Does Coconut Oil Expire?

We get a lot of product and ingredient related questions here on and it’s very much a part of our routine to respond to our readers. However, when a question gets asked on a repetitive basis, we cover the topic on the site. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked, “Does coconut oil expire?” and if I did tell you, I’m sure you would not believe me! Yes, I’ve been asked this question that many times!

It’s such a hot ingredient and topic in the skin and health industry in general. I’m going to share some information on how to best tell if you’re coconut oil has recently spoiled. Given that so many use this daily on their skin, it’s important for us to cover it here…

Does Coconut Oil Spoil?
Credit: Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil

So, Does Coconut Oil Expire Or Is It A Myth?

Well, before I answer the question let me share what I feel is the typical scenario that many face. Consumers that use coconut oil for DIY skin care solutions or just healthy recipes often open up their jar of oil and they mysteriously find it looking quite yellow and weird. Often times it almost looks like it’s curdled or something.

See also: Coconut Oil Benefits

Many people disregard it and they just assume that this is what happens to the oil and it’s completely safe and fine to us. So they carry on with their business and low and behold, they no sooner begin to think that it’s gone rancid!

The bottom line is that coconut oil most definitely can go bad! Instead of applying this rancid oil to your skin, take a moment to read this article and educate yourself on the product itself.

Okay, so the main thing you want to understand is that this oil can definitely go bad before it expires. While we tend to turn towards expiration dates for that final opinion, it’s possible that your coconut oil has expired long before the actual expiration date.

Given that this is legit one of the most popular ingredients on the market now when it comes to healthy eating as well as skin and beauty, more people need to know whether their jar has gone bad.

What Should It Look Like?

Let’s go over the basics and examine what your coconut oil should look like. First thing is first, do you know what it’s supposed to look like when melted? If not, take a peek at the image below. It’s a perfect picture of good coconut oil that’s been melted.

melted coconut oilNow, when the oil is solid, it’s supposed to look like this image below.

Does Coconut Oil ExpireAs you can see, it’s cloudy, white and looks somewhat milky, right? That’s what perfect a perfectly normal jar should look like! If you’re about to rub that onto your skin, then you are good to go!

Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what it is that you can use to identify whether or not your coconut oil has gone rancid. The best way to tell is to ask yourself a couple of simple questions. These are the questions that you’ll want to ask yourself should you be somewhat worried.

The first thing you want to do is ask yourself if the oil has turned yellow. If so, then it’s a bit of a red flag.

The next question to ask is whether or not the oil is chunky or blotchy looking? Think of it in terms of milk that has curdled.

Next, simply ask yourself if it tastes or smells bad. Go ahead and stick your head in the jar. You’ll be able to identify whether or not it’s gone rancid just by doing the simple smell test alone. If you have two jars of oil, try smelling and tasting a small amount of each to see if you notice any difference between them.

Now for the visual test. Check for some brown specs and possibly green specs at the very bottom of the jar. If you see these specs, then, sure enough, your coconut oil has gone bad!

One thing I want to make clear is that you should not use any ingredient that’s expired. Though you can use this ingredient as a substitute for skin care products, doing so when expired will not be good for your health or your skin, so do not even think about it.

Related article: Coconut Oil Can Be Used To Replace Several Skin Care Products

How To Prevent Coconut Oil From Spoiling

There are tons of things that you can do to prevent the oil from going bad. Some of these tips will definitely help extend the life of your oil if you take them seriously. No, you’re not going to die if you don’t. However, you’ll end up spending more money and wasting product should you neglect to take my advice.

Here’s a rundown of things that you can do to best preserve your coconut oil and prevent it from spoiling.

Be sure to keep it out of the bathroom (pretty gross IMO) and away from places that contain lots of moisture. In other words, definitely, do not store it in the fridge.

Your mom told you to never put your hands in the cookie jar. Well, the same applies for that jar of coconut oil. Never use your hands to extract oil from the bottle and don’t double dip ever.

Lastly, make sure you’re storing the oil properly by keeping the lid on the jar as tight as possible!

Well, there you have it, that’s how to store your coconut oil so that it doesn’t spoil.

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Does Coconut Oil Expire?
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