What is the difference between cold pressed coconut oil and refined coconut oil?

Coconut oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat by pressing. It does not undergo high temperature or any chemical processing. It is clear and pure in liquid state, colorless and transparent. In liquid state, coconut oil has the natural fragrance of coconut. When it is below 24 degrees Celsius Will naturally crystallize into a white solid. In tropical islands, coconut palms are known as the "tree of life", and the Philippine folks call coconut oil the "pharmacy in a bottle."

Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
Cold Pressed Coconut Oil 

Is Refined and Cold Press Coconut Oil The Same?

There are two main categories of coconut oil, refined and virgin coconut oil. Refining, decolorizing, deodorizing, refined coconut oil and virgin coconut oil, the difference between the two is the processing procedure that the oil goes through.

Virgin coconut oil means that the oil itself has undergone a less refining process, which is refined through shading and no chemical additives, and is also called cold-pressed coconut oil.

However, refined coconut oil is generally extracted from dried coconuts; dried coconuts are made from coconuts that are sun-dried, smoked, and heated in a kiln, and sometimes mixed with these methods. Coconut oil made from dried coconuts is mostly used in the cosmetics and food industries.

The high-quality amount is cold-pressed virgin coconut oil, which is extracted from fresh coconuts, not dried coconuts. This type of coconut oil is refined by these methods: boiling, fermentation, freezing, machine pressing, centrifugal separation and other technologies. Since it does not involve the consumption of high temperature and chemical solvents, this type of oil will retain its natural plant compounds, but has a clear coconut fragrance.

Different Between Cold Pressed Coconut Oil and Refined Coconut Oil
Cold Pressed Coconut Oil VS Refined Coconut Oil

Advantages and functions of cold-pressed coconut oil

  • 1. Protect hair.
  • 2. Prevent bone diseases.
  • 3. Good results for beauty and skin care. Coconut oil can reduce the loss of hair protein, maintain the gloss of the hair and inhibit the occurrence of dandruff, and can also have a good nourishing effect on the scalp.
  • 4. Improve human immunity.
  • 5. Improve the body's ability to resist oxidation.

Extended information:

The raw material used in virgin coconut oil is the coconut meat of fresh coconuts. The high-quality coconuts are selected from a specific coconut tree species-the original coconut tree, rather than the coconut tree that has been hybridized after the development of modern science. At the same time, the coconut itself must not be contaminated or of poor quality. No high temperature is used in the processing, and no chemical solvents are used absolutely to maintain the natural flavor and avoid the loss of nutrients.

Therefore, the finished virgin coconut oil will retain a touch of coconut aroma. Moreover, coconut oil is processed from white coconut meat. When high-quality coconut oil is in a liquid state, it is transparent and colorless; when it is in a solidified state, it should be as white as snow. This coconut oil is usually the most nutritious and healthiest virgin coconut oil. If the temperature is too high during the processing of virgin coconut oil, the oil will be slightly yellow and the aroma will be heavy. .

Properties of Coconut Oil Compared to Other Oils
  Virgin coconut oil Olive oil Canola oil 
no missing hyfrogen pairs so very stable,not easily rancid and great for cooking.
72%monounsaturated  14%saturated
1 missing hydrogen pair so less stable than coconut oil,but still great for health.
63%monounsaturated 28%polyunsaturated
1 missing hydrogen pair so less stable
Processing Naturally processed and cold-pressed.
Naturally processed and cold-pressed.(when extra virgin)
Usually refined,bleached and deodrised.

Refined coconut oil, as the name suggests, is deeply processed. It must be refined at high temperature first, and then decolorized and deodorized. Moreover, unlike virgin coconut oil, the coconut raw material used in refined coconut oil is dried whole coconut, which means "COPRA".

Before processing, the coconut is cracked, and the coconut meat is dried in the sun or dried in a high-temperature oven. Coconuts dried in the sun are often thrown on the ground in the wind and sun for many days or longer before processing. It is conceivable that this dry coconut meat will contain a lot of bacteria and mold. However, during processing, this coconut oil is disinfected. Sometimes, manufacturers also use chemical solvents to maximize oil yield and remove contaminants contained in the oil. The oil processed in this way is colorless and tasteless.

Video of Coconut Oil Press processing


Coconut oil has a long history. Whether from the literature or the history of coconut oil, the contribution of coconut oil in the tropics is unquestionable. The earliest oils used by the aborigines are coconut oil and palm tung oil, and the processing process of coconut oil is not Complex, and even has the effect of improving immunity and strengthening physical fitness. Therefore, the production and sale of coconut oil has become a profitable industry worldwide.


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