Unrefined Oil Vs Refined Oils

Let's talk about the difference between unrefined and refined oils. it's crucial we know the difference between both oils to understand what works for your skin better. Always remember to take your time to read the ingredients mentioned in your skin care products so you can decide what's the best product for your skin.

Unrefined Oils
Unrefined oils are extracted by crushing seeds or nuts and forcing out the oil in them through mechanically heated and pressurized methods, but bleaching or deodorizing are not used in this method.

The oil processed through minimal temperature levels is called cold-pressed oils. Expeller-pressed refers to oils that are extracted under high-pressure conditions.

Unrefined oils are high in nutrients (vitamins, minerals, plant proteins, carotene, and antioxidants) with a natural taste and aroma, but the shelf life of these oils is shorter than the refined oils (within 2 years). Oils under this category are generally more expensive.

Unrefined oils can be divided into 3 types based on the percentage of oleic acid they contain in the extract.

Extra virgin oil - The best quality oils, contains only 1% oleic acid.
Virgin oil - Contains slightly more than 3% oleic acid.
Pure oil - A mixture of oils released during the heat and chemical treatment. The percentage of oleic acid is between 3-4%.

Sunflower oil, Canola oil, Coconut oil, Avocado oil Shea butter, Cocoa butter

Refined oils
These oils are refined by bleaching or deodorization process. Therefore, they are tasteless and odorless. Due to this, refined oils are mostly used in beauty products. Moreover, they do not contain as many nutrients as Unrefined oils.

Refined oils are cheaper and more heat stable. Therefore they are widely used in cooking. These oils are available on the market in complete and semi-refined forms.

Wrap up:
  • Unrefined oils are more suitable for facial beauty purposes because of its nutritional values. Refined oils can be used for body care products.
  • Unrefined oils contain natural fragrances. If it is not appealing to you, the best choice is refined oils. Ex: Avocado oil, Tamanu oil
                Unrefined                  Refined 
Avocado Oil
Shea Butter
Tamanu Oil
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