Coconut oil is solid when kept under 24 degrees – that’s why you sometimes see it in jars (it looks a little like lard). At room temperature, it is smooth and buttery, and it becomes more liquid as temperatures rise.
All forms are perfectly acceptable for making body scrubs, it just means that the scrub is more liquid in summer and may need to be melted before use in winter.
The issue is what might happen to the oil when it goes down your shower (drain -pipes are cold, especially in winter). If you are having a hot shower, the hot water will take the melted oil down the drain. However, if your pipes are cold, the oil may harden inside the pipes – and obstruct them. This means that everything else that goes down the drain (coffee grounds, salt, sugar, soap, hair) will get trapped too. Completely undesirable situation.
Fortunately, there are a number of suggested solutions, including;
After you use coconut oil in your shower run hot water down your drain for 60 seconds to help flush it down while it’s melted. Not good for people who don’t like to waste water.
Use only fractionated coconut oil – the lauric acid has been removed so it stays liquid and won’t harden in your drains. But fractionated coconut oil may not have all of the same health benefits as regular coconut oil, and it’s more expensive. Not ideal – especially when you are trying to donate as much profit as possible to animals.
Others advise to ignore the issue as it is not a common occurrence - Do you really want to take that chance?
At Porze, we decided it was just easier to find other high-quality, organic oils for our scrubs that won’t solidify – so we did just that.
If you are interested in finding out more about what we are doing, we would love for you visit us at www.porze.com.au
You may also be interested in reading part one of our coconut oil blog.
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Thank you Eddie Kopp for the photo