My organic, virgin coconut oil has a very light scent of coconut oil - but it's the natural, inherent scent, nothing added. I smell it slightly when I put it on my lips, but after that, I don't keep smelling it. I am sure that no one around me would be able to smell it.
Coconut oil seems to be almost a miracle-substance, in that it is healthy, inexpensive, easily attainable, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial. At least, that is what I've read about it.
Because it is supposed to be helpful for hypothyroidism and for internal-digestive system candida/yeast infections, I also eat some coconut oil on most days. I guess the serving size is a tablespoon, but I decided to start slowly and I've been having about 1-1.5 teaspoons for the last couple of months. I just eat it out of the container in a small hunk, because that's not a problem for me, but other people use it to cook with, such as in stir-frys, vegetable sautes, that kind of thing.
You are cautioned not to eat coconut oil near the time you have taken supplements or medicines, because the oil can affect your digestion. I'd give it at least 2 hours on either side of taking your supplements/medications.
Note: Coconut oil is solid below 77 degrees and liquid above that. So it is usually solid when you spoon it out, but it liquefies on contact with the skin or a cooking pan.
FYI, here is some info I pulled from an internet site.
I have no idea if it's accurate, but I've seen this kind of information about coconut oil on many sites:
"The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength.
These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.
The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia. As a result of these various health benefits of coconut oil, though its exact mechanism of action was unknown, it has been extensively used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicinal system.
Coconut oil is often preferred by athletes and body builders and by those who are dieting. The reason behind this being that coconut oil contains lesser calories than other oils, its fat content is easily converted into energy and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries. Coconut oil helps in boosting energy and endurance, and enhances the performance of athletes
Composition: Coconut oil consists of more than ninety percent of saturated fats (Don’t panic! First read to the last word. Your opinion may change), with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Let us have a bit detailed study of this.
•The Saturated Fatty Acids: Most of them are Medium Chain Triglycerides, which are supposed to assimilate well. Lauric Acid is the chief contributor, with more than forty percent of the share, followed by Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid and Palmitic.
•The Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Linoleic Acid.
•The Monounsaturated Fatty Acids: Oleic Acid.
•The Poly-phenols: Gallic Acid, which is phenolic acid. These poly-phenols are supposed to be responsible for the fragrance and the taste of Coconut Oil and Virgin Coconut Oil is rich in these poly-phenols.
•Certain derivatives of fatty acid like Betaines, Ethanolamide, Ethoxylates, Fatty Esters, Fatty Poly sorbates
, Monoglycerides and Polyol Esters.
•Fatty Chlorides, Fatty Alcohol Sulphate and Fatty Alcohol Ether Sulphate, all of which are derivatives of Fatty Alcohols.
•Vitamins (predominantly Vitamin-E) and minerals.
•A bit of moisture."