let's start with the basics.
What is Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO)? Easily absorbed and not overly greasy, 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. These characteristics are what make FCO one of the most popular carrier oils. FCO is also known to have a longer shelf life in comparison to alternative carrier oils (we recommend storing it at room temperature and away from sunlight).
Here are for 4 ways you can use FCO:
1. dilute essential oils for topical use
FCO is known to be one of the most popular carrier oils for blending because it a) helps dilute essential oils, and b) drives essential oils deeper into the skin for optimal absorption. Pure essential oils are very potent and can easily evaporate. Blending with fractionated coconut oil maximizes the effectiveness of your essential oils.
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 FCO.
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 before yoga, journaling or meditation).
massage oil recipe
Add 15 drops of cypress and grapefruit essential oil to a 30ml bottle and top with fractionated coconut oil. Massage into sore muscles for a soothing experience. Double the recipe for a 60ml bottle.
2. exfoliating body scrub
Bring tired dull skin back to life and treat yourself to a pampering session! Exfoliating helps to remove dry and dead skin, promote cell renewal, and prevent clogged pores and ingrown hair.
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 shower safe plastic or glass jar.
Cleanse and rinse your body, then apply 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.
Why lavender and grapefruit essential oils? are great for skin health. Lavender oil is soothing and healing for dry sensitive skin, while Grapefruit oil is known to brighten dull skin.
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. You could also try using one part sugar and one part Epsom salt.
FCO will help restore moisture and leave your skin feeling soft and healthy. You may also try Jojoba Oil if you wish.
3. moisturizing hair mask
Coarse frizzy hair? Itchy dry scalp? Try applying FCO from root to tip (try adding a few drops of Peppermint essential oil for a cooling sensation on your scalp) for an ultra-conditioning hair mask. Apply about half an hour before jumping in the shower to give your hair ample time to absorb the FCO and work its magic (especially if you have long or thick hair). Follow through with your regular shower routine and thoroughly wash out the FCO.
4. makeup remover
It’s easy to fall asleep without removing your makeup but forgetting to do so can clog your pores and trap dirt (and stain your sheets!). Keep it clean by adding a few drops of fractionated coconut oil to a cotton pad or warm cloth (or use your fingers) and gently wipe off your makeup. The coconut oil will leave your face feeling fresh and moisturized, unlike commercial makeup removers which commonly dry out skin.
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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