What’s In Your Fractionated Coconut Oil?

There is a big secret in the oil industry that is kept under wraps by both manufacturers and retailers.

The fact is that the manufacturing processes used to extract oil from a plant source usually involves solvents. These substances are used because they are an inexpensive way to allow more oil to be extracted. Through a chemical process that breaks down the plant material, chemical extraction of the oil is accomplished. This chemical process usually leaves some toxic residues in the oil which you then ingest or absorb when you use it.

Residue tests done by the Cornucopia Institute in 2009 found hexane residues in soybean oil. So, we are very likely to be exposed to this chemical every time we ingest or use hexane-extracted oils on our skin and hair.

In my opinion, it’s better to know what chemical residues you might absorb when using products that are labeled “Pure” and that you assumed to be safe.


Hexane is a neurotoxic petrochemical solvent listed as a hazardous air pollutant with the EPA. It’s used to extract protein and oil from soy and other plants, but we don’t think that’s a sensible ingredient. Hexane is used because it is cheap and it works. Health effects are not well considered in the decision to use it, and as with many of our processed foods, profits come before people.

There is no law in the US requiring a manufacturer to list chemical residues or pesticides present in a product. They are only required to list ingredients on the labels. In foreign countries like China it’s beyond unregulated. You are usually completely in the dark about what residues are in your oils even when labeled “organic”!

Unfortunately, many of the fractionated coconut oils available for sale today are made in China. I know because I have been selling this oil for years and once made the mistake of buying Chinese oil. I soon discovered that it was not even close to the standards I had set for our products.


The idea that hexane and other toxic residues may be in the product that someone bought and uses on or in their body is a big problem for me. I can’t sell a product like that.

I will never offer products to our family of customers that I wouldn’t use myself or want my own family to use.

So at Ellie’s Best, we use only steam fractionated coconut oil from mechanically expelled and cold pressed coconuts.  It is a completely pure, food grade and hexane free oil.  You can use it with complete peace of mind for all your essential oil, aromatherapy, massage, carrier oil, skin moisturizer, hair mask and oil pulling needs.

Our essential oils are 100% Organic and the best to be found anywhere. Combined with our fractionated coconut oil, you will never have a worry about purity.

Visit our shop to see our full line of products.

– Mike Owen, Ellie’s Best

2017-08-10T14:18:25+00:00 2 Comments


  1. Leslie October 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Great info – thank you! Can you use your fractionated coconut oil for treating wooden cutting boards and spoons?

    How is this oil certified organic? If not certified, do you have a certificate of analysis?

    Thanks again!

    • Mike Owen October 20, 2017 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Hi Leslie,
      Thanks for your questions. The fractionated coconut oil is high in anti fungal and anti bacterial properties with a very long shelf life. It doesn’t go rancid easily so it would be fine for use on wooden utensils and cutting boards.
      Here is some advice from Emily Han on her blog Kitchn:
      “We started using coconut oil to care for wood cutting boards after looking for an alternative to petroleum-based mineral oil. Unlike many plant-based oils, coconut oil has a stable shelf life and is not prone to rancidity. Plus it’s nut-free for those who can’t use the often-recommended walnut, almond, tung, or flaxseed oils. Rubbing coconut oil onto our wooden cutting boards has kept them nicely protected and we haven’t had any problems with unwanted coconut flavor.”
      “After discovering the benefits of coconut oil on wood, we turned to our cast iron cookware. Properly cleaning and seasoning cast iron involves applying oil (such as vegetable oil, animal fat, or shortening) to the pan, which protects it from moisture and reinforces the non-stick coating. We’ve been really impressed with coconut oil as a vegetarian-friendly, non-sticky, and high-temperature-stable seasoning oil.”

      As for your question about our oil being certified organic, it is not organic but very close. It is made from trees grown on tropical plantations and is certified food grade. It is naturally refined using no chemicals and so is natural. There are no pesticides used on the coconuts and general testing of coconuts for residues shows no or very low traceable amounts of any farming chemicals.

      The following is an excerpt from a study done for the FDA on Fractionated Coconut Oil, also known as MCT oil.

      The panel and Dr. van Gernert reviewed a large volume of clinical studies, toxicological
      studies, and other scientific information, as well as records of historical use, prior GRAS
      Notifications to FDA, and foreign approvals. The review concluded that:
      • MCTs are sourced from a traditional food and have a safe history of use.
      • MCTs and their component fatty acids have a very low acute toxicity in animals
      regardless of the route of administration.
      • Studies in both experimental animals and humans indicate that MCT -based diets
      do not cause significant adverse health effects.
      • MCTs administered in the diet have no adverse effect on rat reproduction or
      developmental parameters or on terminal gestational development and postnatal
      survival of pigs.
      • There is no evidence of carcinogenicity in chronic studies.
      • MCTs show little evidence of genotoxic or mutagenic potential.
      • MCTs for the uses specified above can be considered GRAS.
      2. Description, Manufacturing Process and Specifications
      The MCTs are an edible vegetable oil manufactured from common edible vegetable oils
      containing medium and long chain fatty acids. The most common source of MCTs is
      from coconut and/or palm kernel oil. These edible oils are fractionated and then
      combined with a lipase utilized to promote a randomized ester exchange. The crude
      MCTs are then filtered to remove the lipase, deacidified, bleached, and deodorized
      resulting in the finished MCT product.”
      The bleaching, deacidification and deodorization processes are done using natural clay filtration and the fractionation is a natural process using heat to separate out the long and short chain triglycerides.

      I would love to be able to offer organic Fractionated Coconut Oil, however, I have not been able to find a certified source in the past 4 years. It is my belief that some people are falsely advertising their oil as organic, however, when reported to the organic counsel, nothing can be done to stop them unless they are advertising it for human consumption as an organic food product.

      I am an advocate of organic products and use them almost exclusively, but there are some products that I am not worried about because I have done enough research to convince me that they are completely safe and our oil is one of them. Our oil is the same oil that is used by many of the MCT oil products so popular for their use in Ketogenic diets, low carb vegan diets and Paleo diets.

      I hope this was helpful to you and that you can use our oil with confidence and peace of mind.

      All the Best,
      Ellie’s Best Inc.

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