Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated coconut oil, also called “liquid coconut oil,” fit is basically a form of the oil that has had the long-chain fatty acids removed via hydrolysis and steam distillation. Just this one change makes the oil liquid at room temperature, and extends the product’s shelf life.
There are three basic types of fatty acids—short-chain, medium-chain, and long-chain. Long-chain fatty acids have more carbon atoms, which means they require higher temperatures to melt. Fats that are solid at room temperature have longer chain lengths—thus, coconut oil.
One of the fatty acids that’s mostly removed in fractionation is lauric acid—a type of “healthy” saturated fat found in high quantities in coconut and palm kernel oils. It’s a great fat to have in skin care because it’s so moisturizing and cleansing. Removing it, though, gives us the liquid product we need to use in items like Facial Oils.
Once the lauric acid and other long-chain fatty acids are gone, you’re still left with a lot of good stuff, including medium chain fatty acids like capric, caprylic, myristic and palmitic, all of which retain their super-moisturizing capabilities. You also still have the natural antioxidants, which protect from environmental stressors, and nutrients like vitamins A and E, which help maintain a tighter, firmer look.
Fractionated coconut oil is completely soluble with other oils, which makes it the perfect carrier oil, capable of ushering other oils into the skin. It’s also extremely light, and absorbs quickly into the skin without clogging pores. You’re left with a soft, smooth feeling that won’t exacerbate oiliness or leave you feeling greasy.
Fractionated coconut oil (FCO) is a carrier oil that can be used with essential oils. It is a perfect compliment for your oils as you will see.
Unlike regular coconut oil that is in a solid state and only liquid at warmer temperature, fractionated coconut oil is always in liquid form. This is great for your essential oils because it will allow you to apply your oils a lot easier!
Another difference between coconut oil and fractionated coconut oil is the smell. While some love the smell of coconut oil, there are some who people don’t. Good news, fractionated coconut oil is odorless.
It is widely used in the preparation of soaps, lotions, ointments, and other cosmetics.
It is used as a carrier oil since it facilitates the absorption of other oils and herbal extracts.
It is also used in a number of hair care applications.
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