Lucy Bee coconut oil is not blended with different oils from a variety of places. We clearly identify its origin on the label for each jar.
The coconuts used for our oil are no older than 45 days, which is the harvest cycle in the areas where the farmers collect them.
The coconuts are grown in agroforestry environments with its ecosystem that avoids the use of artificial fertilisers and encourages a reliance on organic farming methods, all of which is so much better for the environment.
This approach benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. It allows agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, profitable, healthy and sustainable land-use systems.
The oil is extracted within 1 -4 hours of the coconut being cracked. To extract the oil, good, matured, fresh, whole, organic coconuts are shelled and pared to remove the outer shell and brownish film, which is known as the testa. We do not use the testa in our coconut oil.
The raw coconut kernel, or white meat, is then ground or milled into fine granules and dried under controlled temperatures (max, 104 -113F / 40 -45C) to ensure the oil is classified as raw. Drying times vary – in the Philippines it is for an average of 2 hours and 30 minutes and in the Solomon Islands for about half an hour.
After drying, in the Philippines the kernel passes through a cold process expeller where the oil is extracted from the white meat, again, at a controlled temperature of 104 - 113 degrees Fahrenheit. In the Solomon Islands they use a manual Direct Micro Expeller (DME).
The by-product is either processed and used as flour or bagged for animal feed.
The oil is then collected and filtered to remove any sediment, resulting in our clear, raw coconut oil.
Lucy Bee then imports the oil into Europe for bottling at BRC (British Retail Consortium) Grade A facilities.
We use recycalble glass jars with easy peel labels. The lid for each jar is BPA free - many food storage packaging contains BPA in their lining.
(BPA is a chemical which is used to harden plastics and has been used for numerous years. However, there’s now some concerns surrounding its possible risk to our health. For this reason, we only use lids and the liners inside, which are of a BPA-Non Intent design - the highest quality available and free from BPA.)
The following specifications are observed as standards for the Virgin Coconut Oil:
We firmly believe people should have total confidence in the integrity, quality and healthiness of their food. As a result, every batch of Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Fair Trade Organic Raw Coconut oil is tested by a top UK laboratory.
The reports are available below.