Cold pressed, unrefined and refined oils – So what is the difference?
Cold Pressed, Refined or Unrefined?
Carrier oils can be defined as cold press, refined or unrefined oil. You might have heard these terms before but what do they different term means and what types of oils should we be looking out for?
A refined oil is produced using high temperatures and has undergone a number of processes which may include bleaching, removal of its original aroma and may even include the additional of chemicals. This process removes some of the original properties of the oil and strips some of the oil of its natural nutrients. A golden rule is if your oil does not taste or smell like the original plant source the chances are it has been highly refined!
Unrefined oils on the other hand are processed with a mechanical press without heat or chemicals. Oils are ‘squeezed’ out of the plant component (seed or nut) using mechanical extraction. Cold pressed oils are mechanically extracted with minimal heat. Low temperatures are used to extract the oil from the component of the plant and help the oil to retain its nutrients, aroma and original colour. Cold pressed or unrefined oils can be described as virgin or extra virgin oils. These names indicate how many presses it has taken to extract the oil e.g extra virgin oil has been extracted after the first press. Unrefined oils, cold pressed and virgin/extra virgin oils are high quality and nutrient rich. These are the best quality oils and when choosing products it is a good idea to look out for these details on product labels to give you some idea of the extent of processing used to extract the oil. The more refined or processed the less quality of the carrier oil. I would advise looking for unrefined or cold pressed to ensure that your product is high quality.
Devaiya Products are made with cold pressed and unrefined carrier oils to ensure that all products are nutrient rich and high quality. Some products contain more than one carrier oil to improve the synergy of the product.
Take a look at their Radiance facial oil made with cold pressed jojoba oil and sweet almond. These are nutrient rich high quality base oils each serving a different purpose. Jojoba oil mimics the natural sebum of the skin and ensures that this product is non greasy, feels as natural as possible and added a healthy glow to the skin. The Sweet almond oil is effective for blemishes, reducing dark circles and adding moisture to dry skin or combination skin. The products is enhanced with it a super blend of face loving essential oils.