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Know Your Coconut Oil – Virgin and Fractionated

Okay, coconut oil has gotten a bad wrap in the dietary circle due to its high saturated fat content. While the debate rages on about that, the value of coconut oil in skin and hair care products is undisputed. However, there are differences in coconut oils available for purchase. These important differences are what this post is all about.

Virgin coconut oil

Virgin coconut oil is a clear oil that has the taste and scent of coconuts. It is used for cooking and in skin and hair care products. Virgin coconut oil is oilier than fractionated coconut oil and can clog pores with continuous use. This oil will solidify when cool. It is produced by using fresh coconuts and separating out the coconut oil in one of two ways: dry and wet.

How virgin coconut oil is made

Uses of virgin coconut oil

Fractionated coconut oil

Fractionated coconut oil has had the long chain triglycerides removed. This makes the oil less oily than virgin coconut oil and generally a better bet for use in skin care products. Fractionated coconut oil has a higher concentration of Capric acid and Caprylic acid and thus is a better antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant. It remains a liquid when cold and has very little scent. This oil is not usually used in cooking.

How fractionated coconut oil is made

Uses of fractionated coconut oil:


How you use this wonderful oil, whether in its virgin or fractionated form is dependant on your reason for using the oils. Generally, the virgin form is used for dry skin and various skin ailments. It is also used as a health food product. On the other hand, the primary use of fractionated coconut oil is in cosmetics, skin care products, perfumes and as a carrier oil. Both virgin and fractionated coconut oils have a long shelf life. Virgin coconut oil maintains its potency and freshness for two years. Fractionated coconut oil lasts indefinitely.

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