Organic pomegranate oil is hardening

I imported certified organic pomegranate oil from Israel and for some reason it is hardening! It gets very thick and almost like a cream vs an oil. It is impossible to get it out of the bottle and once it is hardened/thickened I can’t get it back to liquid form. Anyone have any ideas why this happening. Thank you in advance 

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  •  Do you keep it in the fridge? 
  • No. I bottle it and send it to Amazon’s warehouse. Some customers complain that they received it very hard and the dropped actually breaks in the bottle when trying to open it 
  • That's odd. I only experienced this when I kept it in the fridge, but it also liquidized again at room temperature.
    Hopefully they will send you a good one soon.
  • Thank you! 
  • You're welcome!
  • This reminds me of linseed oil.

    Remember that pomegranate oil is highly unsaturated, perhaps it "drying", as linseed oil does?
  • DoreenDoreen Member
    edited January 2019
    @Vnnil
    Right! The reason why painters like to use linseed oil
  • VnnilVnnil Member
    edited January 2019
    The product you received is probably very old, or not PSO at all.
    I have had a liter of PSO for a couple years and, although it has oxidized for sure, it remains liquid.

    It seems that supercritical CO2 extracted oils have a far better shelf life, maybe you should look for another supplier. Improving the storage conditions should also help.

    EDIT: also, if the standard allows it, adding an antioxidant at the moment of production would be the best. Gallic acid esters and/or TBHQ seem the most effective.
  • Interesting. I see a lot of my competitors selling organic pomegranate oil! It has a lot of skin benefits and I use it myself so I decided to sell it as well. Do you have a recommendation for a reputable supplier? It is interesting that not all the bottles we sell are hardening. 
  • Are you selling to the Northern states? If packages are left in front of the door, they most likely freeze. You can do a freeze/thaw test to see how the oil behaves in these conditions.
  • Lady_B said:
    Are you selling to the Northern states? If packages are left in front of the door, they most likely freeze. You can do a freeze/thaw test to see how the oil behaves in these conditions.
    Thank you for getting back to me! Yes I am selling it everywhere and the product sits in Amazon warehouse? Once the product hardens/freezes I can get it to liquid form again. I tried running it under hot water. What else do you suggest? I can’t expect the customers to do an intense thawing process. Is this normal for pomegranate oil to freeze like this? 
  • Thank you for getting back to me! Yes I am selling it everywhere and the product sits in Amazon warehouse? Once the product hardens/freezes I can get it to liquid form again. I tried running it under hot water. What else do you suggest? I can’t expect the customers to do an intense thawing process. Is this normal for pomegranate oil to freeze like this? 
    So there might be two different issue:
    1. Pomegranate oil freezes and customers freak out because they didn't realize an oil can freeze. You can just politely remind them that "baby, it's cold outside" and frozen oil doesn't lose any of its properties. They should keep it at room temperature (60-80F) for a few hours to get it back to the fluid form.

    2. After the pomegranate oil is frozen, it never returns back to its fluid state and stays creamy. This is a trickier problem to solve and I have no idea what would cause it, as I haven't heard of this before.
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