Which is the better purchase? Spectrum's Refined Coconut Oil from Publix or Emerald Laboratories Extra Virgin Certified Organic Coconut Oil from GNC.
The former is about $9 for 14 oz., the latter about $13 for 16 oz.
Manufacturer's of coconut oil say there is no distinction between virgin and extra virgin coconut oil as there is with olive oil. However, refined-expeller pressed coconut oil is said to be inferior as it loses it's rich smell and sweet taste. I have purchased and tried both of these products and now know these statements to be true. The GNC brand has a lighter consistency and penetrates easily into my hair so well that I don't use it to seal and I know of another fab heat styled natural who uses it to moisturize.
I learned my lesson. I still have 85% of the refined coconut oil in my product junkie pile. Always go for the all natural unrefined grade when it comes to oils for your hair and scalp.