Do My Essential Oils Have An Expiration Date?

Do My Essential Oils Have An Expiration Date?

Essential oils have become so popular these days and that's fantastic. As we've learned, there's quite possibly an oil for all that ails you, but if you're anything like me, you've still got a lot of questions. I, for one, have always believed in natural healing, but I always felt like if I didn't have hours upon hours to do research about natural healing methods then I was unsure if I was doing it right. As far as how to store my essential oils and how long they would last from the time I bought them, I needed answers. When I was new to oils, there were so many oils that I just didn't particularly love the smell of and so they got "shelved". They sat and sat until I learned their benefits and was comfortable using them. Well, then I picked them up and wondered "does this thing have an expiration date?"  Since it had been sitting for more than a year, did I need to purchase a new bottle or was this oil still okay to use? As we all know, some of these oils certainly aren't cheap, so it was actually a question I really needed answered, yet I wasn't really sure whose answer I could trust.

Well, if you're like me and have a bottle (or bottles) of oils that you haven't used for awhile or you're wondering just how to store the oils you love to make them last as long as possible, I think you'll like what you're about to read. There definitely is a proper way to store these precious oils to get the most out of each bottle and there are guidelines to give you an idea how long each bottle should last you.

This is important for more than one reason. First, you definitely do not want to waste your money by storing them improperly and cutting their "life" short. Second, you'll see that even though some oils may seem expensive, if you know how long they'll last you, you'll see that the cost is actually not bad at all. So, let's get into the good stuff. 

How to Properly Store Your Oils

I think we've all noticed that essential oils typically come in a darker colored glass bottle. This is because the oils last longest when they are not exposed to light, especially sunlight. I have to be honest, before I knew better I was guilty of keeping my favorite oils handy, usually somewhere in the kitchen near my kitchen diffuser. My kitchen is pretty bright and often not a very cool place with the heat from the stove and oven. I was also guilty of sometimes forgetting to re-cap my essential oils. Although it's not something I did often, it's nice to have an understanding that just remembering that small step of re-capping your oils immediately after you're finished with them can help them to last longer. Essential oils should always be stored in a closed, dark glass container, out of the sun and in a relatively cool location.

So, if they're stored properly, how long can we expect our favorite oils to last?

How Long Will My Oils Last?

Like most items with an expiration date, there isn't an exact date that they will expire or "go bad", but more of a suggestion or approximate date. In fact, your essential oils won't necessarily "go bad", but their chemical make-up changes over time and they may no longer be effective for their intended use. Again, these dates depend on the fact that your oils were store properly. 

So the great news is that some oils can last a VERY long time when stored properly! Let's dive right in to figure out how long the oils in your collection will last. Remember, these are approximate "expiration dates" and really depend greatly on proper storage. 

All of these approximations are based on distillation dates and not the date you purchased the oils. So, please check each bottle to see when it was distilled in order to determine how long it should last.

This list includes the oils sold at Essential Oil Addiction and again, are general approximations. If you have questions regarding different oils that you have in your collection, please contact us and we can give you info on those oils too. 

  • Copaiba - 6 years
  • Balsam Peru - 10 years
  • Bergamot - 4 years
  • Cedarwood Atlas - 8 years
  • Clary Sage - 5 years
  • Clove Bud - 4 years
  • Eucalyptus - 4 years
  • Frankincense - 3 years
  • Grapefruit (white) - 2 years
  • Lavender (Bulgaria) - 6 years
  • Lavender (France) - 6 years
  • Lavender (High Alpine) - 6 years
  • Lemon - 2 years
  • Lemongrass - 4 years
  • Marjoram (sweet) - 4 years
  • Myrrh - 8 years
  • Orange (sweet) - 2 years
  • Patchouli - 20 years
  • Peppermint - 5 years
  • Rosemary - 4 years
  • Sandalwood - 8 years
  • Spearmint - 5 years
  • Tea Tree - 3 years
  • Vetiver - 8 years
  • Ylang Ylang - 5 years

Now, Let's Start Storing Our Oils Properly ...

Now that we're armed with knowledge, let's figure out how we can store our oils properly, yet conveniently. We all want our essential oils nearby, but knowing that they should be kept in a cool, dark place kind of limits our options for storage. Or does it? We have storage solutions that can help your oils live out their full shelf life. Check out some of our more popular storage solutions below or shop all storage solutions now!

essential oil storage box 59 oil capacity

3-Tier EO Storage Box

Holds and protects 59 Essential Oil bottles (45 5-15ml essential oil bottles and 14 10ml rollon bottles).

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Soft Owl Storage Case


Essential oil carrying bags - This beautifully sewn, padded, canvas carrying case has been improved and enlarged to hold up to 30 bottles of 15mL essential oils.

Black & White Stylish Essential Oil Carrying Case

Take your favorite essential oils wherever you go, in style! Ideal for travel as well as for everyday use, this elegant zippered carrying case securely holds up to 10 standard essential oil vials (5-15 ml size).

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