Durability and Storage

Store your essential oils in a cool and dark place. Essential oils are the happiest when they are cold. If you store them in the refrigerator, you will increase their shelf life and quality twice. Essential oils are not so cheap, so you want them to stay active for as long as possible!

Unfortunately, every cannabis essential oil will tend to oxidize very quickly. It contains a large quantity of monoterpenes, and those oxidize rapidly. The oil then becomes much more viscous and then more or less useless, so it is very important to protect the oil from oxidation.

Since essential oils can oxidize over time, they can gradually lose their therapeutic value and aromatic quality.

Key factors

Key factors affecting the durability of essential oils:

  • The composition of the natural chemical components in the essential oil
  • Distillation method
  • Conditions and care during distillation
  • Quality of raw material used
  • Bottling, storage and handling of essential oil
  • Storage conditions after purchase

Since there are many factors that affect the shelf life of essential oils, from planting and harvesting the plants, to distilling and initial handling of the essential oil and its storage, it is important to buy from suppliers of essential oils who you trust. Responsible retailers store their essential oils in conditions superior to any home storage.

We recommend storing essential oils in the refrigerator for a maximum of 1–2 years (such as Citrus, Neroli, Lemongrass, Incense, Tea, Pine and Spruce). It is true that oils that contain monoterpenes, especially limonene, are more susceptible to oxidation. The more oil the monoterpenes contain, the shorter their shelf life. This also includes hemp essential oil.

The shelf life of essential oils can be maximized by storing them in dark glass bottles, keeping their closures tightly closed and keeping them in the refrigerator or in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. When you use oil from a large bottle, refill the oil into a smaller bottle. This will reduce the amount of oxygen that remains in contact with the oil.

How do I know that the quality of essential oil has deteriorated?

  • Aroma has changed
  • Oil became too thick
  • Oil became muddy