At Plant Therapy, we not only want you to have the highest quality products, but we also want you to be able to use them for many years to come. To better help you understand the topic of essential oil shelf life, we are happy to present a handy chart!
While they don’t “expire” like the old milk in your fridge, they do change and it’s important to know what that means. We have visited this topic before. If you’re interested, these blog posts fully explains this from start to finish ! Enjoy:
- Do Essential Oils Expire?
- Proper Essential Oil Storage
At Plant Therapy, we take storage of our product very seriously.
Each barrel of essential oil is stored in a cool environment and also topped with a Nitrogen barrier to help prevent oxidation. This nearly eliminates the concern of an essential oil “going bad” while in our hands. Once the essential oil reaches you and you open the bottle, the clock starts ticking on shelf life.
Our colleague Robert Tisserand has done a masterful job of explaining this in his blog post “Lemon on the Rocks: keep your essential oils cool.”
Proper storage and usage can make a marked difference in the shelf life of your essential oils. The times listed are approximate. It is impossible to tell under what conditions essential oils are stored/used once they are purchased. Unlike foods, there are no firm expiration dates for essential oils.
Download: Plant Therapy Essential Oil Shelf Life Charts
This post deals only with essential oil shelf life and not the shelf life of carrier oils. Stay tuned for a future edition, which will contain details more specific to carrier oils!
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