Storage of Essential Oils

by Andrea Butje on June 23, 2009

Storing essential oilsThe best way to store essential oils is in a cold, dark space.

We have a cold room dedicated to our essential oils. I don’t normally like hanging out in cold, dark rooms (being more of a fan of the tropical scene) but our essential oil cold room is hard to resist!

When I walk in, I’m met by the smell of all the oils, blended into one exotic aroma.

We recently expanded our cold room, as we are ordering larger quantities of essential oils and butters now. When I turn on the light, the room is filled with colorful labels, bottles of essential oils from around the world, hydrosols, body butters, carrier oils, glass beakers and bags of resins!

I never thought a cold, dark room would be my favorite place!

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Marge June 23, 2009 at 10:11 am

We store our citrus and conifers either in a refrigerator or a walk in cold room, most of the rest at cool room temperature.

Just wanted to remind your readers that some of the oils improve with age, and refrigeration will hamper this process. Most of the woods, roots, patchouli, etc. will actually profit by room temperature storage. You don’t WANT to delay the “aging process” with these beauties.


Ally Kuo June 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Dear Andrea:

Thanks for sharing this info. Do you also keep your hydrosols in the same room? Do they require a lower temperature? May I ask the temperature range in ur cold room?

I keep my inventories in my cozy lab in the basement so it’s naturally cool. But I am still thinking to expand some ACs in needed.




Glass Bottles October 15, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Thanks for sharing this, I’m glad I can find useful information on your blog. You are very knowledgeable about this subject.


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