Fractionated Coconut Oil – Uses, Preparation & Composition

Fractionated coconut oil is a fraction of coconut oil where the other fatty acids are separated from the oil for different uses. It is predominantly composed of saturated fatty acids, and it is rich in medium-chain fatty acids. Being rich in saturated fatty acids, it is highly stable. Human nature is such that it is never satisfied or contented. It is always looking for more.

Therefore, we started looking for a more stable form of oil which would be more beneficial for health as well, in addition to having a very long shelf life and all the qualities of coconut oil. The outcome was – “Fractionated Coconut Oil”.

What is Fractionated Coconut Oil?

As the name implies, Fractionated coconut oil is a fraction of the coconut oil from which almost all the long chain triglycerides are removed, thus leaving mainly the medium-chain triglycerides and making it an absolutely saturated oil. This saturation gives it a very long shelf life and greatly increased stability.

In addition, fractionating raises the comparative concentration of Capric acid and Caprylic acid, thus giving it more of antioxidant and disinfecting effect.

Preparation of Fractionated Coconut Oil

For this, hydrolysis of coconut oil is first carried out. Then, the product is passed through steam distillation to obtain the fractionated coconut oil. The result is a thin oil full of medium-chain triglycerides.

Composition of Fractionated Coconut Oil

Fractionated coconut oil is predominantly composed of Capric and Caprylic acids.

Uses of Fractionated Coconut Oil

Being thin and stable, it has plenty of uses which can be broadly categorized in the following applications.



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 used due to its antiseptic and disinfectant properties.

Hair Care

It is also used in a number of hair care applications.

Culinary Usage

It is used in cooking, as it does not go rancid easily and is very stable.


Since it involves a lot more processing (such as hydrolysis and steam distillation) than ordinary coconut oil, it is going to be slightly more expensive. However, the additional cost does have its own benefits and justifications. Keeping in mind it’s extremely long shelf life, stability, and rancidity-resistant properties, it is well worth the price you pay.

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i'm older man, my hair is the best ever ever seen with no oil

it is recommended to take everyday coconut oil for Alzheimer's etc. can fractioned be used in place of this?

has anybody discussed this with a chemist? The process of fractionating, how do we know it's safe?



I was given Fractionated coconut oil as a gift. I was told that it is the greatest thing for softening summer sandal feet. Turns out It is the greatest massage oil EVER!!! No sticky or oily residue and feels like silk. Total thumbs up!

could of gone into more details for example effects on hair, skin, but good start.

I don't like the idea and science behind it. People tend to run for anything new that's presented to them. I will stick with the virgin type.

Andrea Unsworth

Hmmm...good starting artical. More science needed...I will keep researching, thanx 🙂

Tracey Lin Miller

I'm an organic kind of girl, but as an old person,with chronic ailments, I'm always I'm always looking for them miracle cure among the organics. After doing the research on oil, I'm giving it a try and all I can say is wow! BIG SURPRISE! Energy level up, without feeling wired. Pain minimized (arthritis everywhere means always in pain,not now). More focused and clear thinking, to name a couple of things! I've only been taking coconut oil for a couple of weeks, 1tsp 3 times day, and the results are excellent!

anything to share? solvents ever involved? totally safe for skin, food?

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