Which oil – Lesson 2

Will your oil be liquid or solid?
(Welcome to lesson 2 of the “Which oil” online mini course)

Virgin coconut oil
Use virgin coconut oil for cooking and baking as well as skin and hair care

You may have wondered why olive oil and many other oils are liquid at room temperature, but most of the oils we show are solid white in the jars. The goal of this page is to unravel the reason why your oil will be delivered to you in solid state – pure creamy white looking.

“What’s in that jar?”

Before we get into any technical talk, let me tell you a short funny story. This really happened.

We had some coconut oil that had been poured in a liquid state into some glass jars. It was Ancient Wisdom brand oil, and the jars were large 2 litre ones. Well these jars were sent to the cardboard box packing providers for quoting. They left it in the office.

When it arrived it had blotches of white in it. The blotches of white were rather like cotton wool in appearance, but suspended in liquid. Then as time wore on, the blotches became bigger. But then some of the white seemed to crystalise on the inside of the jar!

Melted Coconut Oil can look funny when cooling down again

The people who were baby sitting these sample jars were beginning to wonder, “What is this stuff?? It’s growing!”

Some fat / oil turns solid at room temperature

Different types of oil behave differently because of the way their acids are made, and how they cling to each other. Virgin coconut oil is a saturated fat. In many circles, using the term saturated fat is considered almost like offensive language! But we’ll talk some more about that another day.

Coconut oil is a saturated fat. Being a saturated fat makes it solid at room temperature, just like animal fat. By room temperature, I mean 24.5 degrees Celsius or below.

Of course, as I already mentioned, there are some important differences between an animal fat from lamb, for example, and coconut oil.  I’m repeating myself, I know. We’ll talk about those differences another day. Right now, all you need to know is that because coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is normal for it to slip in and out of being in a solid state.

It’s okay for your coconut oil to melt?

All coconut oils melt, just like butter. There is no danger of your coconut oil going off (rancid) if it is left in a warm place with a sealed lid. The same rule applies if you melt your coconut oil by leaving it in a hot room. The taste of melted virgin unrefined non-hydrogenated coconut oil will be similar to the oil that is not melted.

But unlike butter that has melted and become solid again, after melting and solidifying again, coconut oil will not look different or taste awful. You will not notice any difference. I’ve noticed the same can’t always be said about butter. Sometimes it seems a little worse off after melting and going solid again.


Let’s hear about Virgin Coconut Oil from one of the Coconut Oil Shop Customers.

It tastes pure and fresh, there is no aftertaste

“I recently ordered some oil and some creamed coconut from you and I am so impressed with both your service and your products.

Prior to this order, I bought a small jar of a supermarket brand – my first try of coconut oil. I wasn’t very happy – it has a lingering chemically/waxy taste that while mild, managed to permeate anything and everything I mixed it with. Not nice! I thought this might just be the way it tastes & I’d have to put up with it. Then your products arrived and it is an entirely different thing. It tastes pure and fresh, there is no aftertaste – no taste at all but coconut. When compared side by side, the supermarket product is yellowish, whereas yours is pure white. I am so happy with it! I have now started adding a little coconut oil to my baby’s food in lieu of butter; he likes it too.

Also, it arrived in less than one business day and postage was free. Absolutely great work. Thanks so much!”

Emma Johnson, St Albans, Christchurch

What will you find out in lesson 3?

Coco the cat
Find out what Coco the cat is eating…
But before that, let’s look at some simple homework for you.

Homework question based on the homework from the last lesson

Lesson 1 assigned the task of looking through the shopping aisles. (The shopping aisles are listed below for your convenience). The homework question I want answered is this.

“In Aisle Number 1, which sizes do the jars come in?

Write your answer to the questions by email to us here.

In the next lesson you’ll hear a Coconut Oil Shop customer’s funny story about her coconut oil supply.

Here are some details about our oils (repeated from the last lesson)

All of our coconut oils are virgin (or extra virgin – which really is the same thing when it comes to coconut oil). The coconuts which produce oil for our shop have never been used to produce oil for anything else before they give you their best oil. (The best oil comes first – hence the idea of virgin oil.)

All of our oils can be used for anything. The oils we sell are vegetable oils. If you want to oil your cricket bat, surf board or even chopping board with some of our oil, (instead of linseed oil) that is fine. If you want to use the same oil for eating by the spoonful, that is also fine.

Here are some potential uses

  • Oil cricket bat, or surf board
  • Eat by the teaspoonful (or tablespoon)
  • Use for oil pulling (oil swishing in the mouth)
  • Rub it on skin for dry skin (may cause flaking skin in some cases – persevere)
  • Rub on or place on internal body orifaces – roof of mouth, for example
  • Use in making soap or skin care creams
  • Cat, dog, goat, horse, etc food.

If you would use another vegetable oil, you can use coconut oil.

Next lesson is about how to take the oil. Proceed to lesson 3 in the “Which Oil?” mini course by clicking on the red button.

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9 thoughts on “Which oil – Lesson 2

  1. my mum had dementia and my grand mother so it has u thinking will i get it. the sad part is i work with it. i am a activities coordinator in a rest home . but i also have a weight problem and have tried every diet that is dangerous and lose a few kilos to gain several more. reading that this could help my weight is wonderful as it is all natural and could prevent me from getting dementia as well if taken. a family member of one of my clients told me about this and so here i am inquiring.the oil that i was shown was very thick white and had a lovely coconut smell and her mum takes 4 teaspoons a day.but im sure there are lots of benefits of taking this oil. i thank u for your time and look forward to a reply. anne ashurst

    1. Such an easy way to lose weight is to follow the Paleo/Primal diet. I have lost 7 kg and am never hungry. My mind is clearer, my skin is better, my arthritis is almost gone, and my candida/yeast problem is slowly going away…awesome lifestyle change.

  2. Maybe you saw this product?
    https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz/products/black-label-500mls/
    All the coconut oils we carry will be suitable for taking orally. We recommend starting with a small amount (1/2 – 1 teaspoon) mixed with a meal, and slowly increasing it to 3-4 tablespoons a day.

  3. Most informative & is a great guide for beginners. Keep up the good work – I’m sure that many who read will not leave a comment, so don’t be discouraged by lack of comments.

    1. Thank you so much for some feed back.

  4. As I am a diabetic. Is it safe for me to take coconut oil internally. I know that the coconut sugar is low GI.

    1. Firstly we can’t provide personalised medical or nutritional advice. But what we can tell you is this.
      All oil is made up of the same things so by reading the labels we have in stock we can tell you:
      1) There is no sugar according to the Chantal label.
      2) There are no carbohydrates according to the Chantal label, IndusKera label, Zenian labels, and Ancient Wisdom labels. This is reinforces point 1.

      If you are looking to avoid sugar, coconut oil is fine. Coconut sugar is not made from coconut oil, but from coconut flower blooms, and yes both are low GI.

      To answer your question, I refer to the back cover of the Dr Fife book, “Coconut Cures – Discover the Healing Power of Coconut”, the back cover states,
      “Prevent heart disease
      Dissolve kidney stones
      Balance blood sugar and control diabetes”.

      If you are interested in this book, you can see more about it here.
      https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz/products/coconut-cures-by-dr-bruce-fife/

      Further to this, there is a comment about it from a German medical herbalist, Dr Siegfried Gursche MH. In his book, “Coconut Oil – Discover the Key to Vibrant Health” he states the following about diabetes, “I cannot stress enough how powerfully beneficial unrefined virgin coconut oil is in the treatment of diabetes, for many reasons.”, P25.

      We don’t sell that book yet.

  5. Hi, I use coconut oil in most of my cooking but have been using deoderized. This is due to family not liking the coconut taste especially when cooking meat or savoury dishes any suggestions? Is deoderized ok? Thanks

    1. The oil you are referring to is RBD (refined, bleached, deodorised). The oil is processed by steam distillation (very high heat) to remove coconut oil smell and flavour. We don’t supply any such oils because we don’t believe they are as good as unrefined virgin coconut oils in terms of health benefits.

      We do, however, carry Extra Light Raw Virgin Coconut Oil which is “extra light” in terms of smell and taste but still has the goodness of raw virgin coconut oil intact, so you may like to have a look? https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz/products/extra-light-raw-virgin-coconut-oil/ Also available in a 4 L pail.

      You can also mix coconut oil with other cold-pressed (non-hydrogenated) vegetable oils when cooking, and gradually increase the amount of coconut oil as your family becomes used to the taste and smell.

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