Coconut oils extracted from coconuts that are pesticide free are known as organic. It is important to note that there are no GMO versions of coconuts, ie they are all natural. There exist some pesticides for coconuts that are sprayed near the roots of the tree, as the coconut tree is quite big. A third-party inspector has to ascertain that the oil is indeed organic; this is fairly expensive.
Virgin means pure. As mentioned in the previous post, virgin coconut oil is extracted from fresh coconut, not dried coconut (copra). You can easily spot virgin coconut oil as it has some distinct qualities such as water-clear colour, mild coconut aroma, and some sweet and salty tastes. This oil is abundant in lauric acid and medium-chain triglycerides.
The term ‘extra-virgin’ is intended to give the idea of extra-pure as used in olive oils. For coconut oil, extra virgin is nothing more than a marketing gimmick. There is no internationally accepted definition of this kind of oil; ‘extra-virgin’ coconut oil is just your average virgin coconut oil.
‘Cold Pressing’ is a process in which a machine is used to press oil from the coconut meat at a temperature below 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This process is designed to preserve some important aspects of the coconut that are lost when other methods are used. Pure, cold-pressed oil is not processed, refined or deodorised.
Unrefined coconut oil is directly extracted from the coconut; it undergoes no further processing such as refining, filtering or adding additives. It has a better taste, more flavour, and many more nutrients than refined coconut oil. Virgin coconut oil is unrefined.