Virgin Coconut Oil Benefits

Lovely Coconut Oil, it has a real affinity with our skin.

There are a number of really useful benefits that come with using coconut oil on our skin:

  • It contains 7 times more polyphenols than regular coconut oil, in the form of Ferulic Acid and P-coumaric
  • P-courmaric is a great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
  • Ferulic Acid has great antioxidant properties; it is far more powerful than vitamin E. It also helps to reduce age spots and reduce inflammation in the epidermis

The type used in skincare can be divided into two categories:

  • Virgin Oil
  • Refined, deodorised and bleached

What sets these two oils apart, is how much processing has been involved during extraction.

True Virgin Coconut oil has many benefits; this is the oil that is found in its most natural form, which is taken from the flesh of the coconut, or the meat as it is often referred to; this meat is then wet milled and dry pressed.

This gentle form of extraction means that all of the important natural phyto chemicals remain intact.

No method of artificial filtering or expeller pressing is used, so the oil retains its lovely rich smell and sweet taste.


Sadly there are many unscrupulous manufacturers, who sell the refined oil as Virgin Coconut Oil just to make a quick buck.

They use the cheapest refined coconut oil possible, and run it through the centrifuge machine which cleans up the oil, enabling them to falsely sell it as Virgin Coconut Oil.

Centrifuge extraction literally strips the oils of its smell and flavour, creating thick oil that is rich in trans fats, it is a redundant oil, that has no valuable properties.

Unlike Virgin Coconut Oil, it is not readily absorbed into the skin and can potentially clog pores.

My advice is buyer beware, you have to become a true label detective before purchasing this ingredient!


So how do you recognize Virgin Coconut Oil?

A big give away is the smell, basically ‘true’ oil, will retain its lovely fragrance for many months.

You can test to see whether you have a good quality virgin coconut oil, because it will readily melt upon contact with the skin.

If it remains solid, then you know you have thick inferior oil.


4 thoughts on “Virgin Coconut Oil Benefits

  1. Barbara Ireland says:

    Dear Samantha, My daughter and I are trying to come up with a skin treatment for her damaged skin. She is disabled and has lymphedema, thus spending most of her time sitting. The skin on the back of her legs is badly compromised and caused a lot of pain. She is allergic to many things, including alcohol, so she has to be very selective. She has tried most of the over-the-counter creams and has been using petroleum jelly and Bacitracin. The petroleum has ruined almost all of her clothes because it is almost impossible to get it out.

    Can you suggest natural oils she might try for moisturizing the skin as well as any that have anti-bacterial properties? She uses aloe from time to time and it does give her relief and is messy extracting from the leaves.

    From two of your articles, it sounds like almond oil or virgin cocoanut oil might be possibilities. Do they absorb quickly into the skin?

    I know you are basically interested in cosmetics, but am hoping you might be willing to give us some feedback.

    Thank you so much.
    Barbara Ireland

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Barbara thank you so much for reaching out to us here at The Naked chemist.
      I have sent you an email with a number of recommendations, which I really hope helps.
      Your question has prompted me to create a mini series on healing herbal recipes which will be released in the near future, something you may want to look out for in the future. Samanthax

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