Today, coconut oil is used in almost every aspect of daily life. Its increased demand is understandable, taking into consideration the numerous wonderful benefits it provides for health and wellbeing. Clearly, the increased demand for coconut oil has resulted in the expansion of products available on the global market.
Nowadays, coconut oil is used by companies in the food industry, cosmetics and beauty industry, health and weight-loss industry, pharmaceuticals industry, and for personal use. Therefore, the excessive demand for coconut oil has resulted in the development of different types of derivation processes and product quality.
Refined or unrefined, organic or non-organic, virgin or extra virgin, cold-pressed or centrifuge, all this information about the product can be found on the labels of coconut oil products. The different labeling demonstrates that not all of these products are the same, and therefore, not of the same quality.
Becoming familiar with these terms is of utmost importance when decoding product labels and making an informed decision when purchasing. To avoid buying a product that is labeled “healthy” and “beneficial”, but is in fact harmful, you need to be aware of its origin and its process of production.
What is Cold Pressed Coconut Oil?
As the name suggests, cold-pressed coconut oil is derived without the use of heat. The raw coconut “meat” is pressed to extract the oil, put between rotating circular presses at a temperature of around 120ºF.
This method is one that extracts the least amount of coconut oil compared to other extraction methods, however, it results in the highest quality and an extremely pure product. Accordingly, coconut oil derived by using cold pressing methods is the most expensive. Cold-pressed coconut oil is considered raw, retaining all nutrients and beneficial compounds from the coconut.
While it’s quite time-consuming and labor-intensive (and as a result, slightly more expensive), it is one of the best ways to retain coconut oil’s nutritive benefits. The oil is pure, unrefined, and not deodorized, which is why the oil still has a pleasant coconut scent and taste.
Other commonly used derivation processes are centrifuge extraction or expeller-pressed extraction. Both these processes are more mechanically intensive and use higher temperatures. Because of the increased heat, the oil loses some of the essential nutrients during extraction. The less heat that is applied during the extraction process, the less harsh the processing method is on the oil.
Refined vs Unrefined Coconut Oil?
When it comes to cold-pressed coconut oil, refining is not required since the oil in its pure form has kept the natural coconut aroma and taste, the color, and all the other beneficial properties. Raw means that unrefined coconut oil is processed as little as possible and contains no additives. It is coconut oil in its most natural state and it does not require any refining.
The process of refining a product, in this case coconut oil, is intended for low-quality oil that requires refining in order to be a commercially acceptable product. Low-quality coconut oil is derived from dried coconut meat and by using high heat. In order to make this kind of coconut oil appear clear, white, and odorless, manufacturers use strong chemicals to bleach and clean the oil. This process removes the natural flavor, aroma, and beneficial properties resulting in a potentially toxic and harmful product.
Unrefined coconut oil is also known as extra virgin coconut oil and is a higher quality alternative.
Why Choose Organic Coconut Oil?
The term organic is used to describe the cultivation process of the coconuts used in the production of the oil. Generally, not all coconut palms are cultivated equally. Taking into consideration the great demand for the product, coconut farms grow an immense number of coconut palms and use many modern chemicals and pesticides to improve the quantity and quality of coconuts.
The use of different types of fertilizer and pesticides during the farming process or other post-harvest applications can result in the presence of harmful substances in the final product. Therefore, it is always best to choose a product that is labeled as organic.
Organic coconut oil is grown without the use of pesticides and is not genetically modified. Accordingly, the oil that is extracted from these coconuts is safe and assures high quality and pureness.
Using Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil in Your Beauty Routine
Coconut oil is one of the most sensible purchases you can make as a beauty care product. If you strive to give your body all the amazing benefits that pure coconut oil can deliver, you should choose cold-pressed, extra-virgin, organic coconut oil. That way, you’ll know you’re getting all the amazing qualities that make coconut oil such an all-around outstanding beauty product.
This type of oil is the only one you can purchase that retains all its natural properties without any additional harmful substances that can decrease or reduce the cosmetic benefits of the raw coconut oil. Let’s take a look at all the benefits of cold-pressed coconut oil.
Healthy and Clear Skin
The nutrients in cold-pressed coconut oil include medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also known as triglycerides. These fatty acids are composed of three types of immunity-boosting and disease-fighting acids – lauric, caprylic, and capric – in abundance. Each of these three acids has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that help protect your skin from harmful elements from the environment, thus keeping your skin healthy and lowering the appearance of acne.
Nurtured and Revitalized Skin
One of the significant benefits of MFCAs is their ability to revitalize dry or problematic skin. The quick absorption rate of coconut oil allows it to infuse cells with moisture and nutritive goodness. You can apply raw coconut oil to your skin to moisturize it and soothe dry spots and use it as a substitute for many cosmetic products to preserve a healthy glow.
Coconut oil has the natural ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines while also slowing down the skin’s aging process. These powerful moisturizing properties make the skin appear more supple while also supporting rejuvenation and regeneration. With aging, the skin suffers from a decreased ability to regenerate itself and loses its elasticity. Coconut oil has been shown to stimulate collagen production resulting in more youthful-looking skin. It is also rich in vitamin E, which will further contribute to your skin’s ability to heal itself and diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
It’s important to remember that all these benefits can only be provided by pure cold-pressed coconut oil. Otherwise, the presence of harmful chemicals will reduce the positive effects of coconut oil and may possibly harm the skin and overall health.
Cold-pressed coconut oil has a longer shelf life than any other type of coconut oil. It can be safely stored on your shelf in a container, away from sunlight or direct heat, for about two years without going rancid. However, you might end up using this oil for your beauty and self-care needs so regularly, you’ll go through it and finish your supply well before the expiration date.
Is the Quality of the Product Enough Reason to Buy It?
As mentioned in the beginning of the article, increased demand for coconut oil has increased its production. To be able to satisfy the needs of the consumerist world, large companies and corporations use questionable methods in the production process, from harvesting to delivering the final product.
The small communities forced to do labor-intensive work in exchange for an extremely low salary leaves entire communities hopeless and in extreme poverty, while major corporations are making millions. This is why choosing a fair trade product produced with ethical practices and using sustainable sources is very important.
By purchasing Kapuluan raw coconut oil, you help us contribute to the wellness of the coconut cultivating communities in the Philippines. We plant a coconut palm tree for each purchased product and strive to contribute to the long-term success and wellness of the Philippine coconut cultivating communities. By planting new coconut palms, we help coconut farmers rebound from the destruction of typhoons and increase the Philippines’ high potential to mitigate global warming.
Considering purchasing products from companies that use sustainable sources and incorporate ethical production of coconut oil. This, as well as purchasing high-quality cold-pressed coconut oil for your personal health, is important for the planet’s and communities’ recovery. Therefore, always seek more information on the product and its entire process of production before deciding to buy it.