How Can I Use Refined Coconut Oil

How Can I Use Refined Coconut Oil

How Can I Use Refined Coconut Oil


There are two kinds of coconut oil – refined and unrefined. Nearly every beauty blogger and YouTuber will tell you to use unrefined coconut oil for hair and skin care.

Unrefined coconut oil has not been filtered and does not contain additives. It is coconut oil in its most natural state. Therefore, most people prefer unrefined coconut oil.  

You have probably noticed that refined coconut oil is less expensive than unrefined. This alone tempts me to purchase jugs of it, but I stick with the unrefined because…well….it seems to be the better choice.

So why would anyone ever want to use refined coconut oil?

I was curious myself. I mean, they sell the stuff so there must be a market for it. What was I missing out on? 🙂

While shopping around on Amazon I stumbled upon the Nutiva brand of refined coconut oil. I have not used this brand yet but I was excited by what I read in the product description.

  • It is an excellent source of medium chain fatty acids.

  • Has the same medium chain triglycerides and lauric acid benefits of virgin coconut oil.

  • It is non-gmo and non-hydrogenated.

  • It is USDA certified organic.

  • Great for sauteing, baking and body care.

Well of course you can’t believe everything you read, right? Yet the more research I did, the more I found that refined coconut oil can be useful and actually beneficial.

An important thing to keep in mind is that there is more than one way to refine coconut oil. There is in fact a natural way that does not involve chemicals. Yay!

So if you are going to purchase refined coconut oil, do your research. There are companies out there that take the natural approach.

According to the Nutiva brand, they gently steam refine their oil instead of using a chemical process. Refined oil is also more affordable, so this could be a win-win depending on how you want to use it.

How can I use refined coconut oil?

A preferred way to use refined coconut oil is in the kitchen. Coconut oil that has been refined is considered more hygienic and therefore safe for consumption.

You can cook with unrefined coconut oil as well but refined is an oil of choice for those with certain allergies.

Refined coconut oil can undergo higher cooking temperatures which makes it a healthier option for frying your favorite foods.

Another benefit of cooking with refined coconut oil is that it is tasteless, which is a plus for me. I love coconut oil but I avoid coconut flavored foods and candy like the plague. When cooking with unrefined coconut oil, I mask the coconut flavor with other ingredients.

Even though unrefined coconut oil is optimal for your skin, refined oil is still a good moisturizer for dry skin.

In a pinch you can use refined coconut oil for your hair. There are debates all over the hair boards as to whether it really makes a difference which oil you use. Many women use refined coconut oil for their hair and love it. 

As for my hair, unrefined coconut oil makes my hair feel amazing and strong. So I’m not going to stray. 🙂

At the end of the day there are uses for both refined and unrefined coconut oil. Refined coconut oil often gets a bad wrap but it still contains beneficial nutrients for the body.

Just remember that not all refined coconut oil is the same.

Look for brands that use a chemical free process of refining oil. Here are some brands you can find on Amazon or in your local market.

Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 15 Ounce (Pack of 2)
Omega Nutrition – Certified Organic Coconut Oil 112 Oz


Interested in fractionated coconut oil. Read my article here!



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