Why would I use fractionated coconut oil instead of unrefined and organic coconut oil?
When the air temperature falls below 76 degrees Fahrenheit (24 C), organic coconut oil turns to a solid. However, fractionated coconut oil never hardens and remains a liquid.
Using whole coconut oil in cooler months can be challenging. Especially when applying as a leave in for your hair. Coconut oil easily warms up and melts in your hands but in cooler temperatures, the oil may stiffen up and make your hair feel hard.
This doesn’t mean that you cannot use organic coconut oil all year round. In fact, fractionated coconut oil has not replaced my use of organic coconut oil. It’s just another type of carrier oil that I’ve added to my hair and skin care regimen.
How does fractionated coconut oil differ from organic unrefined coconut oil?
Organic coconut oil contains both long and medium chain fatty acids. In fractionated coconut oil the long chain fatty acids have been removed.
This leaves behind a fraction of the oil. This process causes the oil to remain odorless and a liquid in all temperatures.
What are the benefits and uses of fractionated coconut oil?
Since fractionated coconut oil remains in a liquid state, it is easy to apply to the hair and skin. The oil is very lightweight. It penetrates and moisturizes even the driest areas of my skin.
You can also use the oil to condition your hair or add to shampoos for softening and strengthening benefits.
Fractionated coconut oil is odorless. That is the one thing I miss when using it… the beautiful fragrance of coconut oil. 🙂
Yet because the oil is liquid and scent free, it is expedient for making homemade soaps, lotions and cosmetics.
It also works well when blending with essential oils for aromatherapy benefits.
It is soft to the skin like baby oil but fractionated coconut oil is non-greasy. It will not clog your pores or stain your clothes. The oil is soft and smooth on the skin, and makes for comforting massage oil.
The shelf life of fractionated coconut oil is about five years. If you have other carrier oils, you can blend them with fractionated coconut oil to extend their shelf life.
Can you cook with fractionated coconut oil?
Not all sources agree that you can cook with fractionated coconut oil. It’s not a matter of fractionated coconut oil being bad for you health. Rather according to various sources, the body is not getting all of the nutrients that whole coconut oil provides.
I would just assume stick with my organic oil when it comes to cooking. Organic coconut oil is easy to find in your local grocery and online.
To shop for fractionated coconut oil, check out the links below. There are several brands available on Amazon!
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