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Old 10-20-2013, 12:28 PM
 
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I bought a jar of organic virgin coconut oil last January that I have been using ever since on my face, hands, legs, feet, and underarms. I keep it in my bathroom. Everything was fine until last week when I noticed that something dark was growing in it. I removed that section. But two days later there was another dark spot that turned green within a day or two. I assume it's some kind of mold.

From what I've read, the expiration of coconut oil is 1.5 to 4 years, whether it's refrigerated or kept at room temperature. So I'm not sure why mine has gone bad--whether it decays faster without refrigeration or because I put my fingers in it to scoop it up. I always make sure my hands are always clean when I use it.

Has anyone had this experience? What is the best way to store coconut oil to prevent it from going bad so fast?
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:58 PM
 
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I use coconut oil on my hair, legs and feet. I store mine in the kitchen pantry. When I need it for beauty treatments in the bathroom, I use a clean spoon to scoop some out into a glass bowl, zap it in the microwave for a few seconds to liquefy, and take only the bowl into the bathroom. The jar of coconut oil goes back into my pantry. I don't refrigerate mine, but it would be an extra line of defense if you wanted it.

Your jar of coconut oil seems to have some kind of mold or fungus growing in it. I would throw it away and get a new jar. You're right about the shelf life, but there could be any number of explanations for the black growth. It might be an inferior brand; it might have been compromised during packaging; bathrooms tend to get humid; some water or something else might have accidentally gotten into it while you were scooping with your hands (your hands might be damp right after washing; you might double dip between applications, etc. etc.).
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:11 PM
 
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I would think yours got "infected" since it turned that soon. I am ultra careful to dip clean, every single time.
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:35 PM
 
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Your jar of coconut oil seems to have some kind of mold or fungus growing in it. I would throw it away and get a new jar. You're right about the shelf life, but there could be any number of explanations for the black growth. It might be an inferior brand; it might have been compromised during packaging; bathrooms tend to get humid; some water or something else might have accidentally gotten into it while you were scooping with your hands (your hands might be damp right after washing; you might double dip between applications, etc. etc.).
Yes, I was double dipping. I was using it the same as I would use a commercial body cream--scooping out with my fingers as needed when applying it to my skin. That may be the problem.

From now on I'll scoop out with a clean spoon. Thanks.
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:37 PM
 
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I would think yours got "infected" since it turned that soon. I am ultra careful to dip clean, every single time.
Yes, I think that's what I need to do, too.

Do you keep your jar in the kitchen or the bathroom?
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:54 PM
 
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I keep mine in the kitchen and use a spoon to scoop some out when I need some. I use it for make up removal, oil pulling, hair and skin.
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:23 PM
 
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I was thinking about using wooden tongue depressors or maybe popsicle sticks to dip in the old I use in the bathroom. I wish I could come up with another non-disposable idea that was sanitary, didn't cost money and didn't need to be thrown out.

I used to just use a clean spoon and get it out of the kitchen with no issues. I just noticed that the small jar I switched to for the bath is going bad since I used my hands to cross-contaminate it.

Wal Mart sells a lot of nice little glass, sealed jars in their kitchen dept, if you need a container to transfer smaller portions into. Many have rubber sealing lids.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:12 PM
 
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I bought a jar of organic virgin coconut oil last January that I have been using ever since on my face, hands, legs, feet, and underarms. I keep it in my bathroom. Everything was fine until last week when I noticed that something dark was growing in it. I removed that section. But two days later there was another dark spot that turned green within a day or two. I assume it's some kind of mold.

From what I've read, the expiration of coconut oil is 1.5 to 4 years, whether it's refrigerated or kept at room temperature. So I'm not sure why mine has gone bad--whether it decays faster without refrigeration or because I put my fingers in it to scoop it up. I always make sure my hands are always clean when I use it.

Has anyone had this experience? What is the best way to store coconut oil to prevent it from going bad so fast?
How odd, never had that problem, but I get the organic. Mine just stays on the shelf until it's used up. You could refrigerate a portion, and leave out a portion for everyday use.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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...using wooden tongue depressors or maybe popsicle sticks to dip in the old I use in the bathroom. .
Correction: Oil, not "old." Typo.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:17 PM
 
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Default How do you store coconut oil?

On my coconut palm!
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