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Coconut Oil made the traditional way

January 22, 2013

If you are wondering why I have been writing so much about coconuts recently there are two, no three reasons:

  1. Natural Curiosity. I realised how little I knew about this king of oils when I started hearing from many people who were using it as a cure-all,  protect-all and general hero and didn’t really know why. To me coconut oil has always just been a soap thing.  I wanted to find out more. 
  2. SPF. Being summer over here (and a hot one to boot) we are all drenching ourselves in sunscreen. The fact that some of my ‘natural alternative’ friends use coconut oil as a sunscreen initially worried me as I have always thought that oils onto the skin would be akin to a human basting.  This ‘fact’ needed some serious testing.
  3. I love coconuts – the smell, the colour, the versatility of this crop, the taste and the robustness of the crop.

OK, so far I have looked at the basic chemistry of coconut oil and I have had some SPF tests run on the best organic product I could get my hands on (and it was no good at all to be honest).  I have attempted to answer the question ‘is coconut oil sunscreen right for me’ in a philosophical way and I have uncovered a previously unknown to me fact about coconut oil that could be a game changer (for me anyway, it seems that other people already knew this stuff….)

Coconut Trees Fiji

This game changing fact-to-be-tested is:

The method of extraction of your coconut oil matters.  Being ‘organic’ is not enough, the oil has to come from the cold pressing of the fresh fruit, the old-fashioned way. 

So,  I packed up my bags, pulled on my walking shoes and hiked off into the Fijian sunset to bring back some old-fashioned oil to test.

And here it is:

Coconut Oil Cold Processed

So, it doesn’t look that flash but I am rather hoping that this stuff works out better than the organic oil under the SPF testing protocol – I will be keeping my fingers crossed.  Depending on how that goes I’ll also get the oil chemically analysed if I can find a meaningful protocol as I would be interested to measure the antioxidants and other skin beneficial ingredients in this vs the standard oil.

In the meantime I found this video made by a company that exports this virgin coconut oil to the USA from the Philippines and I thought I’d share it with you.

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  1. kassalee permalink
    January 22, 2013 2:34 pm

    Finding your coconut oil journey very interesting and intriguing. I have two brands of coconut oil. One is Extra Virgin Cold Pressed and is made is made by Direct Micro Expelling (DME) No chemicals are used. The meat of the coconut is dried and then compressed to squeeze out the oil. The other is Certificed Organic Raw Coconut Oil, so not sure of the extraction method. Looking forward to the results and whether being extracted the old fashioned way affects the outcome. Enjoyed the video too!

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