All Coconut Oils Are Not Created Equal

by westNDNbeauty on August 18, 2013 · 6 comments

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Not all coconut oils are created equal. This became painfully obvious after last week’s kitchen adventures making my homemade coconut oil. I realized I’ve been religiously spending my hard earned dollars on coconut oils which were less than. In my home, coconut oil is used for everything — from beauty to cooking. When it came to its use in my hair, there was always the assumption that I could only use it as a pre-poo (which it is awesome for), because most often than not, no matter the brand chosen, it did not completely absorb into my hair. This was a problem considering coconut oil is one of the few oils that moisturize. My hair’s final product would often be oily and hay-like.

READ MORE: How To| Make Fresh Coconut Oil at Home

Then I made my own coconut oil. I actually did this only for the experience and never expected there to be a noticeable difference, yet there was! I immediately realized there is a slight difference in the scent, which isn’t bothersome, but different. I used a little on my skin and saw that it absorbed quite easily with with minimal rubbing. Then the true test came when I used it seal one-half of my hair for a braid-out that night.  The next day, I was quite shocked to find that there was much more shine, smoothness, and definition when I removed the braids set with coconut oil than the control side.  The best part of it all is that the oil completely absorbed!  For the next 4 days I used the oil exclusively each night to re-braid my hair and experienced similar results each time. Even today, I still have not washed my hair, but I’m not a grease ball.

READ MORE: Benefits of Coconut Oil on Black Hair

The research. I found that most coconut oils are mass produced using dried coconut meat called copra. The oil is extracted using methods which are not safe for consumption, in-turn the oil must be processed to make it consumable, resulting in it being refined, bleached and deodorized. But the process I completed when making the oil at home using fresh meat is called wet-milling:

Wet-milling. With this method the oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat without drying first. “Coconut milk” is expressed first by pressing. The oil is then further separated from the water. Methods which can be used to separate the oil from the water include boiling, fermentation, refrigeration, enzymes and mechanical centrifuge.”                                                              – Tropical Traditions [+]

Wet milling is also the process used in the production of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil and I’ve always wanted to try it. Each time I’ve been turned off by the price point + shipping, considering the readily availability of other inexpensive coconut oils. Now that I am educated on the differences in production and the results, the price of the Virgin Label Coconut Oil is not too daunting, granted that it performs similarly or better than my homemade coconut oil.

The moral of the story. Like anything else, when it comes to coconut oil, you get what you pay for.

What brand of coconut oil do you use?  Have you noticed a difference when using other brands?

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JazzWife August 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I use Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil and I’ve used it forever. I also use Butters-n-Bars coconut oil but Tropical Traditions is the superior of the two. My hair absolutely loves it.

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westNDNbeauty August 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm

I’m glad you’ve made that comparison. Just the other day a friend of mine was talking about Butters-n-Bars’ coconut oil and I was trying to explain there is a difference. I’ll be getting my shipment of Gold Label Coconut Oil in a couple weeks. Hopefully I’ll have a great review too! Thanks for commenting!

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Sasha-Shae August 29, 2013 at 10:11 pm

West, I LOVE the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil (Gold Label). it’s awesome, my hair would feel luxurious for days when using it and actually felt strengthened. As well, I have to say hands down it was one of the best cooking oils i’ve ever used, it made eggs taste amazing (and I am not a fan of eggs), it substituted for butter when cooking rice, and the rice would just be yum! Definitely try it out for cooking and skin too. Overall hands down that brand to me is a total winner, plus they always have sales. Can’t beat that.

Oh and I’ve tried their cleaning product for kitchen/bathroom and it was also a great natural product. Their coconut soap is a little bit drying on the skin, but does good on the hair, and their deodorant is also a nice try. Alright, I’m done blabbing, lol.

~Shae of Afroniquely You blog

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westNDNbeauty September 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Jotting down notes — will use in eggs tomorrow :-) Thanks doll!

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MIRABEL April 11, 2014 at 8:42 am

THIS POST IS VERY HELPFULL TO ME.
IN TERMS OF USING THE OIL ON MY HAIR,DO I WASH IT OUT AFTER APPLYING IT.I ONCE READ A POST FROM A WEBSITE ABOUT WASHING THE COCONUT OIL OFF AFTER APPLING IT IN YOUR HAIR SCALP AFTER 30MIN . HOW TRUE IS THAT??

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westNDNbeauty April 12, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Hi Maribel, that sounds like oil rinsing. Usually when do that, you use more than a typical amount of coconut oil that is likely to be absorbed so you rinse off the excess.

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