Store Essential Oils Properly
I have a “quick tip” type of post for you today. I’m moving in 16 days from Northern Virginia to Seattle for school. I’ve started to prioritize my health products and natural remedies because I will have very limited space in the two suitcases I’m bringing. Something that I absolutely couldn’t leave behind were all my essential oils, but I didn’t know how to store them and safely pack them.
I had previously kept all my oil in a box, and I had to rifle through them to find the one I wanted since only the top of the bottles were visible. And I certainly couldn’t throw this box into my suitcase, because the oils were loose and could break. After searching for different essential oil storage options, I found this handy case with elastic bands to hold the oils in place.
The case I purchased is available here on Amazon. It comes in a few different colors and sizes. The size pictured below is the 64-oil size in black.
It is perfect! Here’s why I love it:
- It allows me to see all the labels on the oils, so I can quickly pick out the one I need
- It holds different shapes and sizes of bottles. In the picture, you can see 5ml size bottles and some 15 ml size bottles. On the other side of the case (not pictured) I have some longer/fatter essential oil bottles that fit well.
- The oils are snug and secure when the case is zippered shut. I can throw it in my suitcase to safely transport them to Seattle. It also has a handle on the spine and a removable shoulder strap.
- The oils are stored in the dark, which is important to prolong the life of the oils. Be sure to keep your case in a cool place to protect the oils, too. I might throw an icepack into my suitcase so it doesn’t get too hot in the baggage compartment of the plane.
I also bought extra cases to store my 1 oz. droppers of herbs:
I hope this quick tip was helpful to you! How do you store your essential oils? Do you have any other tips for essential oil storage?
Justin from Extreme Health Radio
Don’t you find it difficult to determine if the oils are in fact pure? I wish I had my own testing lab like Mike Adams from Natural News! I’m putting that bag on my Amazon wishlist! 🙂
That’s whyI like working with the “small guys” when it comes to oils. For example, Vibrant Blue shows me all of their test results and I know exactly how they source their oils. I didn’t know Mike Adams has his own testing lab… jealous! 🙂
I love the carrier. I have been looking for one but the ones I have seen, have limitations and are expensive. Thank you.
Glad this is helpful to you!
Good luck in school!!! Have a great semester!!
Thank you, I’m excited to start!
Great case, thanks for the tip. Mine are kept in adjunctive to bathroom “dressing area” in two sturdy Lucite shelves, double tiered, about 8 x12 and shelves smaller height on top, larger on bottom (I like your mixed height feature as have carrier oils, mild boric acid for eyewipes, etc). I too like minis and even have a separate dinky wooden cabinet for Frequently Used. Example of Frequently Used: when flu season coming on, or in crowds that will include schoolbus kids, I “never leave home: without dabbing straight Four Thieves at thymus, under nostrils, and at wrist point). My dinky cabinet saves me riffing through my usual assortment. One thing about the taller sector: you can put crystals or pure glass minipyramids between treasures like frankincense. It helps preserve and keep ’em potent. I also believe in putting small crystals touching best crème and oil cosmetics for sort of a double your rejuvenation dollar. Vials of Himalayan salt work too, plus adds to girly décor effect. I scored my Lucite shelves when a health food store was going out of business, but they’re findable elsewhere. Bon Voyage and make it joyful and fun.
It sounds like you have a great set up! That’s an interesting tip about the crystals/himalayan salt, too.
So excited for you Lauren as you head back to school- wishing you much success and don’t forget to have Fun along the journey 🙂
Nice case idea, but isn’t there concern about the oils contact w/ the plastic cap as they are lying on their side? Pure, undiluted ess. oils will dissolve plastic- thats why their only stored in glass. Maybe a ? for a rep at Vibrant Blue. I have seen where little sticky dots are placed on top of cap and then labeled.
The Vibrant Blue oils have a plastic stopper like other essential oils bottles so the oils don’t touch the cap when the jar is sideways 🙂
Are you going to Bastyr? I’m close to Seattle, so I know the local colleges, and, knowing all the good you are doing with your blog, it sounds like Bastyr is right up your alley! I wish you the best, and thank you for all you do!
Yes, I’m going to Bastyr! It does seem like a great fit and I can’t wait to get started! Thanks for your kind words 🙂
Hey Lauren, the only reason I have started my organic beauty kick is because of your blog! Whenever someone asks me where I get my facts I send them here, to your blog! Thank you so much for all your help and knowledge!
The essential oils case is really helpful and I will be purchasing this case ASAP! I am curious what you think about other brands though, do you think Vibrant Blue is the purest brand?
How do you store your essential oils on a day-to-day basis? You keep them in a dark, cool place? Are they better preserved if kept in the fridge?
Hi ! Very interesting and informative website.
One question — is it safe to store UNdiluted essential oils in PET1 plastic bottles?
I buy essential oils in glass bottles, but an eBay seller has told me that PET1 plastic bottles are safe; your comments would be very welcome. Thanks so much.
Jan 19 2015.
Essential oils are mostly prone to oxidation, therefore, make sure to avoid storing it in refrigerator. You can also store oils in aromatherapy box, which will keep the oils safe from extreme temperatures. You can use products such as Cobalt Blue Boston round glass bottle and dark colored glass dropper vials to store oil.