“Virgin” or “Non-Virgin” – Does it make a difference for your coconut oil?

As big fans of coconut oil, we all love how versatile & nourishing it is, not only in cooking but as a wonderful replacement to many beauty & haircare treatments.

But do you know if your coconut oil is virgin or not? And does it make any difference?

The answer is YES, it does.  Below we compare Virgin & Non-Virgin Coconut Oil properties:

 Virgin Coconut OilNon-Virgin Coconut Oil
Scent & FlavourStrong Coconut Scent yet subtle flavourNo Scent & neutral flavour 
Highest Heating Point176°C205°C
What is it made of?Fresh Coconut fleshDried Coconut flesh
Food & SafetyUnrefined (to not damage the coconut oil)Steam refined with no chemicals used

Given the contrasts listed above, Virgin Coconut Oil is more natural and just as nature intended.  With an irresistible aroma and yet a delicate coconut taste, Virgin Coconut Oil is packed full of healthy fatty acids, essential vitamins, and powerful antioxidants. Our Coconut oil is scooped out of the shell by hand with care, which does not involve any exposure to heat, and then cold-pressed to leave the oil with all its natural benefits whilst having a strong and refreshing coconut flavour.

How do I confirm that my Virgin Coconut Oil is of its best quality?

If you are looking to buy the best type of Coconut Oil, there are a few phrases you need to look out for on the packaging:

  1. ORGANIC – Make sure the coconut oil is certified organic. By being organic it means that it has been farmed using organic methods in a sensitive way to the environment and that no chemicals have been used in the growing and maintaining of the Coconut trees, which makes it healthier to you.
  2. NON-GMO – Make sure its non-GMO.  The last thing you want is for a natural product to be artificially genetically modified, when nature is at its best when its left alone!
  3. COLD PRESSED – Make sure your coconut oil is cold-pressed so it retains its purity and tastes significantly richer & better in flavour than heated varieties, plus heated varieties can damage the nature of the coconut oil.
  4. RAW – wherever possible, buy Raw Coconut Oil. The term Raw means it hasn’t been over-heated in the processing of a natural product, which means it retains more of its natural goodness.  By over-heating Coconut Oil, you damage the nutrients & properties of the oil.

So, just remember these 4 indicators to make sure you’re buying the best coconut oil for your needs.

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