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How to Choose a Natural, Unrefined Coconut Oil

'Not all coconut oils are equal.'

As Natural as Possible

The coconut oil revolution is here and to be part of it, it’s a good idea to be equipped with a few tips. Tips that will enable you to eat as close to nature as possible.

5 things to look for on the label:-

  • Cold Pressed
  • Organic
  • Raw
  • Virgin / Unrefined
  • Fair Trade

Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

Cold pressed is the method by which the oil has been extracted from the ‘meat’ of the coconut. This should be carried out at a controlled temperature, therefore maintaining the nutrients in the oil.

Organic Coconut Oil

If it says ‘organic’ on the label then look for a logo from an organic body that shows that the oil has been approved. The Organic Food Federation logo means that the oil has been produced free from pesticides and intensive farming practices. 

Raw Coconut Oil

For coconut oil to be described as ‘raw’, minimal heat has been used in its extraction (approx 40-45 Celcius). This is coconut oil in its most natural state.

Refined v Unrefined (Virgin)

Refined coconut oil is usually made from dried coconut (copra) and the process includes bleaching and deodorisation, sometimes known as RBD.

Unrefined coconut oil is usually made from fresh, mature coconuts and means the oil has not undergone any processing. It can also be described as Virgin. 

Fair Trade

We’re fans of Fair Trade at Lucy Bee because it means that the farmers and their families get a fair share of the price paid for the oil.

A longer version of this article is on our blog and contains images of logos to look out for on a jar of coconut oil.