View Full Version : Is there a difference between coconut butter and oil?
10-14-2006, 05:20 AM
I would like to know if there is a difference between coconut butter and oil. I got some coconut oil from the store, which looked like lard. When I put it in water, then it changed into oil. It was tastless and colorless. Then from rawfood.com I ordered some coconut butter. It was raw, and smelled like coconuts. I also got a book about the benefits of coconut oil called Cocnut Oil Miricle. In the book the author said its good for your skin too. So, I slathered it on my face.. but when I work up, it didn't have that nice coconutty smell.. it smelled RANCID... however, my face was soft.. so I dont think I could do that again. I would like to know if there was a difference between coconut butter and coconut oil. When I put the coconut butter in hot water, it melted, but still looked the same. When I put the oil in hot water, it looked like oil. So, would someone please tell me the difference.
10-14-2006, 09:39 AM
I don't have any experience with coconut butter - but I can at least volunteer this about the oil - make sure you have the extra virgin coconut oil. While some people leave the oil on for extended periods, I think the optimum time is about one hour.
While on my juice fast (Day 12 of 30), I have noticed my facial skin has not been as smooth as normal which I chalk up to detoxing. Last night I took about 1/8 teaspoon of the coconut oil in the solid state and combined that with sea salt in the palm of my hand. I then massaged that all over my face to exfoliate. I left it on for about 15 minutes and then rinsed with warm water.
I followed that up with Zia's "Fresh Papaya Enzyme Peel" which is bought at Whole Foods and left it on overnight (the mask is translucent).
There is an absolute 180 degree difference in my skin today. No more rough spots, insanely smooth and soft.
10-14-2006, 09:51 AM
Coconut butter and coconut oil are the same. It hardens at a cooler temperature so is very much like a butter. It liquifies at room temperature. Olive oil also hardens in the fridge.
Now, cacao butter or cocoa butter is different. It is what white chocolate is made. You can purchase it raw, now, and make desserts and cosmetics.
Natural Zing has it (http://www.naturalzing.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=cocoabutter&x=0&y=0)
Nature's First Law (http://www.rawfood.com/cgi-bin/order/index.cgi?id=495679443583-1155&d=single&item_id=0972&c=Raw/Organic_Food&sc=Cacao/Chocolate&tc=) as well.
Coconut oil/butter (http://www.naturalzing.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=175) comes usually in a jar.
10-14-2006, 03:29 PM
I think it looked different because one was raw and the other wasn't???
10-14-2006, 06:15 PM
it looks different because coconut butter is made withe flesh of the cocnut too, it's not just the oil...thats why when it melts it just gets creamier and not like a clear oil
10-15-2006, 07:17 AM
Alissa sells both on her site and there she tells you what they both are when you click on the product.
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