You may start your essential oil collection with just a few bottles. However, if you’re like me, your essential oil collection quickly grew. You can use essential oils to clean, to disinfect, and to help get your kids to sleep at a reasonable hour among other uses. (1)
However, this can present a problem. I wanted to be able to keep my essential oils safe and out of my children’s reach when I wasn’t around. I wanted to share my findings, so I put together this guide to show you how to safely and effectively organize store and display your essential oils.
Storing Your Essential Oils – The Basics
Before we get into the in-depth part of storing or displaying your essential oils, we’ll start with the basics and work our way up. This way, you can safely organize and store your essential oils without feeling overwhelmed or second-guessing yourself.
Start with Dark Glass Bottles
One of the most important things that you have to understand about your essential oils is that exposure to sunlight can lead to your oils losing their potency. Direct sunlight causes negative chemical reactions in your essential oils. (2)
Dark tinted bottles like amber have traditionally been a very popular choice. However, you also see dark blue, violet, and green storage bottles available. These darker colors all provide the same level of protection for your oils. Make sure they’re glass because essential oils can actually break down plastic. (3) However, you never want to store your essential oils directly in the sun, which leads us to our next point.
Clearly Label Your Essential Oils
The last thing you want to do is get a bunch of essential oils in dark glass bottles and not know which oil is which. You want to be very clear on the oil’s name. Also, it’s important to note whether the oil is pure and undiluted, a blend, or a carrier oil. Perhaps you want to color code them with one color for pure oils, one for blends, and one for carrier oils as well as labeling them.
Find in a Cool, Dry Place
Although you might be tempted to store your essential oils out at room temperature, this can decrease their potency. Essential oils have a more fragile and volatile chemical makeup. This means that they’ll be negatively impacted by a lot of temperature fluctuations that you see in most climates. Citrus based oils are more prone to oxidation than other oils. (4)
You want to find a cool and dry place to store your oils where the temperature remains consistent. If you have space, consider storing your essential oils in the refrigerator. You may have to let your oils warm to room temperature before you use them, but this gradual temperature change won’t hurt them. If the refrigerator isn’t an option, consider an essential oil carrier and storage case. You can even find ones with a light layer of insulation to protect your oils from temperature fluctuations.
Stay Away from Open Flames
Just like alcohol is flammable, essential oils are also very flammable. In particular, lavender, tea tree, and citrus essential oils are considered to be Class Three Flammable Liquid. (5) This means that these essential oils will ignite and burn for more than five seconds at temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees Celsius or 122 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Get an Airtight Seal
Did you know that exposure to air can cause your essential oils to oxidize just like exposure to sunlight will? (6) This reason is why it is important to ensure that all of your essential oils have airtight seals. Most essential oil bottles have caps that screw on, and this can lead to an airtight seal. But, if your bottle has s decorative stopper, you may want to reconsider it.
Organizing Your Essential Oils
Now that we’ve covered the basics of storing your essential oils, you can decide on how you want to organize them. This will be an entirely personal preference, but there are several different ways that you can organize your oils that make sense.
One of the easiest ways to organize your essential oil collection is in alphabetical order. You can break it down into groups first and then by alphabetical order, or you can simply use alphabetical order for all of them. This is convenient because it’s easy to add or remove oils from your collection. You also know right where you go-to oils are located.
Another fun way to organize your essential oils is by properties. For example, you could have a group of oils for sleep including lavender, vetiver, ylang-ylang, bergamot, and cedar wood. You could have another group for cleaning and disinfecting including oils like peppermint, tea tree, cinnamon, geranium, and thyme. (7) The combinations are literally endless, and you can change out your groups as you see fit.
If you have a very meticulous personality, you may want to color code your essential oil lids. Again, you could designate a specific color for your carrier oils, another color for your pure oils, and a third color for your essential oil blends. Just make sure that you remember which color stands for what category.
Perhaps you use certain essential oils in specific rooms. As long as you’re not worried about your pets or kids getting into them, you may want to organize them by room. You can have a group for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, playroom, and so on. It’s even possible to create a shelf for your diffuser and place your oils next to it. This can help you incorporate your essential oils into your decor.
Displaying Your Essential Oils
Do you want to have your essential oils on display for everyone to see? As long as you display them in an area that’s safe from your kids or pets as well as large temperature fluctuations, you should be able to do this without an issue.
An old spice rack makes a great display rack for your collection. You can even hang it up on the wall to keep it out of reach. There are wooden carrier cases available as well that are built for the express purpose of displaying essential oils. A makeup case is another option because it has several small compartments that you can organize your oils into.
Places like Etsy and eBay or your local essential oil store have dozens of essential oil display case options. You just have to take your time find a display case or rack that suits your tastes. Additionally, make sure that you pick one that is large enough to house your entire collection in one place.
Organize, Store and Display Essential Oil Tips
Personally, I like all of my essential oils in one place. This lets me go in and pick up the oil that I need without having to search all over the house. I also know that they’re secure so that my kids can’t accidentally get into them because essential oils can be poisonous to pets and people when you ingest them. (8) Here are a few quick tips that I’ve picked up over the years.
It’s best to move your essential oils to smaller bottles as you use it. The reasoning behind this is that the more room there is in the bottle, the more air can get trapped when you close it. This can increase your oil’s exposure, and it can cause it to lose its potency. (9)
You want to avoid buying glass bottles with the plastic droppers built into the screw cap of the bottle. This plastic dropper will get a lot of exposure to your essential oils, and one of two things can happen. The essential oils can corrode the plastic and turn it gummy, or chemicals from the plastic can seep into your oil and reduce how well it works. (10)
When you store your essential oils, it’s a good idea to consider a wooden or fabric case. These cases usually come with some handle and a latch so you can close it up and carry it with you. Also, many carrying cases have room for over 50 different essential oil bottles. These cases are an easy way to secure all of your essential oils in one place. They might also have light insulation, and this can protect against temperature changes.
The Bottom Line
Did you enjoy my article on how to organize store and display your essential oils? Keeping your essential oils organized and stored properly can increase their longevity. As these oils can be expensive, this is great news! You want your favorite essential oils to last for a long time, and your storage technique is key.
Did we cover your favorite essential oil storage or organization technique? Perhaps you have an idea on how to display your oils. If so, we want to hear about it. Leave us a comment below and tell us how you like to organize store, and display your favorite essential oils!