You should be choosing organic
Coconut oil* filled with herbicides and insecticides isn’t something that you want to put into your natural hair. The only way to ensure that you aren’t is to go organic.
Although coconuts aren’t high-risk for pesticide use or genetic modification, organic is the better option. You still have to worry about the type of fertilizer that is being used to grow them, which may contain all sorts of chemicals.
If you are a humanitarian, you’ll also find that buying organic helps to ensure that the people who grow and process them across seas are paid fairly — so you’d be supporting the Fair Trade Act.
Only buy coconut* oil in glass jars
When it comes to storing food and oil, plastic is never the option to choose. There’s plenty of coconut oil being sold in plastic jars, which are filled with toxins that are being released into the oil. Then when you place the oil on your skin or scalp, it’s absorbed into your body.
And what makes it worse is that heat causes the leaching of the toxins into the oil to occur quicker. Since oil is heated before being placed in the jar, you can imagine all the leaching action that is happening. Not to mention, the transport to your local store, which is most likely in a hot trailer.
Quality coconut oil brands you should check out
There are a variety of trustworthy coconut oil brands that you can purchase from. You just have to make sure to do your research about the company and their methods of growing and processing their oil.
But to help you along, here are five coconut oil* brands that are considered to be high quality:
Nutiva Virgin Coconut Oil: Sold in a glass jar, grown in Southeast Asia, sold from California, organic, cold-pressed from coconuts that are fresh and isn’t deodorized.
Alpha DME Virgin Coconut Oil: Hand-pressed fresh coconuts (DME), fair trade certified, isn’t deodorized, sold in glass jar, organic, grown in Solomon Islands and sold from British Columbia.
Artisana Virgin Coconut Oil: Cold-pressed/raw, isn’t deodorized, grown in Southeast Asia, sold from California, sold in glass jar and organic.
Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil: Grown on family plantations, uses traditional small-batch pressing on fresh coconuts, organic, sold in glass jars, not deodorized, grown in Philippines and sold from Wisconsin.
Again, these are just some of the brands that have been checked out. If you want to do more digging around on others, you should definitely do so!
What brand and version of coconut* oil are you currently using on your natural hair?