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Virgin Coconut Oil vs. Ordinary Coconut Oil: Facts You Need To Know

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18 December, 2020

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Coconut fruit is being lauded all over the world as a miracle ingredient to get shiny, healthy hair, and incredible skin. It is even being used as a healthier cooking staple to substitute butter. Celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Emma Stone and a few from the Kardashian clan swear by the hair-smoothening and skin-nourishing goodness of coconut oil.

But what if we told you a dark horse is catching up in the beauty scene, aka virgin coconut oil, an unrefined form of your regular coconut oil but a lot more potent. Of late, dermats have also vouched for virgin coconut oil, which is why it has found a place in the skincare regimen of many beauty influencers. But are you wondering, what is virgin coconut oil, and how is it different from ordinary, kitchen-variety coconut oil that you have been using till now? Let us help you out.

What is virgin coconut oil?

Virgin coconut oil is an unprocessed, unrefined form of coconut oil that retains all the qualities of the coconut milk without losing its vital nutrients. Loaded with good fats and natural oxidants, virgin coconut oil is a boon for your overall health.

Ordinary coconut oil vs. virgin coconut oil

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Extraction methodNormal or refined coconut oil is extracted from dried coconut kernels called kopra. The kopra is pressed to extract the oil, after which it undergoes refining, decolorizing, and bleaching to make it suitable for consumption.On the contrary, virgin coconut oil is extracted from freshly pressed coconut milk. The coconuts are finely shredded and the milk is obtained from crushing the fruit. The milk is then separated from the cold-pressed virgin coconut oil using a centrifuge machine. This process helps preserve the oil in its purest form.
PurityOrdinary coconut oil goes through several processes, which significantly dilutes its purity.As this cold-pressed virgin coconut oil is not refined, it acts as a reservoir of vitamin E and other minerals. It is 100% pure and devoid of all chemicals.
AromaOrdinary coconut oil has a neutral smell.The aroma of virgin coconut oil is just like fresh coconut kernels. This is because the moisture content in virgin coconut oil is more than ordinary coconut oil which increases its beauty benefits.
ConsistencyThe consistency of ordinary coconut oil is thick and sticky, which results in a slow absorption rate.Virgin king coconut oil is non-greasy and lightweight in texture, which helps it melt quickly into the skin.
CompositionThe composition of ordinary coconut oil is mostly hydrogenated and contains some amount of trans-fat.Virgin coconut oil contains high portions of good cholesterol, fatty acids, and antioxidants.

Benefits of Virgin coconut oil for hair and skin

The multiple uses of virgin coconut oil are beneficial to your hair as well as the skin, making it a valuable part of your beauty routine too. Let’s find out how.

Virgin coconut oil for the hair

  • Nourishes your hair and scalp: Rich in nutrients and antioxidants, virgin coconut oil is an easy, simple secret to strong and lustrous hair. The vitamins and fatty acids present in this oil moisturize your scalp while penetrating deep into the hair cuticles to make your hair stronger and healthier. You can either use virgin coconut oil with a warm massage before your shampoo sessions or use it as a leave-in conditioner on damp hair. You can also use virgin coconut oil as a hair mask to tame frizz and reduce scalp dryness.
  • Boosts hair growth: A powerhouse of rich nutrients, virgin coconut oil strengthens the roots and improves hair growth. Regular scalp massages with virgin coconut oil can boost blood circulation to help your hair grow naturally and beautifully.

Virgin coconut oil for the skin

  • Treats dry skin: Applying virgin coconut oil on your skin can help reduce dryness and flakiness. Its nourishing compounds penetrate deep into the skin’s layers to moisturize it from within. Apart from fighting dryness, it also makes your skin soft and smooth by locking the moisture inside. Additionally, virgin coconut oil is considered to be the perfect oil for body massages, given its relaxing properties.
  • Cures skin issues: Applying virgin coconut oil on your skin can help reduce dryness and flakiness. Its nourishing compounds penetrate deep into the skin’s layers to moisturize it from within. Apart from fighting dryness, it also makes your skin soft and smooth by locking the moisture inside. Additionally, virgin coconut oil is considered to be the perfect oil for body massages, given its relaxing properties. 
  • Cures skin issues: Virgin coconut oil contains lauric acid, which gives it antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Due to these properties, virgin coconut oil is considered to be a natural cure for skin issues like redness, itchiness, swelling, as well as chronic issues like eczema and psoriasis.
  • Soothes inflammation: Virgin coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe and neutralise skin inflammations and irritation. It is often used to get relief from sunburns, rashes, and minor skin infections. You can also apply virgin coconut oil on insect stings as it reduces pain and swelling while preventing the infection from spreading. There are many other benefits of virgin coconut oil, to learn about them, check out our blog on the beauty benefits of virgin coconut oil

To learn more about how to use virgin coconut oil to fight dry skin, check out out blog on the benefits of virgin coconut oil for dry skin.

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Coco Soul products with virgin coconut oil

With Coco Soul bringing the exotic, healing properties of virgin coconut oil in bottles and tubes, you do not have to worry anymore. You might not be able to find pure virgin coconut oil everywhere, which is why it makes more sense to use products that are enriched with this Ayurvedic elixir for your skin and hair.

With its wide range of products infused with virgin coconut oil for your face, like the Revitalizing Face Wash, as well as for your skin, like the Nourishing Body Lotion, Coco Soul has it all. While the presence of virgin coconut oil is enough to breathe new life into your skin and hair, the presence of exotic Ayurvedic herbs and spices like turmeric, neem, gotukola, welmi, etc, improves the results of Coco Soul products significantly.

Here are some Coco Soul products you can add to your beauty routine to get forever healthy and glowing skin.

Revitalizing Shower Gel

Made with pure virgin coconut oil along with Ayurvedic herbs like sandalwood and gotukola, you are up for a rich and luxurious bathing experience with this Revitalizing Shower Gel. While virgin coconut oil cleans off the dirt, the herbs will give you nourished and younger-looking skin. It contains:

  • Virgin coconut oil: Rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, virgin coconut oil fights dryness and pollution to leave you feeling fresh and revitalised.
  • Sandalwood: Used in eastern cultures for centuries, sandalwood reduces oxidative stress in your skin and also minimises age spots.
  • Gotukola: A wonder herb, gotukola encourages collagen production in your body and also fights sagging skin.

Face Scrub

Get rid of dead skin cells and reveal your inner glow with the Coco Soul Face Scrub. Infused with exotic king virgin coconut oil and plant-based herbs like venivel and sandalwood, it gently removes dead skin, unclogs pores, and nourishes your skin cells. It contains:

  • Virgin coconut oil: Loaded with skin-nurturing compounds, it delivers an intense dose of hydration to your skin.
  • Sandalwood: An exotic ingredient in its own right, It reduces the oxidative stress in your skin and reverses sun damage.
  • Venivel: It exfoliates dead skin and removes excess oil to give you glowing, blemish-free skin.

When nature has all you need to get flawless skin, why resort to chemical-based products? Bring home the magic of virgin coconut oil and pamper yourself with its benefits today. To know more about the wide range of virgin coconut oil-infused products from Coco Soul, visit our Store now!

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