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What's the Difference Between Coconut Oils? Virgin Coconut Oil vs. Refined, 76 Degree Coconut Oil vs. Fractionated

If you've been making soap, or any skin care product for that matter, you've most likely used coconut oil.  It makes a great hard bar of soap, a moisturizing lotion, and hair treatments to die for.

When I started making my own soap and skin care products, many moons ago, I was surprised to learn there are different types of coconut oil available. I was confused too. What makes fractionated coconut oil different from 76 degree coconut oil? When should I use virgin coconut oil over refined?

Here's a quick description of each to help you decide which coconut oil will be the best fit for your needs.

Virgin (Unrefined) Coconut Oil
You'll often find this at the grocery store and specialty markets, most virgin coconut oil is pressed from the fresh meat of the coconut, without high heat or solvents. In general, coconut oil labeled "virgin" or "unrefined" retains all the qualities of the coconut -- so it smells and tastes like coconut.  

But, because there …

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