But the question is, can I use these food grade oils on my skin?
I know some of you have the same question and I’ll attempt to answer this today.
The difference between food grade and cosmetic grade oil is very subtle and sometimes, the only difference is the production process. A vegetable oil that is intended for food processing will become a cosmetic grade material if used in a non-food processing facility because food processors must comply with food handling permits, as well as inspections by the local health department.
Cosmetic grade cannot be used for cooking
And obviously, while the difference between the two grades of oils maybe subtle, you can never use cosmetic grade oils for cooking. The reason is some cosmetic oils are stabilized with chemicals which could be harmful to consume. Even if they are 100% pure, I would not recommend as they are not produced according to requirements for food safety.
I have been using the cosmetic grade for many years thinking (of course) I was making better products because they are more expensive than the food grade. I believed naively the marketing of the suppliers, that ingredients less refined were more nourishing for the skin.
Now that makes me think twice and I get mad; if these ingredients are less refined why are they more expensive?
Why cosmetic grade ingredients are not edible, if they are so good!
From now on, I will look at the food industry to buy my raw ingredients, making sure I offer the best for my clients and... I will save a lot of money!
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