Is The Extra Virgin Olive Oil You Are Using In Your Hair Authentic Or Adulterated?

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So which Extra Virgin Olive oil brands failed the test?

Get yourself a pen and paper and take this list with you the next time you go to the grocery store to purchase olive oil for your hair. The brands you want to stay away from include:

Newman’s Own

Filippo Berio

Safeway

Mazzola


Whole Foods

Bertolli

Mezzetta

Rachel Ray

Star

Pompeian

Carapelli

Which Olive oil brands can you trust?

Take your pen and paper out, and write down this list of brands that produce premium extra virgin olive oil:

Kirkland Organic

Corto Olive

California Olive Ranch (I find this one easily at local stores)

McEvoy Ranch Organic

Lucero

Cobram Estate

Lucini

Where to find the real deal

It’s not surprising that you have to dig for the gold — finding these brands in local supermarkets has been a treasure hunt for me for years.

The only one I have found in different areas of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina is the California Olive Ranch brand. However, if you can’t find any of them, you can head over to Amazon and order it from there.

Now, get prepared to pay a pretty penny because this stuff is the real deal (another warning sign that your olive oil is fake — cheap prices).

Just think of it as fine wine. I suggest staying away from store brands because they are known to be more about money, rather than quality.

An easy test you can do at home to test you olive oil

Now, for the neat trick that I promised you — how to test your olive oil for authenticity. I’ve tried this out myself, so I know this works. I tested the California Olive Ranch against another one that was sold in a pretty green bottle.

Here’s what you do:

1. Take a bowl and pour the olive oils into both.
2. Light the oils on fire
3. Now, watch. The one that actually catches flame and burns is true olive oil.

You would think that all oil burns, but nope. This is a simple test that I will never forget, just in case I can’t find my favorite brand and need to try out another one. By the way, if you do not want to use fire you can just place your olive oil in the fridge and if it solidifies then its authentic.

Stop using adulterated Olive Oil in your hair

The whole purpose of using extra virgin olive oil in your hair is because it’s supposed to be pure and rich in nutrients. EVOO offers so many benefits for your health, hair and skin, but you’re not getting any of that if you’re using those that are oxidized or watered down with low-end oils that actually do more harm than good.

So keep the good list handy and memorize it if you can. What brand of olive oil have you been using? Was it on either of the lists?

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About Safiya Elle


Since 2008, I have been embarking on a journey to all things natural. I'm completely chemical-free (body and hair) and because of this, I was able to avoid the big chop, restore my natural curl patterns, grow my hair to tail bone length and clear my chronic acne. Today, I'm an organic vegan, natural health expert, DIY herbalist, DIY beauty, blogger and shop owner. I enjoy helping others with starting and continuing their journeys to natural hair and skin care, and hopefully an overall healthy lifestyle. On my blog, I share health and natural beauty tips, as well as delicious smoothie and meal recipes (I'm all about flava!) that help to promote healthy skin, hair and body from within. Why not maintain our beauty, as well as our youth? Health is the answer!

About Safiya Elle


Since 2008, I have been embarking on a journey to all things natural. I'm completely chemical-free (body and hair) and because of this, I was able to avoid the big chop, restore my natural curl patterns, grow my hair to tail bone length and clear my chronic acne. Today, I'm an organic vegan, natural health expert, DIY herbalist, DIY beauty, blogger and shop owner. I enjoy helping others with starting and continuing their journeys to natural hair and skin care, and hopefully an overall healthy lifestyle. On my blog, I share health and natural beauty tips, as well as delicious smoothie and meal recipes (I'm all about flava!) that help to promote healthy skin, hair and body from within. Why not maintain our beauty, as well as our youth? Health is the answer!

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Comments

  1. Shawn B.

    Question … is it only certain Bertolli olive oil that is not pure? I did the paper test that you posted in the article and Both of the brands I use lit up so fast I had to stomp out the paper on the ground. I tested Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil 1st This is what I cook with and originally used this on my hair. It’s still my backup should I run out of the main one I use for my hair. The paper caught on fire & the intensity was way more than I was expecting. My poor carpet is forever damaged. l0l

    So the next the next kind I tested was Zoe Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I had the exact same results as I did with Bertolli olive oil. I was more prepared for the flames.

    On the list Bertolli is listed as bad, but according to the test it as good. ?!?!Here is the pick of the Bertolli that I use.

    1. Safiya Elle

      I’m sorry, I put up the test wrong — we had actually placed the oil in a small bowl and lit it. Obviously it would burn a paper regardless lol.I will go back and have the article edited to reflect this. So if the oil stays lit, then it is authentic and if it doesn’t then it isn’t. This was a few years ago and I thought we used paper. Sorry!

  2. Shawn B.

    Question … is it only certain Bertolli olive oil that is not pure? I did the paper test that you posted in the article and Both of the brands I use lit up so fast I had to stomp out the paper on the ground. I tested Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil 1st This is what I cook with and originally used this on my hair. It’s still my backup should I run out of the main one I use for my hair. The paper caught on fire & the intensity was way more than I was expecting. My poor carpet is forever damaged. l0l

    So the next the next kind I tested was Zoe Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I had the exact same results as I did with Bertolli olive oil. I was more prepared for the flames.

    On the list Bertolli is listed as bad, but according to the test it as good. ?!?!????????Here is the pick of the Bertolli that I use.

    1. Safiya Elle

      I’m sorry, I put up the test wrong — we had actually placed the oil in a small bowl and lit it. Obviously it would burn a paper regardless lol.I will go back and have the article edited to reflect this. So if the oil stays lit, then it is authentic and if it doesn’t then it isn’t. This was a few years ago and I thought we used paper. Sorry!

      Also I just looked up another way to tell — place it in the fridge and if it becomes solid then it’s authentic.

  3. Capri C.

    I’ve read the original findings that this article bases it’s foundation on a couple of years ago and made the switch to the California brand immediately. Regardless if the paper catches fire, they don’t perform that same test when testing to see if the olive oil is in fact the real deal. I purchase the chefs size of the California evoo (via. walmart) and cook and add in hair mixes. It price is up there, but it truly will last you. So far, so good.

    1. Safiya Elle

      I wrote the wrong test — should be bowl. Light the bowl of oil and if it holds it shows that its authentic. Extra virgin oils were used in the past to light oil lamps before electricity, so this is a way to tell.

  4. Capri C.

    I’ve read the original findings that this article bases it’s foundation on a couple of years ago and made the switch to the California brand immediately. Regardless if the paper catches fire, they don’t perform that same test when testing to see if the olive oil is in fact the real deal. I purchase the chefs size of the California evoo (via. walmart) and cook and add in hair mixes. It price is up there, but it truly will last you. So far, so good.

    1. Safiya Elle

      I wrote the wrong test — should be bowl. Light the bowl of oil and if it holds it shows that its authentic. Extra virgin oils were used in the past to light oil lamps before electricity, so this is a way to tell.

  5. Elizabeth Moore

    Same here….I went to Walmart today and bought the Lucini Oil and mixed it with Grapeseed and Sesame Oil

  6. Tabatha

    I learned about the fridge test from Dr. Oz. i like that one better because I test it and if it doesn’t solidify then I take it back. It’s un-opened and they don’t have an issue with it. It is weird that the birth place of olives doesn’t make the mark. Also don’t buy Olive oil that come in clear bottles that’s an easy sign as well that it’s not authentic. You don’t want sunlight penetrating your oil like that.

  7. Tabatha

    I learned about the fridge test from Dr. Oz. i like that one better because I test it and if it doesn’t solidify then I take it back. It’s un-opened and they don’t have an issue with it. It is weird that the birth place of olives doesn’t make the mark. Also don’t buy Olive oil that come in clear bottles that’s an easy sign as well that it’s not authentic. You don’t want sunlight penetrating your oil like that.

  8. Christine

    Wow that’s crazy it’s like I always say our natural products for us is in our home lands where are roots were formed. Thanks for the info, you know it’s kind of upsetting to know that food companies do more harm then good, but good for the ppl who don’t get recognized

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