Why most cosmetic oils used even if natural are refined, and why ALL our oils are extra-virgin and cold-pressed! –

Looking at this particular brand of olive oil and extra-virgin olive oil side by side, you can see that the extra-virgin olive oil has a noticeably darker color, while the regular olive oil has a lighter, brighter hue.

This color differential, however, varies from brand to brand, and it is deceptive. You cannot use color to reliably tell two grades of oil apart. Olive oils can vary drastically in taste and quality, and color is only one factor and not the distinguishing one.

Olive oil also falls into two distinct categories: refined and unrefined. While unrefined oils are pure and untreated, refined oil is treated to remove flaws from the oil, making it more sellable.

Richard Gawel is an olive oil expert and long-time appointee as Presiding Judge in various major olive oil shows. On the difference of refined and unrefined oils he says, “Refined oils have little or no olive aroma, flavour, or colour (what they have gets there via blending in few percent of an extra-virgin oil). They also have no bitterness. ”In contrast to unrefined extra-virgin olive oil, refined oils “lack the important antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that make extra-virgin oil so special.”

Source: What’s the Difference Between Regular Olive Oil and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil? | Kitchn