I will check the Carrington Farms oil out.
    Thanks for the excellent and detailed post!

    • You are so welcome. I think you will love it! They have a nice spray coconut oil as well. Thanks for the kind words! Hope to see you around again.

  48. Aug 5/15 – need coconut oil as now near the end of jar of coconut oil from Costco/ am so glad to have read Adrienne’s article/ if time will go to Costco, if not will go to health food store & get Nutiva brand/
    it is so important to do due diligence/ but more importantly one should act ethically & morally & present
    unbiased true facts & not because of being paid by the company to promote/ thank you Adrienne/ will go into your site for more info when needed/

  49. Thanks for sharing that. I love Costco and I use the Carrington Coconut Oil. I appreciate the clarification.

  50. Penelope Creighton says:

    What bothers me about CostCo is that they stopped selling Nutiva, so that they instead can promote their own Kirkland label. I believe the Nutiva coconut oil is a superior product. Also, the last time I checked, CostCo was unwilling to make a commitment not to sell genetically engineered (GE) salmon, even though they have received petitions from several thousands of customers asking them not to sell the GE salmon if the FDA approves of its use. I end up with the impression that CostCo is far more concerned with profits than they are with the health concerns of their customers.

    • Have you contacted them about these issues? I think I did about the salmon. I tried to get info on the Kirkland coconut oil but didn’t get it so I need to work on that again, but I do prefer the Carrington and Nutiva brands. Thanks!

      • Penelope Creighton says:

        Yes, I have contacted Costco over these issues. All they basically
        tell you is that they will note your concerns. BTW, I once bought a
        half gallon of Kirkland extra virgin olive oil. It was inedible! I
        actually drink olive oil everyday, and have tried several top brands.
        The Kirkland brand would not set up after several days in the fridge,
        and it tasted absolutely horrible. In my opinion it was certainly not
        olive oil! It was what I’d expect kerosene to taste like. I dumped the
        whole bottle down the drain. Believe me, it was horrid at best.


        • Glad you did that. I don’t know what to say about the olive oil. I have used it for years and love it and I have seen articles stating that it is, for sure, pure. I assume you talked to them about that, as well. I so wish they would carry the Coleman hot dogs again!

          • Penelope Creighton says:

            It seems to me that many of us find a product we really like at Costco that was created by another company. It becomes popular, such as the Nutiva coconut oil. Then Costco stops stocking it, instead replacing it with a similar product under their own label, such as Kirkland. The problem is for me is that Costco seems far too secretive concerning where and how the Costco product was made, its processing, etc. I can’t help but feel at times that the company behind the scenes being contracted to produce the Costco brand may very well have been the lowest bidder. I fear that quality is being sacrificed for profits. I desire to know exactly how and where my food products are being made.

            • Hi there. I think that Costco does care about quality but the best way to find out what they are selling is to call them. I had called them about the coconut oil earlier but they didn’t have the information at the time. Did you try and not get anywhere? Thanks.

              • Penelope Creighton says:

                Yes, I have and do ask them concerning who is actually creating their products. I never get anywhere. For me, they have been truly secretive about their sources. So why should I trust them with anything I plan to put into my body? They need to be far more open in my opinion.

  51. Peggy smith says:

    Good information.. like Costco will look forward to more of your research. thank you

  52. I would just like to point out that unless Sarah actually meant that the price of the coconut oil in question did a dance then the correct and proper term is “jibe”.

  53. Hi. I have been buying my coconut oil from Costco for years & love it. I live in Canada. 2 years ago my doc said my cholesterol was up a little & next physical we would discuss it. I began then to eat 3 tablespoons of Costco coconut oil every day & the next years blood test were normal. That was the only change I made.

  54. I love this post. Thank you for debunking the debunker!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this coconut oil and Costco!

  55. I purchased Kirkland’s Organic Coconut Oil from Costco a couple weeks ago. Whipped up a batch of flourless, eggless cookies this evening only to be disappointed by a sour taste in the batter that I traced back to the coc oil. Both plastic jars of oil have a sour, almost rancid smell and taste. The expiration date isn’t until 2017. I’ve used several brands of coc oils (all organic and unrefined) over the years. This was the first time I tried Costco’s brand. I don’t know if it’s rancid or what, but I definitely won’t be buying in the future.

    • I think their coconut oil now tastes like that. I have had others that do as well. I wish they would bring back Carrington. Please ask them to. Thanks and so sorry that happened to you!

  56. Nutiva doesn’t market it as Extra Virgin anymore. I have a really old container of it that does in fact say extra virgin, but now it does not. I have to say though that I really do stand by Nutiva to be a very safe and good brand, and that I have never seen the Carrington Farm brand at Costco, Maybe a long time ago but I buy my Nutiva oil there, but its no longer sold at costco, Costco now has its own Kirkland brand coconut oil, I would like to hear some opinions on that.

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