What’s In An Oil?

February 10, 2019

What’s In An Oil?

If you’re searching for the right oil to serve as the base of your natural beauty or personal care product, you may be scratching your head trying to determine how exactly each option differs. After all, it’s easy enough to purchase an entire alphabet soup of oil, from acai oil and almond oil to sunflower oil and watermelon seed oil. Which exotic and intriguing option will provide the properties you need? Here’s a quick guide to help you sort your oils.

What Are Natural Oils?

Natural oils are available in cold pressed, refined, and virgin oil variations. The fruit or seed of a source like coconut, sunflower, or grape is crushed and pressed to extract the oils and retain their aroma, flavour, and nutritional value. These oils are so commonly used in skincare and haircare products thanks to their abundance of natural oils and fatty acids.

What’s the difference?

Refined oils undergo a more intensive processed to bleach and deodorise the aroma and taste of the original source of oil. Though this removes signature flavour, it makes some oils better suited for cooking at high temperatures. Unrefined or virgin oils, on the other hand, are made from fresh and unprocessed oil that do not encounter chemicals or high heat. These oils still retain the flavour and natural health benefits of their original source, which is why they are also called virgin oils.

Cold-pressed oils undergo a mechanical process that extracts the oil at high pressure and heat, while cold-pressed oils avoid all high heat by being pressed at lower temperatures. This means that cold-pressed oils usually preserve the natural qualities of their source, like coconut or avocado, better than cold-pressed variations. 

The staff at Aromatic Ingredients can help with oils to use on their own or mix the perfect blend for your every need.