Unrefined vs refined carrier oils: which is best?

Do you pay attention to all of the different jargon about how your ingredients are sourced or processed… unrefined, virgin, cold-pressed, and so on? In this article we’ll explore unrefined vs refined carrier oils. When you are starting out formulating natural products with oils, butters and other ingredients, it is easy to become dazed with

Renewable Fuel Standard

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a federal program that requires transportation fuel sold in the United States to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuels. The RFS originated with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and was expanded and extended by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007(EISA). The RFS requires renewable fuel to be blended

Processing and refining edible oils

Processing can remove the components of edible oils which may have negative effects on taste, stability, appearance or nutritional value. To the extent possible, processing should preserve tocopherols and prevent chemical changes in the triacyglycerols. Rural vegetable oil production Rural oil extraction usually occurs near the areas of raw material production. This provides the smallscale

Biodiesel Fuel Basics

Biodiesel is a renewable, biodegradable fuel manufactured domestically from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant grease. Biodiesel meets both the biomass-based diesel and overall advanced biofuel requirement of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Biodiesel is a liquid fuel often referred to as B100 or neat biodiesel in its pure, unblended form. Like petroleum diesel, biodiesel is

What Is Biodiesel?

What Is Biodiesel? Biodiesel is an alternative fuel similar to conventional or ‘fossil’ diesel. Biodiesel can be produced from straight vegetable oil, animal oil/fats, tallow and waste cooking oil. The process used to convert these oils to Biodiesel is called transesterification. This process is described in more detail below. The largest possible source of suitable