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Spotlight: The Many Uses of Fractionated Coconut Oil

77Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) is an all-natural carrier oil that readily absorbs into the skin, making it ideal oil for topical therapies. Its feather-light emollient effect provides a soothing barrier without clogging pores and is excellent for dry or troubled skin. It leaves skin feeling silky smooth, not greasy like other vegetable carrier oils. It is completely soluble with all essential oils and is colorless, odorless, and will not stain or go rancid.

FCO is extremely versatile and can be used in many ways, from making bug repellant to hair serum. Check out additional uses below.

Tips from dōTERRA:

Use as a lubricant with Deep Blue Soothing Blend for a deep tissue massage.

Use with Lavender for a diaper cream. 

FCO is a must have for those with sensitive skin. Dilute with any essential oil when using topically to help with skin sensitivities.

22If you accidentally get an essential oil to close to your eyes, put some FCO on the eye or around the eye area for quick relief. Don’t, however, use water, as it will only make it worse.

Use it as an after shave to help moisturize skin. Add essential oils, such as Lavender or Meleluca, to help calm skin if you get razor burn. 

Dilute essential oils with FCO when using on infants and children. It allows one drop of essential oil to go a long way without irritating their sensitive skin.

Tips from dōTERRA’s Facebook Fans:

“[I use it] after being in the sun with Lavender” -Melissa Charles Cates

“I actually use it to remove eye makeup and I have used it on my face, just a couple of drops will do it! I also use it when making homemade lotion. And we use it to help our essential oils carry farther.” -Amy Higgs

“With a few drops of On Guard for oil-pulling” -Laura Rawlins Ceja

coconut“[I] make the family a bottle of bug repellent by adding a few drops of TerraShield” -Valarie January

“I use it as my face moisturizer. Works great!” -Lindsey Miller

“Running a bit through your hair makes a great shine boost and smoother.” -Christine Bachmeier

“We use it to pre-dilute our oils in roller ball bottles, that way the kids can use the oils when they need to without wasting the whole bottle!” -Cara Rotering Jones

“I make my own liquid foundation with Bare Minerals & FCO. I shake some mineral powder out in a little dish or in my palm, add 2-3 drops of FCO and voila! Applies great and smooth and makes my face feel great.” -Melissa Wilson Weber

“I put it in a spray glass bottle with a few drops of On Guard and let the kids spray each others spines during their night/morning teeth brushing routines.” -Natalie Ririe

“I mix a 15ml bottle of Grapefruit in my bottle of FCO and use it as a daily after shower moisturizer.” -Jody Richardson Simmer

“I use a blend with Melaleuca and rub it on my dry itchy scalp. Helps sooth and stop itch. Added bonus – makes my hair silky smooth.” -Desiree Saporito

“I quit buying perfumes & make-up when I found out what toxic things are in them….so I use Ylang Ylang, Whisper & Fractionated Coconut Oil mixture on my face, neck & arms when going out & many of my friends want to know what kind of “perfume” I use!!! I made some for a friend & she loves it!!” -Kandi King

“I love the FCO, it’s really great to use as a carrier oil, but I recently made mayonnaise out of it. I can’t use Best Foods/Hellmans anymore because it’s 100% soybean oil (allergic to) and the other mayonnaise made from alternative oils just don’t taste right. I couldn’t use the regular extra virgin coconut oil because of the hardening when cold, but this works fabulously!” -Jan Maland Magness

Try these fun tutorials using Fractionated Coconut Oil:

Sugar Scrub

Making Your Own Perfume/Cologne

Homemade Disinfecting Wipes


Fractionated Coconut Oil can be purchased online, or from any of our Independent Product Consultants. If you would like to locate a Product Consultant in your area, click here.

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product. The statements shared from our Facebook page are the personal opinion of independent persons and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of dōTERRA International, LLC


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  1. I’m allergic to coconut, so I have never used fractionated coconut oil, but I have wondered whether or not it includes the part I would be allergic to. Any thoughts?

  2. Not all people who are allergic to coconut have a reaction to Fractionated Coconut Oil. We would recommend you do a small test patch on your skin to see if you have a reaction or not. Hope that helps.

  3. What amount of fractionated coconut oil do you use with a couple drops of the essential oil?

  4. Someone tried to convince me that regular coconut oil works just as well as FCO as a carrier oil. What / how do you tell people who believe that? Tried telling her it can clog the pores and FCO was a better choice.

  5. Has anybody had problems with developing a musty smell after applying FCO? It doesn’t smell from the bottle and we have tried 2 separate bottles, but smells after it has absorbed into my skin. I’ve used it plain and with oils and the same thing happens, though, does not happen when i use Intune which has FCO blended in.

  6. I was told by my massage instructor that oil can go rancid once absorbed if you have a sun burn, is this the case?

  7. A friends of mines son had a rash all over his back and chest. They did not have any FCO. They used regular coconut oil with melaleuca, helichrysum, and lavender. He claims that the rash has gotten worse. Any thoughts or ideas on why? I use these oils on my child all the time with FCO and have had no issues. Please let me know.

  8. LOVE doTerra! Thank y(spelling)ou ! keep me posted as I truly want & need one of your oils that cost so toooooo much to get
    helcyclium (spelling may be off) please help!

  9. gals n guys… this fractionated coconut oil helps wrinkles LOVE IT! a drop around eyes/throat works wonders in 1 week…… do try it!!

  10. I’ve been using a 15 ml grapefruit in a 4 oz FCO as a hand and body lotion for about a year. It helps curb sugar cravings and leaves my skin soft. I ran out one time and dumped a 15 ml Slim & Sassy. I wasn’t hungry all day. Most recently I tried Lavender in it and I smelled wonderful. Got lots of great comments. I suspect you could put almost any essential oil in it, get the curative effect, soft skin and smell great!!! I would probably not put Oregano in, though. Although it might be interesting at Thanksgiving time.

  11. How many drops of essential oil vs coconut fractionated oil should I use in a glass roller bottle? The bottles are ml. Thanks

  12. Does anyone know what essential oil(s) can be added to FCO to help with a facial rash caused by an autoimmune condition called MRH (multicentric reticuluhistocytosis)?

    A very dear friend has this condition and I’m hoping to find some help for her.

    I love FCO and mix it with a variety of oils for different uses. I also just use it plain on my face and my skin looks great!

  13. Question: Can FCO be taken internally? I have used it myself in veggie caps when taking “strong” oils internally. I have a customer who has been taking it internally by itself for over a month and says she thinks it is improving her memory. I’m a little concerned about promoting that because it seems like everything I see discusses topical application. What do you think?

  14. I have purchased 18 of the doterra oils and blend ax i loooove them but, I purchased the fractionated coconut oil to dilute and hopefully use on my skin as a moisturizer but every time, whether used by itself or will with any mixture of other oils it has a really bad/weird smell after I’ve been wearing it. It is a new bottle, I’ve only owned it for about two weeks. Any suggestions?

  15. I do have to correct one thing…if you ever get EO in eyes, do NOT use OIL of any kind..this will allow the EO to get absorbed faster. Flush eyes with lots and lots and LOTS of cold water. The oil and milk to remedy essential oils in eyes is a dangerous myth. You’re welcome to research this yourself with the pros.
    And yes, FCO is great for a lot of things….btw, once you have an EO blend you like to wear as perfume, use just enough FCO to have the scent a little on the strong side, and harden with a little beeswax, and you have made your own solid perfume. Have fun and do it safely.

  16. I am just curious about the process of FCO. Why exactly is it that DoTerra does not recommend taking this internally?

  17. I would like to know the same thing as Lynn above… Why cant it be taken internally? – its coconut oil!

  18. I’ve been using fco to top off my capsules that I make and take internally. I was recently informed that this is a bad idea. Why?

  19. Doterra’s FCO has changed my life. I use it for feminine purposes and lubricant and it’s completely balanced out my PH. Without it I’d surely be suffering with chronic issues. Thank you Doterra for FCO!

  20. My big question is … what is the difference between unrefined and refined coconut oil .. I get cold pressed unrefined extra virgin oil and it seems different than my moms. Is there a best to get?

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