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Skin Care Secrets Revealed: The Storage and Shelf Life of Aromantic Raw
By Kolbjorn Borseth
As a general rule it is important to use products within
their shelf life limit that is written on the label. That is the guarantee that
Aromantic as a company can give you if you have stored products in the proper
When Aromantic label their raw
materials, we set the guaranteed shelf life to the minimum advised by our
suppliers and producers. However, if you are keeping these raw materials
under good storage conditions you can possibly prolong the shelf life of your
raw materials. Here are some guidelines that you can follow yourself but
without an Aromantic product guarantee.
Normally raw materials don’t need
to be kept in airtight containers and stored in a fridge, but if you want to
keep them for longer you might consider that. N.B. Never store anything in
Vegetable Oils/Fats are the most
heat-sensitive so you could keep them in the fridge for prolonged shelf life.
Never keep fragile vegetable oils and essential oils in the fridge door as it
will be shaken often and therefore oxidised and the free radical destruction
process will start again and again. If a product has no fats or oils in them,
then it is easier to extend their shelf life, for example, tinctures and herbs.
Let us say you have 2 months left
on the shelf life of a vegetable oil and you want to use it in a cream or
lotion. My experience has taught me that by using it in the heating process to
make a cream recipe, you extend the shelf life to at least 1.5 years. I
wouldn’t consider an extended shelf life if you just blended it in a massage
oil blend or with Vitamin E Oil. Otherwise, the rule is that the higher part of
Omega 3/or GLA Oils you have in the oil, the more fragile the oil will be.
Never buy Raspberry Oil, Kiwi Seed, Rosehip, Hemp Seed, Evening Primrose or
Borage Oils without them having an added antioxidant to them. An antioxidant
like Vitamin E Oil or Rosemary CO2 Extract has to be added when
produced or the oil must be capped and the bottle flushed with nitrogen gas
when produced. The difference can be a shelf life of 1.5 – 2 years instead of 6
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Citrus oils are especially
fragile. You can keep them in a fridge (not in the door because of the shaking
when opening and closing the door as this makes it oxidise faster), and you can
add a few drops of Vitamin E Oil to them. Base notes, like woods and roots get
better over the years as they mature just like whisky. Absolutes can usually be
kept for many years.
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Fats and Waxes
Waxes like Carnauba Wax keep
forever, but beeswax keeps for 4-5 years. Fats normally keep for around 2
years. Never store in direct sunlight.
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Hydrolates will keep for up to 2
years even without alcohol in them. As they are natural products they can all
of a sudden change colour and smell strange after one year. There is possibly
nothing wrong with them but you may not use them because of the smell. There
are companies that add alcohol to them as a preservative measure, Aromantic do
not do this. After some time, hydrolates may develop sediment at the bottom of
the bottle, but you can still use it and even strain the product if necessary.
Botanical CO2 Extracts
Most Botanical CO2 extracts comes from the producers with Rosemary CO2 extract as an
antioxidant in them and if we get it in as a thick paste like Calendula CO2 and Chamomile CO2 then we dilute it ourselves with Jojoba Oil and
Jojoba keeps by itself for 5 years.
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Tinctures can realistically be
kept for up to 6 years.
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Dried herbs that are used to make
herbal tea need to be used within 2 years. One of the many reasons for not
using herbs that are too old in herbal teas is that the good flavour will fade
away and you will be left with a so called ‘hay’ taste. Dried herbs that are
used as an infusion/decoction in skin/hair care products can be used up until
they are 5 – 6 years old. A classic example is Nettle – if you are going to
drink it as a tea don’t use it if it is more than 2 years old, but all the
minerals in the herbs haven’t been lost by storing it for 6years. The important
thing is that the herbs have been stored in a dry, dark place.
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If clays are kept dry they can
keep for 7 – 8 years without any problems, as you won’t lose the minerals due
to any evaporation.
If the shelf life of the
emulsifier expires for example in 2 months time, my experience has shown me
that you can extend the shelf life by using it in the heating process to make a
cream or lotion where it will last for a further 1.5-2years (a cream’s shelf
When storing a humectant (a
substance that draws water to itself), you need to keep it sealed as it will
attract water and then it will be slowly diluted and possibly draw bacteria to
it. Examples are Glycerine, Sorbitol and Carbamide. Thickening agents also need
to be stored in a dry place.
Detergents can be kept for up to
8 years and they will still be effective. Examples are Alpha, Sugar and Beta.
Non-water based and water-based
colours can be kept for up to 7 years. Pearlescent colours/normal pigments can
be kept for 7 years if kept in an airtight container in a dark place out of