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Can You Use Fractionated Coconut Oil in Reed Diffusers?

Can You Use Fractionated Coconut Oil in Reed Diffusers?

You love the smell of coconut oil and want to know if you can use fractionated coconut oil in reed diffusers. Well, you’ve come to the right page.

I’m about to go into major detail on what fractionated coconut oil is and if it is okay to use inside of your reed diffuser. What are we waiting for? Let’s dive in!

Fractionated Coconut Oil in Reed Diffusers: Yes or No?

Hands down, the answer is yes! Fractionated coconut carrier oil and sweet almond carrier oil are the two most popular carrier oils used inside reed diffusers.

A lot of people use fractionated coconut oil and sweet almond oil because they are cheaper carrier oils. They are also a lot easier to shop for online or in-store.

What is Fractionated Coconut Oil?

What is Fractionated Coconut Oil?

Fractionated coconut oil is made from regular coconut oil. There are different fatty acids inside regular coconut oil and fractionated coconut oil.

Fractionated coconut oil is heated past its melting point, changing its solid state to a liquid form. That liquid form is easily absorbed through reed sticks in your reed diffuser.

Many people use fractionated coconut oil for their health benefits. They use it in foods, on their skin, or in their hair.

Fractionated Coconut Oil vs Regular Coconut Oil

It’s important to know that fractionated coconut oil and regular coconut oil are completely different animals. Regular coconut oil does not work as efficiently as fractionated coconut oil. I’ll tell you why in a minute.

Fractionated Coconut Oil vs Regular Coconut Oil


Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Stays in a liquid form at warm or cool temperatures
  • More processed
  • Tasteless and odorless
  • Contains medium-chain triglycerides
  • Made of medium-chain fatty acids, caprylic acid (C8), and decanoic acid (C10)
Coconut Oil

Reed diffusers do better with fractionated coconut oil for a few reasons. Fractionated coconut oil is in a liquid state no matter what temperature, making it easy to absorb through reed sticks.

The lack of scent from your fractionated coconut oil allows your essential oils to take front and center stage. Your sandalwood or lavender scent will not be diminished by this type of carrier oil.

Fractionated Coconut Oil Brands for Reed Diffusers

Fractionated Coconut Oil Brands for Reed Diffusers

Most essential oil companies sell carrier oils. Though, not all of them sell fractionated coconut oil or carrier oils period.

Here are some of the best-reviewed fractionated coconut carrier oils:

More generic carrier oils will cost less but they may be made with lower-quality materials. The seven fractionated carrier oils listed above are great for people on a budget.

Now, if you are looking to stay with your name brand with higher quality, then you’ll want to see the next fractionated coconut carrier oils listed below. They are normally more pricey, but you get what you pay for.

These are your name-brand carrier oils that guarantee quality:

Fractionated Coconut Oil Absorption Rate

Fractionated Coconut Oil Absorption Rate

It is important to know the different absorption rates of carrier oils. Some carrier oils absorb a lot slower through reed sticks compared to others.

When we look at fractionated coconut oil, the absorption rate is listed as fast-absorbing. When you look at regular or virgin coconut oil, the absorption rate dramatically decreases listing it as very slow absorbing.

You want to choose lighter and thinner carrier oils to put inside your reed diffuser. Not only do they travel through your reed sticks quicker, but they are usually less greasy too.

Fractionated Coconut Oil Reed Diffuser Recipe

Now that you have a good list of fractionated coconut oil to choose from, let’s hop on over to making a homemade reed diffuser refill recipe. It’s not as difficult as it seems.

If you are a visual learner, check out this 1 minute YouTube video to see how it’s done. The video’s recipe varies slightly, but will still produce an amazing product!

How to Make a Reed Diffuser

Reed Diffuser Ingredients

How to Mix Fractionated Coconut Oil for Reed Diffusers

Now that you have your ingredients, let’s move on to making your homemade reed diffuser mix. Below we’ve broken it up into four easy steps.

Step 1

Pour a ½ cup of fractionated coconut oil into a glass mason jar.

Step 2

Drop 30 to 50 drops of your chosen essential oil into the glass mason jar with the fractionated carrier oil.

Step 3

Firmly twist the lid back on the mason jar and shake it up (really good!).

Step 4

Twist the lid off and slowly pour your fractionated carrier oil and essential oil mixture into your decorative glass resting jar. Place 5-10 reed sticks inside your decorative glass jar and you’re done!

Wow, was that easy or what?! Making your own reed diffuser refills from home utilizes your creative side and it saves you money.

Quick Tips on Reed Diffusers

For a stronger scented reed diffuser mixture add closer to 50 drops of your chosen essential oils. Also, another neat trick to increase the strength of your reed diffuser is to add more reed sticks.

Always choose a glass container over a plastic container. Plastic bottles deteriorate your carrier oils and essential oils.

If you can, choose a tinted glass bottle over a clear bottle for your reed diffuser’s resting container. Your mixture will last a bit longer in a tinted jar than a clear one.

This same rule with tinted jars applies to essential oils. If you make your own essential oils from scratch, make sure to store them in a tinted amber or cobalt glass bottle.

The shelf life for fractionated coconut oil is two to three years. Store your fractionated coconut carrier oil in a dry and cool pantry or cabinet.

Wrap Up

You learned what fractionated coconut oil is and the difference between regular and fractionated coconut oil. Most importantly, you learned that you can use fractionated coconut oil for reed diffusers.

With this new knowledge, you can make your own reed diffuser oil mixes from home. Now, go shop for those reed diffuser ingredients and fulfill that creative side of yours!