MORE ABOUT OILS, If your coconut oil doesn't smell or taste like coconuts then don't bother using it. It could be more harmful than good and not of any use except for a hair conditioner. Instead look for the brands that say extra virgin coconut oil.
There are two primary categories of coconut oil – refined and unrefined. Here’s the difference:
• Refined Coconut Oil
Refined coconut oil is oil that’s been deodorized, bleached, and comes from dried coconut meat called copra. The oil that’s derived from copra needs to be purified using bleaching clays since impurities arise while it’s being dried. Extreme heat is then used in order to thoroughly deodorize the oil, which eliminates its characteristic flavor and smell. Some brands utilize chemical solvents so they can extract as much coconut oil as possible from the coconut’s meat.
• Unrefined Coconut Oil
Unrefined coconut oil is commonly referred to as pure coconut oil, organic coconut oil, or extra virgin coconut oil.
The oil itself is extracted from the fresh meat of the coconut instead of drying it first. The fresh meat goes through one of two processes: quick drying or wet milling.
The most commonly used technique is quick drying. This process quickly dries the meat and then the oil is expressed using a machine. Wet milling is the process whereby the milk of the coconut is completely expressed from the virgin meat and then immediately boiled, fermented, and then separated from the coconut milk through the use of centrifuge or enzymes.