Review of Fresh Shores Coconut Oil
Here you’ll find my personal review of Fresh Shores coconut oil with additional information on how it’s made, what makes it different from other oils and the cost to buy it.
This virgin coconut oil is distributed by Dr. Joseph Mercola of Mercola.com, a popular natural health website. Dr. Mercola also offers a variety of other Mercola Health Products including juicers, health teas, whole food vitamins, free-range meats and a lot more.
The Mercola.com site claims all of their Fresh Shores Coconut Oil is made from 100% certified organic cold-pressed coconut.They claim the coconuts are opened less than 48 hours after they’re harvested and then processed following traditional methods used by Pacific Islanders.
They also claim that all coconuts are grown organically and there are no harmful fertilizers, additives or chemicals used to grow or make the oils.
Why You Should Choose Only Virgin Coconut Oils
I’ve been using coconut oil for a number of years and I’m a strong believer in using only virgin coconut oils.
The fact is, virgin coconut oils are made a special way and Fresh Shores coconut oil appears to adhere to the traditional methods for making virgin oils.
Here’s how they claim to make this oil so you get all the healthy fats and nutrients just as nature intended:
- The fresh coconuts are cold-pressed to make a coconut emulsion and then chilled to pull out the oils.
- After this step, the coconut milk is sent through a centrifuge where the coconut oil is separated. The result is a very pure and natural, organic, unrefined virgin coconut oil.
The above processing methods is primarily how virgin coconut oils are made. If you’re looking for a very clean, organic oil, I think Fresh Shores is a good one to use. I believe it’s similar to other organic coconut oils such as Nutiva Virgin Coconut Oil, Garden of Life Virgin Coconut Oil, and Spectrum Coconut Oil.
More reasons why I like this healthy tropical oil:
- It’s certified organic by USDA standards
- Doesn’t contain any chemicals (some lower quality brands use hexane to extract the oil)
- No bleaching
- Not a refined oil
- No deodorization
- Isn’t hydrogenated
- Made from traditional coconut trees only. No hybrid or genetically modified crops are used to make this oil.
- Uses fresh coconuts, not dried ‘copra’ that’s commonly used in lower quality oils.
- No heat is used during processing to reduce the risk of heat damage to the healthy fatty acids found in the oil.
You can get Fresh Shores Coconut Oil in a variety of sizes. It comes in a 16 ounce (pint), 32 ounce (quart) and a large 128 ounce (1 gallon) pail.
If you use 1 tablespoon servings, the pint size will provide 32 servings, the quart size will give you 64 servings, and the gallon pail will yield a whopping 256 servings! That’s a lot of coconut oil and it should last you a long time.
How Much is Fresh Shores Coconut Oil Cost per Serving?
I created this chart to help you determine the cost per size and serving. The prices shown are the latest prices I got from the Mercola.com website and subject to change:
|Size||Cost||Number of Servings||Cost per Serving|
|Pint (16 oz)||$17.45|
|Quart (32 oz)||$24.45|
|Gallon (128 oz)||$64.45|
Looking at the above figures, you can see that is makes more economical sense to get the Gallon (128 oz) size because you’ll save almost double the cost per serving compared to the smaller pint size jar.
However, you’ll have to make an initial larger payment for the larger size in order to reap the cost benefits per serving.
Fresh Shores Coconut Oil should be a very stable coconut oil; as are all virgin oils.
In my experience, I’ve found the average shelf life for a virgin oil is about 2 years and I never had to refrigerate it. I usually store my coconut oil is a cool area (like in my cupboard) and away from direct sunlight.
I think Fresh Shores Pure Virgin Coconut Oil is an excellent brand of virgin coconut oil. I think it’s comparable to many other high quality organic virgin coconut oils in both taste, quality and cost.