Do essential oils expire?

Essential oils do not expire. They do not grow mold. They also do not grow mildew or even yeast. But that does not mean they will last forever. Why not? Oxidation—a chemical reaction where electrons are lost that can change the constituents of the oil. Oxygen, heat and light all contribute to oxidation.

To prevent oxidation and improve the shelf life of your essential oil collection:

  • Recap your bottles tightly and quickly.
  • Store in a cool place.
  • Reduce light exposure and store oils in a dark colored bottle.

Check out our recommended shelf life chart below. Because our essential oils are bottled at a state of the art facility in the USA, it gives us confidence that the shelf life of your oil will not start until you open it for the first time. Watch for our new bottle labels that include the period after opening symbol for each different essential oil to help you identify the useful lifetime in months.

1–2 YEARS

PINK GRAPEFRUIT
Citrus x paradisi

2–3 YEARS

FRANKINCENSE
Boswellia serrata

HELICHRYSUM
Helichrysum italicum

LEMONGRASS
Cymbopogon flexuosus

TEA TREE
Melaleuca alternifolia

3–4 YEARS

CLARY SAGE
Salvia sclarea

EUCALYPTUS
Eucalyptus globulus

GINGER
Zingiber officinalis

LAVENDER
Lavandula angustfolia

BREATHE CALM™
Luxury Blend

CITRUS GLOW™
Luxury Blend

PROTECTOR™
Luxury Blend

REAL LOVE™
Luxury Blend

RESTFUL EASE™
Luxury Blend

WELLNESS™
Luxury Blend

4-5 YEARS

CEDARWOOD ATLAS
Cedrus atlantica

PEPPERMINT
Mentha piperita

ROSE
Rosa damascena

TURMERIC CO2
Curcuma longa

YLANG YLANG
Cananga odorata

MUSCLE RELIEF
Luxury Blend

6–8 YEARS

SANDALWOOD
Santalum album

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