what is fractionated coconut oil?
Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) is made by taking regular coconut oil and processing it in such a way that it becomes odourless, colourless and remains in a liquid state. All of these characteristics are what make FCO one of the most popular carrier oils to use with essential oils and incorporate into self-care and beauty routines. It is easily absorbed by the skin and will not feel overly greasy. FCO is also known to have a long shelf life in comparison to alternative carrier oils and we recommend storing it at room temperature and away from sunlight.
where can I buy fractionated coconut oil?
You can find Fractionated Coconut Oil along with a ton of other raw materials including Aloe Vera Gel Juice, Jojoba Oil, Witch Hazel, Shea Butter and more over on our shop. We also offer a variety of bottles and containers for storing or selling your homemade DIY recipes.
5+ Ways to Use Fractionated Coconut Oil
Dilute Essential Oils For Topical Use
Pure essential oils are very potent and can easily evaporate. To maximize the effectiveness of your essential oils, many people turn to fractionated coconut oil which is known to be one of the most popular carrier oils for blending because it helps dilute and drive essential oils deeper into the skin for optimal absorption. If you have sensitive skin or are using essential oils with a child, a carrier oil should be always be used for safety and precaution.
Relaxing Roller Bottle Recipe: In a 10 ml Roller Bottle, combine 30 drops of pure Lavender essential oil and fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil. Give it a shake and apply to your temples, wrists, neck, and the bottoms of your feet before bed or when you are feeling stressed to promote relaxation. You can also apply your roller bottle while you practise yoga, journal or meditate.Massage Oil Recipe:
Exfoliating Body Scrub
Bring your tired dull skin back to life after a summer in the sun or long winter season. Treat yourself to a pampering session and remove dry, dead skin sitting on the surface of your body by exfoliating. Exfoliating helps to promote cell renewal and prevent clogged pores and ingrown hairs. Recipe below!
All-Natural Body Scrub Recipe:
Combine 1 cup of sugar or salt with ¼ cup FCO and 5 drops of each Lavender and Grapefruit essential oil in a 300ml PET Plastic container (shower safe) or glass jar. We used one part sugar with one part Epsom salt!
Lavender and Grapefruit essential oil are great for skin health. Lavender oil is soothing and healing for dry sensitive skin while Grapefruit oil is known to brighten dull skin.
Choose from salt or sugar. Salt is coarser on the skin whereas sugar is finer and less abrasive. If you have sensitive skin or plan on exfoliating sensitive areas, consider using sugar. There are a variety of different types of sugar that will work, including raw, refined, coconut or brown sugar. If you decide to use salt, we recommend Epsom salt or Himalayan pink salt.
Cleanse and rinse your body before applying your scrub in a circular motion. Avoid exfoliating irritated areas. We recommend doing this about once every few weeks (depending on your skin) followed with a moisturizer like our whipped body butter (see below).
Coarse frizzy hair? Itchy dry scalp? Try applying fractionated coconut oil from root to tip for an ultra-conditioning hair mask for about half an hour before jumping in the shower. This gives your hair ample time to absorb the FCO so it can work its magic—especially if you have long or thick hair! Feel free to add a few drops of Peppermint essential oil for a cooling sensation on your scalp. Follow through with your regular shower routine and wash out the coconut oil (you may find that you have to shampoo a few times).
Makeup Remover & Brush Cleaner
At the end of the night, it’s very tempting to fall asleep without removing your makeup but doing so can clog your pores, trap dirt and not to mention, stain your sheets! But not to worry, just add a few drops of fractionated coconut oil to your face and gently wipe off your makeup using your fingertips, a cotton pad or a warm cloth. And luckily, the coconut oil will leave your face feeling fresh and moisturized, unlike commercial makeup removers which oftentimes dry out your skin.
If you’re guilty of not washing off your makeup before bed, then you’re probably not one to clean your brushes either. We understand; it's tedious and something we easily forget about or avoid doing. But bacteria and old makeup can build up in the bristles over time. This simple all-natural makeup brush cleaner recipe is our go-to. It even makes enough that you can store it in a bottle on your makeup table or bathroom counter for regular cleans.
Whipped Shaving Cream
If you’re in a pinch, you can use fractionated coconut oil on its own as shaving cream but we recommend going all out and making your own whipped shaving cream. This recipe is fluffy, moisturizing and made using only natural ingredients that you can trust! Plus, a little goes a long way!
Coconut oil is super moisturizing, natural and has antibacterial properties, meaning it can help prevent razor burns, nicks, irritated skin and ingrown hairs.
Other Uses For FCO
- Minimize Stretch Marks & Wrinkles - FCO promotes hydration, healing and healthy skin
- Natural Deodorant - FCO has antibacterial properties that help prevent odour causing bacteria
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