You may have grabbed a bottle of essential oil and wondered why it doesn’t have an expiration date. Well, it’s because 100% pure therapeutic grade oils do not expire. BUT, how you handle the oils can decrease their shelve life so let’s protect these magical drops of awesomeness and the investment we’ve made to get them.
- Store them in a dark cool place (cabinet, drawer, in an EO case, etc). This will help keep them away from heat and direct sunlight which can decrease the potency of the oils. If you carry them in your purse, do your best not to leave your oils in the car for a long period of time. If you know you might have to do this, leave your oils at home.
- When using oils let them fall into your hand or the location where you will be applying them. If you put your fingers directly on the orifice reducer* you’ll be leaving germs from your hands and dead skin cells on the bottle which can make its way into your oils and overtime reduce the potency. It’s okay to do this if you’re about to run out of your oil 🙂
- When creating your own products, use colored glass bottles. Oils breakdown in sunlight so using colored bottles will help preserve your oils.
- Use roller fitments** only on oils you will be applying daily or very frequently. I would recommend using them only on 5ml bottles.
What about if I create my own products (hand soap, face cream, etc)?
If you are adding in a carrier oil*** then the expiration date of your product would be based on when the carrier oil or other ingredients you may add (castile soap, vitamin e, etc) expire.
* orifice reducer – the piece at the top of the bottle that allows the oil to drip out
** roller fitment – attachment you can add to the bottle for straight out of the bottle application
*** carrier oil – coconut, grapeseed, olive oil, etc