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9 Practical Everyday Uses For Fractionated Coconut Oil

uses for fractionated coconut oil

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, then chances are you’re no stranger to fractionated coconut oil! It’s my go-to carrier oil because it’s easy to use, affordable, moisturizing, and incredibly versatile.

You can use it for skin care and hair care, and it even offers a slew of health benefits too. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing 9 of the best ways you can put fractionated coconut oil to good use, both in your personal care routine and around the house! :-)

uses for fractionated coconut oil

What Is Fractionated Coconut Oil?

Fractionated coconut oil (FCO) is coconut oil that has gone through a distillation process to separate the lauric acid from the oil’s solid fats. Once separated, the solid fats are removed from the oil, causing it to remain in a liquid state at any temperature (unlike virgin coconut oil, which is solid at and below room temperature.)

While thick and creamy virgin coconut oil is handy in the kitchen and for a variety of grooming endeavors, fractionated coconut oil is absorbed more readily by your skin. Another advantage of virgin coconut oil, especially when used in health and beauty DIYs, is that combines more easily with liquid ingredients like essential oils, honey, etc.

As promised, below you’ll find a list of 9 ways you can make the most of fractionated coconut oil’s unique properties and benefits.

9 Practical Uses For Fractionated Coconut Oil

uses for fractionated coconut oil

1. Moisturize Dry Hair And Scalp

Coconut oil is highly moisturizing, making it an excellent treatment option for dry or frizzy hair. Comb fractionated coconut oil through wet hair and massage it into your scalp.

Then tuck your hair into a shower cap and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Afterward, shampoo your hair and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Then brush, dry, and admire your shiny, luxurious mane! :-)

uses for fractionated coconut oil

2. Treat Dry Heels And Elbows

Many people struggle with dry, tough skin on their knees, elbows, and heels. But you can soften and moisturize that tough skin with the help of a little fractionated coconut oil!

Add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil to a tablespoon of FCO, then apply the oil to dry, tough skin for all-day hydration. Or better yet, apply it at night before climbing into bed and soak in all that moisture while you sleep!

uses for fractionated coconut oil

3. Remove Makeup

Fractionated coconut oil makes an effective makeup remover, and it does double-duty by moisturizing while it cleans! Just add a few drops of FCO onto a makeup remover cloth, tissue, cotton pad, or cotton swab to wipe away lipstick, mascara, and foundation effortlessly!

uses for fractionated coconut oil

4. Clean Makeup Brushes

Dirty makeup brushes can harbor all kinds of germs and bacteria that can wreak havoc on your skin. Keep your complexion clear by cleaning your makeup brushes regularly, which you can do with the help of FCO!

Just combine a small amount of fractionated coconut oil with a few drops of lemon essential oil (both of which have cleansing and antibacterial properties) in a shallow bowl to make your brush-cleaning solution. Swish your brushes around in the oils and gently massage the bristles to “scrub” them clean (or better yet, use a silicone trivet!)

When your brushes are clean, rinse them thoroughly and allow them to air dry completely before using them again.

Related: How To Clean Makeup Brushes (And Why It’s So Important)

uses for fractionated coconut oil

5. Condition Leather

If your leather items are looking a little weathered, bring them back to life with fractionated coconut oil! Just apply a bit of the oil to a soft, clean cloth and gently rub it onto the leather to give it a clean and revitalized look.

uses for fractionated coconut oil

6. Tame Frizz And Flyaways

Dry hair is no match against the moisturizing power of coconut oil! Just put a couple of drops in the palm of your hand, rub it between your palms, and then apply lightly to your hair, focusing your attention on dry ends and flyaways.

If you have thin, fine hair, apply FCO sparingly, as it could weigh your hair down. For those of you with coarse or dry hair, feel free to use it a bit more liberally to add moisture and shine and to tame those unruly flyaways.

uses for fractionated coconut oil

7. Polish Stainless Steel

Anyone with stainless steel appliances knows how easily they can be smudged and smeared by greasy fingers! To combat smudge marks, just squirt a small amount of FCO onto a paper towel and wipe them away. Afterward, use a microfiber cloth to buff stainless steel appliances and fixtures to a high shine.

uses for fractionated coconut oil

8. Use As A Massage Oil

Does anyone else suffer from super tight shoulders after spending hours working on a computer? Fractionated coconut oil makes a perfect massage oil for tense, stiff muscles!

Start with about 2 tablespoons of FCO, then add 5 drops of lavender oil for a relaxing massage treatment (and a drop of peppermint oil can give it a cooling, slightly tingly effect!) For best results, recruit your spouse or significant other to administer the shoulder rub! ;-)

uses for fractionated coconut oil

9. Make DIY Beauty Products

Fractionated coconut oil is one of the key ingredients in many of my favorite DIYs! It’s an ideal carrier oil for diluting essential oils, plus it’s hydrating and has a very mild scent.

You can use it to make your own homemade cuticle oil, eye serum, body wash, feminine cleanser, foaming hand soap, and more! Whether you’re looking to save money on your personal care routine or just need something that’s gentle enough for sensitive skin, you’ll love these DIY formulas.

Try It For Yourself!

It might help to know that all of my oils are backed by my 100% money-back guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied for any reason, just contact me within 90 days to receive a full refund. So, there’s absolutely no risk in trying it out!


Do you have a favorite use for fractionated coconut oil?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • I’ll have to try the coconut oil on leather. I had tried the lemon essential oil on a leather jacket as Jillee had talked about before in blogs. I will definitely give that a try. Otherwise I’ll have to hunt down some leather conditioner.

  • Jillee, all because of you, I really became interested in essential oils and I just love them. When I first started about a month ago, I thought it would be kind of like a little hobby sort of thing for me, but I am seeing it work into my life and my lifestyle. And now at my age, with no kids and all by myself able to do and buy what I want with no husband asking, “what do you need all of this for?”, it is so much fun! I have made your face serum, eye serum, and two of the foaming soaps for my bathroom and kitchen. Well, no need for me to carry on…I just thank you for your sharing which sparked my interest! Oh, but I love coconut oil as well and am waiting for a 5-pack of carrier oils to arrive, grapeseed and almond are two in there that I recall right now. God bless!

  • I love fractionated coconut oil. It’s getting to be more affordable and easier to find. I use it a lot for using with my essential oil. I think I have tried it to experiment with taking off my eye makeup. Basically because I didn’t want to mess with packing baby oil when traveling. I’ve used a tiny little purse size hand sanitizer container which is great for traveling. I did try the eye serum but couldn’t get the aloe to work with my oil vial. I may try it again with a smaller oil dropper.

  • I use half fractionated coconut oil and half aloe vera (the 3 pack of lemongrass or lavender or unscented aloe from Costco is the best deal and a great product). You can toss in a few drops of essential oils. Shake it and use after showering. I live in the southwest where the climate is really dry. This mix is better than any lotion you can buy and it is really inexpensive to make. I use it on my body and it is especially great on your feet!

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