PRODUCT RELATED QUESTIONS
Cold-pressed oil is a richer variant of oils that we use in our day-to-day lives. It is obtained by crushing a grain, nut or seed using a modern steel press. The grains, nuts and seeds are not precooked and there are no added chemicals or solvents. This way all of the natural antioxidants, vitamins and flavour are retained in the oil, making them great for cooking and skincare.
Both methods are better than the technique used in producing refined oil, as there are no chemicals or solvents used in these processes. In both these approaches, the oil comes from the same source; the only difference is the process & technique applied to extract the oil. Firstly, during the grinding/crushing phase, heat is generated because of the friction. In the wood press method, the heat generated cannot be controlled and therefore the temperature cannot be controlled at which the oil is to be extracted. Whereas in a temperature-controlled oil press method, the heat can be controlled by maintaining the temperature when the oil is extracted.
Controlling the temperature is important because every nut, seed or grain has an optimum temperature at which it can be extracted. Maintaining the extraction temperature helps keep the nutrients in the oil intact, making it healthier to use. That is the reason why the temperature-controlled screw press methods always result in richer, healthier and premium quality oils.
During the grinding/crushing process in the Wood press method, sometimes water is added to cool the press. This can be argued as adulteration by many. Some are also believed to do this in order to dilute the process and get a higher yield.
However, no such addition is needed or entertained in the oil press method. And thus it can be considered as the true cold press method of extraction.
We get our raw materials from APEDA certified farmers and/or other accredited organic certified courses. At Hesthetic, we also run tests on each batch of raw materials at certified laboratories as an added precaution. Thus, each drop of oil that reaches you is processed from the farm to the bottles.
In order to provide you with the cleanest and the healthiest products, we source our grains, seeds and nuts from organic farmers. Since these farmers want their seeds to be organic in all essence of the word, they use organic fertilizers instead of a regular one which is full of pesticides and other chemicals. So, organic seeds tend to cost more than your average seed. Added to this, in our process of oil extraction we only press the seeds. This reduces the yield from the seed while retaining the most nutritional value of the oil.
Thus, all of these together make our cleaner and nutritious oils cost a little more; but your health & wellbeing is always worth it.
ABOUT USAGE RELATED QUESTIONS
Yes, if people are allergic to nuts and seeds they must avoid that particular oil. Please read the labels thoroughly, before using any oil.
All of our oils are 100% natural and can be applied to your skin or hair. For skincare products, we suggest you give our cosmetic range of oils a try. These oils have been extracted just for skincare, using a special process. You can find more about them here.
Edible oils can become rancid due to a variety of reasons. Here are the top reasons why it happens and how you can prevent it:
Air (Oxygen) – Oxidation can lead to oil becoming rancid. Oxidation is hard to stop in oils but here are some steps you can take to slow it down.
Don’t store in vessels where air can get in easily. If you must use a vessel, make sure it has a cap or an airtight cover. Buy oils in bottles with caps or corks and make sure the cap or cork of the bottle is always closed airtight.
Natural Light – Natural light from the sun can also cause the oil to become rancid.
Purchase oils in bottles made from darker (tinted) glass. The dark brown or dark green(amber) glass should do the trick.
Avoid storing your oils on the kitchen table or near the window. Light hampers the life and quality of the oils drastically.
It’s always good to store oils in a very dark and cool area like a cabinet or drawer, where light cannot come in.
Heat – Heat is another factor that can cause the oil to be rancid
Avoid keeping oil next to the stove or the window
It’s always good to store oil in a cool area. For most oils, it’s also good to refrigerate them. This will add to the shelf life of the oil.
Time – Oil is like fresh juice, it’s optimal to use it quickly. It would be best to use the oil within 6 months. Therefore, we recommend buying less, because the more you store, the higher the chances of it going rancid. Buy in 5ltr or less quantity and if possible, on a monthly basis, rather than in 3, 6 or 12-month stocks at a time.