Essential oils are volatile
compounds. They are sensitive to heat and oxygen, and they can lose their
potency if they are not cared for properly. Luckily, there is a way you can
make sure that does not happen for a long time: making sure the oils are stored
those caps on!
Over time, oils that are
regularly exposed to oxygen can become oxidized. This means that
they no longer have the potency that they once had. If left exposed to air over
the course of a few months, the overall chemistry of some oils can change, and
the oil is can become unsafe to apply topically to the skin.
To avoid this risk, make
sure to tightly cap all your oils when they are not in use and keep the orifice
reducer in the bottle, ensuring that little air can sneak inside.
If you are using a larger
bottle, make sure to transfer the oil into smaller bottles once more than half
has been used. This will further ensure that the amount of air the oil comes
into contact with is kept to a minimum.
You can also add Vitamin E
to help extend the shelf life of DIY products that contain essential oils.
Vitamin E contains Tocopherol, which acts as a natural antioxidant and keeps
the products fresh longer.
are some ways you can tell if an oil has oxidized:
The smell is off
It is a different color
The consistency has changed
The oil looks cloudy
NOT to put your Essential oils.
The worst place for oils is
on the bathroom counter or near a shower. The fluctuating heat will cause the
shelf life of your oils to decrease significantly. We know you want to keep
your bottles of oily goodness for as long as possible.
The best place to store
your oils? Your refrigerator. If that is impossible in your household,
cupboards and closets can work too. You want to make sure you store your oils
in a cool, dark place in your house.
If you use a different
bottle than the one the oils came in, you should store them in amber or cobalt
glass. It is never a good idea to use plastic. The oils are corrosive, and they
can destroy the container.
the shelf life of my oil?
The shelf life of an
essential oil varies depending on what it is. Here is a list of our general
Some citrus oils: 1-2 years
Most essential oils: 4-8
Oils from wood/root family:
oils such as Patchouli and Sandalwood can have increased potency over
time! Properly storing your oils will ensure that
your oils keep their potency and last longer!
are a must!
Another important part of
storing your oils are cases. They ensure the safety of your oils and also keep
them away from direct light.
When you need to store your
glorious collection, here are some great options:
The zippered carrying case
The wooden box
A favorite case of ours is
the 32-hole wooden box. Not only is this box practical for storing your oils,
but it also makes a cute addition to your home!