Carrier Oil Shelf Life and Storage Guidelines

Carrier Oil Shelf Life and Storage Guidelines

“A thing of beauty a joy forever: It’s loveliness increases; It will never pass into nothingness.” -John Keats

While I like the sentiment that Keats was going for in the above poem…

It’s obvious that he never had the pleasure of using carrier oils.

Yes… carrier oils are a thing of beauty.

Yes… carrier oils increase our skin’s loveliness.

BUT… when not taken care of properly, carrier oils certainly do “pass into nothingness”.

Let’s take a closer look at what carrier oils are, their shelf life, and storage tips to keep your carrier oils as beautiful and beneficial as possible.

What are Carrier Oils?

A carrier oil is a vegetable oil made from the fatty portion of a plant, usually from the seeds, nuts, or kernels. Carrier oils are frequently used with essential oils.

Each carrier oil has a different combinations of health benefits and therapeutic properties. Depending on the benefit or characteristic being sought will determine the choice of carrier oil. Popular carrier oils include:

 Almond Oil Fractionated Coconut Oil
Jojoba Oil Argan Oil
Olive Oil Grapeseed Oil
Avocado Oil Virgin Coconut Oil


Read about our Top 5 Fan Favorite Carrier Oils for Essential Oils

Shelf Life of Carrier Oils

The shelf life of carrier oils largely depends on how its treated and stored (more on that later).

However, when you take great care of your carrier oils… you will certainly be able to use it to its fullest extent and get its maximum benefits!

As you read above, each carrier oil has its own properties and benefits but when they aren’t taken care of properly, they lose their usability and potency.

Some carrier oils (like borage oil) have a short shelf life, only 6 months. Other oils have a long shelf life, like jojoba oil. Be sure to get our FREE 50 Carrier Oils Detailed Guide below, it includes shelf life for each individual oil.

Next, let’s take a closer look at how to properly store carrier oils.

The Four Factors of Carrier Oil Shelf Life

The main factors to think about when storing your carrier oils are controlling the:

Temperature Cleanliness
Light Exposure Air Exposure


If you keep these four factors in check as outlined below… your oils should last the full extent of their shelf life!

Storage of Carrier Oils Tips

1. Store carrier oils in smaller bottles

  • Keep them in the smallest bottle possible as they are used
  • Oxygen oxidizes the oil
  • The more air the bottle contains the quicker the oil goes rancid

2. Always tighten the lid

  • Loose lids let oxygen get into the bottle, which will make it go rancid quickly due to oxidation

3. Keep them clean

  • Keep oils as pure as possible and avoid getting any water or moisture in them
  • Always use clean utensils when pouring carrier oil back into its bottle

4. Store carrier oils in a cool dark place

  • UV rays from direct sunlight break down the oil quickly
  • Sunlight will cause the oil to go rancid faster
  • Avoid heat as it speeds up the oxidation and will turn your oils
  • Keep carrier oils in dark bottles
  • Always transfer small amounts of oil into a small bottle (such as when there is only a few ounces left of a big bottle)

This will help your oils stay fresh longer!

Store them in the fridge

It’s cool…

It’s dark…

And it’s the best place to store carrier oils to extend their shelf life!

By following these tips you will be able to enjoy your carrier oils as long as possible and reap all of their amazing benefits!

Top 50 Carrier Oil Detailed Guide

Get our Complete List of Carrier Oils Detailed Guide for free! This guide includes 50 Carrier oils complete with description, botanical name, skin type oil is best for, shelf life, consistency of oil, and absorption information.

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