Does coconut oil go bad?
Coconut Oils go bad by becoming rancid due to oxidation. Changes in the chemical composition of an oil/oil-based substance cause rancidity. It depends on the frequency and duration of exposure of the oil to air, heat, water, light, and other contaminants. The advantage that coconut oil has over other oils is that it has a high saturated fat content. It is why coconut oil is a solid at room temperature (68-72 degrees Fahrenheit), unlike other oils. It depends on storage and exposure. Eventually, it is oil and will go rancid. Taking good care can make it last longer than most oils.
How long does coconut oil last?
Coconut oil can last anywhere between 6 months to 5 years. It depends on two factors- frequency/duration of exposure to contamination and the refining process. Oil contamination is due to exposure to light, air, heat, and water. Other forms of contaminants include dirty/cheap plastic storage containers that leech over time into the oil and contaminated spoons/fingers. To help make the oil last longer, always store it in a glass/stainless steel container in a cool dark place. The more refined it is, the lesser the shelf life. It turns dark (light to medium yellow is fine) and or smells weird if it goes rancid.
Can I store coconut oil in refrigerator?
Short answer-no! You can store it in the refrigerator, but there is no need to do so. All that happens is, it becomes rock hard, and you will have to go through the process of reheating it or waiting for it to come down to around room temperature to be able to use it. It is tedious. You have to refrigerate it only if you aren't going to use it for five years. Just focus on proper storage. It will help you be economical and environmentally responsible by reducing waste and repurchase.
What are the oral benefits of coconut oil?
It comprises 50% Lauric acid, capable of killing harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It's the largest source of this acid in nature, second to a mother's breast milk. Swishing around virgin coconut oil every day (oil-pulling) in the mouth, first thing in the morning for 20 minutes, has proven to be effective in treating up to 60% of any periodontal disease (gum disease) and prevents further decay. A study showed that oil-pulling for seven straight days showed a significant reduction of plaque and a 60% further reduction over the next 30 days as an after-effect. Oil pulling is not a substitute for regular dental care.
Does coconut oil darken skin?
It depends on when and how you use it. Using it as a moisturizer can cause some skin types to break out. If you apply coconut oil and sit in the sun, your skin will darken. However, if you use it at night along with a few drops of lemon to clean your skin before a bath, it will lighten skin. Because of its ability to stay in the skin for up to 3 days after application, make sure to protect yourself from the sun using SPF creams and clothing. If you add coconut oil to your skincare, make sure you bathe every night to avoid clogged pores and dirt accumulating.
Does coconut oil make lips pink?
Yes, If coconut oil is used in conjunction with beetroot juice and beeswax. On its own, it can dry out the lips and darken them. There are always exceptions to the rule. If your skin falls between the range of dark-skinned to light brown, be very careful. Fair-skinned people can enjoy the benefits without becoming dark. Over time, if used in the sun, even fair skin has been known to tan to a brown shade. Always wear SPF lip balm made from beeswax during the day to avoid further darkening and dryness of lips.
Is coconut oil sperm friendly and safe to use as a lubricant?
Yes, It is safe but only if used right and is followed by a proper cleanup. Do not use it if you plan to use a latex-based condom. Coconut oil is known to break down latex, and this can lead to consequences like an unwanted pregnancy, condom particles left behind in the vagina, and or an STD.