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Old 02-03-2013, 23:44   #11
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Interesting. but I have lost a substantial bit.
This defies logic. Oil doesn't evaporate like water-based liquids. What is the time-lapse for this. Could you do a test and put out an amount that you have weighed and then go through the same conditions as you have done before, and when it looks like it's less, weight it again? .

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Veejay, that's exactly what I thought. Just to compare apples with pears, I regularly buy these 'spa' oils and they dont disappear, unless...unless my CO is not as good as it appears.

I just phoned the factory and I am told that it could be due to trapped air and when the air is released as it liquifies, its reduced as it solidify again. Its exactly what you mentioned with contraction. It makes sense. For a moment there I thought it might be that they add water, which would be visible when it liquifies, but I was assured that it is packed in liquid form and as it moves, probably in transit or shelving and goes solid, it has aquired a few bubbles. The factory manager asked me to keep an eye and revert back if I lose more.

On another tack, my son brought me CO from Thailand, its bottled and I havent used much due to the label reads 'skin, hair, massage'. Its different in texture and smell to the locally packed one. Forgot to mention it to the factory guy.

If I lost about 20% in volume, its quite a lot of bubbles and it can only mean that they dont fill it to the brim.

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For it to have that much air, I'd say it must have been whipped!




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Well, for them to admit that it might be trapped air, I agree with Shanny, they would most likely have purposely trapped those bubbles so they could make more profit.

So, for this brand, you need to factor in the air when deciding on whether the price for this one (with less oil volume) is better than the price for a higher-priced brand (which probably doesn't have the air added).

I tell you, you just can't trust food manufacturers!

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On another tack, my son brought me CO from Thailand, its bottled and I havent used much due to the label reads 'skin, hair, massage'.
Better check with the manufacturer to see if it's "food grade" and can be ingested. Probably not if it says for the skin.

I bought some avocado oil once that I thought was a good price, but didn't read the label well - discovered it was for the skin only and not to be ingested. Lesson learned!

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Coconut Oil has a really flash point, and can stand lots of heat before it evaporates. Some evaporation can take place through sublimation, going from a solid to gas, ice does this in your freezer, ever notice your ice cubes shrink after a while. My thoughts are the manufacturer figured out a way to inject air into the coconut oil making it look as if your purchasing more of than you actually are, sneaky bas.... When it melted it lost its trapped air then when it solidified the volume was reduced.

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Hmmm I think you are all right. If you dont have the same problem, then it needs looking into. I will ph him again in the morning. He was quick with the bubble and air chamber story. It does however come from the Phillipines, and its packed locally. Not sure how it is shipped from the Phillipines.

Its not an inexpensive item. I paid R135.00 for 1 litre. (1/4 gallon). I bought it at a reputable health store and it is the top of the range. Suddenly anything organic (or free range) fetches top prices. Such a cheek I think since so many things are artificially grown or bred. The label reads 'original coconut taste'.

I dont use the Thailand one in foods. I tried it on my hair once.
I often buy avocado, macadamia and a few others for the bath ens.

MCS, you're right. He even said himself that it cant evaporate unless on extraordinary high heat. Its sold in a white thick plastic tub (pail), but it is solid on the shelf and on opening, its covered to the brim. If they poured it melted into the tub, how would they inject air? Can they? Conversely if it was filled to the top, then it would be compact when solid and not lose volume.

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I am with Shanny, I bet they whip air into it to increase volume. Check the weight and compare it to the weight of another brand of oil.

Remember Country Crock? It was margarine with water and air whipped into it so there were fewer calories. Made your bread soggy though. :P

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As fast as it disappears at our house sometimes I think it must be evaporating!

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