We don't call ours "Virgin" for nothing.
Early on, when I was in the testing phase, I learned what a typical "refining" process looks like. I was surprised. First, caustic soda or sodium hydroxide is added to the raw oil, followed by bleach. The oil is then “deodorized." At this point, the oil is "cut" with a less expensive oil, thereby cutting the overall cost. Many production facilities actually mass-crush the nuts to produce the oil, removing "impurities with the chemical treatments mentioned above. This is a cheap way of producing the oil, but it leads to a lower quality oil with fewer benefits and lower antioxidant value. Once the manufacturer receives it, essential oils are added to make it fragrant. Companies do this to control the color and odor.
Our marula oil is unrefined and that is an important distinction that many people miss. We wanted ours as pure and as effective as we could get it, so it was an easy choice, albeit a more expensive one. Pure, or virgin, marula oil has a light, pleasantly nutty smell and a pale yellow-orange color. It is more nutrient-dense than its refined counterpart and is higher in antioxidants. After using both side by side, the difference is real. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil absorbs better and just feels more luxurious. Straight from the pip to you...the way nature intended it to be.
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