Is there any difference between virgin and extra virgin coconut oil? Find out the answers before you buy your next jar of coconut oil.
In the previous article, I discussed the subtle differences between virgin olive oil and extra virgin olive oil.
Coconut oil is another popular oil for hair, health, and beauty. However, virgin and extra virgin coconut oil are marketed as different grades of oils.
This implies extra virgin is of a higher quality and costs more than the virgin variety.
There is also the organic coconut oil variety, which costs more than the virgin and extra virgin variety but is there a difference between all these grades of coconut oil.
In order to determine this, let’s take a look at the process involved in producing coconut oil.
How is Coconut Oil Made?
1. Refined Coconut Oil (RBD Oil)
Ordinary/basic/refined coconut oil comes from coconut meat aka copra.
The coconut meat is dried out on a rack. The dried meat is then pressed, bleached, and filtered to sanitize the oils.
2. Virgin/Unrefined Coconut Oil
Virgin/unrefined coconut oil is pressed from soft immature coconut meat without the use of any chemicals.
The coconut flesh is cut into pieces and then ground into a paste. Coconut oil is then mechanically expressed from the paste.
The video below shows a similar process for producing coconut oil in Thailand:-
3. Wet Milled Coconut Oil
Another process used to express coconut oil is known as wet milling. The coconut meat is boiled, fermented, or separated from the milk through centrifugation.
As this is done quickly, bleaching or filtration isn’t required. The video below shows wet milling using the boiling process in Kerala:-
Full coconut flavor and taste are retained during the methods used for refined coconut oil and wet milling coconut oil.
Virgin Coconut Oil Vs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The “extra virgin” label appears to be a way for manufacturers to make more money. Virgin and extra virgin coconut oil are the same.
What About Organic Coconut Oil?
It’s the same thing as virgin/unrefined coconut oil and is just another fancy way to label a product. Don’t get hung up on the exact phrase as long as it’s unrefined or virgin coconut oil.
What is Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Good For?
Extra virgin coconut oil is great for oil massages on hair, pre-poo treatments, oil pulling, oil cleansing method, and a host of hair and beauty treatments.
Read related articles on the best coconut oil uses, DIY coconut oil recipes, and best coconut oil brands below:-
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There is also a great freebie that you may like – Best DIY Massage Oils for the Body. Check it out HERE.
Where to Buy Coconut Oil?
Virgin coconut oil is readily available at your local health store. You can also order it online on Amazon or iHerb. I have made some recommendations below:-
You can view more best coconut oil recommendations at 7 Best Coconut Oil Brands for Curly Hair.
Overall, unrefined coconut oil is best for hair and can usually be identified by checking the labeling on products and doing some research before purchasing.
Unrefined coconut oil is also usually snow-white in color. The next article will address a recent claim that coconut oil is dangerous.
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