As from the name of the coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil is a portion of coconut oil. As most of us know coconut oil is so good for our pleasant health, but even now there are some point that we need to know very well about coconut oil.
It is predominantly made up of saturated fatty acids, and which are mainly composed of medium chain fatty acids. The presence of saturated fatty acids that’s an indicator that they are highly stable. Obviously as we know our bodies needs to be continuously be filled with these, and constantly desire for more of them.
Fractionated coconut oil is not just like your regular cold- pressed coconut oil which becomes solid at the room temperature, though it’s ability as a emollient and as a moisturizer is still the same.
During the processing of the fractionated coconut oil, it is regularly heated, this to separate certain fatty acids into it components. This step in the general processing of fractionated coconut oil helps to clarify, refine and deodorize the oil.
The cost of the fractionated coconut oil is going to be slightly higher due to a lot of processing that is involved in the processing, like hydrolysis and steam distillation. However it’s true saying that the additional cost does not have its own benefit and justification.
Despite of the its high cost, it has many additional advantages and uses that we will look into, it has long life stay on shelf, rancidity resistant properties and stability, and hope you will find it worth to pay the high cost due to its properties and advantages.
One of the major components that results from the type of processing of the coconut oil is the medium chain triglyceride which is known as MCT in the industry. And that is what comprises the fractionated coconut oil.
It usually stay clear, and in addition to that it’s highly stable for use in cream and lotions and many other cosmetics that are prepared for skin and hair.
Being chemically different to most other cosmetic ingredients it acts as viscosity regulator and assists in the dispersion of various pigments and other additives.
Other than this very common industrial uses of the fractionated coconut oil, it is also utilized in the this applications:
Cosmetics– Used in the manufacture of soap, ointments, lotions and other many cosmetics.
Medicine– Due to its antiseptic and the disinfectant properties it has been used for medical purpose in health industries.
It penetrates the skin quickly, and in health check cases it will be like the carrier for transdermal therapeutic ingredient. This ability also makes it essential oil and an active one and the best choice among medical practitioners ad massage therapists.
Hair care– Fractionated coconut oil is being used in the hair care applications, that has improved and satisfied the needs of many users due to the effects and outcome it has.
Aromatherapy-As we had said earlier that, it facilitates the absorption of the other oils and herbal extracts, it hence used as a carrier oil.
Culinary usage– Used for cooking just like any other cooking oil that we are familiar with, the best thing about it is it does not go rancid easily and also is very stable.
The fractionated coconut oil is also used as the ultimate massage oil for it has:
- Feather like emollient, gives a soothing barrier, and it does not clog
- Very soluble with other essential
- It is virtually colorless, non- staining and
- Has a silky, non- greasy
- Nourishing to the skin and is PH balanced and hence work with all the skin