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Virgin Coconut Oil

A type of moisturizer & conditioner

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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Nov 2, 2009
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I had a massage in the Maldives using Coconut Oil. It was awesome! Highly moisturizing & smells awfully good! Very Exotic. Great for hair!
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review by . November 04, 2009
Until about 6 months ago, I lived in the Northeast for my whole life. In the winter time my skin got VERY dry - unbearably so. I've always tried different brands and blends of lotion and nothing seemed to work the way I wanted. Most of the time it felt like they just dried my skin out more in the long run! I think this is because most generic moisturizers at the drugstore have about 30% skin conditioners and weird chemicals for the rest. Not helpful for my skin at all.      For …
Quick Tip by . April 04, 2010
posted in Resort Living
A basic product & yet has absolutely amazing healing power when it comes to skincare & haircare. Go extra virgin!
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 Virgin coconut oil is produced from fresh coconuts (rather than dried, as in copra) with minimal processing so that it retains a slight coconut flavor and aroma. Virgin coconut oil is regarded as the highest quality coconut oil and is preferred for food preparation and home medicinal use.

There are several ways to produce virgin coconut oil, each of which can be processed under two general methods: wet process or dry process.

In the wet process, coconut milk is made first and then the oil is extracted from the milk. Coconut kernel is shredded, mixed with a little water, and then squeezed or pressed to extract the oil. The resulting oil/water mixture produces coconut cream or coconut milk depending on the percentage of oil. The coconut milk is then allowed to separate naturally. Since oil is lighter than water, the oil rises to the surface. This takes 12 to 24 hours. The oil can then be skimmed off. This is the traditional method of making coconut oil from coconut milk and is the way many people make the oil at home. Other methods incorporate heating, fermentation, refrigeration, or centrifugal force to separate the oil from the water. Some minor heating is generally done afterwards (often in a low temperature vacuum chamber) to drive off excess moisture and produce a more purified product and to extend shelf life.

In the dry process the oil is extracted directly from the kernel. The coconut kernel is first shredded and dried in an oven to about 10 to 12% moisture. The ...

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