Is vitamin E suppose to have a stinking odor?

I opened up a vitamin E cap to rub the oil inside it under my eyes & the vitamin E oil smells really bad like stinking feet. I checked the expiration date & they don’t expire until 2012. Is that odor normal for vitamin E? Thanks
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5 Comments

  1. darlin12009
    Posted March 25, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    no
    get some new capsules, sounds like the ones you have, have turned rancid..
    vitamin e oil has no odor

  2. Sebestian R
    Posted March 25, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Nah, it should be an okay smell. It’s probably rancid like an old oil smell. you could add it to some bath water if you don’t want to waste it. the smell won’t linger but you’ll get the skin softening effect.

    Dang, thanks for the thumbs down. follow up though. What was the base ingredient of the vitamin E oil – Synthetic, Natural or from fish oil?

  3. oldtimekid2
    Posted March 25, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Yep, that sounds normal. When it’s inside of a softgel, the manufacturing company doesn’t have to worry about what else is added to it for smell and taste since they aren’t meant to be broken open. Not to mention the fact that some of the "other ingredients" aren’t the best smelling products.
    I’ve used Vitamin E softgels before and I opened a few of them once to use the oil like you are and they reeked… it’s the nature of the beast.

    If you want to rub it on topically, I would recommend buying an actual Vitamin E Oil that is already in a bottle where you can pour/spray it out… those smell MUCH better due to the other ingredients that are in it and better smelling delivery agents.
    Good luck and I hope I helped!

    [edit]: Fish Oil has no Vitamin E, but most natural Vitamin E would come from Soy.
    Also, as long as the softgel wasn’t broken or leaking, it wouldn’t be possible for it to be rancid unless the company had no quality measures in place. Softgels are entirely self-contained so no oxygen (or anything else) could get in or out… oils need oxygen to go rancid, so that’s not possible.

  4. EagleFan25
    Posted March 25, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Yes, a lot vitamins have a stinky Oder to them.

  5. a good army wife
    Posted March 25, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Yes they do have an odor when you open the gel cap.

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