Difference between Olive Oil and Pomace Oil

Key difference: Sometimes; there are big confusion between the oils and their types. Olive and Pomace Oils belong to the same oil categories; i.e. pomace oil is a type of olive oil which is extracted from the olive pulps after the first press, whereas the general olive oil is obtained from the pure olive seeds or olive fruits.

Cooking oils are known for their unique flavors, as they are extracted from plant sources like nuts, olives and seeds. The olive and pomace oils are rich in the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Also, these oils have low cholesterol content, and hence are generally preferred for the coronary disorders.

Olive oil is pure olive fruit oil, which is rich in its nutritive content and also beneficial in many health issues and factors. Especially in the carcinogenic and heart related problems. The oil exists in three different types, grades or uses which are classified according to their method of extraction, they are:

  • Extra Virgin olive oil- comes from the first pressing of the olives,
  • Virgin Olive oil - oil does not undergo any refinement;
  • Olive oil - it’s a blend of virgin olive oil and lower-quality refined olive oil;
  • Olive Pomace oil - this is very refined olive oil, obtained from the residue that remains once the oil is pressed

Olive oils of particular flavor texture and shelf-life makes them more useful in different applications like, human direct consumption on bread, or salads; also applicable in the indirect consumption in domestic cooking and catering, along with the industrial uses such as animal feed or engineering. They are also used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, soaps and as fuel for traditional oil lamps.

Pomace olive oils are one of the grade or types of olive oils, which are obtained by extracting the pulp from the olive seeds after the first press. After the real or mechanical extraction of the oil from the olive seeds, approximately 5-8% of the oil remains back inside the pulp, which is afterwards extracted with the help of solvents, that is the Pomace Olive Oil.

The pomace oil is also an olive oil, but it is not called so, because as per the International Olive Council, the olive oil is defined as “the oil obtained solely from the fruit of the olive tree, to the exclusion of oils obtained using solvents or re-esterification processes.”  The oil is applicable in varieties of uses in the industrial, beauty and culinary industries. The oil has proven to be beneficial in treating the hair related problems and issues, for reducing the skin's dryness and treating the wrinkles and inflammations. It is also used as a carrier in aromatherapy products and as a fuel in lamps. The caution required for the oil is, it is to be kept in an airtight dark container so that it doesn’t go rancid.

Olive and Pomace oils have all the health factors in common to each-other, they both belong to the same base seed; only the difference is one is obtained from the core seed or fruit, while other is obtained from the pulp of that seed. Olive oil is applicable in many sectors, whereas the applications of pomace olive oil differs; i.e. pomace oil is graded from a blend of refined pomace oil and virgin olive oil, and hence it is fit for human consumption; while, the crude pomace olive oil is suitable only for industrial purposes. In health benefit comparisons the olive oil wins the competition as it has more essential remedial application as compared to that of the pomace olive oil. 

Comparison between Olive Oil and Pomace Oil:


Olive Oil

Pomace Oil

Obtained from

olive fruit or seed

fruit pulp

Mainly applicable in

diabetic treatments and heart disease

skin, hair and aromatherapy


According to the extraction processes they are of:

  • Extra-virgin olive
  • Virgin olive oil
  • Refined olive oil
  • Olive Pomace oil

According to the uses, the oil is available for:

  • Industrial
  • Beauty
  • Culinary industries



Olive oil consists of pomace oil as one of its types or grades.

Pomace olive oil is one type of Olive oil.

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