Shelf Life of Various Oils and Butters Stored at Room Temperature

This table is only intended to be a reference! We cannot guarantee that your oils will remain fresh as long as is indicated here as product shelf life depends on many factors... You always want to get as close to the original source as possible! Oils should be kept in a cool, dark storage cabinet or a refrigerator. Light and heat can be cruel to your oils and butters! Many oils can be frozen for a longer storage life. You can also extend the shelf life of an oil/butter by adding a natural antioxidant (vitamin E, ROE, T-50 mixed tocopherols) or a preservative. Most often, you will know right away from the smell if an oil is rancid. A rancid oil will cause a gag reflex if tasted.

* after item name indicates item must be unopened and kept in cool, dark storage place to reach the potential shelf life listed

Short Shelf Life
3-6 months
Aloe Vera Oil
Borage Oil
Evening Primrose Oil*
Flax Seed Oil
Grapeseed Oil*
Hemp Seed Oil/Butter
Peanut Oil
Pecan Nut Oil
Pistachio Oil
Rosehip Seed Oil
Safflower Oil
Sunflower Oil
Walnut Oil

Moderate Shelf Life
6-9 months
Almond Oil (Sweet Almond Oil)*
Apricot Kernel Oil*
Blackcurrant Oil
Cottonseed Oil
Emu Oil*
Hazelnut Oil*
Peach Kernel Oil*
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Sesame Seed Oil
Soybean Oil*
Tamanu Oil*

More Stable Shelf Life
9-12 months
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Kokum Butter
Kukui Nut Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil/Butter
Safflower Oil (high oleic)
Sal Butter
Seabuckthorn Oil
Shea Oil/Butter
Sunflower Oil (high oleic)
Watermelon Seed Oil
Wheat Germ Oil

Extremely Stable Shelf Life
more than 1 year shelf life
Aloe Butter
Avocado Oil/Butter
Baobab Oil*
Camelina Seed Oil*
Camellia Oil
Castor Seed Oil*
Cherry Kernel Oil
Cocoa Butter*
Coconut Oil*
Cranberry Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil*
Illipe Butter*
Jojoba Seed Oil*
Mango Oil/Butter*
Marula Oil*
Meadowfoam Seed Oil*
Monoi de Tahiti
Neem Oil
Olive Oil/Butter
Palm Oil
Palm Kernel Oil
Passionfruit Oil
Perilla Seed Oil
Poppy Seed Oil
Red Raspberry Oil
Rice Bran Oil
Turkey Red Oil*
Virgin Coconut Oil