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Coconut Oil 76 Degree vs 92 Degree: What is the Difference?

Coconut oil 76 degree vs 92 degree, what is the difference? Let’s get into the details between this two types of coconut oils.

What is coconut oil 76 degree?

The number 76 degree refers to the coconut oil’s melting point. Melting point is a temperature at which a solid substance changes into liquid. So, coconut oil 76 degree is a type of coconut oil that melts at 76⁰ Fahrenheit. This temperature is equal to 24.4⁰ Celsius and can be considered room temperature.

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Another name for coconut oil 76 degree is RBD coconut oil, or refined coconut oil. This is because coconut oil 76 degree undergone refining, bleaching, and deodorization process. More about RBD coconut oil can be read here.

Application of Coconut Oil 76 Degree

In food industry, coconut oil 76 degree is often used as cooking oil. The oil is great for cooking and frying due to its high smoke point at 400⁰ F or 204⁰ C. Moreover, RBD coconut oil can be used in baked goods, confectionary, and as ice cream coatings’ mixture.

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In cosmetics and personal care industries, coconut oil 76 degree is used as an ingredient in soap making, shampoo, skin moisturizers, as well as tanning lotions. As of today, there are hundreds of cosmetic brands that listed coconut oil as their ingredient.

Characteristics of Coconut oil 76 Degree

Apart from the fact that this oil will become liquid at 76⁰ F, there are other visual characteristics of coconut oil 76 degree. The oil has yellow undertone. However, two RBD coconut oil might not always look the same. See the following picture as reference.

different grades of coconut oil 76 degree

There are different grades within refined coconut oil. The highest oil grade would have a very light-yellow colour. On the other hand, oil with lower grade would be darker. In correspond to that, the price of darker oil will be lower than their brighter counterparts. Lighter-coloured oil is desirable for making light-coloured soaps or candles, as the oil colour will minimally interfere with the targeted resulting colour. If you are looking for light-coloured coconut oil 76 with great quality, contact us via email ([email protected]) for more information.

The oil also does not have any coconut taste or smell. Therefore, it will not interfere with food taste or product’s intended fragrance.

What is coconut oil 92 degree?

Coconut oil 92 degree is also known as hydrogenated coconut oil. Same as in coconut oil 76 degree, the number 92 degree refers to the coconut oil’s melting point. Note that temperature of 92⁰ Fahrenheit or 33⁰ Celsius is much higher than regular room temperature. This means coconut oil 92 degree is solid at room temperature.

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RBD coconut oil is made up of about 90% saturated fat. To make coconut oil 92 degree, one need to conduct hydrogenation process on RBD coconut oil. Hydrogenation is a chemical process that adds hydrogen to the unsaturated fatty acid cains. The objective is to turn unsaturated fatty acid into saturated fatty acid. Saturated fat has higher melting point than unsaturated fat. Therefore, the resulting hydrogenated coconut oil will have a higher melting point. Hence, the name coconut oil 92 degree.

To hydrogenate vegetable oil, you will need a metal catalyst, vacuum room, high temperature, and hydrogen. Nickel is usually the preferred metal catalyst. The metal will be removed from the final product. The first large scale production of hydrogenated vegetable oil was done in 1909 in Warrington, England, at Joseph Crosfield & Sons, Limited.

Application of Coconut Oil 92 Degree

Coconut oil 92 degree is great for products that need to be less sensitive to temperature change. For instance, lipstick or lip balm. It can be processed into soap bars as well.

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In food industry, hydrogenated coconut oil can be sold as spreads. It is also used to manufacture biscuits, confectionery products, and cakes. Solid fats are preferred for baking because the fat can mix well with flour. It also produces a more desirable texture. Hydrogenated vegetable oil is also mostly referred as shortening.

Coconut oil 92 degree prolongs shelf-life of food products and maintain flavour stability. Nevertheless, one must beware when consuming a partly hydrogenated oil. Partial hydrogenation leads to the formation of trans fatty acid or trans fat. Trans fat is the result of side reaction with the catalyst of the hydrogenation process. Too much trans fat will increases the level of harmful cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides in the blood stream.

trans fat is a byproduct of hydrogenated coconut oil or coconut oil 92 degree (coconut oil 76 degree vs 92 degree)

Therefore, compared to other hydrogenated vegetable oil, coconut oil 92 can be considered relatively better than most in terms of trans fat content. The reason is because coconut oil has the most amount of saturated fat. Hence, only less amount of unsaturated fat that needs to be hydrogenated or transformed into saturated fat. Ultimately, it will lead to less risk of trans fat.

Characteristics of Coconut Oil 92 Degree

Coconut oil 92 is solid white fat at room temperature. When heated, it will melt into transparent liquid. Thanks to the initial RBD process, the oil does not retain any coconut aroma or smell.

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Coconut Oil 76 Degree vs 92 Degree

Both oil has its own strength. CNO 76 is cheaper and has lower smoke point. It is great for softer products. CNO 92’s higher smoke point is perfect for products that requires hardiness in its texture when exposed to room temperature. For soap bar, both can be used but CNO 92 will create a harder bar.

What is Coconut Oil 110 Degree?

Coconut oil 110 degree has even higher melting point than coconut oil 92. The oil is perfect for harder food or baking goods. Coconut oil 110 degree is made of hydrogenated coconut oil mixed with hydrogenated soybean oil. Currently, our factory does not produce coconut oil 110 degree.

Coconut oil is a versatile oil with a lot of derivative products. There are more variations that the three types described above. Each oil type has their own specific use. We hope this article could give a glimpse of information and we wish you all the best in your business.

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