Coconut Oil Fractionated
Capric and Caprylic triglycerides
Viscosity 40 Deg. C cSt ASTM D44594 14.95
Color Clear mobile Liquid
Flash Point >150 Deg. C
Specific Gravity 0.930 0.950
KOH SAP Value .329
NAOH SAP Value .234
Many people are familiar with whole coconut oil which is a solid at room temperature but do not have experience with Fractionated or Light Coconut oil. All carrier/fixed oils consist of a class of molecules called fatty acid triglycerides which means they contain three, long chain fatty ester groups. Most plant derived carrier oils consist entirely of what are called unsaturated fatty acid triglycerides which means they have one or more carbon carbon double bonds in their long fatty ester side chains which are typically 16 to 20 carbon units long. The double bonds in these side chains are susceptible to oxidation over time and their reactions with oxygen are what produce the rancid odor that you may have noticed in some carrier oils when they get a few months old.
Fractionated coconut oil is different in that it has a relatively high percentage of shorter length C8, C10 , completely saturated no double bonds triglycerides. These smaller fatty acid triglycerides are separated from the whole coconut oil to give us what is known as Fractionated Coconut Oil. The separation process is non-chemical and involves a simple physical separation process so there are no chemical residues.
Fractionated coconut oil has an indefinite shelf life and is a light, non-greasy, non-staining, liquid oil. It is great for use in massage, toiletries and soap. Especially useful in face creams where a light oil is desired. It is a good substitute for sweet almond oil if you are concerned about rancidity or a short shelf life.