Let me preface this review with this statement: We didn't purchase this for cooking. We purchased this solely for cosmetic reasons. With that being said ... my review is mostly about the cosmetic side of things.
First off, I expected it to smell better. I quickly learned that products that have coconut oil as an ingredient are enhanced with extra fragrance for sale appeal. Don't expect the wonderful fragrance of a pina colada or your favorite spa oils because this isn't that.
This is raw organic coconut oil in its pure form (after extraction and preservation). This is the oil part, not the water (usually referred to as milk which for the life of me I don't know why people call it milk when it doesn't look, taste or feel like milk. But I digress).
We use this as a skin moisturizer, hair moisturizer, and conditioner. We use this in combination with other natural conditioning oils for our skin, nails, and hair or in conjunction with store-bought beauty products. Either way, it's a win-win. It seems greasy at first but once you get it massaged into your hair or skin you are left softness and manageability that promotes healthy growth and conditioning.
Does it taste? Yes, I did give it a whirl. It's not bad. It's oil ... so it tastes like oil but with a coconut flavoring. It's not overpowering. It's a mild-tasting oil. We will purchase another jar for cooking to test that out. I'll let you know how that works out.
A special note to those who have sensitive skin or any dermatitis condition. This oil soothes mine. When mine flares up and becomes an itchy, burning, inflamed hot mess, this helps to calm it. When I am inflamed I use this alone without adding any other oils to it unless it's pure Vitamin E. I use this as a pre-treatment to get it my skin to calm down before moisturizing with my usual concoction. I am very happy with this because it doesn't clog my pores and it doesn't irritate my extra-sensitive skin and it soothes it when I need it.
Will we purchase it again? At this point, yes. We will.