How long does cedar oil last?

There’s nothing quite like the smell of cedar oil. It evokes images of towering trees, peaceful forests and maybe even memories of grandma’s hope chest. But how long will that fresh scent last? If you’re a fan of cedar oil, chances are you’ve asked yourself this question before – and we’re here to answer it for you!

The basics

Cedarwood essential oil comes from the wood of the cedar tree through steam distillation (that’s where they blast hot steam at chopped-up bits of wood until it releases all its aromatic compounds). Cedarwood is used for a variety of things including aromatherapy, household cleaners, and pest control (more on that later). Because it has natural anti-fungal properties (take that athlete’s foot!), many people use it as an effective remedy for acne or eczema with its soothing effects.

Shelf life

The shelf life can vary depending on factors such as storage conditions and quality; don’t get me started on what ‘quality’ actually means in this context, but generally speaking pure organic Western Red Cedar should last around two years if stored properly (and by properly I mean keeping them in a cool dry place away from sunlight… basically everything shy vs sunny-side up).

Quality matters: Buying authentic

Before we dive into more information about preserving your beloved heirloom chest with fragrances passed down throughout generations let us not forget one key ingredient: purchasing quality oils — whether widely available online or ordered somewhere special like down below those hidden store-lined streets off busy city avenues.

To purchase authentic essential oils made using sustainable manufacturing practices , ensure their small batches unique blends come from resellers certified by ONE Association .

Genuine intent to source directly flasks stored within glass bottles might seem tedious at first – but trust me when I say there really is no case stronger than alignment between ethics, quality and longevity.

Best ingredients to increase shelf life

If you want your cedar oil to last longer, one trick is to add a “fixative” oil. Fixative oils are usually heavier and more viscous than other essential oils (think of them like Captain America’s shield that protects others from getting hit). They hold onto the aromatic compounds in the cedarwood oil which can help extend its shelf life.

Argan or as some may never know as Moroccan Oil, jojoba and coconut oils are popular for making scent blends because they’re nourishing on the skin but also known their fixatives properties when combined with various fragrances.

Before we spring ahead though let us shuffle back up by understanding what precisely is meant by aroma compounds..

Aroma Compounds: What are they?

Aroma Compounds – or odorants – combine together forming every fragrance extractable from any natural source (includes cedar wood). These ‘myriad molecules’ uniquely each have a distinct odour; collectively creating scents such as roses or hop-cones (look at that potential dinner-party fact thrown in there!)

Prolonged Storage options:

In general here’s how long different types of packaging will keep your Cedar Oil fresh..

Type Shelf Life
Amber Glass Bottle sealed well 2-3 years
Plastic bottle 1 year

The best part about using amber glass bottles is that it filters out harmful UV rays preventing sun damage no superhero protection necessary despite giving Iron Man envy – ensuring extended preservation (Obviously this doesn’t mean throwing your bottle directly into the sun)

Keeping Cedar Oils properly stored allows you to enjoy all the qualities associated with beautiful cedar trees without added wastage (and sin) involved!

But just how effective are these preservatives? Compared do unadulterated two year shelf life, adding a fixative oil can stretch that same duration by up to five years. That means you can use your cedar oil for far longer than if it were unblended.

Signs of expiration

Unfortunately, even with good storage practices and the addition of fixative oils, eventually your cedarwood essential oil will expire. (sad but like all good things they must come to an end)

One thing you might notice is that the scent has become muted or fainter than before — this indicates that its aroma compounds have weakened over time due oxidation.

Oxidation is when oxygen molecules begin breaking down other organic molecules in the presence of moisture and UV light present nearby; proper storage helps prevent these factors from sneaking into our space without invitation!

Another sign? Cedarwood essential oil may develop cloudy appearance.

When opening your bottle takes caution not inhale any yellow colored fumes emitted- what we’re seeing there could carbon dioxide gas pockets resulting from oxidation which may create darker color mood spoilers pretty uselessness as being fresh scented repellants.. save em for a Halloween haunted house.

But hey! look at it this way – seeing as though above methods prolongs shelf life more considerably compared to unblended wood comes seconds after freshly chopped live there’s no need worry about thrown away bottles contributing quickly overflowing landfills!

Key takeaways

  1. Properly stored / sealed amber glass bottles last up to three years.
  2. Adding “fixative” oils extends Cedar Oil lifespan by up to 5 years but don’t forget quality matters!
  3. Limit exposure – UV Light degrades potency & half-lit surfaces won’t help either
  4. Ensure the product appears clear: discolor or cloudiness indicates it’s past its prime.

Now go ahead! Spritz or diffuse confidently while indulging in some positive vibes knowing carefully preservation enhances unique natural fragrances full aramatically result in smooth top, middle and base notes.

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