DIY: How to make extra virgin coconut oil at home

Hello, coconut lovers! Are you tired of shelling out big bucks for cold pressed coconut oil? Well, fear not because making your own at home is easier than you might think! Not only is it a cost-effective solution, but you also get the satisfaction of knowing that your oil is pure, undiluted, and full of all the natural goodness of coconut. So, let’s start analyzing this fun and easy DIY project and learn how to make cold pressed coconut oil at home!

Coconut oil is a versatile oil that has a variety of uses, from cooking to hair care. The oil is found in the flesh of mature coconuts, and one of the best ways to extract coconut oil is through the cold-pressing process. Cold-pressed coconut oil is pure, unrefined, and retains all the natural nutrients and flavor of the coconut.

Virgin vs extra virgin vs cold pressed coconut oil

Virgin, extra virgin, and cold-pressed coconut oil are all types of coconut oil, but they vary in their production methods and quality. Virgin and extra virgin coconut oil is made from fresh coconut meat and is usually produced using mechanical methods. Extra virgin coconut oil is made from the first pressing of coconut meat and has a strong coconut flavor and aroma. Cold pressed coconut oil is also made using mechanical methods, but without the use of heat, and is considered to be of the highest quality due to the preservation of natural ingredients and flavors.

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Find out about the different types of coconut oil and which one is best for you. Image source: Shutterstock

Also read: Here’s why cold pressed hair oil is the best choice for your hair

Benefits of pressed coconut oil for hair

Cold-pressed coconut oil is a popular ingredient in natural hair care products because of its potential benefits. Here are some of the ways cold pressed coconut oil can benefit your hair:

1. Hair conditions: Cold-pressed coconut oil can help moisturize and condition hair, leaving it soft and shiny. It can also help prevent splits and splits.

2. Promotes hair growth: The nutrients present in cold pressed coconut oil can help nourish the scalp and promote healthy hair growth.

3. Prevents Dandruff: The antifungal properties of cold-pressed coconut oil can help prevent dandruff and other skin infections.

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From hair to skin, cold pressed coconut oil is the perfect solution! Image source: Shutterstock

Besides being good for our hair, cold pressed coconut oil is also great for moisturizing the skin, preventing acne, and acting as a chemical-free makeup remover.

How to make cold pressed coconut oil at home?

Although cold pressed coconut oil is readily available in the markets, it is very expensive and what marketed product can be better than the homemade stuff? So, let’s look at how to make cold pressed coconut oil:


*2-3 ripe coconuts
*Cheesecloth (Muslin cloth)
*A large container
*Container with a lid


1. Open the coconut and remove the meat (coconut malai) from the shells. You can do this by using a coconut scraper or a knife. Once the meat is removed, rinse it with water to remove any debris.

You need coconut malai to make its oil. Image source: Shutterstock

2. Cut the coconut meat into small pieces and put them in a blender. Add enough water to cover the meat, and blend until the mixture is smooth.

3. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and use a cheesecloth to strain the liquid. Squeeze the muslin cloth to remove as much liquid as possible.

4. Put the liquid in a jar with a lid and let it sit for 24-48 hours. During this time, the oil will naturally separate from the water and rise to the top of the pot.

5. After 24-48 hours, remove the layer of coconut oil from the top of the jar and transfer to another container. You can use a spoon to scoop out the fat or pour it carefully.

6. Store cold pressed coconut oil in a jar with a lid in a cool, dry place. The oil should last for several months if stored properly.


*Use only mature coconuts to ensure maximum oil yield.
*Make sure to mix the coconut meat with enough water to make a smooth mixture.
*If you live in a cold climate, you may need to warm the coconut oil slightly to make it easier to use.

Making cold pressed coconut oil at home is easy and requires only a few ingredients. The resulting oil is pure and unfiltered. Use it for cooking, baking, or as a natural skin care or hair care product.

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