4 Tips to Store your Essential Oils Safely and Properly


Proper storage of essential oils ensures you can use them for a longer time, as well as avoid any wastage from spill or misuse. Take these 4 tips and ensure you follow them for an easy-breezy EO adventure!

1. Keep your essential oils out of direct exposure to sunlight or any light.

Why: Exposure to light causes the oils to oxidize. When oils oxidize, they lose their potency, their fragrance. Every drop counts right? More so the entire bottle!

What to do: Store your essential oils in glass bottles, never plastic, oils are corrosive; never clear bottles as it is more exposed to light. Preferably dark colored like amber or cobalt blue bottles. Store them in a closet, or in a drawer, keep temperatures stable.

Trivia: Did you know that you can actually store your EOs inside the refrigerator? (Freezer is a no-no!) For optimal temperature, set your ref between 41 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit (5 to 10 degrees Celsius). It is important that your ref temperature does not fluctuate too much. If some turn into solids, it’s ok, just take it out if the ref at least 12 hours before you use them.

 

2. Know the shelf life of your oils and your blends/mix.

Why: Other than light and heat, time also affects the quality of your oils and your oil blends. Every time you open your bottles, your oils do a meet and greet with the friendly oxygen. Your oil oxidizes. Like an apple oxidizing when biting on it and getting exposed to air and turning brown. Your oils change its composition too as it gets more and more exposed to oxygen.

What to do: Apart from making sure caps and lids are tight, it is important to know the shelf life of your oil and your blends to ensure they will work as intended.

Type

Shelf Life

Examples

Blended / Mix of essential oils

Within 4 to 6 months

Your DIY massage oil

Sesquiterpene-rich oils and Sesquiterpenol-rich oils

6 to 8 years

Clary Sage, Marjoram, Cedarwood, Chamomile

Monoterpenol-rich oils, Ketone-rich oils, and Phenol-rich oils

3 to 5 years

Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Pine, Coriander, Fennel, Juniper

Monoterpene-rich oils, Aldehyde-rich oils, and Ester-rich oils

1 to 3 years

Citronella, Almond, Rosemary, Geranium, Eucalytus

Citrus oils

6 to 9 months

 

Lemon, Orange



3. Label your mixes. Put in what types of essential oil went into the mix. Put the date when you blended it. Put its “expiry date”.

 

Why: Labeling keeps your oils organized and allows you to pick the right blend at the right moment for the right purpose. And as stated previously, you should keep track of its expiry date which is at most 6 months after you blended it so it will be handy if you put the dates there actually.

What to do: Get those rounded stickers and label everything! Label the concoctions, label the roller bottles, label everything! Need the stickers? Check our shop here.

4. EOs are flammable, keep them away from heat.

Why: Most EOs are made with alcohol in it. Watch out for these essential oils with are categorized as Class 3 Flammable Liquid - Tea Tree, Lavender, Citrus Oils. Class 3 means their flash point is at 50-60 degrees Celsius. Flash point is the lowest temperature a substance can ignite.

What to do: Keep them in a stable temperature environment. Never exposed to possible sources of heat like stove tops, fireplace, heaters or even candles and lamps.

All in all, it is best if you invest in an aromatherapy storage box. It keeps the bottles upright. The partitions arranges your oil neatly and well-organized. The foam inside keeps them from knocking off each other. Your other furnitures are protected from spills or any possible stains your oil may create. Do check out our products for essential oils storage boxes and travel cases to make sure your EOs are well protected and stored properly. Shop now.