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  1. I want to try the Life-flo brand f fractionated coconut oil for my hair & skin because it's the most accessible to me where I live & also tends to be the most reasonably priced. I looked on Amazon at reviews for it, and many of the sellers & reviewers claim it is hexane-free & food grade. I've actually seen a bottle of it in the store & I don't remember them saying it was for internal consumption. I could be wrong, but I believe it advised against consuming it. The bottle also doesn't say whether or not it's hexane-free, which is odd to me considering other oils in that same line specifically state on the bottle that they are hexane-free. It leads me to wonder if they are hiding something. If the oil is claimed to be 100% pure coconut oil (which is on the bottle) then what do they have to hide? And wouldn't it being 100% pure coconut oil make automatically make it food-grade, or is that irrelevant to how it's processed?? Are most fractionated oils made using heat? I was thinking about trying Nutiva's brand of organic, coconut MCT oil, which claims to even retain a light scent of coconut oil, but aside from it being fairly pricy, I don't know, if the scent is light enough for me to mix it with essential oils & the oils not be overpowered by the scent of the coconut oil, though the reviews are split on whether it actually has a scent or not. Thanks for all your help.

    • Hi Jami, Life Flo fractionated coconut oil is strictly for external use only. You can apply it to skin for daily skin care or use it as a massage oil, or carrier for essential oils.

      So, my guess is this fractionated coconut oil you've seen is not hexane-free because it's not organic. It is just a regular fractionated coconut oil for body and skin care only, NOT for consumption.

      The "pure coconut oil" thingy is trying to tell us that the caprylic-capric contents are derived from coconut oil and not from any other sources like goat milk or palm kernel oil.

      To make the oil certified as a food, they have to go some extra miles and pay some fees for that.

      All fractionated coconut oils are produced in a process that involves heat. I have not heard one that isn't so far.

      Oh, speaking of Nutiva MCT oil, the reason why it costs a few bucks more is because it is organically made. So, it's hexane-free. It is also edible. I've tried, and it doesn't actually have any coconut scent. My wife felt the same too after tasting it. I don't know why some people say it has a light coconut flavor.

      If you're worried that Nutiva MCT oil smells a bit like coconut, then try Sports Research MCT oil.

      • What exactly is hexane & what does it do to the skin & hair?? Would it be THAT damaging if I used it, even if only externally?? Or am I worrying over something that's not that major??
        I've seen the oil you've recommend before & I pretty much dismissed it the first time I saw it because of the price, but it seems I won't be able to get around paying a hefty price tag for what I'm looking for. Even though I plan on using fractionated coconut oil externally, I still don't want it laden with harsh chemicals.
        The brand I just bought (and returned) from Amazon was by a company called Znaturals, formerly by another name, & it smelled like old crayons. I don't know if that's how the oil usually smells, if it was a bad batch, or it was chemicals the oil leached from the bottle it came in. Now I'm scared to purchase anything else cuz ordering online is a hassle if the product is unsatisfactory. I just wish the one you recommend came in a smaller size so I could try it out without investing so much in it.
        I also have a question about Argan oil. I bought some from a company called US Organic. It has the official organic seal. I've had the oil a lil' over a year and it's still good. That being said, it's practically clear in color & completely odorless. I just found out that real argan oil is supposed to be slightly opaque to golden yellow & have a slight nutty smell. Do does that mean mine is not real even though it has the organic seal & the bottle says it's unrefined & cold-pressed. It was only about $20 for 4oz, which is suspiciously cheap for argan oil, but I figured since I was getting on Amazon direct from the seller, that accounted for the low price. And that being the case with most things on Amazon, it's hard to tell if something is too good to be true price-wise, or if it's just cheap cuz your not paying all the middle man prices you would in a store. The only reason I'm looking for fractionated coconut oil now is because all the other oils I have, including the argan, stains my clothes from me putting it in my hair & on my body, even when I wait til the oil has absorbed in my skin. I guess it comes out when I sweat. But I don't know of any other completely clear, non-greasy oils besides fractionated coconut oil to use.

        • Hi Jami, hexane is a chemical manufacturers use to increase the yield during oil extraction. To put it simply, it means, hexane can help to "squeeze" more oil out of its origin.

          I believe the level of hexane contaminating the fractionated coconut oil involved is minimal. Otherwise, lots of complaints against the use of non-organic fractionated coconut oil would have already surfaced. Organic fractionated coconut oil is usually hexane-free.

          Nonetheless, hexane is still harmful to us. It may not harm your skin or hair directly. But it does get absorbed easily through skin. And its cumulative buildup in our body over time can cause long-lasting and even permanent damage to our nerve system. Short-term side effects include dizziness, headache, nausea etc.

          Yes, you definitely have to pay a higher price for a product that gives you peace of mind.

          It's always subjective when it comes to smell. Being "odorless" doesn't mean it has no smell. Odorless has its own characteristic odor. It's just that this kind of odor will never overpower any other odor.

          As you've described, fractionated coconut oil can smell like old crayon. Some (I think) smell like those clear glue stick. That's how my NOW fractionated coconut oil smells like. It's not organic so I guess you're not interested.

          Of course, that's the risk you have to take when buying online. That's why you must do lots of research for the product before you place your order online.

          Real pure argan oil should look light golden yellow in color and with a pleasant nutty flavor. But when you refrigerate it, the smell will grow stronger.

          If you don't have such a color and flavor with your argan oil, it could have been oxidized due to its high content of unsaturated fats (around 80%). Oxidation changes properties, including the odor and color. In short, all the good stuff are gone. It's time for you to get a new one.

          If you want to get a premium quality argan oil, look for one that has some sediment at the bottom, just like choosing virgin coconut oil. When you shake the bottle, the oil should turn murky or cloudy.

          Lastly, you're right about fractionated coconut oil. Even if you accidentally stain your clothes with it, the stain won't last. And you can effortlessly wash it off with just water because it is a very light oil.

        • I recently bought some organic MCT oil At Costco for about $13. The brand is called Prasaoa and it comes in a clear 32 oz bottle.

  2. What awesome and comprehensive information . I've been researching coconut oils and their different uses for a couple of years now, but never had such a thorough understanding of the different types until reading your article. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wealth of knowledge on this subject.

  3. Dosent Coconut oil raise our Cholestral.I get high Cholestral.Inherited.Hate taking Statin,s.But even if i ete the perfet diet to lower it.It still rise,,s.

  4. Ive been doing facials with coconut cream and apple sauce for about 2 years now, and the combination of antioxidants, amino acids, and essential proteins not only help my skin look younger, the mixture removed all my "age spots." I also use coconut cream in my hair , on my body and especially my feet, as it sloughs off dead skin and makes them feel and look amazing! I can't say enough about coconut cream!! Its amazing!

    • Fascinating Cathy! . thanks for sharing that. i came to this site because earlier i was experimenting with a coconut cream facial (and it is a recipe also for eating of course.. which i ate all of it already). .. Fun tip .. i infused hibiscus calyx in coconut water and then added some of that hibiscus infused coconut water into the coconut cream (supremely delicious) ... (the hibiscus coconut water on its own also delicious) (and does something amazing topically as well) ... 🙂 .. PS: thank you mr soon chai! .. really great information!

        • Thank you! And just realizing as well the crossover of the benefits of hibiscus (based on my research) for lowering blood cholesterol, heart health and also a weight loss herb. (Apparently it is used extensively in the "diet" industry products). It really tastes great infused in the coconut water with the organic acids / sour or tartness of the hibiscus nicely balanced by the natural sweetness of the coconut water. . And of course with the coconut cream it's just supremely delicious. .. something you really have to try! 🙂 .. and the color is really fun. Who doesn't love pink? 🙂

  5. I've been using coconut oil for years (cooking with it), for the past three days I started taking a tablespoon a day only. I'm trying to help lower my blood pressure which is a little high (not taking medicine)...I do watch what I eat but every time I eat it everything goes right through me..should I stop using? Or take a teaspoon a day instead of a tablespoon?..I do take on an empty stomach i've just read somewhere that I shouldn't take it on an empty stomach. I've also used it as a tea and drinking it with only hot water and coconut oil. It's a little scary when you eat and all comes right out of you I fear I'm messing up my insides!?

    • Hi Nylady, it seems that you don't have much bowel issue. Which explains why just a tablespoon of coconut oil a day can loosen your bowels so easily.

      Two options for you:

      1. Mix one tablespoon of coconut oil into your food. This can help slow its digestion and thereby, bowel-stimulating effect.

      2. Cut down to taking just a teaspoon per day on an empty stomach (if that's what you prefer). But I always suggest to eat coconut oil with food.

      Another thing worth telling you is that, our intestines are a few meters long. Whatever you eat at the time, most of them are still inside your small intestines. They don't come right out of you so easily unless your intestines are short and straight.

      What came out of you (as you mentioned) were the lumps that have been stuck in your colon for quite some time. They shouldn't have stayed inside there for too long. Coconut oil is helpful in this context.

      What I'm trying to say is, don't worry unduly about that. We're supposed to move bowels at least 3 times a day. One time in the morning to remove what we ate the previous night. Once in the afternoon to eliminate the toxic waste left after digesting breakfast. And the 3rd one to get rid of the stools formed from lunch. You'll feel lighter and less toxic as a result.