You’ve heard how good coconut oil is for the skin, but perplexed about what makes virgin coconut oil even better in skincare? Here, we reveal the key difference.
Virgin coconut oil is proven to deliver an even bigger boost of nature’s best…. a significant increase in powerhouse ‘skin-food’ antioxidants.
Already delivering antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal benefits to heal the body and keep skin healthy, virgin coconut oil’s abundance of antioxidants – ‘phenols’ – give damaged cells what they need to repair themselves. These antioxidants are essential for skin to remain healthy – so the more skin is treated by them, the better for your overall skin health and wellbeing.
But how is virgin coconut oil made?
Picture coconuts being taken from the tree then carefully cut, washed and milled, and you have the image of how virgin coconut oil is made – unrefined meaning ‘virgin’. Without the use of chemicals or bleach, the oil is extracted from the fresh coconut meat using a special ‘wet-milling’ process that’s akin to lovingly made batch beauty. The speed of production is slower, it’s sustainable and it’s the antithesis of mass manufacture. What that means for your skin is that even more of the ‘great stuff’ stays in the oil – it’s organic as it’s without chemicals – and it has the largest measure of lauric acid, antioxidants and potassium to nourish and ‘feed’ yours and your family’s skin.
Purer, it results in even more of the ‘great stuff’ staying in as enriching skin-food. This ‘great stuff’ being extra boosts of nature’s best antioxidants, potassium and lauric acid.
Coconut oil carries benefits but it’s made from dried coconut kernel – also known as copra – which is refined, bleached and deodorised to make it ready for consumption and/or application.
What is a wet-milling process?
The oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat, without it first needing to be dried. The coconut milk is then pressed straight from the wet coconut meat, before the oil is then separated using fermentation.
During fermentation, the coconut milk emulsion is made from freshly grated coconut. The coconut milk is then fermented overnight with the heavier water sinking to the bottom and the oil forming a layer at the very top, ready for it to be removed.
We are proud that we use this special production process to make our own virgin coconut oil. Produced in small local Malaysian communities that we support.