3 Types of Coconut Oil Making Classification 丨Factory-Supplied Equipment

Among the numerous popular vegetable oils, coconut oil is also a part of them. Lots of people have heard about the amazing effects of coconut oil, the widely circulated effects are: beauty, hair care, weight loss, etc. Therefore, an increasing number of people are trying to invest in coconut oil production business. Especially in the Southeast Asian market, investing in a coconut oil production plant of your own is a profitable business. The Philippines is the largest coconut producer and coconut oil exporter in the world, followed by Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, etc. >>>Related Article: 20TPD Coconut Oil Processing Machine in Philippines>>>

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If you also like to invest in the production of coconut oil but don't know the classification of coconut oil and which one is better for you? In the following article, let's take a look at the classification and role of coconut oil, and in addition, point out some ways on how to choose a machine for making coconut oil.

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3 Types of Coconut Oil Producing Classification 

According to the different preparation processes and raw materials, coconut oil is broadly divided into coconut crude oil, refined coconut oil, virgin coconut oil and fractionated coconut oil.

  • Virgin coconut oil

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It refers to the use of mechanical pressing method, after low temperature cold pressing (without chemical refining, decolorization or deodorization), extracted from mature fresh coconut meat, not dried coconut. The oil can be directly consumed and has the advantages of good taste, pure coconut flavor, no off-flavor, and rich nutrition for food cooking and baking.

In simple terms, the oil obtained is called "virgin" coconut oil, or "extra virgin" coconut oil, because the flesh is untreated and unprocessed. (Read More: The difference between cold pressed and hot pressed coconut oil)

Virgin coconut oil is rich in medium-chain saturated fatty acids, mostly in the form of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) (about 60%), mainly caprylic, capric and lauric acids, of which lauric acid content in virgin coconut oil is as high as 45-52%, also known as lauric acid oil. And lauric acid in nature only in breast milk and a few foods exist, can enhance the immune system, the human body has a hundred benefits but no harm. The source of lauric acid, which must be added to infant formula, is usually coconut oil.

  • Refined Coconut Oil

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It refers to coconut oil made from coconut crude oil through refining process such as degumming, deacidification, decolorization and deodorization. Refined coconut oil improves the defects of coconut crude oil such as acidity, taste and odor, but its rich nutrients, such as phenolic compounds, antioxidant substances, vitamins, etc. are also lost in large quantities. Refined coconut oil, which is colorless and odorless, is mostly used in the cosmetics and food industries.

Refined coconut oil is classified into different grades depending on the degree of processing.

  • The best refined coconut oil, which is colorless and odorless.
  • The second best refined coconut oil is slightly yellow in color and has a slight odor.
  • The lowest coconut oil, the oil color is dark yellow, the taste is very heavy, but not the kind of virgin coconut oil fresh coconut flavor, and even some chemical solvent smell.

The lowest grade refined coconut oil is often used as a skin care ingredient in soaps and cosmetics, and is sometimes sold as vegetable oil. This oil is not harmful to the body and is edible, but tastes worse than other grades of coconut oil. In life, refined coconut oil is more suitable for making fried chicken and French fries because it can withstand higher cooking temperatures.

  • Fractionated Coconut Oil

There is another kind of fractionated coconut oil in the market, mostly refined from virgin coconut oil, with the main ingredients being caprylic and capric triglycerides. In fractionated coconut oil, most of the long-chain fatty acids and medium-chain fatty acids that are easy to produce oil consumption taste are removed by fractionation, such as myristic acid and lauric acid, and only some of the medium-chain and short-chain fatty acids are retained.

  • Fractionated coconut oil does not solidify below 24°C, and can remain liquid even when refrigerated, making it easy to use.
  • The greatest benefit of fractionated coconut oil is that it is very resistant to storage. Because of its stable nature, it does not spoil easily and does not require special storage or handling processes, and can be kept in a cool, dry place.
  • A common use for fractionated coconut oil is as a carrier oil for essential oils and massage oils. It can be completely integrated with other essential oils, has small molecules, no impurities, is colorless and odorless, does not leave oil stains, and does not interfere with the nature of the essential oil, but also helps the oil to penetrate well into the skin, moisturizing the skin and reducing sensitivity, especially for the face and other more delicate areas.

In summary, the four different methods of making coconut oil have many different benefits. Coconut oil is widely used in the cosmetic and food industries. It is classified in the following table:

Coconut Oil Type Application
Virgin coconut oil high nutritional value, commonly used in food cooking and baking
Refined coconut oil lower refined coconut oil is used as a skin care ingredient in soap and cosmetics; higher refined coconut oil can be used as an edible oil.
Fractionated coconut oil used as essential oil and massage oil

How to Select the Equipment for Making Coconut Oil?丨 Coconu​t Oil Pressing Process

For coconut oil is generally cold pressed process, according to the different quality requirements are divided into primary pressing, secondary pressing and refining, etc. Since coconut nutrients are mainly concentrated in the coconut kernel, so the coconut outer shell needs to be removed before processing. This requires drying dehydration and shelling process, when we get the dried coconut, which is the raw material we want to process out of coconut oil, as the dried coconut is usually large solid, so it should be crushed, crushed dried coconut through the conveyor into the rolling machine, it will be pressed into thin slices conducive to the subsequent efficiency and after the oil yield.

Video: Coconut Oil Pressing and Refinery Plant

Here is a video of a 20 ton per day coconut oil pressing and refining producution line in operation in the Philippines:Low-temperature pressing, low-temperature pressing of dried coconut after rolling embryo, pressing out of the gross oil directly cold filtering resting that is the virgin coconut oil, if the follow-up also after refining equipment, then the coconut oil at this time that is refined coconut oil, in addition to dried coconut due to storage or coconut picking time is not right to cause dried coconut acid, then you need deacidification decolorization and other equipment.


If you wish to get some more information on coconut oil producing machines/equipment specifications and prices, please contact to ABC Machinery! Besides, we will give you some advice, including consultation in terms of installation and staff training on how to use the coconut pressing or refining equipment!


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