Do we really want to use hydrogenated oils in skin care? The hydrogenated oil process is basically heating oils to a very high temperature which renders them rancid. The oils are then treated with hydrogen. Many manufacturers add a perfume to neutralize the smell. The oils then become thick and spreadable. This practice increases the shelf life of the oils.
I question heating oils at such high-temperatures. It removes all the great properties we look for in crafting natural high-end body care. Professional crafters take such pride to stand above the big commercial cosmetic manufacturers, we may want to consider upping our game by using nonhydrogenated virgin unrefined oils. How do crafters label their products when using hydrogenated I wonder?
It is my goal to use virgin, cold pressed, unrefined and if possible organic oils. Using these lovely oils does come with some caveats. Virgin oils can have a shorter shelf life and are often not a neutral color. They can have a smell of the plant where the oils come from. If you can live with that, go for it. Virgin oils can also be a little more costly.
Let’s look at the coffee butter on the market. Most contain hydrogenated vegetable oils It looks great, smells wonderful that is true. It must be less expensive to produce and that means higher profit margins for the producer. Soap & More manufactures their own coffee butter using refined coconut oil (no smell and a hard oil) combined with fair trade coffee infused MCT oil and coffee essential oil. This is what makes us stand out as we continue to march to the beat of our own drum. Most aloe vera butter on the market is also manufactured with the use of hydrogenated vegetable oils. Keep an eye out for the inferior oils and butters.
Vegetable oils contain a number of nutrients that play an essential role in the metabolism of our skin. They are at the basis for having lovely skin. This is a good reason why one should make use of the vegetable oil properties, especially by mixing up their skincare uses, but one must first understand the way they should be extracted in order to get the best out of their use!
Vegetable oil is qualified as virgin or refined according to the way it has been extracted. If the extraction is done by pressing, then it is considered virgin oil. If the extraction is carried out by solvents, then it is called refined oil, which allows one to obtain a “standardized” oil by modifying its fatty acids. But for the case of “virgin” oils, one gets an oil that is pure, without any foreign substances, exclusively purified through physical processes, and cannot have been submitted to any other treatments.
After refinement, degradation of the nutritional value occurs. This means the natural Vitamin E with its antioxidant regenerative and anti-inflammatory properties are gone. The loss of the biological activity of essential fatty acids which are the base for a hydrated, plump, and dense skin, that is supple and luminous occurs. The beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant element is degraded as well as the disappearance of phospholipids and sterols that play a key role in cellular growth and the function of the skin’s plasma membrane.