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What is refined and unrefined oil

  • 11 August 2019 02:10:00
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This is the most important information for those who decide to use natural oils. The first thing you need to know is what are the two main types of oils. What is the difference between them. And which oil is better to choose.

1. Types of natural oils

Everyone knows about the benefits of vegetable natural oils and their magical cosmetic effect. But not everyone knows that the same natural oil can be of several types.

Firstly, there are base oils (they are also called fatty oils), and essential oils (they are also called esters or oil extracts).

Further we will talk about fatty base oils, they are of two types:

  1. Refined - which has passed several additional technological degrees of purification.
  2. Unrefined - only primary mechanical filtration has passed. They are also called first-pressed oils or virgin oil (Virgin).

2. The usefulness of different types of oils

But does the degree of purification of natural oil affect its usefulness and how many nutrients and trace elements remain in it?

As it turns out, almost none. The usefulness of the oil is determined by the composition of the components that it contains. So, in the process of refining (additional stages of purification and filtration), the composition and amount of useful vitamins, fats and acids in it changes very slightly. Therefore, both types of oil are useful regardless of the degree of purification.

Of course, the amount of useful substances in unrefined oil will be a little more. But not in all cases, and not all people, unrefined oil is suitable. Why and what are the main differences, see below.

3. What are the differences in oils

So what is the difference between oils, if both types are equally useful for their use in cosmetic and health purposes?

  • First, consistency. Unrefined oils are most often more saturated and fatty in composition. Refined oils are softer and lighter in nature.
  • Secondly, the smell. Thanks to additional filtration and purification, refined oil is usually odorless. Unrefined - has a natural smell, each oil has its own. For example, unrefined coconut oil has a bright aroma of coconut, while refined coconut oil has no smell.
  • Thirdly, color. Refined oils, as a rule, lack color, usually they have a transparent yellowish tint. Unrefined oils often have their own characteristic color. For example, unrefined avocado oil has a green tint of the avocado fruit, while refined avocado has a transparent yellowish tint.
  • Fourth, the shelf life. Refined oils, due to the highest degree of purification, have a longer shelf life. Unrefined has the form closest to the original source, so its shelf life is shorter.

4. Which oil to choose

As noted above, unrefined oils are more saturated with useful substances, vitamins and minerals. Therefore, for cosmetic purposes, it is usually best to use unrefined oil. But they are not always and not all suitable.

Consider in what cases it is better to use refined oils.

  1. For children under 2, 3 years old. For baby's delicate skin, unrefined oils can be more than saturated, there may be a glut. Refined oils are more neutral and well suited for the care of sensitive baby skin.
  2. For pregnant and lactating women. During pregnancy, the woman’s body is more susceptible and needs psychological and physical calm. Therefore, it is better not to use unrefined oils during this period. For a sensitive and receptive body of a woman during this period, there can be many of them. Therefore, pregnant and lactating - the use of refined oils is recommended.
  3. For sensitive, delicate, thin skin. If you have this type of skin, you need to see if there will be a lot of unrefined oils for you and how your skin will respond to them. In most of these cases, refined oils are recommended.
  4. Odor susceptibility. Almost all unrefined oils have a flavor. Each oil has its own. If you are sensitive to odors, refined oils will suit you. They have no smell.
  5. In some cases, for massage and cosmetic mixtures. Perhaps creating a mixture of fatty base and essential oils you will want to get a certain aroma. In this case, you need to determine whether the aroma of unrefined oil is suitable for the overall composition of the aroma. If not, you can use refined oil.
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